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2012 NBA Playoffs Game 7: Memphis vs LA Clippers

In 2012 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on May 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Game Seven

First Quarter

  • Jeff Van Gundy – “It’s hard to win when you do dumb things” and fouling Tony Allen on a pull-up jumper from that range (right elbow) is a dumb thing. Tony Allen has scored the first five points for the Grizzlies. A free throw from that foul, a transition layup after a miscue between Paul and Griffin and finally a cutting layup after the pass from Marc Gasol who drew the double team out of the left post.
  • Both teams look anxious in the opening stages. A mix of players who are overly eager to make plays and others who are anxious not to make a mistake whenever the ball comes near them. Tense times. These two teams need to loosen up a bit, play their games.
  • Clippers lead 6-5 after five minutes. The two teams are a combined 4-21 on FGAs. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs Game Five: Memphis vs LA Clippers

In 2012 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on May 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Game Five

Elimination game. Do or die for the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.

First Quarter

  • Marc Gasol knocks down a catch and shoot from the left elbow as DeAndre Jordan is reluctant to close out. Z-Bo was posting up on the left block with Griffin fronting him. Jordan was more concerned with the high-low pass and conceding a layup to Randolph than giving up the open midrange jumper. Next possession, Gasol left elbow to Randolph left block again, muscles it up and over Griffin, off glass, good.
  • Randy Foye and Caron Butler have made a pair of three pointers to give LAC a 6-4 lead.
  • Caron Butler left wing, drives baseline, pump fakes, Gay bites, Butler draws the contact and the foul. Smart play by Butler. He has played very well since returning (unexpectedly) from his game one injury. Has given the Clippers a major lift. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs Game Four: LA Clippers vs Memphis

In Game Log / Recap on May 8, 2012 at 1:05 am

Game Time

I missed the weekend’s games but I heard the Clippers had a strong fourth quarter comeback (after a dominant Memphis third quarter) and win against the Grizzlies in Game Three spearheaded by the fantastic Chris Paul.

This is a big game for Memphis. They don’t want to go down 3-1 and they need to show a response after the Clippers displays of fortitude to win games one and three.

First Quarter

  • Caron Butler with a one dribble left and pull up jumper along the baseline from 17 feet to put the Clippers on the scoreboard. The score is 6-2 Memphis, 8-2 Memphis as Z-Bo gets the putback off of M.Gasol’s missed jump-shot. 10-2 after a Rudy Gay transition layup. Good start by Memphis and it draws an early timeout out of LA.
  • The Clippers go on a 6-2 run to cut the lead in half. They started off with a pair of FTs from Randy Foye, then a cut and dunk from the weakside off the PnR from Chris Paul and finally a transition basket (contested lay in) from Caron Butler again. Butler leading the way for LAC early on. Showing great desire and toughness. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs: Memphis vs LA Clippers Game Two

In Game Log / Recap on May 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Game Two

No Caron Butler for the Clippers tonight. Bobby Simmons starts instead. So the  Clippers weak swing rotation has gotten even weaker.

First quarter

  • Chris Paul kicks the scoring off with a lob pass in transition to DeAndre Jordan. Statement play to begin the game.
  • DeAndre Jordan with a terrific job altering TA’s layup shot and forcing the miss. The Clips need that defensive presence tonight. As I said in the first game, I’d like to see LAC sync up Jordan’s minutes with Marc Gasol. I think they need his size and post defense to matchup effectively with the Grizzlies’ center.
  • A low scoring start, Clippers lead 6-3 after four minutes. TA just fouled Foye on a catch and shoot three, Foye made 2 of 3, so the score is 8-3 now. Bad foul by Tony Allen.
  • Blake Griffin isolation on the left wing vs Marc Gasol, too slow to check Griffin, Griffin makes nice fakes left and right, gets Gasol off balance enough to maneuver his way into the paint and finishes softly going around Gasol. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs Game Time: Day Two

In Game Log / Recap on April 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

San Antonio vs Utah

Notes on game

  • Utah starting well. Devin Harris looking frisky against Tony Parker. Some good defensive sequences, a very confident three pointer as Tony ducks behind the screen and a hard drive and finish at the rim. Utah lead 11-8 five minutes into this one as Ginobili looks to check in.
  • The Jazz’ starting lineup should fare well against the Spurs starting unit. I think the matchup at center between Duncan and Big Al should be fairly neutral. Millsap has an advantage at PF (DeJuan Blair) and Hayward at SG (Danny Green). The SF matchup should be largely neutral.
  • However, the real test for Utah will be when San Antonio brings in it’s bench. They have a lot of firepower there with Manu Ginobili (still a top twenty player in this league) leading the way. Also — Stephen Jackson, Tiago Splitter, Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills, Gary Neal. This is where San Antonio’s major advantage lies in this series and it will be the decisive factor in this matchup.  Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs: Western Conference First Round Matchups

In General NBA on April 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The four ties

  • (1) San Antonio Spurs vs (8) Utah Jazz
  • (2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (7) Dallas Mavericks
  • (3) Los Angeles Lakers vs (6) Denver Nuggets
  • (4) Memphis Grizzlies  vs (5) Los Angeles Clippers


San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz

I like Utah in this series a bit more than most seem to. I don’t think they will win but I do think they can give the Spurs a good time of it and win a game or two.

I like their strength up front with Al Jefferson and Millsap with Kanter and Favors off the bench + their size, quickness and talent in the backcourt with Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward. Younger legs. I think the combination of those players can cause San Antonio some problems. Read the rest of this entry »


Trade Deadline Deals

In Trade Talk on March 15, 2012 at 11:42 am

#1 – Memphis sends Sam Young to Philadelphia for the draft rights to Ricky Sanchez

#2 – Toronto sends Leandro Barbosa to Indiana for a trade exception

#3 – LA Lakers acquire Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga in exchange for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono, the Lakers 2012 first round pick plus the right to switch Miami’s 2013 (via LeBron sign and trade) first rounder with the Lakers should they choose to do so.

#4 – In the biggest deal yet of today’s trade deadline, the Net Jersey Nets have trade a protected (top three) first round pick (along with the cap makeweight of Memo Okur and Shawne Williams) to the Portland Trailblazers and have gotten Gerald Wallace in return.

#5 – San Antonio trades Richard Jefferson and their 2012 first rounder to Golden State for Stephen Jackson.

#6 – The Rockets have acquired Marcus Camby in exchange for Hasheem Thabee, Jonny Flynn and a second round pick.

#7 – The Lakers complete another trade. This time with the Rockets that will see LA send Derek Fisher and a first (Mavs 2012 pick) to Houston for Jordan Hill.

#8 – Hold on, we have a big one here, — Denver sends Nene to Washington, JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf heads to Denver, Nick Young goes to the LA Clippers with the Clips sending Brian Cook and a second rounder (Hornets 2012 second rounder owned by LAC, currently projected at #33 pick in the draft so a high second rounder) back to Washington.

#9 – Atlanta Hawks sell lesser of their two second round picks in this summer’s draft to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations. A luxury tax motivated move.


#1 – Sam Young

Excellent deal for Philadelphia. Sam Young is a solid rotation player as a big two guard. Strong physical profile, a solid defender/rebounder with a decent offensive player. A nice contrast to what Phily has with Jodie Meeks as their other backup two guard.

As for Memphis, this was strictly a cost-cutting move. By moving Sam Young they have crept below the luxury tax and saved around $5 million. Not a bad bit of business for a player who doesn’t figure into their rotation. That said, I would have preferred to have seen them move a less valuable piece than Sam Young because I think S.Young is a legitimate rotation guy.

#2 – Leandro Barbosa

Very good addition for Indiana. Barbosa is a major upgrade over AJ Price and strengthens their bench’s backcourt considerably. That said, there is a lot of overlap in skill-sets between Barbosa and George Hill so there is a fair bit of diminishing returns there. So we won’t see Barbosa at his full value but even in a lesser role he is still a major improvement over AJ Price. Nice addition.

As for the Raptors, presumably this tees them up (gets them far enough below the salary cap) to make major contract offer to Wilson Chandler.

#3 – Ramon Sessions

Does Sessions start for LA?

I prefer Sessions in a backup PG role on that team. Let Blake start (is he still there? I think he is) and be a floor spacer and facilitator alongside Kobe, Pau and Bynum … then bring in Sessions for dribble penetration, playmaking and pick and roll play. Maybe something like 18-23mpg for Blake and 25-30mpg for Sessions.

Sessions is a nice upgrade to the Lakers depth and Eyenga is a solid prospect for the end of their bench. An elite athlete who can defend and rebound his position. The offensive side of the floor is still a mystery to him though.

The Cavaliers did well here. They were unable to get an expiring + first offer elsewhere but valued the first round pick over and expiring deal and got that from LA. They also got the right to swap picks (their Miami pick) with LA in 2013. A nice haul for a backup PG who had no future with the club past this season. A bit disappointed they gave up Eyenga but he was always unlikely to crack Byron Scott’s system anyway.

#4 – Gerald Wallace

Dumb ass trade for the Nets. That lottery pick would have been a lot more valuable for their future than a 30 year old SF whose game heavily relies on his athleticism. Wallace isn’t enough of an upgrade to convince Deron Williams to stay so all New Jersey has done here is shoot themselves in the foot.

Meanwhile, Portland, they have gotten an absolutely fantastic return for player who didn’t fit into their long term plans. That pick will be a valuable asset in rebuilding the roster around Aldridge and Batum.

#5 – RJ for Jacks

Nice piece of business for San Antonio because they got out of that extra year in RJ’s contract. I am a bit concerned about Jack’s ability to fit in and take less shot attempts in San Antonio though. So while it helps San An’s long term flexibility, it may slightly hurt them in the immediate sense.

As for Golden State, they should never have made this financial commitment to Richard Jefferson. Bad trade.

Edit: Sorry, I didn’t notice this at first but San Antonio included their 2012 first rounder too. Not sure if that changes anything though. Need to ponder that some more. Hefty price to pay (that third season of Richard Jefferson) for a late first rounder in a draft that looks dodgy once you start getting into the late teens.

#6 – Marcus Camby

This move pretty much guarantees the Rockets a playoff spot this season.

PG – Lowry, Dragic
SG – Lee, Martin
SF – Parsons, Budinger
PF – Scola, Patterson
C  – Dalembert, Camby

Very solid 10 man roster. Two deep at every position. A couple of good players beyond that too.

I was disappointed by Houston’s lack of interest in developing Thabeet (force-feeding him minutes). They were going to let him leave in the summer, along with Flynn, anyway so this is a coup for them. They added a quality rotation worthy center in exchange for two third string guys who offered little in the immediate sense or long term future.

As for the Blazers, I am looking forward to Flynn getting another shot. I think he has more to show than we’ve seen so far. Not that I rate him particularly high but I think he can become a decent backup PG in the NBA. Thabeet is more of an enigma and I do not expect Portland to develop him. Not much of a return for a quality center but given Camby’s age, one cannot reasonably expect any more than what they got. They did fine here.

#7 – Fisher and Jordan Hill

Seriously, a first round pick for Jordan Hill?

I don’t think he was worth the expenditure. The Lakers did get out of Fisher’s contract though and that added wiggle room financially will allow LA to spend money on a more productive player next season. So it’s not all bad for LA.

Great return for Houston.

#8 – Three team deal: Nene, McGee and Nick Young headline the transaction

I like this deal for Denver. Nene should never have been given that contract in the summer and getting out from underneath that deal is a very good move on their part. To acquire a prospect of JaVale McGee’s potential in addition to that cap flexibility is an excellent bit of business.

Dislike it for Washington for the reasons above + because it improves them in the immediate sense which will only hurt their draft picks this season and in the near future which will only detract from their rebuilding process further. Lack of patience.

The Clippers did a tidy bit of business here. Love the move. Nick Young is a bargain at a second round pick. He’ll be a big help for that team.


Note On Memphis

In General NBA on March 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Throughout the first of this season, I have been a little put-off by Memphis’ bench after losing Shane Batter (FA), Darrel Arthur (injury) and Greivis Vasquez (trade) and without properly replacing them.

I rated Battier as one of the best backup SFs in the league, Arthur as a top backup PF and Vasquez as a well above average (top ten) backup PG. In their stead, they brought in Jeremy Pargo (slightly below average backup PG), Quincy Pondexter (below average backup SF), Marresse Speights (below average backup PF) and gave more minutes to OJ Mayo (above average backup SG). Overall, a much weaker second unit.

So while I was a big admirer of the upgrade they’d be receiving in a healthy Rudy Gay, I was concerned that they had lost too much talent on the bench to make it a major upgrade. If they had of kept the bench, I would have considered Memphis a top two team in the West and a legitimate title contender. Without those bench players, I considered Memphis a very good team with an outside shot at a title (in part due to how weak the West is at the top of the conference outside of OKC).

However, I think I may have been too harsh in that assessment.

Playoff Minutes

LA Lakers

A few days ago, I was thinking about how many minutes the Lakers would be giving to Kobe, Pau and Bynum in the playoffs (110-115 minutes) and how many minutes they’d be forced to give to their supporting cast (4 through 12, easily the worst of any playoff team in the league).

So even while their core is still exceptionally strong, there is a large amount of court time (a bit over 50%) to be filled by players who will give the opposition a good chance of creating an advantage against them.

Memphis Grizzlies

Which in turn led me to think about Memphis’ playoff rotation and how many minutes their starters were able to play and how much that would minimize the loss of their bench pieces.

Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are all capable of playing 36-40 minutes a night in the playoffs. That is 150-160 minutes right off the bat. Then there is Tony Allen who can give them another highly productive 30+ minutes a night leaving 50-60 minutes for the bench players to split.

The Grizzlies can get a good 20 minutes out of OJ Mayo leaving 30-40 minutes for the rest of the bench pieces. Jeremy Pargo for 10-12 minutes a night. Quincy Pondexter or Sam Young for situational minutes on the wing when they need more size. Marreese Speights for 20 minutes a night as the chief backup big man with Hamed Haddadi getting situational minutes.

And really, that doesn’t sound too bad at all to me.

Their top five/six players can shoulder enough minutes to help hide that weakened bench.


Which in turn leaves me to believe I have been too hard on the Grizzlies and should rank them higher on my power rankings.

I am still  debating where exactly to rank them but I am leaning towards a second or third place slot.


Chad Ford’s Trade Idea: Beasley for Mayo

In Trade Talk on January 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm

ESPN’s Chad Ford muses

Wile E Coyote (MN)

Anthony Randolph for OJ Mayo? Seems like it would help both teams.

Chad Ford  (1:33 PM)

I think the Wolves would prefer to trade Beasley … that opens up more time for Derrick Williams and can move Wes Johnson back to his best position at the three.

I love the idea of trading Beasley for OJ Mayo.

  • Free up playing time for Derrick Williams as a small forward
  • Minny dds a decent two guard to their lineup. Their weakest position.
  • And they rid themselves of Michael Beasley who has been a horror show for them over the past year and change.

As for Memphis

  • Beasley would offer good value as a starting PF for the next two months due to the injury to Zach Randolph. Then move to a sixth man backup forward (SF/PF) role behind Gay and Randolph. Great short term solution to their injury crisis and comparable long term option.

Grizzlies Bring Back Haddadi

In Free Agency on January 1, 2012 at 6:54 am

Grizzlies website on reports

The Grizzlies signed center Hamed Haddadi, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read the rest of this entry »