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Don’t Believe the New York Knicks and ‘Melo Hype, It’s a Sequel!

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NBA, News,

Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire walking away in disappointmentThis must be a tough pill going down the throats of the New York Knicks and their fans as the team became victims of a Boston Celtics sweep, becoming the 2011 NBA Playoffs first victims. In the first two games (87-85 and 96-93 Celtics victories), the Knicks could have easily been the victors in both. However, in the end, it was the Celtics' championship pedigree and experience that helped them pull away and score just enough points to win. Emotionally, it had to be debilitating to come so close, but come up with the loss despite valiant efforts on the road.

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NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Preview

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, NBA, Playoffs,

LeBron James leads the Miami Heat into the NBA PlayoffsThe 2011 NBA Playoffs kicks off on Saturday, April 16th with the Eastern Conference's top-seeded Chicago Bulls matching up against the eighth-seeded Indiana Pacers at 1PM ET on ESPN. It's appropriate that the Bulls start the NBA postseason since they are also the NBA's top-seeded team, earning homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs with a regular season record of 62-20. So, how do the Eastern Conference series shake out for all of the playoff participants? Peep the preview below.

1. Chicago Bulls (62-20) vs. 8. Indiana Pacers (37-45)

The Bulls (36-5 at home; 26-15 on the road) are led by MVP-favorite Derrick Rose, but certainly have more than the dynamic point guard to thank for the organization's stellar success this season. The Bull have a good mix of scorers (Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer), defensive-minded big men (Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson) and solid role players (Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver). They were second overall in points allowed (91.3) and the new attitude of non-stop effort and defensive cohesiveness has a lot to do with new head coach, Tom Thibodeau, who has to be considered as the favorite Head Coach of the Year.

The Pacers (24-17 at home; 13-28 on the road) are almost a vagabond group that made the playoffs due to the overall weakness of the Eastern Conference as they are the only under-.500 team in the postseason. They made a spirited effort when assistant Frank Vogel was named interim head coach, going 20-18 and obviously made the playoffs. Danny Granger is the top talent in the group and while Darren Collison was a bit of a disappointment, other players stepped up their games, particularly Tyler Hansbrough, Josh McRoberts and Roy Hibbert. Rookie Paul George also showed flashes of big-time ability.

However, the Bulls will be too much for the Pacers who seem disjointed compared to the smooth-running machine that is the Bulls. Prediction: Bulls in four games.

 

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EndScore Report: Eastern Conference NBA Playoffs Preview

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, NBA, Playoffs,

Derrick Rose leads the Chicago Bulls into the NBA PlayoffsIn this edition of the EndScore Report, DV and Chris look at all of the match-ups in the Eastern Conference NBA playoffs with the Chicago Bulls versus the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat versus Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics versus New York Knicks, and the Orlando Magic versus the Atlanta Hawks. Who will step up in the east? Derrick Rose and the Bulls look primed to take the conference, but the Heat and its Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh won't go down easy. Neither will the "old" Big Three of the Celtics - Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce - however, how will the trade of Kendrick Perkins affect the team. And, finally, how about the Magic and its big man, Dwight Howard. Are there implications to how the team's postseason results will affect his staying or leaving the team? Listen to what DV and Chris have to say!

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EndScore Report: IN YOUR FACE BoSox and Gloria James!

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, MLB, NBA, News,

LeBron James' mother, Gloria James, arrestedDV and Chris back at you with another EndScore Report edition of "In Your Face" where we call out that past week's dumbest athlete (or athlete's mom), team, coach, and any other sports-affiliated personality. This was recorded during halftime of the New York Knicks/New Jersey Nets game, so there's obvious background noise... deal with it! This week, Chris goes after the Boston Red Sox's slow start and DV hopes that LeBron James' mother, Gloria James, would act her age. Listen here for the full-blown brashness!

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EndScore Report: In Your Face LeBron James and Two Idiot Dodgers Fans

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Editorial, MLB, NBA,

In your face LeBron James as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat your Miami HeatDV and Chris look at the past week and call out the players, coaches, teams, or in this week's case, fans, that deserve an "in your face" for something idiotic that they've done. Chris goes first and gives an "in your face" to LeBron James of the Miami Heat. DV doesn't go after anyone officially affiliated with a professional team, but instead goes after a couple of idiotic Los Angeles Dodgers fans... and, no, San Francisco Giants fans, Dodgers fans aren't all idiots. Give a listen to this edition of IN YOUR FACE here!

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EndScore Report: Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks review

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NBA, Trades,

Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks reviewDV and Chris take a look at the Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks and how it's panned out thus far. The Knicks are now 7-6 since the trade (NOTE: this podcast was recorded before the Knicks win versus the Memphis Grizzlies), while the Denver Nuggets are 9-2. DV argues that the Knicks gave up too much in Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and the prospect of Timofey Mozgov and while Chris agrees, to get a "superstar" like Anthony was or will be worth the price in order to possibly (hopefully) get another big name star and form the trendy Big Three of star NBA players ala the Miami Heat with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Either way, the one thing both DV and Chris can agree on is that the Knicks won't go far without playing defense. Download and listen here!

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EndScore Report: There’s No Crying In Miami!

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NBA, News, Playoffs,

LeBron James and the Miami Heat are crying lately, thanks to losing five straight gamesChris and DV talk about all of the hulabaloo and alleged tears being shed down in South Beach with the Miam Heat. Was head coach Erik Spoelstra in the right to talk to the media about certain members of the team crying? Chris and DV also talk about the Heat's chances to go far in the playoffs and whom they may have trouble with (see: Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls). Aside from LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, who else can step up for the Heat? Chris and DV also touch on who will come out of the Western Conference. In any case, it's been a while since the podcasting duo did a show for you all, but the boys are back and should be so on the regular moving forward! Check the latest edition to The EndScore Report by downloading the MP3!

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How about those Miami Heat?

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NBA, News,

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh watching another defeat

There was much ballyhoo before the NBA season began regarding the joining of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh forming a "super team" with the Miami Heat. In fact, speculation abounded on whether or not they could surpass the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls' NBA-record 72 wins. At 43-19 as of this writing, obviously, it's a dead issue like the team's seeming spirit. They have lost four of their last five, all to playoff teams - Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs - and the Pat Riley taking over for Erik Spoelstra whispers have reared their ugly head yet again.

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Carmelo Anthony traded to the New York Knicks, but will it matter?

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Carmelo Anthony is traded to the New York Knicks joining Amar'e Stoudemire

The 'Melo Drama is now over as Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks in a blockbuster deal that sees him joining forces with Amar'e Stoudemire to hopefully change the landscape of the Eastern Conference. But, will it? The full deal has Anthony, who was scheduled to be a free agent in the offseason, Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Anthony Carter, and Shelden Williams going to the Knicks and Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first round picks, additional picks (second rounders), and cash going to the Nuggets. In addition, the Knicks will send Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, and cash to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Corey Brewer, who was reported earlier to go to the Nuggets, so this still needs to be substantiated.

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Cleveland Cavaliers lose 26th straight game and make history again

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: NBA, News,

Cleveland Cavaliers lose 26th straight gameThe Cleveland Cavaliers lost their 26th straight game against the Detroit Pistons, adding to their already NBA record of futility for consecutive losses in a season. With the loss they also tied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for most consecutive losses in professional sports history. It's an understatement to say that things are not going well in Cleveland. It's obvious that a lot of this stems from the defection of LeBron James to the Miami Heat during the offseason, but how quickly a 60+ wins team in the previous two seasons to what they are now... on the path to owning the highest chance of winning the next NBA Draft Lottery. Another loss and the Cavs will historically be the worst ever.

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