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E-mail to sports fans

Posted by mvetack on February 15, 2011

Dear Sports Fan,

Are you kidding me! the Cavs finally won a game against my fantasy star Blake Griffin and the Clips.  I guess no one can really be surprised by the Clippers being the first victim in 26 games.  Weren’t you lookin forward to the Wizards 0 – and everything on the road vs the Cavs losing streak?  Well that game was still played and the Wiz finally won on the road.  Combine the Cavs ending their losing streak, the Wizards getting their first road W, and the Ohio State Buckeyes losing for the first time on the season, and you got quite a week for ending streaks. 

Did you watch that Kansas – Kansas St game last night? Pullins went OFF for State.  They made Kansas look like a cupcake and not the number one seed that they had gained just hours earlier.  Remember when K State was supposed to be a good team.  Top 5 to start the season.  Now they might be playin in the NIT. 

Spring Training has begun.  As exciting and happy I am for Spring Training, it does not do too much for me.  I love watching some spring training games and hearing about some baseball stories but we are still over a month away from real baseball and Spring Training just isnt the same.  Maybe I should go next Spring and catch some of the games. 

Pujols is gonna get paid  a TON of money but the question is by who?  I gotta think they Cards and Albert will come to an agreement and not let him walk.  Pujols could be the greatest player ever behind Babe Ruth.  You do what you have to do to keep that guy.  He is a once in a life time player. 

I know its been out a while but I love the Ovechkin “This is Sportscenter commercial”.  I don’t think I have ever seen one of those comercials I didn’t enjoy. 

Don’t look now but Nash is making a run at Rondo and his league leading assists per game.  In the past week Nash averaged about 3 more assists per game than Rondo and is now just over 1 asssist per game behind Rondo.  I think this is the NBA story that no one is paying attention to and will be fun to watch down the stretch. 

The biggest arguement in basketball is how to rank the top PGs.  For some reason no one likes to rank any other position.  Here is my top 7 point guards.  Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Jason Kidd, Rajon Rondo,  Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook.  Deron and Paul I think are in a class alone.  Both can fill up the score sheet and dish out assists like nothihng.  If they were not such good scorers they would be putting up the same assist numbers of Nash and Rondo.  Rose is next.  He is one of the best scorers in the league and is so difficult to guard one on one.  Maybe impossible.  And with his pretty good jumper this year he is just too dangerous now.  I got Kidd over Rondo because he is a better passer I believe and easily a better shooter.  Rondo has the defense edge and quickness but not being able to shoot a lick just can not put you ahead of Kidd.  Nash is next for me because his offense is so well rounded as a dominate passer, offense runner, shooter.  His D is just too lacking for me for him to be top 5.  Russ is 7th because of how explosive he is.  He moves too quick and fast sometimes and gets charges called and throws up off balanced shots in the lane.  But his skills are right there with Rose and he could be on his level pretty soon.

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Blake Griffin’s MVP case

Posted by mvetack on January 20, 2011

No I am not confusing the MVP award for the Rookie of the Year award, Blake has already wrapped that one up.  I am indeed talking about the league’s Most Valuable Player going to the Rookie for the Clippers.  I know every part of that sentence does not have to try at all to be wrong but let me prove to you that you should at least think about it for a minute.

First off Stats

The first thing you look at in a box score, after who won the game, is probably the leading scorer or the compelling player’s stat lines.  Did Kobe go for 50?  Did Rondo reach 20 assists?  Did Kevin Love get another 30 30?  Stats are one of the biggest indicators of how valuable a player is.  It is not the only thing but it is a big and accepted way of evaluating players.

At exactly the half way point for the Clippers, Blake Griffin has played in and started 41 of his team’s 41 games.

PTS – 22.7 – Good for 12th in the league

REB – 12.7 – Good for 4th in the league

AST – 3.4 – Good for tied for 55th with the likes of Paul Pierce and Lou Williams

BLK – .63 – Good for tied for 91st with Derrick Favors

Double Doubles – 33 – Good for 2nd in the league

To highlight his MVP worthy numbers…

22.7 – 12.7 – 3.4

News and Notes

Blake Griffin has surpassed 40 points twice on the season including a league high 47 points in a game vs the Pacers this week.

Griffin had a 14 game 20 and 10 streak end to the Lakers in a 18 point 15 rebound victory over the Lakers.

Blake just had his 27 game double double streak end to the Timberwolves with a 29 point 8 rebound 6 assist win.

Blake is Trending

One of the biggest stats Blake Griffin has going for him is just how quick he is improving during his rookie year.  Check out his per game stats by month and how every one of them is trending upward.

Points – 16.7 – 20.9 – 23.0 – 27.8

Boards – 11.0 – 11.7 – 13.5 – 13.6

Assists – 2.3 – 2.7 – 3.9 – 4.3

Blake is showing that his ceiling is limitless.  In just his first season of NBA action, Blake is making improvements in just a couple of months that most times take big men that first enter the league a couple seasons.  And it is not just the numbers that are improving,  its how hes getting to those numbers.  It is not just dunk after dunk, oop after oop, fast break after fast break that is getting his points.  He is starting to use more than just his athleticism to get to the basket and to rebounds.  His spin move rivals Dwight Freeney’s of the NFL,  he can handle the ball up and down the court like no other big man, and he has court vision and touch on the ball that just should not be allowed at his size.  His mid range game is not great but it has definitely improved.  In his 47 point night vs the Pacers, Blake scored just two points on dunks while knocking down 82 percent of his free throws.

Human Highlight

Apart from the stats and always improving game, Blake Griffin has the Clipper more than just a watchable team.  They are now a must watch team for NBA fans and at times leading SportsCenter on a weekly basis.  Every single night he has a highlight or two that you have to send a link to all your friends.  The Clippers have always been second fiddle to their arena mates in the LA Lakers.  In fact, they have often been 4th fiddle in LA when the circus comes to town and USC is playing football.  Blake is trying to change that.  I’m not saying the Clippers are on the same level or close to the same level as Kobe and his Lakers (Despite Blake leading his Clips to a victory in their latest meeting), but for stretches they  are my choice in team to watch in LA.

Winning Games

Besides the highlights and fall off your couch moments Blake brings on a nightly basis, he has the Clippers winning games.  Two seasons ago the Clippers won a total of 19 games followed by just 29 last season.  With Chris Kaman on the shelf for most of the season, Blake has his Clippers at 16 wins at the half way point and on pace for the teams most victories since the 2006 season.  Measuring the value of a new player on a team can be as easy as the win loss difference since the player joins the squad.  Blake is certainly impacting the win column for the “other” team in LA.

Former MVPs

The Last two traditional Big men to win the MVP were Kevin Garnett of the Timberwolves in the 2003-2004 season and Tim Duncan in the 2002-2003 season.  Here is a comparison of Garnett, Duncan, and Griffin’s stats

Garnett – 24.2 pts – 13.9 reb – 5.0 ast

Duncan – 23.3 pts – 12.9 reb – 3.9 ast

Griffin – 22.7 pts 12.7 reb – 3.4 ast

As you can see his stats are just about where Duncan and Garnett’s were during their MVP seasons.  With Blake’s game and stats trending upward,  it’s not crazy to expect his season averages to close in on these two MVP seasons b two future hall of famers.  I know the Clippers are not going to sniff the Finals and probably won’t even have a view of the playoffs, but the Clippers are improving and Blake is a huge reason why.

Griffin is putting up MVP stats, has a buzz around him and his team on a nightly basis, and most importantly is bringing wins to LA.

Now, will you at least think about Blake next time you and your friends argue about who is the NBA’s MVP?

 

Stats and info found at basketball-reference.com

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The Week that was in the NBA – Featuring Three Goggles

Posted by mvetack on January 18, 2011

Say goodbye to another NBA week. Kevin Garnett Returned, Blake Griffin goes for a NBA high 47 points, The Clippers claim Staples Center as THEIR court with a win over the Lakers, John Wall comes back and dishes the rock, Chris Bosh hates hustle, Clippers broadcast compares Blake to Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dennis Rodman, Dominique Wilkins, and Dwight Howard making him the greatest basketball player of all time, Carmelo rumors continue to run rampant, and the “three goggles” travels to the east coast with the Knicks seen using them.

Here are the leaders per game over the last week

Points – Monta Ellis – 31.3

Assists – Rajon Rondo – 13.0

Rebounds – Zach Randolph – 16.7

Steals – Tyreke Evans, Corey Brewer, Alonzo Gee – 3.0

Blocks – Dwyane Wade , Al Horford – 3.0

Three Pointers Made – Nick Young – 3.8

Free Throws Made – Amare Stoudemire , Dwight Howard – 9.8

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Run Down

Posted by mvetack on November 30, 2010

Welcome to the run down, just a semi organized post of stuff I gotta talk about in sports.  Here we go…

Gilbert Arenas is back.  He may not be Agent Zero or Gilzero but his game is back!  With or without John Wall he is scoring the ball like its 2006 again.  Basketball is just better when the new number 9 is a top player.  I am not just saying this because I have his autographed shoe and jersey, but he is just an entertaining player to watch.  Its good to see his game talking for him and not his over the top antics.  The funny stories and practical jokes are cool but we all know he went over the top with the whole gun thing.  The Wizards have a nice little group of guys this year even if one of them (Arenas) is making more than the Florida Marlins.  Gilbert and Wall make a good pair of guards with Hinrich off the bench.  JaVale McGee is having a year closer to the expectations when he came into the league.  Blatche has continued his good play since Gil went down last year.  If you haven’t selected all 7 of your league pass teams take a look at the Wiz.

Derek Anderson and the Cardinals had an embarrassing showing on Monday Night Football.  If you have a TV, internet, or twitter, I am sure you have caught the video of Derek Anderson laughing on the sidelines during a blowout and then blowing up (Mentos and coke style, not Mount Vesuvius style) during the post game presser.  For one I don’t think laughing and joking on the sideline is that big of a deal even in a losing effort.  Yea this is their job and they are getting paid big money to do what most of us would love to do on a weekly basis, but its ok to have a laugh, smile, or chuckle despite whats happening on the field.  Maybe he should just wear all black (they were wearing the alternate black tops last night) and mourn until next Sunday.  Your watching a grown man playing a game!  What do you expect.  Hes playing a sport for a living, its not the most serious and important thing in the world.  The Cardinals were not losing a playoff game or an early season game, they have 3 wins and its week 12.  Probably not going anywhere this season.

Blake Griffin is a bona fide all star.  In a league with not a lot of dominate centers, Blake Griffin is making his case for starting in the all star game.  He is not just dominating the highlight reel with send all your friends youtube clips dunks, he is putting up around 20 and 10 daily, nightly, and ever so rightly.  Blake has been well worth the year long wait.  Their is finally a reason to watch the Clipp show even if they lose by 10 or 20.

Besides Derek Anderson’s laugh on the sideline last night, MNF was the stage for a premier player going down for the season.  That would be San Fran’s bulldozer Frank Gore.  The Niners were ripping off 10 yards a clip with Gore in the back field as he was well on his way to a career game.  On just 5 carries in the first quarter Gore had 52 yards.  Suddenly Gore was seen jogging to the locker room.  Gore came back the next possession for one carry for about 11 yards and looked like he would come back to get the 150 to 200 yards  he was on pace for.  Then he was seen shaking his head, helmet off, talking to coach Singletary back on the sideline.  While grimacing on the sideline Gores back up and former Eagle great Brian Westbrook eclipsed 100 yards to go with a score.  Twitterverse was flooded with, Gore is a wimp… Get in the Game Gore… I just need a couple more Fantasy points Gore come on!  And some other NSFW pleads for Frank.  Gore is now out for the season with a hip injury and killing Fantasy Nerds playoff hopes everywhere.  Including mine.

Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan went at it NFL Blitz style.  Remember sitting on the basement floor with your brother for hours late hitting Emmitt Smith with your favorite line backer?  Then you loved the “fisticuffs”, as ESPN calls it, that occurred in the Texans vs Titans blowout.  Its always fun when a hockey fight breaks out in a football game.  Helmets flying and fists throwing ended with ejections and 50K into the NFL’s bank account.  Andre won the fight over the Josh Koscheck – DJ Pauly D combo in Finnegan.

Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook are the two guys I would pay the most to see play live.  These are two of the top players in the league right now and should be leading sportscenter on a daily/nightly basis.  No one is quicker than either won and both dunk in track and finish near the hoop better than most players can finish a free throw.  Russ Wes is taking over the Thunder from his bff Durant while Rose is putting the city of Chicago on his shoulders and can’t wait until the Booze Cruise Carlos gets in the lineup.

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Jamison is Cleveland’s Drink of Choice

Posted by mvetack on February 17, 2010

Well they had their choice and it looks like it will be Jamison instead of Amar’e for Cleveland.  This trade is definitely for the now instead of the future.  33 for Antawn and 27 for Amar’e are the most important numbers in the two possible trades for keeping LeBron down the road.  Those would be the ages of the two players in question.  Antawn should do nothing but help the Cavs chances of winning the title this year with his ability to stretch out the court with his outside game, rebound, create his own shot, and more importantly get out of LeBron’s way.  An Amar’e trade may have caused a change in offensive philosphy in cleveland and cause some temporary road bumps, but having the younger super star meant upping the chances of keeping LeBron in a Cleveland uniform for years to come.

Cleveland will part with Big Z along with his expiring contract and Cleveland’s first round pick.  Along with those two, the Wiz get, now former Clippers, Brian Skinner and Al Thornton.  The Clippers pick up likely buyout man Drew Gooden.  Also in the trade the Cavs get career underachiever Sebastian Telfair.

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Camby and his Bizarre Shot to Portland

Posted by mvetack on February 16, 2010

With rumors flying all over the place leading up to the Thursday trade deadline, it was an out of no where trade made by the Clippers and the Blazers that went through on Tuesday.  In the trade, the Clippers will receive Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw, and $1.5 million in exchange for the number two rebounder in the NBA Marcus Camby.

The trade adds a must needed body for the injury riddled Blazers who are still in the playoff hunt.  For the future the Blazers will have quite the front court of Aldridge, Przybilla, Oden, and Camby.  This defensive and rebounding crew will be beastly in the Western Conference and, when healthy, will be part of one of the deepest teams in all of the NBA.

On the other side of the deal the Clippers add Steve Blake as their backup point guard to Baron Davis and Travis Outlaw as a probable starting swing man who can knock down the occasional three pointer.  The Blazers got the best out of this deal as they were a little crowded a guard and will be absolutely stacked with bigs.

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