Posts Tagged ‘nba finals’

Monday Medley

What we read while busting out our old vuvuzelas….

  • Amid the myriad things to love about this–I mean, the puns alone are worth it–I think my favorite is the idea of a story being attributed to Craig Ehlo.
  • We tried icing Tim, but it turns out he kinda likes Smirnoff Ice. Totally ruins it for everyone involved.
  • Feels like it’s been some time since we linked to some fiction. Here’s Loretta Lopez. She’s a Mexican high schooler. It’s good.

NBA Finals Preview: Lakers v. Celtics

IS THIS GONNA PREVIEW THE CONFERENCE FINALS, TOO? About that…

WHA’ HAPPENED? I was busy. I was gonna say Lakers in 6 and Magic in 7. So I nailed one!

YEAH, EASY TO SAY NOW. YOU WERE ALL OVER THAT PHOENIX BANDWAGON LAST TIME WE CHATTED! What? Me? Defend that claim!

WELL, YOU SAID YOU DIDN’T THINK THE LAKERS WOULD REPEAT: That’s not exactly being “all over that Phoenix bandwagon.” To be fair, I was considering picking the Suns to beat the Lakers, but then I talked to someone who watches a fair amount of the NBA (you know, more than a handful of minutes a week, like me), and she said something along the lines of, “Really? You do know Amar’e Stoudemire doesn’t play defense, right? We’ll kill them. I am not concerned with the Suns.” (This person was a Lakers’ fan, thus the first-person.)

I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU: YOU JUST CAME OUT AND SAID THAT THIS FEMALE FRIEND OF YOURS WATCHES FAR MORE OF THE NBA THAN YOU DO, BUT I BET YOU THAT YOU WATCH FAR MORE OF THE WNBA THAN SHE DOES. That’s not a question.

IS IT TRUE? No comment. Continue reading

Must We Win?

Tim and I have each spent time challenging the uses and abuses of the English language. Josh, for his part, has highlighted words the make him cringe. It’s not unfair to say that we are sticklers for linguistic precision here at NPI.

So it is with this in mind that I take umbrage with the overuse of the phrase “must-win” in sports parlance. When the Yankees lost Game 1 of the World Series, people started calling the next game a “must-win” for New York. Except that it wasn’t. “Must” means that something has to happen, from the sheer force of necessity. The Yankees were down one game in a best-of-seven; they didn’t need to do anything. Continue reading

The NBA Finals, Noted

I’ll be honest: I no longer have the time nor effort to think coherently about the NBA. Instead, I’m more of a bullet point kind of guy. So, some thoughts while I skipped Game 1 to see Star Trek:

  • The real reason the Magic are in the Finals? Pinstripes. The last four years Orlando has donned pinstripes = two Finals appearances. The 10 years in-between = irrelevance.
  • I know it’s supposed to be “Magic is,” but that just don’t sound good.
  • And could it kill them to taper the stripes the same on the front and the back?
  • How could the Lakers reach the Finals without being able to defend the pick-and-roll? Isn’t that, you know, kind of important? That’s like a team reaching the World Series that has trouble fielding ground balls.
  • Wait…the Magic won 59 games this year? That’s the Dave Holmes “Say What?” Stat of the Week.
  • Wait…the Magic have been around for 20 years? That’s the Joey Lawrence “Whoa!” Stat of the Week.
  • Sure, the Lakers looked good in Game 1, but isn’t there a small part of them thinking, “If only we had kept the other Gasol…”?
  • An Orlando win totally vindicates Patrick Ewing, right?
  • It was nice to see J.J. Redick get some playing time earlier in the playoffs, but come on, when the rookie from Western Kentucky comes back from injury, you can’t expect Redick to crack that rotation.
  • Is Amway Arena the same building as the old O-Rena? Either way, why don’t they call it that anymore?
  • Isn’t it about time to get on the Spurs’ front office for letting both Luis Scola and Hedo Turkoglu walk?
  • Do you ever think that Adam Morrison sits on the bench and says to himself, “Man, I should have come out a year earlier.”
  • I don’t care how it turned out: That was a terrible contract Orlando gave Rashard Lewis.
  • And how didn’t Lewis and Ray Allen team up for multiple Northwest Division championships in Seattle?
  • If you constructed an all-time Orlando Magic roster, where does Tom Tolbert fit in?
  • That was a rough Game 1 for Orlando. I can’t remember the Magic having a worse start to a Finals series, right?