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    Default Playoff Match Up Thread 4: Power Forwards





    IT BEGAN HERE



    IT BECAME THIS



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    Standing Tall & Talented, The Irrepressible One



    #1 - Amar'e Stoudemire


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    Finally, after a year of shouldering the burden of NY's reemergence in to the limelight, the culmination of his efforts as Team Captain have materialised: Playoffs. His goal as the franchise player, captain and soul of a team clawing for recognition has been met.

    None, in more than a decade, have waved the orange and blue banner with a fervor the likes of his own. He has done his part in bringing a winning record and a trip to the post-season. I, for one, could not be more thankful for his efforts nor more in awe of his desire to quench the city, the team and the fans of their thirst for success. Amar'e Stoudemire is the bringer of rain.



    Our Captain, Saviour and Beacon wills us to battle!



    A Playoff CV Riddled With Brilliance & Controversy






    Head To Head With His Counterpart




    Age: 28 > 35
    Height: 6'10" < 6'11"
    Weight: 240 < 253
    Wingspan: 7'1" < 7'4"


    25.5 PPG > 14.9
    8.5 RPG < 8.9
    2.5 APG > 2.4
    2.0 BPG > 0.8
    .505 FG% < .528


    Nowhere on the floor will the intensity be as static as it will be between Amar'e and Garknee. This will be a torrent of expletives, taunting, media call outs, battles under the rim, shoot outs, foul outs, flagrant fouls, cheap shots and crisp, electric, unwavering hate. Mark my ****ing words: this one's gonna get snakey.

    Since joining the Celtics, Kevin Garnett has become the NBA's poster boy for boos and jeers. He is, what I like to call, a c**t. But, you can't discount the guy for intensity. His penchant for provocation, irritation and poor sportsmanship are a concoction with a winning resumé. So often has he dug deep and willed his team to victory, that to call this matchup one that is in our favour, would be like panning for Fool's Gold.


    Question: What will this bring out of Amar'e?

    He himself is a wilful individual. A first round elimination as this team's leader will be like an entré of cyanide to Amar'e. He chose the limelight, he decided on NY's media scrutiny, he now, more than ever, is looking down the business end of a loaded barrel. If pressure truly does make diamonds, then we have a potential 100ct stone just below the surface, ready for exposure.
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    ON THE FLOOR

    STAT has the athletic advantage, but not the physical. Both players are high post catch and shoot and finish well around the basket. Both can pass, block shots, run the floor and get to the line.

    Are we looking at a colliding elimination here?

    I think not.


    We need to run some plays for Amar'e and get him to the line. He must be included in the offence to keep Boston's incredibly tight motion defence moving. Through motion, we find holes and gaps. Garnett contests jumpers well with that 7'4" wingspan and deft timing. It is beyond crucial that Amar'e gets to the FT line, and has a chance to create for others from the high post as he has all year. Fields, in particular has a chance to reap the benefits of Boston's focus on Amar'e with his size and athletic advantage over Ray Allen.

    Amar'e will/should benefit from Boston's low/high block double teaming on Carmelo.

    If there were ever a team in which Amar'e's defensive awareness, boxing out and rebounding were of the utmost import, it's against Boston.

    Perhaps the call out of Gasol as 'soft' was a blessing for Amar'e now that he's been called out for his defensive lapses? Regardless, if he doesn't address them, he'll quickly go from saviour to scapegoat as the grip of the NY media tightens and the series moves on game to game.








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    #3 - Shawne Williams

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    In my eyes, Williams can be as pivotal a role player as any member of any playoff team if he has the mental fortitude to do so. A capable defender, shooter, rebounder and shot blocker, Williams' self-reformation meets its loftiest challenge yet: to become a playoff worthy contributor the likes of Horry, Odom, Cliff Livingston, Rambis, Ed Pinckney etc.

    We will need no less than his best. To expect any less of himself will be to ultimately fail when opportunity rears its head again, this time in a form previously unbeknownst to him.



    Head To Head With His Counterpart



    Age: 26 - 25
    Height: 6'9" - 6'9"
    Weight: 230 - 235
    Wingspan: 7'3" > 7'1"


    PPG 7 < 13.3
    RPG 3.8 < 4.8
    APG 0.7 < 1.4

    The most pivotal reserve match up for us in the series. Though the numbers may not reflect it, this matchup is well balanced. Like Williams, Jeff Green is a versatile player. He has range, can play 3 or 4 effectively, can rebound and pass and runs well. One thing he does not do well however is handle the rock. Some pressure on the ball will be necessary against Green, as he is capable of 20 point 8-10 rebound games.

    He plays well off the pass in motion, but his offensive awareness leaves something to be desired. Defensively he is capable both on and off the ball, but has been criticised for lacking a physical presence in post ups and under the backboard.

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    no way do we get swept. I bet Celtics fans are glad they are facing us.. LOL

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    Big Baby Will Be A Big Headache



    Age: 25
    Height: 6'9"
    Weight: 289

    PPG: 11.7
    RPG: 5.4
    APG: 1.7
    FG%: .446

    Whether of not he looks like a buttered potato, Big Gaby will be a handful for the interiorly challenged Knicks. At a whopping 289 pounds, Davis has reliable post moves, athleticism, strength, and knows how to play defence.

    A reliable mid range shooter and passer, Glen Davis will be a, literally, hippopotamus sized mismatch against our less bulky defenders.

    No doubt Coc Rivers will use him as a foul sponge with almost perpetual post up - back down plays with Allen and Rondo hovering around the arc and KG on the high post.

    We'll soon see exactly what he's had set up for him, but quote me on this: If we son't stop Big Gaby, we're in for even more so of a gruelling series.

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    Unfortunately this fat ******* they call 'Big Baby' is in the best shape of his career. Good scorer, defends quite well and does the dirty work in the paint.

    I think Shelden Williams or Ronny Turiaf would be the best players to match up with him, both are taller than him and as tough, if not tougher.

    Shawne Williams is too leightweight to battle with Davis.

    I hope Jeff Green continues his relatively poor play for Boston. He's been good in Oklahoma, but underachieving in Boston so far.

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    STAT VS GayKnee is going to get ugly tonight.

    A clash of egos the likes of which we haven't seen since Bird V Magic. But with less mullet and less AIDS

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    amar'e is just too quick for garnott. looking forward to shawne williams getting that 3pt shot going!

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    this matchup will be rugged, everyone else will see how hard these two are going, and its just going to add to the fire. cant wait. STAT will one up the big Knee. expect a lot of shoving to go on this series

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