You don't fool me

"You" being Antoine Walker
The Celtics shot 42-74 (56.8%) from the field without him in game four... in contrast, they've shot 95-219 (43.4%) in the other three games in the series. Not a bad clip or anything, but miniscule compared to game four's firing. I'll be sure to post their final totals when the series done as another comparison.

Josh Howard pulls an Eddie Griffin
The above references this. Why Griffin? He's a stiff who apparently shows up in the clutch. Howard was a stiff all game (3-11 shooting, McGrady lit it up, etc.) but made a play that might've saved the game for Dallas. Related note, I'm not sure how Mike James ended up with a .64 PPS on the day... but I do know how Yao had one of 2.86. He just looked unstoppable when they actually fed him. I haven't seen much of the rest of the series (late games, sigh) but as I predicted, I presume it's been similar domination.

Wizards take their first
Didn't see this one... slipped my mind that they show games earlier on the weekend for some reason. From what I can tell, Washington's big three turned it on (Hughes didn't shoot so well, but he was close enough to being effective) and they ran away with it. Just think, if Arenas had taken no triples, his line would be 8-14 (57.1%) from the field, 26 points (PPS of 1.86), 7 boards and 7 assists. Similarly, Hinrich could've been 4-5 (80%), 8 points (1.6 PPS), 4 and 4. Obviously that's a small scale, but he could've improved it with more deuces. It's amazing how much guys fall in love with the triple.

The Jerome James thing
Over the last three games, JJ has averaged marks of 33 MPG, 19.3 PPG, 11 RPG, 55.6 FG% and 2.3 BPG. Slanted up to the old 36 minutes, the numbers are 21.1 PPG, 12 RPG, 2.5 BPG. Basically, superstar-esque numbers. Over the course of the season, he averaged 16.6 MPG, 4.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 50.9 FG% and 1.4 BPG. Slanted up, the numbers are 10.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3 BPG. So, 6th man or so material. Side note, the guy is in the last year of his deal. So on the biggest stage of the year, he's improved from a 6th man to superstar and his deal is about to run out. Similar to the correlation between Walker being out and Boston's FG% jumping up, something's going on and it's not subtle. Despite this article, I have to believe that JJ is going Erick Dampier on us... as in, ramping up his play for the sake of the almighty dollar. At least Dampier gave it a whole season before packing it in, JJ is going to have about eleven games of this (if my current predictions, one of which will be posted in the coming weeks, are correct).

Let me get this straight...
Tim Duncan shoots 5-19 for 11 points, Tony Parker shoots 3-12 from 10 points... and the Spurs win. Zuh? Apparently Carmelo had a Flagrant 2 on Ginobili, so expect a suspension there. Also expect another pair of victories to come to SA very soon. I'm pulling for Denver, but if they can't win at home on a night when the two noted above have such bad shooting nights, they're not winning this series. Another note, how the heck did Camby get 10 FTA's when he had 4 FGA's? Those numbers would make Fortson proud. The five blocks and 14 boards would make him proud too.

Game four of the one that should've been listed first here
I suspect a beatdown. National TV plus having lost game three plus the improbability that Philly keeps their shooting up equals a big old W for Motown. The more you know.


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