NBA Finals Game 4 Prediction for June 13, 2013

 

NBA Playoff Results
Yesterday:  1-0 SU (100%), 1-0 (100%) ATS, 0-1 (0%) Totals
2013 Playoffs: 57-24 SU (70%), 45-35-1 ATS (56%), 39-41 (49%) Totals

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NBA Finals Game 4 Prediction for June 13, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Heat 44% 93 187
Spurs 56% 96 -1

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NBA Finals Game 3 – What We Learned

 

By Allyus Fritz

I maintain that Michael Jordan is the greatest player of all-time. Tuesday night only made that fact incredibly clear. But I’ll get to that later.

The Heat got dumpblasted. Yes, I just created a word, because that’s how bad it was.  It was the third largest loss in finals history. The Spurs played fantastic defense and set a record for number of three pointers made in a finals game (16). Many of the threes were wide open. Miami was simply were playing lazy defense, giving San Antonio whatever they wanted. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t make any adjustments and the Heat could never come back.

The sad thing is that if Mike Miller didn’t go 5-5 from behind the arc then it might REALLY have gotten out of hand.

That’s essentially what happened. Now let’s talk about Lebron.

This conversation needs to end. Now. Right now.

Lebron did not play well. This happens to everyone. You know what he did because of his poor shooting? He passed up multiple open looks so his teammates can shoot. This might seem like the right decision, but it’s not. Kobe Bryant and Jordan, his competition in the never ending “who’s the greatest player ever” conversation, would have shot themselves out of their slump. That’s what great players do. They never give up. Jordan would have never allowed the Bulls to lose by 36 points in the Finals. Absolutely not. Lebron is supposed to be the greatest player in the world. I honestly believe that he is. But he apparently does not match-up with the legends of the past.

I just got done writing about how I think Lebron can put the Heat on his back and dominate opponents. He has shown the ability to be dominant. At the end of the third quarter he went on a run, making a few baskets in a row and making his numbers look semi-acceptable. He did not even perform in the same stratosphere that he should be performing in.

During his post-game interview he seemed saddened by the beating, but he wasn’t angry. He even cracked a smile and laughed with some reporters. He seemed indifferent. Where is your pride? Jordan would have been pissed. The only thing Jordan would have been thinking about is the next time he could get on the court and waste the other team. That’s it.

The Heat are trying to be one the greatest teams of all-time. The big three sat on a stage during their arrogant inauguration, telling the world they would win not four, not five, not six… blah blah etc. championships. There is no way they will accomplish this, especially if they don’t have the amount of pride inside them that it takes not to allow themselves to be humiliated like they were.

Jordan would have never let this happen. Ever.

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NBA Finals Game 3 Prediction for June 11, 2013

 

NBA Finals Game 3 Prediction for June 11, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Heat 43% 89 187.5
Spurs 57% 93 -2

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NBA Finals Game 2 Prediction for June 9, 2013

 

NBA Playoff Results
Yesterday:  0-1 SU (0%), 1-0 (100%) ATS, 0-1 (0%) Total
2013 Playoffs: 55-24 SU (70%), 44-34-1 ATS (56%), 38-40-1 (49%) Totals

NBA Finals Game 2 Prediction for June 9, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Spurs 42% 91 188
Heat 58% 95 -6

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Nuggets Decision to Fire Karl is a Travesty

 

When a head coach wins NBA coach of the year, you’d expect some lavish rewards to be provided. A raise? A bonus? A contract extension? Sure. If the team in question does surprisingly well, earns a third seed in the conference playoffs despite having one of the youngest rosters in the league and lacking much star power at all, you might even expect him to get his own private jet or an all expenses paid vacation to a tropical island or something. But in Denver, they have different ideas, like, say, fire that coach.

Yep, it appears that not even winning top honors could save George Karl’s job. The Nuggets awarded his achievement by showing him the door. And just like that, the best coach in the NBA is on the market.

With this, I’m reminded of the film Office Space, when the Tom character invents his idea for a “jump to conclusions” mat. Apparently, the Nuggets put on their mat, “George Karl is never going to amount to anything for our franchise” and just started hopping away without consideration of anything he’s done for them.

Never mind that Karl took a team whom few expected to amount to much playing with the big boys, and keep quite nicely, barely falling short of the benchmarks set by Oklahoma City and San Antonio. But, really, you’d be hard pressed to find someone outside of Denver that could name its starting lineup this season.

Never mind that the team went an NBA-best 38-3 at home this season, or that they won their final 23 regular season games in the mile-high city. Never mind that the team, lacking headline stealing “elite” players, like Dwight Howard or nary a story to follow at all, followed up the all star break by going 24-4. Nope, not even a 57-win season— for a team expected to barely succeed half of that mark— was enough to save poor George his job.

Forget that Karl has stuck with his team through and through, taken them to new heights, kept them relevant, and far exceeded expectations year after year. Forget that he battled cancer, twice even, while remaining head coach and remaining loyal to his duties in Denver. No, the Nuggets abolished any good nature precedence and went on and fired Karl, who still had a year left on his contract.

Now sure, any coach lives and dies by his playoff success. In that regard, it probably is the reason Karl was dismissed. In the nine times he’s taken his Nuggets to the playoffs, Karl has only gotten his team out of the first round once, including this season when it was upended by an underdog Golden State team which, relatively speaking, dismantled them with mismatches. It’s understandable that a team might want to go a different direction after so much playoff disappointment.

But not after he wins a gosh-darn coach of the year award. Give me a break.  I vehemently disagree with the decision. While playoff advancement is part of any franchise’s priority, it shouldn’t make brash decisions with a team that was a project still in the works. Now, rather than building on last season’s success—with the coach who was no doubt the producer of that success— the team must start over with a whole new coaching style and perhaps even a completely different system all together. Now instead of a coach proven to use roster youth to an advantage instead of a crutch, it will now need to adjust to a coach who may not have that distinguishing characteristic, one in which they will definitely need as time progresses.

This, all in all, is a bad decision, one made on a whim and a situation seen through a murky lens of “win now” mentality. I will never understand the tendency for professional organizations to relieve successful coaches before they had their chance to finish what they’ve started. Denver was in the middle of a successful campaign that will only be improved upon by a team of players that will be better than they it was previously.

At least let the guy finish out his contract, he won coach of the year. What else do you want him to do juggle torches at center court during timeouts? Sorry, Denver but this is dumb. Maybe it’s the altitude affecting decision-making, I don’t know. But I guess one team’s loss is another’s gain. Karl will no doubt be pursued heavily and used to make another team better. Next time, Denver, take this little “nugget” of advice. Don’t jump on the mat.

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Allyus Previews and Predicts the 2013 NBA Finals

 

The 2013 NBA Finals begin tonight. Here’s a breakdown of both teams as they get ready to compete for the Larry O’Brien trophy.

2013 NBA Finals Preview and Prediction
By Allyus Fritz

The San Antonio Spurs: One Last Opportunity

Each season they’re too old. Each season they’re too boring. Each team they play in the playoffs has an advantage over them because of this and that… but they really don’t. Defying age and critics seems to have become a favorite pastime for the men in black and silver.

The San Antonio Spurs are back in the NBA Finals. Here we go again.

The 2013 edition of the Spurs is a combination of renaissance men and youthful exuberance. The original big three are still there. Tim Duncan doesn’t put up the same numbers that he used to, but then again he doesn’t have to. Tony Parker is the most clutch point guard in basketball.  Parker played magnificently in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. He smelled blood and saw an opportunity to eliminate the Memphis Grizzlies. His 37 points and six assists essentially did so. And then there’s Manu Ginobili, who of course is still really good too. He also continues to sport the best bald spot in all of basketball.

Spurs Owner Peter Holt has kept the core together seemingly out of loyalty and confidence in their never wavering abilities. The rest of the team has changed. Names like Brent Barry, Bruce Bowen and Robert Horry have been replaced with Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter. Leonard was traded for George Hill, which seems to have worked out for the Spurs and Indiana Pacers both.

The core may be the same, but the way the Spurs play the game has evolved. Coach Gregg Popovich consistently changes his tendencies to conform to his current players. If you think this is simple, maybe you should ask Mike D’Antoni. Many coaches can’t do this. Popovich does it every year.

Popovich uses spacing to continually get three point shooters Leonard and Green open. That combined with flawless ball movement and Parker makes the Spurs what they are. They attack before the defense is ready. The offense is no longer based around Duncan. He is an incredibly instrumental complementary piece, if there is such a thing.

Sports analysts will throw around words like legacy, history and reputation extensively the next few weeks. Will finally making the finals and losing ruin Duncan’s legacy? At this point he’s four for four. In 16 professional seasons he has made the finals over a fourth of the time. A title over the Heat would solidify a decade and a half of dominance.

Some may think San Antonio got a free pass to the finals this season. Injuries to Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook depleted the Western Conference. The Oklahoma City Thunder became the OKC Kevin Durants after Westbrook’s injury, crippling their chances of getting to the finals for a second straight year. We can assume that the Thunder would have beaten the Grizzlies if they had Westbrook, creating a Spurs and Thunder Western Conference Final. The Spurs very well could have beaten the Thunder, but we’ll never know.

We can’t live in a hypothetical world. The Spurs are in the finals because they deserve it. For those who believe the Spurs don’t belong, then the Miami Heat got a free pass last year when Derrick Rose tore his ACL in the first round of the playoffs. None of that matters now.

What we know is that the Spurs must do something that no team has done in two seasons: beat the Heat in a seven game series. Miami hasn’t lost consecutive games this entire postseason. San Antonio will not have home court advantage either.

With that being said, if there’s any team who has a chance to topple the King, it’s San Antonio. Popovich prepares better than any other coach in the NBA. Erik Spoelstra will have circles coached around him this series. The only question is whether or not Lebron James can be stopped.

If James is stopped, then San Antonio will win its fifth franchise title.

And who knows, maybe they’ll do it next year too. After all, they’ll definitely be too old next year.

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The Miami Heat – A King’s Destiny

There was once a team that was bought. It was called the Miami Heat.

Pat Riley, yet again wanting to leave his imprint upon the NBA, created a super-monster when he brought Lebron James and Chris Bosh to Miami. Add in Shane Battier and Chris Anderson, sprinkle in some homegrown talent with the names of Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers and Dwayne Wade, then acquire Ray Allen, and you have yourself a certifiable murder’s row of NBA stars. The Heat should win the title because they have the most talent by a colossal margin.

Then why is there skepticism?

The Indiana Pacers provided the San Antonio Spurs with a blueprint of how to defeat the Heat. The only thing the Pacers did wrong was lose Game 1, which wound up making all the difference. Until Game 7 Lebron’s supporting cast was scoring less than the 06-07 Cavaliers. Do you remember when Lebron basically had to do it all by himself? Oh, he’s still doing it all by himself? I guess that’s true.

The series should not have gone on as long as it did, even with Lebron going nuts. The Heat won Game 1 and then never won consecutive games the whole series. It didn’t seem like they felt the need to win if they were already up by one in the series. When the series was tied, the Heat came out with ferocity that no other team in the NBA can match. Why can’t they do that every game?

Bosh and Wade were both out of rhythm during the Eastern Conference Finals. Bosh was out of rhythm because Spoelstra doesn’t use him like he should, Wade because of a bum knee.

None of the criticism may matter in the end, purely because Lebron is that good. There are so many ways the Heat could be better, yet they are in the finals for the third straight year because Lebron is the greatest basketball player in the world. He can play all five positions, displaying versatility unmatched in the NBA. He finally has an outside game that matches his inside game. He is also no longer afraid of the moment, which may be the most important aspect of all.

There will be many times before and after the finals where the Lebron vs. Kobe vs. Jordan conversation will come up. Kobe and Jordan both would not have allowed the Pacers to hang around like Lebron did. They both have a killer instinct. Kobe and Jordan both want to eradicate the enemy (especially Jordan), not outlast them. Jordan would not have been high fiving Paul George. Jordan would have been in George’s face telling him how much he sucked. Until Lebron develops that killer instinct, he doesn’t compare. He also needs five more championships.

The Finals – San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

David Stern has got to be pleased with this matchup. Future hall of famers, the best player in basketball, the decade’s best team (along with the Lakers) versus the current best team, and ratings ahoy!

One of my main questions is how the Heat will they defend Parker. I don’t think any of Miami’s guards can stay with him. Chalmers will be his usual self, flopping around the court and being genuinely annoying. Allen is too old, Miller is ancient, and Cole is too unrefined. Wade is the only man who can do it, but we’ll have to see if he’s healthy enough. Of course Spoelstra can always put Lebron on Parker, which would work, however that would leave other players open.

I believe the key to this series is Bosh. His game changing performance in Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls is what broke Chicago’s spirit. The series was essentially over. Bosh 20 points and 19 rebounds reminded us that he really is an all-star caliber player. Spoelstra does not utilize Bosh like he should. If Bosh is allowed to play in the post and get hot, then the Heat can be a totally different team.

Bought vs. Built. Attention seekers vs. Attention Deflectors. Individuals vs. Team. High Maintenance vs. Low-Key. These two teams could not be farther apart in attitude. As much as I would like to pick the Spurs because of what they represent, I’ll have to see the Heat losing to believe it. As I mentioned earlier, the Heat had a problem closing out the Pacers, which is exactly why I think the series will go seven games. If Wade and Bosh get it going, the Heat are simply too talented. If they don’t, Lebron may need to carry the entire team on his back, which apparently he can now do.

Prediction: Heat in 7.

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Matt’s Mind: Predicting the 2013 NBA Finals

 

The NBA Finals tip off tonight.  The San Antonio Spurs have been waiting over a week for this game while the Heat just advanced on Monday night winning a Game 7 to eliminate the Indiana Pacers.

The Heat have momentum coming off of that Game 7 win and having home court should get them a win to start the series.  I expect San Antonio to be a little out of rhythm in the first half as they get back adjusted to playing a real opponent.

Game 2 is where the series starts to swing.  I think the Spurs will do what the Pacers did most of their series with the Heat…stay on the shooters.  They will allow LeBron and D-Wade to drive to the basket but won’t double or collapse on them leaving Mike Miller, Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, etc. open for a three.  The Heat hit open threes in Game 7 and that’s what blew the game open.  San Antonio won’t do that.  I expect Tony Parker to take control of this game and send it to San Antonio tied at 1-1.

Due to the format of the NBA Finals, it often makes gives a bigger home court advantage than prior rounds as the “visitor” gets three straight home games in the middle of the series.  I think the Spurs will benefit from that.  I look for Tim Duncan to have huge games at home as he looks for another NBA Championship.  His low post game should be too much for any of the Heat defenders to handle as he banks it off the glass for two or finds the open many for an easy basket.  I look for the Spurs to win all three at home never allowing the Heat to get back to Miami for a Game 6.

I think San Antonio with a great point guard, outstanding coaching and a low post presence will simply be too much for Miami.  The Spurs aren’t a team that commits a lot of turnovers that would lead to easy baskets for the Heat.  Chris Bosh simply will be no more effective in this series than the last.  It’ll be up to LeBron James and Dwayne Wade to carry the Heat.  I just can’t see them being able to do it again against a team as good as San Antonio.

NBA Finals Prediction:  San Antonio Spurs in 5

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Derek’s 2013 NBA Finals Prediction

 

by Derek Franks

While I think Miami is potentially the most difficult team in the NBA to guard/score against, it does not mean they are by any means invincible. Unlike last year’s playoff campaign, the Heat have struggled to be consistent from the field, especially from three point range, and they have proven that a team with a strong defense can expose them. On top of that, their “Big 3” has underperformed as a whole, with only Lebron James truly holding his own throughout the post season. On the flipside, San Antonio benefits from a core of players who’ve been here, younger players playing at almost elite levels and a coach in Greg Popovich who will easily out-wit Miami’s Erik Spolestra. While the Heat had a favorable opponent for them in last year’s finals, this year’s poses a team with a very strong defense, enough offense and depth and superior coaching to get it done. I expect San Antonio to start rusty and all six games to be close but the Spurs will pull it out 4-2.

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NBA Finals Game 1 Prediction for June 6, 2013

 

NBA Playoff Results
Yesterday:  1-0 SU (100%), 0-1 (0%) ATS, 1-0 (100%) Totals
2013 Playoffs: 55-23 SU (0%), 43-34-1 ATS (56%), 38-39-1 (49%) Totals

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Matt’s Mind:  Predicting the NBA Finals
Allyus Previews the 2013 NBA Finals
Derek’s 2013 NBA Finals Prediction
It’s Time for Our Fixation with Dwight Howard to End

NBA Finals Game 1 Prediction for June 6, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Spurs 41% 93 188.5
Heat 59% 97 -5

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NBA Playoff Predictions for June 3, 2013

 

NBA Playoff Results
Yesterday:  1-0 SU (100%), 1-0 (100%) ATS, 0-1 (0%) Total
2013 Playoffs: 54-23 SU (70%), 43-33-1 ATS (57%), 37-39-1 (49%) Totals

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NBA Playoff Predictions for June 3, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Pacers 40% 87 180.5
Heat 60% 92 -7

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