Conventional wisdom report: May 7th

by Micah Hart

Each day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is currently the favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on their jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Saturday, May 7.

Start planning the parade:

Dallas Mavericks

Harp on the Mavs’ history of coming up short in the playoffs all you want, but it’s hard to question the toughness of a team that has two fourth quarter comebacks in three games against the two-time defending champs, and Dirk Nowitzki is playing as well or better than anyone else in the playoffs at present – Derrick Rose included. Dallas is also getting bonus production from unlikely sources — namely, back-from-the-dead Peja Stojakovic, who hit three 3’s and scored 15 off the bench in Game 3. This team is locked and loaded right now, and seeing as they are undefeated at home in these playoffs, are likely to finish off the foundering Lakers in Game 4 on Sunday.

Give it up already:

L.A. Lakers

My word, what has happened to Pau Gasol? Just to prove the point that the NBA is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of league, Gasol, a winner of multiple NBA championships with the Lakers and a world (and Euro) championship with his native Spain, has once again caused the media to question his resolve and ability to withstand the harsh glare of the postseason spotlight.

Dynasties never go out quietly. Between Gasol’s MIA performance and Ron Artest going off the rails, this Lakers squad is about to face a harsh dose of reality. And let’s face it, Kobe not getting any younger. Oh, and Phil is leaving. And Lamar is married to a Kardashian.

Add it all up, and it could be a while before we see the Lake Show playing basketball in the month of June again.

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26 Comments

  1. KOBEHATER says:

    HI GUYSS…KOBE IS THE BETS PLAYER EVER IN BASKETBALL…I LOVE YOU KOBE

    • LivesByTheSword says:

      Kobe is the best player ever in Basketball, which is why he’s never won a championship without a big man. Which is why without Shaq he missed the playoffs, then was the number 8 seed and then number 7 seed, and then 6th seed and couldn’t get out of the first round until Jerry West handed them Pau Gasol. Thats why Kobe has always been outplayed by the best player on all the other top teams and why in recent memory he had only 17 points in the most important game of this playoff series. Yup. Best player in basketball ever. With Gasol playing like he is the Lakers went back to being what they were before he got there a 6th seed at best. Instead of putting up bad shot after bad shot Kobe needs to take it into the lane, get some easy buckets and go to the line. It might help his FG percentage also.

      Thats just a general observation. But my gut tells me Kobe has checked out of this series. Mavs for the sweep!!

    • yo says:

      its been a good 2 year run 4 the lakers but the mavs got game 4

    • smoothugg says:

      Kobe Bryant is the anchor that keeps the lakers afloat without him the Lakers is the PHOENIX SUNS

    • Don Felipe says:

      Kobe’s best player ever!?! Stop dreaming already!!!

  2. Boss says:

    The lakers are tired point.

  3. KOBE 4 eva!!!!! says:

    hEY GUYS. i JUST WANNA SAY THAT i LOVE KOBE! AND I WOULD TOTALLY MAKE OUT WITH HIM IF I COULD AND IM A MAN! THATS HOW MUCH I LOVE HIM EVEN IF THE LAKERS LOSE!!!! <3

  4. FakeShow says:

    I called it early on in the season, the lakers this year are not the same as last year. Kobe is definitely on the decline, and for all those Kobe fans out there who compare him to Jordan….. take a long hard look at the two now. If it was Jordan who was playing the mavs in gm 3 he would have taken the steering wheel and guided his team to the win. Lakers won’t reach the finals this year or the next!

  5. ShamWoW says:

    Miami is the best team, dallas is the underdog, though I have to give credit to Dallas, Miami is the best team who is expected to win, sounds dumb, but true

  6. oaxaca12 says:

    mr. hart sounds like a Laker hater. hopefully lakers can prove him wrong.

  7. d says:

    3-4 lakers win

  8. Lee says:

    im sadden about what happened to LA, someone should step-up in the absence of Pau’s game, they can’t blame it all to him, it’s a team game, but if any team can re-write history and come back, it’s LA, not a Laker fan but never count them out.. but if Dallas do pull it out, im rooting for them to win it all coz Dirk and Kidd deserves a championship and i feel this may be the last year they’ll contend, i also want Boston in June

  9. Adam says:

    Derrick Rose.

  10. The Rocker says:

    Kobe sux go dallas BEAT LA

  11. Pen says:

    I LOLed on the statement: “Lamar is married to Kardashian.” HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA ROFLOL! xD

  12. kobeding says:

    LAKERS ARE PLAYING VERY UGLY..KOBE IS NOT A GOOD PLAYER VERY FAR FROM JORDAN

  13. Karl says:

    3 peat era is over! Good bye Lakers

  14. era says:

    BROOMSTICKS!

  15. Prasit says:

    Champion doesn’t go down easily. We will see, Mav is the worst match up for Laker. Too many shooters to guard with big boys from LA. I don’t think people should count out the Laker yet…

  16. phatmark says:

    Go marry you kobe on summer vacation

  17. YouCanDoIt says:

    Lakers will hopefully win game 4 and from that game we will see how it goes…hopefully there will be a game 5 in LA..GO LAKERS!!!

  18. kobe, the best player? have any of you stooges heard of MJ?

  19. eklok says:

    lakers will be swept by dallas….

  20. doconwhitechucks says:

    i totally agree with you 101%. kobe is VERY VERY VERY VERY FAR from the greatness of micheal jordan. that is why MJ has multiple season MVPand 6 finals MVP’s, 10 years scoring champ. kobe has 1, ONLY ONE season mvp, 2 years scoring champ, 2 finals MVp. kobe is not even the greatest laker ever. hehehe

  21. Greggy Griiiii says:

    all of you Dallas Haters and Critics CHOKED xDDD