Tag:Cleveland Cavaliers
Posted on: April 18, 2009 12:21 pm

First round playoff predictions

Just for the record...

Cavs take care of the Pistons in 5.

Celtics show up the Bulls in 5.

Magic pull out the brooms, sweep the Sixers in 4.

Heat edge out the Hawks in 6.

Lakers fall early, rebound, win in 6 over the Jazz.

Nuggets handle the Hornets in 6.

Spurs win in 7 over the Mavericks.

Trailblazers run through the Rockets in 6.

Happy Playoffs!


Posted on: February 27, 2009 9:33 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2009 11:08 pm

NBA Thoughts- Starbury, Big Ben, D-Wade, and more

 On a team with a rising point guard in Rajon Rondo, Stephon Marbury will struggle to thrive. Just wanted to put that out there. His cocky attitude will hurt the Celtics more than he will help them. Although Starbury is still a bit talented, his time is up. While I don't think he will destroy Boston's team chemistry, I don't see him helping at all. At this point, Rondo is much more fitting for the C's.

 Players like Dwight Howard are extremely rare. His stats are off the charts, but his dominance when you watch him is overly stunning. If I were starting a team, this is the guy I look to, over Chris Paul. A few guys can stop CP3. No one can stop Superman.

 Truth be told, and no offense to Ben Wallace, I don't think the Cleveland Cavaliers will do that much worse without Big Ben. It's the duo of LeBron James and Mo Williams that will win games, as they've done all year.

 Dwyane Wade is a monster. If he can slightly improve on defense, this guy is as good as Kobe Bryant. Really... if he were on the Lakers, would they be that much worse? Also, I'm sure D-Wade is thrilled to know he has a diehard fan in err... Lil' Wayne.

 Lamar Odom needs to get more love. When he tries, he's solid. With Andrew Bynum out, I see Odom finally getting recognized as being a key player for the Lakers.



Posted on: January 28, 2009 10:41 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2009 8:35 pm

Cavs-Lakers in Championship Game

Los Angeles <a href=page/LAL">Lakers logo" />vs.Cleveland <a href=page/CLE">Cavaliers logo" />

I'm calling it right now... Laughing

Lakers win it all, in 6 games.

Bold prediction, eh?

Posted on: December 17, 2008 8:36 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2008 8:37 pm

Harst's Top 5 NBA Teams (12/17)


Boston Celtics logo1. Boston Celtics (23-2)

Boston is looking like a championship team again this year, due to great play on both sides of the ball. Still one of the deadliest shooters in the NBA, Ray Allen is having a great year with 18.6 points per game. Point guard Rajon Rondo has shown he has an offensive game as well as a defensive game. Watch out for the Celtics, they're hot.

Los Angeles Lakers logo2. Los Angeles Lakers (21-3)

Los Angeles may be sitting pretty at 21-3, but this is a team I have been disappointed with. On defense, the Lakers need to step it up. Andrew Bynum has still not developed that great defensive game that Lakers fans were anticipating. Kobe Bryant is having another great year, but he will need help eventually. Too many wins for the Lakers have been close; they should be dominating.

LeBron James takes the time to soak up the cheers after becoming the Cavs' career leader in steals.  (AP)Cleveland Cavaliers logo3. Cleveland Cavaliers (20-4)

LeBron James is getting some help this year, most of it coming from guard Mo Williams. Williams is looking like the counterpart LeBron never had and always needed. Now, with the Cavaliers playing so well, do they really need/want Shawn Marion on the team? It doesn't look like that trade will happen, and for Cleveland, I think it's good news.

Orlando Magic logo4. Orlando Magic (19-6)

Dwight Howard is having the MVP year fans expected him to have, but he is also getting lots of help from teammates. Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jameer Nelson are each averaging over 15 points per game. Orlando is having a great year, and if one more player can step up, look for them to make a run, even in a talented Eastern Conference.

Carmelo Anthony elevates his game in the third quarter, netting 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting.  (AP)Denver Nuggets logo5. Denver Nuggets (17-8)

It's scary to see how good the Nuggets are, considering they still haven't completely developed their team chemistry. Still, Chauncey Billups is making Denver into a true championship contender. In a weaker Western Conference, Denver could be one of those teams that surprises people in the playoffs. Looks like Carmelo Anthony doesn't really miss Allen Iverson, eh? The Nuggs are for real.

Posted on: November 30, 2008 7:42 pm

MVP? LeBron James... and it's not even close.

For me, the MVP Race was over before it began. LeBron James had won the MVP before he stepped on the court this season. Frankly, no one else even comes close...

For LeBron James, life is good. He's the superstar of the professional basketball league, the face of the NBA. Teams gameplan to stop him, and just him. The Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to announce the official name change to the Cleveland LeBrons... and appropriately so. LeBron has continued this season where he left off last season. Still unstoppable, still unmovable, LeBron is the most feared played in the NBA under 6'9".

The Most Valuable Player award should go to that one player who can change any game, who can lead his team to a win when down ten with under one minute to go, a player who never gives up, who plays their hardest until the zeroes show up for the final time on the scoreboard, a player with heart. That player is LeBron James.

LeBron has yet to show a weakness. Every essential attribute a basketball player should have, he has. His defense has improved tremendously season after season, and now he truly is a great defender. He can rebound as well as a 7'0" big man, and he can pass as well as a 5'11" point guard. Simply stated, there is nothing LeBron James cannot do. His ability to control the flow of any game is most impressive. He determines how the game will be run, and his teammates follow.

Without LeBron James, it's hard to imagine where the Cleveland Cavaliers would be this season. I cannot remember the last time when there was a player that was as valuable to his team as LeBron is to Cleveland right now. Without him, Cleveland is worthless. With him, Cleveland is a monster waiting to be released from his cage... and when someone opens that cage... the NBA better be ready.

Category: NBA
Posted on: May 3, 2008 6:47 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2008 4:07 pm

NBA Semifinals Preview and Predictions


(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (4) Utah Jazz

The Lakers have shown that they can score, but can they stop scoring? The Jazz are one of the most well-balanced teams remaining, and I expect them to put up a fight against the Lakers. However, the Kobe/Pau combination is at an all-time high, and I think that duo will just overpower the Jazz in the end...

Prediction: LAL 4-2

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Cleveland Cavaliers

The Celtics' suffocating defense is amazing, but stopping LeBron James will be their toughest challenge yet. After watching the first round, my perspective on both of these teams have changed tremendously, but not the result. LeBron is unfortunate that he has to play the Celtics by himself... Kevin Garnett was on a roll against the Hawks, and it won't end here...

Prediction: BOS 4-2

(2) New Orleans Hornets vs. (3) San Antonio Spurs

I doubted the Hornets earlier, and look what they did. David West is showing how to win and be an under-the-radar guy at the same time. Chris Paul got snubbed in the MVP voting and will show the Spurs and Gregg Poppovich why he should have won it. Tim Duncan vs. West/Tyson Chandler will be very exciting to watch, and it could determine who wins the series. Tony Parker will have a hellish matchup with CP3. Manu off the bench could hurt the Hornets... so many variables, so little time...

Prediction: NO 4-3

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (3) Orlando Magic

Detroit took too long to dispose of Philly, which could bite them in the back in this series. With this series, once again, you have one variable: Dwight Howard. It's this simple. If the Pistons can shut down Howard, they win. If they can't, the Magic win. I say the Pistons rebound after a not-so-good opening round, shut down Howard somewhat using a combination of Sheed/Maxiell/Amir Johnson, and use some balanced teamwork to pull through...

Prediction: DET 4-2

Posted on: May 2, 2008 11:22 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2008 11:27 pm

Celtics have been exposed with latest loss...

No matter what happens in Game 7 of the Atlanta/Boston series, the Celtics have shown exactly how to be beaten. Also, if the Hawks can take this series to 7 games, what can the Pistons, Magic, or even the Cavaliers do down the stretch? If the team with the best record in the NBA stuggles against a sub-.500 team, what can they do? Right now, about every team remaining in the West is playing better than the Cetics, which should wrorry Boston fans... tremendously.

This series should've been decided a long time ago. Props goes to the Hawks, who are playing some great basketball even though they were and still are the major underdogs...

Sorry Boston, but the title is going somewhere else this year...

Boston Celtics logo

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