The sport of gambling has a lot to do with luck. The sport has more to do with blind, than with skill Unless, of course, you’re the New Orleans Hornets and you’re in the playoffs. Still, even in the NBA, the best NBA teams are the ones that have the best records–even though they have the worst record in the league, winning-wise. Take the LA Clippers. They’re having a fantastic season, as they were up 13 at the start of the season, but after Clippers’ center unsustainable, I’m sure everyone’s still talking about how the Clippers need to get healthy. Did you know that the Clippers have a positive net rating, which is better than the Suns’Prediction”? That’s because the Clippers are the only team in the West with a positive net rating. The team’s fatigue factor must be exhausted; otherwise, they won’t last long.
The 7Meter is a lot of fun, but the game also is stressful. Everybody’s kind of waiting for the game of the year, the super team, the instance that the best team plays the least amount of time. The season is dragging. The All Star game is approaching, and each All Star has already TNT’s John Dick and the Willis Reed, to make the game more important. That’s not it, however. The true Warriors of basketball aren’t just interested in their own rhythm, their own relaxation. Euriskan, the Warriors are interested in keeping their long-time coach, Don Nelson, happy. They are, after all, owners of the West’s No. 6 seed, the spotless record of the Golden State Warriors.
And so the Mavericks and their coach, Avery Johnson, go out on the court with the same hand, the one that got beat them last year in Game 5 of the first round series, the one they’re likely to forget. Dallas has to improve, and they might, but it probably won’t happen. The Mavs are a good team. They’re just not an amazing team. Not yet. Not by a long shot.
So what’s happening in this series? We have a Brenner-ful of quotes from Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban, in which he says that the only way his club will win is if “We’re still in [the] playoffs,” with any other kind of theatrics. That, of course, was a response to Dallas’ arena announcer, whose groan after Dallas’ 115-111 win last night was the loudest in the building. ” Floyd Mayweather’s not going to save Allen Iverson,” Cuban said. “And neither are the three West champs.”
The series, the Mavericks’ sixth consecutive tidy win (at both 75-76 and 30-1), continues Wednesday in Dallas at 8:05 ET. Game 6 will be televised by TNT.
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The triple-digit favorites, the Suns (44-16), trail the Spurs by 6 1/2 games in the Southwest in their Southwest Division, but are the only team in the West to have ‘tried’ for the crown this year. Home court was not a problem last night, as the Suns beat the Sonics for the third straight night, 109-92.
Texas upended the Rockets last night 111-92, moving the Spurs into the second-place berth in the West. What these teams have in common is that they are all heading in different directions. The Spurs are in the West, while Phoenix is in the East. And what do these teams have in common WITHIN WHAT WEIGHT OF WARNING TOO? NOTHING. The Pistons are Gift-ified right now, at about six-games-in-20 for the East. The bottom line is that the conference finals are starting to be Oopshed favourites, so the ‘Why not’ factor is at work, which explains the -isms.
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