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 Playoffs : Day2 Review

Cleveland 113 Vs. 100 Boston

Cleveland get some adversity in the first quarter but after that it was all Cleveland Kyrie and Love get their first the playoffs game and they did very well, on the other side Boston does not have enough talent to compete. It was a well controlled game and i don’t see any adjustment that can make this series more competitive.

Atlanta 99 Vs. 92 Brooklyn

Brooklyn kept this game close and watchable but i never felt that they have a chance to win it. Atlanta is for reel they moved the ball and they fined the open man sometimes it’s Korver sometimes is others, they just get open looks easily. Maybe playing throw Lopez a lot may help Brooklyn do better next game.

Memphis 100 Vs. 86 Portland

Memphis getting the 100 mark means most of the time a win, it was no different here they got the win by defending Aldridge and Lillard very well. I expect Portland’s stars to do well  next game but my major concern is there defense, they had the same problem that they had last year with T. Parker, they can’t defend the pick and roll when the guard is a very good mid-range shooter and Udrih hurt them. Maybe putting Batum on the guard will help.

L.A. Clippers 107 Vs. 92 San Antonio

We had a pretty even first half, not good one basketball wise but a close one. The third quarter was the key one and it was all Clippers DeAndre was great in defense and CP3 and Griffin were greats in offense even Crawford looked good. In the 4th quarter the champs showed a lot of hearts and their bench get them back in the game but the clippers just where too much to handle for the Spurs tonight. Us much as i was disappointed of the first half i was so happy about the second one i’m talking about basketball quality.

What we know after Day 2 of the playoffs, home sweet home all teams playing at home won, Atlanta is for reel, Memphis is getting healthy, and the stars are balling.

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NBA : Injuries and Playoff Implications

Today we will talk unfortunatly about injuries, that’s part of the game and this year more than ever, we have had alot of them. So let’s start with the most important one, Melo’s injurie, no i’m just kidding a like him alot but him being on or off the floor will not get this Knicks team to the Playoffs. After some Knicks talk let’s start talking Basketball.

Kevin Durant : It can’t gets bigger we have the reigning MVP out for the reminder of the season, before that i hade OKC us a contender and even more i really was thinking of them us the ones comming out the west. But now even with Westbrook playing great they can’t win a playoff serie not the way the west is, they are most likely facing the Warriors and i don’t see them overcoming the depth and the talent that the warriors have. It’s a season ending injury for KD and also a season ending for all OKC’s asparations.

Wesley Matthews : This one is pretty tricky, as a starting five Portland still have a competitive one with Afflalo taking Wes place, he is a proven starter in the league and good defender. But the problem is that Afflalo was brought to solidify the bench and now they facing the same problem who will give Battum or Afflalo some rest. That will hurt them when times get tougher in a long playoff serie. So because of that for me they are out of championship considerations.

Dereck Rose : Yes he will be back soon, but is it the MVP D.Rose, the Allstar D.Rose or an average point guard D.Rose. That’s the question. For the Bulls to take over the East they need an Allstar D.Rose no question about that, being well coached and having more offensive weapons will not be enough for them to beat the Cavs and the Hawks in a serie. That’s a wait and see for me thing it’s all in Rose’s hands and health, he is the one making them a championship contender or will they stay this very combative and good team to watch that looses at the end.

Bradley Beal : I know that he is healthy and playing right now, but him being in and out of the line up all year long hurts the Wizards alot. I saw a very good Wizards team in the first couple of months of the season, i saw their progress from last year but now this team have no chemestry. So they may win their first round serie but they will not surpass their last year performance(loosing in the second round).

Patrick Beverley : I have to talk about him more because of his team playing that well and having the second best record in the west, kudos to Harden, than because him. Yes they will loose some defense by loosing him, but i never saw them win because of their defense. Prigioni even at his age can still run some offense and makes open threes. So this team will go us far us Harden will take them, and for me him playing at an MVP level they can of course win a playoff serie but they will not win two.

Paul George : I want just to say that i’m very happy to see him back in a win against Miami, but i don’t see Indiana getting this 8th seed in the east, they are a game behind Bonston with a tough schedule.