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dahil nagtataka ako nang dahil sa di pa dumarapo ang antok
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
1.

Kung bakit mananalo ang Dallas:

1.1. May tatlong agimat laban kay Shaq ang Dallas: Dampier, Diop, at Mbenga. Shaq has been bulldozing his way over the Eastern Conference centers-- hindi dahil sa lack of skill, pero dahil sa lack of heft, bulk. You don't stop Shaq by heads-up defense: you stop him by sheer force. Ilayo sa paint. Banggain, saktan, and don't back down kapag ikaw ang sinasaktan. Big Ben is a defensive genius-- pero his D isn't tailor-made for tanks. Dallas' three-headed center lineup is as Shaq-proof (if there's such a thing) as it gets.

And even then, Dallas won over San Antonio-- not by stopping Duncan (who averaged over 30 and 10,) but by shutting down everyone else. Now, will they be able to shut down the rest of Miami's star-laden lineup? The answer brings us to:

1.2. Josh Howard. Wade will definitely get his points, more so than Shaq, kasi the lane won't be sufficiently clogged, dahil nga the bigs will naturally gravitate towards Shaq. But Josh is smart enough to give Wade a few inches to try to shoot his jumper, and athletic enough to challenge it. Enough to make D-Wade miss. And when he misses, (itaas ang kamay ng mga sang-ayon!) I don't think he has enough court vision and awareness to be able to make brilliant passes. At sakaling mapagod si Josh, nandiyan si Adrian Griffin.

And the rest of the line-up? Putcha, mayroon ba ritong naniniwala na may miski kapiranggot na husay sa katawan si Antoine Walker? And James Posey will have his hands full with Dirk. So magiging Shaq-Wade based ang opensa ng Heat.

1.3. Walang agimat ang Miami para kay Dirk. Udonis Haslem succeeded in shutting down 'Sheed, oo, kasi primarily post-up player si Rasheed. But Dirk has the creativeness, the speed, and the footwork to take him from the outside in. And if he's proven anything in these playoffs, double-teams won't work against Dallas-- Dirk has matured enough to trust his teammates completely. Dudurugin lang sila ng supporting cast ni Dirk.

So I'm expecting the Pat Riley to throw James Posey at Dirk. Pero, ha? Talaga lang, ha? He's no Bruce Bowen, (not even a Shawn Marion,) and even Bruce couldn't keep Dirk from scoring above the 30's consistently.

1.4. Jerry Stackhouse. O, quiz, quiz, sa mga kararating lang: sino ang franchise guy ng Philly bago dumating si Iverson? Isa pa, isa pa: e ang franchise guy ng Detroit pag-alis ni Grant Hill? Oo, si Stackhouse. He was enough of a star to have a shoe named after him (well, pati naman si Mashburn, pero, di ba?) Itaga ninyo sa bato, si Stack ang magiging X-factor ng seryeng 'to. He has the offensive firepower to wear down Wade on the defensive end-- and he has Josh Howard to back him up sa depensa, para di siya mapagod. More importantly the guy has attitude. He's to the Mavs what Latrell Sprewell was to the '98 Knicks, what Vernon Maxwell was to the '94 Rockets. Yari ka, Dwayne.

1.5. Run and Gun. Imagine this: Dirk, Keith Van Horn, Howard, Stackhouse, and Jason Terry on the floor. Maybe the end of the 3rd quarter, or the start of the 4th. Why? By then Shaq would have 3 or 4 fouls (from trying to help out sa tuwing dinudurog ni Jason Terry/ Devin Harris/ Stackhouse ang lousy, lousy, lousy perimeter D ng Miami,) at isa pa, by then the Big Diesel would have started to run out of gas. If he's not on the bench-- in which case Alonzo Mourning will pose less of a problem-- the guy has a kidney running on life support, and a hook shot worth, what, one out of five attempts?

So ganito: Takbo. Hustle back on D, deny the post entry pass. Knowing Antoine Walker and Jason Williams, titira ng perimeter shot ang Miami-- long rebound. Takbo, takbo, takbo. Sabi nga namin sa barkada, tangina picking epols lang ang basketbol pagdating sa ganitong situwasyon. Wasssak.


1.6. Tiwala. Nabasa ko sa kung-saan, the difference between basketball and, say, baseball is that the latter is essentially an individual game played by nine (tama ba?) people on each side. Basketball is a team game through-and-through. Sa basketball, hindi mananalo ang kupunan na walang tiwala sa isa't isa. So, heto nga: Naaalala ninyo, game 4, round 1, Miami vs. Chicago? Wade and Payton were jawing at each other, then even 'Toine got into the mix, while Pat Riley stared helplessly at his playbook. And you call these guys pros. Nakakahiya.

Sa kabilang dako, Dallas is a five-man team of Lebron Jameses when it comes to trusting the other four players on the floor. Granted, Jason Terry is a scoring point guard in the mold of Travis Best and Damon Stoudamire and college-era Jameer Nelson, but he knows how to defer to Dirk. The rest of the line-up are hardcore Zion Laterre, Reuben dela Rosa types who run up and down the court and crash the boards and hit the open jumpers. Saan ka pa?

Forecast ko? Dallas in 6, with at least a game going into overtime-- most probably a Dallas home game, which they'd win, what with Mark Cuban on the stands.

2.

Dahil sa tingin ko may mali talaga sa nakakasanayang pagtuturo/ pagbabasa ng poetry sa Pilipinas:

Nakapaskil dati rito ang tulang Formula. Kinailangan kong burahin; iwas-komplikasyon sa isang anthology kung saan siya lalabas. (-Mikael, 10/30/06)


3.

Wala lang. Gusto ko talagang i-share. At pahingi naman ng raket, mga bayaw.
posted by mdlc @ 4:27 AM  
2 Comments:
  • At 8:47 PM, Blogger dreyers said…

    ayayay, na-re-write na pala ang "Formula"! hahaha.
    at, teka muna. akala ko prediction mo sa finals miami in 7? nagbago na ba?

     
  • At 12:00 AM, Blogger mikael said…

    inirewrite ko pa ulit; salamat sa comments, nakatulong, sobra, du'n sa latest revision.

    at oo, nagbago ang prediction-- masyadong palang maraming factors. the heat are going to have their hands full, hehe. dirk bayaw!

     
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