Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by roscoe36, Oct 23, 2007.
NBA Coast to Coast; LA Times
Is the Honeymoon over for Shaq and the Heat?
If Thursday was payday, why didn't Chaucey go out an buy a sports jacket?
Jazz are picking and rolling like old days
Thursday night after the Bulls flew to LA, the same night as the Suns game? Maybe that's why the Pistons looked so sleepy throughout the Lakers games. Out partying w/ Ben Wallace the night before
ADRIAN WOJNAROWSKI: Saunders capable of leading Pistons to Finals
PISTONS: On the Mend
Flip blaming the new players for the way we are playing
COLUMNIST: Memphis should trade Gasol to Pistons' rival Chicago because Darko is a better fit
Somebody had to post it.
After watching a few Memphis games, I would say that I agree with the gist of this article. If the Griz could get Tyrus and Nocioni for Gasol, they would be a better team. The Bulls probably would be better too.
Gasol's numbers are down this year because he is sharing the load with Darko. There are some redundancies there. That is why Brian Hill liked to bring Darko off the bench.
Pau is a very good offensive player, but the rest of his game truly is soft. With Ben Wallace back at full speed, Pau would be a great compliment for him.
He would relieve some of the defensive pressure from the Bulls guards. I don't like the trade because I think it would make the Bulls better and I am against anything that makes any of the other teams in our division better.
I much prefer that the Pistons get to the NBA finals in a weak conference rather than than get eliminated in the Conference playoffs in a stronger conference.
Good quote from Sam Smith in that column about how Dwight Howard is "what Darryl Dawkins would have been if he had tried."
Mychal Thompson one of the Lakers radio announcers said the exact same thing last night during their game with the Magic.
sam smith is out of his mind. gasol for thomas and nocioni is so lopsided it's not even funny. he basically wants a premier player in this league for nothing.
I don't know, Thomas and Nocioni aren't exactly chopped liver. Both of those guys play hard bball. Also, they give you help at 2 different positions.
To me, it looks like one of those rare trades that is a win-win.
I don't fear it, because I think the loss of depth and energy would hurt the Bulls against us.
Kidd wants to play with James in Cleveland - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
If this ever happens, let it be in the 08-09 season
Kidd will be 35 before the season ends. Him going to Cleveland next year is non-factor.
Lebron is a point forward. He operates a lot better when he has the ball in his hands then when he plays with an old point guard who needs to control the ball to be effective, because he can't shoot worth sheet.
didn't see this posted anywhere else on the forum, but it was kind of interesting. especially striking to me was that in this "predictor" Boston, Orlando, and Detroit are given better odds of winning the title than any team in the Western Conference. Perhaps some of the more statistically minded forumites can debunk this (or not).
ESPN - John Hollinger's Playoff Odds
The odds of "any team from the West" winning should be more than 28.7%, which is what that prediction says.
In his explanation section, he explains why this is flawed. It is so early in the season, that each team has not played enough other teams for the model to have enough information. Not enough regression can be done here with the data set.
He basically says that if the results so far this year are truly representative, then these would be odds. Some teams are hot, some are coasting, some have injuries, etc. etc.
I wonder if this takes into account the difficulty of the schedule to date. For example Orlando and us have played on the West Coast. Boston hasn't played west of the the Hudson River. (LOL)
How about adjusting the odds for difficulty of opponents modified by whether the game was home or away.
I don't think that his odds do that.
For example Boston is still winless on the road against winning teams
whereas we are 3 - 1 on the road against teams with winning records
I'm pretty sure they do take those things into account.
That is why he predicts that the odds of Boston going 72-10 or better is 1%.
That Hollinger playoff odds page says that they're based on his power rankings. If you click through the links for his power rankings, he explains how those are calculated as well, and they do take strength of schedule into account.
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