Wednesday, April 23, 2008

NBA Playoff Observations

- Kudos to Luis Scola for not crying when he was called for his foul on Andrei Kirilenko. Yes, Andrei waving his arms after he was pushed helped draw attention to the foul, but the call was made very clearly before Bobby Jackson shot the 3, so for Rick Adelman and Tracy McGrady to bellyache that the "flop" negated three points, well, it's disingenuous at best.

- It's easy to hate the Lakers, but it's also easy to admire their second unit. Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, DJ Mbenga, all of them play with speed and earnestness, and the bench of the Lakers is going to be key for them.

- If the Mavericks had known they were going to get the Hornets in the first round, would they have still traded away Devin Harris, one of the best defensive point guards in the NBA, for Jason Kidd, whose best days are behind him?

- The Nuggets will likely get swept, maybe go five games, and have another first-round exit. Can this team stand pat? Is George Karl's job safe? The Nugs need a real point guard. They had one in Andre Miller, but that's water under the bridge.

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