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NBA “What If’s & Nonsense

NBA “What If’s & Nonsense

By Francis S Estepan

Today is the last day of the NBA Season.  Without a doubt the only important game tonight will be Minnesota Timberwolves Vs Denver Nuggets fighting for a spot in the playoffs.  Once that game finishes the playoff matchups will be determined and nonsense predictions will be made.  Till then here are some “What if” and some extra Nonsense:

  • LeBron James did not want to face the Miami Heat in the playoffs – “You can’t script/fix NBA Games” but you can play like trash and get blown out by a Miami team led by a collection of role players and D-Wade. As great as D-Wade is, he has more value to Miami in terms of legacy than anything else.
  • Donovan Mitchell is a true rookie. If Ben Simmons wins Rookie of The Year, the NBA will more than likely think about changing out the whole “Rookie Rule”.  Thinking about it, a guy sits out a whole a year but still gets access to everything else team wise?
  • New Celtics Same Old Kyrie. I hate injuries as much as any other player, fan or just spectator but is just hard not to notice that Kyrie, as valuable and talented as he is, hasn’t played 82 games in his career.
  • I wonder how mad the Memphis Grizzlies GMs and back office became once the Phoenix Suns accomplished their mission of getting the worse record in the NBA.
  • The Warriors can’t win without Curry. KD has been great but according to the numbers without Curry this team could struggle to come out the 1st  If the Warriors don’t make out the 1st round, do they get rid of KD? Or just kickback and wait for their real leader? The REAL question is if the Warriors had to choose between Curry and KD who do they keep?
  • Who are the real Dark Horses in each conference?
    • West:
      • OKC – But not really. How did Billy Donovan performed so bad with this roster or should we blame it on Westbrook hero ball
      • Spurs – No Kawhi, no problem. Other not winning 50 games, it can be said it was successful season.  Remember the beat Houston last year
      • Jazz – Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell only have one job each. Gobert – Defense.  Mitchell – Offense.
    • East
      • Heat – If every game came down to a last second shot and D-Wade was shooting the ball, that was the game plan.
      • Philly – Let’s be honest by now, we all “Trust the Process”, but championships? Wait? Hold Up? Would that complete the process?
      • Cavaliers – Lebron James is the fiery Dark Horse in the East.
    • When did we all decided to ignore the Blazers & Pelicans as possible contenders??
    • What if somebody other than the Warriors, Rockets, Raptors or Cleveland wins the CHAMPIOSHIP? Would that be a good twist??

Utah Jazz: Cinderella Story in the Making??

Utah Jazz: Cinderella Story in the Making??

By Francis S Estepan. March 7, 2018

The Utah Jazz will be battling the Indiana Pacers to keep their playoffs hope alive.  The Jazz are 1 game out of the playoff picture with a record 34-30.  With 18 games left to the season and sitting out looking in no game is an easy one.  Both teams have a lot on the line coming up to this game.  After finally dropping one after going on an 11 game winning streak, the Jazz look to pick up and get on another winning streak, already winners of 3.

The Pacers are in a Cinderella story of their own currently holding the 4th spot in the East only half a game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Indy is also on a 3 game winning streak.  Oladipo and Company have surprised the NBA and have proven that they can compete with anybody in their conference and outside off it.  The Pacers have a great game flow and they are very unselfish.  Oladipo can be considered their scoring leader but they have 6 other guys that average scoring in double digits.

If the Pacers lose this game they will drop to 37-28 and puts them in that 3 way mix with the Wizards and the 76ers.

Pacers’ Biggest Question: Last time they played Rudy Gobert nor Myles turner were there.  How would that change the game today?

Just like the Pacers the Jazz are also very well balance and there is not a one man show.  The Jazz also have 6 guys that average scoring double digits.  Lead by Rookie of the Year Nominee Donovan Mitchell.  One of the biggest stumbles that the Jazz have face this season have been injuries to their premier Frenchman Rudy Gobert, but with every game he is making strides.

A win here for the Jazz will put them on the toes of the Clippers and the Denver Nuggets.  Both Clippers and Nuggets play the Cavaliers this week who are looking to hold their number 3 seed ahead of the Pacers.

Jazz’ Biggest Question: The Jazz held their opponents to under 100 points in 4 of the last 5 games.  In those games they are 4-1.  Indy averages 106, can the Jazz stand their defense to an offense that shot over 50% against them last game?

Predictions/ Key Matchups

                Utah Jazz win: Is a big revenge week for the Houston Rockets.  This is also a revenge game for the Jazz playing a team only twice a year makes the 2nd game that much exciting.  There is nothing more rewarding that beating a team in their home that once beat you at your home.  Neither Tuner nor Gobert played last game. That will the matchup to watch.

Rudy Gobert: 13 Ppg, 104 Rpg, 1.4 Apg, 2.3 Blpg (89 blocks)

Myles Turner: 13.2 Ppg, 6.9 Rpg, 1.5 Apg, 2 Blpg (94 blocks)

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