Once again, I team up with Twitter’s asshole, @Mia_Heat_Index, to bring you week 2 Fanalyst Rankings. Keep in mind these were done BEFORE last night’s games.
I’m an NBA and Nuggets blogger hailing from the Mile High and play the role as the fanalyst. MIH is an east coast Miama Heat blogger and plays the role of the Asshole Fan.
If you want to see the Eastern Conference Fanalyst Ratings visit his BLOG
Western Conference Fanalyst Rankings
1.OKC Thunder: (Last Week #1): 4-0 Although, they are still undefeated, I was on the verge of putting them on the two spot. However, KD’s magic 3-pointer last night over the Mavericks had me changing my mind. There are still issues remaining with Westbrook as his shooting from the field is earning him the moniker “WestBrick” …… but for now, they lead the pack.
The Asshole Fan (MHI): If the best in the West goes down to the wire with the Timberwolves, then the West is just as weak as the East. They may be better than 3rd in the West but they’re not the best yet. None of their wins were better than the Spurs’ blowout of the Clippers last week.
2.Portland Blazers: (Last Week #8. Up 6 ) I know this is a huge leap, but after the Denver game on Thursday, it’s obvious, they are serious. Felton has made this team better. Crawford adds an offensive powerhouse to the squad. Their defense was high quality last night. Not to mention they are 3-0.So for now, they have earned this spot.
The Asshole Fan (MHI): Nice try at fanalysis but the homerism is overpowering! A win over the Nuggets qualifies the Blazers to be 2nd in the West? They’re 3-0 now, but they’re one injury away from being back at the bottom of these rankings.
3.San Antonio Spurs (Last Week #5. Up 2) They are currently 2-1. They have ousted, blow out like, Memphis and the Clippers, but lost to the Rockets. However, their +’s out weigh their –‘s.SA shot 46.2 and then a 56.2% in their first two wins, is something to pay attention to. During their loss, on a second night of a back-to-back, it was there 3-pt shooting that killed them at 11.8% compared to Houston’s 34.6%. However, there will always be “off” nights and with Manu in play, probably won’t see this too often.
The Asshole Fan (MHI): The Spurs are old and prone to looking bad in back-to-backs on the road against above 0.500 teams like the Rockets but which team in the West had better wins than them this week? I’ll wait…
4.Denver Nuggets: (Last week 6. Up 2) They blew out Dallas and Utah, but suffered their first lost against PO last night. 49.4% and 53.5% on their first two wins, and using the phrase “Defense Leads To Offense” literally helped them with fast break points. They shot an abysmal 40% against PO, but even then they kept up until they became sloppy on defense during the last 5 minutes. There’s more +’s to this team than –‘s and yes, I’m aware they don’t have a superstar. But look how NY is doing with theirs???
The Asshole Fan (MHI): It’s a damn shame I gave the Nuggets more credit than their biggest fanalyst. As I said last week, fourth is about right for this team.
Mrs.NBA: No Asshole, you said 5th last week.
5.L.A. Lakers (Last week #4. Down 1) Now, if L.A, being fresh, had lost to the Knicks, on a 2nd night of a back-to-back, I would have put them last. They had no Bynum for their first 4 games, 2-2, but still managed to get 2 wins. Eventually, like the Mavs, they will work things out and rack in some wins.
The Asshole Fan (MHI): Working things out for the Lakers simply means keeping Bynum in the lineup. They looked better than expected last week and are one of the four best teams in the West.
6.Clippers (Last week #3. Down 3) 1-1 This is self-explanatory. Sure, they have the best Point guard in the league, CP3, Jordan, Billups and Blake, but lobs, alone, won’t win you games against veteran teams.
The Asshole Fan (MHI): What you call veteran teams, I call above average defensive teams against the pick-and-roll that powers the highlights in Lob City. Plus, the Clippers can’t guard anybody. If Vinny Del Negro doesn’t figure it out then 6th may be about right.
7.Memphis Grizzlies (Last Week #6. Down 1) They have lost both games, granted they were against the Spurs and a close match with OKC, but without a win, they stay here for now.
The Asshole Fan (MHI): They’ll be down another spot next week where they belong as they stumble without Mike Conley.
8.Dallas Mavericks (Last Week #2. Down 6) This was expected, the ranking after their CRAPPY start to the season, 0-3. After their first 2 blowouts, their last lose was close, came down to 1.4 seconds left and a magic shot by KD
The Asshole Fan (MHI): They may not climb above 0.500 until the end of the month. Until they do, they belong at the bottom.
It was this shot that won the game for the Miami Heat in a tightly contested game against the Timberwolves.
The Spaniard, Ricky Rubio, had 12 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds and K-Love had 25 points and 12 rebounds led 100-99 with less than a minute to play. However, Batman simmered the Spaniard and the wolf pack to add another game to their winning column.
Not to undermind Ricky Rubio, he fed his teammates all night, his vision is utter brilliance and came down to the wire, once again. This young team is on the brink of greatness.
It was only fitting that being LeBron James’ birthday, that he have a MONSTROUS game with 34 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Now, THAT’S a birthday gift!!
It’s also worth mentioning that Miami’s rookie, Norris Cole, had 12 points from 6-of-10 shooting.
On New Year’s Day, Miami meets up with Charlotte again, and the Timberwolves and Dallas go head-to-head.
The signs were all there. The Denver Nuggets, in Rip City, with it’s second night in a back-to-back, it wasn’t going to be a blow out. At best it was going to come down to that last shot. However, sloppy play,lackadaisical defense down the stretch, and poor shooting was the undertaker in Denver’s first loss.
Raymond Felton led the Portland Trailblazers to a 111-102 win over the Denver Nuggets .
Denver was bested by Portland on the glass by 20, and the Nuggets were abysmal from the 3-point line with only making 4-20.
Mozzy had 3 early fouls and was benched, Nene was jacking up easy jump shots, Al Harrington was bricking 3′s, Gallo was only 4-15 from the field, Andre Miller and Rudy Fernandez were just as bad. For the night, Denver ONLY made 35-87 …… merely shooting 40%.
However, Denver had 28 fast-break points and Ty Lawson had a career high of 8 steals, and even despite the poor shooting, the game was tied at the half and stayed that way through the third and half of the 4th quarter.
Felton made 2 pivotal plays late in the 4th quarter that gave Portland a 7-point lead. Denver’s lack of defense, missing rebounds, poor calls and clanking shots just added to their demise.
Fear not, wavering fans, this is one game, and losses are bound to happen.
Denver face a back-to-back, again, face the Lakers both times, on Saturday and Sunday.
It’s no surprise I’m the self-proclaimed ‘Slandress of Twitter” or many just call me the “Twitter Trouble Maker.” So of course, I had my way with prodding Perk yesterday with sensitivities on twitter.
I enjoy it.
My followers enjoy it.
NBA players and their groupies? Not so much.
With that being said, if you attempt to *roast* me, you may want to read the bio first. So if you are one of the SENSITIVE Thunder groupies, it clearly states ——> NBA junkie. Vulgarity and Slander are my game. I bust TL’s and your favorite athlete’s egos.
So anyone, with an once of reading comprehension, should understand what I tweet about, right?? But then again, I shouldn’t expect *most* of these groupies, NBA player’s associates to have an 8th grade level of reading comprehension. DARN IT!! MY BAD!!!
You wanna see what I tweeted that started all this??? I know you wanna!!!!
That’s right! I gave his STAT line, because he clearly stated, he has haters. Simple as that.
However, someone must have felt hurt because Perkins Manager, according to his bio on twitter, sent me this:
Yes, he said hating, non-knowin and suck a dick in the same sentence.
So what transpired next:
Perkins manager responded when a follower tweeted “U Mad” ….by the way, the best response to use on twitter, he was obviously upset, but of course he mentioned how “rich” he was because that’s what “they” do when they get sensitive.
Then you may have seen the second cat twitter debate with KD often, so of course he stepped in, thinking individuals were going to attack my mentions. Unfortunately for him, he does not have that @BlkSportsOnline ether. He must lack in reading comprehension, because a scan of the bio would prove otherwise. The education these kids receive are just, so, appalling. *Read Sarcasm here*
But it gets better:
That’s right, Ole man, came back and twitter apologized. Obviously, he felt he had to stick up for his dude, but a simple read, as I have mentioned, of the bio would have game anyone the impression of what was going on.
I need to thank them both though!! As my team was shooting, HORRIBLY, they brought so many needed laughs!!!
Thanks boys!! I appreciate you and your non-reading-comprehending-knowing-asses
The New York Knicks, the second night of a back-to-back, were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers 99-82.
The Knicks shooting was abysmal, at best, with only 31.3% from the field compared to the Lakers 52.1% The three-ball, once again, killed New York; L.A. was 9-16 from beyond the arc, while NY was just 6-22. OUCH!!!
Carmelo led the Knicks with 27 points off of 8-14 shooting from the field, while Amar’e had a measly 15 points off of 4-17 shooting.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 28 points off of 10-17 shooting. Pau Gasol chipped in 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
“The Lakers are good and we’re awful.” – D’Antoni Never fear, wavering conditional fans, with this being NY’s third game, they WILL work it all out. However, not having an adequate point guard is, assuredly, hurting this squad.
The Knicks will be at Sacramento on Saturday and the Lakers will host the Nuggets on the same day.
Today, there was an interview of Carmelo Anthony via !Yahoo Sports and it sent my brain a rushing again. If you remember correctly, over a month ago, I did a “Why I am a Carmelo Anthony” post that NY fans found interesting, Denver fans found annoying and Melo groupies threw up in my face.
Essentially, the premise to the piece was that while I may not have appreciated the manner the trade went down, or the actions afterwards, he has a choice, as we all do, to do what is best for him and his family. While, I may not buy a #7 Melo jersey any time soon, and while I may receive pleasure when NY loses to sub .500 teams, I don’t want to be a typical, bitter Denver fan.
Last week, when I gave Melo props on that beasty 37 points he had against the Celtics, I was labeled a “closet Knicks fan” by fellow Denver fans (very, very bitter). The guy has moved on, and nearly 11 months later, so should those that felt accosted and hurt by him.
Take what Melo said here to !Yahoo Sports:
“I want to win. I didn’t feel like we were heading in the right direction in Denver as far as knowing who’s not going to be there contract-wise, free agents. And they didn’t [clearly] express the future of the organization. I wanted to win. If I’m going to start over, I might as well start over from somewhere that I want to be.”
I can NEVER fault a man for looking out for him and his family. NEVER.
How many of the fans took into consideration those last days of Melo attending practices and shoot arounds??? The tension as thick as the pot smoke in Balkman’s car, I assume, how many thought about the emotional stress of this nature??
“There was crazy stuff that [Nuggets coach] George [Karl] was saying. I was saying, ‘How could you say that?’ Before I left, George and I were talking and he kept telling me he wanted me to stay and this and that. As soon as I leave, [everything changed]. I was more kind of stunned with where that was coming from. I don’t know if it’s out of anger or something that he felt throughout the whole 6½, seven years that we were together.
“Early in my career, when [Karl] got there, of course we had our challenges. Over the years we got better. I grew up. He accepted me as who I am. We talked, we communicated. So to hear what he was saying… It is what it is. Some of the players were saying stuff. These were the guys I rode or died with for seven years. I did everything I could do there.” – Melo
“There was plenty of nights where I didn’t rest and sleep before games, on the road. I was up all night talking about the trade to people. I was trying to stay positive about it, but it got tough.”
Did any of the redundantly, bitter fans ever think, that perhaps, Melo felt guilty? This was his home for so many years?
“You start thinking about all kinds of stuff and how other people are going to be affected. I knew me. I knew I could handle that stuff. But I knew Chauncey [Billups’] wife and his family were going to be affected. I knew Anthony Carter’s family was going to be affected. I wasn’t worried about me. For what? I get that [expletive] all the time. I’m past worrying about what people are saying about me.” – Melo
So many of us wanted him to return, a closing chapter, although for many of the Denver fans, it wouldn’t have mattered. In their eyes, Melo was a traitor, he was the enemy, when, in fact, this is a business…….
“I hope so. I’ve been through a lot in that city. But I’ve been through a lot good and bad. I hope they can realize and recognize the things that I did to that city. What I accomplished in Denver was a lot. I know we didn’t win a championship, but we accomplished a lot. I was part of an organization that did a complete 180-degree turnaround. I was proud to say that and proud to be a Denver Nugget.” – Melo
This is what separates the bitter from the “I’ve move on” fan. If you can honestly say, “I appreciate what he did for my city, I appreciate the relevancy he brought to Denver, I appreciate him.”
Apparently, Kendrick has his panties in a bunch again, but then, what’s new.
The highly respected Chris Webber, apparently, called him an overrated post defender, remember this is his “JOB” to critique, judge NBA player’s performances.
Critiquing and giving an opinion does not equate to “hating.”
Sounds like someone is M-A-D!!!
Earth to Perkins, having a ring does not make one’s opinion better than the next. He critiqued your work, just as he does to so many other players and teams. Why you mad, though??
It’s not as if he called you a “Jennifer Hudson dieting, pussy ass, going to twitter to whine, but afraid to say it to his face, crisco looking, mama dropped you on the head, fake toughness, Betty Crocker BITCH.”
Right???? He didn’t say any of that….
So Kendrick Perkins, next time you wanna E-thug, just take into account, you probably will never tell C-Webb “Bro, you ain’t got a ring, so you ain’t shit” …… because that WON’T be happening…
Wanna know why???
You are still a suspect, all talk, but no substance, CRISCO-nator.
That’s all you are.
Oh, and I’m not “hating” and how does one hate on Crisco, anyway????