NBA Halloween Hunches: Five Gut Feelings After Opening Week

Joseph Carlo Herrera@CarloHerreraContributor IIINovember 2, 2010

NBA Halloween Hunches: Five Gut Feelings After Opening Week

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 31: A fan poses a question to Kevin Durant #35 of the Seattle SuperSonics as he makes his NBA debut against the Denver Nuggets on Halloween at the Pepsi Center on October 31, 2007 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowle
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    Halloween has passed, and for sports fans that means the NBA season has already begun.

    Like most fans, I too took to the tradition of gobbling down on my couch, wearing my team's jersey, cheering to the point of insanity and cursing to the point of a felony. I was not let down by the provided entertainment, as the first two games alone were both thrilling and enchanting with powerhouses clashing to make statements early on in the season.

    Amidst all the hype and excitement, I noticed a couple of things that led me to infer some themes that I think may carry on throughout the season. There are observations aplenty in the first week alone but nothing that can be deemed entirely telling.

    Though statistics do matter, as a fan sometimes you just get these peculiar little gut feelings about things—like your team possibly making a comeback despite being down by twenty, a hunch that somebody is going to get traded or that terrible feeling that your team is going to lose no matter how much you try to think positively.

    According to a study written by the author Malcolm Gladwell in his book Blink, first impressions without thought are as accurate as a prediction can be. I don't know about all that, but I had a couple of those this week, and I feel it would be fun to share them with you.

    And since it's Halloween, I shook things up a little and incorporated macabre references all throughout the article to keep the Halloween spirit in check.

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Cleveland is ready to go Frankenstein on LeBron James and the Heat.

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 29:  Forward LeBron James #6 of  the Miami Heat wears a vampire teeth mouth guard as his team takes on the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena on October 29, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agree
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    Yes, the Cavaliers are still active—even after all the drama that happened this summer. I'm sure most of the fans were ready to move on and accept the fact that their franchise simply needed to rest in peace, but after such an unexpected 95-87 first game win over the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics, they have made it clear that they're not getting buried just like that. Cleveland is out for blood: traitor's blood.

    "I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart." - Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

    I doubt anyone reading this hasn't heard of the story of Frankenstein, right? It's about an intelligent young doctor that uses his education and mastery to create a duplicate of human life out of sewn-together parts of deceased organisms. This duplicate later becomes a murderous monster, and the doctor is forced to set sail on a mission to destroy it.

    Just change the doctor into the Cleveland Cavaliers and the monster into the Miami Heat and there you have it: "The Decision."

    After bringing life to LeBron's career and legacy, the city of Cleveland was left tarnished and scarred as the star turned on his makers and took his talents to South Beach. In this game, the Cavaliers franchise finds itself with an opportunity to stop the monstrosity that is LeBron James and the Heat.

    Can the humble Cleveland Cavaliers overcome LeBron's parts sewn together with those of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh which form the Miami Heat monster?

    Expect this to be one of the loudest, if not the loudest game this season. Fans all over the league will be split into two factions, and you know which side I'm going to be on.

    Oh look, LeBron's already dressed the part.

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John Wall is the only Wizard with actual powers.

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 24:  John Wall of Kentucky waits to be drafted first by The Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    Sometimes there are things that are really sad and unfortunate, yet you cannot seem to control yourself from cracking a giggle about them. It's like watching a news report about a guy who loses his hand after picking up a faulty firecracker—you feel for him and all, but come on: Why in the world did he go ahead and do that?

    That's the same way I felt for John Wall while watching both of the Wizards games this week.

    After indulging in the hoopla of being drafted first overall, John Wall is finally seeing the true nature of his situation. He's been sorted to the wrong house. The Wizards dropped the first two games of their season by a combined 33 points against the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks. It was evident that John Wall did everything within his young power in order to claw his team to a victory, as he has already posted a total of 42 points and 18 assists through both contests.

    Again, I feel his pain of doing the best you can yet the people around you just aren't right. Well, at least now we know what would've happened if Harry Potter was sent to Slytherin. I can just imagine John Wall during draft night saying, "Not Washington! Not Washington! Not Washington!" Haha, priceless! My advice? Do the John Wall.

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Blake Griffin is a beast, but the Clippers are still cursed.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27:  Blake Griffin #35 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts during a 98-88 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on October 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees th
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    When the Clippers picked Blake Griffin last year, they thought they finally had a chance to compete with the Lakers for control of Los Angeles. Think about it: Baron Davis at the point, Chris Kaman in the paint, Eric Gordon to shoot some threes and your brand-spanking-new superstar Blake Griffin! Perfect.

    Needless to remind you, Blake Griffin busted his knee before the season even began. The official statement coming from the team was that it was a basketball-related injury acquired in a preseason game, but who's buying that load of nonsense? It was obviously the Clipper curse.

    That franchise has some sort of really bad jives going on because for the past 33 freaking years, nothing has happened to them except tragedy followed by more tragedy. The way things go for those sorry suckers, you'd think William Shakespeare wrote a novel called "The Los Angeles Clippers" about a professional basketball team that finds new ways to lose year after year and suck the talent from any players that join them.

    Just like every season, they said this year was gonna be different.

    And guess what? They have a healthy roster this year! Plus Blake Griffin posted 20 points and 14 rebounds in his first game! Amazing!

    So is the curse finally broken? Was it all just a bunch of baloney? Is Blake Griffin the missing piece?

    Oh wait, he got 20 points and 14 rebounds while the Clippers lost by 10 freaking points to the Portland Trailblazers.

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Monta Ellis is sizzling for the Warriors, but in 7 Games, they will suffer.

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 27:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors and Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets scramble for a loose ball at Oracle Arena on January 27, 2010 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    This year, I can't help but think the Golden State Warriors are actually awesome. Sure, they did some foolish things like getting rid of Anthony Randolph, Marco Bellinelli, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azuibuike (okay a lot of foolish things), but they have Stephen Curry (the universally acceptable man crush) and Monta Ellis.

    In some strange and all too sudden outburst, Monta Ellis has turned into a scoring machine early on in the season—we saw him put up a career-high 41 points against the Lakers in the preseason, and he followed that up with a 46-point performance against the Houston Rockets.

    The simple fact that somebody on the Warriors can score over 40 points is impressive, but to do it twice in a week? I know Kobe's done that a million times, but some 6'3" guard in the Bay Area? Give the guy a medal! Also, get this: By scoring 46 points over the Rockets, Ellis now holds the highest opening-night scoring total since Michael Jordan dropped 59 on the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 1989.

    The thing about the Warriors is, they're in the Western Conference. That my friends, means they share the same territory as the Los Angeles Lakers.

    The Warriors have a lot of potential to make it into the playoffs if they can dig deep enough, but heed my word: Once they do, they'd stand a better chance watching the scene from the ring where Sadako says her ever famous line, "In seven days, you will suffer." rather than play against Kobe Bryant who doesn't even need to tell them that in seven games, they will suffer.

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In the end, the Lakers and Celtics will tell a tale as old as time.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a free throw in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowle
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    It's this early, but I'm already saying Lakers-Celtics finals rematch. If both teams keep doing what they're doing, it's pretty much set in stone.

    The Lakers are still undefeated through three games and are showing no signs of weakness whatsoever. You can see the great Kobe being Kobe, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom owning everyone down low, Shannon Brown being like Scottie Pippen, Steve Blake and Derek Fisher knocking down their threes and everyone else just doing their Laker thing under the greatest coach of all time, Phil Jackson.

    The Celtics, though not as good as the team in the paragraph above, have Rajon Rondo. I've made fun of this guy many times before because of the way he looks a lot like that dwarf Dopey from Snow White, but boy can that guy play. Despite losing one to the Cavaliers, Rajon Rondo and his Celtics bounced right back with a win over the New York Knicks wherein Rondo recorded a triple-double that included 24 assists, the second highest total in NBA history. Not only that, but when you add up all the assists he's had through these first three games, you'll get an exact figure of 50 assists.

    Anyone here watched or read Twilight? It's that saga about some vampires and werewolves and this sad teenage girl that gets caught in the middle of everything written by that Stephanie Meyer chick. Yes, the one with Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. (If you haven't, then forget I ever mentioned it—it's a waste of money, and even Googling it would mean wasting a few moments of your lifetime).

    For those that have seen/read this crap, you know how in one of those books the vampires and werewolves form some sort of heated pussified rivalry? Well the Lakers and the Celtics are... nothing like that!

    When the Lakers and Celtics get together on the same patch of hardwood, nobody leaves the building until one of those teams gets screwed over badly—and in the end, both sides leave hating each other even more.

    From the early days of basketball, the Lakers and the Celtics were already at war with each other, a rivalry stemming from the likes of Jerry West, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and more. The Celtics will want revenge for the beating they took last June, and the Lakers aren't going to let them take it. Oh, and did I mention that Kobe and Shaq will be at equal chances of grabbing another ring? Now that's scary.

    Sorry, Miami, I just don't think it's time yet.

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