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Old 04-02-2002, 05:30 PM   #16
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I think Horry is pretty physical and he isn't a whiner. I rarely have seen a guy ward off the injury warnings the way Horry does it.
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Old 04-05-2002, 01:47 AM   #17
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Exclamation Remaining schedule of the Top 4 West teams

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(1) L.A Lakers vs. (8) Utah
(4) San Antonio vs. (5) Minnesota
(2) Dallas vs. (7) Seattle
(3) Sacremento vs. (6) Portland

My Sleeper: PORTLAND. Not too many people talk about this team in the west but you better watch out. tons and tons of talent and playing well with Wallace out for a couple games. Bonzi Wells has become great. Look out for this team right here.
I kind of wanted to wait to see how the Kings did against Central Division leading Detroit last night before being a little brash. But after seeing the Kings destroy the Pistons (Kings led the game from start to finish and were up 37 to 16 at the end of one quarter) what I wanted to say, is I think the Kings will get the #1 seed in the West.

Why? Because they have the easiest schedule out of all the Top 4 West teams and thanks to that no-call when Jason Kidd hit Kobe on the top of the head last night, Kings are up 2 1/2 games on the Lakers, hehe.

Spurs' remaining schedule: Dallas, Portland, Denver, at Detroit, at Memphis, Phoenix, at Utah

Winning percentage of remaining opponents: (260-261) = 0.499

For you Mavericks' fans they kind of have it tough.

Mavericks' remaining schedule: at San Antonio, at Utah, Portland, Houston, at Seattle, at Sacramento, Utah, at Phoenix

Winning percentage of remaining opponents: (338-260) = 0.565

But check out the Lakers. This is brutal especially if Shaq has to miss some games.

Lakers' remaining schedule: at Boston, at Miami, Utah, Minnesota, at Portland, Seattle, Sacramento

Winning percentage of remaining opponents: (305-218) = 0.583

Kings' remaining schedule: at Utah, New York, Minnesota, at Golden State, at Clippers, Dallas, Golden State, at Lakers

Winning percentage of remaining opponents: (296-300) = 0.496

Like I said, the Kings have the easiest schedule and I think they'll get the #1 seed.

So your sleeper there would play the Lakers in the first round and I think they would actually have a chance if they had Sabonis because he's the only big guy who when he bangs with Shaq, Shaq actually feels it but without Sabonis the Lakers should handle Portland handily.

Actually, I don't think the Blazers will get the 6th spot. I still think they'll eventually overtake Minnesota for the 5th spot and play San Antonio in the first round.

So I think (1) Sacramento vs. (8) Utah
(2) Dallas vs. (7) Seattle
(3) Lakers vs. (6) Minnesota
(4) San Antonio vs (5) Portland

Also Kings are tied with the Raptors right now as the hottest team in the N.B.A., each winners of 6 straight games.
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Old 04-05-2002, 04:33 PM   #18
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Yeah Raptors!!! I say they get the #8th spot. It looks good right now.
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The Heat are in a downward spiral - this is the first time Pat Riley hasn't been in the playoffs as a coach! The Pacers have lost 5 of 6, as well, in addition to the 8 of 9 losses the Heat (or should I say Cold) have suffered. The Raps have a good chance to sneak in.
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Pat Riley... what can you expect from the Frost?
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Default Kings' Magic Number is down to 3

Last Sunday, Kings kept pace with the Raptors as the hottest team in the N.B.A. by winning their 8th game in a row.

Kings' Magic Number is now down to "3" to clinch the #1 seed in the Western Conference.

And they got good payback against the Knicks too (from when the Knicks blew them out without Chris Webber at Madison Square Garden a few weeks back) by winning by 34 points. This game was over at the half when the Kings were leading by 31 points. Man the Knicks are just a mess.
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The Knicks suck.
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Old 04-09-2002, 06:43 PM   #23
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What? The Knicks are still a team?
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I doubt it.
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The Knicks got a win over my Hornets the other day, very disappointed in that. But you have to admit the Hornets are one of the top five hottest teams now. Things are coming together at the right time.
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Kings win again tonight! Their 9th win in a row over a pretty good Timberwolves team by 19 points who had actually won 7 of 8 I believe coming into the game tonight and who usually play the Kings very well.

Kings' Magic Number is down to "2".

Good chance to get it down to "1" when the Kings visit Oakland tomorrow night looking for their 8th straight road win.
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The are playing very well; they're virtually unbeatable at Arco with that loud crowd advantage. Did you know it has the lowest ceiling of any arena in the NBA? They also make the stands have wooden floors so it's louder when you stomp your feet. But we've seen this before; the playoffs are a new season and I'm still not convinced anyone can beat L.A.
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How about my Raps???

Oh yeah, we won 9 straight too!!!
Raptors and Kings are the two hottest teams in the league and the Raptors are in the playoffs and may dislodge the slumping Bucks.
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Exclamation Games with playoff implications on 4/10/2002

Kings win again tonight, 118 to 116. Their 10th win in a row but they almost choked it away. I saw the game on T.V. and they led Golden State by 20 points several times but the Warriors made one heck of a furious rally to end the game and had a chance to tie or win the game at the end but Jason Richardson missed a three and Larry Hughes missed a tip in. Whew! That was close.

A win is a win though and Kings' magic number is now "1". Kings would have to lose the rest of their games and the Lakers would have to win the rest of their games for the Kings to lose home court. I think the race is essentially over now though because the Kings play the Warriors one more time next week but this time at Arco. I don't think the Warriors will have a chance in that one.

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The are playing very well; they're virtually unbeatable at Arco with that loud crowd advantage. Did you know it has the lowest ceiling of any arena in the NBA?
I did not know that actually. I guess I should have since I live here, hehe. But it's been a while since I've been to a game and tickets are kind of hard to come by these days.

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Yup, last year the Spurs had home court throughout the whole playoffs and it sure didn't do them any good.

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the playoffs are a new season and I'm still not convinced anyone can beat L.A.
I agree with you, Marc. To this extent, at least. If you gave me a $100 and told me to put my money on any one team to win the title this year, I would put it on the Lakers. However, if you asked me a different question. If you asked me, to put the $100 on the team with the best chance to take down the Lakers, I would put my money on Kings. Not the San Antonio Spurs and not the Dallas Mavericks.

In other action with playoff implications. Washington upset Philadelphia. And I guess Detroit had a letdown after winning the Central Division title because they lost at home to the team with worst record in the N.B.A., the Chicago Bulls. Boston eliminates Pat Riley's bunch, in what sounds like a really ugly game, 70 to 65. And San Antonio beats Denver to put more pressure on the Mavericks in the race for the Midwest Division title. San Antonio is now 1/2 game back of Dallas. That race is nip and tuck.

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the slumping Bucks.
And geez, what happened here? The Bucks were my pick to win the East but they've just gone down the toilet. They might not even make the playoffs.
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The Bucks have gone down the toilet alright.... blame it on the Pistons.
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