Western Conf Bias???

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  1. fwoompf

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    Fact is, the west playoffs have already begun. Every game for those contending teams is going to have a lot more effort put into it by all involved. They're fun to watch, plain and simple.
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    Better check that Round, Riles will go the extra distance to improve his team.
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    Lakers have slipped ahead of the Spurs into first place. A team good enough for the best record in the West, Bynum starting to run, plus Kobe?

    Scary.
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    you mean get a real coach to come in and get the next title team to the brink for him to come in and take the credit for?

    or do you mean take games off to go scout teams.... you know that one game in person will do sooooo much more then the hours and hours of tape he has on them?

    as time goes on my view of his "coaching" has gone down farther and farther.... and on the other hand... some how my view of Jackson has actually gone from "MJ coattail rider" to a pretty darn good coach, who seems to get the most out of his role players.
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    Add: play bench to assure more loses. That Riles is pretty smooth.
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    Nothing we can't handle DBA.
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    I think Riley is using the scouting thing as an excuse to help Miami tank sooner. "Oh, I might have to be somewhere else when we play some games later this season if I notice we are being too competitive. Hey, it worked out well for Boston."
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    Riley was smart. He put his proposal out there (leaving to scout) to see how that would fly with the press and league offices. With most opinions being mixed, and no complaints from the league office, the stage is set for a Riley scouting Vacation. Tank job.......:gun1:
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    Here's a good opinion from Hondo's compadre' on his website:

    Can the NBA Playoffs Just Get Started…Please!

    By Garrett Jackson
    The Houston Rockets are currently on a 22-game winning streak that has shot them to the third spot in the Western Conference. The Lakers are playing great basketball with the new edition of Pau Gasol, and the Spurs are doing what the Spurs normally do, win. The NBA’s Western Conference is literally a gauntlet, where every game has to be looked at as a playoff game.
    The Western Conference is magnificent, and a lot better than the Eastern Conference. We should just crown the team that comes out of the West as the NBA Champs right, that’s what a lot of media members feel should happen. The Western Conference has had a certain level of dominance over the Eastern Conference over the past decade, but the way the media (mainly ESPN) has explained the differences, you would forget that the Eastern Conference has won two of the last four Championships.
    Is the West really that good? No. When you look at the Western Conference this season, how many teams out there can really win the NBA title? Other than the Spurs, the Lakers are the only team in the West with a chance to beat the Pistons or Celtics. Well…the Jazz may be able to beat the Pistons, considering that we haven’t beaten them in the last 100 years. Two of the top three championship contenders hail from the Eastern Conference. The Cavs are a dangerous team as well, especially with the way LeBron James has been performing. Everyone has fallen in love with the style of play in the Western Conference, but the teams from the Eastern Conference that I mentioned earlier, as well as the Spurs all do something that a lot of teams in the West don’t do. That thing is called playing defense. The Celtics and Pistons are numbers one and two in scoring defense and that will make a big difference in the Playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion only has to beat the West champ four times. They don’t have to defeat the all eight playoff teams out there.
    The AFC was far better than the NFC, but we all saw what happened in the Super Bowl. Granted, the Super Bowl was a one game situation, but the Giants matched up well with the Patriots. They were more aggressive and played top notch defense, and the Pats had trouble. They struggled the same way the Lakers and Mavericks did in 2004 and 2006. The Lakers don’t have a feared defense, but they do have the best player in the league, and lots of size. When Andrew Bynum returns, they will have three starters that are at least 6-10.
    The extreme love for the Western Conference has caused some people to recommend changing the playoff format so that the top 16 teams can reach the playoffs, regardless of conference. I disagree with that idea because these types of things go in cycles. In the 1990’s the Eastern Conference won most of the titles. In the NFL, the NFC had a Super Bowl winning streak that lasted over a decade, until it was snapped by Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII. Now the AFC is the preeminent conference in the league. With the young talent that the teams in the East are accumulating, the tide will turn eventually.
    A guest on Jim Rome is Burning on Tuesday said that he couldn’t consider LeBron James a legitimate MVP candidate because he plays in the Eastern Conference. It’s still the NBA. It’s not like comparing someone who plays in the WAC with someone in the ACC. It’s humorous how people tend to over blow things.
    I can’t wait until mid-April for the playoffs to start. With the abundance of talent that is in the NBA right now, this promises to be an exciting conclusion to the season. Exciting, high-flying basketball will be played and praised by many, but the teams that play a “boring” brand of basketball will be playing in June.
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    Forget the P/O's just watch the tumbling top 5 seeds beat the snot out of each other til there are no more reg season games. They're all so greedy for wins it's egregious.
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    top 5? lol i think the top 8 are now seperated by 4 games in the loss column.... from 21 to 25

    Houston goes into tonight number 1 and could be number 8 in a week without any major upsets.... just unreal
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    Heck, there's only 25 games separating Boston from Atlanta in the loss column. But I guess Atlanta would be hard pressed to earn home court advantage.
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    LOL..... its just crazy.....

    Come playoff time the west is just going to be to tough to call, its about who's playing the best.... There will be no giveme series, out of the 8 i can see 6 of the teams making the finals... only houston and goldenstate don't have the goods... but it shall be entertaining..
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    I don't really understand why Denver isn't better.

    I realize their defense is a terrible, but it seems like they have the coach and the players to play good D. Why am I so wrong?
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    It`s simple my friend, defense is a mindset, a commitment, you have to sacrifice and be dedicated to it, every single night.

    Obviously, everyone from the GM to the 12th man on the bench doesn`t have the will nor desire to play defense, oh, except Marcus Camby.
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    Marshmellow is gooey on D indeed.

    It must be mental. They definitely have the athletic ability, and the height.
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    There may be 6 teams from the west who could make it to the finals, but I'm hoping the east is hard to call also. Celtics, Pistons, and Cleveland could all show up for the ship series.

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