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Old 05-22-2006, 01:44 AM   #501
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I'm picking the Suns and Spurs, but wouldn't be surprised to see either team lose. I think Dallas is physically better than the Spurs right now, but I don't see them having enough mental toughness to pull out a game 7 against the defending champs. If they do, it'll be a huge breakthrough for them.
I think that Dallas has had the mental breakthrough. They certainly look like the better team. They have had San Antonio scrambling throughout the entire series. It looks like AJ has done a good job (is this why Nellie is consulting?) with designing the offense around Dirk. Popovich said that this offense around Dirk was the only one that has ever scrambled their defense. Not even Shaq and the Lakers were able to do that. That says alot for the design of AJ's offensive system and the power of having Dirk in an offense.

Another thing that AJ has done is to give Dallas the confidence to scrap with anyone. People overlook the fact that this is the BEST SPURS TEAM EVER AFTER 82 GAMES. Dallas has looked like the better team over the series. That says alot about where they are mentally.
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Old 05-22-2006, 02:35 AM   #502
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Angryllama's Game 7 Preview
This is one of the greatest series' in a long time. The NBA really screwed up by forcing this clash of titans to go down before the conference finals. Phoenix and LA are decent teams, but they arent in the same galaxy as these guys. These might be the best teams in the league. This game should be another classic, and I think that it will be. It could be one of the best NBA playoff games in history. Make sure you tune in, because basketball like this hasnt been played since Jordan was a young man. This is the good stuff. Now that I've hyped the game it will probably suck, but if history is any indicator it will be another knock-out drag-out until the final bell.

The series will hinge on these players:

Josh Howard/Devin Harris
Howard is as streaky as they come. He looks like Rod-Pippen one moment and a bit player the next. For Dallas to succeed, they are going to need another player beside Dirk to make an impact offensively. Josh Howard is likely to be that guy because of his ability to get to the basket and make things happen. If his perimeter game is flowing, he can wreak havoc in the lane with his assorted mix of dunks, layups, floaters, pull-up jumpers, and offensive rebounding.

If Howard and/or Harris attack the rim successfully, the Spurs' interior guys will suffer foul trouble. Harris looked like a deer in the headlights in the last game without Terry to attract attention. He's going to have to find a way to settle down and keep on breaking down the perimeter. If he's not able to do that with dallas' two-guard lineup on the floor, then Harris is in for a long offseason with Avery.

Manu Ginobili
If Ginobili is playing at the rate that he has been offensively for the past couple of games and Dallas cant answer with Howard/Harris, then Dallas in is trouble. It will be interesting to see how the refs approach his questionable foul attracting offensive tactics (to be PC). If Ginobili is getting the calls, it will cause further damage to Dallas' center rotation because of the additional accumulation of fouls outside of what they will likely get from defending Duncan. If Ginobili shoots poorly from the perimeter and becomes a non-factor in this game, I dont see the Spurs keeping up. Brent Barry would be his replacement, and he's nothing but a streaky 3pt shooter.

Other Scenarios
As we have seen in playoffs past, the most unlikely characters can step up and make the critical contributions that sway the game in one way or the other. Looking down the rosters, there are several players that could end up heroes.

Here they are:
Van Horn, Daniels, Armstrong, and Griffin for Dallas.
Oberto, Barry, and Horry for SA.


Angryllama's Prediction
I'm going to say that there are several possible scenarios, and give the prediction for each.
1) Howard plays well, Ginobili plays well:
Mavs 102
Spurs 98
2) Ginobili plays well, Harris plays well
Mavs 90
Spurs 92
3) Howard, Harris play well, Ginobili plays poorly
Mavs 111
Spurs 99
4) Howard, Harris play poorly, Ginobili plays well
Mavs 85
Spurs 93
5) Howard, Harris play well, Ginobili plays well
Mavs 108
Spurs 103
7) Howard, Harris play poorly/Ginobili plays poorly
Mavs 98
Spurs 95

All of these scenarios take into account the a regular solid performance by Nowitzki, Duncan, Parker, and one of Stackhouse or Terry. A change in their performances skew the results further and make a situation of variables in more flux than I want to deal with right now.

Here's my stab in the dark at what will occur:
Howard gives an average performance. Harris struggles. Stackhouse plays outstanding. Van Horn has a nice game. Terry has a nice game. Dirk has another monster performance. Duncan has a sub-par game. Ginobili plays out of his mind. Parker plays streaky basketball. Finley plays well. Dallas gets separation at the beginning of the 3rd, and holds the Spurs off for a quarter. Dallas hangs on by attacking the Spurs from the perimeter and with Nowitzki, Terry, and Stackhouse all making frequent trips to the line off of dribble penetration.

Final Score:
Mavs 105
Spurs 94
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Old 05-22-2006, 03:28 AM   #503
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I dont see Duncan playing average in a game 7 at home. I think the Spurs take care of business tonight.


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Old 05-22-2006, 05:55 AM   #504
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I was really impressed with the way Cleveland played. Anytime the refs gave them a bogus call...they played it off like it was the right thing. It was also nice to see LaFraud get called for his blatant traveling yesterday. I guess James will have to wait one more year until he's the greatest ever.
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Old 05-22-2006, 07:33 AM   #505
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Well, well......I suppose you're still not nervous.....

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Old 05-22-2006, 07:58 AM   #507
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Dallas is the better team.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:36 AM   #508
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Even if they lose the series?
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:46 AM   #510
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2 Fun Game 7's tonight, what a playoffs it has been thus far.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:30 AM   #511
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I'm not nervous. The only reason the Spurs are still playing is Jason Terry's suspension. The Spurs simply aren't capable of beating the Mavericks three times in a row.
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I'm not nervous. The only reason the Spurs are still playing is Jason Terry's suspension. The Spurs simply aren't capable of beating the Mavericks three times in a row.
What's funny is that if the Spurs DO win tonight.....being a typical KC fan, Bob will say something to the effect of: "Yeah, but Dirk scored more points than Duncan".
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I'm not nervous. The only reason the Spurs are still playing is Jason Terry's suspension. The Spurs simply aren't capable of beating the Mavericks three times in a row.
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:17 AM   #514
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I'm not nervous. The only reason the Spurs are still playing is Jason Terry's suspension. The Spurs simply aren't capable of beating the Mavericks three times in a row.
Well, the Spurs won, despite the calls continuing to go the Mavs way (at least in the 1st half).....and Tony Parker was MIA.....
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Kieep bosting Bob, I could make thousands on your predictions.
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:48 PM   #516
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Dirk needs MVP-like effort tonight


11:52 AM CDT on Monday, May 22, 2006


Throughout the regular season, coach Avery Johnson was reluctant to address Dirk Nowitzki's chances of being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player, an award in which he would finish third behind Phoenix's Steve Nash and Cleveland's LeBron James.

During the playoffs, Johnson has talked night after night of Dirk having "an MVP-type game."

If he has one left in him, he needs to display it tonight in the AT&T Center.

Nowitzki has transformed himself in his eighth season. He is a different player than he was a year ago. He is a far, far more efficient playoff performer, a far more determined competitor than he was a year ago. None of it's going to matter unless the Mavericks get the job done tonight.

Nowitzki has advanced his reputation around the league, moving in the direction of two-time MVP Tim Duncan. It's not there yet. And if his team loses and Duncan outplays him, then skeptics again will have their day questioning whether the Mavericks can win building a team around Nowitzki.

Nowitzki knows that with a Game 7 looming, it's all or nothing for his team, for himself, for everyone.

"It doesn't matter what's been said, what's been written," he said after the Mavericks' practice Sunday. "What's happened in this series doesn't matter. The pressure is equal on both teams. It's going to be an awesome game."

Nowitzki needs to have an awesome game from start to finish. The key for him in this series is the finish.

In all three Mavericks losses to San Antonio, Nowitzki has had the ball in his hands with about seven seconds to go. He has had opportunities to tie with a two-pointer (Game 1), win with a two-pointer (Game 5) and tie with a 3-pointer (Game 6).

He has not managed to get the ball to the rim on any of those three occasions.
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In the opener, well guarded by Bruce Bowen, Nowitzki threw an off-target pass that Jerry Stackhouse managed to retrieve. Stackhouse threw up a 3-point air ball.

In Game 5, Nowitzki faked Bowen into the air but didn't get the jump shot off quick enough, and Bowen made a great recovery to pin the shot and create a tie ball. Even after that, Nowitzki caught Jason Terry's air ball but didn't think he had enough time to come down with it and put it back up.

He didn't get off much of a shot, and the buzzer sounded.

In Game 6, Nowitzki got the ball in a bad position, deep in the corner where Michael Finley covered him, and he tossed up an air ball.

None of those were really great scoring chances, although the opportunity was there in Game 5.

But if Nowitzki is to do for his team what Duncan has done so many times for the three-time champions, he has to lead Dallas to victory tonight.

If Nowitzki is to move into the discussion of MVP candidates year after year, joining Nash and James and Miami's Dwyane Wade and perhaps Duncan for another season or two, he has to be the guy who elevates his play and helps the Mavericks advance.

His play has been very good in this postseason. After James' Cavaliers were eliminated in Game 7 on Sunday, no one still active in the postseason is scoring more than Nowitzki at 27.8. He's making more than half his shots. He's getting to the foul line 10 times a game.

He's doing everything you would expect a superstar to do. Now all he has to do is impose his will on the opponent. Make Spurs fans shake their heads the way Mavericks fans do when Duncan keeps scoring and scoring.

"Obviously, we lost two tough games, but the good thing is we were right there," Nowitzki said. "We had a chance to win Game 5 there, but I got my shot blocked down the stretch. We're confident we can win on the road. We've won in their building in this series already."

The Mavericks did that by burying the Spurs in Game 2. That's not going to happen in Game 7. It's all on the line, and victory is sure to be right there for either team to grab in the final minute.

Nowitzki has had his chances in this series. He can't afford not to deliver when opportunity knocks this time.

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In all three Mavericks losses to San Antonio, Nowitzki has had the ball in his hands with about seven seconds to go. He has had opportunities to tie with a two-pointer (Game 1), win with a two-pointer (Game 5) and tie with a 3-pointer (Game 6).

He has not managed to get the ball to the rim on any of those three occasions.
Is he suppose to be there best guy or something?
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Is he suppose to be there best guy or something?


(Translated: Does anyone miss victory like Notwitzki?!)
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two games ago he jumped for the rebound and Im also certain he thought the game was over, so he gave it a half assed effort. Other than that, tonight will say a lot -- but dallas IS the better team.
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Ignore Gonzo. He only hates Dallas because Dirk and the owner are white. This thread has no point.
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Old 05-22-2006, 01:34 PM   #521
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I don't know which way to go with this. On the one hand, Gonzo can be annoying... But on the other hand, baiting the Maverick-faithful could be entertaining.
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Mavs Lose Game Six; Dirk Rips Teammates

Dallas, TX, USA - The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks Friday night, 91-86, to force a Game Seven showdown in San Antonio. Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan were a lethal one-two punch for the Spurs, combining for 54 points and 18 rebounds.

In the loss, Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 and gathered a career playoff-high 21 rebounds, but was understandably not pleased with the outcome. In the postgame news conference, Nowitzki relayed many of his frustrations to the assembled media.

"If I could have done it over again, I would have passed out of it," said Nowitzki of his final shot attempt from the right corner, a desparation heave with former teammate Michael Finley covering him tightly. "It was stupid. Jeez, I can be so boneheaded sometimes. The (Maverick's coaching) staff has shown me that I have a terrible percentage in that situation, but I just - I panicked. Wow. You'd think I'd learn by now."

"We've had two chances and we didn't cash in either one. Now we have to beat the defending champs in their building in a game seven. We've made a real mess of things - I'm not happy about that."

Suddenly, Nowitzki's rants expanded beyond himself or the realm of the 2006 Conference Semifinals.

"And you know, I hate to keep harping on this - I kind of like Damp (Mavericks center Erick Dampier), but is he a (expletive deleted) waste of space out there or what? Michael Finley goes straight up in his face two games in a row and Damp doesn't do anything - just gets put on a poster. It's just like last year, when we were four-on-five out there against Yao Ming. This is (expletive deleted), and I'm tired of it."

Dirk continued, "And Jason Terry? Don't get me started. You're supposed to be this nice church-going guy, and you do that? What a moron. We needed him in game six, and he goes and pulls a Reggie Evans. How stupid are you?"

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"And you know, I hate to keep harping on this - I kind of like Damp (Mavericks center Erick Dampier), but is he a (expletive deleted) waste of space out there or what? Michael Finley goes straight up in his face two games in a row and Damp doesn't do anything - just gets put on a poster. It's just like last year, when we were four-on-five out there against Yao Ming. This is (expletive deleted), and I'm tired of it."

Dirk continued, "And Jason Terry? Don't get me started. You're supposed to be this nice church-going guy, and you do that? What a moron. We needed him in game six, and he goes and pulls a Reggie Evans. How stupid are you?"
Hahahahahah, Dirk owned Dampier and Terry. Dampier especially.
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You keep saying this, but I want to know what you'll say if the Mavs lose tonight.
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