NBA Playoffs Last Night: The Mavs and the Suns Have Gone Fishin’

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The Mavs have lost 12 of 15 playoff games

Just think, the last three MVP trophies are going fishing. The media crush around the Mavs and the Suns before this year was maddening. I just didn’t understand why people were so enamored with teams cottony soft in a playoff rock hard world. Say what you want about Flash’s 17 free throw a game average a couple of years back, but Dallas made its own bed that series and has never recovered.

I’m not one to call for anyone getting fired and I apologize in advance if I’ve said anything of the sort publicly.

I have to say this though, if Avery goes, so should D’Antoni. At least Avery got to the Finals.

Again and I’ve said this for years. What has Phoenix won to have garnered so much media and fan acclaim?

Where was Josh Howard? Was it all about him not making the proper adjustments in his game to facilitate Kidd’s arrival?

The man I feel bad for in all of this is Grant Hill. In our interview, Grant was happy at the prospect of winning a championship. It’s a shame another injury (groin) prohibited him from giving his heart and soul on the floor when his team needed it the most.

Stick around Grant. You too Jason.

Shaq was brought in to help neutralize the Spurs but it should have been obvious the Suns biggest weakness is defending the opposing point guard. Tony Parker averaged 29 points in the series and Steve Nash was just as helpless as Jason Kidd was in Dallas guarding Chris Paul.

I’ve gotten word that Kobe will win MVP, but damn Chris Paul is a beast and has no reason whatsoever to hang his head.

24 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds in an elimination game is just sick.

It also should be obvious these teams would have been better off having a training camp to get more comfortable with their new parts.

They both should be given the chance. We as fans judge coaches through TV influenced eyes, but why do coaches get penalized by winning?

Seriously with the makeup of both of these rosters, does anyone think they are good enough to win a championship?

If you fire either of these coaches and “change the culture” does it guarantee success?

Hell no.

San Antonio is one of the best teams in the history of sports and Chris Paul has a shot to become one of the best point guards ever.

Why aren’t they getting credit for victory?

Both teams did what they could to stave off summer vacation, but it was not to be.

Hornets 99, Mavericks 94

Byron Scott wins NBA Coach of the Year

New Orleans Leaders:

David West: 25 points, 7 rips, 4 dimes, 3 blocks

Chris Paul: 24, 15, 11

Jannero Pargo: 17 points

Tyson Chandler: 10 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks

Dallas Leaders:

Dirk Nowitzki: 22 points, 13 boards, 6 assists, 2 blocks

Jason Kidd: 14 points, 9 assists, 4 boards

Jason Terry: 13 points, 9 assists

Josh Howard: 12 points, 9 rebounds

Spurs 92, Mavs 87

San Antonio Leaders:

Tony Parker: 31 points, 9 dimes

Tim Duncan: 29 points, 17 boards, 3 blocks

Duncan and Parker the only Spurs in double figures

Phoenix Leaders:

Boris Diaw: 22 points, 8 rips, 8 dimes

Amare Stoudemire: 15 points, 11 rips, 3 blocks

Shaquille O’Neal: 13 points, 9 boards, 3 blocks

Every Phoenix starter with the exception of Nash (4) had 5 fouls

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(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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You can’t hold me young boy!

Houston 95, Utah 69

Yo, is that score right?

Damn…

Remember NBA Jam?

“It’s a blowout!”

Not much to talk about here as the Rockets stave off elimination to live another day.

Tracey McGrady stepped up–finally–and led his team to a big victory. His defense didn’t hurt as well.

Houston leaders:

TMac: 29, 5 and 5

Luis Scola: 18 and 12

Utah Leaders: 

Carlos Boozer 19 and 10

Mehmet Okur: 14 and 10

Derron Williams: 13 and 6 dimes

Utah scores less than 20 in 3 of 4 quarters

What are you gonna do to top this TMac?

2 Responses to “NBA Playoffs Last Night: The Mavs and the Suns Have Gone Fishin’”

  1. Temple3 says:

    Hasn’t Phoenix won an average of 58 games the last few years? They feature a wide open offense that scores tons of points. Isn’t that enough? The Suns, as you know, get props in large part because of Steve Nash’s minority appeal. Nash is a member of a minority group playing an international game in which fans (of that same minority group) identify closely with him on the basis of their shared minority status. It doesn’t hurt one bit that this “Son of Africa” (born in South Africa) has sho ’nuff Regular Season Skillz.

    You are right, though, to highlight the distinction between the regular season and post-season. One can only hope that minorities are some day able to cross the achievement gap in the NBA post-season. It’s been done before (Bird and McHale, etc.; Madsen, Rambis, Laimbeer, etc.), but the memories are beginning to fade.

  2. sankofa says:

    Damn Temple, you about to start a ruckus, LOL!

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