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Real Madness: Cavs, Lakers in race for home court

Posted on: March 16, 2009 11:50 am
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You know there is really something wrong with me when I'm more obsessed with the intriguing battle for playoff position in the Western Conference and the mad dash for playoff berths in the East than with my NCAA Tournament bracket. Truth be told, I don't even have an NCAA Tournament bracket. Who has time for that when a game-and-a-half separates Houston, Denver, New Orleans, Portland, and Utah for the third-through-seventh seeds in the West?

Who has time for the Alabama State-Morehead State play-in game when the Knicks actually have a chance to make the playoffs?  

I know, I know. The last two weeks of March are sacred ground in basketball for those who prefer the "amateur" variety. But if you want the whole truth, what really intrigues me more than all of this is what will transpire over the next two weeks between the Lakers and Cavaliers in the battle for the best record in the NBA.

As we sit here today, L.A. and Cleveland are dead-even with 16 games left (53-13). Should they meet in the NBA Finals, chances are home court will be decided between now and March 31. With a 98-93 victory over the Knicks Sunday, the Cavs embarked on a crucial two-week stretch in which they'll play eight of nine games at home, where they have the best record in the league at 29-1. The Lakers opened a three-game homestand Sunday with a 107-100 victory over Dallas. Starting Saturday at Chicago, the Lakers will play seven straight on the road over a 10-day period. After the Bulls, they'll visit Oklahoma City, Detroit, New Jersey, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Milwaukee. The Cavs are finished playing out West (until a potential Finals trip), having swept the Clippers, Suns, and Kings on their final long trip of the regular season.

What does it all mean? While the Lakers are packing their bags and heading East one more time, the Cavs need to do what they've been doing all season -- keep winning at home. This is especially true this week, when they host Orlando Tuesday, Portland Thursday, and Atlanta Saturday. If they wind up tied with the Lakers, L.A. holds the tiebreaker because they won both games with the Cavs.

To me, this is the real March Madness. It only got more interesting Sunday when the Lakers' Andrew Bynum guaranteed that he'll return from a knee injury sometime in April. (Click here for the story and video.) So while everyone else will be frothing over the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight in the last week of March, I'll be in Atlanta to see if the Lakers are running out of gas as they near the end of their seven-game road trip. And I'll have one eye on the Cavs, who will be putting a stamp on the month with Dallas and Detroit at home.

Call me crazy, but I'll take NBA March Madness any day of the month.

 

 

 

 

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Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2009 3:20 pm
 

Real Madness: Cavs, Lakers in race for home court

Hey ShotGunLA:

You have sure changed your tune from "Lakers already proved whether they get home court or not they can sweep both the Cavs and the Celts."   Sweep?   Sweep?    I suspect that you'll be changing it even more as time goes by.  ;-)

 

 

 

 




Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2009 3:14 pm
 

Real Madness: Cavs, Lakers in race for home court

Well, I really don't that the most important part of the year in NBA is now. Who's gonna get the first seed? Who cares? WHo is gonna go to the playoffs in the Easter Conference is way more interesting !

But I agree with you, it's time for college basketball to shine at the national level. We will come back to the NBA when the playoffs start!

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Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2009 3:08 pm
 

Real Madness: Cavs, Lakers in race for home court

Well, I really don't that the most important part of the year in NBA is now. Who's gonna get the first seed? Who cares? WHo is gonna go to the playoffs in the Easter Conference is way more interesting !

But I agree with you, it's time for college basketball to shine at the national level. We will come back to the NBA when the playoffs start!

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Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2009 3:01 pm
 

Blame injuries?

Honestly injuries are part of the game. Each of the big three have had them this year.

Lakers:

Farmar (8 Weeks) - Taking away rest minutes from an over-worked Fisher

Bynum (10 weeks)  - Gasol is soft, Powell is not ready to be the inside force, Howard exposed the weakness

Kobe (Entire year) - Sprained Finger, Hasn't healed, enough said on this one

Cavs:

Big Z (5 Weeks) - No Bynum or Garnett, but a definite help on the boards

Wallace ( ? ? ? ? ) - Great shot blocker and rebounder, absence= more defensive work on Lebron

West - (6 Weeks) - Similar boat to Farmar

Celtics:

Garnett (6 Weeks) - Without a doubt teams best player with respect to position

Davis (Who cares) - yes griffinator you do only have three guys down low, but do you really miss his 5.4 PPG?

 

Clevelandfan23 you trust me I did not forget that but I am taking into consideration the West being a greater force than the East.  Also to Maryland Reader I am not saying home court does not matter.  Just implying that us Laker fans are simply less concerned after the way our guys performed on the 6 game road trip immediately following the loss of Bynum.  No complaints about injuries and griffinato please read uclaman211's comment.  Granted, Garnett did foul out and miss the entirety of OT LAkers still won on your homecourt without Andrew.

The Eastern conference is always good for two or three teams and yes they have title winners (6 in the 90's for Bulls, Detroit had its run at the top, and now last year the Celtics).  As for the Spurs walking away with the title in '07, they are a Western Conference team.  My buddy brought up the all-star game to defend this arguement but thats BS so im not going there.  Lets look at overall standings.  If the NBA had a setup like the MLS, then 9 of the 16 teams in playoffs would be from the West as it stands now with Miami, Philly and Detroit bringin up the rear meaning all of the 9 West teams are in the top 13.  Thats why my arguement about Lakers having home court being 70/30 while the east winned with home court is more 50/50. 

This is with or without Bynum.  I don't blame injuries and the Celtics can have Garnett back (and Davis?!?!?!). 

All in all home court is important, to agree with both I mentioned above. Sorry for the painful reply, just defending my claims.

GO LAKESHOW!!

 

 

 




Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2009 2:59 pm
 

Real Madness: Cavs, Lakers in race for home court

Well, I really don't that the most important part of the year in NBA is now. Who's gonna get the first seed? Who cares? WHo is gonna go to the playoffs in the Easter Conference is way more interesting !

But I agree with you, it's time for college basketball to shine at the national level. We will come back to the NBA when the playoffs start!

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Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2009 11:52 am
 

Real Madness: Cavs, Lakers in race for home court

 and the Celtics got by the Cavs and Hawks in the playoffs lat year because they had home court. At leat right now, it means A LOT.




Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2009 10:27 am
 

Real Madness: Cavs, Lakers in race for home court

 

 Your only problem is Tim Duncan and that championship winning machine at San Antonio. They'll be a different teamin the playoffs and shouldn't be taken lightly. Just as quick as guys get hot on your Lakers, they can get cold. I don't really buy into the whole Bynum thing. Let him come back in the playoffs after months sitting for injury. He may hinder his team more than help. I'd stick with Odom personally. We'll see who gets where. Homecourt still isn't everything that they make it out to be. The ball is still round, the rim is still 10 ft in the air, and the rules arestill thesame.




Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2009 9:26 am
 

Real Madness: Cavs, Lakers in race for home court

 I'll give you the Garnett/Gasol comparison, but Glenn Davis and Lamar Odom??   I don't think so.  Odom is much more vital than Big Crybaby




Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2009 3:11 am
 

Real Madness: Cavs, Lakers in race for home court

 

 I love the NBA more than anything else so obviously I'm more interested to the crazy playoffs race, the MVP race (probably the best in history) and my Pistons. But I can't wait for the ncaa tournament and I'll watch as many games as possible. I generally start paying attention to college hoops in March since, like I said, I'm more interested to watch pro ball, but I still like the ncaa tourney. Seriously, if you love basketball this is one of the best moments of the year: ncaa tourney and nba playoffs races heating up. And as soon as the ncaa tourney is over, it will (almost) be playoffs time in the NBA. Isn't it great?




Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2009 2:37 am
 

Real Madness: Cavs, Lakers in race for home court

 didnt the lakers beat the celtics on there home floor when boston was at full strength without bynum on 6 game road trip? shut up moron!



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