Here’s The Thing – Spicy Pickles For The Gipper

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

Going through a bit of a rough stretch here lately, friendly listeners. Lost a dear friend a couple of weeks ago, career feels stagnant lately, and worst of all someone ate the last spicy pickle. Not going to lie, it’s a bad day on many fronts. The kind of day where I find it harder to keep my sunny demeanor than it is to … THE LAST SPICY PICKLE? REALLY? JACKASS!!! [Read more…]

Mavs Rise Up, Force Game 7

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

The Mavs came out hot Friday night with 34 big points while committing just one turnover in the first quarter to knock the Spurs back on their heels.But, as you would expect from a Greg Popovich team, San Antonio refused to fade away. The Spurs made adjustments, forcing Dallas to turn it over six turnovers in the second, though Dallas made things equally difficult for the Spurs, and, more specifically, Tony Parker. The All Star and former Finals MVP shot just 4-of-12 in the first half as the Maverick defense hassled him into tough shot after tough shot.

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Mavs Earn Split, Seize Momentum Heading Back to Dallas

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

For 89 of the 96 minutes in this opening round series between the Mavericks and Spurs, Dallas has been the better team. In spite of this fact, the series returns to Big D Saturday night knotted up at 1-1 thanks to a total collapse the Mavs suffered in the final seven minutes and change of Game 1. You’ve all seen or heard about it by now; Dallas goes up 10 with 7:32 to play and then gets outscored 19-4 over the remainder of the game to give the Spurs a 90-85 victory. But rather than listen to the skeptics or falter, the Mavs instead came back and attacked San Antonio’s defense with the same intensity it had shown for all but the final seven minutes of the game prior.

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PSDC on Mo Sports Talk

Earlier this week PSDC writer Darreck Kirby was on Dallas’ Mo Sports Talk to discuss the Mavs Game 1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, as well as what to look for moving forward. Mo Sports Talk can be heard at Tha After Party.com side B every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10AM-Noon. To hear more from Darreck on the NBA playoffs, tune in Mondays at 11:15 a.m.

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NBA Playoff Series Ranked by Watchability

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

The NBA playoffs start on Saturday which means we have the next three weeks to watch the first round. There will be a lot of basketball to choose from so here is the guide to what series you want to avoid and which ones are the must watches.

8. Atlanta vs Indiana: Honestly, is anyone outside of the two fan bases looking forward to watching any of these games? Indiana’s style of play isn’t very enjoyable and the Hawks won 38 games. Some people seem to think this series will go far because of the way the Pacers are playing right now. I just can’t see that happening against Atlanta.

Prediction: Pacers in 5. [Read more…]

Dirk, Ellis Power Mavs Back into the Postseason

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

In Saturday’s final regular season home game for the Dallas Mavericks, they had everything to play for. Still vying for one of two remaining playoff slots, they welcomed the Phoenix Suns to the AAC. The Suns, the league’s most surprising team all season, came into the game in the No. 9 seed and desperately needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Miami Heat 2013 NBA Champions: Not One. Got Two. Maybe Three?

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

The Miami Heat started finishing off the San Antonio Spurs with five seconds left in Game 6 when Ray Allen hit a corner three to tie the game. Miami took over in overtime, and that was all she wrote. Going into last night’s Game 7, there had been 17 NBA Finals that went to the seventh game. Of those 17 series, the home team won 14 times. For San Antonio to win this game, they would have been beating some long odds. The Spurs could not overome those odds, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade or Shane Battier. Miami exhausted the elder Spurs, took Game 7 95-88 and locked up the second ring for the trio of James, Wade and Chris Bosh.

The narrative with LeBron James has always been “he is not clutch,” but in my opinion that should have been buried in 2007 versus the Detroit Pistons, when James went for 48 points, 25 straight at one point, and 29 of the Cavaliers last 30 points. People that are not clutch do not put up 48 points in the playoffs. Anyway, for some reason the LeBron being unclutch thing still floats around, but in Game 7 he could not have been more clutch.

San Antonio has been going under picks on LeBron James all series, but on Thursday night, San Antonio went even further under on screens, if that’s at all possible. San Antonio treated LeBron as if it was Kendrick Perkins standing on the perimeter. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green were more than five feet away from James anytime he had the ball beyond the three-point line, and LeBron had no other choice but to shoot. And he shot, and he made those shots. He was 5-10 from three and 9-20 on jumpers from 14-plus feet. [Read more…]

Is Game 7 Fit For a King or a Notch on the Fundamentalist’s Belt?

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

Here we are. NBA Finals. Game 7. Miami Heat versus San Antonio Spurs. LeBron James’ legacy is at stake. Tim Duncan’s place in the annals of the NBA are at stake. Everything comes down to this game.

Up to this point, the NBA Finals has been a series of ebbs and flows. A back-and-forth battle. Neither team has won consecutive games. Both teams have won a close game. Both teams hold two blowout victories. Both teams have won games thanks to key contributions from role players. Both teams have won games thanks to aging star players stepping into a time machine and regaining talents that seemed to have been lost. And most shocking of all, both teams have lost games thanks to miscues by their coaches.

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Miami Heat Force Game 7 After San Antonio Chokes Away Game 6

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man

Is it considered a choke to blow a 10-point fourth quarter lead on the road against the best team in the NBA? I say yes.

San Antonio wasted the best game Tim Duncan has had in five seasons. San Antonio wasted a game in which LeBron James was held in check by Boris Diaw for three quarters. San Antonio missed two of four free throws in the final 28 seconds. They had a chance to win their fifth title and send Manu and Duncan off on top, but their buttholes got tight and they gave away a golden opportunity at a title. [Read more…]

The (Un)Usual Suspects: Green, Neal and Leonard Propel Spurs

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

The San Antonio Spurs routed the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, 113-77, on the backs of their “Big Three.” No, not Duncan, Parker and Ginobili. The new “Big Three” Danny Green, Gary Neal and Kawhi Leonard.

After the original “Big Three” of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili scored only 27 combined points in Game 2, it was expected that they were going to have a big game to take the momentum back from Miami, instead they moved the ball to open shooters and watched the lead blow up. Not only did the Spurs get the win, they got rest for Duncan, Parker and Ginobili. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili all played less than 30 minutes in Game 3. I’m not sure a team has ever been able to get rest for their older players in the NBA Finals. [Read more…]

Less is More For LeBron James and the Miami Heat

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

We have all heard the expression “less is more” and that was the case in Game 2 of the NBA Finals for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. After Miami’s Game 1 loss, everyone was saying that LeBron needed to be more aggressive (including me). Well, everyone was wrong, kind of. James’ stats do not show that he did more in Game 2, but he did have a new role that he did not have in Game 1, the screener.

With 3:49 left in the third quarter, Danny Green made a layup to give San Antonio a 62-61 lead over Miami, and that would be the last time the Spurs led. From that point on, Miami went on a 35-3 run, and sent the Spurs starters to the bench after a short night of work while the bench came in to soak up the remains of a 103-84 masacre.

Up until the 3:49 mark in the third quarter, James was 2-12 shooting for six points, and only had four rebounds with four assists. In the next 10:20, James went 5-5 from the field for 11 points, had four rebounds with three assists and one of the best blocks you will ever see. (R.I.P. Tiago Splitter’s manhood.) [Read more…]

NBA Finals Preview: Perception is Not Reality, The Spurs Are Not Boring

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

The NBA Finals are set to start Thursday in Miami between in the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, and a special shoutout goes to Heat coach Erik Spolestra and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich for not allowing their respective teams to play at full strength against one another during the regular season, insuring that we will have no idea what to expect.

In November when San Antonio traveled to Miami the Spurs were on the last leg of a four-games-in-five-night stretch, so Popovich decided to send Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home instead of playing. Kawhi Leonard missed the game with an injury, so Tiago Splitter was the only Spurs starter that played. In March, Spolestra decided to sit LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as the Heat were in the middle of a five-games-in-seven-night stretch. Since Miami’s recent 27-game winning streak had been snapped and the Heat were locked into the one-seed, there was no point in Spolestra giving the Spurs any reason to get a feel of how a game with Miami would go.

This is going to be a fun series to watch, and since Pop and Spo did not want to give us any regular season data to delve into before the series starts, we will have to go off of assumptions. And my assumption is that Gregg Popovich is about to put Erik Spolestra in a coaching body bag. [Read more…]