Posted on: March 29, 2010 1:45 pm
There was a thread created right after Duke's win about how Scheyer deserved a technical foul and Acy didn't. Somehow this thread managed to get over 200 replies and build up the most hate for any team I've ever seen on a message board.
I remember this play perfectly and I already know Acy deserved the technical and Scheyer wasn't even close to one. Still, I've watched the replay on MMOD a few times and a thread is necessary to put this to rest.
With about 1:30 left in the game Scheyer brought the ball up with Duke up eight. Everyone knew Baylor was going to foul at some point, and they went after him right when he stepped over half court. Keep in mind on Duke's previous possesion Lance Thomas had a put back dunk and hit a free throw. Baylor was as frustrated as ever and slapped/grabbed at Scheyer for a good 2.5 seconds, one of those seconds was happening after the foul had been called. Quincy Acy pushed Nolan Smith from behind and started a big rumble at half court. Where was Scheyer during this? Well behind the whole thing by himself with the ball in his hands. Acy was given a tech and Scheyer wasn't given anything. The technical ended any hopes Baylor had of coming back.
Why Scheyer Didn't Deserve a Technical:
I'm not sure how anyone could honestly think Scheyer should have been teched right there. He swung his elbows after the whistle was blown to get the two Baylor players off him. Once they stopped molesting him, he stopped swining his elbows and walked right over to the refs to avoid anything extra. It was clear he used his elbows just to clear space and get players off him, just like players were doing after they grabbed a rebound all game. He got right out of the play and didn't say anything extra like the Baylor players wanted him to.
So how could Scheyer possibly be given a technical? You're telling me they're going to tech a player for that with a minute left in a game where Baylor had been playing dirty and talking trash the whole time? There was no chance Scheyer was going to get a technical and he didn't deserve one. When I was watching the game I thought the refs had called a double technical on Smith and Acy, I never once though about Scheyer.
Why Acy DID Deserve a Technical:
After Scheyer swung his elbows the two Baylor players obviously weren't happy, but they were on their way back to their bench and didn't plan on starting any trouble. Scheyer did the same thing. Now Quincy Acy was standing at the three point line while the Scheyer incident was happening at half court. I guess Quincy Acy wanted to stick up for his teammates, but he did so by sprinting into the play after the people involved were leaving and he pushed Nolan Smith, who also wasn't involved. Smith turned around right away and Acy got in his face and started the big rumble at half court. He was deservingly t'd up.
So how can someone say that doesn't deserve a technical? He wasn't involved in the play and after the main incident was over he started a brand new one with Nolan Smith, who also wasn't involved. He pushed a player and got in his face, no one else on the floor did anything nearly as bad as that, including Scheyer. That rumble at half court had everything to do with Acy and nothing to do with Scheyer. The refs weren't going to tech anyone up because of what happened with the elbows, they just wanted to settle things down. Then Acy started a whole new problem, and basically made the refs give him a technical.
There's no question that the refs made the right call there.
Posted on: August 12, 2009 11:18 pm
The Good: Entering the offseason Laker’s fans where concerend as to whether or not they would see both Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom resign with the team. Well the L.A front office made sure not to disappoint them, resigning Odom and bringing in Ron Artest to replace Ariza. They took a team that won a championship the year before and upgraded it, you can’t get much better then that.
The Bad: The concerns about Artest’s character are starting to fade, so I don’t see that affecting their chemistry too much. It’s tough to point out any major flaw in the Laker’s roster or in any offseason moves they made. As long as they can stay focused they’ll be at the top of the Western Conference for the third year straight.
The Good: Signing Sheed looks to be a move good right now, but there’s still a chance he busts and ends up being similar to what Marbury was the year before. Either way, Boston was able to add a lot of depth to their frontcourt (also signed Shelden Williams), an area that was excessively weak in the postseason last year.
The Bad: When you have a lot of veterans on your roster health is always a problem, it was for Boston last year and it could be again this season. Garnett hasn’t been on the court since his season ending knee injury, but he’s expected to be ready for the start of camp.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Good: Cleveland gave up basically nothing to get Shaq. Offseason additions for the Cavs haven’t worked out exactly the way they wanted them to in the past, but there’s a good chance “The Big Witness” will meet the hype. They also added some much needed backcourt size by signing Anthony Parker.
The Bad: The PF situation is a complete mess. They resigned Anderson Varejao for much more then he deserved and they still have no one to play behind him. Picking up a big man before the season starts is a must, and starting to get Big Z’s name involved in trades would also be a good idea.
The Good: I’ll admit I’m not to high on Vince Carter, but I can’t deny that trading for him was a good move. Combine that with getting a fully healthy Nelson back, and their offense could be even better then it was last year. They also added two young big men in Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass.
The Bad: Rashard Lewis will be suspended for the first ten games of the season for violating the league’s drug policy. That could cause them to get off to a slow start, but if they can put it aside and not let it be to much of a distraction it will only be a small bump in the road. Losing Turkoglu may also prove to be a big loss. There’s no one on Orlando’s roster that can do what he did for them last year.
The Good: Through the draft, trading, and free agency San Antonio was able to improve their roster more then any of the teams in front of them. Jefferson will add a lot of perimeter scoring to the starting lineup, while Blair and McDyess will play valuable minutes in a frontcourt that (outside of Duncan) was fairly weak last season.
The Bad: Health is already becoming a problem for the Spur’s this year. Tony Parker went down with an ankle injury and was sidelined for a week or so. Duncan was rested in a good amount of games last year and we can only expect that number to increase now that he’s a year older. The good thing is if San Antonio can stay moderately healthy, they’re the clear favorite for the number two spot in the West.
The Good: Denver was the only top team in the West not to make a major move, but they really didn’t need to with all the talent they have. Carmelo will continue to get better and they’ll have Billups leading the way for the entire year. They got a taste of the Western Conference Finals last year and they could possibly be on their way back.
The Bad: Losing Dahntay Jones, their best perimeter defender, definitely hurts. It looks like the pressure will now be on Anthony to step his game up another level and start guarding elite scorers like Brandon Roy and Kobe Bryant for the entire game. Their defense won’t be as bad as it was a couple of years ago, but I can’t see it matching last season’s level.
The Good: This offseason has been as good as any Blazer’s fan could have hoped for. They added Andre Miller to make an elite offense even better and then gave their franchise player Brandon Roy a contract extension. If everything goes well they should be able to host another playoff series in April.
The Bad: Portland’s frontcourt is the only thing that could hold them back from really competing for a top spot in the West. Aldridge will get the job done, but they need Oden to step up and become a productive center every night. Signing another PF would also help a lot.
8. New Orleans Hornets
The Good: Injuries are what have held back the Hornets in the past, especially those to Tyson Chandler. New Orleans was able to dish out the injury prone big man in return for Emeka Okafor, a consistent double double guy who will stay healthy for the entire year. With injury problems hopefully out of the way they should be in store for a much better season then last year.
The Bad: A frontcourt of David West and Emeka Okafor is gravely undersized. Okafor is a good defender, but they’ll still have trouble matching up against top tier big men. They were able to get rid of their most injury prone player in Chandler, but staying healthy could still be a problem this year. They’re not to deep so avoiding any injuries is a must.
The Good:Dallas got off to a hot start this offseason by adding Shawn Marion, Drew Gooden, and Tim Thomas to their roster. Bringing in Marion will give them a versatile defender while Gooden and Thomas will add frontcourt depth, making Dallas’s frontcourt arguably the deepest in the league.
The Bad: No major flaws stick out when you look at Dallas’s roster. There’s no question it’s one of the most talented in the West, but chemistry problems could come about. Fitting all of their offseason additions into the rotation will be tough, especially since all three of them will be coming off the bench and two of them play the same position behind one of the top players in the league (Dirk).
The Good: Atlanta was able to resign Mike Bibby and Marvin Williams to keep their talented core of players together. Losing a player like Flip Murray hurts, but Jamal Crawford should do a nice job of taking over his role as 6th man. The Hawks are the only team on this list that isn’t really considered a contender for a championship, but if everything goes they finish with a top four seed in the East and host a series come playoff time.
The Bad: It’s pretty obvious Mike Woodson’s coaching isn’t the best and that could be what holds Atlanta back from becoming a true contender. There aren’t many holes in the Hawks roster, but adding another big man wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Posted on: August 2, 2009 9:00 pm
QB: Drew Brees
RB: Clinton Portis
RB: Chris Johnson
WR: T.J Houshmandzadeh
WR: Roy E. Williams
WR: Jerrico Cotchery
TE: Todd Heap
K: Matt Bryant
RB: Thomas Jones
RB: Ronnie Brown
WR: Tory Holt
WR: Isaac Bruce
TE: John Carlson
WR: Steve Smith
My computer messed up so I ended up getting Brees at number two due to auto draft, then I got Portis and Johnson in the 2nd and 3rd. Took my WRs next then got to the 6th, 7th where I could have went WR, TE but instead I took 2 backup RBs with high value that I'll look to trade for a better WR and TE. I kind of regret how I drafted but that team isn't that terrible and with a couple of good trades I'll be alright.
Could use some comments/thoughts
Posted on: June 9, 2009 9:37 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2009 10:55 pm
Below are ten players I could see Cleveland drafting this year, in no particular order. I'll be adding more soon I just wanted to start by throwing a couple of names out there.
Posted on: June 2, 2009 1:06 pm
We’re less then 72 hours away from an NBA fan’s favorite time of the year, the finals, and anticipation is building up more then ever before. The dream match up of Kobe vs Lebron is now out of question, but don’t let that stop you from tuning in. This series will be just as good, or better, and will be featuring the true top two teams in the NBA. Will Bryant earn his 4th championship ring and silence critics who claim he can’t win without Shaq , or will Dwight Howard and company steal the show?
Both teams accomplished the common goal of making it to the finals, but their paths weren’t exactly the same. Los Angeles was the favorite throughout the entire playoffs, and even though their series against Houston went to seven games, there was never any huge doubt as to whether or not they’d still be playing in June. With Orlando, there was a point where people weren’t sure if they would even make it out of the first round. They were doubted during their entire run and it comes as a surprise to most people to see them still playing.
To break down this series I’ll be answering all the biggest questions surrounding it and throwing my prediction in at the end.
Getting Jameer back would give the Magic a better chance of winning. He was their leading scorer before he got injured and was on his way to the All-Star game. The point guard match up between the Lakers and Magic is basically a push right now but if Nelson were to return it would become an edge for Orlando.
If he does return he won’t be 100 percent and his numbers won’t be anywhere near what they were in the regular season. He would still be a good back up for Alston and could give his team a much needed energy boost in game one.
What starting lineup will be most effective for the Lakers?:
Orlando was able to beat the Cavs by taking advantage of their mismatches and they have a chance to do the same thing in this series. The Lakers are going to have trouble matching up with Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, and Dwight Howard so be prepared for their starting lineup to look a little different then in past series.
Los Angeles could start off with their usual lineup and bring Odom off the bench, but Pau Gasol will have trouble guarding Lewis and they can’t afford to let Orlando get an early lead. If they start Odom at power forward Gasol will then have to guard Howard which could end up being an even bigger mis match then Lewis. All in all, Gasol is going to be the problem and the Lakers are going to have to find a way to stop Orlando while keeping him on the floor.
I could see Fisher, Bryant, Ariza, Odom, and Gasol being an effective group for the Lakers. Gasol will have trouble with Howard inside but when you’re playing the Magic you have to pick your poison and that’s the match up the Lakers will have to live with.
Who is the X-Factor in the series?:
So many players will play a huge role in this series, but I see Lamar Odom being the X-Factor. Odom is going to have to play major minutes to negate any of Orlando’s mismatches. Lewis killed the Cavs when he had a slower big man on him and he will be able to do the same thing this series if Pau Gasol is ever stuck playing him. Odom matches up perfect with Lewis and should do a good job covering him and taking away that matchup that was so key for the Magic in the past. On offense his rebounding will be needed to create second chance opportunities. He’ll have to stay aggressive and take advantage of Lewis or Turkoglu’s defense.
The key match up in this series is between Rafer Alston and Derek Fisher. Both have been inconsistent throughout the playoffs but that has to change in the Finals. When Alston has been able to score in double figures this postseason the Magic almost always win, but when he is limited it often results in a loss. Fisher has yet to get his offense going since the first round and could struggle defensively against a guard like Alston. The Lakers need him to be effective on both sides of the ball every game. Overall, there’s a good chance that who ever wins the point guard battle will win this series.
What does Orlando need to do to win?:
Dwight Howard is going to need to carry his team this series. If Pau Gasol is going to play him Dwight has to dominate offensively and defensively. If he can get going in the post like he did last series everything opens up for Orlando and they become an opposing defense’s worst nightmare. But the biggest key for Howard is actually staying in the game. He can’t afford to get in foul trouble and with Kobe taking the ball at him that’s going to be tough to do.
Orlando played with the right mind set last series and that’s also going to be important against the Lakers. If they get down early they have to keep fighting like they did in the Eastern Conference Finals. Their three point shooting can bring them back in any game.
What does Los Angeles need to do to win?:
The Lakers first priority has to be defense because if you let this Orlando offense get going you’re in trouble. Pau Gasol has to work hard to stop Dwight Howard, and his teammates need to give some good help. Odom will be the biggest key on defense because when ever he’s in he’ll be playing Turkoglu or Lewis and that lineup should do a good job of stopping the Magic.
The Cavs’ bench completely disappeared in their series against Orlando and that can’t happen to L.A. They have a deep bench with players like Odom, Vujacic, Farmar, Walton, and Brown who can all make a big impact on a game. If Orlando’s bench is able to out score them they’ll be in big trouble.
Posted on: May 10, 2009 8:06 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2009 8:32 pm
I released my first big board for this year's draft just a couple of minutes ago and I want to hear what people think.
My big board isn’t a mock draft and it doesn’t necessarily reflect where I think certain players will be chosen. What it does do is rank the top fifty prospects in this year’s class based on talent and how effective I think expect them to be on the NBA level.
Stay tuned for more information on this draft including team previews, position rankings, updated big boards, and a two round mock draft.
Big Boards: (All updates will be posted on my blog)
Posted on: March 24, 2009 10:07 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2009 10:12 pm
GoTarHeels1 [Southern Ballers]
Tony Gaffney (UMASS)
PG Orlando Mendez-Valdez
BucFan40 [Eckerd College Tritons]
PG - SG - Travis Holmes (VMI)
TheSkins8 [The Bus Drivers]
Dcb12233 [Unarmed but very deadly]
Gani Lawal F/C(possibly)
GoCavs33 [Ocean State Basketball]
Hall of Fame 2 [Already Won]
Posted on: March 22, 2009 9:32 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2009 8:45 pm
Trading Period (March 25th until April 1st):