Tag:Joe Johnson
Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:07 pm
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#4 Atlanta Hawks vs. #5 Miami Heat Preview

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Season Series: Atlanta won the series 3-1

This will probably be the only first round matchup in the East that won't be dominated by the favorite. These two teams are very different, yet very similar.

The Hawks are led by a balanced attack, with stars including sharpshooting guard Joe Johnson and defensive star Josh Smith. Young big man Al Horford and veteran point guard Mike Bibby are also in the starting lineup.

The Heat are led by MVP candidate Dwyane Wade, who finished with the scoring title in a win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Wade's supporting cast includes rookies Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers. Big men Jermaine O'Neal and Udonis Haslem are also key parts to Miami's rebounding season.

For Atlanta to win: Wade must be limited. Whether it's Johnson, Bibby, Smith, or a bench player, someone on the Hawks must step up and stop D-Wade.

For Miami to win: The supporting cast must play well when Wade is not on the court. Guys like the above stated Beasley, Chalmers, Haslem, and O'Neal must help Wade. Other role players include three point champion Daequan Cook and big Jamaal Magloire.

My pick: It's biased... Miami Heat advance in 6 by winning games 2, 3, 5, and 6.

Posted on: April 19, 2008 10:38 am
 

NBA Quarterfinals Preview and Predictions

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets are a great offensive team. If basketball was all offense, Denver would probably win it all or come close at least. However, it's not all offense, therefore, Denver won't have much of a chance in the playoffs. In a high scoring series, the defense-less Nuggets won't be able to stop the Lakers...

Prediction: LAL 4-0

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Atlanta Hawks


The Celtics are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, and the Hawks won't be able to score much against them. Joe Johnson may be able to score at will, but the others will struggle...

Prediction: BOS 4-0

(2) New Orleans Hornets vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks are known for choking in the playoffs, but this this year they won't have a chance because they are underdogs against the Hornets. I think Jason Kidd may be able to slow down Chris Paul somewhat, but not entirely. I think this one will be close because of the Hornets' lack of experience, which is a big factor...

Prediction: DAL 4-3  

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers 
 
The Pistons are a good defensive team as well, and I believe if they can stop Andre Igoudala, they can win the series. Andre Miller is a darkhorse, filled with talent. However, it will be hard to use his talent against a well-balanced team like the Pistons. I think the 76ers are a strong team, it's unfortunate that they're playing probably the best team in the East. Also the deep bench of the Pistons will be too much...

Prediction: DET 4-2

(3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Phoneix Suns

Offense vs. Defense... defense always wins. This series is no exception. San Antonio is so dangerous come playoff time that it's scary. With Shawn Marion, the Suns would have a shot. Without him, San Antonio should cruise through this series, making it easier than expected...

Prediction: SAS 4-1

(3) Orlando Magic vs. (6) Toronto Raptors

The injury-prone Raptors could give the Magic a hard time, but I see Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu as too hard to stop in this series. The only hope for the Raptors is that Chris Bosh goes off, and Dwight Howard goes cold...

Prediction: ORL 4-2

(4) Utah Jazz vs. (5) Houston Rockets

Utah is too well-balanced to lose to Houston. Shane Battier is a darkhorse, but he can't win this series. Yao would give the Rockets a shot to win, but seeing as though he's not here...

Prediction: UTA 4-2

(4) Cleveland Caveliers vs. (5) Washington Wizards

LeBron James won't have another miracle run this year. Losing Drew Gooden will hurt and it will show. Caron Butler needs to step it up on both sides, and I think he can. It will be another close one, but...

Prediction: WAS 4-3

Posted on: February 10, 2008 8:34 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2008 8:58 pm
 

Player Rankings

Here are my top five players at each position this year:

Point Guards

Shooting Guards

Small Forwards

Power Forwards

Centers

 
 
 
 
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