Daly Dose 05-22-18 Our Daly Dose solitaire tournament

Tuesday on the Dose, we recap Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and discuss some breaking sports news.

Today, May 22nd is National Solitaire Day! While we aren’t interested in playing cards, we do look at some of the all-time NBA players that would be great in a one-on-one tournament!

Finally, we look at the last few NBA coaching vacancies, and see which candidates could be the best fit to fill them!

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NBA Preview: The Southwest Division preview

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NBA Southwest

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(Predicted order of finish)

 

1. San Antonio Spurs

How much will the loss of Tim Duncan really affect the always resilient Spurs?

Last season he averaged career lows in points, rebounds, and minutes played.

But if nothing else, his retirement does drop the average age of the roster from 74 to 65.

Just wait until Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili hang it up.

They might get that average age down into the teens.

 

2. Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs didn’t just stand pat after their surprising 42 win season, that earned them the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

They went out and signed former Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut to add into the mix.

So as Dirk Nowitzki finishes out his career, he can watch Bogut sitting on the bench injured, and Barnes clanking open shot after open shot.

Enjoy your twilight years, Dirk!

 

3. Houston Rockets

For a number of years, the Rockets have fought the contention that they are only concerned with their offensive game.

With the hiring of head coach Mike D’Antoni Houston can finally put that argument to rest.

Defense is officially for suckers!

 

4. Memphis Grizzlies

The core of the always physical Grizzlies remains the same with Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen, and Mike Conley returning for their seventh season together.

But the Achilles heel for this group, has been their struggle to shoot from the perimeter.

So they went and signed knockdown shooter Chandler Parsons, who will either give them a bona-fide outside threat, or be given a wedgie and stuffed into his locker by his teammates.

 

5. New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans bottomed out last year, winning just 30 games, when do-everything forward Anthony Davis missed 21 games with various injuries.

But there is a reason that Davis is all-universe in the Big Easy.

It is primarily because Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, and the rest of the entire team are always injured and Davis literally has to do everything.

The Daly Dose Sports NBA Preview: Southwest Division

Our final NBA preview!

NBA Southwest

Western Conference Southwest

(Predicted order of finish)

Team Outlook
1. San Antonio Spurs The Spurs responded to getting knocked out of the first round of the playoffs last year by signing LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. Aldridge is a significant upgrade to the Spurs as a scorer and he seems to have a boring enough personality to fit right in with those robot nerds down there.
2. Houston Rockets You might look at the Rockets and consider them a favorite to contend for the West after they went to the Conference Finals last year. But there are still a number of questions that remain to be answered. How will James Harden deal with being jilted by a Kardashian? Can 30 year old Dwight Howard stay healthy? And what is really in Ty Lawsons’ water bottle?
3. New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis might be the best young player in the NBA today. For the second straight year he led the league in blocked shots, was fourth in scoring, and eighth in rebounds. Of course, Tyreke Evans is already hurt and we know that Eric Gordon can never stay healthy. So if the Pelicans are going to make the playoffs Davis will have to play at an All-World level.  So you’re telling me there’s a chance…
4. Memphis Grizzlies If I was going to head into a back alley brawl, I would want to take this team with me. Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, Jeff Green and Tony Allen are some bad dudes. Unfortunately this isn’t a street fight. It’s basketball. And this team is another year older and still can’t shoot.
5. Dallas Mavericks Sure, the Mavs may not have had the best offseason. Rim protector Tyson Chandler left for Phoenix. And talented shooter Monta Ellis has joined the Pacers in Indiana.  And Dirk Nowitzki is just another year older.

It isn’t all bad news though. At least free agent C DeAndre Jordan said he would go to Dallas, which should really help.

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