Archive for April 21, 2007

#1 Pistons vs. #8 Magic Series Preview

Posted in Detroit Pistons on April 21, 2007 by mizzo

cwebbjulianhgonzalezdetroitfreepress.jpgWhat to look for: Detroit consistency.

Detroit is arguably the most hard working team in the league and  “big boys” teams to get past their very evident team shooting issues. Similar to the acquisition of ‘Sheed during their 2004 championship, the addition of Chris Webber has paid immediate dividends to a team that lacked consistency early in the season. His great sense to create passing lanes helps this team score big buckets after minutes of empty possessions. The roster is packed with battle tested veterans who are ready to make another run at the title that Webber so covets. This is most likely Webber’s last chance to get that June shine.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

Having the best guard tandem in the Association with Billups and Hamilton, the Pistons are going to be a difficult out for whomever they face in what shapes up to be very intriguing playoffs. Who is really going to stop either guard when the game is on the line? The Magic are simply too young to back Detroit into a vulnerable corner. Tayshaun Prince, along with Webber and Antonio McDyess are the X factors that pose constant matchup problems in any situation .

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Suns v. Lakers Preview

Posted in LA Lakers on April 21, 2007 by maxairington

nash.jpgWhat to Look For: Somethin’ biblical.

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. . . . For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect –- if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time (Matthew 24:10-13;24 NIV).

They were thisclose. Thisclose to an upset. It didn’t happen. Instead, Kobe Bryant was accused of a cardinal sin, quitting on his team in a game 7, an accusation that will linger in the air of this entire series.

They were thisclose. Thisclose to being upset. It didn’t happen. Instead, Steve Nash maintained his mystique and may hoist another MVP trophy during this series.

I know that last year’s playoffs don’t actually count towards this years award, but to think that they aren’t remembered is a bit naive, no? If the Lakers won that series, Kobe would have been absolved of practically all previous transgressions and would have finally shed the image of a brooding loner. If the Suns had lost that series, the deification of Nash and Phoenix would have been proven to be a ruse in the worst possible fashion. Instead, Nash is still praised for turning a team with two other All Stars-one of them also a candidate for DPOY, a former coach of the year, and a candidate for sixth man of the year into division champions, and Kobe Bryant is still a Judas.

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