Monday, December 26, 2005

Monday's Picks Challenge

Picks Challenge starts today-- 12 matchups kick-off. If you can't figure out who you're playing from the list below, may God have mercy on your soul. Remember you need to pick 20 games beginning tonight through Sunday. The winner of the matchup will be the person who has the most correct out of 20. If you pick less than 20, I'll go with what you got (meaning you're screwed). If you pick more, I'm taking the first 20. So start posting your picks in tonight's comments section and I'll do my best to update the standings everyday. Good luck.

1) Anthony
2) Zach Hayes

3) Will Shu
4) Eric Shen

5) Barry Wang
6) Jerm

7) Koko Archibong
8) Buh

9) Simon Chan
10) Nat

11) Curtis
12) Gary Duncan

13) Sonny
14) Michael

15) Robb Jones
16) John Kim

17) Ryan Kinkade
18) Eric Tung

19) Alex Carnevale
20) Jose Enderica

21) Bob Shurtleff
22) Joe Kickass

23) Dirk Diggler
24) Matt Benedict

And now today's lines...

  • Milwaukee +1.5 at ORLANDO
  • Lakers +3.5 at WASHINGTON
  • Chicago +8 at CLEVELAND
  • New Jersey -4.5 at NEW YORK
  • Phoenix +3 at MINNESOTA
  • Indiana +4.5 at DALLAS
  • Memphis -4 at UTAH
  • Portland +6.5 at SACRAMENTO
  • Boston +4.5 at SEATTLE
  • Denver +3.5 at GOLDEN STATE

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas

Hey everyone, Merry Christmas from The NBA Source. DDDDDDDamn, 365 days have flew by haven't they? Though I am still extremely destraut over losing Paul, I remain confident that 2006 will be an extremely successful year for The Source. Well, I'm going to spend a few minutes with Mrs. Claus here but have a great rest of your holiday weekend.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

NBA Lookalikes Part 2

A long, long time ago, Paul and I presented a piece that took 20 or so players and matched them up with their celebrity lookalikes. Needless to say, the fans loved it. Enjoy Part 2...

If Marcus Banks ever starts hanging out with Jose Canseco and Matt Lawton, he may end up looking exactly like...

...The Niners' SS Tony Parrish

No one ever thought we'd see another droopy-eyed Tracy McGrady, right?

WRONG! Introducing the Celtics' rookie PG Orien Greene

I never really made this comparison until stumbling across this Devean George picture. But when I found this, all I could think of was...

...Ice Cube's "It was a good day"

Not many people know who the Sixers' Michael Bradley is...

...But, most of us know Jim Caviezel from Mel Gibson's The Passion

We all have heard an infinite amount of Brian Scalabrine jokes. But I've never heard anyone make the comparison to...

...The Real World: Philadelphia's MJ

For some reason Chris Mihm always reminds me of...

...Cody Lambert from Step-by-Step

I could have chosen Troy Hudson to match-up with a lot of celebrities, but none fits better than...

...Mr. D.L Hughley

Andrew Bogut remains one of the few white players to rock the long hair-dos. And with the long shag he looks awfully reminiscent to a character we should all know very well...

...Baywatch's own, Hobbie Buchanon

Yet another Celtics here...Tony Allen is one lucky bastard is he gets half the women that...

...Polo model Tyson Beckford gets

Paul may have put this one up back in the day, but it's so damn funny it's worth seeing again. Too bad I hate Manu because I love his lookalike, our good friend from Perfect Strangers...

...Balki Bartokimus

Yes, I realize Calvin Booth is a very scary fellow, and so that's why I paired him up with another creature from back in the 80's...

...Harry from Harry and the Hendersons

We all know Matean Cleaves is a goof ball and so who better to resemble than...

...Waldo from Family Matters?

This one's for you Mark Blount, for all the times you turn the ball over and fail to rebound. I'm going to make the entire world see how similar you look to...

...Fozzy Bear

Friday, December 23, 2005

Friday's Picks

December 23, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (1-1) Week: (16-8); Month: (71-69); Season: (183-160)

  • ATLANTA +4 over Philadelphia
  • ORLANDO +1.5 over Lakers
  • Utah +4 over NEW YORK
  • MIAMI -7 over New Jersey
  • Clippers -4 over CHARLOTTE
  • Portland +11 over MINNESOTA
  • Indiana +4.5 over CLEVELAND
  • Golden State +7.5 over DETROIT
  • Chicago +7.5 over MEMPHIS
  • SAN ANTONIO -11.5 over Toronto
  • New Orleans +6.5 over MILWAUKEE
  • Washington +8.5 over PHOENIX
  • DENVER -8 over Houston
  • SEATTLE +3 over Dallas

I don't have time for insight tonight, too many damn presents to wrap. Sorry

Good Luck, leave picks below

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Thursday's Picks

Even LeBron is disgusted by his shooting in Chitown

December 22, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (5-4) Week: (15-7); Month: (70-68); Season: (182-159)

  • CHICAGO +1.5 over Cleveland- *Luol Deng Questionable*
  • Dallas -5.5 over SACRAMENTO - *Peja Stojakovic Out*
--Last season, LeBron shot just 34.8% in his two games at the United Center. Think there's the curse of Michael Jordan on him? I'll run with it tonight...CHI 99-95

--"Yo dude, you see Kobe drop 62 the other night on Dallas," is the most commonly used phrase in the English language the past few days. I think the Mavs will be a little pissed tonight (and maybe play some defense). DAL 106-99

Good Luck, leave picks below

Picks Challenge

Now that I'm riding solo (for now), this whole nightly picks process isn't much fun. What's the point if I'm not getting the enjoyment of beating Paul, right? So I decided this weekend to bring back the Picks Challenge and allow as many readers as possible to get involved. Here's how were going to do this:
  • The Picks Challenge will debut next Monday, not tomorrow
  • I will allow as many participants as possible, but you need to submit your name in the comments section below, or email me by next Sunday. If you don't, you will not have the opportunity to compete this season. Sorry.
  • Each person involved will choose 20 games per week. You will submit your picks every night in the comments section BEFORE THE FIRST GAME TIPS. (Note: I was going to have everyone make a selection for every game each week, but if one person is unable to make picks for even one night, this whole this will collapse faster than Loren Woods' career)
  • I will post the lines every day well before 5 (hopefully in the morning). You HAVE to use these.
  • Each participant will face another player each week and whoever has the most correct picks out of 20 will get a win. The loser, of course, will get a loss. Ties will be counted as well.
  • At the end of the season, the 8 players with the best records will move on to the Playoff round. The 4 winners there will then advance to the semifinals, then the top 2 to the Finals. (Tiebreakers for the Playoffs will be determined by head-to-head records. If there is still a tie after that, we will figure something else out)
  • Whoever is victorious will be crowned Picks Challenge Champion and get their name on the sidebar for a whole season. (There may be a better prize, I just can't think of one right now)

So make sure to sign up below, with something simple like, "Yo this is Vance Witherspoon. Count me in dawg." You don't need to blab on about how excited how are and that you can't wait to begin researching past games, and this is so cool and so fun and yada, yada, yada. I hope we can get more than 20 people so make sure to let others know. Thanks

PS-I am still reviewing the emails I've gotten and will make some concrete decisions this week. Thanks for all the kind words, it really means a lot to both Paul and I.

Challenge List as of 12/22

1.Anthony Peretore
2.Zach Hayes
3.Will Shu
4.Eric Shen
5.Barry Wang
7.Koko Archibong
8.Matt Brodeur (Buh)
9.Simon Chan
12.Gary Duncan
15.Robb Jones
16.John Kim
17.Ryan Kinkade
18.Eric Tung (ET)
19.Alex Carnevale
20.Jose Enderica
21.Bob Shurtleff
22.Joe Kickass
23.Dirk Diggler

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Wednesday's Picks

Cuttino: "Haha, how's that toe feel Yao? Thanks for the W"
Yao: "Damn you Mobley"
The Rockets begin their quest without Yao Ming tonight vs. Toronto

December 21, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (7-1) Week: (10-3); Month: (65-64); Season: (177-155)

  • ORLANDO -3 over New Jersey
  • Golden State +3 over PHILADELPHIA
  • INDIANA -4.5 over Clippers
  • Utah +6 over BOSTON
  • San Antonio -5 over NEW YORK
  • MEMPHIS -12 over Portland
  • MINNESOTA -8 over New Orleans
  • Toronto +7.5 over HOUSTON
  • Washington +8 over DENVER

--I watched some of the post-game interviews after the Nets-Clippers game last night and the team was so thrilled about finally putting together a 3-game winning streak. Seeing that it took this long for a team with so much talent to win just three straight, I'll take the Magic. ORL 98-93

--The Sixers and Warriors match up pretty well, but I can't see GS dropping another game to a lowly East team. How can they be considered a Playoff team after losing 3 in a row to Atlantic teams? Take the points. GS 107-105

--Clips haven't broken the 90 mark in five straight games now. Clearly they need Maggette's scoring to return to the power house we saw in the beginning of the year. IND 97-88

--Boston's my team. I love them. But they stink. Sure they looked good against the Warriors the other night, but does that mean I should trust them against a lowly Jazz squad? Nope. BOS 99-96

--I got away with betting against the Spurs 3 straight times. No way I'm doing it again. SAS 102-90

--The Grizzlies-Blazers line is really strange. Should be 10 at most. Memphis has looked gawd awful the last week or so, while the Blazers have shook off that 45-point whooping pretty nicely. This game is equivelent to last night's MIA-ATL game. Portland will be held to under 40% shooting and the Grizz will roll. MEM 106-85

--Another strange line. Wolves have lost 4 straight, Hornets have won 3 of 4--wins over SAS, PHX and LAC. No way this line should touch 8. Thus, take Minny. MIN 102-93

--No Yao, no cover. HOU 89-86

--I dunno why I'm taking Washington honestly. I just know they're gonna cover. DEN 94-92

Good Luck, leave picks below

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Tuesday's Picks

Look for this guy to take off his rookie mask tonight and throw up a double-dub

December 20, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (3-2) Week: (3-2); Month: (58-63); Season: (170-154)

  • CLEVELAND -8 over Utah - *Kirilenko Doubtful*
  • NEW JERSEY -3 over Clippers - *Maggette Out*
  • MIAMI -12 over Atlanta
  • Portland +13.5 over DETROIT
  • MILWAUKEE +4.5 over San Antonio - *Manu Ginobili Doubtful*
  • Charlotte +10.5 over CHICAGO - *Okafor, Rush Out, Knight Questionable*
  • PHOENIX -8.5 over Seattle
  • Dallas -2.5 over LAKERS

--With Kirilenko likely to miss the game, the Jazz have no one to stop the Cavs arsenal from putting up 100+. Should be a comfortable win. CLE 107-91

--No, New Jersey won't be able to stop Elton Brand, but with Maggette out again, the Clippers will struggle to keep up with the high-flying Nets. NJ enjoyed perhaps their best victory of the season on Sunday and I fully expect them to continue this winning streak. NJN 102-95

--The Hawks have won 4 of 5, including victories over the Spurs, Cavs, and Nuggets. The Heat, on the other hand, still don't look like the well-oiled machine they will certainly be in the 2nd half of the season. So, is there any reason to think Atlanta won't cover yet another huge spread? Not really, and that's why I'm going with the Heat. MIA 105-91

--Detroit sure is nasty at home, but after a 2-OT thriller last night in Memphis, the young Blazers should be able to keep up (for a while anyway). DET 98-90

--The bandwagon pick here is the Spurs. Losing to the Hawks and Hornets in the same week?? That's crazy. But without Manu once again, San Antonio lacks scoring punch. With just TD and Parker as the only reliable options, I just can't see the Spurs taking care of the Bucks by more than 4. SAS 97-96

--Another bandwagon pick. Okafor, Rush, and Voskuhl are out. Knight may be out again. So who does that leave? Matt Carroll? Keith Bogans? Keith Burleson (who is Nate's brother by the way)? All signs point to a Bulls' blowout, but trust me, the Ewing Theory will be severely in effect tonight. Look for Sean May to show Mike Sweetney who is the better of the big tittied youngsters. CHI 102-95

--Phoenix is due, big time. After reeling off that 9-game winning streak, the Suns have gone cold, losing 4 of 5. Tonight's the night they get back on track against a tired Sonics' squad. PHX 106-95

--Notice who's #2 in my AP Poll this week? That's right, the surging Mavs. They haven't been on the road for a week and a half, but that won't stop them from knocking off Kobe and co. DAL 104-99

Good Luck, and feel free to start posting your picks in the comments section to gear up for next week.

AP Poll

This is the only looking up the Pistons have had to do all year







3.San Antonio19-5






5.LA Clippers15-8








9.Golden State14-11


10.LA Lakers13-11


















18.New Orleans11-13






21.New Jersey11-12












27.New York6-17








--Don't forget to sign up for the Picks Challenge below...You have 'til Sunday

Monday, December 19, 2005

Rippin' on Ronnie

I've finally given up on you Ron...

Okay, picture this. You’ve been labeled a head case by everyone in this universe except may be your mother and that really nice lady from The Facts of Life. Each time you set foot on a basketball court, every opponent is gunning for you—pushing you on every trip up to floor in hopes that you’ll snap. Every day this happens without skipping a beat. A push in the back here, a violent smack across the wrist there, it seemingly never ends. So you smash some television equipment, get in a few verbal altercations, say some crazy things, but honestly who wouldn’t? You’re only human, right? Everyone makes mistakes.

Then one night, you get to the arena and someone shrunk your jersey, you’re all out of Gold Bond, and Jim Gray won’t stop hounding you for an interview. On top of it, you’re matched up with your toughest opponent—a team that had just won the NBA Championship after beating you in the Eastern Conference Finals to get there. But it’s okay, because you know that you and your teammates are prepared to come out and make a statement that night—and boy did you. Midway through the fourth, your squad is up double digits and cruising along, just minutes away from snatching a huge ‘W’ on your foe’s home floor. Then all of a sudden you foul their big man pretty hard. He gets pissed, decides he’s had enough of you, and comes after you throwing a two-handed mess of a swing at your head. So what do you do? Swing back? Nope. You know what would happen if you did. Instead, you act as the bigger man and go to the scorer’s table to avoid lengthening your laundry list of problems. But for some reason instead of just sitting there, you decide to lie down as if this were kindergarten naptime. One fan in particular doesn’t appreciate this show of arrogance and decides, “Dammit, I don’t even like Bud Light,” and hucks a full brew onto your chest. STOP. Honestly, what would you do right now? I have asked myself this question about a thousand times and still cannot say for sure that I wouldn’t have made the same decision as Ron Artest. This being the case, I really had no choice but to give the Pacer forward another chance. I assumed that Indiana felt the same way.

After this melee occurred, let us not forget that Larry Bird (and Donnie Walsh) could have easily dealt Artest to give the team another weapon in their quest for the NBA crown. But instead, they recognized that receiving 50 cents on the dollar for their star forward wasn’t worth it. So they kept Ronnie around, landed a stud Euro point guard this offseason, and came away with perhaps the steal of the Draft in Danny Granger. Nothing like turning a potential disaster into a Championship contender, huh? But the key behind all of this, was Bird’s loyalty to Artest. He even went as far as posing with #23 on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s NBA Preview edition, clearly showing the world that he had Ronnie’s back. Larry paved the way for Artest to return to the court, be able to concentrate on basketball, and hopefully put all this mess behind him. I don’t know about you, but if somebody did that for me I’d make sure to pay him back in full.

Clearly, Ron Artest isn’t like you or I, and certainly not like Larry Bird. He has no sense of loyalty to his teammates, coaches, management, friends, or family. A year ago I felt bad for Artest. I thought he had some mental/emotional problems that he needed to deal with and that eventually he’d show us that he’s not that bad after all. But here we are just two and a half months into a new season and we’ve quickly discovered that Artest belongs in the same category of ignorance as Terrell Owens. Neither player cares about the game, his teammates, or his fans as much as he cares for himself. The news today is that he’d like to rejoin the Pacers and is regretful for requesting a trade in the first place. But if my senses are correct, I don’t think there’s a chance in hell that Bird and Walsh will ever allow Artest to wear an Indiana uniform ever again. Sure, everyone makes mistakes, but eventually you reach a point when no one has your back anymore. That time has finally come for Ron Artest.

Monday's Picks

December 18, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (2-3) Week: (17-23); Month: (55-61); Season: (167-152)

  • Toronto +8 over ORLANDO
  • BOSTON -1 over Golden State
  • Sacramento -3.5 over CHARLOTTE
  • Detroit -3.5 over MEMPHIS
  • SEATTLE -5.5 over Washington

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Sunday's Picks

December 18, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (0-0) Week: (15-20); Month: (53-58); Season: (165-149)
  • Golden State +2 over NEW JERSEY
  • NEW ORLEANS +6.5 over San Antonio
  • Minnesota +4.5 over DALLAS
  • Washington -5.5 over PORTLAND
  • Houston +4 over LAKERS

Sorry for no picks last night. It's all Paul's fault.

PS-I've received quite a few emails today from people offering their help on the site. I will certainly take the time to delve through your submissions and do my best to come up with some decisions. For any of you who haven't gotten around to writing an email, please do it fast. Also, it would help if you could submit some of your work so I know your working at higher than a 2nd grade reading level. Thanks, Anthony

Friday, December 16, 2005

Fantasy Stock Market Report: East

What should you do with Iverson? I may surprise you...

Big surprise, I changed my fantasy format once again. The main reason for doing so is that with the Gold players, most (if not all) of them will probably remain the same all season. With this stock market format, the buys, sells, and holds should vary throughout the year. Here goes…

Those players flying under the radar that you might want to consider adding to your roster

F Austin Croshere, Indiana (27.1 MPG, 8.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 39.1 3PT FG%)
This buy hinges entirely on what the Pacers will eventually get in return for Ron Artest. If Indy goes out and makes say, an Artest-for-Al Harrington deal, forget about Croshere. But, if they instead elect to acquire youth and/or draft picks, Austin’s your man. A power forward that can drain the three is always a valuable commodity off the bench. However, while Croshere may turn out to be a semi-steal, remember that rookie Danny Granger is waiting in the wings. Keep a close eye on this situation if you do intend to proceed with this pick up.

F Josh Childress, Atlanta (7.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 51.2% FG)
Anyone notice Childress getting 28+ minutes in his last 8 games? Yeah, I know it’s tough to see a 113 lb. forward flying around your TV, but the boxscores don’t lie. In that stretch, the former Stanford product has been averaging 10.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 1.8 SPG. While these numbers don’t exactly blow you away, remember that Childress is only in his second year and seemingly improving each night. If you’re playing in a fairly deep league and in search of a decent F (attention all you Darius Miles owners), JC may turn out to be a nice gamble.

F/C Melvin Ely, Charlotte (9.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 0.7 BPG, 44.4 FG%)
How long is Bernie Bickerstaff going to wait before pulling the plug on Primoz Brezec? Sure the guy had a nice season last year, but no one can honestly envision this guy as a staple in the frontcourt for the next 8-10 years, can they? Ely, on the other hand, is a ferocious player who seemingly picks up the slack every night that Brezec shits the bed. Check the numbers—in the ten games in which he’s warranted 20+ minutes, the former Fresno State product has put up 12.4 PPG and 6.3 RPG. Add to it that the ‘Cats have won four of those contests (pretty damn good when you only have 6 wins), and there is no reason not to give Ely the nod. The same goes for you fantasy managers.

PG Marcus Banks, Boston (No Stats Available)
This may be a bit of a stretch, but I honestly feel that Banks will be a solid contributor by the time the All-Star Break rolls around. Right now, Delonte West is the team’s starting point guard, but would be much better suited coming off the bench as a 2-guard (ala Ricky Davis from a year ago). The problem is that Boston really hasn’t had much of a choice thus far with rookie Orien Greene and hair stylist Dan Dickau as the team’s only backups. Enter Marcus Banks—a guy ridiculed throughout his career for not knowing how to run and offense, yet at the same time possessing some of the best defensive skills at his position. Also, after being discussed in more potential trades than Ron Artest on a Pacers’ message board, MB has to have a chip on his shoulder the size of Burma. In my mind, this all equates to Banks eventually being given one more opportunity to be the team’s starting point guard. If he handles it, fine. If not, Danny Ainge will certainly be doing some tinkering this February.

Those players you are waiting for to turn it on but would be better off on someone else’s team

F Marvin Williams, Atlanta (5.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 38.9 FG%)
If you’re sitting in front of your computer every night waiting for Williams to put up these spectacular numbers, there’s a better chance of Adrian Brody getting “Nose of the Year” honors. Don’t get me wrong, Marv is going to be a stud in this league but at this juncture he’s just much too raw. Plus, with 17 other players playing the exact same position on this team, Mike Woodson and co. have reinvented the term “logjam”.

G/F Jalen Rose, Toronto (9.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.6 APG, 34.4 FG%)
Imagine how you would feel if you walked into work every day making some ridiculous amount of money when you were only worth say, 1/16th of that. And every day these young kids come in and whoop your ass in practice, call you “Old Man Winter”, and put little blue pills in your locker, while running off giggling like little school girls. In other words, this probably isn’t a guy you want on your squad.

PG Stephon Marbury, New York (39.1 MPG, 17.7 PPG, 6.4 APG, 1.1 SPG, 44.0 FG%)
If I were Marbury, I’d be scared to death that by February I’ll be coming off the bench for some Western Conference team, taking 12 shots per night, making 2, and getting booed all the way to my bedroom. Believe me, if Larry Brown enjoys putting the reigns of his team in Marbury’s hands, then Joey McIntyre is a good singer. Translation: Steph is going to be traded, no one will be dumb enough to give him 35+ minutes, so trade him now.

G Allen Iverson, Philadelphia (44.2 MPG, 34.0 PPG, 7.8 APG, 2.2 SPG, 45.0 FG%)
You’re now wondering if I’m sitting in front of this computer tripping on acid. The answer is no. I love AI, don’t get me wrong, but 44.2 minutes and 11.8 free-throw attempts per night? It’s amazing he’s still alive. Let’s put it this way, Russell Crowe managed to kill that tiger he fought in Gladiator but if he had to do it 82 times, do you really think he’d end up as lucky? I really hope we don’t have to see Iverson in a suit and tie this season, but at 30 years of age and being attacked more and more every night, something has to give. Remember, no matter how good your team is now, come May when Iverson is nursing 22 different injuries do you really think you’ll manage to win it all? Better safe than sorry.

These are the players that are overachieving, surrounded by trade talk, chronically injured, being pushed by a rookie, etc. but should continue playing well despite the distractions.

C Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta (11.9 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 0.9 SPG, 41.8 FG%)
For any of you who drafted Zaza, consider yourself extremely lucky. In a league that is currently very thin at the center position, stumbling across the Hawks’ big man has undoubtedly provided a nice boost for your team. And if you’re scared to hold on to him at this point or are contemplating a trade for Ha Seung-Jin, stop it. Pachulia is one of the best back-up centers the fantasy world has to offer and at just 21 years of age, he’s only getting better.

G/F Gerald Wallace, Charlotte (14.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.1 SPG, 1.3 BPG, 52.1 FG%)
I realize this guy has a hard time avoiding injuries while eating a bowl of Cheerios, but there aren’t too many guys in the league that boast high steal and block numbers from the 3 position. And with Bernard Robinson Jr. posing the biggest threat to him off Charlotte’s pine, it’s safe to say that Wallace will get all the run he needs.

F Joey Graham, Toronto (20.2 MPG, 6.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.5 SPG, 47.2 FG%)
Eventually something is going to happen with this guy, I can just feel it. And whether it involves him acquiring a starting spot and playing 35 minutes a night or sabotaging Charlie Villanueva’s ankle brace, it’s going to be pretty cool to have this guy on board.

PF Al Jefferson, Boston (17.7 MPG, 7.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 0.9 BPG, 53.4 FG%)
As a Celtics fan, let me be the first to say that Big Al should certainly be getting more run at this point. While Jefferson does remain a liability on the defensive end, his low post skills are far too valuable to keep rotting on the bench. I envision Danny Ainge trading Mark Blount or Raef LaFrentz at some point this season and when that happens, Jefferson should begin to warrant the minutes he rightfully deserves.

Friday's Picks

This appears to be a man trying to squeeze out a word that begins with the letter 'f'. While it could be Frye, friend, flower, fondu, or even festivus, my guess is that it was a big fat FUCK! Chill larry, your boys will get the W tonight in Atlanta.

December 14, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (0-2) Week: (13-11); Month: (53-58); Season: (165-149)

  • New York -1 over ATLANTA
  • Utah +6 over INDIANA
  • Golden State -4.5 over TORONTO
  • Denver +4.5 over NEW JERSEY
  • BOSTON -3 over Milwaukee
  • Chicago +8.5 over DETROIT
  • Phoenix -4.5 over NEW ORLEANS
  • PHILADELPHIA +2.5 over Miami
  • DALLAS -7.5 over Orlando
  • PORTLAND +4 over Seattle
  • Washington +5.5 over LAKERS

--New York is desperate for a win right now. I thought Larry Brown was going to burst into tears the other night after their awful showing vs. ORL. Tonight's contest is much more important for the Knicks, thus I give LB and co. a nail-biting victory. NYK 101-98

--Indiana Is struggling with this whole Ron Artest saga. Also, I think Utah is getting back on stride with AK-47 back in the starting lineup and returning to his nasty self. Utah wins. UTH 98-92

--Golden State is way too high-powered to not blow out the Raps tonight. Plus, since when does Toronto think they can hang in almost every game they've played in the last few weeks? Just roll over and die fellas, c'mon. GSW 107-95

--Denver is much better than they showed last night. Add to it that New Jersey is having majority identity problems and are in desperate need of a solid low-post player, and I smell a Nuggets W. DEN 98-96

--This was a tough one for me, but I'm not going against my Celts tonight. Milwaukee has been struggling lately, particularly due to their bigs playing like garbage. The C's on the other hand, have been getting very solid play out of Mark Blount and Al Jefferson. Expect those guys to turn around this game and lead the Celts to their first back-to-back victories this season. BOS 107-101

--This Bulls-Pistons game is a toss up. We have no clue is Chandler is a go, but I'm taking the points anyway. DET 98-92.

--Is it just me or is Phoenix due for a big game? Ever since they rattled off that huge winning streak they have fallen hard back down to earth. Their loss against the Mavs the other night on national tv should have them pumped for a better showing tonight. PHX 109-98

--This Miami line seems way to easy. I like the Sixers to win by a hair. PHI 101-100

--Orlando will still be looking to integrate Grant Hill back in the flow of things and in the mean time get caught with their pants down tonight in Big D. In getting Josh Howard back, the Mavs are back at full strength and should get back to blowing out opponents at home. It starts tonight with the Magic. DAL 103-88

--Seattle looked like dung last night. Portland has been playing tough every night since their 45-point loss to the Suns. Blazers in a squeaker. POR 95-94

--Finally, the Lakers have been playing really good basketball of late and are certainly due for a let down game of sorts. Washington gets Gilbert Arenas back who will have no problem trading 40-point nights with Kobe. Lake show holds on, barely. LAL 103-101

Good Luck

PS-I've received quite a few emails today from people offering their help on the site. I will certainly take the time to delve through your submissions and do my best to come up with some decisions. For any of you who haven't gotten around to writing an email, please do it fast. Also, it would help if you could submit some of your work so I know your working at higher than a 2nd grade reading level. Thanks, Anthony

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The End/Reconstruction of The NBA Source?

Okay everyone, here's the deal. For reasons we are unable to disclose, Paul is no longer a part of The NBA Source squadron. Paul is one of my very best friends and someone I enjoyed working with very much and it truly pains me to see him go. I love him like a brother and hope his future ventures bring him much success and happiness. Originally, after hearing the news from my former colleague, I thought the best thing to do to fill my writing fix was to simply submit my work to another website (which still remains an option). But rather than jump the gun, I thought I'd provide you, the fans, with an opportunity the help me out. Here are my options at this point:

1) Quit writing all together and move to Los Angeles and try and find acting work with Mark Paul Gosselar

2) Write for another site and sell the rights to to one of our loyal fans

3) Have one or two of you help me move forward in creating a new and improved NBA Source.

4) Have a dozen or so of you contribute one or two pieces of work per month and try and set the site up that way.

Right now I have no direction to which I am leaning. You guys have always been there to push us to work harder and improve the site in any way we can. Thus, I am asking you to assist me once again in making a decision that could greatly affect my life (or at least the next few months). Please feel free to write your comments below or email me at if you are truly interested in one of the aforementioned options. Thanks guys. We'll miss you Paul, good luck buddy.


On to tonight's picks...

December 14, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (7-4); Week: (13-9); Month: (53-56); Season: (165-147)

  • Denver +4 over CLEVELAND
  • MINNESOTA +2 over San Antonio
  • SEATTLE -3 over Houston

--It's Melo's turn to shine tonight...DEN 105-102

--San Antonio is banged up right now and I expect the Wolves to give them all they can handle. SAS 99-98

--Houston played in OT last night. With a still less than 100% T-Mac carrying the load, I think the Sonics will be able to wear down this group rather easily. SEA 104-99

Good Luck

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Wednesday's Picks

Hopefully the Heat won't be getting too cuddly with the Bucks tonight...They've lost their last two "feature games" as I like to call them, with Shaq and Pat Riley returning. Now that the excitement has calmed, perhaps now they can cover.

December 14, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (3-3); Week: (6-5); Month: (46-52); Season: (158-143)
  • PHILADELPHIA -10 over Atlanta
  • Chicago -2 over TORONTO
  • Charlotte +8.5 over NEW JERSEY
  • BOSTON +3 over Indiana
  • NEW YORK -4 over Orlando - *Return of Grant Hill*
  • DETROIT -10.5 over Sacramento
  • Lakers +7 over MEMPHIS
  • Miami -2 over MILWAUKEE
  • Phoenix +4 over DALLAS
  • NEW ORLEANS +1.5 over Clippers
  • UTAH -7 over Portland
  • Houston +1 over GOLDEN STATE

I'll explain the Curtis ordeal in the comings days...On to the picks: I see two lines that make absolutely no sense to me: PHI-ATL and DET-SAC, so I took the opposite of the obvious selection. That NY game is a lock because big events like players returning (ala Shaq on Sunday) and new coaches (ala Riley last night) usual sway a large audience to bet with that team. It's almost NEVER works out. Take the Knickerbockers. Stay completely away from the Celtics game as Pierce has a bum ankle and Davis has the flu. The game I feel best about is the PHX-DAL one. Nash knows his opponents very well and should have no problem exploiting their weaknesses. Good luck to all. Articles up tomorrow, explanations, and whatever else you guys are in need of. Peace

Curtis's Picks:

Last Night: (3-4); Week: (3-4); Month: (3-4); Season: (3-4)

  • PHILADELPHIA -10 over Atlanta
  • Chicago -2 over TORONTO
  • Charlotte +8.5 over NEW JERSEY
  • BOSTON +3 over Indiana
  • NEW YORK -4 over Orlando - *Return of Grant Hill*
  • DETROIT -10.5 over Sacramento
  • MEMPHIS -7 over Lakers
  • Miami -2 over MILWAUKEE
  • Phoenix +4 over DALLAS
  • NEW ORLEANS +1.5 over Clippers
  • Portland +7 over UTAH
  • Houston +1 over GOLDEN STATE

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Tuesday's Picks

"Can you keep a secret? Stan tried to use some of my grecian, so I fired his ass"

December 13, 2005

Home Team in CAPS

Ant's Picks:

Last Night: (3-2); Week: (3-2); Month: (43-49); Season: (155-140)

  • New Jersey +2 over WASHINGTON
  • CLEVELAND -12.5 over Atlanta
  • CHARLOTTE +2.5 over Denver
  • Sacramento +4.5 over MINNESOTA
  • CHICAGO +4 over Miami
  • Clippers +8 over SAN ANTONIO
  • Golden State +1 over SEATTLE

Curtis's Picks:

Last Night: (0-0); Week: (0-0); Month: (0-0); Season: (0-0)

  • CLEVELAND -12.5 over Atlanta
  • New Jersey +2 over WASHINGTON
  • CHARLOTTE +2.5 over Denver
  • Sacramento +4 over MINNESOTA
  • SAN ANTONIO -7.5 over LA Clippers
  • Miami -4 over CHICAGO
  • Golden State +1 over SEATTLE

Monday, December 12, 2005

5 on Five

It's about time Jeff Van Gundy sees what 'The Stro Show' can bring to the Rockets.

5 on Five
Week of 12/12 - 12/18

By Paul Benedict

5 Faces to Watch
Theme: Players Who Should Be Receiving More Playing Time

1. Al Jefferson, PF Boston
-Doc Rivers finally realized that you can't start a soft frontcourt with Raef LaFrentz and Mark Blount and expect to win more than half your games in the NBA. Now it's time he realizes that the Celtics aren't going anywhere fast this season and he's got to develop his young bigs of Al Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins if the team wants to work towards something in the future. With the way Baby Al has been playing lately (21.0 MPG, 13.5 PPG, 63.8% FGs, 8.5 RPG, 1.3 BPG over his last 4), it's only a matter of time before he's inserted into the starting lineup and playing 30+ minutes like we all thought he would be before the season.

2. Caron Butler, F Washington
-Eddie Jordan has to settle on a rotation for this team and whatever it is, it needs to include a more prominent role for Caron Butler. Aside from being their third best threat on the offensive end, he's also an underrated defender that can be a Larry Hughes-esque thief if given big minutes. It's time to realize that Jarvis Hayes doesn't quite cut it as the starting 2 and that Antonio Daniels is better off as a 6th man-- give the starting shooting guard spot to Butler already.

3. Eddie Griffin, F Minnesota
-I don't blame Dwane Casey for being hesitant to give Griffin a larger role on the Wolves given the way the team has been playing as of late, but at some point he's going to realize that Griffin's talents are just too good to leave on the bench for more than half the game. Though he's having trouble getting his offensive game going, Griffin is a defensive gem (2nd in BP48M; 6th in RP48M) that still wreeks of star potential. If the Wolves want the 23 year old to continue in his development, Casey is going to have to give him more run.

4. Stromile Swift, PF Houston
-I might be too late on this call as 'The Stro Show' has played more minutes in the last 3 games (24.7 MPG) than he has in any 3-game span this season. And perhaps it's not a coincidence that Swift has been a key contributor (11.0 PPG, 50.0% FGs, 5.0 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 2.0 BPG) in each game-- all Rockets wins. Look for Swift to become more comfortable with the team as his role steadily increases.

5. Andray Blatche, PF Washington
-I got a brief look at Blatche the other night in garbage-time minutes against the Pacers and came away very impressed. He's got great size for a 19 year old at 6'11", 235 lbs., yet he plays more like an oversized 3. I could see instantly why he's been drawing comparisons to Kevin Garnett (even if they are far-fetched at this point). All I've heard out of Washington is that Blatche is drawing raves around the organization for his play-- they really think he's got a bright future in this league. So I'm wondering...with the Wizards really struggling right now and Eddie Jordan constantly tinkering with the rotation, why not throw a few minutes here or there to Blatche, who has played only 22 all season? Especially when you consider their weak frontcourt, it might not be such a bad idea.

5 Fascinating Factoids

1. Gary Payton recorded his 1000th career double-digit scoring game on Friday night, tops among all active players. Although this isn't a jaw-dropping feat, it is yet another milestone in what's been a first ballot Hall of Fame career for 'The Glove'.

2. The Boston Celtics finished with the worst record in the 1996-97 season, thus they had the best odds of landing the #1 overall pick in the 1997 'Tim Duncan' Draft. Unfortunately for 'Gang Green', the balls didn't fall their way in the lottery and so they were stuck with the 4th pick while San Antonio hit the jackpot. Since that day, the Celtics have never beaten the Spurs. Not one time in 17 tries. Unbelievable.

3. In all 7 of Houston's wins this season, Tracy McGrady has scored at least 23 points. Their record when McGrady either hasn't suited up or dropped 23? 0-11. And you thought T-Mac was already out of the MVP race...

4. The Detroit Pistons have now played 100 consecutive regular season games and 48 Playoff games with the same exact starting lineup since acquiring Rasheed Wallace on February 19, 2004. Too often organizations overlook continuity and the importance of developing strong team chemistry in favor of making drastic personnel changes that make teams appear sexier on paper, but if there's ever been an example of how effective stability and cohesion can be , take a look at the 2005-06 Detroit Pistons.

5. Danny Fortson has yet to commit a flagrant foul this season. The notorious thug on Seattle is once again defending his reputation as the dirtiest player in the NBA by leading the league in PFP48M at 14.8, a hefty lead over the next highest at 9.2; he's tied with Rasheed Wallace and Alonzo Mourning in technicals with 5; and his two ejections are more than anyone else. But where are the flagrants? This is a category he usually dominates.

While I still love his chances to be a success in this league, I wouldn't mind seeing Nate Robinson tone down his theatrics just a bit.

5 Fretful Thoughts

1. Can the Charlotte Bobcats shake this funk? After a mildly surprising start to the season, the second-year franchise has begun to do its best impression of Prarie View A&M. The Bobcats have now dropped 7 straight games, 11 on the road, and will face only 2004-05 Playoff teams in each of their next five games. On top of this, Gerald Wallace is really struggling after a dynamic start and now Emeka Okafor may miss some time with a sprained toe. Suddenly, the Bobcats have been thrust into the race for worst record right alongside Toronto and Atlanta.

2. Nobody will consider the Warriors a legitimate threat in the West until they win a big game. So far this season, Golden State's best wins have come at Milwaukee and in Oakland over Chicago. While those are solid victories, neither is going to land the Warriors in the opening SportsCenter tease-- and that's the kind of win this team needs. I understand that in the NBA, more often than not, rising teams will take baby steps on their way to the top, and the Warriors have shown growth as they continue to beat teams they should beat. But for critics, fans, and most importantly the team's sake, they need a victory over a marquee team to show they're ready for primetime. So far they've dropped home contests to San Antonio, Detroit, and Phoenix, and a road game at the Clippers-- a win in any of these games could have gotten them over the hump. They'll host the Rockets Friday on ESPN, so they won't have to wait too long for their next opportunity (although one might not necessarily consider this a 'big win').

3. Nate Robinson isn't as likeable as I once thought he would be. I still love certain things about him-- his small stature, crazy hops, penchant for the dramatic, and aggressive style of play, but he clouds these assets with an abundance of cockiness, a lack of humility, a Jamal Crawford-esque shot selection, and a propensity to always try dazzle rather than simply make the right play. If I were a veteran guard in the NBA and Robinson were sticking me, I'd take it right at him every time and throw him a few cheap shots. Some of the antics I've seen him pull this year are off limits for rookies which is why, as you may have noticed, referees are none too kind to Nate. I am glad to see that Larry Brown likes him and plays him with confidence because if anyone is going to get Robinson to tone down his theatrics, it's LB.

4. If Larry Bird does fulfill Ron Artest's outspoken desire to be traded, the Pacers are not going to get equal value. There's not many players out there who bring what Artest does to the floor and when you couple that with his relatively low salary (2 more years at about $15 million), Donnie Walsh and Larry Bird have quite a pickle on their hands. Should they take on free agents-to-be Peja Stojakovic or Al Harrington? Expiring contracts from the Knicks? Drew Gooden plus? It'll be interesting to see how the Pacers (an organization that rarely botches personnel moves) handles this Artest situation.

5. Nate McMillan still insists on bringing Juan Dixon off the bench despite the fact that the former Wizard might be his #1 scoring option right now. With Darius Miles sidelined for what's expected to be an extended amount of time, McMillan has to juggle the rotation around. The Blazers were having problems enough with Miles as their #1 scoring option, but at least they could put some points on the board. Now with the load being carried almost exclusively by Zach Randolph, Portland is putting up scores less than what Oregon University pours in a night. Did you know the Blazers have yet to ring up 100 this season? I understand a starting backcourt of Telfair and Dixon is like throwing Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto against the likes of Lennox Lewis and Hasim Rahman, but at least they could get their punches in. The Blazers are going to get knocked around for awhile with the roster McMillan has on his hands.

5 Fascinating Match-Ups

1. LA Clippers at San Antonio Spurs, Tuesday @ 8:30 PM.
-If the Playoffs were to begin today, the Spurs and Clippers would enter as the top two seeds. Major props to anyone who called this. Clippers came up with a huge win against Phoenix at Staples on Saturday, but this is the game that will tell us how good the Clip Show really is.

2. Phoenix at Dallas, Wednesday @ 8:00 PM on ESPN
-A budding rivalry in the NBA has a lot to live up to after the dramatic opening night game in which Dallas made a triumphant comeback late to take down the Suns in Phoenix. Everyone wants to keep talking about how the West is down, but I'm not sure there's a better team in the East save Detroit than these two consistent squads.

3. San Antonio at Minnesota, Thursday @ 8:00 PM
-The Wolves have been playing great as of late, but will have their hands full with the Spurs on Thursday. Much like the the Spurs meeting with the Clippers on Tuesday, here's our chance to truly gauge what this Wolves team brings to the table.

4. Denver at Cleveland, Thursday @ 8:00 PM on TNT
-Of course you know LeBron dropped 52 in a loss on Saturday, but I hope everyone is paying attention to 'Melo, who's playing the best basketball we have ever seen from him. This game is always a treat.

5. Houston at LA Lakers, Sunday @ 9:30 PM on NBA TV
-And T-Mac vs Kobe ain't too shabby either.

This could very well be the next coach of the Sacramento Kings.

5 Fearless Forecasts

1. A couple days ago I was brainstorming potential midseason coaching replacements if/when any of the coaches on the hot seat (Adelman, Jeff Van Gundy, Mitchell, Frank) are canned. An ideal replacement came to mind-- one Mr. Terry Porter, recently and mistakenly let go by Milwaukee, as the new head coach in Sacramento. Porter is a former Kings assistant that is familiar with the system and players, and so he'll be able to try and fix the situation without altering it too much. He's also expected to be one of the most sough-after head coaches this summer; the Maloofs can get a leg up on the competition by locking up Porter long-term before he's pursued by other suitors. So there you have it-- if Sacramento doesn't show steady improvement fast, Rick Adelman will be fired and Terry Porter will be replaced to hire him.

    2. Has anyone else considered the irony in Doug Christie surprisingly announcing his retirement a couple weeks ago and the prospects of the Kings this season looking rather grim? Might the NBA's notorious 'whipping boy' be expressing his desire to the Maloofs about landing a position with the organization, possibly as part of the coaching staff? Here's my forecast-- again, if there's a shake-up of Sacramento's coaching staff, Doug Christie will be hired as an assistant coach.

    3. The Houston Rockets have now won 3 in a row, but stand at a paltry 7-12 on the season. With an impending 4 game West Coast swing around the corner, the Rockets better be ready to play their best basketball of the season if they want to turn their record around fast. I'm calling the Rockets to be at .500 or better by the time New Year's rolls around. Despite a somewhat tough schedule which places them on the road for 6 of their next 9, Houston will need to take 7 of their 9 remaining December games to climb back up to .500-- a task I think is within them.

    4. One rookie who's quietly having an outstanding rookie season is Salim Stoudamire. We knew he was a lethal outside shooter coming out of Arizona and that he could end up being a real steal in last June's draft, and Salim has done nothing but back this up. Aside from an unbelievable 24 point 4th quarter performance in Oklahoma City that nearly got the Hawks their first win of the season back in November, Stoudamire is proving to be a reliable source of scoring off the bench for Atlanta (22.4 MPG, 10.8 PPG, 44.4% FG, 43.5% 3PT). Eventually Mike Woodson is going to give Stoudamire a shot in the starting lineup and 30+ minutes per game to show what he can do. I think Salim Stoudamire is going to fly with this and show that he's just a natural scorer despite his size en route to being named 1st Team All Rookie.

    5. As I said before the season started in my MVP article, there's always one candidate that comes from nowhere and builds a ton of momentum after his team gets off to an unexpectedly hot start. That candidate this year (if you didn't know already) is Elton Brand. The Duke product and former #1 overall pick has been absolutely terrific this season (25.5 PPG, 55.1 FG%, 10.8 RPG, 2.9 BPG) in leading the Clippers to the top of the Pacific Division. Much of Brand's success has to be attributed to Sam Cassell and Cuttino Mobley who have helped ease some of the defensive pressure and double teams that have been utilized on Brand throughout the past 4 seasons with the Clippers. While I do believe he can keep these Karl Malone-esque numbers up, Elton Brand will not be winning the 2005-06 MVP Award. Is he a franchise player? Sure. But when you consider what 'Da Kid' is doing over in Minnesota with far less support, you simply can't justify Brand taking top honors.

    Monday's Picks

    December 12, 2005

    Home Team in CAPS

    Ant's Picks:

    Last Night: (2-2); Last Week: (22-26); Month: (40-47); Season: (152-138)

    • PHILADELPHIA -1.5 over Minnesota
    • NEW YORK -2.5 over Milwaukee
    • Lakers +7.5 over DALLAS
    • New Orleans/OKC +12 over PHOENIX
    • UTAH +7 over Detroit

    Paul's Picks:

    Last Night: (3-1); Last Week: (24-24); Month: (46-41); Season: (152-138)

    • PHILADELPHIA -1.5 over Minnesota *LOCK*
    • NEW YORK -2.5 over Milwaukee
    • Lakers +7.5 over DALLAS
    • New Orleans/Oklahoma City +12 over PHOENIX *James Jones, Leandro Barbosa Out*
    • Detroit -7 over UTAH

    --A few reasons why I'm locking Philly-- 1) Minnesota has won 5 straight overall and 5 straight on the road. They should be favored in this game. 2) Philly has won each of their last 5 contests when they've outrebounded their opponents. Minnesota on average gets outrebounded 43-37 on the road. 3) Philly has been able to control the pace all season long in their building and I expect them to push hard against the Wolves. Minnesota will struggle when they have to play catch-up. PHI 97-92

    --I'll be at the Knicks/Bucks game, but unfortunately I'll be cheering on the Knicks for all the wrong reasons (see pick above). These two always play each other tough so it should make for an exciting game. I like the Knicks to go on a mini-run starting with a win tonight and impending games vs Orlando and at Atlanta later this week. NYK 94-90

    --Kobe always gears up for the Mavs and with Josh Howard sidelined and Michael Finley no longer with the team, I'm not sure who Avery Johnson plans on throwing at him. Whoever it is (Daniels, Harris?) better be ready because this Lakers team is starting to get it together and it's all because of the way Kobe is playing. Upset special. LAL 106-103

    --The Suns were a worn-down bunch in their loss to the Clippers at Staples on Saturday, and they won't be any better off tonight against the Hornets with James Jones and Leandro Barbosa both out due to injuries they suffered against the Clippers. The Suns swept the four meetings last season, but never won by more than 14. PHX 101-89

    --The last game is a total mismatch-- how do the Jazz plan on scoring against Detroit? In games against four of the top rated defensive teams in the league, Utah has posted scoring totals of 62 vs New York, 72 vs Memphis, 60 vs Indiana, and a whopping 77 vs Minnesota. I'd lock this game, but Utah has taken 12 of 15 from Detroit at the Delta Center. DET 89-70

    Stan Van Can't Handle the Heat

    Yeah, something sure smells fishy Stan

    The Associated Press is reporting that Miami Heat Coach Stan Van Gundy has resigned this morning, citing family reasons. A news conference has been called for 11 A.M. to announce the resignation along with the team's replacement coach.

    The Source's Take: Leading the team to a mediocre 11-10 record thus far (albeit with Shaquille O'Neal on the sidelines), one has to imagine that SVG's "family reasons" excuse is just a cover up for, "Fuckin' Pat Riley doesn't think I can get it done and wants to return to coaching, so I'm shit out of luck". If you are naive enough to think that this isn't a political move to get Riles back on the sidelines, you are sadly mistaken. Get the tub of grecian ready baby, Pat Riley's back!

    Note: Unfortunately this brings a sad ending to our continuous run of Ron Jeremy jokes here at the Source. Now, if Matt Bonner, Ben Handlogten, and Adam Chubb all quit the game of basketball, we'll officially have to pack it up.

    Sunday, December 11, 2005

    Sunday's Picks

    It's nice to see Sean May trying to get himself into shape by doing push-ups, but c'mon dude...during a game?! No wonder why the Bobcats are playing grotesque basketball. They lost their 7th straight at home to Toronto last night.

    December 11, 2005

    Home Team in CAPS

    Ant's Picks:

    Last Night: (6-4-1); Week: (20-24); Month: (38-45); Season: (150-136)

    • MIAMI -9 over Washington - *Shaquille O'Neal, Jason Williams Questionable
    • New Orleans/Oklahoma City +5.5 over SACRAMENTO - *Bonzi Wells Questionable*
    • HOUSTON -6.5 over Portland
    • Detroit -3.5 over CLIPPERS - *Corey Maggette Doubtful*

    Paul's Picks:

    Last Night: (6-4-1); Week: (21-23); Month: (43-40); Season: (149-137)

    • MIAMI -9 over Washington - *Shaquille O'Neal, Jason Williams Questionable*
    • SACRAMENTO -5.5 over New Orleans/Oklahoma City - *Bonzi Wells Questionable*
    • HOUSTON -6.5 over Portland
    • Detroit -3.5 over CLIPPERS - *Corey Maggette Doubtful*

    --The Heat have absolutely owned the Wizards recently, capitulating in their 4 game sweep in the Conference Semifinals last year with a beat up Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal. Wizards look completely lost right now. MIA 109-92

    --The Kings always blow away the Hornets at Arco and actually looked like a team playing with a sense of urgency last night now. If Bonzi Wells can step up consistently just like he did in Seattle, the Kings might have the leader they've been lacking. SAC 104-91

    --McGrady is back and looking healthy, and that alone is enough to get the Rockets on the right track. People tend to forget this team started 4-11 last year, so there's no need for dire concern just yet. HOU 92-82

    --I think the Clips got their big win of the weekend last night-- taking 2 in a row without Maggette against the league's hottest teams is a bit too much to ask. Business as usual for Detroit. DET 102-98

    Saturday, December 10, 2005

    Saturday's Picks

    December 10, 2005

    Home Team in CAPS

    Ant's Picks:

    Last Night: (4-6); Week: (14-20); Month: (32-41); Season: (144-132)

    • ATLANTA +9.5 over San Antonio
    • ORLANDO pk over Denver
    • Chicago +6 over WASHINGTON
    • CHARLOTTE -4 over Toronto
    • NEW JERSEY -4 over Philadelphia
    • Memphis +4 over INDIANA
    • MINNESOTA -7 over Lakers
    • MILWAUKEE -1 over Cleveland
    • DALLAS -9 over Boston
    • Sacramento +3.5 over SEATTLE
    • Phoenix +3.5 over CLIPPERS

    Paul's Picks:

    Last Night: (5-5); Week: (15-19); Month: (37-36); Season: (143-133)

    • San Antonio -9.5 over ATLANTA
    • ORLANDO pk over Denver
    • Chicago +6 over WASHINGTON
    • NEW JERSEY -4 over Philadelphia
    • Toronto +5 over CHARLOTTE
    • Memphis +4 over INDIANA
    • MINNESOTA -7 over Lakers
    • MILWAUKEE -1 over Cleveland
    • DALLAS -9 over Boston - *Jason Terry Questionable*
    • SEATTLE -3.5 over Sacramento
    • CLIPPERS -3.5 over Phoenix - *Corey Maggette Out*

    Friday, December 09, 2005

    Friday's Picks

    And the Yankees new CFer is...nah, just kidding. It's LeBron. Him and the Cavs take on a Nets team that looked entirely rejuvenated on Wednesday. Should be a high-scoring affair at the very least...

    December 9, 2005

    Home Team in CAPS

    Ant's Picks:

    Last Night: (1-1); Week: (10-14); Month: (28-35); Season: (140-126)

    • PHILADELPHIA -7 over Charlotte
    • New Jersey +8 over CLEVELAND
    • MIAMI -4.5 over Denver
    • MEMPHIS -3.5 over Dallas
    • Lakers +4.5 over CHICAGO - *Gordon Doubtful*
    • SAN ANTONIO -11.5 over Boston
    • Seattle +3.5 over UTAH
    • New Orleans -1 over PORTLAND
    • PHOENIX -9 over New York
    • Detroit -3.5 over GOLDEN STATE

    Paul's Picks:

    Last Night: (1-1); Week: (10-14); Month: (32-31); Season: (138-128)

    • PHILADELPHIA -7 over Charlotte - *Kareem Rush Questionable*
    • New Jersey +8 over CLEVELAND - *Jason Collins Doubtful*
    • MIAMI -4.5 over Denver - *Kenyon Martin Questionable*
    • Dallas +4 over MEMPHIS - *Jason Terry Questionable*
    • Lakers +4.5 over CHICAGO - *Tyson Chandler, Kirk Hinrich Probable; Ben Gordon Doubtful*
    • SAN ANTONIO -11.5 over Boston
    • UTAH -1.5 over Seattle
    • PHOENIX -9 over New York - *Leandro Barbosa Probable; Quentin Richardson Questionable*
    • PORTLAND +2.5 over New Orleans/Oklahoma City
    • Detroit -3.5 over GOLDEN STATE

    Thursday, December 08, 2005

    NBDL Happenings

    Remember this guy? Well he leads the NBDL with 27.3 PPG

    It's a lazy Thursday, so I thought I'd take the lazy route and just get you up-to-date on what's going on down in the D-League. There have been some rather impressive showings thus far by a few names you should recognize. Keep an eye on some of these players because they could be impacting your favorite team and fantasy leagues sooner than you expect.



    PF Joe Shipp: 17.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.3 SPG
    --Former stud PF at Cal

    G Bryant Matthews: 14.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.8 SPG
    --Ex-Virginia Tech Star


    PG Yuta Tabuse: 5.8 PPG, 3.7 APG, 1.0 SPG
    --Fan favorite on Phoenix last year

    2) FLORIDA FLAME (3-1)


    F Bracey Wright: 27.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.0 SPG
    --Former Indiana Hoosier

    F Theron Smith: 15.3 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.3 APG
    --Preps to pros wannabe


    PG Andre Barrett: 14.3 PPG, 7.0 APG, 0.7 SPG
    --Former Seton Hall PG

    F/C Dwayne Jones: 7.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.5 BPG
    --T'Wolves 2nd Round pick in '05 from Saint Joe's



    F/C Pape Sow: 24.0 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 2.4 SPG, 1.6 BPG
    --Former Raptor had a 40 point, 14 rebound, 2 steal, & 2 block performance on 11/27. Wait, doesn't Toronto desperately need a center?

    PG Kareem Reid: 15.8 PPG, 8.4 APG, 2.0 SPG
    --Played at the University of Arkansas

    4) FORT WORTH FLYERS (3-3)


    G Ime Udoka: 21.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.8 SPG
    --Rival rapper of Ini Kamoze


    G Vonteego Cummings: 15.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.7 SPG
    --Former Pitt Panther

    C Luke Schenscher: 10.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.0 SPG
    --Big Austrailian played at Georgia Tech


    G Keith Langford: 8.0 PPG, 1.8 APG
    --Played at Kansas

    5) TULSA 66ERS (3-4)


    G Sean Banks: 15.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG
    --Former Memphis Tiger

    F Bernard King: 13.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.1 SPG
    --No relation to the Bernard King


    G John Lucas: 11.9 PPG, 1.7 APG
    --Father is the Coach John Lucas, played at Oklahoma State

    6) AUSTIN TOROS (1-2)


    G/F Andre Emmett: 19.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG
    --Played under Bobby Knight at Texas Tech

    F Marcus Fizer: 17.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.0 SPG
    --Former Iowa State superstar and 4th overall pick in the 2000 Draft

    7) ROANOKE DAZZLE (2-4)


    G Anthony Grundy: 20.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 5.7 APG, 2.3 SPG
    --N.C. State's stud before Julius Hodge

    F Isiah Victor: 18.0 PPG, 8.2 PPG, 1.2 SPG
    --No clue


    F Andreas Glyniadakis: 11.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.3 BPG
    --Played with the Hornets earlier this season

    F/C Peter John Ramos: 11.7 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.5 BPG
    --'04 2nd round pick of the Wizards, star player in Puerto Rico



    F Erik Daniels: 21.9 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.0 SPG
    --Played with the Kings, former Kentucky Wildcat