Here’s the deal – we’ll chime in with some observations/opinions every couple of days throughout the playoffs. We’re moving away from the daily playoff votes due to time constraints, but hopefully the new format will give us the flexibility to write some more insightful pieces, during this the business end of the NBA season.

Forgive me if my contributions are brief – the wife has just given birth to our second child (lousy timing for a basketball junkie, I know) so between the sleepless nights and blood curdling cries of a newborn, I’ll do my best to come up with something coherent.

Andrew Bogut shines

We are unashamedly one of his biggest supporters here at NBAMate and I think Sunday’s game showed you why. If you saw his fourth quarter during game 1, you know exactly what I am talking about. When the guy is on the floor and his body is willing, he’s a game-changer.

Yeah, he may have missed that rotation on the final play, but apart from that his defense at the rim down the stretch was phenomenal, and without his presence I have no doubt the Nuggets would have won this game more easily. In the aftermath Denver coach George Karl acknowledged that the big Aussie is a problem:“Bogut’s presence has to be talked about. He was very efficient, effective in a lot of ways.”

I’m just really hoping that he stays healthy because this is his chance to finally get his due; the assortment of injuries, and having the unfortunate luck of landing in a rotten franchise in Milwaukee to start his career had thus far prevented that from happening on a wider scale. But he’s in a good spot now and I’m hopeful that the best is yet to come from ‘The Big Eucalyptus’.

Something to look for as we go forward in this series – the David Lee injury, whilst unfortunate, will hopefully open up some more opportunities for Bogut on the offensive end. He deserves the show of faith.

Kobe Bryant’s live-tweeting analysis is/was awesome

Even when he’s not on the floor bustin’ ass, the Mamba is still a master entertainer. During game 1 he was live-tweeting his opinions, and in true Kobe style they were about as subtle as a sledge hammer.

Here’s a few of his best:

In a postgame press conference Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, having been made aware of his tweets, tried to brush off Bryant’s comments.

“It’s great to have that commentary. He’s a fan right now. He’s a fan. You guys put a little bit more importance on that kind of fan. He’s a fan, he gets excited, I’m sure he wants to be part of it.”

And Kobe’s response:

Gold!!

Shame.

A Derrick Rose comeback? Stop it!

Can we please put this Derrick Rose comeback issue to bed? No matter what argument you throw up, surely it comes down to this – Derrick Rose or no Derrick Rose, this incarnation of the Chicago Bulls is not winning an NBA title this year, under any circumstances. It makes zero sense to bring him back now, and to argue otherwise would just be moronic, sorry.


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