Archive for April, 2012
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Saturday April 28 2012 – 4:14pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
I’m a little late in getting this in (1 game is already in the books and another is approaching halftime) … but I have Twitter proof that my picks were made BEFORE the post-season began … so this breakdown will simply serve as a more detailed report of my prognostications!
For those that asked: CHI in 5. BOS in 6. IND in 6. MIA in 6. OKC in 7. LAL in 6. LAC in 7. SAN AN in 5. There are my predictions
Chicago (1) vs Philadelphia (8)
Bulls in 5. Too much depth and too much D for the 76ers to deal with. This is a no-brainer.
Miami (2) vs New York (7)
Miami in 6. Kudos to Mike Woodson for getting the Knicks on track but the 1-2 (3?) punch of James and Wade (and Bosh?) is too much for New York to deal with … especially given how infrequently NY’s core has played together this season (due to injuries).
Indiana (3) vs Orlando (6)
Pacers in 6. No Dwight Howard = No chance for the Magic.
Boston (4) vs Atlanta (5)
Boston in 6. The injury (bone spurs) to Ray Allen concerns me — as does the overall as of the Celtics. But Doc Rivers had his team playing so well down the stretch of the season that I have to stay with them. Atlanta may be due for a shake-up (Josh Smith finally traded?) if they make another early exit from the post-season.
San Antonio (1) vs Utah (8)
Spurs in 5. Too much experience for the Jazz to deal with. Plus, after getting stung by the Grizzlies last year, I don’t see San Antonio letting lightning strike, again.
Oklahoma City (2) vs Dallas (7)
OKC in 7. This may be the worst match-up for the Thunder. The 2010-11 CHAMPS as a 7th seed in the 1st round? Ouch. This will be a battle but I don’t know if it’s a changing of the guard … given that Kevin Durant and Co. MAY have to go through the Mavs, Lakers, and Spurs to get to the final (if things play out like that). That’s epic.
LA Lakers (3) vs Denver (6)
Lakers in 6. In spite of the suspension to Metta World Peace, I think LA still has the depth and All Star talent that wins you playoff games. I don’t know if Denver can truly match-up vs Gasol and Bynum and I’m interested in seeing how JaVale McGee reacts to his first taste of the post-season — especially against a marquee opponent.
Memphis (4) vs LA Clippers (5)
Clippers in 7. The conspiracy theorist in me believes the league will find a way to get through to the 2nd round. Memphis is a SOLID team that scares many. I get that. Most folks are taking the Grizz. But I wonder how much respect Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will get in the post-season and how much that could truly affect the series. I’m staying with LA.
So there are MY 1st round picks. Who do you have?
Friday, April 27th, 2012
Friday April 27 2012 – 1:42am Eastern – Toronto, ON
The Raptors WON their final game of the 2011-12 season and Paul Jones and Eric Smith broke down the good, bad, (ugly and indifferent) of the 2011-12 season their latest post-game VIDEO BLOG:
Game Highlights – Nets @ Raptors:
Ed Davis post-game Interview on SN590 (with #SmithAndJones):
Dwane Casey and Bryan Colangelo will meet with the media at 10am on Friday morning before they (likely) go into seclusion for most of the post-season; preparing for June’s 2012 NBA Draft.
Have a good one folks … And thank to ALL of you for tuning in through the season!
If This Is It? I can’t use that headline without giving SOME homage to the great “Huey Lewis and the News” ……………….
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
Tuesday April 24 2012 – 2:08am Eastern – Toronto, ON
The ROAD portion of the 2011-12 season is over.
The Raptors lost to the Bucks in Milwaukee on Monday night and before Paul Jones and I left Wisconsin, we checked in with our latest #SmithAndJones recap (this time from the BUS — sitting on the tarmac; just before boarding the flight home to Toronto):
The final game of the season goes Thursday night at 7pm at the ACC. You can hear all of the actions between the Nets and Raptors on AM 610, CKTB.
Have a good one folks
Game highlights – Raptors @ Bucks (April 23 2012):
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
Sunday April 22 2012 – 10:57pm Central – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Tank Nation goes to bed happy …
Rumble, Rumble, Rumble …
In what can only be described as an ‘epic battle’ (ummm?) … the Raptors lost by 3 to the Pistons … and here’s how a yellow-tinged Paul Jones and I broke it down when we landed in Milwaukee:
Nice to have a quick flight from Michigan to Wisconsin — getting in before 12am Eastern!
The FINAL road game of the season goes tomorrow night — 8pm Eastern … Raptors @ Bucks.
We’ll have the call at 8pm et on AM 610 (again – take note – we’re not on SN590 on Monday so be sure to go up the dial a bit and hear us on AM610).
Have a good one folks!
Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Saturday April 21 2012 – 3:20pm Eastern – Birmingham, Michigan
It seems like the Raptors played about a week ago; 3 days off in between games simply doesn’t happen during this lockout-shortened season!
But as the year winds down, Toronto has had a chance to rest and recover as they get set for the Pistons on Sunday evening.
For more on Dwane Casey and Co. … check out the latest #SmithAndJones VLOG:
We’ll be on the air at 6pm tomorrow night.
Have a good one folks.
We said in the VLOG above that we’d show you the original video we shot…with the ‘blooper’…so here ya go (skip ahead to the final 15 seconds):
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Wednesday April 18 2012 – 11:14pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
That was a 2nd half to forget!
No Bosh … no Wade … No problem!
Miami took advantage of an undermanned Raptors squad (Calderon, Kleiza, Bargnani, Bayless) and wiped out a close 1st half with a DOMINANT 2nd half.
For more on this game, check out the latest #SmithAndJones VLOG … which tonight … became the #Smith VLOG:
If you missed the game … here are some of the ‘highlight’ …
RAPTORS @ HEAT (April 18):
Have a good one folks.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Wednesday April 18 2012 – 2:11pm Eastern – Miami, FL
The final road trip of the season is here.
Miami, Detroit, and Milwaukee over the next 6 days.
And it starts tonight with the Heat resting some key players against the Raptors.
For all the info you need, check out the latest #SmithAndJoness WATERSIDE preview:
The Jays take over the Sportsnet 590 airwaves tonight so you can hear the call of the Raptors and Heat up the dial on AM610 CKTB. Jonesy and I hit the air at 730pm..
Have a good one folks
Monday, April 16th, 2012
Monday April 16 2012 – 11:16pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
After blowing out the Hawks in Atlanta last night … Toronto was dealt a dose of their own medicine by ATL … losing by 22 points at the ACC.
For more on the game, check out the latest #SmithAndJones video recap:
We’ll be back on the air at 7:30pm on Wednesday night from Miami.
You can hear us that night on AM610 (not SN590).
Thanks folks … have a good one.
Sunday, April 15th, 2012
Sunday April 15 2012 – 11:22pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
Back home in a HURRY thanks to our ‘Kobe Bryant’ of pilots, Captain Murray!
But before we left Atlanta, Paul Jones and I had a chance to recap the Raptors dominant win over the Hawks:
A big shout-out to our cameraman for this #SmithAndJones VLOG (the man you heard say “go” at the beginning, haha) … Associate Producer of the Raptors television broadcasts, Chris Phillips.
After winning wire-to-wire tonight … we’ll see if Toronto can repeat that performance when they see the Hawks again on Monday night at the ACC. Jonesy and I will be on the air at 7pm.
Have a good one
Game highlights – Raptors at Hawks (APR 15):
Post game interview with the Raptors swingman, DeMar DeRozan (APR 15):