Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Wager is On! Head Dude Can't Back Out Now!

With Josh Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming all healthy, Head Dude is now locked into the bet with me. With Houston the slight favorite against Utah and the red hot Golden State Warriors a slight favorite against the Dallas Mavericks (who have yet to beat Golden State this season), I must say I like my chances!!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

A wise scholar the dude must be to say the sixth best regular season team in NBA history is now an underdog against a team making its first playoff appearance in 13 years. I'm just relieved mcgrady didn't strain his vagina last night.
I savor the second round matchup. Our games against the jazz are always exciting.

The Dude said...

it's easy to conjecture from afar; but if you've watched the way the Warriors have played recently and the way the Mavericks played before they started resting their starters, you would realize that Warriors are the favorite against the Mavs.

To be honest, I'd rather play the Mavs than the Warriors in the 2nd round. For my wallets sake, I'd root for the Warriors; but for the Rockets' sake, I will root for the Mavericks.

The Franchise said...

I wish the Warriors were not playing the Mavs in Round One, because I want to root for them but will not do so since it would spoil a potential Mavs-Rockets showdown! By the way Head Dude, while it may have been fashionable to rip T-Mac in the past, Bill Simmons had high praise for him in his recent two-part column on MVP candidates. And since Sports Guy is most likely the biggest NBA fan left on the planet, I give some weight to what he says...

Head Dude said...

Simmons raises an argument though that I think is entirely bogus -- the old, X player's team was 3-12 without him, which shows X's value to the team. It was a point made a few months ago when Nash missed several games and the Suns lost. To which Marc Stein and Hollinger reminded: it's a foolish argument because in essence it punishes the value of a player who stays healthy and plays every game. Sure, the Rockets were a very good team with McGrady, but just because they were a bad team without him doesn't suddenly mean he's more valuable than Nowitzki or Nash staying healthy and leading their teams to 60+ wins. In the end, the Rockets had two selected all-stars, the Suns had three, the Mavs had one (Howard was an injury replacement), and the Lakers had one. So to argue that the Mavs are still a good team without Nowitzki may be true, but he was the only true all-star on the team, and given they only five teams have ever won more regular season games, it seems like a no-brainer.
I'm biased of course, but I think the games-missed rationale is folly.

Head Dude said...

And Franchise, let's not lose track of the upstart Nuggets! Frankly, every first round matchup in the West is a little saucy, even if chances are at least two, if not three, of them will be over in five.

The Dude said...

A good point head dude, but perhaps the bigger argument for McGrady's candidacy is what he did in Yao's absence. The morning after Yao's injury, Head Dude called me and asked whether I preferred Greg Oden or Kevin Durant on the Rockets. A few months later, the Rockets stand just 4 wins over each of Utah, Golden State and San Antonio en route to the Finals - quite an accomplishment indeed for T-Mac.

Head Dude said...

No, I understand the point about what he did in Yao's absence, and that's considerable, but since I recall comments of yours from the fall about how great of a bench the Rockets had with stalwarts like Spanoolis, Kirk Snyder, and Deke, so it seems according to your logic that he had a lot of help.

The Franchise said...

Of course I didn't forget about my beloved Nuggets! I just don't like their chances against the damn Spurs... a team I can't stand, BTW.

I think any examination of the numbers re: T-Mac is pointless, because here's all that's important: this year he didn't play like he had a vagina. That's got to count for something!

Head Dude said...

With T-Mac, the vagina's always at risk of a sudden tear.
Btw, since I obviously agree with Franchise on the Spurs, can we all agree that the nonsense about Duncan being a choirboy who never gripes at refs is nonsense? He throws his palms up and sticks out his eyeballs EVERY TIME he's called for a foul. One reason I'd rather face the Suns in a potential conference finals is not having to watch Duncan and Ginobili whine for 6-7 games.