On today’s NBA Playoff Fix, Skeets and Tas are as shocked as you are about Monday night’s Hawks/Bulls and Mavericks/Lakers results. Topics include: How the Lakers squandered that 16-point lead, whether Kobe was fouled in those last couple of possessions, the Mavs bench advantage, Dirk vs. Z-Bo, The Armadillo Cowboy’s cool 34, Collins’ jumpers, Teague’s big game, classic Hawks basketball, Kenny’s Pictures, and more.

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  1. I believe Gasol lost the ball because Kobe’s body hit the ball as he fell. This caused the ball to sort of slide out of Gasol’s grip. I’m guessing as he tried to secure the ball with this weird grip it just slipped out (sweaty hands?).

    Either way, kinda weak on Pau’s part but it happens.

  2. weird playoffs so far but entertaining for sure

  3. I’m not surprised that the Bulls lost. The Pacers showed everyone that their offense is too one dimensional with Rose dominating the ball. The Bulls are not a playoff team, just like the Spurs are not a playoff team. As for the Bulls defense not providing effort… could it be that Thibodeau had the team playing too hard during the regular season, and now they don’t have enough energy for the playoffs?

    As for the Lakers losing to Dallas, I was very surprised. Dallas is a jump shooting team, and those team usually don’t do well in the post season. I thought it would be very likely that the Lakers would win in 5… looks like that’s not going to happen anymore.

  4. This Korver-Johnson/Crawford matchup is a HUGE issue for the Bulls. They won so many close games in the 4th this year because of the floor spacing and shooting that the combo of Rose and Korver in the backcourt gives them. Look at the Pacers series. Korver was one of their most valuable guys in the late comebacks. But if you give either Crawford or Johnson space, they will get that confidence and will make jumpers. Korver CANNOT keep up with either guy.

    I think this is actually a really dangerous matchup for this Bulls team. They need to get out and get their shit together early, because a big part of their late game offense just isn’t a good option against the Hawks. Unfortunately, as you guys mentioned, the Bulls NEVER get out and grab a lead early. Unless Rose becomes SuperRose again, I think the Bulls may have to just hope for the horribly sloppy version of the Hawks to lose games instead of going out and taking games in the 4th like they normally do.

  5. “Dallas is a jump shooting team, and those team usually don’t do well in the post season.”
    and what is it exactly that Kobe does these days? You are using old wisdom. This Dallas team is tougher than this LA team. The Lakers are the finesse team of the two.

  6. kobe definitely hit the ball out of pau’s hands, though i agree that kidd was basically hugging kobe. and that moving screen by bynum was atrocious! kobe wouldnt have gotten such a great look without it.

  7. Rose has been awful in the last series too and I have no idea how the Bulls could beat the Hawks, never mind Miami or Boston, even if he shoots his regular 44-45%

  8. Every team that is moving on to the conference finals lost their game one. #celtics #bulls #lakers #thunder

  9. I think it is wrong to say that the Lakers just gave away the victory.
    The Mavs also had a only bad stretch in which the Lakers got away.
    Games are often decided by streaks and the mavs and the Lakers are both very good teams which can easily go on Streaks where they outscore the other team.
    The Lakers gained their lead when they could force the Mavs into mistakes and at the end the Mavs could force the Lakers into some mistakes.
    The Mavs were forced to less mistakes by the Lakers and they won the game.

    It is going to be an interessting game 2 where the Lakers have to try everything to win the Game.

  10. I think it is wrong to say that the Lakers just gave away the victory.
    The Mavs also had a only bad stretch in which the Lakers got away.
    Games are often decided by streaks and the mavs and the Lakers are both very good teams which can easily go on Streaks where they outscore the other team.
    The Lakers gained their lead when they could force the Mavs into mistakes and at the end the Mavs could force the Lakers into some mistakes.
    The Mavs were forced to less mistakes by the Lakers and they won the game.

    It is going to be an interessting game 2 where the Lakers must try everything to win the Game.

  11. I wasn’t surprised with the Mavs win at all. They are an amazing road team, they are a great come-from-behind team, and I think DAL and LA match up extremely well – way better than most people seem to believe. Chandler is an excellent post defender, easily one of the best in the league. Mavs will probably lose the next game because Chandler will get into early foul trouble. I still think LA will win in 7, but I would not be surprised one bit if Dallas moves on.

  12. The above should read “One of the reasons Mavs will probably lose the next game…”

  13. Funny you never talked about the fouls (I remember there being atleast 2) that weren’t called on Dirk earlier in the 4th. And a bit of a waist check should be allowed…cmon it’s a playoff game. There was no pushing involved and Kobe tripped because of his legs getting tangled (his left leg gets stuck behind his right) and hits Gasol’s elbow.

    Least you could have done is research before you start talking. In case you need help, checkout refcalls.com

    I’ve been watching this show since around episode 200 and I must say this was one of your most disappointing segments ever.

  14. I have not said that the Mavs are going to win all of their games against the Lakers.
    I only said that there is a lot of pressure on the Lakers right now to win the next game because if they lose I don’t think that they are able turn that Series around.

    I think the Lakers win game 2 for whatever reason but the Mavs and the Lakers are always able to beat each other.

  15. I couldn’t understand your quote Skeets -_- Why is Joe Cool the Armadillo Cowboy?
    @adam: shut the fuck up

  16. Did you guys mention Rose’s freak injury at the end of the game or did I miss that?

  17. The Hawks kinda take away the Bulls 2nd and 3rd option on offense.
    I mean: Boozer is a good player, but if Horford is guarding him, that is a problem. Same goes for Deng and Smith.

    Like someone said, it’s either the Hawks who lose it or Rose who becomes suprrose again.

    btw, how good would the Hawks be with an actual coach?
    I mean: Larry Drew sucks, and Mike Woodson didn’t seem to neither be able to motivate or teach an offense to these guys. Could you imagine if they had a motivator and play-designer, à la Doc Rivers?

    As for the Lakers, it seems too much like they mostly read-and react, more than execute a definite gameplan. Kobe said they needed a couple of games to “figure out” the Hornets. That sounds weird to me. In the playoffs, you shouldn’t have to do too much figuring out. You should be able to play your usual game, AND get better because you learn from the opposite team.

    Plus those Mavs are awesome. They are very crafty as you said, and are a matchup problem for the Lakers, BECAUSE they score mostly on jumpers. What good is it having 2 7-footers under your rim if they have to get out to contest jumpers?
    Plus you can’t hide Derek Fisher on a team that can shoot. I can’t say that I saw it coming, but I’m not shocked either: the Lakers don’t seem confident, which is pretty weird, knowing them, and to the contrary, the Mavs seem very confident, which is weird, knowing them.

    That and Kidd is bringing his A+ game in these playoffs. Maybe he feels he can’t keep the window open magically any longer.

    Wow, long comment, even by my standards

  18. Agree with Breyzh on the Hawks.

    Since quite some time now I started to think their ups and downs couldn’t be just because of the players. If you add the uneven use of Jason Collins, it shows some not so high level coaching… :-/

    Funny thing is if these two teams (Mavs and Hawks) continue on this path, they’ll shut down all the critics pretty nicely. Because few people (including me) were confident in their playoff chances.

  19. Matt was okay last night, I missed Ernie though. He just doesn’t seem like one of the bros like Ernie. Agree with Tas, WE WANT MORE WEBBER. Everything that he says is gold. Great episode guys.

  20. LA is the finesse team out of the two? WTF?!? You gotta be trollin’ if u think any team that features dirk is the tougher team. I don’t understand how people can shit on gasol and call him soft because if that’s the case I don’t even know what to begin to call dirk but wait he scores more so it doesn’t count amidoinitrite? ( no hate on dirk iactually like him)

  21. @Illmatic-1: WTF is soft? I am so sick of this soft BS.

    If a player scores in the clutch, does it make him not soft? What about rallying a team from when they are behind? If so Dirk is definitely not soft.

    Does passing the ball when you are double teamed make a player soft? I thought Basketball is a team game. The whole idea of having a player who draws double teams is to get a person free. Passing the ball to the open man is definitely a better play than driving into/ shooting over a ton of people and rimming out.

    If its a lack of defense, then Gasol and Dirk are both equally soft.

  22. Kenny’s pictures reminds me of the CNN election coverage where they have some piece of technology they feel compelled to use (like those 3D bar graphs), but it adds nothing of substance. Worthless.

    As for the game, Atlanta gets create for withstanding the run, but even I as a Hawks fan must admit that the passive nature of the Bulls during the game was their undoing. Rose wasn’t forcing the action all the way to the line as he did often against the Pacers. And defensively the Bulls effort was uneven at best allowing the Hawks to get into a comfort zone.

    One more comment, the ankle injury at the end of the game. What was Rose thinking? Stepping on Jamal’s foot was dumb luck, but it should have never gotten that far. You have like 3 seconds left, you’re down by 8, your coach called off fouling, and yet you lunge at Jamal Crawford like you’re trying to force a steal? To what end? Silly unnecessary risk by Rose.

  23. @lewstherin: shit don’t ask me, i’m asking the same fucking question in relation to gasol. I’m simply trying to ask for clarification on why some people consider one player to be soft and another is not. like i said at the end im not trashing dirk and calling him soft, tho i still stand by my opinion that dallas is NOT the tougher team.

  24. @illmatic-1: Peace! This soft shit so gets on my nerves.

    I guess with I agree with you in principle there. I am a Mavs fan (if you haven’t guessed already) and I picked the Lakers to win this series. I would say they are the harder team to beat. But we have a series on our hands now. Game on!

  25. I was impressed with how well Tyson Chandler defended the Lakers big men. He kept the much bigger Bynum contained and completely manhandled Gasol whenever he was defending him. If he can continue playing strong on the defensive end the Mavs will have a very reasonable shot at winning the series.

  26. As for Gasol being soft.. I don’t think it’s fair to call him that but there were 3-4 plays where he was right under the basket but tried to do a layup with a man defending him and missed. If he had jumped with a little more force and lfit those would have been easy buckets and possibly turned the game for LA. I’m not saying that’s soft but those aren’t strong man maneuvers either.

    A 7 footer should be strong enough to do a standing dunk even with a man defending him. Or at least a strong layup which none of Gasols were.

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