Leave The Scrubs In!!

Pistons Cavaliers BasketballIn last night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons, Cleveland led by 29 points one minute into the fourth quarter at 79-50 and both teams subbed their scrubs into the game. Well, the Pistons’ backups came ready to play and in the next couple minutes, Detroit went on a 27-5 run, cutting the Cavs’ lead to 7.

All of a sudden, the Pistons were back in the game. Just as quick as they got back in the game though, Detroit found themselves down 91-77 , because they had put their starters back in the game.

Games 1 and  2 have proven that the Detroit starters cannot compete with the Cavs top guys. They may steal a game in Detroit out of pure adrenaline, but I don’t even see that happening. The Cavs are going to beat the Pistons’ starters 90 out of 100 times. It was clear all game last night that it was not one of the 10% of times the Pistons’ starters.

If the starters only have a 15% chance of winning against Cleveland’s top players than the reserves, the scrubs, must have a 1% chance of winning. From the first three quarters, it was clear that Detroit was not going to win with it starters on the court. However, the surge in the fourth quarter gave the slimmest of hope that maybe this was the scrubs 1% chance of winning. Now, to be fair, the Pistons’ scrubs played against the Cavaliers’ scrubs and that is very different than playing against LeBron James and his unit. The chances were still extremely minimal, but it was better than the 0% chance Detroit’s starters had at winning. Continue reading “Leave The Scrubs In!!”

Allen Iverson: The Cancer of the NBA

The Detroit Pistons announced today that Allen Iverson is done for the season with a bad back. This comes just days after Iverson returned to the Pistons’ lineup, but in an unfamiliar role: as a reserve. Playing 21, 17, aiverson1nd 16 minutes in his three games back, Iverson complained about his playing time and even spoke about retirement. From Philadelphia to Denver to Detroit, the only thing we’ve learned about Allen Iverson is that he is a cancer.

 

The greatest players of all-time all have one thing: a championship ring. As great a player as Iverson is, he has had only one real chance to capture the crown and even that chance wasn’t that great. He took the 2001 Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals, but they were easily defeated by the Lakers in five games. Except for that one season, Iverson’s record in the playoffs with the 76ers is 17-23, nothing to brag about. He may have been a superstar during his time with the 76ers, but he never was a winner.

 

Then he was traded to Denver to team up with Carmelo Anthony with what was deemed the best 1-2 punch in the NBA. Iverson was even more unsuccessful with the Nuggets as he won only one out of nine playoff games in his two seasons there. The tandem of him and Anthony should have done better. They should have been nearly unstoppable. All Anthony and Iverson had to do was to play unselfishly and to give the ball up for them to win. For whatever reason, neither really did that and the Nuggets never threatened for the Western Conference crown. Continue reading “Allen Iverson: The Cancer of the NBA”

2008 NBA Draft Grades

The 2008 NBA Draft is over with some surprises and some trades, but in the end, it was fairly predictable. Up until the Mayo/Love trade at the end of the night, the top 10 picks had all been logical picks by their teams and none of them had been traded. Below I have recapped each teams moves on draft night, briefly analyzed those moves, and graded them. Enjoy!

Atlanta Hawks

No picks. No trades.

An uneventful night in Atlanta. The Hawks proved they had some talent by forcing the Celtics to play 7 games, but this team is not ready for the big-time yet. Not sure if any teams are looking, but I would have liked to see Atlanta part ways with point guard Mike Bibby and try to get younger. There’s plenty of time for that to happen still over the summer.

Grade: C

Boston Celtics 

Chose J.R. Giddens in 1st round (30th Overall)
Chose Semih Erden in 2nd round (60th Overall) 

Acquired Bill Walker (47th Overall pick) for cash considerations and a future draft pick from Washington Wizards

Interesting night for the World Champions. I can’t find a way to explain choosing the trouble-laden Giddensover Chris Douglas Roberts. As a Celtic fan, I was crossing my fingers that CDR would be one the board at the 30thpick and he was, but Danny Ainge passed on him. Giddens may have talent, but he has had so many off the court issues that I can’t see him playing any pro ball. Plus, Ainge could have traded back 20 picks and still gotten Giddens. Having said that, I love the trade for Bill Walker. He is an extremely talented player and has huge possibilities if he stays healthy. I can’t say I know much about Semih Erden except that ESPN says that he has some work ethic issues as well. Seems like the Celtics were looking for players with issues in this draft. Continue reading “2008 NBA Draft Grades”