Category Archives: NBA Playoffs

2012 NBA Playoffs Conference Championships Preview

The undercards are finished. Only the heavyweights remain. Let’s get ready to rumble….

Jump for Feltbot’s platinum-plated picks for the 2012 NBA Playoffs Conference Championship Series!                                             Continue reading

2012 NBA Playoffs Round 2 Recaps

Here are my top three reasons the Heat, Celtics, Thunder and Spurs advanced. With one bonus reason apiece.                                               Continue reading

Clippers 82 Grizzlies 72 + NBA Western Conference Round 2 Preview

Wow. If someone would have told you beforehand that Chris Paul and Blake Griffin would combine for 2 points in the fourth quarter of this game 7, would you have picked the Clippers to win by 10?                       Continue reading

2012 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Round Two + Lakers vs Nuggets and Clippers vs Grizzlies Game Seven: Predictions

What’s the deal with the second round starting in the East before the first is finished in the West? Doesn’t seem right, particularly since it forced me to my keyboard on a sunny Saturday morning.

Confession: I didn’t watch a single Eastern conference first round playoff game, even though I had money wagered (Celtics ftw). Actually, I guess I did watch parts of a couple Celtics’ 4th quarters against the Hawks. And I did manage to come up with another firm betting rule for myself in the process: Rule 916: Never Bet on a Team that has Josh Smith.           Continue reading

Playoffs, Baby!: Feltbot’s 2012 NBA Playoffs First Round Predictions

Here’s something I don’t think I’ve ever said before: Thank God we now have the opportunity to watch some basketball played by teams that are trying to win.

Jump for my 2012 NBA playoff first-round predictions. As well as my bonus predictions for the conference champions and the NBA title, in case you happen to be looking at those lines (I’m not).     Continue reading

The 2011 Dallas Mavericks: A Nellieball Champion

“NBA Finals predictions anyone? I’m going with Miami/Dallas.” Steve, April 11, 2011

“I think the Mavs can win it. I think things have to break right for them, and they have to continue to play at the level they’ve been playing. But why not?” Don Nelson, May 12, 2011

I think a lot of veteran NBA types were amazed by how this series played out. The three most interesting comments I saw were from 1) Steve Nash, who was perplexed that the Heat didn’t go small and get Lebron on Dirk (something that I thought was the key to the series in my preview); 2) George Karl, who was surprised by Lebron’s lackluster last two games (something I attribute directly to the Heat’s offensive and defensive gameplans); and 3) the Warriors’ own Reggie Williams, on the post-game show, who stated that Spoelstra’s failure to get shooters on the floor (in particular James Jones) is what allowed Dallas to effectively zone Dwayne Wade and Lebron.

You can see Nellie’s influence in all of those comments. Continue reading

Attention Joe Lacob: The Lesson of the 2011 NBA Finals

Gone Fishin’.

Can’t believe that I’m going to be missing two (one?) of the most dramatic games in Finals history… but c’est la vie. One does not live by basketball alone, as the Thaiblonde will attest.

One of the more intriguing aspects of these Finals is that both of these teams are playing Nellieball. In particular the Mavs, who are built almost exactly like the 2003 team that Nellie might have won a title with, if Dirk hadn’t gotten injured in the Conference Finals. That team featured Nash and Van Exel in the backcourt along with Finley, and Bradley and Lafrentz at the 5 next to Dirk. In addition to Finley, Nellie had 4 quintessential Nellieball defensive wings at his disposal: Bell, Griffin, Abdul-Wahad and Najera.                      Continue reading

Adjustments to the Adjustments: Mavs v. Heat Game 3 Recap

The Heat made several interesting adjustments in Game 3.  The most obvious, of course, was to take Lebron off of Jason Terry.  The Heat matched up conventionally, with Lebron guarding the three, usually Shawn Marion, and Wade guarding the two.              Continue reading

Out-Coached: Mavs 95 Heat 93 — NBA Finals Game 2 Recap

Just finished watching the game for the second time.  I watched it the first time out of the corner of my eye from my seat at the 5-10 no limit poker table at Lucky Chances…  and quite predictably, my own play suffered greatly in crunch time.

To me this game highlighted the biggest edge that Dallas has over Miami: at Head Coach. Carlisle is an absolute genius: the adjustments he made (staggered screens, etc.) to get Nowitzki open against one of the toughest defenses in history were beautiful.  And he does it on the fly, mid-game, which is the hallmark of the elite.                           Continue reading

King James Ascends the Throne: Heat v. Mavericks Preview

I have already predicted that the Miami Heat will win the championship, and as great as the Dallas Mavericks have performed so far in these playoffs, I don’t see any reason to change my mind.  Here are my reasons:              Continue reading