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Two days ago, it was Thanksgiving, so no NBA games! Yesterday night was pretty interesting, but very few surprises, excepting Dallas beaten by Atlanta!
What if tonight was the most surprising night, ever?

First of all, let’s take a look at that famous derby between San Antonio and Houston!

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The Spurs have one of the strongest team in the NBA. They have a record of 14 victories for only 2 defeats. They just dominated the Magic last night, without Parker. It will be a game time decision for his return to the competition.
They look pretty invincible, winning 12 of their last 13 games. Duncan has never seemed that young, and their collective way to play is just outstanding.

Houston has improved a lot since last year, and they just won 8 of their last 10 games. The duo Howard/Harden is just amazing, and they have many players able to bend the game: the revelation Omri Casspi, or the gunnner Chandler Parsons.
Even if Jeremy Lin is injured, Beverley can replace him!

It’s gonna be a very tough game, and the odds for Houston are around 3.00! Worth a try!

Now, what if the Nets woke up? They have to take a very tough trip to Memphis, to face the Grizzlies.

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Memphis has suffered a lot during the start of the season, but has improved and now appears as one of the better team in the NBA. Their defense is just crazy, and they never give up. They approach every games with the same mentality: fighting on every balls, every possessions, and every actions. Even if Gasol is injured, they can count on Randolph, Koufos or Allen, back from suspension.

In the same time, the Nets continue to disappoint. They have to show a sense of urgency. They have to trust each other and trust the system and what they are doing. Lopez is back from his injury, but Kirilenko and Terry remain sidelined.
The odds for Brooklyn are around 4.50, but don’t you feel the miracle possible?

Yeah, right, I’m not one of those people who listen to the sports commentators. Okay they give a running commentary of the game in real time, but I don’t need them to understand what is happening on the TV screen.
What’s more they often make mistakes: pronunciation of the players’ names, even of the teams’ name. This is sometimes nearly a calvary…

Some don’t even know what they are talking about. So, instead of suffering this torture, I prefer listening to music. I can give you some examples of music providing much more emotions than the commentators’ voices. I would like to start with one of my very favorite music. An old song I just rediscovered few days ago. A french song, so you may not understand everything, but believe me, the lyrics are just outstanding:

In the same kind, I may recommend that one, still in french:

And I should conclude with an english song, at last!

Much better than any sport comments isnt’t it?

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Mikhail Prokhorov, the owner of the Brooklyn Nets is ready to do anything to win that title. He showed his ambition during the summer, adding Garnett, Pierce and Terry to his team. He will have to pay a very expansive “luxury tax”, but those arrivals should lead the Nets to the Graal.

Those men have enough experience, talent and motivation to turn Brooklyn into one of the best team ever. Thanks to them, we are able to admire 5 all-stars at the same time on the pitch: Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett.

What’s more, they have one of the strongest bench of the all league: Kirilenko came for 3.2 millions, joining Reggie Evans, Mason Plumlee or Andray Blatche. On the paper, hard to see better team. But this is one the pitch that the games have to be won.

Kidd has been nominated as coach. This is one of the main weakness of the team: he has no experience! This is his first contract in that role! He will have to deal with the big pressure on his shoulders, proving that it was not a mistake.

The adversity is also quite strong: the Heat wants to win the title for the third consecutive time, and can count on Lebron James, the best actual player, whereas the Bulls have Derrick Rose back as the Thunder has Westbrook back…

Odds for Brooklyn are around 10.00… Worth a try!

And the main question, by who?

Last year, the germans won everything: the champions league, the national championship and the national cup! A real steamroller. They humiliated Barcelona, 4-0 in first leg, 3-0 in second leg. In final, they dominated their local rival, Dortmund.
Is it going to end the same way this year? Who can defeat them?

-> Barcelona.

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The desire for revenge will be their main motivation. They have one of the best player, ever, in their roster, Messi. And this year, they seem stronger, tactically speaking. They also recruited Neymar, one of the best actual striker. They changed their coach, and they seem better, still undefeated in their national championship.

-> Real Madrid:

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They still have a very competitive roster, and they changed their coach. No more Mourinho. With Ronaldo, they can beat anyone. Nevertheless, their defense seems to be a bit shaky. And Khedira is injured, big blow for their midfield. They also lost Callejon and Higuain, both gone to Napoli.

-> Paris:

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Paris is one of the new hype on the international scene. With the money brought by the Qataris, they built a very competitive roster. They have one of the best pair of strikers, with Cavani and Ibrahimovic. They also count on their defense, with Thiago Silva! The best actual defender.

-> Chuck Norris:

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What if Chuck was our only hope to defeat the germans? After all, isn’t he invincible?

Life is a game, just like poker. You can bluff, but how and when?
The first rule is to know your adversary! And don’t give him clues about your intention. In poker, it is called “Tells”.
Let’s see in what situation bluffing can be useful.

-> When you try to get a job! “I have to be honnest with you: I have other very interesting proposals.”

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-> When you may have to fight! “Be careful, I used to be a great judoka. And a great karateka as well.”

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-> During a police control! “You really want to do this? I used to work for the Home Office.”

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-> When you’re trying to seduce someone! “You’re July right? No? Oh Mary maybe? Still not… Hmm… Kate? Oh well, it doesn’t matter, just write your name and your phone number on that paper.”

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-> During a scrabble party! “Oh, you don’t know the word fffizzq? It’s a marine predator!”

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Ok, take a look around you. Five opponents, fighting for the victory. You need to be motivated, right? Listening to music can help!

You’re about to raise, because you know that you have the better hand… You feel powerful, you know you’re going to win and pocket the pot…

Okay, you just won the hand, but there is still so much to do before the final victory! Your adversaries respect you, they know it’s going to be tough to defeat you. You just took the lead…

Unfortunately, you can’t win every hands! Sometimes you lose, and you feel sad. That’s not just about the game, you even lose your self-confidence… If only you had done better

Nevertheless you need to relativize. The party will go on, and you will have opportunity to win and get back your coins! What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! Even at a poker table!

Yes that’s right, Brooklyn is my favorite team. I’ve always supported them. Their poor start of the season makes me mad, even sad. But is there any explanation to that poor start?

Obviously, yes. Many. The first thing is the head coach: Jason Kidd is a rookie, he just ended his career as a player few months ago, and he is already at the head of one of the biggest team ever… That went too fast, he wasn’t ready! He should have started with an other team, with less pressure. Because, yes Prokhorov, the owner of the team wants the title, and he wants it now!

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He has too much pressure on his shoulders…

But there are other explanations! Injuries! Some important players are injured: Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry have all missed many games. Two of them are starters, the two others are important in the turnover. That’s hard when you have a half team at the hospital.

But that’s not an excuse, his bench is deep, and he still has stars. Let’s talk about of those stars: Pierce, Garnett and Johnson! All of them are disappointing. And that’s the main point: the players don’t play the game! They don’t give everything on the pitch. Maybe are they too old? Maybe aren’t they motivated enough? But this is the coach’s work! He has to do better.

Tonight, the Nets are going to face the Pistons… And an other loss would be a big, big blow. Kidd could even be fired… At last!

GO NETS.

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