November 27, 2002

NBA Beat Report: Week 5
Okay, Yao seems to be for real. "He made 31 of 35 shots (88.6 percent) during a six-game stretch ending Thursday, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's six-game NBA record for field goal accuracy." Is it premature to celebrate his skills? Will teams adjust and shut him down in the future? Has anyone seen him play? Also, the Central Division Rules. Detroit, Indiana, and New Orleans were ranked in the top five last week (this week New Orleans dropped a few spots but are still in the top ten). Name a better division. Reggie Miller admits that he could have come back sooner but superstition kept him away. Mavericks continue to roll and are on the verge of making history. Always the Mavericks doubter, I admit that even I am impressed with their start. Of course, now they must collide with the aforementioned Central Division studs (Detroit tonight, Indiana tomorrow).

posted by jacknose to basketball at 08:15 AM - 5 comments

SportsFilter Top Five 1. Mavericks (13-0) 2. Pistons (11-3) 3. Pacers (11-2) 4. Kings (12-4) 5. 76ers/Nets (11-4/10-4)

posted by jacknose at 08:21 AM on November 27, 2002

Tonight and Tomorrow's games will be very difficult for the Mavs. If they can somehow win those, the record should be easily set at home against Chicago Saturday night. Popeye Jones may return tonight against the Pistons, but I don't know how much of an impact he'll have. But Saturday could see the return of Raef and Nick Van Exel, both of which will only bolster the squad. Streak or not, the Mavs are going to be damn good this year. They've got a very good, experienced coach in Don Nelson, plus an assistant coach that could probably head most teams in the NBA (Dell Harris). Okay, /fanboy. And, uh, the Lakers, with Shaq, lost to the freaking Heat last night? I know it's a bit premature, but thoughts are a brewin' in my head.... And I'm surprised to see you put the Pistons over the Pacers, jacknose. Especially now that the fetus-look alike Reggie Miller has returned.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:35 AM on November 27, 2002

Wrong, as usual, "jacknose." Sportsfilter Top Five 1. Blazers (7-7) watch out! 2. 76ers (11-4) Iverson is going to drop 100 this year. 3. Mavericks (13-0) Will be upset by Sonics in first round of playoffs 4. Utah (8-7) winners of 5 in a row 5. Sacremento (12-4) looking good

posted by djacobs at 12:08 PM on November 27, 2002

Also, what is ESPN's T-Mac vs. Kobe debate? I guess that's a downslide for Kobe, huh?

posted by djacobs at 05:49 PM on November 27, 2002

Okay, djacobs. hindsight and all, the Mavs schooled the shit out of the Pistons earlier tonight. No respect yet? Maybe after tomorrow night. But to put the Blaze-ers in the top? That's real sketchy.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:55 AM on November 28, 2002

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