Sunday, May 1, 2011

Wow. Just wow.


So I just learned that the Grizzlies did manage to eliminate the Spurs at Game 6. Wow. I'm as blown away as the time when the Warriors upset the Mavs. I mean, who's in Memphis again?

You'd think that this loss would make me happy since the Spurs kind of have a rivalry with the Mavs, but no, the Spurs are actually my third favorite team after Dallas and LA. I adore Manu Ginobili way more than what people expect, I have all respect for Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, plus I did win a grand off Tony Parker's name.

No worries though, because San Antonio is a stable team with great carries and great supports (DotA?), their bench is one of the best in the league, plus their coach is basically an institution in the sport. Sometimes teams just hit the wrong patches when they least expect it. San Antonio will be back and I will be looking forward to it. ^_^

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So it's really the Lakers and the Mavs in the second round, and as I pointed out in my earlier posts, even the utterly loyal Mavs fan in me can't see the colts getting past the yellows and purples. It's still fun to read match-up posts though, and imagine that Dallas has a chance. Sekou Smith points out a lot of things that  made me think (and sometimes were even funny) in his write up for NBA.com.

"Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry have the battle scars from that failed trip to the 2006 NBA Finals on their bodies, but they are the only players on the roster leftover from that team that took a 2-0 lead over the Heat and then dropped four straight."

- While I really took it hard that Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, Josh Howard and Avery Johnson had to be let go, I guess I didn't really realize that besides Dirk and Jason Terry, everyone else had to be let go.

"For all that Dirk Nowitzki has done in his future Hall of Fame career, he and Pau Gasol could start a support group for 7-foot Europeans knocked for being tender."

- I don't really know how to go about thise 'tender', 'no defense', 'not agressive enough' critic about tall Europeans. Personally, as long as Dirk does what he does best, which is scoring, I'm fine. While it's true that it's better if he could be both offensive and defensive, I guess we just have to accept the fact that not everyone is a Kobe Bryant or a Lebron James. And that's a good thing too, because I can't handle more than one Lebron James in the world. That'd be so sad.

"Marion won't be able to bully his way around the low block the way he did against the Blazers now that Artest will be in his face."
- I totally agree. However, Ron Artest isn't really a consistent player - I mean, like AK47 and Mehmet Okur, sometimes he does so great and sometimes he's just pathetic - unlike Bryant or Nash or James or Wade, each of who always has a hand in their team's victory. Crossing my fingers that Artest hits a 'pathetic' patch. ;p

"The Lakers have the edge in every category and they own home-court advantage."

- Well, there's just no other way to put that. I'm actually predicting a 4-2 or even 4-1 win for LAL this round. The truth is, I don't even care who wins the finals - just please, please, please don't let it be Heat.

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This post is supposed to be about NBA, but as UFC 129 is happening as I write this, I decided to dabble a bit into MMA too. L-Mach finally broke his three-fight losing streak with an amazing Cro-cop like kick. Let's hope Dan Hardy breaks his 3-L streak soon as well.


Wow. I mean, that kick was mean and straight out of Karate Kid. Randy definitely saw it coming as he crouched seconds before the kick came, but Machida was just fast. And the way Machida dropped his hands right off the kick, he knew Couture wasn't getting back up.
 

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