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Posted on: May 16, 2010 12:21 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Answer to Cleveland's quagmire? That's Amar'e

The big question every NBA fan, executive, player, agent, marketer, salesperson and janitor is wondering this offseason involves where LeBron James will spend the next half dozen years of his basketball career. The Cavaliers, and notably the executive braintrust of GM Danny Ferry and owner Dan Gilbert, did everything they thought they could to accessorize James with the appropriate championship-caliber talent the past two seasons, and in turn persuade James to get that Cle4Life vanity license plate.

But again, the Cavs are watching the playoffs from home despite topping 60 wins for the second-straight season. Ferry did more than he's ever done this season, dressing the LeBrons up with Shaq and Antawn Jamison in addition to previously acquired sidekick Mo Williams and homegrown role players like Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson. But the recipe didn't work, and the Cavs looked lost during parts of their semifinals series vs. the Celtics.

So what was the answer to the Cavaliers championship riddle? We turn to Twitter. In a surprisingly fruitful synergy of public relations and good old fashioned ask-an-interesting-question-ism, our Ken Berger was able to unearth the ever-thought elusive solution courtesy of Shaquille O'Neal's former Phoenix teammate.




@Amareisreal is of course, Amar'e Stoudemire. @KBerg_CBS is our aforementioned NBA columnist. And @NBAPR is somebody from the league who protects their tweets. Now let's not make a big deal out of Stoudemire having a little fun on Twitter. But having Stoudemire's low-post presence alongside of James would have been something exciting to watch. Jamison is one of the better complementary pieces in the league, but for as good as his silky smooth touch is, he doesn't compare to the freakish athletic ability of Stoudemire. Would K.G. have been able to shut down Amar'e for 35 minutes a night? Would Amar'e have likely forced K.G. into foul trouble early into each game? Would this have prevented K.G.'s awkward press conference following Game 6? Why do I keep mentioning K.G.?

Also of note with this little exchange is the fact it doesn't really exist anymore. This all took place using the hashtag #nbamedia (click on Berger's Twitter stream and then click on that hashtag. I can't seem to link it up cleanly.) and when you click on it Sunday, poof, the Berger-Stoudemire exchange is no mas (it was there late Saturday night). So while I wonder "what if" Amar'e was a Cav, I also now wonder, is somebody really trying to censor that? C'mon people, lighten up.

So how would a LeBron-Amar'e combo have done this NBA playoffs? Is Amar'e right? Would the Cavs have won Cleveland it's first championship since the James Polk administration?




Posted on: May 12, 2010 3:28 am
Edited on: May 12, 2010 2:43 pm
 

NBA Rewind: Hot Shots / Cold Shots

Which player made the most efficient use of his offensive touches to help his team win the game? Which player's misses cost his team a shot at victory?

Here's what we've got...

Let us know how we did. Did we choose the right guys? Who would you add or subtract?





HOT  SHOTS - Ray Allen







25 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 0-1
Jumpers: 8-12
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 8-13
3FG: 6-9
FT: 3-3


COLD SHOTS - LeBron James







15 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 1-1
Jumpers: 1-12
Dunks: 1-1
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 3-14
3FG: 0-4
FT: 9-12

Posted on: May 11, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2010 7:07 pm
 

Daily Simulations: Tuesday, May 11

2KSports.com has been nice enough to help us run the show, using full-length game simulations on NBA2K10.

Think you can outmatch the machine? Post your predictions in the comments section!




 8 p.m. ET - Celtics vs. Cavaliers (Series tied, 2-2)

Game Stats | Cavaliers Stats | Celtics Stats

With an unlikely name leading the way, our simulation picks the Cavaliers to bounce back for a big win in Game 5. Zydrunas Ilgauskas racks up 28 points and 8 boards on a 13-for-13 night. Jamario Moon chips in a double-double in the win.

Posted on: May 11, 2010 11:58 am
 

Morning Shootaround: Who can stop Rondo?

8 p.m. ET - Celtics vs. Cavaliers (Series tied, 2-2)

Posted on: May 11, 2010 3:35 am
Edited on: May 11, 2010 3:38 am
 

NBA Rewind: Hot Shots / Cold Shots

Which player made the most efficient use of his offensive touches to help his team win the game? Which player's misses cost his team a shot at victory?

Here's what we've got...

Let us know how we did. Did we choose the right guys? Who would you add or subtract?



HOT SHOT - Pau Gasol









33 Points

Field Goal Selection

Layups: 6-8
Jumpers: 6-11
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 12-18
3FG: 0-1
FT: 9-11




HOT SHOT - Rashard Lewis







17 Points

Field Goal Selection

Layups: 2-2
Jumpers: 4-8
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 6-10
3FG: 4-7
FT: 1-1






COLD SHOT - Jamal Crawford







14 Points

Field Goal Selection

Layups: 0-1
Jumpers: 4-13
Dunks: 1-1
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 5-15
3FG: 1-6
FT: 3-5



COLD SHOT - Joe Johnson







14 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 0-1
Jumpers: 4-13
Dunks: 1-1
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 5-15
3FG: 1-6
FT: 3-5


Posted on: May 11, 2010 2:11 am
Edited on: May 11, 2010 2:12 am
 

Expert Picks: Score update

With three more teams eliminated, our experts are locked in a tight battle for prediction supremacy! Sergio Gonzalez maintains a slight lead on the field, but the 2KSports simulation earned a bonus point as the only player to predict a sweep.





























Expert Scores
Expert Right Wrong Bonus Total
Sergio Gonzalez 10 1 3 23
NBA2K10 10 1 2 22
Ken Berger 10 1 1 21
Jamey Eisenberg 9 2 2 20
Gerg Urbano 9 2 1 19
Nunzio Ingrassia 8 3 2 18
Right = correct pick (2pts) - Wrong = wrong pick (0pts) - Bonus = correct number of games (1pt)

Posted on: May 10, 2010 2:12 pm
 

Daily Simulations: Monday, May 10

2KSports.com has been nice enough to help us run the show, using full-length game simulations on NBA2K10.

Think you can outmatch the machine? Post your predictions in the comments section!


8 p.m. ET: Magic vs. Hawks - (Orlando leads, 3-0)

Game Stats | Magic Stats | Hawks Stats

Despite a double-double from Dwight Howard, the Hawks roll to a huge, almost incomprehensible, Game 4 victory. Atlanta shoots a lights-out 83 percent from the field, while Orlando struggles to a 36-percent night. Jamal Crawford, Joe Johnson and Al Horford all go for over 20 points in the win.




10:30 p.m. ET: Lakers vs. Jazz - (Los Angeles leads, 3-0)

Game Stats | Lakers Stats | Jazz Stats

According to the simulation, the Jazz will stave off elimination for one more game... edging the Lakers 101-99. Carlos Boozer leads Utah with 23 points and 8 rebounds, while Deron Williams racks up 19 points and 16 assists. Kobe Bryant puts up 31 points in the losing effort.

Posted on: May 10, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2010 12:17 pm
 

Morning Shootaround: Get your brooms ready

8 p.m. ET: Magic vs. Hawks - (Orlando leads, 3-0)

10:30 p.m. ET: Lakers vs. Jazz - (Los Angeles leads, 3-0)

 
 
 
 
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