Sunday, May 28, 2006

Another great series?

Patriotsy2k has done a nice job describing the excitement in the Western NBA playoffs. The only one's not enjoying the Suns, Mavs series are Clippers and Spurs fans (and possibly Jeff Van Gundy who throws up at the sight of a fast break).

But what about the Heat, Pistons series? I watched last night's game and I'm still trying to figure out if it's an enjoyable series.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of last night's game:

The Good
  • An active Shaq. He was moving without the ball, hustling to get into good rebounding position, and aggressively going after alley-oops. It was nice to see this version of Shaw rather than the lazy, just-try-to-plow-over-the-defender, Shaq we've seen this season.
  • Dwyane Wade. In a series with Shaq and the two time defending Eastern Champs, it's Wade who steals the show.
  • The good Antoine Walker showed up. Grabbing big rebounds, leading fast breaks, making nice passes, and aggressively going to the basket. This is the Walker I've always wanted to see.
  • Tayshaun Prince. He had a terrible game, but I always enjoys watching his diverse game and hustle.
  • Cool Chauncey Billups. Doesn't matter if he's driving to the basket, shooting a three, or an important free throw -- he makes the play look easy.
The Bad
  • Rip Hamilton. I know he's talented and he's the Pistons' best scorer, but he's terrible for the game. There's the Reggie Milleresque flops, the constant grabbing and clutching, and his whining to refs is matched by few.
  • Rasheed Wallace to name one. Should we blame his poor play on just his ankle? Wallace has shown more talent than most big men since he was playing at UNC. Now he just seems to be a waste of talent.
  • Pat Riley on the sideline. Where's Stan the Man Van Gundy?
  • Gary Payton and Alonzo Mourning. Just retire already.
  • The Miami fans. Pathetic. At one point the crowd was silent so someone started a "Let's Go Heat" chant. Sounds pretty normal. Oh wait, did I mention it was the P.A. guy who started the chant?
The Ugly
  • Shaq and Ben Wallace shooting free throws. Both coaches are intentionally fouling these guys in the fourth quarter. It may be a smart strategy, but it's pure torture for viewers. There's already about 50 stops in action in the fourth quarter with commercials and timeouts. Now we get to see more stops in action so we can see Ben Wallace hit less than 25% of his free throws.

1 comment:

Patriotsy2k said...

Yes, Alonzo should retire. He is still the same cocky guy who likes to act foolishly on the court, even though his skills aren't NBA material anymore. Gary Payton is still a big mouth who should join Alonzo in the stands next year.
I couldn't agree more about the Miami Heat fans. Half of them don't know anyone else besides Wade and Shaq, and the other half are too busy yelling comments to the other team in non-English. And their white shirts are not original. They took this from various NHL teams that would promote white shirts in the playoffs - like the Phoenix Coyotes.