Saturday, March 29, 2008

A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds To Mars

The song rocks & I really love the video. It makes me remember of the special episode I watched on a tv channel that featured the worsening case of global warming and how it'll affect us if it continues on. That actually made me realize how serious global warming is and how it could change the Earth.

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Lie awake in bed at night
And think about your life
Do you want to be different? [different...
Try to let go of the truth
The battles of your youth
’Cause this is just a game

It's a beautiful lie
It's a perfect denial
Such a beautiful lie to believe in
So beautiful, beautiful it makes me

It's time to forget about the past
To wash away what happened last [happened last...
Hide behind an empty face
Don't ask too much, just say
'Cause this is just a game

It's a beautiful lie
It's a perfect denial
Such a beautiful lie to believe in
So beautiful, beautiful it makes me


Everyone's looking at me
I'm running around in circles, baby
A quiet desperation's building higher
I've got to remember this is just a game


So beautiful, beautiful... x4

It's a beautiful lie ---
It's a perfect denial --- [so beautiful, beautiful
Such a beautiful lie to believe in ---
So beautiful, beautiful it makes me

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spurs V Mavs

The Texas sweep huh!.. "We don't want to see Texas again. It's a great state, but we don't want to see these three teams any more. They're too tough," said coach Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics. Of course, the Texas trio [Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs] are tough teams and I've never seen a tougher Western Conference than this season. Why these trio are tough to beat? First of to Houston, which despite the absence of Yao Ming can still pull off a long winning streak. As long as T-Mac stays healthy, the Rockets are a team to beat. Second stop is Dallas. The Dallas were reshaped with the coming of Jason Kidd. He's a great advantage for the team when it comes to the offensive end. And obviously, the Mavs are offensively better and are trying to improve defensively especially with the loss of a great defensive player in the name of Diop.

But despite all the efforts coming from Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, the Mavs are on the 7th spot of the Western Conference. And they've recently lost two straight games against winning teams that is very unlikely of the Spurs' situation now who's won back-to-back games against losing teams. The Mavs are about to face their fellow-Texan team in their homecourt soon. The team's best weapon against the Spurs is their offensive edge. If they play tough D, don't ever let Erick Dampier get early fouls or they'll end up playing the slow-paced style of the Spurs. Of course, anything can happen and I'm not saying that the Spurs got this game on their bag. What I'm trying to say is that the Mavs lack of D strategies cannot easily beat a defense-minded team like the Spurs. If they want to win, they have to take the lead as early as possible and don't let Manu Ginobili out of their sights!.. And lastly, watch out for Kurt Thomas!.. =p Spurs-Mavs game by Bill Fitch

My Thoughts of the Spurs

Wow, I missed logging on to I just wish it wasn't blocked by the technical department here in our office. Sigh!.. But anyways, I was pissed with how the San Antonio Spurs played against the New Orleans Hornets, Boston Celtics, & Philadelphia 76ers! [with a big exclamation mark] And then, there was the suspension of Bruce Bowen. Argh! Bear with me, okay. I was just annoyed by the fact that the regular season is coming to a close and yet the Spurs are struggling. This is the time where they usually put the pieces of the puzzle and gear up for the playoffs. Am I simply expecting too much from them? I guess I am and I think everybody [Spurs fan] is on the same page as well.

All I think of whenever the Spurs lose is that Pop's rotation didn't work and that's all. But there is no room for error now esp with the tight competition in the Western Conference. I wouldn't be this worried if the Spurs are on the East, you know. Sigh! Don't get too stressed like me, okay. I'm fine. I'll get over this for sure. [maybe I'm just so hooked to basketball] Sigh! Again.

But I'm bringing you some good news, the Spurs have won back-to-back games against the Chicago Bulls and the Sacramento Kings, respectively. Manu Ginobili was back as the 6th man of the Spurs during both games and the game against the Celtics. I am not against this, okay. But I think Ginobili brings a lot of confidence and drive for his team when he goes off the bench. Being on the starting lineup just tires him a lot and the Spur's bench becomes shallow without him. So, I understand this 'strategic' move from Pop.

“I loved it. It gives us our familiarity, our continuity, our personality, our comfort zone. Back the way we were," said Popovich. This is the final starting lineup: Tony Parker, Michael Finley, Tim Duncan, Bruce Bowen, and Fab Oberto. The bench: Manu Ginobili, Ime Udoka, Kurt Thomas, Jacque Vaughn, Robert Horry, Damon Stoudamire, Matt Bonner, Ian Mahinmi, and Brent Barry*. I know many Manu fans [including me] would disagree with this move, but hey Manu isn't complaining that is the sign of his sportsmanship. Let's just support him and root for him to win the 6th Man of the Year award this season.

To make things better for me and for my fellow Spurs fans, watching the Bulls-Spurs game last night made me notice the improvement of Kurt Thomas. He's starting to play the Spurs' way. Honestly, I didn't like him when he was with the Suns. He caused a lot of trouble for the Spurs. But a Spur simply honed his defensive and rebounding skills even more, which makes him an additional threat to opponents. The Spurs' Big Three and a deep bench could help the team survive come playoffs time. And with the upcoming return of Brent Barry, I think the Spurs can start gearing up for the tough battle in the Western Conference. The only concern now is that the Spurs have to win as many games as possible to get a comfortable spot on the playoffs, like having homecourt advantage.

P.S. That is a great idea John!.. =)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Spurs Too Short-Handed

I was very pissed when I found out that Bruce Bowen was given a one-game suspension because of the kicking issue during the game against the Hornets!.. Bowen haters are probably rejoicing right now. I am sure of that. I've had enough of Bowen's critics. Laughable suspension..

Okay, enough of the Bruce Bowen suspension, let's turn to the Pistons-Spurs game. The Detroit Pistons won against the San Antonio Spurs 84-80. Rip Hamilton scored 25 points and Tayshaun Prince adding 17 points. The Spurs were outrebounded by the Pistons, Antonio McDyess alone got 17 boards. On the Spurs lineup, it was Tony Parker that was hitting the shots with 26 points and 7 assists and Tim Duncan adding up 20 points and 10 boards. The Spurs are short-handed and inside I was sure that they'll lose to the Pistons. I am going to forgive for losing this game, but they have to gear up soon because the playoffs is near and the competition in the Western Conference has never been this tight.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hornets Stung the Spurs

When will the San Antonio Spurs win against the New Orleans Hornets?

Soon I guess because just now the Hornets stung the Spurs with a 100-75 win. That hurts! What's more painful is despite the 42.9 field-goal percentage of the Spurs, they couldn't contain the outburst of the 58.7 field-goal of the Hornets. Hornets' All-Star Chris Paul poured in 26 points, 16 assists, and 3 steals. David West, coming back from an injury, added 29 points and 10 boards. As for the Spurs, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker had 24 points apiece. Manu Ginobili had 11 points and 4 assists. The Spurs need time to rest after playing against winning teams because they'll be playing against more winning teams such as the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics. "Somebody made a mistake to do that," said ex-Spur-now-Hornets Melvin Ely. Whether the confetti was a mistake or not, they certainly enjoyed it because they defeated the Spurs once again. =p

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

His Airness Tops the List

Too bad for me, I haven't watched a single Bulls game during the Michael Jordan era. But I heard he's really good and I think he is good! No, he's more than good. He's is great! And the Special Edition of ESPN's Daily Dime proved to me how great His Airness is by presenting the "Greatest Shooting Guards EVER."

1. His Airness, Michael Jordan, sits at the top spot. He has 6 NBA titles [1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998], 5-time MVP [1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998], 6-time Finals MVP, 14-time All-Star, Defensive Player [1988], & Rookie of the Year [1985]. He played for the Chicago Bulls, if my calculations are correct, for 12 years and for the Washington Wizards for 2 years. A clutch player, a 3-point shooter, a defensive player, & a lot more. I mean, what more can he not do? Anyone who's seen him play can stand witness to his greatness. It's like he's mastered every aspect of the game. Everything about him is just great! Next time I come across a Jordan game, I'll watch it!..

2. Honestly, I don't how to start this. The second spot of the Greatest Shooting Guards goes to KB24. Yes, Kobe Bryant is second to His Airness. He's won 3 titles [2000, 2001, 2002] and been a 10-time All-Star. What's nerve-racking about KB24 is that he's just 29. Meaning, there is more to be written about this guy. At his age, he's already got a staggering 20,000 points which includes his 81-point game. I know he's good but......... Omg, forgive me. I can't continue on. I might say something awful. But don't worry my blog is open for your POVs.

3. Jerry who? Jerry West! Yea, before His Airness came there was Jerry West. Jerry West who played for the LA Lakers for his entire NBA career [1960-74] is the third placer. He's has 1 title, a Finals MVP award [1969], a 14-time All-Star, & a Hall of Famer. He's known to be very competitive, a great defensive stopper, and a clutch player, which is why he's called "Mr. Clutch." Even if the Lakers lost in the Finals of '69, Mr. Clutch still won his well-deserved Finals MVP award.

Having won NBA titles and awards are bonus points for greatness. But the real key to greatness is to learn the game by heart and playing with passion. There are a lot more players listed on the Daily Dime's Greatest Shooting Guards, check them out.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Jazz Burned Out the Suns

I miss writing here! I miss writing about basketball and it's like i've been away from home for a long time. Okay so here is the news, the San Antonio Spurs lost to the Denver Nuggets, 109-96. AI topped the Nuggets in scoring with 29 points and 9 assists. Carmelo Anthony helped out by adding 25 points. For the Spurs, it was Manu Ginobili that rolled the ball a lot with 24 points and Tim Duncan adding 23 points. Pop sure haven't made up his mind yet about the right rotation for his team. The Spurs are now 43-18 while the Nuggets, with 6 games behind the top teams, are 37-24. "What I like about San Antonio is I think we like playing them," said coach Karl of the Nuggets.

But what's shocking for me when I was checking today's games was the loss of the Phoenix Suns to the Utah Jazz. The Jazz win over the distressed Suns, 126-118. Honestly, the Suns' bench is too shallow. They need depth, more of it. And their D? It's not good. Okay, Shaquille O'neal can block, but can he get more rebounds for his new team? It's one of the reasons why he was acquired by the Suns, right? Oh. I miss Shawn Marion, such a big loss to the Suns. I'll move to the boxscores. The Jazz Big Three [??] Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, & Mehmet Okur? [big question mark] each had 25 points. Andrei Kirilenko still out because of the injury acquired during the previous Jazz-Mavericks game. To the side of the Suns, well, Amare Stoudemire was blazing hot with 37 points and O'neal adding 20 points. But the Suns were short and could not contain the 41 points from the Jazz during the 4th quarter. The Suns [40-22] now have lost 2 straight games, putting them 4 games behind the LA Lakers. And the Jazz? Well, they're 41-22, 3 games behind.