NBA Finals

14 Jun

Finally! We have almost reached the end of a very exciting year of NBA basketball. The two teams in the NBA finals are Lebron James and his Miami Heat against the electrifying Oklahoma City Thunder. These two teams could possibly be the most two skilled teams in the NBA. I will give a review and a player to lookout for both of the teams. I will also give a winner of the NBA championship.

Miami Heat

Player to lookout for: Lebron James. The league M.V.P has been having a great playoff and it will continue into the NBA finals. With D-Wade not having a good playoff, it is time for LBJ to get a NBA championship.

The Miami Heat has the most skilled team in the NBA. They’ve got LBJ, Dwayne Wade and the last member of the big three, Chris Bosh. Although D-Wade is not playing like how he did when he won a championship, I still think the Heat have a legitimate chance at the title.

OKC Thunder

Player to lookout for: Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant can lead this team to their first title since the days of the Seattle Super Sonics. Kevin Durant is averaging more than 28 points and will get more than 28 points EVERY GAME OF THE NBA FINALS!

The Thunder, another skilled team are about to be a dynasty. I predict that they will get more than four championships over the next decade. Not only the team is great, but the fans have been great. The fans have been super loud, and it is a sea of blue in the stands.

Now that you have seen my reviews of the teams, it is time for me to crown a winner. In a very close series the OKC Thunder will win the NBA championship in six games. Kevin Durant will be playoff M.V.P. Please leave all picks and opinions in comments.

Soupy Campbell

NBA Playoff Matchups (round 2)

20 May

After the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs there has been many memorable moments. The first place Chicago Bulls lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, and we watched the defending champs get swept by the electrifying Oklahoma City Thunder. Now we are in round two of these playoffs and I will give a review of the matchup and a winner.


Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers. Winner: Indiana Pacers

Now that the heat lost one of the members of the big three, I do not see the Heat being a legitimate threat anymore in the East. The Heat are a very skilled team, and after D-Wade’s performance in game three, I do not see a possible comeback. On the other side, the Indiana Pacers are a solid team, young and fast. I would  lookout for them in the conference finals. Indiana will take the series in 6.

Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers.Winner: Boston Celtics

Even though the 76ers got by the Chicago Bulls; they got by the Rose-less Chicago Bulls. The Celtics on the other side, are a very healthy team, no star players out of the lineup. The Celtics have been known to choke in big games. For example, in the 2010 NBA finals, the Celtics were leading the series 3-o against the LA Lakers and then the Celtics lost game 4. Then game 5. Then game 6. And finally game 7. Finally, the LA Lakers were world champions coming back from a 3-0 deficit. Although the Celtics are not “clutch”, I think they can get by the 76ers in 6 games.


San Antonio Spurs vs. LA Clippers. Winner: San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are on a 17 game winning streak, one of the best winning streaks EVER. The Clippers though, are going to need Chris Paul and slam dunk superstar Blake Griffin to step it up in big moments. In the 4th quarter of game 7, Chris Paul only had two points and Blake Griffin didn’t even have any points. I think the Spurs will continue this fabulous winning streak. The Spurs win in 4 games.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. LA Lakers. Winner: Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder are just too fast for the old and wonky Los Angeles Lakers. I know the Lakers have been the best team during the 2000’s, but I believe it is a new era. The era of the OKC Thunder. The Thunder have one of the most skilled teams in the NBA. They got Kevin Durant, Russel Westbrook and James Harden. Oh yeah, it will not be a warm welcome back for Metta World Peace after that James Harden incident. Thunder win in 5 games.

Now that you have seen what I have said, how about the Angry Ballin’ panel takes a look at your picks. (Post in comments.)

Soupy Campbell

Playoff Matchups (West)

7 May

With the regular season settled it is time for everyone’s favorite time of year. The playoffs. The playoffs are a time when legends are born, and stars fail to live up to the hype. I will give a review on each matchup. I will also give a summary of the matchup and a winner.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz. Winner: San Antonio Spurs

With the most wins during the NBA regular season with 50, this is an easy decision to pick the Spurs. The San Antonio Spurs, one of the most skilled teams in Basketball are the heavy favorites in this series. The Jazz, on the other hand, just made the big dance beating out the Phoenix Suns in a true battle to the finish. I say the Spurs take this one in 4 games.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks. Winner: Oklahoma City Thunder

Although the Mavericks won it all last season I don’t see it happening again. The Mavericks defence last season was great. But now that they lost Tyson Chandler, the defence is just not the same. On the other side, the Thunder, one of the most exciting teams to watch, are the favorites to win it all. I say the Thunder win in 5 games.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets. Winner: Los Angeles Lakers

The LA Lakers have been one of the best teams in the NBA over the last decade or so. The Lakers have had 5 five titles over the past ten years and I would like to see them get a 6th title. The Nuggets, always in on the NBA championship conversation are not in on that conversation this year. The Nuggets will be lucky if they get by the Lakers. Lakers take it in 5.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers. Winner: Memphis Grizzlies

With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leading the way for the Clippers what is there to be worried about? Well, I’ll give them something to worry about. The Grizzlies front Line, starring Zach Randolph. Grizzlies, have always been the underdogs, are looking for a way to get by the Clippers. The Clippers defence is not good enough to stop a big player like Zach Randolph. Memphis wins in 7.

Now that you have seen my picks, I think we should take a look at yours. (Post your picks in comments.)

Soupy Campbell

Playoff Matchups (East)

5 May

With the regular season wrapped up, it is time for playoffs. The playoffs are a time to rise to the occasion and other teams that do not quite live up to the hype. Here is my review of every playoff matchup. I will give a summary of this matchup and my winner.


Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers. Winner: Chicago Bulls

Although the Bulls lost Derrick rose for the rest of the playoffs, I still think that the Derrick Rose-less Bulls can get by the 76ers. The 76ers started out the year as one of the eastern conference’s best teams, but they have been going down the drain since then. I Believe that all the games will be very close and will go all the way to a game 7.

Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks. Winner: Miami Heat

The Heat, finishing the year in 2nd place in a very strong eastern conference are arguably the most skilled team in the entire NBA. They got James, Wade, Bosh and so many other guys that can get the Heat points. Earlier this week Tyson Chandler was named NBA defensive player of the year, which is great for Chandler and the organization. This will not be a story book ending for the Knicks. Heat win in 5 games.

Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic. Winner: Orlando Magic

Although the Magic do not have slam dunk super star Dwright Howard, I still believe that the Magic can sneak by the Indiana Pacers. The Indiana Pacers are a great team, but they do not have that one guy that has the experience to lead the team by the Orlando Magic. I say that the Orlando Magic will win in a very close series all the way through till game 7.

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks. Winner: Boston Celtics

Now that KG has stepped up his game to a whole new level on the defensive side of the ball, he will be averaging over 20 ppg this series. I have a feeling that the 36-year-old will have a great series to get by the Atlanta Hawks. Many have said that the Boston Celtics were too old. I think the “old guys” will lead them to a deep playoff run. I say that the Celtics win in 6 games.

Now that you have seen my picks and opinions, let’s take a look at yours. (Post in comments.)

Soupy Campbell

NBA Championship

27 Apr

Biggest bench warmer of the NBA

25 Apr

In my opinion the biggest benchwarmer in the NBA is Brian Scalabrine. One of my most favourite lines of his was, he had played 45 seconds and had scored a three. So in the after game interview he said ” imagine what my stats would be if I played 48 mins ( the whole game).” Brian Scalebrine has been playing in the Nba for 10 years and has an average of minutes per game in 11-12 of 4.4. He also just has 1.1 points per game and 0.6 assists.Scalbrine must not care because he’s getting paid millions of dollars to sit on the bench and to get blisters on his butt. If you were Brian Scalbrine would you be happy sitting on the bench but at the same time getting paid millions.


Contenders … or Pretenders ?

17 Apr

We are nearing the end of the 2012 season in NBA basketball, so that means playoffs. I will put up a list of teams ( Boston Celtics, New york Knicks, LA Clippers, Indiana Pacers and the Memphis Grizzlies.)  that could be possible contenders for the title and others who have expectations to go deep but they will not.


Boston Celtics: The Boston Celtics have been one of the hottest teams over the last month or so. They have won the last 21 of 29, and sitting in 4th in a very strong eastern conference. Not only that but, 36-year-old Kevin Garnett has stepped up his game to a new level on the defensive side of the ball. Heading into this season many said that the Boston Celtics were too old, but I believe that all of those “old guys” can help lead the Celtics to another championship run.

LA Clippers: With slam dunk superstar Blake Griffin and Chris Paul ( the league leader in steals), leading the way for the Clippers, the Clippers are looking like a championship caliber team. The Clippers have won 12 of their last 14 games and have beaten some of the best teams in the NBA. I’m not saying that the defense is anywhere near the defense of the Dallas Mavericks was last season, but the offence of the Clippers could be the key of taking them all the way to the NBA championship.

Memphis Grizzlies: Not really one of the best teams over the course of the past month or so, only winning 23 of the past 35 games. The team is led by power forward Zach Randolph, and although Randolph has not been having the season of his life, the Grizzlies have been having a solid season. Most would say that the Grizzlies are pretenders. I say contenders because of their monstrous front line led the team to a deep playoff run last season, I think the front line can lead the team even deeper in the playoffs.


New York Knicks: I just don’t see it. With the resigning of Mike D’Antoni, injuries to Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin and Tyson Chandler, I do not think that Carmelo Anthony can lead the team to a deep playoff run. Although they have won 13 of the past 18 games, the Knicks just do not have all the pieces to make a championship run. Also the Knicks have been 5-4 over the past nine games, with losses to the Heat, Bulls, Pacers and the Hawks, and all of those teams are in the top 5 of the eastern conference. If the Knicks want to be contenders they will have to find a way to beat elite teams.

Indiana Pacers: The Pacers have benefited with one of the easiest second half schedules in the NBA. I think the only way they can get by the Orlando Magic (if the standings stay how they currently are), is if Dwright Howard is not playing, and even if they get by the Magic, the chances are that they will have to play the Miami Heat where they are only 1-3 against the Heat. Also the Pacers are still young, they do not have any veterans to lead the team to the NBA championship.

Soupy Campbell