Holy Crap in a Closet Najah Davenport...didn't see Douggy Collins coming back to Chi-Town. While he's one of the brightest basketball minds around, the NBA grind has taken a toll on him worse than Annabel Chong after filming "251 dudes in 10 minutes"
Instead of the NBA grind...head to da beach Douggy!
Speaking of coaches, I know I’ve been harsh on Mr. Rivers (especially after he pisses away my Sizzler money), but did you see the Celtics blow a 17-point 2nd half lead last night. If his ballers were simply missing shots that’s one thing, but the entire 4th quarter the Celtics looked disorganized, panicky, and ran no semblance of a professional offense. Listening to Jeff Van Gundy & Mark Jackson come-up with solutions each possession on how Boston could resolve the issues was even more of an embarrassment & must lead Mr. Ainge to a change.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS (+8) @ LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Giving the Defending Champs a Tuddie and two-point conversion just seems like too much for an elimination game. I actually believe Pop’s will have his vets relaxed for tonight, even with all the distractions of playing near Hollywood.
Timmy D & Tony Longoria have destroyed Gasol and the Laker floor-generals the last two games (26 ppg, 19 rpg) & Tony Longoria (22 ppg, 7 apg), and I believe Manu will be more aggressive tonight and force his way to the charity-stripe to get things going. While the Spurs biggest problem has been matching-up with Lamar & Vlade, Pops realized in the 2nd half he can go small with Brent Barry (23 pts, 5 reb, 5-12 from deep) and try to make them pay on the offensive end. While Kobe has still put-up some nice numbers...
While Kobe has still put-up some nice numbers, Bowen has done a nice job of keeping him on the perimeter and not letting him create easy opportunities for his teammates.
It's like Bruce Bowen has a black-belt in NBA defense!
And finally, if the Spurs can keep this thing close, I expect the pressure to shift to the LA as Pops will play the “We have nothing to lose”-card, while the young Lakers know a trip back to SA would be a disaster…Another close one with Kobe pulling this out late...Spurs cova 8
LA DODGERS @ NEW YORK METS (-125)
Speaking of the Cubs, the banged-up Dodgers were just swept by them in Chicago after blowing a save in the 9th and losing in xtra innings yesterday....and I'm guessing a flight to the opposite coast to face a NY squad that has finally gained some momentum winning two straight (including last night's dramatic xtra inning affair) is not the best medicine for the youngsters. Throw-in the fact that Brad Penny (5-5, 5.32) suddenly sucks and was destroyed by the Mets less than a month ago (4.2 innings 10 earned runs), and I'll risk the 25 xtra arcade-tokens on Claudio Vargas (1-2, 3.93) at home...Mets by a couple
Greggy G called me last night "ranting" about how terrible a coach Doc Rivers is. I guess I always gave him the benefit of the doubt during the season because they were so good. Playoffs is different. You must be pretty bad if you get out coached by Flip Saunders! I have to agree with GG on this one. Boston looked pretty bad in the last 18 minutes of the game. That shouldn't happen with the veteran leadership on that team. The coach has to be blamed.
Gonna make this real simple for ya:
3-1 deficit = mamba going in for the kill = series over for Spurs...
KB predicted box score:
32 pts 6 assists 7 rebounds 2 TO's
Odom: 18 pts 12 boards....
Gasol: 24 points 9 boards.....
game, set match!