Posts Tagged ‘ Thunder ’

The Economics of the NBA (or Why we have an NBA Lockout)

Having an interest in both economics as well as basketball means that the lockout is a perfect storm of intrigue for yours truly.  And, of course, being the opinionated blogger that I am, it gives me perfect material for yet another piece.  I’ve heard all sorts of “millionaires against billionaires” stories, but I don’t really want to simply add another uninformed (or semi-informed) opinion, so instead I’ll take what I know from the NBA financially and cross it with what I know from economics and we’ll see what we get in the end.  So here’s my perspective on what’s going on with the NBA. Continue reading

Round 4, Game 6 (Miami v Dallas)

Final score: Dallas 105, Miami 95

Before I forget everything I watched in the NBA finals and more specifically, game 6, I guess I should blog about it.  I’m sorry for my big layoff, but here we go.  Just so you know going into this blog, I’m not going to talk about the game specifically, but more in general about the finals and the future.  And I’ve got a bunch more blogs on the way, so I won’t cover too much in this one. Continue reading

Round 3, Game 5 (Chicago v Miami)

There really are not words for what happened last night in Chicago.  For anyone  who follows this blog, it is no secret my disdain for Lebron, Miami and the SuperFriends, so what I saw last night felt horrible.  With every jumper, layup and bad foul call, something inside me died.  Don’t get me wrong, I’d already consigned myself to the fact that the SuperFriends would win, but seeing them actually dominate crunch-time and sweep Chicago and its vaunted defense out of the way with such ease was sickening. Continue reading

Round 3, Game 5 (Dallas v OKC)

And that’s how Dallas went back to the NBA finals.  The series, which most experts predicted would go 6 or 7 (and which a significant number predicted the Thunder would win), came down to 5 incredibly entertaining games.  Revisionists and fools will look at the stats and forgot, or simply miss, how close the games were.  It’s not that Dallas’ game 4 comeback will be forgotten, or that there was not a double-digit victory the entire series.  No, what will be lost is that OKC had chances, good chances, to win games 3, 4, and 5, only to come up short.  People will see the 5 game series and fail to remember that OKC stole one in Dallas and that the series was tied at 1-1 and could easily have been 2-0 for OKC, but for Nowitzki’s heroics. Continue reading

Round 3, Game 4 (OKC v Dallas)

Truth is I’m still recovering from watching that game.  I only started with the 4th quarter, but I do believe I saw quite enough to have an accurate idea of what happened.  For those of you who don’t know, here’s a short summary of the game: the Thunder dominated the first quarter, held off the Mavs, built a 15-point 4th quarter lead with just 5 minutes remaining… only to see Dirk and the Mavericks come all the way back and win in OT. Continue reading

Fouls

I was going over the games in my head last night as I sung myself to sleep and I realized that I was in a boiling rage.  Now, in case you missed my first few blogs and in case you hadn’t realized from my writing, I am biased and opinionated and proud of it.  So here’s my rant against the officiating in the last couple Dallas v OKC games.  In the last two games, Tyson Chandler has picked up two techs and Terry another for absolutely nothing at all.  Let’s go through those technicals. Continue reading

Round 3, Game 3 (OKC v Dallas)

Ah, how the plot thickens.  Not really, since I did expect the Mavs to pull at least one out in OKC before all was said and done.  But still, this game did not follow any script that I was writing – and that’s an understatement.  The game was a strange combination of many, many factors with no one player having a great game, and I truly believe this is as interesting a game as you’ll ever see. Continue reading