Man, they look good, won again tonight. Eleven game winning streak. Fifteen in a row at home, Twenty two and one at home this year. And they've averaged 112.6 points per game in the last 11 games.
Also the second hottest team the TWovles lost, so they are now a game and a half behind Sacramento, and the Laker who didn't play tonight are one full game back now.
If they can keep up the scoring, they can outscore the Lakers even with Shaq dominating Vlade. Especially if they can manage to get home court. Everyone in the Kings organiztion have done a great job of turning them around. It wasn't too long ago that Mitch Richmond was their whole team.
Yeah, the Kings have really become one of the most dominant teams in the NBA.
Everyone's been picking it up, not just Webber and Divac. In fact, I daresay that Hedo Turkoglu is (along with Dallas' Eduardo Najera) one of the most underrated players in the league.
The Kings have beaten the Lakers twice so far this year, but I'm not... yet convinced that they can beat the Lakers in a seven-game series with both teams healthy. Nothing would make me happier if they were to do so, but I think it's a mistake to count out the Lakers in any situation. Particularly when they're going for their third straight championship.
I think the T'Wolves have become an NBA power as well, but once again I'm not... yet... convinced about them. Minnesota has had great starts to their season before, only to eventually fall behind in the Midwest Division. If memory serves, the Timberwolves have never had home court advantage in any playoff series, and I know they've never gotten past the first round. Will this be their year? We'll have to wait and see...
But believe me when I say that nothing would make me happier than to see the Kings playing either the Wolves or the Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.
...Well, the only thing that'd make me happier is seeing the Pacers beat whomever comes out of that series and become NBA Champions.
And that, as they say, is that.
“Bow-wow-wow, yippee-yo-yippee-yay, Oil of Olay all day, every day!”
Well if it were to finish 1. Kings 2. Twolves (cause someone in the Midwest has to finish second) 3. Lakers
that would put the Mavs 4th or 5th, which would mean the Kings would play them in the second round (if the Mavs beat probably the Spurs) so a West FInals of Kings vs. Mavs would be impossible, but Kings vs. Twolves would be.
If it's 1. Lakers 2. TWovles 3. Kings Then a Kings vs. Mavs finals would be possible but Twolves vs. Kings finals wouldn't be.
As for the Pacers, me and some friends made some early predictions last week and the Pacers were my pick to win the East. Nets and Celtics are playing well but don't have much experience. Jason Kidd could get them through one round atleast and the Celtics I think will knock out Jordan in the first round. But I think in the second round they lose to the Pacers and Bucks, and then the Pacers beat the Bucks in 7 games.
Before I forget, go read this year's SLAMMYS - the basketball ones, yeah - by the fine folks over at THE LINKS: http://slamonline.com/links/04182005/index.html The ABOVE link will change as the week goes on. You can find it.