It’s a pretty slow sports day and it doesn’t help that there are hardly any quality NBA games on schedule, but whatever, we will make due with what we’ve been given.
The Denver Nuggets are facing off with the San Antonio Spurs as I type this, with the Nuggets leading at halftime, 45-41. A comment on Richard Jefferson, I thought he was going to be a go-to guy in the NBA after he showed flashes of brilliance early on his career, but he never really made the jump from good player to great player. He’s still a very good role player, just not what I had expected. (TL’s Pick – Nuggets)
The Los Angeles Lakers visit the Boston Celtics for the 3:30 game on ABC. Back in 2008 when the Lakers and Celtics squared off in the NBA Finals I was very anti Los Angeles, but oh how the tables have turned. I was content with the fact that the Celtics clearly tanked the season before because they wanted Greg Oden, but in hindsight, it’s starting to really piss me off. Kevin Garnett used to be my favorite NBA player, not anymore. His grilling of any and every NBA player has gotten old very fast. I would never wish bad upon a person, but I can’t say that I’m unhappy at the fact that his body seems to be failing him. Maybe when he’s gotten to the point where his knees don’t function, Kevin Garnett will stop all of his shit talking and “mean muggin”, but that’s unlikely. Once a shit-talker, always a shit-talker.
Also, Rajon Rondo. I can’t wait to see what kind of player he is going to be once Paul Pierce and Ray Allen aren’t there anymore either. I really can’t wait. A point guard who can’t shoot but is an extraordinary passer? Sounds like a glorified Kevin Ollie to me. (TL’s Pick – Lakers)
I’m not so much pro- Los Angeles Lakers as I am anti-Boston Celtic right now, but you get the point. I am starting to appreciate Kobe Bryant more and more everyday, so I guess you could say I am becoming a fan of his.
The only other game worthy of noting for the rest of the day is between the Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are a surprising(to me) 25-21. It’s hard to imagine that just a few seasons ago that the combination of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming was considered one of the best 1-2 duo’s in the league, now neither of them are playing for the Rockets. Yao because of injury, McGrady because he just doesn’t fit anymore. Add Jason Richardson to the same group as Richard Jefferson, very solid player, just nowhere near the type of player I thought he was going to be. I’m sure he doesn’t care, his “mediocre” skill set has him getting paid 13.3 million dollars per season (sigh.) (TL’s Pick – Suns)
Other games on tap today …
- LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers play host to the Chris Kaman-led Los Angeles Clippers (TL’s Pick – Cavaliers)
- The Orlando Magic travel to the Palace at Aurbun Hills to face the once proud Detroit Pistons (TL’s pick – Magic)
- In a battle of the fan bases that just don’t care anymore, the Philadelphia 76ers face off against the New Jersey Nets (TL’s UPSET PICK! Nets)
- Andrea Bargnani (Go ITALY!) and the Toronto Raptors welcome Danny Granger and the Indiana Pacers – (TL’s Pick – Raptors)
- All-Star snub David Lee and the Knicks travel to Minnesota in yet another game where people just don’t care. We here at the Lineup love us some Johnny Flynn, though. (TL’s pick – T’Wolves)
- And finally the Golden State Warriors and the human pump Monte Ellis square off against potential league MVP Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. (TL’s Pick – Thunder)
So as you can see, there aren’t many quality NBA games on today. If you can’t get yourself to watch these games then make you way over to CBS for some college hoops action.
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