Yesterday, the Pistons signed Tracy McGrady to a 1 year deal. Today a massive 4 team deal was announced:
In the proposed deal, the Houston Rockets will send Ariza to the Hornets, who in turn will send Collison and James Posey to the Pacers. The Pacers will send Troy Murphy to the New Jersey Nets. And the Nets will send Courtney Lee to the Rockets.
Here are my thoughts on these deals as they potentially impact the Warriors’ quest to fill out their roster:
This is a very odd year in the NBA. I cannot recall a season where so many important players were fighting through injury coming into the playoffs: Kobe, Bynum, KMart, Parker, Hill, Marion, Kirilenko, Okur, Shaq, Garnett, Pierce, Jackson, Noah. Needless to say, it makes it extremely difficult to evaluate even otherwise mundane series. But here we go:
Would you like a 3.3% return on your money in a one-week investment? Put everything in your savings on the Cavaliers to win this series. (That’s a joke, haters!) But a word to the wise: Do NOT bet against Lebron in any playoff series this year. David Stern badly wants Lebron to win this year, and betting against what David Stern wants is like setting a blowtorch to your money. Just ask Mark Cuban and Bill Simmons. No Bet.
Well, after getting back from vacation yesterday, I had one day to qualify for the 10k World Poker Tour in San Jose, and managed to win my first satellite. So I’ll be extending my break from blogging for at least another day (and hopefully several more!) to play in this tournament. If you want to follow my progress, I’ll be posting updates on Twitter on my feltbot account.
Jump for my last Mavs bet update:
Yes, just as things are once again getting heated in Warriors land with Biedrins-gate, feltbot is off to the Mexican riviera for a much needed stint of Warriors rehab. I’ll be gone 10 days, missing the next 6 games, including the brutal 4 road games in 5 nights stretch next week. It’s probably just as well. My Lagavulin bill has been killing me.
Dallas Mavericks: The biggest winners, by far, of the trade deadline were the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs dumped the contracts of Josh Howard and Drew Gooden on the Wizards in return for two very good players, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood.
In Butler, the Mavs finally have something they have been lacking for the last two years: a legitimate two-guard with size. Butler is great on both sides of the ball. At 6-7 he has the potential to be a stopper at the two, like Stephen Jackson. In fact, having Butler and Marion at the wings could be every bit as effective for Dallas as having Jackson and Wallace at the wings is for Charlotte. If you don’t think that’s effective, check out the latest whipping Charlotte put on Lebron and company.
Bobcats Update: The Bobcats beat a good Pacers team 104-88 tonight. The Bobcats are now 3-1 ATS since Jackson joined the team, 2-1 ATS since I began the Bobcats Bet. The line of -1 indicates to me that the bookies are still behind the curve on the new-look Bobcats.
I watched this game, and ascribe this win largely to the efforts of Stephen Jackson. He is still struggling to find his role in Brown’s offense, but put the Bobcats on his back defensively. He held Danny Granger to 18 pts. on 5-14 shooting.
Stephen Jackson and Acie Law to the Bobcats for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovich. Say goodbye to We Believe. Say hello to Don’t Snowboard, Please.
As a closet Clippers fan, I was delighted with the opportunity to watch this game.
Since the Warriors handled the Grizzlies easily, but got blown off the court by the Clippers, it should have been easy to predict how the Clippers would fare against the Grizzlies at home, right? Wrong. This game was closely contested throughout, and was finally decided only as the final horn sounded, when Rudy Gay’s dead-on 3 point attempt hit the back rim. How is this possible?
I pulled the trigger on two more pre-season bets today, betting the Lakers to win more than 61.5 games, and the Spurs to win more than 54.5. I expect the Lakers to win 70, and the Spurs 60 if they remain reasonably healthy. The Celtics were a little more difficult to bet, with a line of 56.5, but I probably could have bet them as well. With the additions of Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels they simply cannot be challenged in the East. Continue reading
Opening night! I watched the TNT doubleheader.
Celtics 95 Cavs 89: The Cavs had their hearts ripped from their chests and eaten raw in front of their homecourt fans on opening night. Now they have to play another 81 games with the certain knowledge that they are going nowhere this year. The Celtics own the East. Continue reading