John Blagtas

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NBA Season
By John Blagtas (Feb 06, 2009)
That's it folks. No KG, no Kobe, no bull from here on out. As we enter the first round of the playoffs, some matchups will upend favorites, making great seasons not so great. If anything, these 2005 playoffs have a lot of top teams with very little playoff experience and that will make for some interesting games. So without further ado... More »
The Finals
By John Blagtas (May 19, 2006)
UPDATE: Miami is ahead 3 games to 2 over Dallas. And Dwayne Wade is the reason. His ascension up the ladder of success is amazing to watch and if the Heat do indeed take it, we will have watched the most dominant finals by an off guard since Michael Jordan. More »
The Semis are Set
By John Blagtas (Apr 25, 2006)
Wow, what a playoff run we've had. So many overtimes, so many one point games, a champion dethroned, another champion already pushed to seven and new blood coursing through an ever more popular league. David Stern, commisioner of the NBA, must be thrilled. Despite the major market teams not participating, these playoffs have so far been captivating beyond all belief. More »
The Second Round Has Heated Up
By John Blagtas (Apr 17, 2006)
The second round has passed its midpoint and we are all witness to what a great season this has been. From multiple overtimes, to compelling storylines, we are seeing the shift happen thanks to Dallas, LA Clippers and Cleveland. The old guard is still fighting and I can't say they won't continue on, living to ball another day. But it's obvious that the upstarts are trying to make tomorrow happen today. More »
The Second Round Well Under Way
By John Blagtas (Apr 10, 2006)
With the conclusion of the first round, it's worth taking note that all the favorites actually won. Now we get to see, with these final eight teams, a more accurate measure of reality. More »
Playoff Magic
By John Blagtas (Mar 28, 2006)
Each year, the playoffs begin with speculation and lots of unanswered questions. Most of the time, fans and pundits have an understanding of who should win it all, but the favorite doesn't always win. The regular season is a great prognosticator of post-season success. But in the playoffs, it's imperative that each player get his team to its top level on every play -- stop the ball, fight through the screen, block out, work the shot clock... And if a player can't or won't do his assigned job(s), the coach has to make changes. That's playoff basketball... More »
The Second Season Begins
By John Blagtas (Mar 21, 2006)
The playoffs start this weekend with everybody looking forward to the seemingly inevitable rematch of NBA titans the San Antonio Spurs, the standing champions, and the Detroit Pistons, the challengers. Odds are, the first and second rounds will be window dressing but even for champions, the playoffs are rarely just walks in the park. More »
True Madness Takes Hold in This Year's NCAA Tournament
By John Blagtas (Feb 28, 2006)
"What in the world is going on in the college game?" Those were my thoughts having watched George Mason upend UConn. Saturday was a bit of a surprise when both the lower seeds won. But Sunday sealed the deal with the surprise of all surprises: it is the first time a number 1 seed hasn't made the final four. An interesting explanation, given on a talk radio show, was that the big basketball schools -- the UConn's, Duke's, UNC's, etc. -- had been squeezed out by so much top talent going to the NBA early. It has led to a leveling out of the talent gap between small and big schools, with the bigs no longer having that superstar player. More »
Rounding Second
By John Blagtas (Feb 10, 2006)
Another week of the grind. This is the time of year when the bruises pile up, the legs get heavy and there are increased back-to-backs. As fans, we appreciate this stage for it is when stars are made, momentum is gained and the race for ultimate glory begins. We see the poetry of the NBA baller's life. And for the players, the yearly contextualization of what the year really means moves more into focus. With that in mind, it's worth taking into account that Miami has finally started to make their move to change the perception that they have no chance against Detroit. While Dallas and San Antonio battle for the number one spot continues More »
Mid Season Props -- All Stars Selected
By John Blagtas (Jan 08, 2006)
Were getting close to the All-Star break, so now would be as good a time as any to recognize the players who are kicking butt and tab our mid season picks for who will be collecting awards at the end of the season -- All-NBA teams, Rookie of the Year (ROY), Coach of the Year, MVP, and the NBA Champs. More »
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