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mary
01-31-2006, 11:02 PM
L.A. Lakers 24-20
NO/Oklahoma City 22-22
Minnesota 21-22
Utah 21-24
Golden State 20-23
Sacramento 18-26
Seattle 18-26
Portland 16-27
Houston 15-29

I think the Lakers are in for sure. It wouldn't shock me if they managed to pass Memphis before the season is through.

The eighth seed is pretty much up for grabs.

Its possible Minnie makes a late push, Artest has guaranteed a playoff birth for the Kings, Houstonians have not given up on a healthy Rockets squad, and I wouldn't discount Seattle getting on a roll.

Which one makes it?

sike
01-31-2006, 11:07 PM
Good thread
1. Mavs
2. PHX
3. Denver??? yuck.
4. SA
5. Clipps
6. Grizz
7. LA
8. Minny or GS???? wow...I have no clue.

MavsFanFinley
01-31-2006, 11:14 PM
I'm rooting for GS to get the final spot but Minnesota looks ready for the late push.

Nash13
01-31-2006, 11:15 PM
In a perfect world

1. Dallas
2. Pheonix
3. Denver
4. San Antonio
5. Clippers
6. Lakers
7. Memphis
8. NO/OKC

But realistically

1-4 the same.

5. Memphis
6. Clippers
7. Lakers
8. Golden State

If Lakers were 6th and Memphis 7th, i actually think both team could knock off Pheonix and Denver. And as far as NO/OKC, i want Dallas to have the easiest 1st round they could possibly get. That's not to say NO isn't good, but we match up far better with them than any other other team fighting for the 8th seed.

Male30Dan
01-31-2006, 11:53 PM
I still think Houston can get on a helluva roll with a fully healthy team; however, it looks like they are too far back now. With that said, I am going to hope like hell that LA misses again and say that 7 goes to Minny and 8 goes to GS. God I hate Kobe!

sike
02-01-2006, 12:01 AM
God I hate Kobe!

was this a direct address or an exclamation?

Male30Dan
02-01-2006, 12:07 AM
God I hate Kobe!

was this a direct address or an exclamation?

Exclamation! God knows how I feel about him without the need to tell him directly.

chumdawg
02-01-2006, 01:51 AM
Don't know, and honestly do not care. They are all fodder.

alby
02-01-2006, 08:59 AM
I still think Houston can get on a helluva roll with a fully healthy team; however, it looks like they are too far back now. With that said, I am going to hope like hell that LA misses again and say that 7 goes to Minny and 8 goes to GS. God I hate Kobe!

they are 7 games back from 8th place
the current 8th place team holds a .500 record
which means if houston can go something like 14-7, they are back in it
i hate the rockets with a passion
but i would love for them to make the playoffs and lose in the first round
am i being too greedy?
gah i hate them.
i dont want them to get a high lottery pick
i rather have them finish in the middle of the pack and lose in the 1st round
seriously i hate houston

Five-ofan
02-01-2006, 09:21 AM
I dont think they can make it but either way they scare the hell out of me. If the mavs get the first seed they will be the most dangerous 8th seed in recent memory. If not, they get a lottery pick to go with yao and tmac. Could you imagine them with either a stud pg,actually good pf or another wing player??? Imagine if they get aldridge.

Five-ofan
02-01-2006, 09:27 AM
I dont think they can make it but either way they scare the hell out of me. If the mavs get the first seed they will be the most dangerous 8th seed in recent memory. If not, they get a lottery pick to go with yao and tmac. Could you imagine them with either a stud pg,actually good pf or another wing player??? Imagine if they get aldridge.

V2M
02-01-2006, 02:24 PM
they are 7 games back from 8th place
the current 8th place team holds a .500 record
which means if houston can go something like 14-7, they are back in it
i hate the rockets with a passion
but i would love for them to make the playoffs and lose in the first round
am i being too greedy?
gah i hate them.
i dont want them to get a high lottery pick
i rather have them finish in the middle of the pack and lose in the 1st round
seriously i hate houston

If the Rockets go 14-7, they'd only be at 29-36. That would still most likely have 'em several games behind the 8th place.

Five-ofan
02-01-2006, 04:09 PM
how did i double post??? i didnt think you could do that anymore.

Arne
02-01-2006, 04:27 PM
I think the Kings are gonna go on a run with. Ron's gonna make up for Shareef "always have very long holidays" Abdur-Rahim.

kg_veteran
02-01-2006, 04:46 PM
Don't know, and honestly do not care. They are all fodder.

Ditto.

alby
02-01-2006, 05:00 PM
let's just say the 8th seed needs 45 wins +/- 2

15-29 --> 45-37

30-8, that's asking a bit too much...

eh whatever, i hate the rockets.

Five-ofan
02-02-2006, 12:19 PM
im just scared of them getting another young stud to go with Tmac and yao.

ty
02-03-2006, 11:42 AM
Imagine if they get aldridge.

Lamarcus is horrible.

A beast in college, but if they got him, I'm sure he'd be a bust like Stromile.

Five-ofan
02-03-2006, 11:51 AM
Youre nuts. The guy is a great athlete and his biggest thing over Stromile is that he actually has a post game and understands bball.

alby
02-04-2006, 12:32 AM
I hate the Rockets.

But they just got Yao and T-mac back. They've won two straight. They are only 6 games out of the final playoff spot.

atrewsfan
02-04-2006, 03:10 AM
I like NO for the 8th spot. Aaron Williams and Steven Hunter more than make up for the loss of C. Anderson as Williams still has hops at his age and he's a good defender and rebounder for his size, while Hunter can block shots.

NO will have some cap room to work with this offseason and if they add a FA big man like Nene, Mohammed, or Przybilla to take some of the load off of/start in place of P. J. Brown, they'll be pretty good next year.

Just211
02-04-2006, 06:28 AM
In a perfect world

1. Dallas
2. Pheonix
3. Denver
4. San Antonio
5. Clippers
6. Lakers
7. Memphis
8. NO/OKC

.

Actually in a perfect world it'd be

1. Dallas
2. Clippers
3..Denver
4. San Antonio
5. Pheonix
6.Memphis
7.Lakers
8. No/OKC

let the Spurs and Suns knock one of thereselves out, then Dallas would have to play one of them to make it to the Finals

alby
02-04-2006, 11:56 AM
I want to beat the best. And honestly, I think Houston will get in because the NBA championship goes through Texas =]

Milles
02-04-2006, 12:28 PM
With the injury to Lamar Odom, I can see the Lakers dropping, particularly as he may be out until after the ASG. There are too many teams looking for 7/8, once you start slipping in the standings it could be hard to make up any ground.

NOOCH, should get at least 8th spot. Looks like the Hunter trade has hit a snag, he failed his physical.

Utah, I like them for 8th, they still have Boozer expected to make a return, who knows what they will be like then.

jayC
02-05-2006, 12:14 PM
Golden St. has played a lot of teams tough. Troy Murphy has an improved offensive game that head fake on Duncan a few games ago was sweet. Baron Davis is a helluva point guard.

Odom is the most overrated player in the history of basketball. The Lakers should have sent him to Indiana for Ron Ron.

alby
02-05-2006, 01:58 PM
Rockets have won three straight

AxdemxO
02-05-2006, 02:03 PM
I hope for some reason that NO makes it. They wont get anywhere but i think if they make it Paul should be considered for MVP. After Dirk ofcourse.
Ohh and if Utah makes it they will go past the first round probably beat SA.

alby
02-05-2006, 02:16 PM
probably beat SA???

maybe 15 years ago...

AxdemxO
02-05-2006, 02:41 PM
Ok we have to wait and see if they make it and get that match up.
I am tellin u Utah is good and could surprise a lot of people in the playoffs.

Arne
02-05-2006, 04:13 PM
Ok we have to wait and see if they make it and get that match up.
I am tellin u Utah is good and could surprise a lot of people in the playoffs.
Utah is playing Sacramento right now. And Sac-Town looks hot. Artest is playing some great D and Bibby is hitting shots from all over the court.

Sacramento has a really talented team and the last game they were ahead in the fourth quarter and then lost, because Artest got injured.

Oh and Kevin Martin can shoot the ball!

alby
02-05-2006, 05:00 PM
utah lost by 18 to the kings...

alby
02-06-2006, 08:20 PM
Rockets have won three straight

Rockets have won four straight

alby
02-11-2006, 10:01 PM
rockets have won 5 of 6 and are now five games out of the playoffs.

Thespiralgoeson
02-11-2006, 11:36 PM
I hope they get the 8th seed and we get the 1st seed so we can beat them in the first round again.

alby
02-11-2006, 11:40 PM
That, to me, would be perfect =]

Thespiralgoeson
02-11-2006, 11:54 PM
Just imagine, Houston in the first, San Antonio in the second, Phoenix in the Conference Finals, Detroit in the finals... Sounds nice to me.

alby
02-12-2006, 12:13 AM
you're not picking your Pacers anymore? ;)

alby
02-12-2006, 12:18 AM
Memphis beat the Lakers in LA today 100-99

what a game

Pau Gasol
31 12 7



6 NO/Oklahoma City: 27-23
7 Memphis: 27-23
8 LA Lakers: 25-25
9 Utah: 25-26
10 Golden State 23-27
11 Sacramento 22-28
12 Minnesota 22-28
13 Houston 20-30
14 Seattle 20-30
15 Portland 17-31

Thespiralgoeson
02-12-2006, 01:08 AM
you're not picking your Pacers anymore? ;)

Actually, if Jermaine miraculously came back and that time got a couple of months of good time together, I just might.

alby
02-13-2006, 12:42 AM
The Rockets have now won 6 of 7 and our 4 1/2 games out of the playoffs.

alby
02-14-2006, 11:12 PM
The Rockets are blowing out the Clippers at the Staples Center and will probably go on to win 7 of their last 8.

alby
02-22-2006, 10:31 PM
Rockets beat the Clippers again tonight in Houston and are 8-2 in their last 10

Five-ofan
02-22-2006, 11:05 PM
I still dont think they make it but i think it is possible now which is something i didnt think a couple of weeks ago.

orangedays
02-22-2006, 11:46 PM
Rockets are 4 games behind the Lakers for the last spot, I see them pushing past the other middling teams in the conference with both Yao and T-Mac healthy and getting in near or at the cut. I don't see the Hornets sustaining their run without Chris Paul fully healthy so they'll likely be out, Memphis is doing well and Grizzly Adams is playing like a madman, perhaps the #5 spot will be theirs? The Clips have been on a slide recently, they might drop a spot or two to #6 or 7. I agree that the Kings will probably make a run, I honestly think they'll end up at the 8th spot with the Rockets at #7. Here's what I anticipate we'll see at season's end:

1 - Mavs
2 - Phoenix
3 - Denver (man I'd love to play in That division)
4 - San Antonio
5 - Memphis
6 - L.A. Clips
7 - Houston
8 - Sacramento

Please correct me if I made any seeding mistakes with regards division or whatever.

alby
02-26-2006, 10:57 PM
Rockets beat the Magic in Orlando today
they are 9-2 in their last 11

orangedays
02-26-2006, 10:59 PM
I was hoping someone would bump this thread :D

blahblehblah
02-28-2006, 11:42 PM
Rockets beat the Magic in Orlando today
they are 9-2 in their last 11

Rockets got roasted by the Suns Again monday and are now 3.5 games out.
they are however 10-3 in feb but are 25-32.

Sacto meanwhile has also been pretty good with artest lately going 7-3 and are only 2 games out. They are 26-30.

Lakers are the 8th seed at 28-28 and have been playing poorly 4-6 with kobe avg 31 in FEB after his torrid 41 in january.

I think these three teams and utah are battling for the last playoff seed with memphis easily making it in as the 7th seed. Out of the four, houston is the best team but has the worst remaining schedule and a suspect T-Mac. Lakers are probly the wrst team and IMO will not make it despite the ability of kobe/phil. Sacto has a good team with the better remaining shedule and record, so i d put them as a SLIGHT fav to beat out the rockets... though if i was a betting man, i might pick the rockets.

mary
02-28-2006, 11:47 PM
Minnesota - sitck a fork in the Mo Fo's.

orangedays
02-28-2006, 11:50 PM
Minnesota - sitck a fork in the Mo Fo's.

Not exactly a wolf but I aim to please :):

http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/Headline_Archives/add-fork-to-pig.gif

mary
02-28-2006, 11:51 PM
Excellent!! :D

dirno2000
03-01-2006, 12:00 AM
I think these three teams and utah are battling for the last playoff seed with memphis easily making it in as the 7th seed.

Utah is only a couple games behind Denver and the 3rd seed. With Boozer getting his legs back under him and Deron starting to figure it out I could easily see them winning the division.

orangedays
03-01-2006, 10:45 PM
D'oh, Rockets lose a nail-biter to the 76s, are 4.5 games behind the Lakers now, who, incidentally, are losing to the Blazers 66-55 with about 4 min. left in the 3rd.

Thespiralgoeson
03-01-2006, 10:48 PM
The Rockets are teh suck.

Seriously though, if I were running that team, Van Gundy would be gone.

orangedays
03-01-2006, 10:54 PM
Haha, they're trying to turn it around - they are 10-3 for the month of February (with both Yao and T-Mac back in the line-up), a pretty drastic improvement. Rockets were raped this year by injuries and were on a solid roll pre-Suns & Sixers. Anyways, I only like them cause of Yao.

...and that stupid three-finger wagging/handjob thing they did in last year's playoffs was retarded. Yao didn't have nothin' to do with that :D.

Thespiralgoeson
03-01-2006, 11:11 PM
I think Yao has shown absolutely tremendous progress this season. I really think he's the best center in the league these days. They just need a coach and guards that realize that it's nice to give your 20ppg center the darn ball every now and then, epecially when he's 5 feet or less from the basket.

orangedays
03-01-2006, 11:12 PM
I think Yao has shown absolutely tremendous progress this season. I really think he's the best center in the league these days. They just need a coach and guards that realize that it's nice to give your 20ppg center the darn ball every now and then, epecially when he's 5 feet or less from the basket.

Word!

orangedays
03-04-2006, 12:49 AM
Rockets beat the Nuggets 89-78.

Sacramento, Utah and the Lakers all win though...no movement for the fence riders.

mary
03-09-2006, 09:17 AM
Update.

Things are going to be interesting down the stretch.

The Kling-Ons:

OK Hornets 31-29
Kobes 32-30

Battling for a playoff spot:

Kings 30-31 - 1 1/2 GB
Utes 30-31 - 1 1/2 GB
Houston 29-33 - 3 GB

Arne
03-09-2006, 09:26 AM
I would not be surpised if both Sac-Town and Houston make the playoffs...

dirno2000
03-09-2006, 09:26 AM
There's a pretty good chance that the 8th seed will go into he playoffs playing better basketball than the 5th seed.

Arne
03-09-2006, 09:39 AM
There's a pretty good chance that the 8th seed will go into he playoffs playing better basketball than the 5th seed.
Yeah. Houston has got the problem with T-macs back, but I'd be somehow afraid of Sacramento, since they have just gotten Bonzi Wells back and are now a pretty deep, defense playing, high-scoring team that can get a lot of stops.

chumdawg
03-09-2006, 10:56 AM
I like the Kings!

dirno2000
03-09-2006, 10:57 AM
Yeah. Houston has got the problem with T-macs back, but I'd be somehow afraid of Sacramento, since they have just gotten Bonzi Wells back and are now a pretty deep, defense playing, high-scoring team that can get a lot of stops.

I'd like to see them make it to the 7th seed to challenge PXH. Houston doesn't have much of a chance against the Suns because Yao is less effective in that type of game but a Sac/PHX series would be fun. We've seen what Bibby can do to Nash in the playoffs.