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post #181 of 209
Nevermind - not sure I'll be needing that orange tie...
post #182 of 209
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Originally Posted by Bradford
Nevermind - not sure I'll be needing that orange tie...

Not if Hasslehoff inspires another 50 points, that's for sure. I think one of the greatest things about this playoffs has been watching Nowitzki graduate from "great" to "OMG incredible". But I still think your Suns will force a game 7.

Also, yeah, so, Miami. I'm still in shock, and we've all seen this coming for a week now. Where the hell did the regular-season Pistons go? Even in game 5, Ben Wallace's monster block of Shaq aside, they weren't the same team they were when they were racking up their 60+ wins. Their shots just wouldn't fall.

Also, hats off to D-Wade for finding a way to play to his flu-limited capacities without it costing his team a thing. He clearly decided that if he wasn't going to be able to drive quite as effectively and make those crazy, upside-down, fouled-at-three-yards-in-the-air-facing-away-from-the-basket-what-the-hell-why-don't-I-just-sink-this-bucket-anyway plays, he was just going to start making great passes and dishing assists. Great maturity from such a young player.
post #183 of 209
Yeah, I'm happy for d. wade and the Big Diesel (can you say playoffs MVP?). But I have to say that the Lakers would have beaten the Pistons on the first go round if Kobe had gotten his head out of his ass. Shaq was dominant in one of the detroit games and Kobe wouldn't pass him the ball. Bryant never deserves another ring.

Wallace block was a foul as he clearly got him on the arm. It's currently viewable on the sportsline nba page:

http://www.sportsline.com/nba/

I wish I could foul like that. I would dominate and be known as a great defensive player.
post #184 of 209
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Yeah, I'm happy for d. wade and the Big Diesel (can you say playoffs MVP?). But I have to say that the Lakers would have beaten the Pistons on the first go round if Kobe had gotten his head out of his ass. Shaq was dominant in one of the detroit games and Kobe wouldn't pass him the ball. Bryant never deserves another ring.


Word. The second half of the last game in Phoenix is proof positive of that.

And this resident conspiracy theorist is quite convinced Kobe tanked against Det in 04 to run Shaq and Jackson out of town.
post #185 of 209
Miami in 6.
post #186 of 209
You could make a lot of compalling arguments why both teams could win the championship.

I have to say though for Riley to take yet another team to the finals after such a long coaching career and with yet another style is worthy of admiration. I remember how he had the Knicks playing the "rules" in a mugging style of defense, and he only just missed winning a finals there by one shot (Damned Starks).


And Mark Cuban, I dont like the guy but give him his props, he took a dilapidated team in a town where its all about the Cowboys and made the Mavs exciting and now a contender, and he made it fun the entire way. That last game where they turned around the second half is history making.


Shaq has also proven that he hasnt gotten soft and lost his competitive edge.

This is gonna be a good one.
post #187 of 209
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My heart says Miami, my head says Dallas. I am interested to see what becomes of Dirk's newfound aggression in the paint against the Shaq/'Zo combo. Not that it really matters, since he seems to have perfected his turnaround-fallaway jumper and presumably still has his sniper abilities from the three-point line.

Anyone have any suggestions for the lineup Dallas needs to run to exploit Miami? Smallball like they played against the Spurs?
post #188 of 209
I honestly have no idea who will win. Being a Lakers fan, I wish Shaq all the best. However, he has slowed a lot. If Dallas can continue to play good D (who would have ever thought that would be said a couple years ago?) and they use their quickness and athleticism, they could win. If Shaq rediscovers his youthful dominance, they won't be able to stop him and Wade will kill them too. We'll see.
post #189 of 209
Told my friend to put money on Dallas before the playoffs started and he laughed at me--Mavs in 6 (and I can rub it in his face)

koji
post #190 of 209
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Originally Posted by bachbeet
I honestly have no idea who will win. Being a Lakers fan, I wish Shaq all the best. However, he has slowed a lot. If Dallas can continue to play good D (who would have ever thought that would be said a couple years ago?) and they use their quickness and athleticism, they could win. If Shaq rediscovers his youthful dominance, they won't be able to stop him and Wade will kill them too. We'll see.

Wade will probably get his, but Dallas has multiple defenders to throw at him that will pose different challenges for him. Diop and Dampier can use the 12 fouls between them to slow Shaq down. Don't see Miami really slowing down Dirk with Posey now that Nowitzki has consistently shown the willingness not to settle for the jumper and take smaller/slower guys off the dribble.

koji
post #191 of 209
Miami in 6.


I was really hoping for a 7th game, I love the finality of a 7th game.
post #192 of 209
i predict heat in 6. lets see if im right. =)
post #193 of 209
i geuss the lot of you were right! miami's party starts tonight!
post #194 of 209
I predict the Heat in six... oh wait... its over? Who won? The Heat? In Six games?

BOOO-YAAA!!!
I am such a badass.
post #195 of 209
Congrats to the Heat! Oh yeah, Jerry Busse is a dumbass and Kobe Bryant is an egomaniac. Long live the Diesel and Flash.
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