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Avery Johnson: The Little General has made many mistakes during his stewardship of the Mavericks. But his biggest mistake this season was pulling a "plug and play" after the team traded for Jason Kidd. Despite having one of the best passing point guards in the history of the league, not to mention one of the game's best transition players, Avery continued to run the same one-on-one, isolation-heavy offense he'd already been using. That's hardly the way to take advantage of a player like Kidd.

And while you all know I'm not a fan of advanced stats, Kidd's usage rate with Dallas (16.1) was easily a career-low (his career average is 21.0). Kidd is at his most valuable when the ball is in his hands, yet Avery's rather one-dimensional offense didn't put the ball there. Now, I realize it's not easy for a coach to change his team's offensive style on the fly, but I never got the feeling that Avery tried all that hard to do so. Nor am I confident that he can do so. His schemes look like a modified version of Nellie Ball with a little more discipline and (at times) a lot more defense. I'm not sure he knows any other way. I'm also not sure he should be given a chance to find out. It's time to move on.

Erick Dampier: The big lug played only seven minutes, recording 1 missed shot and 1 personal foul. Note that Ericka didn't grab a single rebound while he was on the floor. To put that into perspective, little Tyronn Lue played only 57 seconds, and even he grabbed a rebound. This seems as good a time as any to remind you all that Mark Cuban utilized the money he refused to pay Steve Nash to buy Dampier back in the summer of 2004. The chain reaction of that one event led the Mavericks to up on the young and up-and-coming Devin Harris and mortgage their future on the old and down-and-going Jason Kidd. Good call, Cubes.

Jerry Stackhouse: A few days after blasting Coach of the Year Byron Scott and saying he "was about ready to" beat up Scott during the second game of the series, Jerry blew his stack (get it?!) at the worst possible time. With 1:47 left and the Mavericks trying to claw their way back into the game, Stackhouse picked up his second technical foul for slapping the ball out of Chris Paul's hands well after play had been stopped. Yet another reason you can never totally believe in a team that's relying on Jerry Stackhouse for veteran leadership. Here's the video, courtesy of Odenized:


Josh Howard: He completed a disappointing series by scoring only 12 points on 6-for-14 shooting and tying Stackhouse with a team-high 3 turnovers. And like it or not, his poor performance will always be linked to his admission of marijuana use. But at least he'll be very relaxed about it during the offseason.

Hilton Armstrong: From Basketbawful reader Justin T. "Not only does he have the neck of a giraffe, but tonight, Hilton Armstrong achieved the always noteworthy three trillion. For those about to suck...Weeee saluuuuteeee yooouuuu!!" Does Hilton really have the neck of a giraffe? You be the judge.

Peja Stojakovic: Sacramento Era flashback!! Peja shot 2-for-12 in an elimination game. Somewhere Chris Webber is nodding his head and saying, "Yup, that's what I thought."

Samuel Dalembert: Dear merciful Zeus! Did Sam lose a bet or something? Why else would he knowingly make a damned fool of himself like this during the playoffs? Dalembert showed up for Game 5 in Detroit with a wide mohawk and the words "SD" cut into the side of his head. And those initials don't represent his name, either; they stand for "Strong Defense." Seriously. The Great Hair Adventure must have acted like a game-long stat curse, because Sam's man, Rasheed Wallace, scored 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Here's a new suggestion for the "SD": Silly Dumbass.

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Willie Green: Not only did he shoot 3-for-10, it was his barber that carved the abomination on top of Dalembert's poor head. So if you live in Philadelphia and are about to get a haircut, make sure you aren't using Willie Green's barber before you let him trim a single hair.

The Philly defense: Apparently the Sixers watched an instruction video on defense by the Denver Nuggets prior to last night's game: Detroit shot a blistering 58 percent from the field. Too bad the Piston's hot shooting didn't burn the rest of the hair off of Dalembert's head.

Mike D'Antoni: This is from Basketbawful reader Andrei. "If anyone had any doubts about how incompetent Mike D'Antoni is, it should have evaporated tonight. I just caught one of those 'wired' segments and they showed D'Antoni kidding around with Tim Duncan in the first part of the segment. Would you ever see Popovich kidding around with the other team's star in an elimination game? This of course was followed by the capper: As Gordan Giricek runs into the game, D'Antoni tells him: 'Ugh...you guard Oberto, alright? Keep him off the boards.' Sounded like he was guessing and also asking Goran f***ing Giricek to rebound, good stuff. Also, sticking with Shaq as he clanks free throw after free throw was good too."

Remember early in the season when D'Antoni freaked the hell out over a few extra timeouts called by Phil Jackson? In retrospect, that's when Mikey Boy lost me. We all know about Phil Jackson and his stupid head games, but letting D'Antoni let Jax get to him in the late stages of a meaningless, early-season game. That's hardly the mark of a coach who can instill calm and confidence in his team.

He got mind-banged by Gregg Popovich all series long. Actually, Pop has checkemated him for the last four seasons. I really and truly appreciate what D'Antoni brought to the Suns -- fun, run, and winning -- but, as with Avery Johnson, it's well past time to try something new.

(Also, no offense to Grant Hill, but it's pretty obvious now that Boris Diaw would have been a much bigger asset throughout the season had he been the starter instead of the reserve. Yeah, it's 20/20 hindsight, but the coach probably should have noticed that. Plus, had Grant played fewer minutes, he might have been healthy for the playoffs. I'm just sayin'.)

Leandro Barbosa: The Brazilian Blur shot 1-for-7 last night. Which pretty much sums of his up-and-down season to a T.

Steve Nash: You know you're my boy, Steve, but you cost your team last night's game. The 4-for-16 shooting -- including 1-for-6 from three-point range -- I could have lived with. But the three turnovers in the final minutes? And let's face it: Those were bad passes in heavy traffic. And they broke the team's back at a critical time.

I have consciously avoided mentioning this all season, but I'm going to talk about it now. Nash took a step back this season. It was so tiny that, to a lot of people, it was almost imperceptible. But Captain Canada transformed from a superstar MVP-candidate to merely an All-Star-level player. Don't bother checking the numbers, because the evidence isn't there. John Hollinger won't be able to really explain it to you. Honestly, it's something you have to watch, to feel. Say what you will about Nash's two MVPs, but he earned them. He was dominant and he willed his team to a lot of big wins. But there was something different about him this season.

I tried to convince myself that Nash was taking a step back so that Amare could develop into a superstar. And later I told myself he was just trying to work Shaq into the mix. But what I knew in my heart is that Steve has begun that inexorable slide that all players must go through. It happened to Larry. It happened to Michael in Washington. It happened to Charles and Karl and Hakeem. The league is tough, real tough, and Bird said it best once when he observed that, "It's hard fighting your way to the top of the pile, but it's even harder to hold your ground."

For the first time since he arrived in Phoenix, Nash really couldn't hold his ground any more. He's getting passed by the younger point guards. He's aging. His body is breaking down. Slowly, maybe, but it's happening. And it's a bummer.

The Suns' freethrow shooting: They missed an unthinkable 17 freethrows in a 5-point loss. And, naturally, Shaq was responsible for 11 of those misses (although he did start hitting them in the fourth). So, yeah, okay, maybe the loss wasn't all Nash's fault.

Officiating: Don't get me wrong. The Suns definitely deserved to lose. But there were still two calls that really pissed me off. And of course they both happened in the final five minutes. First, Duncan tripped over his own leg and would have turned the ball over...had the nearest ref not called a tripping foul on Shaq. The Big Cactus had barely brushed Duncan's leg, and it happened a full step before Duncan tripped himself up. It was a bogus call, especially considering it was a hard-fought elimination game in which a lot of contact was being let go.

The second atrocious call came a minute or so later, when Tony Parker drove to the hoop and got "fouled" by Amare Stoudemire. They showed the slow-mo replay, and Stat clearly tried to jump away from the contact, but Parker intentionally dropped like a stone and of course got the call. Revolting. Again, I'm not blaming the Suns' loss on these calls...but that doesn't make me hate them any less.

Gregg Popovich: After all his Hack-a-Shaquery in the Suns-Spurs series, I really, really hope missed freethrows come back to bite his team in the ass at some point.

Manu Ginobili and Kurt Thomas: Awful shooting: Manu was 2-for-11 and Kurt was 3-for-11. Way to come through in a big game. (Although Thomas did pull down 12 boards.)

Robert Horry: This isn't for anything Ben Gay Bob did last night, it's for the fact that -- as Basketbawful reader Lipsome123 pointed out -- Horry's Wikipedia entry feataures a photo of him aping the Duncan face. I can hardly imagine a picture more fitting.

Utah Jazz: I'm not even going to single anybody out. Everybody was equally terrible. Clearly the Jazz were suffering from a bad case of Wecanwinitathomeitis. And they probably can. But that lack of mental toughness bodes ill for them should they make it to the next round. Because the Lakers aren't taking any prisoners right now.

David Stern and the NBA: Here's an e-mail from Basketbawful reader Stephanie G. "So yeah, last year Stoudemire and Diaw got suspended for leaving the bench during an altercation and they were suspended for a critical playoff game. It's a stupid rule because it's so strict and they didn't actually do anything and they just wanted to see what was happening. But a rule's a rule, so whatever. This year, Kevin Garnett shoves a ref who is trying to restrain him and Kendrick Perkins and Marvin Williams step onto the court during an altercation in game four and the NBA doesn't suspend anyone. THE NBA IS FAAAANtastic."

And a little more from Vinny Gorgeous. "Let's not let the day go by without throwing David Stern into WotN, shall we? Regarding the non-suspensions of Perkins and Williams for Game 5: The best part of all this is that when the Suns suspensions went down last year, the media (not just the Phoenix media, either) was all over Stern asking why he couldn't show a little leniency. And his response was basically, 'The rules are the rules and there's absolutely no gray area or room for interpretation whatsoever here. Even though I'm the commissioner and thus responsible for making the rules in the first place my hands are tied.' This man is horrid. I'm a Spurs fan. I wish we could've shown we were the better team last year like we did this year, without help from the refs. But it doesn't change the fact that Stern is a flip-flopper of the highest magnitude and is capable of changing rules on a whim. I'm not saying that the walking on the court rule should be enforced, but if you're going to do it in one instance and make such a huge deal about it, you damn well better apply it to other teams as well."

Update! Yahoo caption writers: Here's some captiony fun from anne. "Hey Bawful, I was looking at the photos from the Suns/Spurs game, and noticed the caption on one of them: 'Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs congratulates Steve Nash #13 the Phoenix Suns after Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs as Tony parker #9 looks on at the AT&T Center on April 29, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas.' So, just what is Timmah congratulating him for? For the five turnovers? For being incredibly good looking? (Ok that is just me doing that.)"

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32 Comments:
Anonymous Anonymous said...
The Suns lost to the better team.....again.


How about just admitting that the Spurs are looking much sharper in the playoffs while everyone else counted them out? I understand this blog is all about the negative things in the NBA, and that you are a huge Suns fan and very anti-Spurs, but just this once....can we give our props to the Spurs and how soundly they knocked off the Suns?

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Anonymous -- Hating the Spurs and hating some of their behavior are two different things, my friend. It's like having a brother who occasionally gets drunk and throws up in your fish tank. You still love him, but you hate what he does.

I've always openly admired Tim Duncan and the way the Spurs play the game...when they aren't flopping, Hack-a-Shaqing and crying to the refs. Which, admittedly, is most of the time, but still. They have a winning formula, and there's no question they were the better team this year.

Happy now?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I was watching the Spurs/Sun game in the final minutes and was equally appalled that Shaq was called for the tripping foul. I mean, I hate the guy as much as the next person, but that was ridiculous. The icing on the cake, though, was when the commentators, upon reviewing the "trip" in slow motion, still said Shaq caused the foul by "grazing" Duncan's leg. Are you kidding me? Heaven forbid that Tim Duncan tripped over his own feet!

TheGiantSquid

Anonymous Shrugz said...
i didn't bother watching the last game it'd be too sad for me
but yea Nash's breaking down and probably retire after his contract's up
maybe he'll come up and coach Team Canada get rid of Leo Rautins and his awkward and lame commentary. I've never hated a commentator more than him!!!

Anonymous caseta said...
"Nash took a step back this season. It was so tiny that, to a lot of people, it was almost imperceptible."

noticed it too. thought i was the only one. he lost a step, his passes aren't as sharp, and during the playoffs he wasn't the clutch shooting machine he was the past few years.

seems like his body is wearing down, or maybe it's his psyche that can not take any more losing. perhaps marion's trade demand was the last straw, bringing him to the realization that he was fighting a losing battle.

would still be nice to see him win a title, even as a coat-hanger on lebron's or dwight howard's team.

in fact, you know what ? he should ask for a trade right now. a trade to the magic.

Anonymous Shrugz said...
Vet's minimum sign with Spurs LOL now THAT would be a slap in the face (I'm JOKING, don't kill me)

Blogger David said...
I like the idea of Nash and Howard together. It would be like the Nash-Amare tandem, except Howard would actually have Nash's back on the pick-in-roll.

Also,the NBA should let teams trade coaches this summer since Avery, D'Antoni, Flip, Karl, and Sam Mitchell will all probably get the axe. Can't we save the owners (and really the fans who buy tix) some cash by just trading these guys too?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
thanks basketbawful :0)

I AM happy now

I also look forward to the blog's 2nd round predictions.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Spurs are good.

But they are so easy to hate if you just watch them for a while.

1) They have some weird media rep as the "good guys"... yet...
2) They FLOP like CRAZY. They have so many ridiculous floppers it's painful to watch.
3) Not only do they flop, they play DIRTY. Watch Bowen (of course), and Parker. So many jersey grabs, little punches, grabs, etc.
4) They COMPLAIN. I think they complain more than my dysfunctional Pacers did when Jackson and Harrington were here.

I hate the Spurs so much.

I hate Stern even more.

Blogger anne said...
I agree with you about Nash. I've wondered if his back is going to hold out much longer. However, I feel like it is more a mental thing - sometimes he acts like he is sick of it all and would rather do something else.

I'd like to see him and Dirk back together, even though there is no way in hell this will ever happen unless Dirk leaves Dallas. Although they have played great basketball separately, I think they were happier playing together.

Man, that was an incredibly gay sounding paragraph. I just got a mental image of Steve and Dirk skipping through a field of daisies after I went back and re-read it. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hey Bawful-

Hate to say it but you're right on the money about Nash losing something this year, but if you ask me, it wasn't so much that 1/4 step he lost that hurt the team. Did everybody else in the blogosphere forget that Shawn Marion was ALWAYS the first one running down the court on the break? The one guarding TP? (I like to use this name for the irritating, flopping frenchman- it rather suits him I think) And, as little mention as it gets, Shawn's 3-point shooting and ability to stretch the defense for Amare was sorely missed in this series.

Too bad Shawn had to whine so much and get himself traded- neither he nor the Phoenix Suns have been the same since then. RIP, 7 seconds or less.

Anonymous manic said...
There was one other boo-boo that the refs made during a HUGE Suns possession. Down by 3 with I believe less than 30 seconds, some Spurs player strips the ball from Nash and it goes out of bounds. The ref looking right at the play says it went off Nash's knee, when it actually didnt. That call was HUGE.

The Suns made too many mistakes near the end with all the turnovers and overall bonehead decisions. I do agree that there was some homecookin' calls for the Spurs, Duncan tripped over his own feet, but thats life now in the NBA.

As for Stern not suspending anyone in the Hawks/Celtics series, just goes to show you how easy it is for one man to chage the whole outlook of the playoffs. F-U Stern!

Anonymous Shrugz said...
in the end it's ownership's greedy and short-sightedness (yea for businessmen they sure suck at sports) that hurt the team the most

Kurt Thomas (expiring contract as well) was brought in for the exact reason they got Shaq
Rajon Rondo
Luol Deng/Andre Igguodala (coulda had either)

someone wanna help me create a billion dollar company and buy a team? LOL

Anonymous Shrugz said...
you know whats funny?

KG pushed the ref off right? if that had been a player it would have escalated SO much more.

So KG's excuse was that it was heat of the moment and he didn't know who grabbed him. doesn't matter to me you push someone you're escalating the confrontation and that deserves a suspension. load of crap stern load of CRAP

Anonymous p in montana said...
The stifling myopia and Simmons/blogger bandwagoning that is allowing the Spurs to develop a wholly undeserved reputation as a dirty team is finally completely out of hand. The gutless and completely unjournalistic reiteration of George Karl's whiny complaints during a first-round series between the Nuggets and Spurs in 2005 are the origins of this "magical" lie regarding the Spurs' benefitting from bad calls, playing "dirty" and complaining more than anyone. Yet the real Spurs' line is this: All opposing teams are respected at practice, in the game, and to the press. No Spur, EVER, would label another player or team as "dirty" or inferior. Neither Pop nor Duncan nor Parker nor Ginobili has ever claimed to be on the better team, as D'Antoni has this series, and no Spur has ever called out the officiating to the press. The Spurs love the game. They really do. Why else would they be so poised, so disciplined, so disinterested in controlling/disputing some false reputation? It's the Suns love of themselves that indicates a lack of heart. They play half a basketball game (the offense half), pay lip sevice to the defense half, and call themselves the better team. They weren't interested in winning. So they didn't deserve to.

Blogger Stephen said...
I would love to see some numbers or statistics on Shaq's fouls per game throughout his career.

When Shaq played for the Lakers, he would catch the ball on the block, travel (twice, sometimes three times) knock over his defender, dunk, hang on the rim, and kick anyone in his way . . . and they would call a blocking foul on the defender. I don't ever remember seeing Shaq in foul trouble, especially in the playoffs, despite his agressive play. Suddenly, however, he's a fouling machine?

My brother-in-law is a Jazz fan, and a very intelligent fan of the NBA (not your typical homer). He said two things worry him about the Lakers: one, the Jazz don't match up well with the Lakers, and two, phantom fouls called against Kobe. It's sad when fans have to take into acount the fact that certain players are protected by the officiating.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
stephen, I hate to tell you this, but the only thing that's changed is your perception of Shaq and his fouls, not the actual fouls themselves. Shaq got called for plenty of fouls as a Laker, and fouled out of his fair share of playoffs and Finals games as a Laker. Here are a couple examples for you to jog your memory:

2000 Finals, Game 4 in Indiana (went to OT)
2001 2nd round Game 4 in Sacramento, Lakers only won by 6
2001 Finals Game 3 in Philly, Lakers only won by 5

I don't have all day to search for every important game Shaq fouled out of, but those were all key games for the Lakers where they were closely contested and Shaq fouled out, often due to numerous offensive fouls. People just hate the Lakers so much that when they were watching Shaq back then they thought he should have been called for a foul on every play (as you basically said above), yet nowadays you don't think he should since he's not wearing a Laker jersey.

That's neither here nor there though. Mr. Bawful, you should update your piece about Nash to include the fact that not only did he finish the game with a measly 3 assists, but he didn't get a single one in the first half. Shaq's FT shooting was miserable, but you have to expect that it would be. What you don't expect is that Nash not only won't hit a myriad of open shots (including layups), but that he won't get any assists and will then turn it over repeatedly down the stretch. Nash lost that game last night, along with D'Antoni's season-long stupidity of misusing Diaw and never developing his bench.

I hope Bowen doesn't paralyze Chris Paul in the next round.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Steve Nash can still win a championship in his career --- if he's willing to be Tony Parker's backup.

Blogger anne said...
I'd rather Nash retire without a ring than be a backup for TP... or any other point guard for that matter. But especially TP. I'd have to start cutting on my wrists with a dull butter knife if that happened.

Blogger Ryne Nelson said...
That Chris Paul midget picture is one the best, EVER! I agree with Stephanie G., the League's hypocrisy is quite astounding.

Re: Robert Horry...They say teams take on all the qualities of their best player. Humilty, business-like, staid, reserved, Duncan face. =)

Blogger Stephen said...
You have to admit that they are calling Shaq different than they did, say, 8 years ago. I'm not saying this because I hate(d) the Lakers, I'm saying it because it's true.

Look, I'm against crappy officiating in all shapes and sizes. I think LeBron is a fantastic player, but when he takes six steps and three hops on his way to a monster slam, I have a hard time looking the other way.

Obviously you are going to see missed calls here and there, it's a given. But the officiating in the NBA is consistently craptacular. I still prefer the NBA to college ball (it's a better all around product) but in college you rarely worry about an opposing player getting 30 FT's a night because of the name on the back of his jersey like you do in the NBA.

I'm just sayin'. . .

Blogger Rei said...
I knew the outcome of the NO - Dallas as soon as I saw these pregame pictures of Little General and Dirk..
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/photo?slug=6b3e9f708d05a0873a3026afd54dd809-getty-80327538lm006_dallas_maveri&prov=getty
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/photo?slug=461efd89167717106c586128592b2b8f-getty-80327538lm007_dallas_maveri&prov=getty

Anonymous jack said...
Shawn Marion's probably giggling in Miami right now because this is exactly what he wanted to happen. With the Suns bursting into flames, everyone will start to realize how important Marion was to PHX and he'll finally be given the "respect" he felt he deserved.

Only problem is, people aren't going to praise him for how important he was to the team. Instead, they'll curse how his selfishness destroyed an era. I hope it was worth it.

Anonymous Shrugz said...
Should just call them the Stern Rules - All NBA Superstars get 1 extra step and 1 extra hop. if you sneeze on them it's a foul. Hard Fouls = Flagrant 2.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
stephen, I provided you with 3 fantastic examples of how the refs were not at all calling Shaq any different during the Lakers' 3-peat than they are now, so I don't see how you can say that I need to admit the opposite of that at all. I explained it to you: you are just seeing it differently because Shaq is no longer wearing a Laker jersey and so now instead of rooting for him to get called for those fouls, you are either impartial to how he's being called or are rooting for him to not get called. Shaq used to talk just as much about how Vlade Divac flopped and got him into foul trouble as he does now. If Shaq gets any more fouls now than he did then, it's on the defensive end of the floor, and it's because he's far less mobile than he used to be so he hacks rather than concede baskets.

Believe me, I too am against crappy officiating in all forms, and wish the NBA's officials were consistent in being good rather than just being consistently awful (or consistently questionable, anyway). But believe me, anyone who was watching Shaq earlier in his career and wasn't rooting hard for him to fail (especially when he was with the Lakers the way you were) can tell you that he is being called for offensive fouls now the same way he was 8 years ago.

If you're just talking about the fouls he gets at the defensive end of the floor, keep in mind that in 2001 he set the Finals record with 8 blocks in a game (a game he had 28 points, 20 boards, and yes, 5 fouls in), and you certainly don't see that kind of defensive presence out there on the floor from him anymore these days. Nowadays he takes the foul cause he can't get the blocks like that anymore. If you really think things are that different nowadays, look at the comparison between the five games of the 2001 Finals and how many fouls Shaq got in that series while guarding Dikembe Mutombo (not exactly an offensive threat) compared to how many he got in these past five games guarding Tim Duncan: 20 in the 2001 Finals compared to 21 in these last 5 games. Not much of a difference, is there? And in the 2001 Finals he fouled out of one of those games, something he didn't do in this past series.

Now I say to you, you have to admit they're not calling Shaq any differently now than they were, say, 8 years ago. You only think differently because you hate(d) the Lakers, and not because it's true.

I'm just sayin'...

Blogger stephanie g said...
So if it looks like Boston is in trouble against Atlanta do you suppose a three foot foul aura will begin emanating from Ray Allen?

Speaking of which, what the hell happened to Boston's bench? It looked so deep during the regular season but on the road in the playoffs (a small sample size to be sure) it's been craptastic.

Blogger Stephen said...
Who said I hate the Lakers?

Giving a handful of examples of times when he was in foul trouble in the past certainly doesn't prove your point. He played a lot more minutes back then, and obviously played a lot more playoff games from 2001-2004 than he has in the past two seasons.

Did Shaq occasionally get in foul trouble? Yes. Was he also protected by the officiating? Absolutely.

Blogger Time Intact said...
Wow..so it isn't just me who noticed Steve Nash receding a bit this year, even if it was the tiniest bit. I felt so bad for him on that inbounds play where he turned it over with Bowen chasing him: his facial expression was just tragic. It said everything. He had the look of a defeated man, just looked agonized.

Anonymous Rob S. said...
As much as we rag on Reggie Miller, he did have one good line tonight during Cavs-Wizards. It was something to the effect of "Gilbert Arenas hasn't been very hibachi this season. He's been more like a Foreman Grill." Although considering Arenas only played 10 or 12 games this season, it still might be a stupid comment.

Rob, BigDiction.net

Anonymous Anonymous said...
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/chris_mannix/04/30/avery/index.html

si says Erick Dampier played 25 minutes in game 5.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/nba/specials/playoffs/2008/04/27/fast.breaks.suns.spurs/index.html

The spurs really are turning into Duncan. "Coming into Game 3 the Spurs' Big Three of Parker, Tim Duncan and Tim Duncan were averaging 84.3 points per game in the series"

Anonymous deej said...
here's proof of Hilton Armstrong's long neck.
Exhibit A: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/photo?slug=438a85182f73b6480df93d85259b66b6-getty-76075401vb016_hornets_heat&prov=getty

and Exhibit B: http://www.rpggamer.org/shippics/yaraelpoof.jpg

Blogger anne said...
I watched the game, and there is no way Ericka played 25 minutes. He rode the pine for the whole second half so Chris Mannix has got to be wrong. Then again, he was suggesting trading Dirk to Miami or Memphis so he must have raided J-Ho's stash before writing that article.

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