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2) Cleveland Cavaliers
3) Atlanta Hawks
4) Denver Nuggets
5) Portland Trail Blazers
2) Los Angeles Lakers
3) Detroit Pistons
4) Washington Wizards
5-tied) Golden State Warriors
5-tied) Philadelphia 76ers
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Posted on: November 22, 2008 3:02 pm
Here are my current NBA power rankings!
1. Los Angeles Lakers, 10-1 (1): Remain in the first place with its best record despite its horrible embarrassment to the bragging “Bad Boys II” Detroit Pistons. It was NO excuse for the Lakers to lose that game to the underdog Pistons at home. Supposed to go up to 8-0 but fell to 7-1. See you in Detroit on March 26, and the Lakers will win in revenge, pulling the season series at 1-1 period! No exceptions!
2. Boston Celtics, 12-2 (6): Only two losses to the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets. The Pacers did the excellent job to hold the defending NBA champion to only 79 points, handing them its first loss.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers, 9-3 (11): LeBron James and Mo Williams are the Cavaliers’ best duo to help the team to exceed their expectations. They are one of the biggest threats to upset the Celtics in the potential Eastern Conference Finals. Yes, they are favored to clinch its Central title this season, and watch out of them!
4. Orlando Magic, 9-3 (10): The Magic embarrassingly started with a 0-2 hole after losing to the underdogs, Atlanta Hawks and lowly Memphis Grizzlies. Surprisingly, they have won the 5 straight games. Don’t get surprised that they have now edges over their No. 1 hateful rival, now-weaker Detroit Pistons, by at least 8 points!
5. Utah Jazz, 8-5 (5): The Jazz have played well despite having Deron Williams sidelined with a sprained ankle most of the times. They continue with their road woes. They have lost the last 19 games in San Antonio, dated back to February 1999.
6. Denver Nuggets, 8-5 (17): Wow, a great sky rocket from No. 17 to No. 6! The Nuggets are 7-2 with Chauncey Billups since the blockbuster trade. Huge advantage for the Nuggets with their true veteran leader! Not to mention, it was Nuggets’ greatest win over the Celtics at Boston!
8. Phoenix Suns, 8-5 (8): The Suns impressively outplayed the newly Detroit Pistons featuring Allen Iverson, but they were outplayed and defeated by the Lakers at home. Notably, Shaquille O’Neal finished with just one rebound versus the Utah Jazz, and it was his only second time in his NBA career.
9. Houston Rockets, 8-5 (4): They have played very good but a little disappointment that they did not meet my expectations. They have lost to the two best teams, Celtics at home and Lakers on the road. Also, not to mention, it shocked me that the Rockets lost a game to the injury-depleted Spurs by 2 points in San Antonio.
11. Detroit Pistons, 8-4 (2): My biggest disappointment about their stupid trade involving with the Nuggets but it was probably the best for the salary cap purposes only. Sadly, the Pistons don’t have their good veteran leader anymore since Chauncey Billups was sent to Denver for Allen Iverson in exchange. The A.I. and Co. team is 4-3 since the trade. Honestly, I really wish that the Lakers should outplay and rout the weaker Pistons, like the Celtics had done to the Pistons twice!
12. Atlanta Hawks, 8-4 (19): Shockingly, the Hawks went with a 5-0 start before the Celtics handed them its first loss. They have won the last two games after suffering with a four-game skid.
13. Toronto Raptors, 6-6 (14): Seemingly bad news for the Raptors, Jermaine O’Neal got re-injured in an overtime 129-127 loss to the New Jersey Nets at home last night. Hopefully, he won’t be sidelined too long like he did with the Pacers last year.
14. San Antonio Spurs, 6-6 (7): The Spurs went with a 1-4 start for the first time in 12 years, a season before Tim Duncan entered the NBA. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been sidelined with the major injuries and won’t return until at least December. Despite the injury-depletion, the Spurs rallied to reach 50% winning for the first time this season after beating the Utah Jazz last night.
15. Dallas Mavericks, 6-7 (9): The Mavericks finally won its first home game over the lowly Memphis Grizzlies after losing to the four playoff contenders (Rockets, Cavaliers, Lakers and Magic). They have won the four straight games since the last loss to Orlando.
17. Philadelphia 76ers, 6-6 (13): The 76ers embarrassingly lost to the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves on the road, but they rallied to win a 89-88 victory over Elton Brand’s former team, Los Angeles Clippers, at home last night.
18. New York Knicks, 6-6 (24): Big surprises with a lot of improvement under new coach Mike D’Antoni. To clean up the salary caps, they made two deals yesterday: acquiring Al Harrington from Golden State for Jamal Crawford; sending Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins to the Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas.
19. Indiana Pacers, 5-6 (25): Most impressive in a big surprise, the Pacers became the first team to beat the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics 95-79, handing them its first loss. Excellent job, Pacers!
21. New Jersey Nets, 5-6 (27): Unbelievable, Vince Carter flushed the Raptors with his backward dunk to give the Nets an overtime 129-127 victory at the last second in Toronto.
24. Sacramento Kings, 5-9 (26): The Kings are 2-5 without Kevin Martin, who has been out with an ankle injury.
25. Charlotte Bobcats, 3-8 (30): The Bobcats embarrassingly defeated the two heavily favored teams, New Orleans Hornets and Utah Jazz.
26. Memphis Grizzlies, 4-8 (28): A big shock, the lowly Grizzlies defeated the heavily favored Orlando Magic with Rudy Gay’s 18-foot jumper at the last second.
27. Minnesota Timberwolves, 2-9 (23): After its first win over the Kings, the Timberwolves suffered with the 8-game skid before they finally beat the Philadelphia 76ers. Last night, Kevin Garnett led the Boston Celtics with 17 points in his first appearance in Minnesota against his former team, Timberwolves. At this time, the Celtics routed the Wolves 95-78, and the Wolves fell to 2-9.
28. Washington Wizards, 1-9 (18): It is so embarrassing to see this playoff contender that has started with a horrible 1-9 start. They have played without their 2 key players, Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood, due to the major injuries.
29. Los Angeles Clippers, 2-10 (21): Not surprise to me, and they are just a well-known losing team. The Clippers acquired Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins from the New York Knicks for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas.
30. Oklahoma City Thunder, 1-12 (30): The Thunder team sounds like an expansion team, although they actually moved from Seattle, where they spent 41 years as an NBA franchise, in the offseason. Following a 105-80 loss to the New Orleans Hornets at home and falling to the NBA-worst 1-12 record, the Thunder fired head coach P.J. Carlesimo and named Scott Brooks interim coach.
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Posted on: November 19, 2008 8:44 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2008 6:33 pm
On the same night on Friday, 14 Nov 2008, something unexpectedly happened to the last season’s NBA Finals that featured the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, top seeds from the Eastern and Western Conferences meeting for the first time in 8 years. (To clarify any confusion, the Lakers and Indiana Pacers were the last top seeds from both conferences meeting in the 2000 NBA Finals.) Both favored teams hosted the games against the visiting and underdog teams, which were involved in the most recent blockbuster trade. The Detroit Pistons acquired Allen Iverson from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb on Monday, November 3.
The Celtics played against the Nuggets at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The Lakers later played against the Pistons at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Here are the odd and unbelievable results:
What! I thought that both Celtics and Lakers were supposed to win the games at home, but I got wrong! Argh! I could not believe that both teams from the last season’s NBA Finals were swept by the newly Nuggets and Pistons.
Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets
On the other hand, I was so glad that the Nuggets won that game over my No. 1 hateful NBA team! Great win for the Nuggets! The Celtics will visit the Nuggets in Denver on February 23, 2009, only one day after a game against the Phoenix Suns. It is possible that the Nuggets may sweep the Celtics in the two-game season series, so don’t get surprised. Who knows?
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons
Somehow, I gasped in shock at seeing the Pistons outplaying and humiliating the Lakers in the first 3 quarters of the game in front of the disgusting and hostile crowd of the Lakers spectators. What! It was so nuts! With the Pistons 77-62 lead in the late third quarter, I became so mad and immediately turned my TV off! I could not stand seeing my hometown team losing to the underdog Pistons. Later, the Pistons won that game by 11 points (106-95) and handed the Lakers its first loss, falling to 7-1. That game was totally so embarrassing and nonsense! This game reminded me of the 2004 NBA Finals, which the underdog Pistons killed and almost swept the heavily favored Lakers 4-1 into the horrible embarrassment. That is a main reason why the Pistons have always been my No. 2 hateful NBA team behind the Celtics.
On March 26, 2009, the Lakers will meet the newly “Bad Boys II” Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. I expect the Lakers to avenge their embarrassingly nonsense loss to the Pistons in the next game! Lakers 112, Pistons 92! The season series should get tied at 1-1! Good fair!
Current Results since Trade
As of 18 Nov 2008, the Nuggets are 6-1 with Billups and Pistons are 3-3 with Iverson. I know that it’s a little too early for now, it seems that I am right about them! I can see that Billups is a winner with one NBA championship ring. Also, he is a true veteran leader for the entire team. I understand that there are millions of fans who are fond of A.I., but I hate to say something realistic about him. Unlike Billups, A.I. is very selfish player, sometimes has bad tempers in the games and has never been a true team leader in his entire 13-year NBA career. He always tends to do all things by himself such as making too much layups to score. That is why A.I. is a great scorer but he still cannot win any ‘championship’ game.
Don’t get surprised that the Pistons will lose in either first or second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. It’s possible that the Nuggets may win at least first-round playoff series. I really don’t see that the Pistons will become one of the East’s top 3 anymore since the Billups-Iverson trade. At this point, I lean toward the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic for the East’s top 3 as they are the bigger threats as the championship calibers than the now-weaker Pistons.
As of 19 Nov 2008, here are my top 4 teams in each conference:
My current top 5 teams follow:
At the end of the regular season, my projected top 5 contenders follow:
Eastern Conference Finals: No. 1 Celtics and No. 2 Cavaliers
Posted on: November 4, 2008 9:25 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2008 7:35 pm
After reading three members’ blogs on my favorite list and many messages posted by the other members in a hottest thread on the NBA board last night, it was pretty difficult for me to decide whether I liked or disliked this trade. There have been a lot of awful arguments between the Pistons and non-Pistons fans. Earlier this morning at work, I talked with a colleague of mine, a Philadelphia native who is a fan of the former 76ers guard. I weigh the trades that affect both teams - Pistons and Nuggets. Also, this trade affects my prediction of the Pistons and Nuggets finishing off as well.
Well, to be honest, I really don’t like this blockbuster trade for many reasons. My colleague agreed with me that this trade was stupid. Now, here I am weighing both teams to determine which team has more edges.
Chauncey Billups vs. Allen Iverson
This season, the Pistons went 2-0 before Billups was sent to Denver, his hometown. Personally, I really like the Pistons’ good-looking All-Star trio consisting of Chauncey, Rip and Rasheed Wallace (Sheed), considering as one of the best defensive All-Star trios along with the Boston Celtics’ Big 3 (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen).
In the past 2 seasons, A.I. and younger Carmelo Anthony (Melo) had become the Nuggets’ best hip-hop All-Star duo like twin brothers with the corn-rows hairstyles and sporting tattoos. Although I am not a big fan of either star, I really like the perfect twin brothers! The A.I.-Melo combination averaged 53 points per game (26.5 points per player). In my opinion as if I were the Nuggets fan, I would be very happy to see both A.I. and Melo locking as the Nuggets’ core duo for the next few years.
One main reason for this blockbuster trade: A.I. is so desperate to get an NBA championship ring, like Garnett, Pierce and Allen who all finally got the first NBA rings last June. However, unfortunately, I still don’t see that A.I. will be able to win the championship, no matter where he plays for.
On the other hand, this move is for the salary cap purposes as well. A.I. is in his final year of his current contract. So are Sheed and Antonio McDyess. Billups is still under contract through 2011 with a team option for another year. With A.I. and Sheed potentially off the books, the Pistons want to free more than $35 million to spend on the next summer’s free-agent market. According to several sources, McDyess may retire since he doesn’t want to play for another team than the Pistons. The Nuggets can buy him out, so he can re-sign with the Pistons in 30 days as he has been seeking a first NBA championship ring for years.
It is very possible that A.I. is a biggest threat to carry the whole Pistons team by himself like he had done with the 76ers before. With selfish A.I., it is very possible that the Pistons may go to the downhill, probably at least 7 fewer wins from last year’s 59-win record. They are projected to finish 47-52 wins and at least 1-2 spots lower than last year’s second seed in the East. Unlike last year, they are going to battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which have four-time All-Star LeBron James and rising star Mo Williams, for the Central Division title. Also, the Pistons possibly won’t pass the Eastern Conference semifinals. Honestly, A.I. is a great player but he still cannot win the NBA championship if he continues loading the whole team by himself with either little or no help from his new teammates including Rip and Sheed. He is not the Chauncey Billups style because of his strong offense and natural bad-tempered and arrogant attitudes. Also, the AI-Rip-Sheed trio won’t be as good as the Celtics’ KG-PP-RA trio. I can see that the Celtics will possibly outplay the Pistons at least 3 times out of the 4 meetings this season. So will the Cavaliers and even Orlando Magic. However, regardless of having Billups or A.I., I still hope that the Pistons must sweep the all-time cheating meanest Celtics in the season series, period! Go Pistons killing the evil KG-PP-RA and Co. team!
As for the Nuggets, I still don’t see that they will improve from last year. Like I have previously stated, the Nuggets still have 50-50 chance to make the playoffs since the Western Conference is getting tighter in the next few weeks. They are projected to finish as the No. 7 to 11 seed in the West.
As if I were the Nuggets fan, I would have mixed feelings. I really like the perfect hip-hop twin brothers with the similar corn-rows hairstyles - A.I. and Melo. I would miss A.I. playing with Melo, although I am not a big fan of either star. A.I. was still not able to help the Nuggets to get out of the first-round exit. Like I’ve stated earlier, he is a very selfish player to dribble, dribble, dribble all the times and has never been playing as a team player in his entire 13-year NBA career. That was another main reason for the Nuggets to make the right move. As for Billups, it would be very fantastic to have him on the team. He is one of the most respectful and humble players in today’s NBA. He can provide better veteran leadership for Melo and other younger players on the Nuggets team. Considering Billups as a good coachable player, he also can teach his new teammates about a key of defense that must be balanced with the offense.
Final Result: Nuggets slightly edge the Pistons.
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