NBA Playoffs : Day11 and Day12 Review

Let’s talk some playoffs and see how the remaining first round series are progressing.

Houston Vs. Dallas series’s won by Houston 4-1

Before the starts of the series i was looking for a more competitive one, but Houston played at a higher level from what i was expecting, yes they are a one man defense and that’ Howard who looks healthy and ready but they did play well behind Harden. From the Dallas point of view it is disappointing, Parson injury you can’t do much about that but the most disappointing is Rondo, he was a disturbing factor. The clock is running for them and they need to attract some free agents this summer the point guard position is there priority(Dragic would be a perfect fit for them).

Memphis Vs. Portland series’s won by Memphis 4-1

Memphis was great from Tony Allen defense to Big men passes, to there bench productions this team did great, Conley’s injury was the reason for them loosing game 4 but it wasn’t bad for the tem that gives him more time to recover and be ready for the second round. For Portland i really have nothing bad to say about them they banged up Wesley not playing Aflallo not healthy and missing the first 2 games, Batum and Aldridge not being 100% this team can’t do much against Memphis, but still they give good minutes to McCollum and Leonard and that will help them next season, going to this summer they will have one thing in mind KEEP Aldridge.

Clippers 107 Vs. 111 San Antonio series’s 3-2 for San Antonio

I saw a very good game 5 from both team, they are both championship caliber teams and unfortunately we will loose one of them by the end of the series. Te adjustment by the Spurs in this game is No 3’s, they run everyone from the 3 points line that result’s for some driving lines for CP3 and good dunks from DeAndre. No one will out coach the other in this series, it will come down to the X factors and in this one Diaw, Mills and Belinelli did more than Austin, Crawford and Davis. we’ll what what happens tonight i’m so excited.

Atlanta 107 Vs. 97 Brooklyn series’s 3-2 for Atlanta

Atlanta needs everybody to play 100% and when they stop moving the ball and going one on one with Millsap or Horford that’s there down point, they need to keep the ball in Teague’s hand and let him break Brooklyn’s defense down. For Brooklyn they are making a series out of this match up, they are keeping the games close, so when clutch time comes they can rely on there individual talent to make plays, but i still want them to, i don’t know if they watched Memphis games because they need to learn to make good entry passes early in the shoot clock to Lopez so he can operate, he is there only unguardable player on the court make good use of him.

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NBA Playoffs : Day 9 Review

We had 3 games last night let’s see what happened.

Chicago 88 Vs. 94 Milwaukee series is 3-2 for Chicago

The Milwaukee team is getting more confident, they still lack some good offense execution by the end of the game, but they are wining by there defense and that’s a good sign for a young team. For the Chicago side i didn’t see any sens of urgency they were thinking that’s being at home it will be easy and it’s not, it’s was an individual effort they played like one at a time sometimes it’s Buttler sometimes it’s Pau it’a hard to win like that. For Chicago there is no reason to panic they won at Milwaukee and they can do it again they just need to focus. For Milwaukee they have nothing to lose or like more it’s bonus time win a game i think it was the goal and wining another one away from home that’s great, they need to keep it loose to play with no pressure they are not supposed to go to a game 7 anyway so keep playing to your strength create turnovers and push the ball.

Memphis 92 Vs. 99 Portland series is 3-1 for Memphis

First big game from Lillard why? Easy Conley wasn’t playing as good as Udrih is he put ‘s less pressure on Lillard and that gives him more energy in attack, Batum and Aldrige where good too, Aflallo wasn’t playing well but what he did is let McCollum come of the bench and give Portland a good scorer from the bench. On the other side Conley is expected to be back in game 5 and rotation will go to normal they missed his passes and penetrations more than his scoring i’m not really worried about them they will finish the job at home as long as Conley is playing.

Atlanta 115 Vs.120 Brooklyn series is tied at 2-2

This is the kind of game Brooklyn wants it’s a high scoring game with not much defense, Brooklyn lacks defense not individual attacking talents, they have that and in a close game they have player to make the difference and create shoots for them selfs and others. On the other side Atlanta is a team concept basketball in offense and also in defense, so they need to get there defense tight and keep sharing the ball as long as the only player that’s hurting them is Lopez they will be in a good shape to win. D. Will did great in this game i see no reason for this performance to be repeated just because Teague is a better player and have to put more pressure on him in offense and in defense. I still see this one ending in 6 for Atlanta.

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NBA Playoffs : Weekend Review

let’s see what happened is the NBA the last 2 days, i saw a lot of basketball but not only, i saw also some MMA and Wrestling on the basketball court.

Cleveland Vs. Boston series over 4-0 for Cleveleand

The Celtics made all games close but their lack of talent does not allow them to win one. I have to talk about Perkins just stupid play against Crowder, and also J.R Smith elbowing the same Crowder. You know what, Karma guys in a normal ball play Love gets hurts and he is out for at least 2 weeks. Yes Boston got swept but it is a learning process for them and for the Cavs they won a series that they where supposed to win, we will know more about James team i the second round.

Toronto Vs. Washington series over 4-0 for Washington

Washington is the good surprise of the playoffs first round, they impressed me a lot, i knew that they will go as far as Wall and Beal take them and this duo is playing very well. On the other side what to say about Toronto, i’m pretty sure that Lowry is hurt he is not the all-star player that he was but it wasn’t the only thing i didn’t see any team spirit. Toronto will have a question to answer, and the question is : this team is good enough to continue with or they need to do some moves? For me they need a player at the 3 position Ross is not doing the job, they need someone who can take some pressure of DeRozen and Lowry.

Clippers 114 Vs. 105 San Antonio series’s tied at 2-2

The Clippers bench was key Davis Austin and Crawford did great, on the other side it’s hard to win when Spliter and Green put zero point. This is a series of very high level coaching, so from game to game we will get the right adjustments

Chicago 90 Vs. 92 Milwaukee series’s 3-1 for Chicago

Too much turnovers for the Bulls, that’s hurting them a lot because in half court their defense is elite. I’m very happy that the Bucks were able to win one that’s very good for the young team that they are and for the building process that they are in.

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NBA Playoffs : Day5 Review and Scott Brooks

Before i talk about Playoffs i have to talk about Scott Brooks i have to talk about him, he just got fired by OKC and you can’t be happy about someone loosing his job, but basketball talking he wasn’t doing a good job, i really never saw the team run plays it was one on one with Durant and Westbook, that maybe what this franchise needs to get a ring.

Now let’s see what happened tonight in the NBA playoffs world.

Atlanta 96 Vs. 91 Brooklyn

It was the game to steal for Brooklyn. The score does not tell the story, it was a 1 possession game with like 28 second to go, and D. Will. had a wild open look that he wasn’t able to make, but i have to say that it was the right play, it’s just basketball. Atlanta missed a lot of open looks in that game so i think they have nothing to worry about yes they still can’t defend Lopez but Brooklyn is helping them by not going to him very often.

It was good playoff game with energy and intensity i want to see more of that.

Memphis 97 Vs. 82 Portland

After the first quarter, Memphis took the lead and never look back. T.Allen was a beast in defense C. Lee did good in offense and Memphis was balling to the end. Portland miss Afflalo but not only they need to find good looks for Lillard and they need better effort from Batum.

This game was L. Aldrige against the Grizz and you know what The Grizz won.

L.A Clippers Vs. San Antonio

I will do the review tomorrow for this one it’s getting to late

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NBA Playoffs : Day 3 and 4 Review

We watched a lot of games but i have to be honest not a lot of playoff intensity basketball, that’s why i will do this review differently i was planing to analyze game by game but i saw my self repeating what i had already said on the preview or in the 1st games review. So let’s see the good surprises the bad ones.

Good Surprises :

  • My big surprise is the Washington Wizards win 2 games in Toronto is no easy task and i have to say that they make it looks easy. Wall and Beal are healthy and balling, the bench is looking good and Pierce is helping them a lot.
  • Houston impressed me, Harden will always be Harden i knew it before the start of the series but was i was doubting is the bench, you know what they are doing great Brewer is fantastic, and they are getting good minutes from everybody Prigioni is good too.
  • Dereck Rose is playing good basketball for Chicago his second game isn’t us good us the first one scoring wise, but what makes the Bulls dangerous is that they have more offensive options they need Rose to be aggressive and creative and not really as a dominant scorer.

Bad Surprises :

  • Kyle Lowry is not the same after his injury, it’s sad to say it but he is hurting his team. Casey may have to play Vasquez more to have a chance at this point they really have nothing to loose being down 2-0 it’s time to gamble.
  • The bad surprise is there is no surprise there is no team playing above there level surpassing them self’s in those firsts playoff games.

Hope things change, and in the NBA things change quickly. Last year we had the best first rounds of the playoffs ever, and i think this year we will have the best second round of the playoffs ever.

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NBA : Crazy Ending

I was planning to talk playoff match-ups this late in the regular season, but 2 to 3 games to the end of the season i we really don’t know much about who are in the playoff and who aren’t, and not much about the seeding too. So let’s see what we really know about this crazy season ending.

The East :

  • Atlanta is the east champion.
  • Cleveland is locked to the 2 seat and Central Division champion.
  • Toronto and Chicago are fighting for 3rd they are tied but Chicago holds the tie breaker and still 2 games to play.
  • Toronto is Atlantic Division champion.
  • Washington is locked to the 5th seat.
  • Milwaukee is locked to the 6th seat.
  • This where the crazy thing begins, we have 3 teams fighting for 2 playoffs seat (Miami is unlikely to get in) Boston (38/42) is 1 game ahead of Brooklyn (37/43) and Indiana (37/43). Brooklyn holds the tie breaker over Indiana by winning 2 out 3 against them.

If you think that the east is crazy, wait to see how crazy it is in the west.

The West :

  • Golden State is the best team in the league
  • Portland is Northwest Division champion and locked to the 4th seat, but will not have home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
  • Dallas is locked to the the 7th seat.
  • New Orleans and Oklahoma City are tied for the 8th seat with 2 games to go. New Orleans holds the tie breaker over Indiana by winning 2 out 3 against them.
  • I have never seen 4 teams fighting for the 2nd seat this late in the season, we have San Antonio (55/26) a half game a head of 3 teams L.A. Clippers, Houston and Memphis all at (54/26). It will be crazy talking tie breakers here but we can say one thing is that Southeast Division champion (San Antonio, Houston or Memphis) is most likely to be 2nd in the west.

All that craziness i you know what, we still have the playoffs to come. It is a good time to be a NBA fan.

NBA Awards : The Winner is …

The regular season is almost finished, so let’s talk awards before we talk playoffs.

6th Man Award : Let’s start with the nominees, Lou Williams from the Toronto Raptors, Isiah Thomas from Phoenix/Boston and Aaron Brooks from the Chicago Bulls.

  • Aaron Brooks : He played 79 games (21 as a starter) averaging 11.6 pts, 3.1 ast and 2 reb in 23 minutes, he gives the Bulls a good sparks from the bench and he is one of the reasons shown by the bulls in offense.
  • Isiah Thomas : He played 64 games averaging 16.5 pts, 4.2 ast and 2.3 reb in 26 minutes, he was good in Phoenix and he is helping the Celtics getting to the playoffs.
  • Lou Williams : He played 77 games averaging 15.4 pts, 2 ast and 1.8 reb in 25 minutes, he strarted the season great, and faded just like his team the Raptors.

I have to go with the most consistent all season long and the one who impresses me the most.

And the winner is : Isiah Thomas

Rookie of the year : Let’s start with the nominees, Nerlen Noel from the Sixers, Andrew Wiggins from the Wolves and Nikolas Mirotic from the Bulls.

  • Nikolas Mirotic : He played 79 games averaging 10 pts, 1.2 ast and 5 reb in 20 minutes , he is the only one doing it as a rookie in a winning team, playing the 3 and the 4 position, he is really playing efficient and winning basketball, shooting 11 shoots for 10 points.
  • Nerlen Noel : He played 75 games averaging 10 pts, 1.2 ast and 8.1 reb in 31 minutes, he can be a good defender in this league, but nothing more.
  • Andrew Wiggins : He played 78 games averaging 16.7 pts, 1.9 ast and 4.4 reb in 36 minutes, he is taking 15 shoots for 16.7 points that’s very good but i have to say that he is playing alot of garbage time and against the end of bench players.

It is hard for me to give an award to someone who is playing for a bad bad team, i think that it is easier putting good stats when you don’t have any responsibility of winning, at the end of the day it’s a team sport if what you do is not serving the team it does not have much value in my eyes.

And The winner is : Nikolas Mirotic

Most Improve Player : Let’s start with the nominees, Denis Schroder from the Hawks, Jimmy Butler from the Bulls and Draymond Green from the Warriors.

  • Denis Schroder : he improved from last year playing 73 more games, 16 more minutes per game, going from 13.1 pts to 20.1 pts, from 1 rbd to 2.1 rbd and from 0 ast to 4.2 ast. He just move from a non factor player in a barely playoff team to an influential player on the best team in the east.
  • Jimmy Butler : he improved from last year going from 2.5 pts to 10 pts, from 4.9 rbd to 5.8 rbd and from 2.6 ast to 3.3 ast. He was already a great defender now he is one of the best 2 ways players at the 2 position if not the best.
  • Draymond Green : he improved from last year playing 64 more games as a starter, 10 more minutes per game, going from 6.2 pts to 11.8 pts, from 5 rbd to 8.2 rbd and from 1.9 ast to 3.7 ast. He improved his offense, his defense playing night in night out against the likes of Aldridge, Zebo and Griffins. This guy is gone from a limited player to important peace in the best team in the league.

And the winner is : Draymond Green

Defensive player of the year : Let’s start with the nominees, Pau Gasol from the Bulls, DeAndre Jordan from the Cllipers and Draymond Green from the Warriors. In this award i really don’t want to mention stats because defense is more than that. Beside the nominees i have a special mention for Rudy Gobert from the Jazz he was great post Allstar.

  • Pau Gasol : I’m tired of hearing people saying that he is soft, he is not. Pau is a tough big in this league he protects the rim, and a good defender one on one.
  • Draymond Green : Going against all the best fours in this league is pretty hard and he is doing in effectively in the best defensive team in the league.
  • DeAndre Jordan : He is dominant in paint making up for defensive mistakes from the 2 and the 3 position defenders that the Clippers have.

And the winner is : DeAndre Jordan

Coach of the year : Let’s start with the nominees, Steve Keer with the Warriors, Mike Budenholzer with the Hawks and Jason Kidd with the Bucks.

  • Jason Kidd : He took the worst team in the league or the second worst and make them a playoff team ranking 6th in the east. He traded for Carter Wlliams in the mid season it doesn’t make the Bucks better in the short term but he knows what he is doing and after a training camp with he’s point guard the team will be better.
  • Mike Budenholzer : We all compare them to the Spurs that they are a poor man Spurs, but they are more than that. This team is playing flawless basketball in offense and team defense with no go to guy. They made the jump from 8th last season to first in the east this season, it’s just great.
  • Steve Keer : The Warriors goes from 6th last year to first in the league in a wild wild west, and that’s not only because of the natural progress of the player. It is easy to get players to buy in in offense but he really impresses me by getting his team playing great defense. This team is just the best offensive and defensive team in the league.

And the winner is : Steve Keer

Last but not Least the Award:

MVP : For this one i will go for on two player just because they dis separate them selves from the rest. Lebron was good but not at an MVP level Westbrook was good too but in a team fighting for a playoff spot it’s not enough.

Let’s start with the nominees Stephen Curry from the Warriors and James Harden from the Rockets.

  • Stephen Curry : He played 77 games averaging 24 pts, 7.8 ast and 4.3 reb and 2 stl in 33 minutes, he is the best player in the best team in the league, beating his own record of 3’s made per season. He was already the best shooter in the game now he is doing it all but i have to say that he have a pretty good supporting cast behind him and if you take him of this team they are still a playoff team.
  • James Harden : He played 78 games averaging 27.5 pts, 6.9 ast and 5.7 reb and 1.9 stl in 37 minutes, he is the best offensive player in the league by far, for him is comes so easily and this year he is creating for his teammates more and he did improves a bit in defense. With all the injuries the Rockets had this season without Harden this team is a lottery team, they will finish behind Phoenix for sure.

This one is too close but the word valuable for me means alot.

And the winner is : James Harden