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Congratulations to the Miami Heat. [Jun. 2nd, 2006|10:46 pm]
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Congratulations to Jason Williams, Shaquille O'Neal, Dwayne Wade, Pat Riley, and the rest of the Miami Heat.

You earned this Finals berth with fantastic energy, offense, and a hunger I see from championship clubs.

"Miami played great . . . they deserved it," said Rip Hamilton, post-game.

I would like to say that Detroit gave them a fight, but they had only one of their vintage games, and that was Game 5.

The rest of the time, they made themselves look far worse than they actually were.

Yet, Miami never committed any kind of unworthy sin, such as playing down to opponents' levels, which is something Detroit had been doing for the last 2 seasons. While Miami showed a lot of discipline, Detroit showed, well, none, for long stretches, starting from Game 2 of the Cleveland series.

Of the three teams left, all of them have never won an NBA championship.

Outside of Detroit, this has been one of the best years of playoff action. New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and the San Antonio Spurs . . . all of these teams were championship-caliber.

It's a good time to get into watching basketball.

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[User Picture]From: brokenxwings
2006-06-03 03:40 am (UTC)
I was rooting for the Pistons (Where did Chauncey go?), and it's unfortunate their magical season had to end. Regardless, the best team won.

I love watching playoff basketball. It really is good basketball.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-03 03:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, most of those regular season games, if the team's not doing well, they're hard to stomach.

While these teams are all worthy of the title, the ones that didn't make it . . . not only are they not worthy, but their team chemistry is beyond horrible.

There isn't a wider gap between the haves and have-nots in any other sport, I feel. The NBA's cap system cripples teams. Stern's gotta reconsider that, and the fact that he didn't do that last year is a wish for the next CBA.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-03 03:46 am (UTC)
Both Chauncey and Ben Wallace, the two 'captains,' didn't show up for a majority of the games, starting from Game 3 of the Cleveland series.

When one looks at their salaries, one can only wonder if they have contract envy to Rasheed, Rip, and now Tayshaun.

I didn't think they'd get to be such strangers out there. It was bizarre how they fell apart this post-season . . . it was like reading "Flowers for Algernon."
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-06-03 04:51 am (UTC)
Well congrats to the Heat, they are finally in the finals. My only hope is that we don't have to listen to the D Wade hype during every timeout and every time he touches the ball. It seems the media (the coverage team for this series was like listening to 5th graders talk about thier favorite players) has gone just a little overboard on thier constant spotlighting of one or two players in each series. Lebron...Wade...Shaq..etc. NBA teams DO have more than one or two players last time I checked. On the bright side though...at least we won't have to cut to Eva Longoria (sp) every 2-3 minutes....I think that was worse!!! Good luck to the Heat
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-03 04:55 am (UTC)
After Wade made the amaing shots in Game 4 on McDyess and Hamilton, he was going to get the Jordan Standard as much as LeBron, Kobe, and pretty much any SG/SF who can drop 25-plus a night.

I like to listen to the announcers now, after listening and getting angry at so much bullshit over the last 3-4 years (directed by those crews on Detroit).

I still hate Bill Walton, though.
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[User Picture]From: billhelm
2006-06-03 06:18 am (UTC)
Sauce, you are now living in my world of the last 8 years. The flip saunders era has truly begun in Detroit.

I couldn't really care less about the NBA Playoffs this year. It's sad. I just have no interest when either the bulls or wolves don't make it in/far.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-03 06:31 am (UTC)
Dude, do not try and tell me that Saunders is the NBA's Marty Schottenheimer. They just flashed a graphic on shittiest coaching records in the playoffs, and only Mike Fratello's ahead of him in shittiness. Kris tired pulling that idea on me the other night. It's infesting me.

Of course, most of that is spent on Minnesota trying to stock KG and a bunch of not enough for the years before they flashed some luck in that one year of Sam Cassell and Latrell Kidfeed Sprewell.

Nobody, I mean nobody, on Flip's staff is responsible for 30.6 FG percentage from the floor in a Game 6 that meant everything to both teams.

That's on Chauncey Billups's O Captainship, as much as the Heat's success on D is on Ben Wallace's D Captainship.

No 'ships this year for 'sheed. I sure hope he's doing well with the kid-feeding.
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[User Picture]From: billhelm
2006-06-03 06:35 am (UTC)
It was always a bunch of not enough when he was here - except for the one year where they were stacked, and they still couldn't do it (that year was agony for me).

I get superstitious about this shit.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-03 06:44 am (UTC)
Flip wasn't the reason why that team failed.

When that team doesn't answer the Heat's challenge, something's wrong with the set of players.

Literally, it was like watching the NBA version of "Flowers for Algernon."

I could only begin to blame Flip for letting Chauncey out there with directly the opposite leash of Larry Brown - no leash, lol. It worked, though, for 77 percent of the season, though . . . Cleveland and Miami series, he went MIA.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-03 08:17 am (UTC)
How serious do you think KG is about staying in Minnesota, given that there is a low chance that the team will be able to construct a championship contender around him?

I just watched Ben Wallace fire his agent, citing the need to save that extra 4 to 5 percent for himself, only to get very vocal and suddenly non-committal, then hire a new agent, and ultimately displaying one of the worst free-throw percentages in any playoffs season, on top of other things, like defensive regression, and even worse offense, all with the expectation that some GM, somewhere, of course, will hand him over 60 million dollars over the next few years.
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[User Picture]From: notoriousmdc
2006-06-03 08:36 am (UTC)
Thanks, thanks a lot.

I deliberately avoided watching SportsCenter/etc. and certain sites on the internet, so that I could actually watch the game on ESPN's overnight, and be appropriately intrigued.

Thanks for the cockblockage. lol

Eh... It wasn't much of a game anyways...
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-03 08:45 am (UTC)
The one reason to watch that game is to see White Chocolate go insane and help lift Miami to fantastic shooting, which Detroit answered with 30.6 from the floor.

Right now, the Bucks could have taken Detroit to 7, and they would have had odds favorites to win.

It went that wrong in just under one month.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-03 08:53 am (UTC)
Wait . . . you were planning on watching the game's re-telecast, and you stumbled on LJ, where you fully knew what a raging dyke I am for the Detroit Pistons?

That one's on you, buddy.
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[User Picture]From: notoriousmdc
2006-06-03 09:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, pretty much... you had just been somewhat of an absentee LJer of late, especially in the playoffs. lol
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-03 09:13 am (UTC)
I hope the Heat play every Finals game like this Game 6.
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From: all_gr0wed_up
2006-06-03 10:57 am (UTC)
man, jason williams was on fire. i've never seen him play like that.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-03 04:55 pm (UTC)
For all we know, that will be the first and last time.
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From: all_gr0wed_up
2006-06-04 04:59 am (UTC)
There's something the pistons' fans can take away from the loss :)
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-04 05:01 am (UTC)
Goddamn White Chocolate.
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[User Picture]From: smkndawonderful
2006-06-04 04:10 am (UTC)
These tears are NOT of joy, dude. Dammit.

I can't even believe the Pisons are OUT!

I just don't know what to do with myself. :(
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-04 04:23 am (UTC)
Watch the Finals . . . while not your favorite teams, both of them have never won a championship.

It's Dallas against Miami, for all the chips.
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[User Picture]From: smkndawonderful
2006-06-04 02:39 pm (UTC)

Thanks

Most likely will ... I think I'm putting my money on Miami ... I do like Shaq. =)
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