Western Quarter Finals: (2) New Orleans Hornets vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks

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Who Wins It?
Mavericks 19 34.55%
Hornets 36 65.45%
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 10 years ago '05        #281
STATlanta2006 8 heat pts
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 MOTIVATION2K3 said:
you can promote him all u want u know kobes getting it this year
 04-20-2008, 09:16 PM         #282
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 STATlanta2006 said:
you can promote him all u want u know kobes getting it this year


WHERE MVP HAPPENS

 04-21-2008, 08:42 PM         #283
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NEW ORLEANS – Chris Paul lay in bed, eyes closed and nothing. His mind wouldn’t stop racing. He couldn’t sleep. Desperate to honor his game-day routine of an afternoon nap, the clock kept creeping closer to Game 1 of his playoff life. Resistance was futile.

So, he clicked on the television, started watching Washington-Cleveland and the ferocity of the basketball had him enraptured.

“Man,” he thought to himself, “this is serious .”

Wide awake now, Paul was soon stealing snippets of the epic San Antonio-Phoenix game and on his way out of the interview room Saturday night, on his way out of a historic NBA playoff debut – 35 points, 10 a.ssists and four steals in a 104-92 victory over Dallas – Paul said, “It felt like the first day of the NCAA tournament.”

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This had turned into a fabulous day and night, with the greatness of LeBron James and Tim Duncan and Steve Nash delivering a spectacular opening day of playoff basketball.

These Hornets had come out sluggishly for Game 1, throwing air balls and clunkers, dropping passes and feeding into a league-wide suspicion that they were vulnerable as the Western Conference’s No. 2 seed, that the Mavericks were destined to derail this dream season in New Orleans.

Hornets coach Byron Scott, down a dozen points, took a long look at his team at halftime in the locker room and simply said, “Relax.”

Before long, though, Scott grabbed Paul, still weeks short of his 23rd birthday, and Magic Johnson’s old running mate blurted into his ear, “MVP candidates are made in the regular season, but MVPs are made in the playoffs.”

The kid’s on his way. Paul was pure genius, playing point guard in a way that hasn’t been seen at such a tender age in a long, long time. Eventually, he made Jason Kidd invisible on the floor, pushing past him into the paint on those pick and rolls for floating jumpers and flick passes and delirious drives to the rim. The Mavericks tried to trap him and yet Paul was too sudden, splitting the defenders toward the basket, toward one more standing ovation in a city where pro basketball had been left for dead.

“He just dominated the game,” Mavericks coach Avery Johnson sighed.

As it turns out, the kid who freely admitted his nervousness had one of the most spectacular playoff debuts in history. Once Paul lost the nerves, he left Kidd in the dust. Before this series, the only doubt about Paul was he hadn’t done it in the playoffs. Who knew how he’d respond, right? Now, he’s done it in the playoffs, too.

It was just Game 1, but the New Orleans message was unmistakable: These Hornets weren’t simply some feel-good fairy tale doomed for destruction. For the Hornets, there was immense pressure to get out of Saturday night with a victory, to dispel the suggestions that they were a paper champion of the Southwest Division.

Now, the burden belongs to Dallas. The all-or-nothing trade for Kidd, 35, is under fierce scrutiny. He had his moments in the opener, but it looked like Paul had an old man trying to guard him.

After beating Kidd down the floor, Paul made a Pistol Pete Maravich stutter dribble in the lane and slapped a pass with his right hand to a cutting David West for a basketball and foul. Tyson Chandler (10 points and 15 rebounds) snatched rebounds through the tangle of bodies, caught missed shots out of the air and slammed them back through the net. Peja Stojakovic was popping three-pointers. Man, it was loud here.

As much as anything, the Hornets – such a reflection of Scott – established a toughness about themselves. Once, Dirk Nowitzki caught Paul in the face with the back of his hand on a foul. When Nowitzki cut West’s lip in the fourth quarter, the Hornets’ soft-spoken power forward marched into Nowitzki’s face, gently tapped his cheek and told him, “You only get one time to do that (expletive).”

Outside the interview room, as West re-told that story to Paul, his point guard was downright giddy. The Mavericks had been a playoff-hardened team that had tried to bully the Hornets, get inside their heads, get them doubting themselves and Paul was thrilled to watch West get into the reigning MVP’s face.

“Did you really?” Paul said, slapping his teammate’s hand and reveling over a night when they had conquered the first test together. To have lost Game 1 would’ve invited that uncertainty into the Hornets’ minds, but Scott was right. They just needed to relax.

This was a historic night for basketball in New Orleans, for a young team that has dared to make a run before its time, before basketball even knew it was on the make. More than once, Scott has told his players how much these Hornets remind him of his first playoff team in New Jersey. They were too young to advance in the playoffs, they were told, and yet they made it all the way to the NBA Finals in 2002.

“That team made me believe even more that playoff experience isn’t that important,” Scott said.

As it turns out, Scott will take the greatness of his freshman playoff point guard over that precious playoff experience. The rest of his teammates had cleared out of the Hornets locker room and Paul wrapped a towel around his waist and hustled to the showers. Yes, those words that his coach left with him – that MVPs were made this time of year – resonated, but one night, one game, hardly had him considering the context of history.

“Whatever I have to do to help my team win, that’s it right now,” he said. “I’m not thinking about legacies. … Just winning right now.”

And then, the playoff freshman smiled, and on this day that felt like that the first of the NCAA tournament, after Game 1 of his playoff life, Chris Paul said, “Just survive and advance.”



article from Yahoo... good read...


And I agree with what Motivation is saying... I think the media has had Kobe chalked in for a while now, and he has had a great year, but there is no way you can tell me he has done more for his team this year than Paul... I got mad respect for Kobe for playing through an injury this year, and sucking it up... but no team's success depends on a player, like NO depends on Paul... It's not just the stats... u have to watch the games to understand how much he helps his team... and if u really know something about basketball, and sit down and watch the game, I dont see how people can argue that he is the MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
 04-22-2008, 01:37 AM         #284
MOTIVATION2K3  OP
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LETS GO HORNETS... LETS GO UP 2-0 ON THESE MAVS :finger:
 04-22-2008, 01:50 AM         #285
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^^^ one series at a time young fellow... lakers gonna have to go up against utah and WE are gonna have to play san antonio or phoenix... so im taking it one series at a time.... im just enjoying shutting n*ggas mouths up this season !!! CP3 ABOUT TO WORK EM AGAIN ! AND TONY PARKER OR STEVE NASH NEXT ON THE LIST !.....


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 04-22-2008, 01:56 AM         #286
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 04-22-2008, 02:03 AM         #287
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 DallasTexas said:
you can sweep the mavs but just know your not going to get past the lakers so :finger: u
stop hatin n*gga....:finger:....:banghead:
 04-22-2008, 02:07 AM         #288
dex1can  OP
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steve nash cant guard cp3 so they might beat the suns...but at the same time Amare should beast the sh*t out of new orleans so that'd be a great fu*kin series
 04-22-2008, 02:16 AM         #289
goldyn chyld  OP
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didn't N.O. sweep the Suns in the regular season
 04-22-2008, 02:18 AM         #290
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 goldyn chyld said:
didn't N.O. sweep the Suns in the regular season
yesir.....
 04-22-2008, 02:27 AM         #291
JaeWil  OP
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Hornets would destroy the Quakers....only team i see beating them is the Spurs...and maybe utah
 10 years ago '05        #292
D-Clutch 4 heat pts
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If the Hornets get in the second round and face the Suns, they will beat them

Spurs is a different story though.. gonna be a nice matchup
 10 years ago '05        #293
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The only teams that will give n.o. problems are utah(d williams murdered cp. sad to admit it) and San Antonio. the lakers could if they had bynum. but hornets should be n the conference finals
 10 years ago '05        #294
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Game 2 about to begin, let's get it
 04-22-2008, 06:12 PM         #295
MOTIVATION2K3  OP
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lets kick their a.ss
 04-22-2008, 06:16 PM         #296
MOTIVATION2K3  OP
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U Heard It Here 1st !
 10 years ago '05        #297
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NO starting off well
 10 years ago '06        #298
jj01 
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^^^^ motivation ur avi is priceless, sh*t could be a poster on someones wall



howard needs to stay involved, sooo many times he starts out hot then is ghost the rest of the game. dirk needs to show some toughness tonight, too many ppl were callin him out. im sick of that weak lob pass chandler always catches and acts like he's the sh*t, dude elbows dirk like every chance he gets lol.
 10 years ago '06        #299
jj01 
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dont get ahead of yourself son, the mavs are not the spurs or suns
 10 years ago '06        #300
B Ray 14 heat pts14
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Yeah they going. I hope they find somewhere to park and empty seats
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