Friday, October 28, 2005


The nagging injuries of the players often change the course of the team’s destiny. For instance it was only few weeks’ back a Pacific Division crown was a sure thing for the Suns. But with Amare Stoudemire's unexpected knee surgery keeping, the superstar was sidelined for at least four months. With four talented teams all residing in the state of California, the Suns' road to the postseason now looks perturbed. There's traffic everywhere and it's difficult to know when it will clear. The other four teams in the division is talented enough to win the Pacific, yet the injuries caused to their superstars need to be answered. In case of the Sacramento Kings Peja Stojakovic returned to his form and became one of the league's most feared players two seasons ago. The Kings use their Arco Arena advantage to win the vast majority of their home games, and they ease past the Suns to win the division. But the worst was Rahim's knee – which kept New Jersey from signing. Without a great defense to fall back on, Sacramento fades back into the pack. But the Kings can still win a lot of games if they are assisted by a relatively untested bench. The Lakers Kobe Bryant enjoys an MVP-type season and Lamar Odom has become the Lakers' version of Scottie Pippen. But the worst is yet to mention; Bryant suffers through an injury-plagued season, Odom isn't comfortable in the triangle offense. L.A. has missed the playoffs for the second season in a row. The probability is if the rest of the division slumps, the Lakers will definitely rise to stardom. The Golden State Warriors has returned to the postseason for the first time in 12 years, but the injury trouble has taken its toll. Without Davis the talented corps of wing players struggles to mesh that has let the Warriors to stagger. The Los Angles Clippers Shawn Livingston becomes a star at the point, Elton Brand has dominated league and the Clippers' surfeit of shooters complements the two of them. The Clips become the best team in L.A., and they earned a berth in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. But Livingston can't stay healthy and coach Mike Dunleavy can't figure out how to let so many offensive-minded people to play together. The only ray of hope is if Dunleavy can achieve his goal of having his team make the extra pass consistently, this could be a dangerous team.


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