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NBA Playoff Predictions posted on 08/01/2009

At this point in the summer I am going to break down who I think is going to land in the playoffs after the nine.ten. This is based on what has happened so far around the league.

Western Conference Playoffs:

1. Los Angeles Lakers

2. San Antonio Spurs

3. Portland Trailblazers

4. Dallas Mavericks

5. Denver Nuggets

6. Utah Jazz

7. Phoenix Suns

8. New Orleans Hornets 

Easter Conference Playoffs:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

2. Boston Celtics

3. Miami Heat

4. Orlando Magic

5. Chicago Bulls

6. Atlanta Hawks

7. Toronto Raptors

8. Indiana Pacers 

The turnover from last year is small with the Suns replacing the Rockets in the Western Conference and the Raptors and Pacers replacing the Sixers and Pistons in the Eastern Conference. There is however, some movement in the standings, except at the top. 

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The Indiana Pacers and the nine.ten posted on 07/25/2009

As writer and editor of this blog I am going to be referring to the upcoming season as "the nine.ten" for obvious reasons. The Pacers appear to be ready to make another pretty good step towards respectability and perhaps the even the playoffs. With the waiving of Jamal Tinsley it seems they are finally putting the past behind them and with a few notable additions it seems that a leaf which was partially overturned last year is fully flipped for the nine.ten.

The Pacers have guys getting healthy, guys getting older and better and some completely new guys. I like what hustle players, Tyler Hansbrough and Dahntay Jones bring to the team. It seems that our defensive intensity will definitely be taken up a notch. When teams bring in someone like Jones who takes his defense very seriously it almost always rubs off in a positive way on teammates. This is absolutely necessary for the nine.ten if you look at last year and see how many times we scored well over 100 points but still lost games. Any improvement in defense is a good thing for a team like the Pacers. I am also excited to see how Danny Granger responds to being an all-star last year. Is he going to be a one-year wonder resting on his accomplishments of the past or is he going to work harder and try to get back and be a perennial all-star? 

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Lockout posted on 03/09/2009

I was blogging like crazy until I got a full time job which exhuasted me and took up all my time. But, I am back to take a look at the Pacers again.

What did I miss?  The Pacers have performed exactly as I predicted they would. They are at the bottom of the Central Division but usually play to the level of the competition which is great sometimes but very bad at other times. They are way better at home than on the road and have Danny Granger who was an all-star this year! How close or far are we from being an elite team? It seems impossible to tell.  

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Shankster Rankings follow up. posted on 12/20/2008

Check out my last post which was used in ESPN.com's The Sports Guy's (or Bill Simmons) latest article! You can view his article by clicking this link.


It's under number 5 with the Tennessee Titans. 

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The Second NFL Shankster Rankings [1-32] posted on 12/18/2008

 To show what the NFL is truly all about I have put this together to prove that besides Detroit, parity rules the NFL every week.


1 Kansas City (beat Oakland)

2 Oakland (beat Denver)

3 Denver (beat Cleveland)

4 Cleveland (beat Cincinnati)

5 Cincinnati (beat Jacksonville)

6 Jacksonville (beat Green Bay)

7 Green Bay (beat Seattle)

8 Seattle (beat San Francisco)

9 San Francisco (beat Buffalo)

10 Buffalo (beat San Diego)

11 San Diego (beat New England)

12 New England (beat NY Jets)

13 NY Jets (beat Arizona)

14 Arizona (beat Miami)

15 Miami (beat St. Louis)

16 St. Louis (beat Dallas)

17 Dallas (beat Washington)

18 Washington (beat New Orleans)

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