Thunder vs Lakers Matchup


I love this series. Not only because the two best scorers in the game are featured, but because two seasons ago when the Thunder dynasty was new to the elite group of teams it was the Lakers who crushed their dreams. It’s awesome to see that this season the Thunder will get revenge at the Lakers. Also, because I’m hoping Ron… I mean Metta World Peace has another elbow spasm and starts more controversy. I also love when he contradicts his new name. Anyway, back to the series.

I think the main reason why the Lakers won’t win this series is because the Thunder are the only team in the league with enough premier post defenders to stop them from scoring inside. For the Lakers, their interior scoring is their biggest strength. The Thunder have Perkins, Collison, Mohammed, and Ibaka who are all defensive minded players who can limit Pau and Bynum. Pau was held to 10 points and Bynum was held to 20 in game 1. Game 1 was a blow out and a few things contributed to that. Kobe couldn’t get into a rythm. The Thunder had too many ways to stop him defensively, and they did. He shot a poor 38% from the field and was limited to 20 points. Sefolosha, Harden, and even Durant all took turns frustrating Kobe. Additionally, Ramon Sessions couldn’t put the ball in the hoop. He shot 1-7 from the field for 2 points. That attributes to the Thunder defense, and Russell Westbrook’s job on him. When Kobe is limited, Pau is being held to 10 points and Sessions is being held to 2, the Lakers will never win a game. That’s simply because the supporting cast behind them are pretty terrible. The bench scored 26 of the Lakers’ 90 points. Their depth will definitely be exposed in this series, considering the Thunder are such a deep team. They did a good job on the glass, but had no answer for Westbrook and Durant. If both of them continue to score 25+ for the rest of the series then this will be easy.

In game 2, the Lakers were close but couldn’t hold onto the lead for a full 48 minutes. That is credited to poor late game execution, which isn’t characteristic of the Lakers. They got a good last shot, but gave up a 9 point run to the Thunder in the final 2 minutes. To be quite honest, they only held the lead because the Thunder weren’t knocking down shots. It wasn’t because they were playing stellar basketball. Ramon Sessions was once again held to 2 points. He only took 3 shots though, so either he has to be more assertive or they just have to stop watching Kobe shoot the ball, which he isn’t doing efficiently by the way. He shot a poor 36% from 9-25 from the field. That was again credited to the strong perimeter defense of the Thunder. Once again the Laker bench was atrocious, scoring only 11 of the Lakers 75 points. They definitely need to step up, the Thunder have very good match-ups defensively against the Lakers starting unit so they desperately need some spark. Once again though, they did a great job on the glass out-rebounding the Thunder by 5. For the Thunder they have to be more aggressive. In game 1 and 2 they took way too many jump shots and that’s ok when you’re making them like in game 1. However, in game 2 when Harden is 3-8 and Westbrook is 5-17 they need scoring from inside. I’d look for them to be more aggressive down low, because they almost lost this game due to settling for jumpers.

For the future, I think the Thunder have to be more aggressive with the basketball. Maybe try to get more driving opportunities and get the Laker big men in trouble. For the Lakers, they need to take another look at their offensive strategy. Kobe is struggling this series shooting a combined 37% from the field. Sessions is struggling and the bench just can’t play basketball at this point. They should try utilize Bynum more in games 3 and 4, although the Thunder have interior defenders he has a size mismatch on everybody. They should play more of an inside out game through the rest of the series, that way they can get Bynum hot early and free up space for Sessions and Kobe.

I’m going to have to take the Thunder in this series in 5 games.

Spurs vs Clippers Matchup

To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed with this matchup, not because it won’t be close and exciting but because I was hoping the Grizzlies would advance and this would be a grittier more aggressive series. Instead it will probably be a high scoring shootout. Either way, this should be an exciting series.

In game 1, both teams put up 29 after the first quarter. Proving my theory of a shootout. Then in the second quarter we saw the difference between the Clippers and the Spurs. The ability to lock in defensively. The Spurs held the Clippers to 20 points, and the Spurs put up 28 points giving them a 8 point lead into halftime. I mean both teams shot above 44% from the field but the Spurs held L.A to 92 points. This game was a strange one, the main contributor from each team scored in single digits. Tony Parker and Chris Paul scored a combined 13 points for 4-22 shooting. With both of them being non factors in getting the ball in the hoop it let us compare the supporting cast of the two teams. They are both very deep. Both teams have a 10+ player rotation. It makes this series all the more unpredictable because we really don’t know who will step up. In Game 1, Eric Bledsoe broke out for 23 points and for the Spurs, Danny Green had 15. They’re both exceptionally deep teams and they may cancel each other out offensively. That’s why the Spurs veteran leadership and defensive experience will come into play, to see if they can lock in and change this series from a shootout to a good playoff series. What I did notice in this series is Blake Griffin isn’t ready for intense playoff games yet. He isn’t playing like an all-star. He is playing like a solid role player, he is clearly scared of the spotlight and his game isn’t yet developed for this type of series. He put up 15 points, 4 assists and 9 rebounds. Those aren’t all-star numbers, rookie of the year numbers, or super star numbers. His offensive game really revolves around athleticism and consists mainly of dunks, spin off alley-oops and the occasional offensive rebound. I’ve never been a fan of Blake Griffin, I’ve always remembered what Charles Barkley said last year. Something like, I can’t wait until he becomes a basketball player instead of an exceptional athlete.I think this series will really show his offensive limitations. Especially being guarded by the bigger Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter. For the Clippers, they desperately need to rebound the ball. They allowed 47 rebounds to the Spurs as supposed to their 34 rebounds. Of the Spurs 47 rebounds, 11 were offensive boards. Additionally, of the Spurs 108 points, 42 were in the paint. I think the interior defense of Griffin and Jordan have to step up. They can’t just catch lobs and expect to win a championship, they need to play defense instead of relying on the smaller Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans.

For the future, I think both point guards will definitely pick up their games. I look for a big game 2 from both of those guys. I expect both benches to continue to produce. For the Clippers, they desperately need Blake Griffin to step it up on both sides of the floor. He needs to be a leader and a star. The Spurs need to continue to share the ball like they did in game 1, and continue to lock in defensively like they did after the 1st quarter. I think the interior defense of the Spurs need to stay sharp. Even though they’re not as athletic they need to keep Jordan and Griffin contained. In game 1, they held the two to a combined 22 points. If they can continue to hold down the paint it puts a lot of pressure on the perimeter players on the Clippers who are much smaller then the perimeter defenders of the Spurs and could find it hard to score. I’ll give this series to the Spurs in 5.

NBA Playoffs: First Round Matchups

Western Conference Playoffs:

#1 Spurs vs #8 Jazz:

The Jazz did a great job to rebuild back into a playoff contender so quickly after Deron Williams’ departure. They did a great job to edge out Houston and Phoenix, but unfortunately that’s as far as it goes for this team. The Spurs, unfortunately are just better at almost every position. They are better coached, they play better defense and they have more playoff experience. Plus, Tony Parker is having arguably the best season of his career. The only way the Jazz have a chance to steal a few games in this series is to use their youth and outrun the Spurs for 48 minutes. If you let the Spurs set up in a half court defense it is very hard to score against them. Overall, they have a younger and fresher team and if they fast break this team they may have a chance to steal a game. Don’t expect another #8 seed upset against the Spurs this year. Sure the Jazz have the height down low like the Grizzlies but they’re not as gritty, defensive minded or deep. They have no chance at winning this series. Spurs win 4-1.

#2 Thunder vs # 7 Mavericks:

This series is a given through my eyes. The Thunder are younger, quicker, better, faster, and more talented as a team. Besides the Mavericks’ success this season, they never really created this team for this season. It’s all about free agency this summer. When they gave up Chandler, Barea, Butler and Stevenson they gave up a chance of winning another championship. Especially when their Lamar Odom experiment failed, they lost more depth and a chance at a repeat. The Thunder are younger and more talented, they will outrun the Mavs they will shut the Mavs down and they should have their way with this team. They are also wiser and more experienced of a bunch this year. But look for Dirk to still put up 30 a night, unfortunately it won’t mean much because the Thunder will win in 5.

#3 Lakers vs # 6 Nuggets:

This series is tough one, out of all the match-ups this is is the one that would most likely be a possible upset. However, i’m taking the Lakers in this series. I think the Lakers are just too big for the Nuggets. When Bynum is playing like the future Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol is dishing, rebounding and scoring, the Lakers are unstoppable. McGee is big, sure, but he isn’t a good defender in the post. It should be a battle down low, and if Bynum can use a variety of post moves then he should give the Lakers the edge. When the Lakers play an effective inside out game they’re unstoppable, with Kobe knocking down his shots and Bynum dominating the post they’re unguardable. They have three players who command full attention from defenses, and best of all, all three command attention from different areas on the floor, which always guarantees an opening somewhere. The Lakers need to have everyone score the ball for them in this series. If they stand around and stare at Kobe all day they won’t last long in the playoffs. If they get everyone involved, they should do very well.  The key for the Nuggets to win the series is for their bench to overproduce. The Lakers are very thin, especially with the absence of Metta World Peace due to his elbow to the head of James Harden. The Lakers don’t have a very solid bench so if the Nuggets can hit LA with a balanced attack the Nuggets can have a solid chance at an upset. They’re also going to need Afflalo to play the toughest defense he’s ever played against Kobe to give them a chance. If Kobe gets hot in the postseason there is no slowing him down. They have to shut him down early. Lakers win in 6.

#4 Grizzlies vs #5 Clippers:

The winner of this series is also a toss up for me. But I’ll go with the Grizzlies on this one. I think the Grizzlies are too good a team defensively to lose this series. They have a better front court then the Clippers, they have more depth and when they clinched home-court I knew the Grizzlies would win this series. Remember last year when the Memphis fans almost won them the Thunder series and did win them the series against the Spurs. Their crowd is rowdy and really boost this team.  The Clippers are just as talented as the Grizzlies but have a very incomplete team. CP3 is unstoppable, Blake Griffin is unstoppable but the rest of their roster is lacking. When they lost Chauncey Billups their bench suffered as well. They’re going to need CP3 and Blake Griffin to go crazy in this series for them to win, because the Grizzlies are better everywhere else. The Grizzlies are going to need their bench to outplay the Clippers bench and they need Z-BO to shut down Griffin and Tony Allen to really bother CP3. If he can disrupt CP3 then their whole offense is gone. Grizzlies win in 7.

Eastern Conference Playoffs:

#1 Bulls vs #8 76’ers:

This match-up should be an easy one for Chicago. Hell, most match-ups should be easy for Chicago. But if Rose isn’t 100% this may be a harder series to win. The 76’ers are a very good team, very young, deep, and well coached. If Rose is 100% in this series, it’s a given for Chicago. Chicago’s defense is just too suffocating for any team to score on. If he’s not 100%, if he dabbles with injuries or anything like that the Bulls will have a harder time. Key word harder. There is a difference between a longer series and an upset for Philly. The Bulls will win this no doubt, it just depends on Rose’s health. Bulls in 5.

#2 Heat vs #7 Knicks:

Being the Knicks fan I am, it pains me to say that the Knicks have probably won’t win this series. They sure could make it hard though. The Heat have too much star power for the Knicks to compete with. They play one of the best defenses in the league and they just outmatch the Knicks. However, There are a few ways the Knicks can pull of an upset though. The first is if Amar’e gets his legs back in time and dominates Chris Bosh down low. He is the X factor for the series. Carmelo will have his hands full with Lebron, Dwyane Wade will have his hands full with Shumpert and that leaves Amar’e to really do work. If he can get 25 a night in this series then he can carry the Knicks. The other key for them is for their bench to keep producing at a very high level. The Knicks have a very deep bench. The Heat on the other hand have a very thin and inconsistent bench. If J.R Smith, Fields, Novak, Douglas, even Jeffries can impact the game and dominate the Heat’s second unit then the Knicks can win this series and pull of an upset. If Shumpert can shut down Dwyane Wade the Knicks would also have a better chance. Shumpert is one of the best defenders in the entire league and if he can contain Dwyane Wade that limits the Heat to Lebron James considering Bosh is shut down by Chandler. As well as Tyson Chandler dominating the paint, and making himself a presence down low. The Heat are a very small team, and Chandler is 7’1 and should out-rebound everyone. In their last match-up the Heat out-rebounded the Knicks, that shouldn’t happen in this series. Besides that, the obvious thing to remember is don’t turn the ball over. The Heat are the best team in fast-break points and they will kill the Knicks if they make lousy turnovers.  Otherwise, the Heat will take this series in 6.

#3 Pacers vs #6 Magic:

Charles Barkeley said it best, the Magic are just waiting for a way out. It’s so true. The Magic are the most discombobulated team in the playoffs, and the worst team in the playoffs. Without Dwight this team is awful, the whole offense of this team with Dwight is get it inside to Howard, let him draw a double team and then dish it out to one of the three point shooters who are wide open. Without Howard the Magic take contested threes and they become normal shooters now. They can’t create shots off the dribble, they can’t even defend without Howard. Roy Hibbert should also have a field day inside. It won’t even be fair. He’ll get about 25 and 12 a game for this series. He just outsizes the whole team, and will have his way in the post. We’ll really get to see the development of Hibbert and his arsenal of moves against Orlando. The Pacers are a very solid team, very balanced, young. They’re not showy they’re just very good. They will kill the Magic and especially with their home court advantage they should kill Orlando. The Pacers fans haven’t had so much to be excited about since Reggie Miller was in town. The crowd will be eccentric, crazy and scare the Magic out of Indiana. Indiana sweeps this series.

#4 Celtics vs #5 Hawks:

The Celtics will most definitely win this series. They really put together a good run toward the end of the season. They did a great job of inserting Avery Bradley into the starting lineup to play his lockdown defense and provide fresh legs. Then bring Ray Allen off the bench and let him dominate against second units, as well as rain three pointers from off the bench. Rajon Rondo is as always playing amazing, the whole team seems to be gelling and Doc Rivers has included Stiesma into the lineup and he has responded effectively. The Celtics have more experience a better homecourt and a better team. Especially without the inside presence of Al Horford, Kevin Garnett should have fun scoring on whoever dares to get embarrassed. Celtics will win in 6.

Championship Team

6-10 championships. That’s what they said. The Big 3 boldly stated that they could win 6+ championships with the Miami Heat. Everybody including themselves called this season a failure without a championship. I guess that’s what this season was for them a big failure.

When the finals rolled around, the veteran Mavericks were the underdogs. Rick Carlisle said it best, ” We don’t run fast or jump high, but we have a great team.”

A great team. That’s what wins championships. Not the superstar power of three players and a few points off the bench. No. It takes a Hall of Famer committed since the day he was drafted, to win a championship in Dallas. It takes a 6th man who is more clutch then a two-time MVP in this league. It takes a gritty interior defender who dives for loose balls everywhere they go. It takes an underdog foreign point guard who lights up everybody unexpectedly. It takes a veteran point guard with the best passing skills in NBA history. It takes a veteran forward who dreams of championships every night when he is sleeping. It takes a coach who loves his players and will stop at nothing to get them the championship they deserve. That’s what makes up a championship team.

That also carries over into the legacy conversation. Lebron James will never have a legacy as great as Dirk. Never. He may be more athletic, and more talented, but he played 7 years and needed a championship. So he took the easy route and that was it. He was in a better position for glory. Dirk went through 12 hectic, championship short seasons, he never doubted his team, or teammates, he never thought of leaving. Even when Steve Nash left he never called out the front office or did anything to jeopardise his legacy. He stuck with Dallas for 13 years and eventually won a championship. This championship that he won yesterday will mean more then any that Lebron ever wins. He won it over Lebron, he won it with the team he was drafted by, and he did it all by himself.


Dirk really showed what the heart of a champion meant. He played sick and scored 21. He was the lone star of a team without his number two scorer, in Caron Butler. He outplayed everybody on the court even two top 3 players in the NBA. Dirk will be remembered as a champion, like no other. He has no bad rep on him, he has not had a bad season in 13 years. Every year has been consistent and stat filled. Up and coming players should look to players like Dirk instead of Lebron. Players who don’t let their team down when it counts most, players who don’t call themselves the king and then don’t win a championship in 8 years, players who take the easy route to a championship. Not players like Lebron but like Dirk.

When we take a look at Dirk’s career we can really see how complete it has been. An MVP, a finals MVP, an NBA championship, recreating the power forward position, developing the 2nd most unstoppable shot in NBA history, scoring 20 or more points for 10+ years, 10 time all star, leading the Mavericks in points. I mean from top to bottom Dirk Nowitzki is a prize possession for this league. When we look back at this series we won’t be looking back at Lebron’s failure but Dirk’s great and much deserved success.



Finals Game 5: Notes

He stepped up. Just not enough, it wasn’t enough. A regular triple-double of 10 assists, 10 rebounds and only 17 points were how he responded to his meltdown.

He wasn’t as aggressive as I expected him to be. Those 10 assists show that, and his 17 points. He only attempted 2 free throws this game. It just shows you that against a tough defense, Lebron chooses to settle instead of attacking the hoop like he should.

I noticed that in this game Dallas came out ready to play. They were prepared, they were energetic and they were wild on defense. They started the game forcing turnovers and not giving up the easy lane to the basket. That was the beginning of their road to victory. Dirk made his first two shots from the field and his first two free throws.

Dirk was in a rythm.

Jason Terry started to look for his offense.


Shawn Marion was getting out in transition.

Everything was going well for the Mavericks, yet Miami was still persevering. Lebron was playing more aggressive, and the role players were helping him out.

This game was close. Closer then some games that have been played in the NBA Finals so far. Then the 4th quarter rolled around. People sat up in their seats, people put their drinks down, they started biting their nails, kids all around america begged their parents to stay up a bit longer, analysts looked more intensely at Lebron James and the Miami Heat, and Dirk Nowitzki and Lebron got ready. Here it was, the biggest game of their lives so far. The most important 12 minutes of their life so far. To put it all out there is an understatement, to do anything it takes to win sounds about right. This is the place where legends are made, and chokers are established. This is the place that Dirk has made a name for himself as one of the most clutch players in history, while Lebron has made a name for himself as the one who chokes. This was the moment for one of them to take their team to victory.

It started off like most 4th quarters. Close and tense. Until Dallas made a little run and then Miami made a comeback run, and it went back and forth until about 2 minutes in the quarter when Dirk span baseline and dunked the ball in to ignite the crowd and his teammates. Then Jason Kidd hit a big three and Jason Terry hit a big three the next possession. Then it was over. The Mavericks 4th quarter antics got them the win.

Lebron James on the other hand scored 2 points in the 4th quarter. Only 2 points in the game which was supposed to be the biggest of his career. If that’s how he treats the biggest quarter of the biggest game of his career then I am not looking forward to his career developing at all.

If Game 6 goes the same way. If Dirk’s supporting cast of Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry, J.J Barea, Jason Kidd, and Shawn Marion can score 62 points again. Then it will go very smoothly for Dallas, and their title hopes. If Miami can’t get Lebron to attack the paint and get to the line then the series will be done in 6 games.


Finals: Game 5

This will be a test of true will and effort. To win a must win game, takes concentration, 100% of effort and coming up big when it counts.

I know this game will come down to the 4th quarter. How can it not? Dwyane and Bosh are on top of their game, while Dirk keeps serving up his german dose of 30 points 10 rebounds. It’s whichever team will seal the deal when they can.

One thing I know I can look forward to is Lebron domination. Lebron domination in a roudy, road stadium, in the finals, in a must win game. I am so excited to see him go crazy tonight. He’s going to start this game going in to the paint, drawing fouls and just being classic Lebron. I see a 30 point outing for the young fella from Cleveland tonight.

The only problem I see with his mindset towards tonights game is this. With all the criticism he has taken for his underachieving 8 point game 4, he knows he has to play aggressively on offense. He needs to fill up the stat sheet and produce. His teammates know this too, they know he is going to be looking to score more then anything. Which is why I see a shy cast of Miami Heat players tonight. If Lebron is going to produce at a high rate, and look to do so, his teammates may think more about his offense then their own. They may shy away from scoring and get it to Lebron on more possessions. This i believe will cause Dwyane, Bosh and all the productive role players to lose some of their hot rythm. Tonight will be a test to see how Lebron’s aggressive mindset will be adjusted into the offense and minds of the other players.

The Heat as a team have to win this game, and the way they do that is by executing in the 4th quarter. Too many times have I been absolutely disgusted by the way the Miami Heat have executed in the 4th quarter. It started with their 15 point meltdown, then Dwyane Wade dropping the ball, then Lebron not taking a shot in the 4th quarter. This isn’t so hard. You run a play for your best clutch player-(Dwyane Wade.) You get him the ball, all the other players move aside as he scores a bucket, or gets to the line. I have been disappointed more that they couldn’t finish out games because they have two superstars and future hall of famers on their team. It should be a piece of cake. That’s been the difference when you look at Dwyane Wade and Dirk in this series. One has produced in the 4th quarter with timely baskets while the other hasn’t. The finals will be a grind, they’re going to be within 3 or 4 points heading into the 4th quarter. It’s the superstars job to take care of business when it counts. And, oh boy does it count now.

The Mavericks need this game more then the Heat need it. To go back to Miami down a game is tough. The atmosphere in a game 6 in Miami with the chance to win it all will be overwhelming for any team. If they can go back up a game, then the pressure is on Miami to please their overwhelming crowd, who will be louder then if they were up a game because they know their praise will keep their team going when it counts most. They need to do exactly what they did in game 4. The Dallas bench was on fire. Chandler had 13 points and 16 boards, Terry had 17, Marion had 13, Barea had 8.

41 points from those four guys plus a healthy Dirk Nowitzki is unstoppable. If you think that they won that game with a sick Dirk, imagine all that bench production with a healthy one. Hopefully the bench doesn’t shy away because he is healthy now, they can still be a big part of the offense and not defer to him too much.

Game 5. We’ll see you in 8 hours.



Game 4: Notes

Yes, I have a fever of 101 degrees. Your point?

Dirk wasn’t going to let anything hold him back from playing in this game. Not even a 100+ fever. He knew he had to carry his team and he did so in the last 20 seconds. The same play from game 2, just against Haslem and from the other side. He backed up, span around drove to the hoop and softly laid the ball in the net.

Dwyane on the other hand was cutting around the top of the perimeter. Mike Miller tossed the ball in, he grasps it lightly but lets it go. He sprints toward half-court and dives for the ball with determination.

He tosses the ball back and into the hands of Mike Miller. He throws up a prayer and the game ends. Dallas 86-Miami 83.

That was the difference in this game. When it counted one star player showed up while the other one dropped the ball. That’s not to say D-Wade had a bad game. Besides that fumble, he had the best game on the court. 32 points, 2 blocks and 6 rebounds. He put it all out there and can be proud of how he played. Sometimes the cards aren’t drawn the way we’d like.

As soon as the game started I noticed a different energy about Dallas. There was an extra umph to their game. Some extra swagger to their step. They were going crazy on defense, waving their hands around, moving quickly, covering everybody. They looked like a new team. For the first time this series it wasn’t just Dirk who was playing well it was the whole team. Shawn Marion was knocking down shots, Deshawn Stevenson was hitting threes, Jason Terry was flying down the runway, Tyson Chandler was thumping his chest, J.J Barea was even flipping up some reverse lay-ups. All this while holding Miami to 25% from the field. The depth that was supposed to kill Miami was suddenly playing some kick-ass basketball. Some basketball that brought a smile to my face.

The momentum is with them now. Tyson Chandler got his rage back inside, Jason Terry got some flight time, J.J Barea was doing his acrobatics and the crowd is hungrier and crazier then ever. It’s going to be hard for Miami to go to Dallas play a must win game against a crowd high on energy and a team high on momentum. It’ll be hard and Dallas has set themselves up very well for this pivotal game 5.

For Miami I was impressed with their countering skills. The game started off with Dallas dominating on defense, hustle and effort yet the score was still tied. That was all due to the calm, composed minds of the Miami Heat. They could see a more aggressive team but they didn’t back away, or play any less then they could. They fought back harder and finished the half up by two points. That shows me some improvement from the game 2 meltdown. Instead of giving up when they could they fought and fought and ended up with the lead for the first half. Unfortunately they lost the game, but from a development standpoint it shows an improvement in maturity and heart.

I also noticed that Lebron will be getting a lot more criticism from now on. After getting 8 points in a crucial game 4.

There is no elbow excuse now, even Erik Spoelstra says Lebron is physically fine. He just has to get more aggressive. He’s standing around the perimeter looking for teammates, or in the post looking for teammates. He is rarely jab stepping and getting ready for a drive or a jump-shot. Let’s not get Lechoke back Lebron, you and I both don’t want that name stuck on you. He has to be more aggressive for Miami to win this series. We’ve all seen what Lebron can do when he is at the top of his game. It’s just a matter of putting your concentration to it and dominating.