Cavs 2: - Pistons 2 Nets 1 - Heat 3 Mavs 3 - Spurs 1 Suns 2 - Clippers 2
posted by lilnemo to basketball at 02:19 PM - 22 comments
I'm a little shocked by the games last night. The Cavs tie it up?! The Mavs take a commanding lead?!
posted by tron7 at 02:34 PM on May 16
The Mvs are good. Isn't their fault that they're a 4 seed -- they were a game or two from being a #1.
posted by Dan121377 at 02:36 PM on May 16
Good for the Mavs and Cavs. Anything to avoid another Spurs-Pistons bore-a-palooza...
posted by uglatto at 02:38 PM on May 16
I am mor amazed by the fact that the Suns can hang in a game where they shoot like crap. I had heard that they couldn't won close games. a Suns Mavs confrence finals would be intresting to watch.
posted by blakrain at 02:59 PM on May 16
Go Dallas go! I want to see a Phoenix/Dallas conference final. Because defense will be like mulligitawny - a word none of them knows. And Nash can try to obliterate them like last year licking his fingers every time down the floor. My theory is that they taste like chocolate victory. And Dirk can freak out and do the Angry German - I think Jason Terry expends a lot of energy trying not to laugh at him right at mid-court. And Dampier can score his third and fourth points of the game on an undefended dunk set up by Dirk's instant double-team after 26 minutes of playing time and pose down like it's his thirtieth point of the quarter. And Josh Howard and Devin Harris can continue to be called unsung heroes, despite the fact that the only people who continue to think so are the announcers. And Boris Diaw can continue to have near triple doubles while playing some variant of a 4-5 spot and have reporters ask Steve Nash how he manages to elevate Diaw's game even when he's on the bench. And Raja Bell can finally just start biting people who back him down in the post. Backing down Raja is disrepectful. Hell, playing basketball against Raja is disrespectful. Chomp, chomp. And Shawn Marion can still be considered by people who don't actually watch the Suns and see his stats to be the real MVP of the team. Then he can go ahead and take another couple games off because someone bothered to put a body on him. And the Pistons can just beat the crap out of who ever wins. But really if this happens - we all win! (Cavs, Spurs and Clippers fans excluded.)
posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:08 PM on May 16
this year basketball playoffs have turned into a real show to watch night in and out .pistons fan .
posted by cdavis8338 at 03:08 PM on May 16
The Cavs didnt look like a usual Lebron-dominated team. Lebron and Andy V play great D, but the Cavs wont beat Detroit because we have to play in their house twice more and we held them under 80 twice, but we held ourselves under 80 and 86 which doesn't win against the best offensive team in the NBA. However, next year everyone will be hearing Cleeeeeveland Basketballllllllllllllll!
posted by Clevelander32 at 03:27 PM on May 16
so much for guaranty Wallace, all hail the king, maybe next time.
posted by dzach01 at 03:31 PM on May 16
Mmmmm... Chocolate victory.
posted by tron7 at 04:04 PM on May 16
Last night's game was a disappointment but I still believe that the Pistons will win this series. LeBron James is a good player but he can't win the rest of the games all by himself, and the Pistons shouldn't even let him come close. As for my ideal finals, I would love to see the Suns and Pistons play just to see whether it is Steve Nash or Billups that comes up big.
posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:06 PM on May 16
It is so nice to see so many of you writing off the Cavaliers already. Keep thinking along those lines, Doubters. The Pistons are shook now. You could hear it in Flip Saunders post game press conference and you could hear it in Ben Wallace's voice in his post game comments. I believe Detroit ran into a young and confident Cavaliers team at the wrong time. Go Cavs!
posted by herecometheirish at 05:39 PM on May 16
Where's Miami in all this discussion. I think that by far and large, Miami has performed the best in the second round of the playoffs. They've used their jolly giant to take NJ's out of the equation (Kristic hasn't done squat...and when he did do something in Game 4, the Nets lost). They've ridden a balanced effort by their role players, and gotten admirable performances by Dwyane Wade, who continues to amaze me, going back to his last season at Marquette. If everyone thinks that Detroit is gonna just WALTZ into the finals, then they're in for a surprise. Dallas and Miami...there's your finals right now. Shaq vs. Dirk. Terry vs. Wade. 'Toine vs. Howard. etc etc etc...Avery vs. Pat...now THERE's some fireworks.
posted by chemwizBsquared at 05:43 PM on May 16
I think the Clippers may match up with the Mavs better right now but I'm not sure anyone can beat the Mavs team contributions and overall focus. Based on the players on the floor, or more to the point the players not on the floor, I think the Suns have overacheived. Miami? It is too soon to declare that they have hit their stride. To buy into the Nike hype machine, we are all witnesses to the greatness that LeBron is becoming. Many had written the Cavs off as having gained some playoff experience and to make a quick second round exit. Knowing that they will come to play every night it makes it a series worth watching. It is too soon to talk about but how great would a Mavaliers-Cavericks Finals be? Weird metaphor Weedy. Did you mean mulligatawny? A word they don't know indeed.
posted by geekyguy at 07:04 PM on May 16
Lebron James is a team player! I beg to differ to anyone especially the so called experts at ESPN, saying the Cavs are one man team. They would of been swept by the Pistons if that was the case. may even not even got past the Wizzards! Marshall and and Snow picked up thier games that is the key to the series.. The Cavs may not win the series, but they do have a legimate chance, But the Cavs proved to the rest of the NBA that Detroit can be beaten, playing thier game of defense...The Cavs may of just cost the Pistions an NBA championship this year by extending the series! Miami will be well rested and waiting! Go Cavs!
posted by The Tribster at 07:17 AM on May 17
Make me happy to see Carter knocked out after 5 games in the second round. If that quitter never gets any closer to a championship than that then I'll consider that karmic payback for what he did to the Raptors. And that Suns-Clippers matchup in game 5 seemed like it woulda been a great game.
posted by gspm at 07:38 AM on May 17
geekguy - yes. Pffffttt -looking things up is for people with an incessant need to be accurate. I pity the poor bastards.
posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:48 AM on May 17
Look for me tonight in the 5th row at the Pistons Cavs game. oh yeah, you don't know what I look like. And yes, I'm just trying to brag about my awesome tickets, which were given to me for free. I'll try not to toss my beer at anybody.
posted by Bill Lumbergh at 09:54 AM on May 17
Anyone watching the Cavs, Pistons series knows a change took place, quarter 4, game 2. That's when LeBron started taking over. The man child is averaging almost a tripple double with one in his pocket. Tripple doubles don't happen with one man teams. They happen when the one man team has team members scoring and getting in line with his passing, speed, etc. He is willing the team. Anyone with basketball sense can see it. Sir Charles sounds like a jealous crybaby. He doesn't say too many positive things about Lebron or the Cavs. This guy thinks he can be a state Governor? Charles should stick to the thrills he gets out of losing money when he gambles. As for the Pistons---what a team. Relentless defense, awesome shooting. I'm not surprised at the Cavs, being a fan of theirs forever. We are witnessing a really great player in Lebron. Anything can happen in this series and the pressure is on the reighning champs, not us. Go Cavs! Ask 'ole spot how it feels to eat words! I hope the crow was Sheedalicious. Loud mouth biatch.
posted by ravenhater at 10:38 AM on May 17
Barkley has always been a crybaby, he just needs the attention. I think LeBron is a great player, if not the best all around in the game right now, but even that wont be enough to win the series. Go Mavs!!!!!
posted by jonfu at 11:05 AM on May 17
Go MAVS !!!!Jerry Stackhouse is the REAL 6th man!!!Spur&Pistons had there glory its time for the Mavs to win there first championship, Dirk deserves it!!
posted by LonghornFaN at 05:45 PM on May 17
Having Steve Kerr do the color commentary during the Mavs/Spurs series is really, really pissing me off.
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:18 PM on May 17
Good for the Mavs and Cavs. Anything to avoid another Spurs-Pistons can ya feel the heat i hope mavs eliminate spurs
posted by defrag3x at 10:50 AM on May 18
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