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KiddNPlay
12-02-2008, 12:16 AM
So I think the top 9 will likely be the same top 9 when the regular season ends but not necessarily in the same order. Which team will be the odd ball out?

I feel that the Mavericks will finish in the top 8. This shift in position will knock out one of these teams:

1. L.A. Lakers (will likely finish at #1)
2. Denver Nuggets (much better team after trade and will likely make the playoffs)
3. Portland Trail Blazers (could drop out of the top 8 but very unlikely)
4. Houston Rockets (in a tough division but as long as 2 of their top 3 are healthy they'll make the playoffs)
5. Utah Jazz (who'd thunk that they'd be #3 in their division at this point? should still make playoffs)
6. Phoenix Suns (rookie coach and old Center could be a reason for why this team does not make the playoffs but still likely making it)
7. New Orleans Hornets (one of the best teams out West last year should have enough to return)
8. San Antonio Spurs (playoff streak at jeopardy? not really)

So the likely candidates for oddball out are Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers by my book. The Mavericks are still a possibility, but I like how they're playing now. They should be fighting for the top spot in the division.

ghazi
12-02-2008, 02:37 AM
LA is a lock

I think Utah, Houston, and San Antonio are locks as well.

The 5 "borderline" teams to me are Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix, Portland, and Denver.

It's kinda hard to make a case about why Dallas will INDISPUTABLY not finish 9th. We have played like the 9th best team thus far and it's reflective in the standings.

But Phoenix... with Nash and Amare uncomfortable in the system, a downgrade at coach, and Shaq getting old and due to miss 10-15 more games... would not be shocked with them.

Portland... starting really hot... they added like 3 good rookies to a 40 win team last year and all their young players are improving... but might they, as young teams tend to do at times, fade down the stretch? Perhaps.

New Orleans... I'm starting to think last year was an anomaly. Chris Paul is great, but how this team w/ West as a #2 option and Peja as a #3 option finished 2nd last year is beyond me. They were kinda hot with jump shooting, and compared to other teams in the west, didn't face injuries. I wouldn't be SHOCKED if they missed the playoffs, but I doubt it.

Denver seems to be clicking with Billups, I doubt them missing as well.

Jeez, it's really hard to say.

The Crippler
12-02-2008, 10:00 AM
It pains me to say it, but I don't see the Mavs in the playoffs this year. All in all, it wouldn't be terrible to miss the playoffs this year and get a lottery pick since next year's 1st is not lottery protected.

I'd rather miss the playoffs than squeak in at #8 and get run by the Lakers.

I hope I'm wrong and we win the Midwest, but the realist in me says we don't.

12 Tone Melodies
12-02-2008, 10:57 AM
Hornets miss after C3PO Paul misses his usual 2 months with injuries--last season was the exception when he managed to stay healthy

destroy ALL
12-02-2008, 12:09 PM
At the rate that T-mac gets hurt, I hope to not see the Rox in the top 8. Though I'm sure Yao and Artest is enough to get in.

RareMilk
12-02-2008, 12:23 PM
Really when I look at the other elite west teams compared to the mavs I can only have faith. Stats and numbers can be easy to record. You can't record how much heart a team has though you can't look up the percentages and say the mavs have 10.1 heart per game. To be honest I know whats real but of course this is a mavs fan forum so I can only hope

SMC0007
12-02-2008, 01:22 PM
Mavs 8th
Phoenix Suns 9th!

fluid.forty.one
12-02-2008, 01:24 PM
is this the part where I brag about being right about Denver making the playoffs, even though not all the evidence is in and the circumstances have completely changed?

SMC0007
12-02-2008, 01:26 PM
YES!

You have the floor.

fluid.forty.one
12-02-2008, 01:27 PM
I was right!!! How could you guys not see that was coming!!!!! Jeeze!!!!!

erdubya
12-02-2008, 01:33 PM
Either the Spurs or the Suns are out

Underdog
12-02-2008, 01:40 PM
I have a feeling that injury will dictate which team misses the playoffs...

It should be the Spurs, but they must have sacrificed the right amount of children to their heathen gods because they're doing pretty well, so who knows!

Janett_Reno
12-02-2008, 01:55 PM
How fast does Portland mature? This team is very dangerous and can mix it up with the Lakers inside. This is a team in a year or two could threaten the Lakers as they are trying to pick up Conley now from Memphis. They are young and could flop also but they seem to have so much raw talent and size that it is hard to see them not making the playoffs. Putting them in knocks off one of the west teams that always get in.

Lakers, Houston, Utah, Hornets are a lock i feel. As long as Nash and Billups stay healthy and now Denver can make a 3 point shot and has a pg that can really help his team. They haven't had this in along time. Those two teams should make it and the only way i see Phx not making it is Nash or Amare get hurt for a long time. Phx is a good regular season team. Not a very good playoff team.

I never thought i would see the day the Spurs would struggle to make the playoffs. Maybe they won't if Parker, Duncan are healthy and they get Gino back. I would have to pick them ahead of us and leaving us 9th now.

The wild cards, Portland, how mature are they and will they get better this year or fall apart and be rookies? Hornets, was they a one hit wonder but with Posey and if Paul stays healthy it sure seems they would finish in the top 8. The Spurs, how good or how bad are they now without Gino and them getting older? I watched one game where they had a game named Mason that looked good but they need the big 3 they have. I would always be afraid to bet against the Spurs.

I do not see anyone challenging the Lakers in the west. If i was them i would hold with what i have and in the off seaon try to pick up a Devin Harris, Chris Paul, not sure if Conley will ever be that good but Memphis want's to move him. If the Lakers will pick up a great or very good younger pg for next season, this could then push them favored over Celts. It is a toss up now on who wins with Celts/Lakers but those two teams are so so much better than all the others. Especially in a series.

Janett_Reno
12-02-2008, 02:04 PM
I will also mention this, if Houston misses the playoffs with three stars or three superstars and also having one of the best defensive players in the game and he isn't shabby on offense either, then McGrady, Ming or the Rocks organazation is one of the biggest flops ever. With the talent that team has, you must be held a threat to the Lakers and not even a question if you make the playoffs.

If they turn to be one of the wild cards, not knowing how they will finish, then Houston should never be taken serious again. If that happens, then i feel big changes could come there with McGrady and or Ming being traded. I am interested to see how Houston does this year because on paper they should kick butt this year. Then i have seen them on paper flop also but i am not sure i have seen them flop with this much talent.

Dirkadirkastan
12-02-2008, 02:18 PM
It pains me to say it, but I don't see the Mavs in the playoffs this year. All in all, it wouldn't be terrible to miss the playoffs this year and get a lottery pick since next year's 1st is not lottery protected.

I'd rather miss the playoffs than squeak in at #8 and get run by the Lakers.

I hope I'm wrong and we win the Midwest, but the realist in me says we don't.

No, this doesn't pain you, it's just an extension of your Harris griping.

AxdemxO
12-02-2008, 02:20 PM
Mavs will be like 5th by the end of the season, I see Portland missing out because they're young and I think there a chance that 1 or 2 of the others could be out...but its very small. Soo I say Portland.... GO MAVS

Janett_Reno
12-02-2008, 02:41 PM
That could be very true with Portland. Oden likes being like Gasol and the guy is good. They had to teach Gasol to attack the rim more and be more physical and play inside the painted area more. Boston really banged him around and tried keeping him out of the paint or showing him, we will put bruises on you if you come back in here. Even Kobe decided to not go in the painted area against them.

Oden is very talented but he has to learn to play big and in the paint. He wasn't use to all these guys being big, tall, and physical in college. I feel it is a question can he stay healthy, can he leran to stay in the painted area and attack the basket and not wonder around way outsidethe basket. Playing with his back to the basket and settling for just open longer jump shots.

I think you are right on Portland being the big mystery team. They have the talent and alot of it but how does some of this young talent do all year and i feel it will come down to Oden, if he plays and develops the right way and how fast he does.

The Crippler
12-02-2008, 03:27 PM
No, this doesn't pain you, it's just an extension of your Harris griping.

You're right, I hate the Mavericks...

No, I dislike an incompetent front office and have serious issues with Cuban. I LOVE the Mavericks. Anyone that's been on this forum since 2001 as I have would know that.

Lastly, I'd appreciate you not speaking for me in the future home boy.

fluid.forty.one
12-02-2008, 03:30 PM
I still stand by my belief of Portland not making the playoffs.

Underdog
12-02-2008, 03:57 PM
I still stand by my belief of Portland not making the playoffs.

I hate to nitpick the English language, but "belief" is something that can't be proven through observation...

I think Portland is still one season away from greatness...


;)

fluid.forty.one
12-02-2008, 04:00 PM
belief is only applicable to things that are unprovable?

Underdog
12-02-2008, 04:10 PM
belief is only applicable to things that are unprovable?

Yepper - once you can prove something, it moves from the realm of "belief" into "knowledge" (according to Sir Francis Bacon's language - and HE didn't think Portland was going into make the playoffs this year either!)


;)

fluid.forty.one
12-02-2008, 04:13 PM
for it to move from 'belief' to 'knowledge', the belief would have to be there in the first place.. something you claim (or believe ;)) is impossible.

I can't prove Portland will not make the playoffs, at this moment,... so it's a belief, at this moment, no?

Underdog
12-02-2008, 04:15 PM
for it to move from 'belief' to 'knowledge', the belief would have to be there in the first place.. something you claim (or believe ;)) is impossible.

I can't prove Portland will not make the playoffs, at this moment,... so it's a belief, at this moment, no?

It's observable, so it's in motion from one spectrum of being into another...

Or to simplify this rule, just take everything I say as FACT...


;)