Dino Nation Blog: Playoffs In July?
Old 07-29-2009, 02:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First off today there was an issue that occurred in early morning hours that rendered the Jack Armstrong Interview unplayable. I have fixed the problem and apologize to anyone that was not able to list to it. You can hear it now here is a link to it.Thanks to a number of readers that made me aware of this problem. It has been a big couple days for the blog and thanks to all of you that have made that happen.

I have no guest today it is just me. Maybe I should interview myself? That would be odd wouldn't it? Something you might see in say the WWE? I admit that I totally forgot about Shaq hosting Raw on Monday night. But I was able to see the highlights yesterday. It was classic Shaq and I got some chuckles but WWE is not what it use to be. But the line of the night was not said by Shaq. It was said by Chris Jericho.

Jericho- " When I heard we were having the most dominant player in the NBA(As guest host of Raw) I naturally assumed it was Kobe Bryant "

Shaq could only respond by calling Jericho... Christina. That was pretty old and dated. WWE writers have gotten old and predictable. Same might be said for Shaq himself. No doubt the big man will be in the spot light playing Robin to Lebron James as Batman. Will it work? That is one of the bigger questions heading into this NBA season.

In fact all top 4 teams in the East have made moves that they hope will upgrade their talent. Orlando has Ex-Raptor Vince Carter. Who I was reading the new NBA Live 10 when it comes out will get booed by Toronto fans in video game as well. Truly EA tries to live up to there motto of "If It's in the Game, It's in the Game". Rasheed Wallace is going to be a Celtic. Boston has had a number of trade rumours still buzzing so it is clear Danny Angie is not done. The Atlanta Hawks also have added Jamal Crawford to the mix. I think it is safe to say all 4 of these teams make the playoffs again unless something goes drastically wrong.

So that leaves 4 spots that last season were held by Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. All of which have done very little in terms of getting better this off-season with exception of Detroit. Philadelphia has a new coach in Eddie Jordon. But they have lost there point guard Andre Miller. Miami has not exactly been loading up to keep D-Wade happy have they? Chicago lost Ben Gordon to the Pistons and he was a big part of what they did in the playoffs. Gordon along with Charlie Villianeuva are now Pistons. But really will this help the Pistons be better? The are former teammates at UConn.

Bottom line of all of it is for Raptors to make playoffs it takes one of these teams to fall back for them to get in. Truth be told you could make a case that all 4 of these teams could miss the playoffs. If I was going to rank who is most likely going to miss out it would go like this. With most likely team at top and least likely at the bottom.

Philadelphia (Sorry Jason Kapono and Eddie Jordan)
Chicago (Sorry Chuck Swirsky)
Detroit ( Joe Dumars prays I am wrong)
Miami ( D-Wade on his own can save the Heat )


I could see easily that 3 of the 4 may not make the playoffs. If that is true who the heck moves into those spots? Well here are my 3 picks to fill out the playoff field.

Toronto Raptors ( Seriously with all the moves if they don't it is a disaster of an epic nature)
Charlotte Bobcats ( Young and up coming Bobcats. Tyson Chandler might push the over top)
Washington Wizards ( Subject to Gilbert Arenas making it to opening night )

So what will it look like (Subject To Change)

1. Cleveland
2. Boston
3. Orlando
4. Atlanta
5. Toronto
6. Washington
7. Charlotte
8. Miami


Remember when people laughed about the the Southeast Division? 4 teams in the playoffs can that be right? It could be. Washington and Charlotte have a very small margin of error for me. Detroit and the Bulls should be teams right there if they should slip. This is just a snapshot thought and things can change. As for the Raptors being 5th? It seems the right place for them. They are not better than any of the top 4. Atlanta maybe is the closest with the other 3 miles ahead.

If I change my mind on this over the summer I will let you know. If you want to doubt this hey by all means. Predictions are subjective. I will point out though that I did predict the NBA Finals last year prior to the season. Not to many folks had the Orlando Magic playing the L.A Lakers did they? I got to brag about it now because really can I successfully call it 2 years in a row? That would have some long odds I am thinking.
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Toronto fans are going to boo VC in NBA Live 10? Pretty awesome. But the real question is are they going to fix Dustin Pedroia's strke-zone coverage in MLB 10?
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it is gonna look more like this;

1. Boston
2. Cleveland
3. Orlando
4. TO
5. ATL
6. Washington
7. Miami
8. Charlotte
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Charlotte will get by with top defense, but they're not winning 35 games this next season
okafor is a much better player than Chandler, who got dumped twice in his career, by Chicago and by new orleans ...
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Charlotte is not making the playoffs...Chicago is better than them. So are the Bucks.
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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1. orlando
2. cleveland
3. boston
4. atlanta
5. toronto
6. washington (if the team stays healthy)
7. miami
8. chicago
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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1) Boston
2) Cleveland
3) Orlando
4) Toronto
5) Atlanta
6) Miami
7) Chicago
8) Philedelphia

I am still not convinced that the top 3 listed here have made the moves they needed to make to stay on top! I think that the East will have 7 or 8 teams over 45 Wins with the 8 or 9 having a +.500% season. The east will be tough from 1 to about 10 this season, but Shaq will probably cost the Cavs at least one seeding, maybe 2. i can see them falling as far down as 4. the magic will miss hedo more than they care to admit and they are not as deep as they were last season. Atlanta and Toronto both have a chance to move up to a higher seeding substantially this season...

let's get the ball in the air!!

imho of course...
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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1) Boston
2) Cleveland
3) Orlando
4) Toronto
5) Atlanta
6) Miami
7) Chicago
8) Philedelphia

I am still not convinced that the top 3 listed here have made the moves they needed to make to stay on top! I think that the East will have 7 or 8 teams over 45 Wins with the 8 or 9 having a +.500% season. The east will be tough from 1 to about 10 this season, but Shaq will probably cost the Cavs at least one seeding, maybe 2. i can see them falling as far down as 4. the magic will miss hedo more than they care to admit and they are not as deep as they were last season. Atlanta and Toronto both have a chance to move up to a higher seeding substantially this season...

let's get the ball in the air!!

imho of course...

I think Boston/Orlando have. Cleveland on the other hand i don't know... i think shaq might have been a mistake and AP well....is AP.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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1.boston
2.cleaveland
3.orlando
4.miami
5.atlanta
6.toronto
7.detroit
8.chicago
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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1.boston
2.cleaveland
3.orlando
4.miami
5.atlanta
6.toronto
7.detroit
8.chicago
how in the hell could you have miami 4th with what there rosters looks like right now.. they just lost another starter in Jamario Moon, wade won't be able to do it all. With a stronger east than last year, and a weaker miami how could you see them gaining 2 seeds???
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Charlotte is not making the playoffs...Chicago is better than them. So are the Bucks.
Don't bet against a motivated Larry Brown. Charlotte will be there. Cleveland was lucky they didn't nab that 8 seed last year, they were playing some really good basketball since getting Bell and Diaw.
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Cleveland
Toronto
Boston
So theres only going to be 4 playoff spots this year, eh?
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:30 PM   #14 (permalink)
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So theres only going to be 4 playoff spots this year, eh?
Yeah the recessions hitting the league hard. So they had to make some cut backs.
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Charlotte is not making the playoffs...Chicago is better than them. So are the Bucks.
Don't count them out, because they have a defensive minded team that now has a 7 footer.

1. Cleveland
2. Boston
3. Orlando
4. Toronto
5. Washington (without much injuries, I mean Arenas and Butler playing 60+ games)
6. Atlanta
7th and 8th no way to tell, but I'd bet on the Heat and the Cats

Bulls lost their go-to-guy. Pistons have no interior toughness. Philadelphia has a terrible combination of players and no PG. Bucks have no PF and they''ll start a rookie at PG (very talented BTW, but he's a probie)
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1. Cleveland
2. Boston
3. Toronto
4. Orlando
5. Atlanta
6. Chicago
7. Washington
8. Miami

The mighty east. Never thought I would say this so soon. 2009-2010!
No way are we gonna get 3rd. Anywhere from #4-#6 is realistic.
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With th eBelli move I am going to say we are 4th or 5th. If we are lower then that I will be surprised and pissed
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