Putting It On Wax: Part One

Somehow forgot to put my playoff predictions down (apparently forgot to spell check too–there were a few typos last post–yeeesh) before I left for San Antonio yesterday to see the monster performance by Kawhi Leonard last night, so I won’t count any of yesterday’s games as part of my predictions (we did a playoff preview and didn’t even think to do on air predictions–huge FAIL). So here we go:

San Antonio in five over Memphis

Utah in seven over Los Angeles Clippers

Milwaukee over Toronto in seven

Cleveland over Indiana in six games

Washington over Atlanta in seven games

Golden State over Portland in five games

Boston in seven over the Bulls

Oklahoma City in six games over Houston

Questions to Be Answered in First Round

Playoffs start today and we are about to seem shit go down. A lot of questions are going to be answered in this first round.

 

Just How Washed is Tony Parker?

The point guard position is San Antonio’s Achilles Heel. Patty Mills has had a solid season, but Parker has been spotty at best. Maybe Tony has one last playoff run in those legs, but many people predict that Mike Conley is gonna eat the Frenchman’s lunch.On a side note: I’m excited about the Gasol family reunion that starts on Saturday.

You Bucks Wit it Or Nah?

I thought it was over after the Jabari Parker injury, but what do you know? Khris Middleton shows up almost immediately afterwards and the Bucks not only saved their season, but also may make some noise in the playoffs.

 

Can Anyone Out East Give the Cavaliers Some Run?

I didn’t realize how bad the Eastern Conference was until I started looking at the standings. Looking at all their records raised two questions: How did the Bulls get in but the Heat didn’t, and do .500 teams deserve to be in the playoffs? Shows how little I’ve been paying attention to ball on the ET time.

Win Expectancy of Eastern Conference Team vs Lebron :

Toronto: 2 wins

Indiana: 2 wins

Celtics: 2 wins

Washington: 3 wins

Chicago: 1 win

Atlanta: Would Get SWEPT

Bucks: 2 wins

Will John Wall Finally Get Some Love?

 

We’ve all been sleeping on John Wall. A small minority of folks that thinks he is the best in the league and maybe he if he played in New York, rather than D.C. he’d have his proper due already. This season Wall had career highs in points, assists and steals. The lights are on. Lets see if he performs.

Other things of note:

  • Unless you’re a fan of a particular eastern conference , try to avoid any non elimination games out there. Life is too short.
  • Oklahoma City vs Houston is the Most anticipated first round series, but the highest quality of basketball will be Memphis vs. San Antonio. 
  • Golden State will beat Portland in 5 games, but it will be more entertaining than your typical “Gentleman’s Sweep.” It will remind you of collegiate ball in the Pac-12.
  • The Clippers vs Utah series is the “Tap That Vein” extravaganza of the first round. I like the idea of watching it more than I’ll actually enjoy it. Too many fouls and both coaches annoy the shit out of me, but if I’m awake and don’t have anything going on……

 

The East is going to be full of individual performances by great players, whole the West will be great teams going up and down the floor every other night. We all knew what the result will be, but it’ll still be fun to watch how it unfolds. Enjoy the beginning of the playoffs.

BM

 profile pic b mick  Bobby Mickey is the alter ego of writer and poet Edward Austin Robertson. When he isn’t involved in some basketball related activity, actively looking for parties to deejay or venues to perform comedy, he can be found recording podcasts with Craig Stein at Fullsass Studios. Follow him on twitter @clickpicka79. For booking inquiries, send contact info to thisagoodassgame@gmail.com. 

 

 

Regular Season Wrap Up Part 2: L-Z

Illustrations by Louis Eastman

The end of the regular season is near, and most of the playoff positions are set. Here’s an opportunity to publicly perform self-fellatio for all the things I correctly predicted, and shake off the few things I got wrong. If you missed part one, then click here.

 

The LOL Lakers Are Finally Kobe-Free

 

Poor Lakers can’t even tank right, winning five of their last ten games. In most situations this is good, but they lose their draft pick next year to Philadelphia if they don’t land in the top 3 lottery picks. Their chances of getting a top 3 ping pong ball went from 54 to 40 percent in less than a week. Oh yeah, they also fired their GM and team president and PR in the middle of the season. Next season can’t get here soon enough for the Lakers.

Manu Ginobili’s Swan Song?

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Manu only managed to 7.5 points, 2.7assists , and 2.3 rebounds, but the Spurs were always better when he was on the court. Unlike Tony Parker, I don’t think Manu is washed.

 

Nerlens Noel and The Other Philly Bigs

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Philly fucked up by trading Tyson Chandler 2.0 to Mavericks for basically nothing. Then they compounded this mistake by NOT trading Jahlil Okafor. Ben Simmons hurt his foot, but should be okay by next season. Joel Embiid was the biggest bright spot for the city of Philadelphia, having an electric run before his season was cut short with a meniscus injury.

 

Oladipo Lands in Oklahoma 

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Oladipo averaged 16.7 and decreased his turnovers to less than 2 a game (due mostly to his usage rate decreasing). Yet still, you are fighting an uphill battle if Victor Oladipo is your second best scoring option. He is basically “Quentin Richardson 2.0” from the 3 point area. All that being said, his defense is still solid, and considering that the Cavs no longer have Anthony Bennett or Dion Waiters, I would think Cleveland would be better on defense if they had Oladipo on that roster.

The Parsons-Timberlake Bromance

With Chandler hurt for the majority of the season, I’m sure he has been picking up the tabs on their nightly excursions.

 

Quinn Snyder’s Moment of Truth

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Still not sure he is a great coach, but he is competent, and he didn’t get in the way of the Jazz’s success. They were supposed to get to the playoffs this season and they did.

 

Russell Westbrook Unleashed

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MVP!!! MVP!!!! MVP!!!!

 

Spurs Enter The Post-Duncan Era

The Spurs surprised a lot of people with how well they played D (To ALex Knapp’s credit he predicted they’d still be good on defense). This year’s team is  younger, faster, and more athletic. If anyone but Parker were the starting PG I’d feel more confident about their playoff run.

 

Thibs’ Crazy Litter Of Teen Wolves

Everyone was surprised that the Timber pups weren’t playoff contenders, everyone but the guy who wrote this season preview.  SLURP!!! SLURP!!! SLURP!!

Uncle Drew Earns A Ring

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Kyrie Irving is a bad mufucka, but he can’t guard anybody. Cavs are terrible at D.

 

Vroom!!! Vroom!! (Go The Houston Rockets)

Tried to told ya’ll about the Rockets. Folks didn’t believe me. Mike D’Antoni should get the Coach of the Year Award. The “D’Antoni Affect ” once again gave life to a struggling basketball franchise, and now Darly Morey and James Harden can join Steve Nash, Chris Duhon, and Jeremy Lin, in sending D’Antoni a 200 dollar giftcard to Cheesecake Factory every December 25th.

Waiters Island

Well what do you know? Dion can be the star on a playoff team. Its not that he isn’t good, its just that he isn’t as good as he thinks he is. He could be a super sub on a winning team if he tweaked his attitude.

 

X’s and O’s

Not much to say here. Shout out to Scott Brooks for helping Washington become a legitimate Eastern Conference threat to give the Cavaliers a seven game series. I’ve already slurped myself up about Mike D’Antoni. Big ups to Erik Spoelstra for helping take the Heat from 19 games under .500 to 41-41.

 

Youth Movement

Karl Anthony Towns got buckets, Giannis balled out. Demar DeRozan defended his title as the second best shooting guard in the NBA. The Lakers got some young guys who can ball. The league is in good hands.

 

Zach Lavine: Is He Good?

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We still don’t know, but he seemed like he was on his way to getting Most Improved Player before he got hurt. Funnily enough, the Timberwolves seemed to be playing better once he got shelved. I don’t think he is a natural point guard however. Just a ball handler who likes to score. Maybe he needs to be a super sub #lightskinnedDionWaiters

Coming tomorrow: Playoff Predictions

 

BM

 profile pic b mick  Bobby Mickey is the alter ego of writer and poet Edward Austin Robertson. When he isn’t involved in some basketball related activity, actively looking for parties to deejay or venues to perform comedy, he can be found recording podcasts with Craig Stein at Fullsass Studios. Follow him on twitter @clickpicka79. For booking inquiries, send contact info to thisagoodassgame@gmail.com. 

 

 

 

 

Clicks to Pick week of 4/9/17

Monday

San Antonio at Portland

Houston at Los Angeles Clippers

Utah at Golden State

 

“Tap That Vein” Tuesday

Oklahoma City at Minnesota

Wednesday

 

Toronto at Cleveland

Milwaukee at Boston

Washington at Miami

San Antonio at Utah

Thursday

No Good Ass Games Scheduled

 

Friday

No Good Ass Games Scheduled

 

 

Regular Season Wrap Up Part One: A to the K

The end of the regular season is near, and most of the playoff positions are set. Here’s an opportunity to publicly perform self-fellatio for all the things I correctly predicted, and shake off the few things I got wrong. Illustrations by Louis Eastman

 

fullsizerender-4 Amin Elhassan has put in some solid work this NBA season, appearing on a variety of shows for ESPN (often daily), and always providing a unique perspective with the occasional quip that cut to the bone. He especially shines as moderator on the TRUE HOOP, Black “Opinions Matter Monday” Pod with “Big Wos” and a rotating cast of guests.

They are like the John Wall and Bradley Beal of podcast backcourts, controlling the tempo with content you won’t get on any other basketball pod. Check out ESPN’s programming if you wanna catch him on television or peep the website. They don’t pay me so I’m not going waste my time listing all the shows he’s on, but he’s definitely one of the few reasons to upload any content from the WWL. Keep your eye out for the “Pitino Game” during the elimination games next month.

 fullsizerender-2    Been an interesting rookie season for ole Buddy Buckets. He started the year buried on the bench in New Orleans, as he struggled to find a role in Alvin Gentry’s offense, but his scoring has picked up since he was traded to the Kings for Boogie Cousins. During a 5 game stretch (2 weeks ago) he averaged 17.4 points and had a career high in scoring this (22 points)  in a loss to the Warriors. He just might be able to carve himself out an NBA career (in the right situation).

Despite not making any major off season moves outside of the Al Horford signing, and not making any moves at the trade deadline (much to my chagrin), the Celtics are in a virtual tie with the Cleveland Cavs for first place. Go figure. Outside of Isiah Thomas, they don’t have any reliable scorers. This may come back to bite them in the ass in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Draymond Green’s season has been nothing short of controversial. His ever expanding legion of haters means he must be doing something right. I can’t ever vouch for anything he says or does off the court, but this season has only highlighted how valuable he is to the Warriors’ success on the court. If you make a list of top 20 players in the NBA, and Dray isn’t on there then you are playing yourself.

Everybody is Eating  The owners had to come out of their pockets this season. Memphis and Dallas got the best value for the Mike Conley and Harrison Barnes deals. Both players lived up to their inflated values. While everyone else………well, just ask Portland fans if they think Neil Oshey spent money correctly. The market value of each player got skewed because of the cap, but owners had to pay. I’m sure some GM’s wish they could have a mulligan on some of these contracts

Finals ReThreematch Kevin Durant got hurt, and the Spurs were hot on the trail of the Warriors. I thought San Antonio had a better lineup top to bottom, but as Wednesday’s game showed, the Warriors still are the Click to Pick coming out of the west.

image1 Giannis has been nothing short of spectacular, averaging 23.1 points a game and making the “Sportscenter Top 10” pretty much every night he touches the court. Milwaukee looks primed for a post season bid sitting on a 40-36 record and homie was a legitimate All-Star selection to boot. I Bucks wit Giannis pretty heavily. Dude is going to be a fantastic player.

 

Harrison Barnes has averaged 19 points this year and has hit big shots when the Mavs needed him. Is he worth 94 million? Maybe not, but someone was going to give him that money, it may as well have been the Mavs. Lastly (slurp, slurp), wasn’t I right about Harry B. being better than Eric Montross and Raef LaFrentz? Huh Craig?

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Iguodala looks really good. He hasn’t been hurt and has played well as the floor leader on the second unit. He, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all chipped in on defense to hold Kawhi Leonard in check last Wednesday down in San Antonio. They will need him down the stretch for these next 2 months of playoff basketball. His back is the difference between beating Cleveland in 5 games, or losing to them again in 7.

(The J’s Reboot) Phil Jackson, Joakim Noah and Jeff  Hornacek

What a fucking mess.

 fullsizerender-3 Klay Thompson is going to do what Klay Thompson does. He has caught fire more than a little bit during various points of his all star regular season. He also happens to still be an elite defender. Even though he started off the season with a shooting slump, you knew he’d break out of it with one of those Klay Thompson games. Expect at least 3 of those kinds of games in April and May. 

BM

To be continued…….

 

Clicks to Picks for the Week:

 

Monday

North Carolina vs. Gonzaga (NCAA Championship Game)

I really want to see how this plays out. I’m impressed that Carolina rebounded from last year’s most heartbreaking buzzer beater of all time to make it back to the Championship.

Tuesday

Memphis at San Antonio

Milwaukee at Oklahoma City (Good Ass Game of the Week)

Wednesday

Cleveland at Boston

Thursday

No Good Ass Games on the Schedule

Friday

Miami at Toronto (Good Ass Game of the Weak)

Saturday

Utah at Portland

Sunday

No Good Ass Games Scheduled

 

 profile pic b mick  Bobby Mickey is the alter ego of writer and poet Edward Austin Robertson. When he isn’t involved in some basketball related activity, actively looking for parties to deejay or venues to perform comedy, he can be found recording podcasts with Craig Stein at Fullsass Studios. Follow him on twitter @clickpicka79. For booking inquiries, send contact info to thisagoodassgame@gmail.com. 

Clicks To Picks Week of 3/2717

 

Monday

Cleveland at San Antonio (Good Ass Game of the Week)

Oklahoma City at Dallas

New Orleans at Utah

 

Tuesday

Golden State at Houston

Wednesday

Washington at Los Angeles Clippers

Milwaukee at  Boston

Thursday

No Good Ass Games Scheduled

Friday

Washington at Utah

San Antonio at Oklahoma City

 

Saturday

No Good Ass Games Scheduled

Sunday

Utah at San Antonio

Washington at Golden State

Dallas at Milwaukee (Good Ass Game of the Weak)

Clicks to Pick Week of 3/20/17

Monday

Golden State at Oklahoma City

Washington at Boston (Good Ass Game of The Week)

 

Tuesday

Milwaukee at Portland

 

Wednesday

No Good Ass Games Scheduled

 

Thursday

Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas

Memphis at San Antonio

 

Friday

No Good Ass Games Scheduled

 

Saturday

Washington at Cleveland

 

Sunday

Oklahoma City at Houston