Tuesday, April 27, 2010
NBA Playoffs Odds and Ends
1. Lebron Going From Beast Mode to Galactus Devourer of Worlds Mode
It's hard to capture exactly how well Lebron is playing. I could talk about his jump shot for 300 yards away, or how he ripped off James Johnson's arm and beat him with it, or how he palmed a medicinal ball but those are just images that represent his dominance. How about this fact, Lebron has taken 1 less shot than Kobe and scored 44 more points. His playoff PER is 38 (for reference D-Wade's is 31 , Derick Rose's is 17, and average is 15) Currently Lebron is ranked 18th in the AP College Football Poll.
2. It Takes a Village
While I'm just as guilty as everyone else of focusing on stars the Boston - Miami series probably highlights the limits of individual greatness. Yes superstars are necessary to win in the playoffs but they in their own right are hardly sufficient to guarantee victory. Dwayne Wade has been playing better than anyone not named Lebron this first round (He's averaging nearly 34 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists on 60% shooting). However given how bad his surrounding cast is Miami is barely alive in the playoffs. Stars are important but they aren't the be all end of all of winning the playoffs.
3. Wild West
It's day 34950 of the 2010 playoffs (man are the NBA playoffs slow) and all of the lower seeded teams are still fighting for their lives with 2 holding commanding leads. In particular the Spurs and Jazz look to be ready to go onto the next round. The Nuggets haven't been same without George Karl for whatever reason (41-20 w/Karl 13-12 w/o Karl) . The Mavs still haven't lived up to what they should be on paper.