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Are the Bucks for real?
Milwaukee is 11-0 in games decided by five points or less, and also won an OT game by more than five points. Basically, they are 12-0 in games that come down to the final minute of regulation (3-0 in OT). How much of this is due to luck? Does Terry Stotts get any credit or are the players they have geared towards a one/two posession game? They currently have the fourth best record in the eastern conference, but have been outscored by their opponents overall. How long can they keep that up and will they end up fading down the stretch?

My opinion is that they can't keep doing that well in close games. Past stats indicate that close games are a 50/50 proposition for each team. For example, the Spurs were 9-7 last year in game decided by three or fewer points.

http://www.databasebasketball.com/teams/teamscores.htm?tm=SAS&yr=2004&lg=n

Either they are going to need to start winning more convincingly or I see them as a .500 team at best in the second half of the season.

Posted by herbilk at 1/6/2006 12:56:00 PM

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Isiah Lord Thomas III
I think I am the only fan of Isiah as a GM. Besides the Nazr Mohammed trade, I like Isiah's moves. The Knicks have tons of talent that he has stockpiled, but it is going to take time to mature. His last two drafts have been dynamite and almost no one, even myself, thought David Lee would stick. I remember Chad Ford (who bashes Isiah whenever possible) suggested that Thomas should have drafted Andray Blantche (Wizards rookie), but Lee looks like a real player. I'm surprised he is going to start over Channing Frye, but I think Lee does have better on the ball defense than Frye. Channing is a roamer and causes havoc with the long arms, but Lee is really quick off the floor and has a nice strong base. Going over the last two drafts, I don't think anyone besides maybe Danny Ainge (I like West, Al Jefferson, Tony Allen) did a better job than Isiah who found Ariza, Nate, David Lee, and Channing Frye (who a lot of people were down on). Considering the Knicks took Frederic Weiss over Ron Artest prior to Thomas' arrival, I'm surprised he catches so much heat. I think you're right Damien Wilkins will return to the bench, I've been watching him since high school and he isn't a point guard. Still a nice 3rd guard though. Once they move Flip and Potapenko, we'll all have a better idea of what the Sonics are trying to do.

Posted by Eddie at 1/5/2006 2:16:00 PM
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Smush
I was hoping that Bob Hill would never get another head coaching job, after the mess he made of my beloved Fordham Rams.

Of course, the accursed Bob Hill regime at Rose Hill did introduce the world to Smush Parker, so perhaps we should be thankful.

Agree with you on Curry -- he's been borderline dominant when healthy enough to play. David Lee is another Knick worth a long look, as Brown seems serious about leaving him in the starting lineup.

Posted by Charlie at 1/5/2006 12:58:00 PM

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Sonics Moves
You are right about Radmanovic, Eddie. He is going to start and sling the three. All season the Sonics have needed a consistent third scorer. For some reason, coach Bob Weiss, who was fired Tuesday, didn't want to give Radmanovic the consistent minutes he needs to be productive. New coach Bob Hill is going to give Radmanovic minutes. Wilkins is out at point guard, though. That was another of Weiss' experiments. Ridnour will move back into the starting rotation.



Posted by Jason Thornbury at 1/5/2006 12:46:00 PM

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Seattle, Chicago, Orlando, New York, and Larry Hughes
I have a feeling the Seattle coaching change is going to provide some fantasy owners with a big opportunity to make mid-season moves that could perhaps put them over the top. A lot of other teams are also changing lineups or offensive philosophies.

For instance, in Seattle, Ridnour seems to be on the way down with Vlad Rad and Damien Wilkins potentially getting serious minutes. Maybe Earl Watson is finally traded for? Keep an eye on these situations as they could determine whether you finish 3rd or 1st. I am pushing Vlad right now because he's saved me in the 3-pt category in years past because of his forward eligibility. He also gets you blocks. If Damien Wilkins at 6'6" continues to play minutes at the point, he could be a nice source of assists and rebounds. If I owned Ridnour, I may think about short selling.

In New York, it looks like Eddy Curry is making a move and Larry Brown is force feeding him. Nothing else has worked, Starbury's uncomfortable, so when all else fails, do as John Thompson says and "Give the big man some sugar." Curry has also been doing a better job rebounding than in years past.

In Chicago, Ben Gordon is starting, but the Bulls have played Phoenix, Milwaukee, and Seattle, who get out and run with finesse forwards (Lewis does post up a little bit). This allows Scott Skiles to get away with playing Gordon, Duhon, and Hinrich together, but keep an eye on whether he keeps this lineup against a team like Orlando with Grant Hill or Minnesota with KG. In Orlando, Grant Hill has re-emerged, but continues to miss games here and there. Maybe the owner who has Hill still isn't sold on him. It might be smart to test the water and see if you can get him below market value while he continues to get in shape. The Magic have a shot at the playoffs and Hill probably won't be sitting out meaningless games at the end of the season like last year. Keep an eye also on Jameer Nelson as Dooling continues to struggle with injuries.



Posted by Eddie at 1/5/2006 10:12:00 AM

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