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Posted on Friday 4 May 2007 at 10:38 am

NBA Playoffs Rd 2

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First, because no one on my flist is really that in to basketball as far as I know and will probably not care about the rest of the post, I am feeling much better. After two days of doing little but sleep and about a week of constant doses of disgusting orange DayQuil and decent cherry NyQuil, the congestion in my sinuses has largely cleared. I'm not quite perfect, yet, but I am definitely far along the path to recovery.

Now, on to the basketball, with apologies to mrstater.

Going into the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks had the best record and nearly all the pundits were predicting they would win it all. Uh, no. They didn't even make it out of the first round with the number 8 team, the Golden State Warriors, beating them four games to two. This is the first time since they've gone to a seven-games playoff series format that a number one team has been beat in the first round of the playoffs. It only happened twice when they were doing five-games series. I kept saying Golden State had a better chance of beating Dallas than the supposedly better teams that Dallas would have faced later if victorious in the first round but no one listens to me. It isn't that Golden State is that good of a team overall, they aren't. They just match up well against Dallas and can find all of Dallas' weak spots better than many other teams can.

This outcome makes me very happy. I ultimately don't care about either Golden State or Dallas, but I knew my San Antonio Spurs might eventually have to face one of them and the Spurs have a much better shot at beating Golden State than they would have in beating Dallas. I'm actually hoping the Spurs won't have to face either of them now. This is not what I expect to happen but what I would like to see happen: Utah and Houston still haven't decided their first round series. Right now it is tied at three games. I want Houston to win that. Houston (or Utah) would then play Golden State in a seven game series. I want Houston to win that. Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns each won their first round and will be facing each other in the second round. I want San Antonio to win that. Then San Antonio and Houston would face each other for the Western Conference championship and the winner would go on to face the winner of the Eastern Conference for the overall Finals Championship. Obviously, I want San Antonio to win it all and they stand a much better chance going through Phoenix then Houston/Utah/Golden State than they would have getting through Phoenix then Dallas.

In summary: the Dallas Mavericks lost and are out of the playoffs and this makes me happy because it increases the chances of my San Antonio Spurs winning it all.


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 3:20 pm on 04 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Don't you know that you're supposed to always root for the Texan team? Even if it means trouble for your main favorite, and even if you don't care about basketball at all?
bratty_jedi at 3:24 pm on 04 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I'm rooting for the Western Conference Finals to be between Houston and San Antonio. Doesn't that count for anything?
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 3:26 pm on 04 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
No. Because Houston sucks. That's the one exception to the rule. You can never root for Houston ever.
bratty_jedi at 3:29 pm on 04 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)

But I live in the Houston area. I mean, yeah, Houston does kind of suck, but isn't a degree of local team loyalty expected?
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 3:30 pm on 04 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
How can you talk about loyalty when you didn't root for Dallas?
bratty_jedi at 3:34 pm on 04 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I don't live in Dallas and there are three Texas NBA teams. I can't possibly root for all of them all of the time.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 3:37 pm on 04 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Well, of course you can't if they're all playing each other, which would be very interesting, don't you think, a triangular basketball court? (Why don't any sports use three teams at once, I wonder?) But you could have - and should have - rooted for Dallas last night. It's just how it is.
bratty_jedi at 4:00 pm on 04 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Three-way basketball would be cool! I've seen three-way air hockey, surely someone could build a three-way basketball court. It wouldn't be that difficult to adjust the rules to compensate. I think it would just be very low scoring games.

You can't tell me root for Texas at all costs but not Houston because you don't like Houston. That just doesn't work. If you get to pick and choose when you root for Texas teams, then I get to pick and choose as well.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 4:02 pm on 04 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)

I spoke rashly out of affliction and agony for the Mavs. If you had done your duty and rooted for them, then I wouldn't have said things I don't mean about the Rockets.
bratty_jedi at 4:17 pm on 04 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Uh huh. Try to cover your tracks now.

You really can't make me feel bad not rooting for Dallas. It isn't like I owe any loyalty to Texas overall since I wasn't even born here. I'm from Kansas. Go Jayhawks!

You do realize that even if I had rooted for them, the Mavs still would have lost, right? Especially since I was in bed and on my way to dreamland during the last half of the game and they got their butts whipped. It wasn't even a really close final score.

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