the average ISH poster posts only things that happen in recent memory. myself included. so its normal for everyone to buy low on the Cs when their stock are down right now. But i still look at the bigger picture. Cs are still the team to go through for the championship. I wont sell their stock until one of the big 3 goes down or is traded or retired.
I've been watching the Cavs and their new offense has glaring holes. Due to the way Z is used in the offense, teams can force the Cavs' guards to take jumpshots with no rebounders in position. This is what Washington did and Z was 1/5 shooting in 30 minutes. Their defense often relies on gimmicks such as a 'herding' technique to draw offensive fouls. That's not going to work vs teams who have seen it before, and sure enough the Cavs don't fare as well against teams the 2nd time around (see Thunder, '6ers.)
I actually slighly favor the Cavs over the Lakers head to head. But LA has a better chance at beating Boston. Boston's defense is too consistent and dependable for the Cavs.
I still put the Celtics as #1 although their record is mainly a product of having 18 home games already. That is what is telling about the NBA records so far. The so called best teams all have disproportionate home games mostly against the bottom feeders of the league. The NBA sets it up that way so that you get matchups like we got on Xmas. This is why I believe that no team will sniff 70 wins this season. Every team will lose at least 20 games.
Last edited by JohnnyBravo5 : 12-27-2008 at 03:20 AM.
1.Celtics-I wasn't impressed with their playoff run last year and I still feel the same way. But even after 2 losses they're still the best so far this season. I think they were a better team last year though.
2.LA Lakers-They have had bad loss or two, but that's not so bad.
3.Cleveland. Nice record, but they're only 6-4 against teams with winning records.
4.Magic-Very impressive win over some good teams. Great road record. Could possibly be 3rd, but CLE has a way bigger point differential. They haven't really slumped yet. They probably will before long.
5.Spurs-Really starting to play well now... It's due partly to a weak point in the schedule I think. Wins over GS, Minny, Oak City, Toronto, Sac Town, Minny and just a decent Suns team (Only 7-10 against teams with winning records).
6.Denver Nuggets-They've lost to only 1 team with a losing record. However, they have lost some games convincingly to the top teams. 5 of the 11 losses were lost by double figures. Still, they got a great team.
7.Atlanta Hawks-Yes, you heard me right. The Hawks. They piss me off due to playing down to other teams... But let's face it, the only bad team they've lost to is NJ and Indy. That's it. They lost to Boston by 1, lost to Houston by 8 (They had a shot at winning that one until they fell apart in the 4th), lost to Dallas by 2, lost to SA by 6 and lost to Boston by 3.
They've had like 2 losses where they had no shot to win. That was against Cleveland and Indiana. The mediocre road record holds them back some. But you can't feel totally bad about losses to Boston, Cleveland, Houston, SA, Dallas on the road. And they had a shot to win all of them besides the Cleveland game.
8.New Orleans Hornets=They're only 8-7 against teams with winning records and they've had a couple of bad losses to: Charlotte, Sac Town. Also, they've had 3 fairly convincing defeats to good teams this month.
Lost by 20 to Orlando (Only scoring 68 points), lost to LA by 13 and lost to Boston by 12.
9.Houston-Good team. A couple of bad losses this month though.
10.Dallas-They've only had 2 really impressive wins this far. Big wins over Phx and SA are it. They had a stretch where they lost 6 out 7 with losses to Chicago and the Clippers. I just don't think I can put them any higher right now.
Last edited by Hotlantadude81 : 12-27-2008 at 03:28 AM.
1. Celtics - back to back losses, so what?! in a 7 game series, id put my money on them.
2. Lakers - beating the Celtics showed me something. Its a tougher L.A. team that a legit contender.
3. Cavaliers - continues to stay hot... I'm still not sold on Lebron James supporting cast. Reminds me of the Lakers last season.
4. Spurs - some may say thats a little too high too early or what not but the team is healthy and they are back. The same old spurs that have been legit consistently for seasons.
5. Magic - im not going to lie, im not sold on Orlando. Not that i dont think they're a good team. I just havent seen enough of their games to tell me this team is tough enough to compete againts legit teams.
6. Rockets - I like how the team is starting to come together but they are still far from legit championship contender form. I think the team has the potential to get there but only time will tell.
7. Hornets - Chris Paul makes the world go round in New Orleans. James Posey and Peja are nice peices and David West can hold his own, but this team isnt solid on its own without CP3.
8. Denver Nuggets
9. Portland Trailblazers
10. Atlanta Hawks
11. Utah Jazz
12. Dallas Mavericks
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Detroit Pistons
15. Miami Heat