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Chronz
04-28-2009, 07:13 PM
If your on a winning team you can do no wrong its that simple, but if your losing someone's gotta get the blame. Who are your most significant playoff bystanders?


Some suggestion broken down in tiers:




The SWEEPS
Someone from the Pistons, how bad do you have to be to get swept with Mo and Delonte having horrible series offensively making old man Joe Smith finally looking like he justified his number 1 pick status and Bron was his usual MVP self. Ill admit I didnt see a single game of this series, its boring when you know the outcome but where did Detroits offense go? Rip was a good mid range shooter at some point in his career wasnt he, Sheeds already on his way out next year, more importantly does Detroit retire good ol #30(36?), Tayshaun has to be injured right, or did Bron actually lock him up?




Technically the Hornets have won a game, but the series isnt close to being that close. The Nuggets have gone on to post the playoff best Offensive Rating by an absurd +16PTS above league average, while New Orleans is tied with Detroit for the playoff worst -13 below league average. The reason?

David West perhaps? Its a joke how bad he looks when he knows theres nothing he can do and nowhere he can turn without Kenyon who is almost Battier like in how positions himself when sizing up for the contest. It leaves him out of rebounding position quite frequently but his man never gets the board and always misses the shot. West isnt alone in New Orleans offensive struggle, CP3 has been overmatched physically and doesnt seem to have the same composure of last years playoffs in which he committed only 22 turnovers (He has 21 through these 4 games). I would mention Peja but thats become a part of who he is that nobody bothers anymore, Chandler hasnt looked right all year. Of course nobody likes point out Posey's flaws because he makes "big shots" he just cant make shots that keep you in games long enough for him to make one.









The 3-1 Crew

The Spurs shouldnt get any slack just because theyre injured. The team has played without Manu for much of the year, it never prevented them from performing. The drop in Regular Season to Playoff Production for Gooden and Bonner are drastically killing the Spurs chances. Its hard to blame Gooden for much considering he was a late season addition but he was playing very well for them in the early going besides none of those excuses prevented PJ Brown from making an impact, but Bonner ugh....... (In the words of Cartman) "The Fvck"?. Not many people noticed but the Spurs were a better offensive team even with Manu shelved for most of the year, a large part of that is due to TP's individual brilliance but Bonner was key as well. The payoff in the offensive punch of these 2 helped make up for the loss in their defensive dominance. But if they arent hitting shots there really is nothing left for them to contribute. TP has 4 defenders waiting for him at the rim, these are the guys who need to make them pay for that.

Travis Outlaw, when I first heard of Outlaw I always wondered what held him back. Objectively you think of a 6"9 sweet shooting SF and your expecting Kevin Durant or something. Hes been in the league since he was 19, started off as a rebounder and energy player, stopped slashing so much within a year he becomes a midrange specialist, then made the leap to off the pine scorer, the next year you see that hes made the 3 a part of his game and you have to assume hes improving which to his credit, he is, its just not a significant leap needed to be a star. And in the playoffs hes just become completely undone. The reason is simple, Houston's perimeter defense is rough on him when they are playing in a tradition setup. Outlaw has taken advantage of playing small ball all year, suddenly taking that away from him and matchup him up with Artest or Battier on the regular isnt easy on anyone. It comes as no surprise that he finally had a decent game in G4 when Nate went small. Without Outlaw the Blazers cant generate enough PTS to win. LeMarcus deserves some of the blame, the first playoff series for anyone who plays a big role in an offense is hard. He had a brilliant G2, but the Rockets have mixed up their gameplan and are throwing different doubles at him. Forcing LA into situations where he cant just stop and pop put him in the difficult position of thinking and reacting. Mastering this aspect of the game will come with time, until then he has to suffer a few playoff defeats.









The .500 Club
The way I see it, if your underachieving and your team is .500 then the fact that your team isnt done with this series lies squarely on your shoulders.


John Salmons & Paul Pierce
I dont know if either one is injured or if the toll of guarding each other has worn them down but these guys are having trouble scoring. But before I get to that can I just say D-Rose had a brilliant G1 and crucial in their wins but hes cooled off since then, can we stop acting like hes having a spectacular series (hint for Marc Stein). Rondo is on another world right now, Ray has been his usual self more or less but Pierce isnt getting it done in any way shape or form. Even his money plays where he rubs his defender on Rondo's arent working. He just seems slower off the dribble and not as elusively strong anymore where he just works off of you nonstop. The team is already short of their defensive superstar, now theyre forced to play without Pierce as well. Luckily he was huge in G4 so there is more than enough time to turn it around but if he doesnt how will that shape his legacy? Aside from Salmons everyone else on the Bulls is playing about where theyve been at all year.


Hedo
Hes hurt, everyone can see it. There isnt much else to say other than without him the Magic have lost 2 All-Star caliber players, and Hedo was about the most irreplaceable one they could have lost once Jameer went down. You cant lose both of your playmakers and expect Rashard to remain as effective. Dwight has been beastly but unless he starts creating shots for his teammates they arent going to make up for the loss of Hedo. Its the only reason this series is close.

D-Wade & Joe Johnson
Similar scenario to Pierce and Salmons is being played out in this one. Theyve been matched up against one another for much of the series. Could be having an impact on their teams offense. Though its not fair to put them in the same breath in terms of importance to their team but the relative dropoff is pretty alarming. Wade is playing great, he needs to be legendary. JJ is playing awful, he needs to be able to create some shots for himself and stop accepting the double teams all the time. Both players have played well enough to be where they are at, Im just saying whichever of these 2 picks it up the most will win the series. Beasley deserves some mentioning.

Spurred1
04-28-2009, 07:23 PM
Very good break down. Bonner and Finley have both been garbage for this series. Gooden does get some slack, because he is still relatively newish. But overall, the shooters for the Spurs have been dreadful. It isn't going to work for the Spurs if they just have Parker and Duncan scoring. Parker's been killing himself this series, and it isn't working.
If Wade has back problems for the next game or two, he is going to struggle to become legendary. He was not that good last night, not that he got much support either.

JordansBulls
04-28-2009, 09:38 PM
How much do you expect from Salmons?

Hawkalicious
04-28-2009, 10:08 PM
My write in vote goes to Mr. Beasley...

I heard he was a great player. I heard he would score 50 points a per 48 minutes if given the chance. I heard his rookie season is nearly as good as Tim Duncan's rookie year, if not better. I heard he doesn't miss the pick'n'pop jumpshot.

Either Beasely is the straight up winner of this poll, or SOMEONE'S got some red and black glasses on.

superkegger
04-28-2009, 10:16 PM
Pierce and Johnson. Both have not had the playoffs they're supposed to have from all the buzz about how good they're supposed to be.

Hornets were exposed for what they are too, they're pretty much a complete fabrication of chris paul, not a whole lot more.

Lakersfan2483
04-29-2009, 01:50 AM
The entire Detroit team was an embarrassment and just flat out quit., they had no business even being in the postseason.

Biggest Playoff Fall Outs thus far:

Paul Pierce (Outside of tonight's game he has not been very good, especially considering that he has dubbed himself the best player in the NBA.)

Joe Johnson has been very subpar, I expected more from him especially considering the way he performed against Boston during last season's playoffs.

The entire Hornets' team has been terrible this postseason

Chronz
04-29-2009, 02:11 AM
I like the way Pierce responded tonight, and I didnt like that Travis Outlaw finally had himself a decent game.

DenButsu
04-29-2009, 02:29 AM
Good writeup, fun read.


I voted for the Spurs. They have pretty much established themselves as the team (or, possibly, one of 2-3 teams depending on how you look at it) of the 00's decade by consistently delivering in the postseason year after year, regardless of whether they had regular season struggles or not. So to me, they bear the burden of high expectations. They established in game 2 that they should be capable of winning games in this series with a big road victory, but then failed twice in a row to defend their home court. I'm no Spurs fan (somewhat the opposite, in fact), but that to me has got to be the biggest disappointment so far. I fully expected that series to go at least 6 games.

Chronz
04-29-2009, 03:03 AM
How much do you expect from Salmons?
About what we're getting from Pierce before today. What I expected from Pierce was what he did today.

Chronz
04-29-2009, 03:04 AM
My write in vote goes to Mr. Beasley...

I heard he was a great player. I heard he would score 50 points a per 48 minutes if given the chance. I heard his rookie season is nearly as good as Tim Duncan's rookie year, if not better. I heard he doesn't miss the pick'n'pop jumpshot.

Either Beasely is the straight up winner of this poll, or SOMEONE'S got some red and black glasses on.

LOL Yea all he needs is playing time. Seriously though I think Beasley will leave his imprint on this series soon enough.

KH12
04-29-2009, 03:05 AM
Salmons is definitely hurt. He has had a bad groin injury for weeks now.

SteveNash
04-29-2009, 03:09 AM
Tayshaun Prince:

3.8 PPG, 25% FG, Terrible defense.

You should have listened to me long ago Chronz.

Chronz
04-29-2009, 03:47 AM
Tayshaun Prince:

3.8 PPG, 25% FG, Terrible defense.

You should have listened to me long ago Chronz.

I noticed Stuckey was on Bron most of the series, why didnt they unleash the TayHAWK on him?


Salmons is definitely hurt. He has had a bad groin injury for weeks now.
That sucks, one things for sure is that without him, whoever wins this series is going to get mauled by Cleveland if they manage to get past Orlando.

IndyRealist
04-29-2009, 12:38 PM
Pistons, they didn't even show. Apparently someone in Detriot thought it was a good idea to highlight Stuckey during the playoffs, in hopes of justifying the loss of Billups. I have no idea why they didn't just play Pistons basketball. And getting swept by a Division rival to boot....

Second place has to go to the Spurs role players. They really have very simple jobs. Space the floor, already. I'd -give- the Spurs Troy Murphy right now, it's so bad.

The Hornets were falling apart well before the playoffs started. Pacers call dibs on David West!

what54!?
04-29-2009, 12:58 PM
The pistons. They just looked like a shell of how they used to be.

RodmansBulls
04-29-2009, 01:47 PM
I noticed Stuckey was on Bron most of the series, why didnt they unleash the TayHAWK on him?


That sucks, one things for sure is that without him, whoever wins this series is going to get mauled by Cleveland if they manage to get past Orlando.

Dude prince is to small to guard lebron, the dude is skin and bones, he would of got out muscled.

DitchDat
04-29-2009, 01:49 PM
Pistons

also the Hornets as a team

Chronz
04-29-2009, 04:00 PM
Dude prince is to small to guard lebron, the dude is skin and bones, he would of got out muscled.

Thats what Ive heard in the past, but Prince has had some success against Bron before. Though without Ben and Sheed playing behind him anymore I guess its not the best matchup.

superkegger
04-29-2009, 05:16 PM
I noticed Stuckey was on Bron most of the series, why didnt they unleash the TayHAWK on him?

Because Tay's back is hurtin him big time, which is in large part the blame for his pathetic play.

SteveNash
04-30-2009, 01:17 AM
I noticed Stuckey was on Bron most of the series, why didnt they unleash the TayHAWK on him?

Because Stuckey, Rip and Afflalo were more successful at guarding LeBron.

Chronz
04-30-2009, 01:43 AM
BLASPHEMY Tay is an all league defender !!