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Posted: February 20th, 2012

Can’t blame this on Carmelo Anthony can you?

Can you?

After missing seven games with a groin injury, the NBA All-Star saw his first action with the New York Knicks since Jeremy Lin has turned their season around.

Tonight, the Knicks lost to the lowly New Jersey Nets, 100-92, at Madison Square Garden. The last time the Knicks saw the Nets, Lin had 25 points off the bench in a 99-92 win Feb. 4.

The Knicks went 7-1 with Lin starting before Anthony came back tonight. In his return, Anthony shot 4-of-11 for 11 points in 37 minutes. Anthony had six assists, which shows he can share the ball, but also had six turnovers, which shows he can share it with the other team, too.

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Posted: May 9th, 2010

Rajon Rondo has had his way with Cleveland's guards so far in this Eastern Conference semifinals series.

This is guy is not Derrick Rose or Chris Paul.

He’s not Deron Williams or Steve Nash, either.

What Rajon Rondo is, though, is a guy the Cleveland Cavaliers better figure out or else the Boston Celtics are going to make them sweat this series to the brinking point.

Rondo had 29 points, 18 rebounds (he’s 6-foot-1 folks) and 13 assists in Boston’s 97-87 home win to even this Eastern Conference semifinals series at 2-2.  Game 5 is Tuesday in Cleveland, Game 6 is Thursday in Boston and if there is a Game 7, it will be Sunday in Cleveland.

Honestly, Cleveland doesn’t have any guards who can check Rondo. So the Cavaliers have to either one, figure Rondo can’t continue playing that way or two, make him score 40 and shut everyone else down.

Well, Cleveland does have a third option.

Push the pace. Get it in the 100s. Make the older Celtics keep up with them.

Posted in: NBA
Posted: May 9th, 2010

The Orlando Magic are the only team that hasn't lost a game in this year's NBA playoffs.

Well, let me rephrase that.

The Orlando Magic are looking very strong.

They’re 7-0 in the playoffs and just taking Atlanta to the cleaners. Hard to gauge their wins against Atlanta because the Hawks are so disoriented, but Orlando has something to do with that.

After winning Game 3 by 30 points on Saturday, Orlando will close out its Eastern Conference series against the Hawks on Monday in Game 4.

Dwight Howard seems to have adjusted to the fouls, but what’s great about the Magic is they’ve got five guys who can get 20 points at any time.

Hard to guard a team like that. The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to have their hands full with the Magic in the Eastern Conference finals.

I know. I know.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: April 26th, 2010

“I’m trying to do everything I can in my power to beat the Jazz. But, at the end of the day, I need some help. I’m not sitting here pointing fingers or nothing. But as a unit, we’ve got to do this together. I can’t do this by myself.” – Carmelo Anthony after Sunday’s Game 4 loss in Utah.

When Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points including the game winner to beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers back in February, the Denver Nuggets were title contenders.

He should be frustrated.

There was a time when the Denver Nuggets were a clear-cut championship contender. After their win in Cleveland, 118-116, this season in February to end a 13-game win streak for the Cavaliers, I was convinced the Nuggets were good enough to win a title.

Now they’re down 3-1 to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs and Carmelo Anthony is looking for answers.

Correction. He’s looking for help.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: April 17th, 2010

The Denver Nuggets will only go as far as Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony take them.

(4) Denver Nuggets (53-29) vs. (5) Utah Jazz (53-29)

Series schedule: Game 1 – Today at Denver 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN); Game 2 – Monday 4/19 at Denver 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT); Game 3 – Friday 4/23  at Utah 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2); Game 4 – Sunday 4/25 at Utah 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT); Game 5 – Wednesday 4/28 * at Denver TBD; Game 6 – Friday 4/30 * at Utah TBD; Game 7 – Sunday 5/2 *  at Denver TBD. – *If necessary.

Series keys: For Denver: 1. Rediscover its swag (Nuggets have lost it since their head coach, George Karl, left team for cancer treatments). 2. Nene can’t settle (Denver big man must score big to keep Carlos Boozer honest). 3. Play a little defense (Nuggets allowed 102.3 points this season. For Utah: 1. Keep Denver off the line (Nuggets have made 1,924 free throws and attempted 2,487). 2. Bench must produce (With Boozer’s strained oblique and Andrei Kirilenko’s strained left calf, Jazz bench must step up). 3. Attack Denver’s heart (Carmelo Anthony is their star, but Chauncey Billups makes the Nuggets go. Deron Williams must get him in foul trouble).

Series outcome: Nuggets will win the series in six games, but somebody other than Billups – hint to Carmelo – must take over the leadership role.

Series stories:

1. Carlos Boozer to be a game-time decision for Utah playoff opener at Denver – The Canadian Press
2. Nuggets championship clock ticking – Denver Post
3. Doctor: Karl could be back for second round – ESPN

Posted in: NBA
Posted: October 26th, 2009

Will Gilbert Arenas, right, return to the form when he was one the most feared players in the NBA?

I can be kind of quirky sometimes.

It’s rare, but when I’m in this sort of state, I think of some crazy things.

Here’s a few of those thoughts heading into the 2009-10 NBA season.

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