Month: January 2014

Steve Nash could be back on court for Lakers next Tuesday

Is rather Have Fish on my team at the moment. Nash has had a better career stat wise over Fish but Derek has proved there consistent player as age progressed. Nash ain’t helping nobody at this point in his career. Lakers are a sad story even if Kobe returns. Go warriors !

ProBasketballTalk

Steve Nash practiced on Thursday with no issues or setbacks, but will not suit up when the Lakers host the Charlotte Bobcats Friday night.

However next Tuesday he could return. So could Steve Blake.

That’s what Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said after shootaround on Friday.

While we’re talking Lakers injuries, Pau Gasol will play Friday.

Nash has played just six games this season, and has spent considerable time this season working with his personal trainer in Vancouver, in part to train himself to move differently, in ways that do not aggravate the nerve root issue that has been a problem since he broke his leg at the start of last season. He can go for stretches; the question is will the wear and tear…

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Super Bowl Prediction: Where the weather won’t matter

Okay, it’s the granddaddy game of the season regardless of how many good games there were this season and postseason. Respectively, both these teams should be here and deserve to be here. The main storyline is “best offense vs best defense.” While that remains to be seen, it is a collective team effort that got these teams here, not just the offense or defense’s majority of quality play. Peyton Manning did have a HOF caliber season with touchdown and yard records, at his age very impressive. He continues to play lights out at the tender age of 37. He seems to be well on his way to becoming a quality starter in the NFL well into his 40s, something the immortal Brett Favre couldn’t manage. Manning managed over 60 percent of passes in all but one game this regular season, and completed more than 20 balls in a game except the game where he threw under 60 percent. He postseason has seen him throw 4 td and just one pick. We can talk about Decker, Thomas boys, Welker all day but let’s talk the X factor: defense. Yeah, let’s talk about 2nd year OLB Danny Trevathan from Kentucky. Despite having only 2 sacks all year he had 7 double digit tackling games, making his presence known by gobbling up the line and the sealing the outside. He shut down runners like Lesean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, and Ryan Mathews twice. All those guys are not Marshawn Lynch but all 4 rushed for over 1,000. He picked up the slack from the absence of Von Miller and championed his position. Add Robert Ayers, Shaun Philips and Malik Jackson, the pass rush and LB containment could really slow down Russell Wilson and Skittleman Lynch. As for the secondary, I just don’t think you can look last legendary Bailey at corner along with Dom Cromartie. These guys are both tied with 7 tackles each in the postseason. Dom only had 3 picks all year but deflected 14 passes , just two less than “greatest corner in the game” Sherman. Denver allows about 250 pass yards per game. Seattle throws for about 200 yards a game, very mediocre as they rely on their defense way too much. I think Dom add the likes of Champ and that defensive line can make Russell Wilson look like the mediocre quarterback he really is. The defense after all makes him look good, not to mention the 12th fan aka Loudest NFL stadium. Had the Niners game been played in San Francisco perhaps the situation differs. Overall the Seahawks are dominant at home I will give them that. Away from home they are beatable and vulnerable. Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate? I don’t think that even threatens a core of Decker, Welker and the Thomas boys. Also, what is all this talk about cold weather. Denver plays in a colder atmosphere than Seattle despite the rain and wind, but it is just as cold if not colder in the Mile High. Factor that in and Peyton Manning won’t see any insignificant dip in his play. His experience, receiving corps, Moreno run game (1000 plus) and stable D gives him what he needs so he does not need to throw 500 yards and 7 seven touchdowns. We know Seattle has the best D in points given up and takeaways and overall intimidation they give off, but can they hold the best offense to 14 points. I just don’t see a pig’s chance of that happening not on Manning’s time. And can Russell Wilson’s 200 yard a game average match a shoot out if it were to happen? Highly unlikely. He is an average skillset quarterback wih athletic moves. I’ll never harp on his height because he has moves to back it up. I just don’t think he is good enough to beat the Broncos and win a ring with Manning in his way. Give him credit where it’s due but not label him the game changer, which many are expecting him to be. So a score must be predicted to end this story and that number has been pondered a couple times, but always coming back to the Broncos winning. So in conclusion to end the 2013 NFL season and a dumb idea of playing the Super Bowl in Jersey (it’s not New York) my prediction lays at 34-16 Broncos. Read it, Watch it, take it all in!

Ricky Rubio

The 23 year old from Spain was making headlines as a tennager. At age 14 he was the youngest player ever to play in the Spanish ACB basketball league. At 16 he became the youngest player to compete in Euroleague basketball competition, which is an elite league of Europe’s finest teams. There is no doubt that his young prodigy talent was seen early and he was showcased doing so. June 25th 2009, Minnesota T’Wolvea took Rubio at the fifth pick. It was at this moment where the problems came to the light. Rubio was still under terms with Spanish club Joventut, and Minnesota planned on buying him out so but Rubio declined. Rubio then turned around and took a six year deal with Barcelona powerhouse , a Euroleague favorite. Through a few seasons with Joventut and Barcelona he won a few accolades and league titles but what are these titles in European basketball anyways? They are no where near the high level of basketball that is being played in America. I believe Rubio, who has always been under the shadow of his parents, peaked way to early in his career after going pro at 14 and being apart of the 2008 Olympic team. Due to this accelerated rate, the fact he snubbed the Wolves in 2009 showed that he did not have what it took for his rail thin frame and pass first no shot ability. Personally Rubio is a good point guard for the Wolves, a team with a decent offense but at the end of the day are a .500 team and won’t make the playoffs. Rubio can’t single handily point guard this team to a playoff run. His weak frame and below average jumper are 2 things to beef up for him asap! Personally he is a decent guard of the bench and he can play in the NBA , I just don’t understand what the Wolves see in him. They are a point guard away from a nice deep run in the postseason. Barea and Rubio are not the answer.

Warriors home against Blazers

Disappointing bench effort and poor defense allowed Minnesota to erase a 7 point deficit agains the warriors and win by a point. Kevin love chipped away and kmart added the go ahead with 8.7 second left. Curry balled out of his mind and had six threes but no defense was found from the Warriors. I’d like to see more aggressive D seeing their offense is one of the most potent in the league. Warriors beside Curry, have Klay Thompson, David Lee, Bogut, Igoudala, Jordan Crawford, Harrison Barnes , all 7 players can score double digits every night. What id like to see is put curry, Crawford , Igoudala, Lee and Bogut start the game. And as a second unit I would see kent bazemore, Klay, Barnes , green and speights. KB is a quick prolific talent and never see action besides a cutaway to see him hyping his team from the bench. Curry and Thompson are good together but Crawford is a scorer more than a PG and he would benefit as a 2 with curry. KB is a point guard first player and a decent defender. Tonight LaMarcus Aldridge needs to be contained and physically tested. I don’t think David Lee can run with him d-wise. Bogut should be able to win the matchup with Lopez down low and Curry against lillard should be fun. It comes down to the 2-3 play then. Thompson against Mathews and Andre versus Batum. Nico Batum is Mr. Intangibles as he scraps points, blocks, assists and boards every night. He is very valuable and their third most important player next to lillard and LA. I don’t think Marc Jackson will get to this preview before game time for the lineup adjustments, but just telling your team to play better D ain’t going to cut it. Personnel change needs to be in effect. Throw some curveballs against LA and even if he scores 30, box and out rebound the Blazers and that should be the deciding factor who wins the game. I expect all the regular stars to have big games as this game should be in triple digits. Looking for a Warrior win but it’ll be close !

Nuggets Kings Pick

Well it’s Sunday here, been a dreary, boring and not a lot of money to be made Sunday. The Heat and Spurs game was predictable knowing King James wouldn’t let the Spurs come in an seek revenge. And the Knicks Lakers game was well, a mediocre game between 2 poor teams. So tonight we have the Nugs and the Kings in Sactown. Kings have been playing great but not what they hopes after signing Rudy Gay. They have an excellent scorer in Isaiiah Thomas and a low post presence in Dmac Cousins. Everything else about this teams is mid level though. Marcus Thorton is streaky and had 42 last night but he won’t show up like that again. Jason Thompson is a good rebounding forward and plays hard but is no star. Fredette comes off the bench and shoots well but is a weak penetrator. As for the Nuggets I love their depth and scoring ability. Sac has a couple signature wins against good teams and play well at home but they are inconsistent. Ty Lawson , Randy Foye an Wilson Chandler complete the 1-3 spots and with Lawson’s leadership and pace I expect a double digit lead by half time. Faired gobbles up boards like a beast that he is and Mozgov has turned himself into quite the center with consistent play. Fournier comes off the bench with guard play, as well as flashy Nate Robinson. JJ Hickson is a double double a night kind of guy and Anthony Randolph gives you double digits and outside shooting. I just think the depth of the Nuggets and their pace won’t be countered by Sacramento’s inconsistent play.

Blazer home v T wolves

Portland is one on the best home teams and overall teams in the NBA. Awesome guard play from lillard and a low post threat and mid range game from LAldridge are the fuel that fires this team. Wes Mathews shoots lights out from three and Robin Lopez has found himself a presence in the paint as well. T wolves coming off a lucky and undeserved win against Warriors last night. Love got banged up a little and Rubio as we’ll. (not shocked). This being said I think Portland’s home record and overall talent outweigh a young and naaive twolves squad.

Rundown of the day so far.

So the night is still young here where I am but still hoping to cash on my BYU teaser on gonzaga.. Sexy matchup there. Through the morning I made 145 smacks on FA cup betting,having God ol’ Liverpool get me 88 of those 145 chips. Was spot on with Gary Harris over 18 1/2 point getting me 20 more but MSU cost me 70 all together on a straight win, Michigan is rolling no doubt after seeing this. Still up overall and have a couple NBA games and CBK games to pick. Remember to bet low or not at all if you have doubt. Slow increment bets have gotten me to live patiently and things are worth waiting for.

Spartans v Wolverines quick preview

Both teams playing really hot right and at the moment Michigan is coming in with some confidence they need to down one of their in state rivals who are also the top 5 in rankings. With Nick Stauskas dunking on people and shooting lights out three pointers, it’s hard to say they can be stopped. Rebounds secured in the glass by Glen Jr. and Jon Horford will need to step up tonight as Mitch McGary, last years tournament sweetheart, had not lived up to par this year. Michigan has clawed its presence back into the ap poll at 21. The main thing I extract from this preview is Izzo’s depth on the bench and Guard play by Gary Harris and “sweet Keith ” Appling. Maturity , home crowd and depth wins this game for the Spartans I say 72-56.