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Pros do have heart?

August 24, 2008

Manny Ramirez doesn’t hustle, Randy Moss takes plays off, I can’t remember the last time I saw someone play defense in the NBA. Apparently, Jerry Colangelo wasn’t crazy with the “3 year commitment.” He had a dream, and as most of us dreamed, his vision came to fruition. He had faith in something that many of us thought had died in the youtube era. Apparently, after years of not dominating, and not even medaling, the millionaires had enough.

Watching the Olympics is great because it lets us all watch people that are sort of amateurs do things to push themselves to an athletic pinnacle, and doing it all in the name of country and pride. For the most part, we don’t see pros, and when we have seen them, they have been typical pros, but watching the USA Basketball team romp through this tournament, I have seen more heart from a Pro since the season finale of “Pros vs. Joes.” A band of millionaires, with a millionaire coach, and billionaire owner truly did find redemption. The “Redeem Team” didn’t just redeem gold and American dominance, they redeemed a youthfulness and of joviality that can only be likened to the kids at the LLWS. Watching Carmelo Anthony and Jason Kidd jump up and down on the sideline for each play that was made by their teammates, watching Kobe run end to end nailing 4 point plays and playing defense, watching the team run around the gym and celebrating at center court rejuvenated my belief in Pros. The US victory makes me happy to be a fan, and I just hope that athletes all over the world take a que from this team. Bring the heart back to the game, it’s better for everyone. The Pros went from people that exhibit behavior that can be likened to this, to behavior like this. See what happens when they try.

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April 28, 2008

NBA Supremacy 2008: Life in the Desert

In the immortal words of Shane Falco, one of Awesomo’s favorites, “I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn’t be our style. Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory… lasts forever.” You motivated the shit out of me Falco. The pain of this first round is almost over. Talk is cheap, and to the action we move.

Cleveland 100 – Washington 97: King James allows one of his subjects (Delonte West) to fire the game-winning shot as the Cavs roll to a 3-1 series lead. Cleveland shot well behind the arc and out-rebounded the Wizards 51-31.

Detroit 93 – Philadelphia 84: It’s kind of hard not to root for Philly in the face of such arrogance in Detroit. Anybody else think that $5 foot-long commercial from Subway sucks?

New Orleans 97 – Dallas 84: Time is running out for the Mavs and J-Kidd is a little frustrated. If you actually prevent the Hornets from scoring baskets you might have a shot at some fast-break points.

Phoenix 105 – San Antonio 86: Where was this intensity in the other games? Phoenix staved off elimination with a dominant performance yesterday. They played like a team that had nothing to lose. Shaq (above) contributed well to the win with 14 points, 12 boards, and 6-10 from the charity stripe. However, I’m not sure that uniform is regulation. And in case you forgot just how big Shaq is, take a look at this.

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April 25, 2008

NBA Supremacy 2008: Underdogs Strike Back

In the three playoff games last night, the Wizards, Raptors, and Rockets rekindled hope for an NBA title by taking game 3 (all three teams are still down 2-1). Sounds like a good story line…yet the Cavs got blown out by 36 and Orlando was never really in their game. Utah and Houston gave us the only competitive match up of the night. Enough with the child’s play! Let’s break it down.

Toronto 108 – Orlando 94: TJ Ford led six Raptors in double figures with 21 points, which proved too much for Orlando despite solid performances from Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu, and Rashard Lewis. Perhaps Canada = Kryptonite. Lucky for Dwight, his team still has home-court advantage.

Washington 108 – Cleveland 72: Lebron had an okay performance with 22 points and 7 rebounds, but the rest of the Cavaliers succeeded in demonstrating what it would look like for a D-League team to square off against an actual NBA playoff squad. Hey, if you want to see something funny, check out the box score for Cleveland.

Houston 94 – Utah 92: One of the previous posts questioned how far the Rockets could go with Tracy McGrady having to shoulder too much of the burden. Was Awesomo out of line or perhaps incorrect? Don’t get out of line! Tracy had some help from the underappreciated Rafer Alston, who returned from a strained hamstring and gave the Rockets a much needed boost (20 points, 5 dimes); Tracy needs to at least have a legitimate point guard with the absence of Yao Ming. What a strange series this is, with Houston losing the first 2 at home and then taking game 3 at a place where the Jazz only lost 4 home games all season. What does it all mean? Who cares…

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April 24, 2008

NBA Supremacy 2008: Kobe…and Everyone Else

It would be a nice thing to say last night’s NBA action alleviated the boredom felt on Tuesday evening…it would be a nice thing if it were true. Boston once again blew out the hapless Hawks and Detroit righted the ship in its battle with Philadelphia. The one aspect of last night’s action that wasn’t as effective as downing a bottle of NyQuil was the performance of Kobe Bryant, lighting up the Nuggets and reaffirming the opinions of those who feel he deserves the MVP award. There is hope. Let’s get it on!

Detroit 105 – Philadelphia 88: Five Pistons scored in double figures while the defense clamped down on the 76ers. Detroit shot 54.9% from the field compared with 39.5% for Philadelphia. The Pistons consistently make other teams look ugly, which helps lead to boredom. This is a dangerous sign considering the ability for the Spurs to make games boring (if you haven’t blocked it out of your mind, remember last year’s NBA Finals); therefore, Detroit has a real shot.

Boston 96 – Atlanta 77: NyQuil…Why can’t they have kicked Atlanta out of the playoffs and substituted in Golden State. KG played solid offensive/defensive ball, while Rondo continues impressive play for a young point guard.

Los Angeles 122 – Denver 107: Iverson and Melo put up good numbers, but it wasn’t enough to take home-court advantage from the Lakers, who got an explosive performance from Kobe (18-27 FG, 49 points, 10 dimes, 4 boards). K-Mart ticked off the man, and the man responded with the back of his hand. Kobe’s fast start and crazy finish, coupled with solid performances from Pau Gasol and Luke Walton, were plenty to take game 2.

Kobe can fly…

Others can’t…

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April 23, 2008

NBA Supremacy 2008: Superman Returns!

If you are still recovering from boredom due to last night’s action, you are not alone. The Suns and Spurs simply gave us too much in the first game of their series, thus making it impossible to recover the intensity. Meanwhile, the youth of the Hornets dismantled a Dallas team that sometimes looks like it lacks an identity. The only game worth watching last night—Toronto vs. Orlando—wasn’t even available to most people due to its broadcast on NBA TV.  

New Orleans 127 – Dallas 103: Chris Paul toyed with the Mavericks (32 points, 17 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals) and 5 other Hornets scored in double figures. Dallas better come up with an answer for Paul unless they want an early exit from the playoffs two years in a row.

San Antonio 102 – Phoenix 96: Nash, Stoudemire, and Shaq all put up great numbers; only problem is, nobody else did anything. Meanwhile, Tony Parker continues to run circles around every defender and Ginobli makes moves that would make Spitzer blush.

Orlando 104 – Toronto 103: Several days ago, Toronto met Superman in what could only be described as an unfair fight. In order to prove just how futile it is to mess with the Man of Steel, the sequel showed a much more competitive fight with the same result. Howard went for 29 points, 20 boards, and 3 blocks = one bad motha’

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April 22, 2008

 

2008 NBA Supremacy: Overrated and Out of Gas

 

It’s NBA playoffs baby, where the Association seeks to extend the action as long as possible, with as many as 3 days in between games. Enough talk! Let’s get dirty.

 

Cleveland 116 – Washington 86: Lebron puts up 30 points, 9 boards, and 12 assists as the Cavs cruise to victory over the Wizards and take a 2-0 series lead. Oh DeShawn Stevenson, calling Lebron overrated, perhaps igniting a fire under the 6’9”, 260 pound behemoth. But let’s face it, DeShawn was right. In two games, Lebron is averaging only 31 points, 7.5 boards, and 8 assists, failing to notch even one triple double. What’s more, he’s playing only 40 minutes a game, missing around two minutes a quarter. Finally, Lebron is turning the ball over at an alarming rate: 1 per game, compared with a meager 8 assists. To be fair, Lebron is only 18-31 at the charity-stripe (58%) and his team won two games at home against an inferior opponent. Washington needs to get its act together quick if it wants to have a chance in this series. Put Lebron on the line, but by God, don’t give him any extra motivation.

 

Utah 90 – Houston 84: A balanced Jazz attack and one Kirilenko flop takes its second straight game on the road, despite Tracy McGrady falling one assist shy of a triple double (23 points, 13 boards, 9 assists). The Houston Rockets have a goal: to show that winning 22 straight games in the regular season doesn’t have to equal an NBA title. Tracy McGrady looks and feels tired, something unacceptable for a leader of a team. Let’s be honest, though, and admit that while the Rockets were able to play great without Yao Ming for a sustained period of time, perhaps it is asking too much that they also play great without their point guard Rafer Alston. His absence is glaring and he deserves some credit for the Rockets’ success. Even if Tracy McGrady was Kobe Bryant, and he’s not, but if he was, asking him to play playoff ball without a starting center and point guard will lead to only one thing: an exit after the first round in the playoffs.

Posterizing

April 21, 2008

 2008: NBA Supremacy “Never Ending Story”
 

Basketball or pallacanestro as Mr. Kobe Bryant may say is a hot topic at the awesomo roundtable. The discussions become very heated about which is more enjoyable to watch, college or the NBA. After the first Eli Manning chalice gets broken, we stop the bickering becuase it would just lead to fisticuffs. As you know the NBA playoffs started and we will attempt to recap the action. If our NBA fan wasn’t watching this post, it may just become more pictures of hot chicks.  Enough ranting here are the recaps.

 

Lakers 128 Nuggets 114 : Which came to the surprise of many this game was a defensive battle. Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 36 points, 16 boards, and 8 assists, notching his first postseason win and offering one of the better performances of this young postseason. * Note to Denver: play a little more zone and try to get the Lakers to jack up 40 3’s. *

Orlando 114 – Toronto 100: Toronto meeting Dwight Howard (25 points, 22 boards, 5 blocks) = ENOUGH SAID 

Philadelphia 90 – Detroit 86: The “real” surprise featured the 76ers sending the haughty Pistons to the canvas in round 1 at the Palace. Detroit surrendered a 15-point third quarter lead and will seek to reestablish their place as a lock for the Eastern Conference Finals in round 2

Celtics 104 -Hawks 81: Was this unexpected?