Today’s Recap

Exciting basketball games! What fun to watch! The Boston Celtics took care of their semifinals series by taking a 3 games to 2 lead over the Philadelphia Sixers. They won 101-85. Brandon Bass was the leading Celtic scorer with 27 points, followed by Kevin Garnett with 20, Paul Pierce with 16, and Rajon Rondo with a double-double 13 points and 14 assists. Like I said in my earlier posts, the Sixers might steal the series. Overall, Boston has more experience playing in more playoff games than the Philadelphia Sixers have and the Big Boston Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen have experienced playoff games running up and down their veins. The double-header I saw after Boston/Philadelphia was the L.A. Lakers/Oklahoma City game. OKC ran and ran and I think they outran the Lakers as they won 106-90 and eliminated Kobe Bryant’s team. No match for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as usual. Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake couldn’t keep Westbrook in front of them. Metta World Peace a.k.a. Ron Artest couldn’t keep the lighter and quicker Russell Westbrook in front of him either. You can’t stop Kevin Durant from scoring, you can only hope to contain Durant and make him miss from his favorite spots. Now, that the Lakers have been ousted from the playoffs, here comes the bigger challenge: the San Antonio Spurs. Now, OKC, you’ve been able to hit jumpshots against the Dallas Mavericks and the L.A. Lakers. The San Antonio Spurs might not be so lucky to make jump shots against. They’ll contest you all game and all night long with perimeter shots and the Spurs’ defense will clog up the lanes to the basket as Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, two Spurs over 6 feet, 9 inches tall are waiting there. I’d like to see the Spurs neutralize the Thunder offense, which has been unstoppable and also fun to watch. James Harden, Durant, and Westbrook are the Thunder offense and are able to make jumpshots consistently. The trick is finding out how to contain the three terrific jumpshooters. You have to make life difficult for Harden, Durant, and Westbrook. Make them uncomfortable looking for their shots. Make Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha and Daequan Cook and Derek Fisher scoring options. Make Harden, Durant, and Westbrook consistent passers and make their Thunder teammates try and score with the basketball. That’s how you stop the Oklahoma City Thunder offense.

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