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NBA Power Rankings: 2/14/11

We had two showdown games in the NBA yesterday (not counting Cavs/Wizards), and well, one of them lived up to the hype. The Boston Celtics held off the Miami Heat after a missed three by Mike Miller was off the mark. Oh, and LeBron James might have missed an important free throw in there somewhere.

As for the other game, the Orlando Magic were great defensively in a 89-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Like most have said, the Lakers looked tired, and the Magic just took it to them in the second half.

You can bet that some of yesterday’s games had an impact in our power rankings this week, so let’s get right to them! Continue Reading

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Future NBA “Pros vs. Joes”

We’ve all heard of the show  “Pros vs. Joes“. If you haven’t then here is a quick synopsis of the whole premise of the NBA version of it. Former retired or even professional NBA players (the “Pros”) are put up against regular male amateur contestants (the “Joes”). They endure some small competitions. Normally they are things like rebounding, shooting, or passing challenges. At the end of the show they usually have a 3 on 3 game. If the “Joes” win they get some prize money, and if  the “Pros’ win they keep their dignity. Now that you know what the show is and its premise is, you will now understand this piece a lot better.

So the show got me to thinking about the players that are currently in the league, and which of them would dominate after retiring, in each challenges of the the show.  Now this is only assuming that this show last for another decade. Well lets see which players I think would absolutely dominate the “Joes”. Continue Reading

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Yes, the Cavs Did Win Last Night

For those of you who enjoyed a night out on the town last night, perhaps you woke up this morning still not at 100%. And perhaps you turned on the TV, and almost fell down when you saw this score scroll across the bottom of your screen: Cavaliers 126, Clippers 119 F/OT.

Maybe you tried to make yourself believe that “F/OT” meant something other than “Final/Overtime.” That’s understandable. After all, the Cavs had lost 26 straight heading into the game.

But now that streak has been put to rest. And we no longer have to worry about a Streak vs. Streak showdown when the Cavs host the Wizards tomorrow afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena. Instead, it’ll just be Streak vs. Please, Don’t Let This Be The Start Of A New Streak. Or something like that. Continue Reading

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Vote For FanSided In The About.com Readers Choice Awards

Even though we don’t all root for the same teams, all the blogs in the FanSided Network are a family. That is why we’d love it if you could take a quick second out of your day to hop on over to About.com and vote for Arrowhead Addict. AA has been named a finalist for About.com’s Reader Choice Awards in the category of Best Team Blog.

Just click here and click on Arrowhead Addict (don’t click on any of the other blogs or your vote will go to them). Thanks very much for supporting FanSided!

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Thoughts on Jerry Sloan’s Retirement

If you never got the chance to watch Jerry Sloan coach a game in person, you missed something amazing. Even in the past couple years, with Sloan pushing 70, his focus on the ebbs and flows of the game was amazingly intense.

He’d sit on the bench with those hawk-like eyes, and whenever he saw a missed call, he’d jump out of his seat like he had springs in his pants; barking and hollering at the refs like they were part of some evil conspiracy to throw the game and destroy the world.

He was so animated that even fans who didn’t see the missed call would start hollering too, even if they didn’t know what they were hollering for.

Over time, the fans got better at noticing what Jerry was reacting to and better at seeing the game the way that Jerry saw the game. Before long, the Jazz fan base started looking for things like offensive schemes and off-ball screens and needle threading passes to the open man on the cut. Continue Reading

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Thoughts on Jerry Sloan’s Retirement

If you never got the chance to watch Jerry Sloan coach a game in person, you missed something amazing. Even in the past couple years, with Sloan pushing 70, his focus on the ebbs and flows of the game was amazingly intense.

He’d sit on the bench with those hawk-like eyes, and whenever he saw a missed call, he’d jump out of his seat like he had springs in his pants; barking and hollering at the refs like they were part of some evil conspiracy to throw the game and destroy the world.

He was so animated that even fans who didn’t see the missed call would start hollering too, even if they didn’t know what they were hollering for.

Over time, the fans got better at noticing what Jerry was reacting to and better at seeing the game the way that Jerry saw the game. Before long, the Jazz fan base started looking for things like offensive schemes and off-ball screens and needle threading passes to the open man on the cut. Continue Reading

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Jerry Sloan to Resign as Jazz Coach?

Some breaking news to pass along in the NBA, as KSL-TV in Salt Lake City is reporting that sources tell them that Jerry Sloan will be stepping down as head coach of the Utah Jazz this afternoon. Assistant coach Phil Johnson is also expected to resign, according to the report.

There’s not much more info than that out there at this point, but wow. Just wow.

That’s really all you can say right now. I’m not sure anyone saw this coming if this is indeed true. At least not at this point in the season. We knew Sloan wouldn’t coach the Jazz forever, but I’m not sure we expected this now.

This team has struggled recently, and suffered a tough loss to the Bulls last night at home. But still. This? No way. Continue Reading