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Stat-Watch – Mikki Moore Fan Club Edition

Most NBA executives would say that a team can’t win with Mikki Moore.

Ron Artest recently claimed that the Sacramento Kings couldn’t with without him.

Suprised? No. But Ron Artest’s crazy evidently extended to the court tonight, with his 29 point, 12 rebound, 3 assist, 4 steal, 2 block effort playing a big part in the Kings’ win over the Seattle Super Sonics. What a Tru Warier Mikki, for those of you that care, had 29 minutes, 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.


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NBA Coach of the Year Notes

Its a good problem, no doubt, but there are a lot of great candidates for NBA Coach of the Year. In no particular order:

1. Byron Scott: He’s done a lot with this team, which had just 18 wins when he took over. They are challenging for the best record in the West and have the worst bench of any contending Western team. Behind Tyson Chandler is Melvin Ely. That should be Byron Scott’s opening and closing argument for this award.

2. Phil Jackson: The team was playing well before it acquired Pau Gasol, and an argument can be made that they’d be roughly as good with a mediocre coach (Doc Rivers?) Though I think his triangle offense has worked amazingly well this year and major props should go to his handling of the Kobe situation, I really don’t think he deserves it over some of the other coaches on this list.

3. Rick Adelman: The winning streak erased in most people’s minds the fact that the team struggled mightily through the first third of the season. If they can keep up the pace over the next few weeks, I think Adelman has a decent argument, but if the streak came first and the slump after, you wouldn’t give him the award either.

4. Mo Cheeks: Well, I didn’t really think I’d be putting Mo on this list (my old roommate was from Philly and abhors Mo Cheeks), but with a few more wins under this team’s belt, I think he can make a passable argument. The Sixers have turned into a second-half of the season team, but Thaddeus Young has had a great impact and Andre Miller is playing out of his mind. I don’t think comes close to winning it, but he does deserve some recognition.

5. Jerry Sloan: Why not write off the entire season and just give this award to everyone who deserves this award in its lifetime achievement form? Jerry Sloan hasn’t done anything different this year than he did last (honestly, ten thousand Deron Williams – Carlos Boozer pick and rolls is only so impressive) so if he got this award it’d be one of the most obvious make-up calls since Tim Donaghy was in the league. I’m kind of okay with them doing this as long as they give Kobe the MVP and then promise never to get into this situation again. The NBA: Where not having enough awards to properly recognize your league’s own excellence happens.

6. Doc Rivers: Correlation vs. Causation. Doc Rivers should not win this award under any circumstances.

7. Flip Saunders: Does consistency make you ineligible? Because unless I’m mistaken, the Pistons are a really good team with a deep bench and starters who haven’t been worn out because Flip has played Amir Johnson and Jason Maxiell and Rodney Stuckey. Flip has a good claim to the award, but I doubt he’ll be given his props.

8. Don Nelson: The Warriors are 43-27 as I write this. They went0-6 to start the season, so they’ve essentially beenon a 43-71 tear ever since. Considering how bad this team was before he got here, and how exciting their style of play has been, Don Nelson has a claim to COY. He has turned the Warriors into a great team that, if it had more talent, could seriously challenge in the West. Is it just me or does this seem like a DN pattern: start from scratch, build a good team from role players and throw-aways, but never add enough pieces to turn into a true title contender. Its such a distinct pattern that I almost think he does it on purpose. I think Nelson really enjoys being the underdog, and the Warriors have definitely adopted this attitude.

9. Stan Van Gundy: He has turned a three man team into a serious Eastern Contender. Seriously, does anyone in the league fear Jameer Nelson and whoever they decide to start at shooting guard? If you consider Dwight Howard to be their primary Center, they don’t even have a legit Power Forward! They’re at 3rd place in the East with two SF’s and a beastly Center!

10. Eddie Jordan: He’s done so much with so little. Caron Butler has been injured for long periods of time, Gilbert Arenas has played only 8 games but has remained a constant distraction (how he’s managed to be both irrelevant and maddeningly annoying is beyond me) and the rest of the team ranges from extremely young to extremely mediocre. How he has them playing consistently and surviving in the Eastern Conference is beyond me. In a perfect world, he’d be a top 3 candidate for sure.

11. Mike D’Antoni: He’s coached two different teams successfully this year, right? The degree to which I and nearly every other NBA observer criticized this trade contrasts dramatically to the degree of success this trade has brought. The way the Suns are playing with Shaq now is so smooth that you could be confused into thinking that the team has had Shaq since the start of the season.

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Stat-Watch – steppin’ it up

Two players stepped up their overall game tonight: Lamar Odom and Marcus Camby. Their efforts to help their teams maintain playoff seeding or gain a playoff berth also approached the 5×5 status:

Marcus Camby had 5 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 7 blocks, while
Lamar Odom went for 23 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocks.

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NBA Notes – The Playoff Push

The NBA season is fast coming to a close. That being said, there are great post-season races taking place in both conferences. As things begin to shake out, we’ll keep this thread updated with the latest news and notes going into the 2008 NBA playoffs. Here are the story-lines so far:

1. What started out as a two team race between Golden State and Denver for the 8th seed in the West has changed with Dirk Nowitzki’s injury today. Now it is essentially Dallas, Golden State, and Denver going for the 7 and 8 seeds. Denver has been behind by a game or two for a while, but they can make a push in the next few weeks, especially if they sweep their remaining two games against the Warriors. The Warriors face a tough closing schedule, and must maintain their focus if they are to retain the 8th seed. Dallas has a mix of tough games and easier matchups (including two games against the Warriors and Clippers in the next two weeks), and they need to at least keep their head above water while Dirk is out for two weeks+ in order to stay in the mix.

2. The other crazy race out West is the battle for the top seeds. At this time, the top 5 teams in the West are within one game of each other, which is simply insane. Because of Utah’s presence in the Top 4 seeds as the leader of the Northwest Division, those five teams are going after the top six seeds, which becomes more important as the 3 and 6 seeds will face each other in the first round. Naturally, each team has their own strengths and weaknesses, making potential playoff series that much more important.

But wait, the East actually has interesting races too!

3. The Raptors have struggled recently and are currently in line to play the Magic, who they actually have had a lot of success against. Chris Bosh seems to play his best against Dwight Howard, so this match-up may be a special one. The Raptors’ guards would easily overwhelm the Magic back-court, as Jameer Nelson and the Magic’s limp 2nd guard rotation have been the team’s key weaknesses.

4. The 5-7 seeds are all in flux, but 8-10 is also just as shaky. Atlanta currently holds a slim margin on the 8th seed and is playing well. However, Indiana and New Jersey are only a small run away from taking that final spot. Each team is being carried by a key player, surprisingly Vince Carter has played with a heartbeat, Joe Johnson has been playing out of his mind, and Mike Dunleavy has become the Pacers’ main scoring option.

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stat-watch: hair patch edition

drew gooden has horrible taste, especially in terms of hair.

but he also had a great stat line the other night, against Philadelphia.

16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocked shots.

but he still looks like this:

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stat-watch, 12/20/07

The 5×5 is becoming a bit of a curse. Dwyane Wade is the latest player to near the feat, but have his team lose. Then again, its the Miami Heat.

Regardless, big ups to the man, Wade had 41 points, 5 rebounds, 6assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks, in a 4 point loss to the Nets.

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