NBA Playoffs 2016

The Boston Celtics, behind Isaiah Thomas’s 42 points, have won Game 3 in Boston to cut the Atlanta Hawks’ deficit to 2-1 series lead. Also, Stephen Curry didn’t play in Game 3 and although the Warriors were lacking in having a point guard who could dribble and make shots, the Warriors made it close with Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson scoring. The Cleveland Cavaliers are up 3-0 and are one game away from eliminating the Detroit Pistons. Though, the Cavs have Lebron James and could use another strong perimeter defender like James on the wing, I think that the Cavs could be unstoppable. The San Antonio Spurs are an well-oiled machine with fresher legs like Kawhi Leonard and Lamarcus Aldridge, who can put the ball in the basket with veterans like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker lurking in the shadows. The Spurs are also up 3-0 on the Memphis Grizzlies and are one game away from eliminating the Grizzlies.

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Golden State Warriors on a roll

The Golden State Warriors, led by coach Steve Kerr, have the best record in the NBA. Kerr has the Warriors buying and adjusting to the coaching system in his first season. Now, there is no need for having David Lee starting because Draymond Green is doing his best, if not better job than David Lee at playing basketball. Stephen Curry is still the NBA’s best perimeter shooter and Klay Thompson is also a lights-out shooter. If I were playing against the Warriors, I wouldn’t give Curry or Thompson the green light to shoot from three-land or from anywhere on the court. Golden State has two backup guards in Leandro Barbosa and Shaun Livingston who can create shots as well as Andre Iguodala who can manage to play some point for them. You can expect Andrew Bogut to play his all. He is ably-bodied for the assignment to play basketball. The Warriors are playing the basketball and stopping the ball from going into the basket. That’s how they are succeeding as a team.

Warriors hold off Thunder in last second shot

The addition of Andre Iguodala in the Golden State Warriors offseason made a dividend now when he made a clutch last second shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder to win it 116-115. Iguodala had 14 points and 9 assists. Warrior teammate Klay Thompson had 27 points to pace the Warriors in their thrilling victory. Stephen Curry had 22 points also to pace Golden State as well. Moving Iguodala to the small forward position and having Harrison Barnes come off the bench may seem a savvy move for Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, but worries to Mark Jackson on how to divvy up the minutes between both Iguodala and Barnes, because both are worthy of having 20+ minutes.

The Warriors have a very good defensive team, worthy of breaking down the game with their fast-paced pack of steals and blocked shots anchored by Andrew Bogut. With Andre Iguodala, they have a perimeter player who can defend the other team’s best perimeter scorer and make mad baskets on the other end. They may have a better basketball team statistically ahead of the San Antonio Spurs and the Indiana Pacers, because of what they can do on the defensive end in terms of generating steals for their offense. The best offense is their defense, as always the saying, “defense wins championships.”

NBA Happenings

Jarrett Jack signed an offer sheet to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler were traded as part of a three-team deal and went to Phoenix. Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick were also part of that deal and were traded to the Clippers. Andre Iguodala signed to played with the Golden State Warriors as Nick Young agreed to join the Los Angeles Lakers. J.J. Hickson signed a three-year deal to join the Denver Nuggets. The San Antonio Spurs reached an agreement to sign Marco Belinelli away from Chicago. The Portland Trail Blazers signed guard Earl Watson. Chauncey Billups is returning back to Detroit. Billups will be mentoring the younger Pistons guards at work. That will be a very good sight to watch. The NBA has had a bunch of signings of rookies joining up to play in the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers went and got Andrew Bynum from Philadelphia. The Bucks signed Jeff Teague to a contract and the Detroit Pistons signed Josh Smith and went to get Rasheed Wallace and brought him in as an assistant coach for the Pistons. C.J. Watson signed with the Indiana Pacers and the Pacers brought back David West.  Lots of things happening in the NBA. I just remembered to mention the signings going on right now. I think this fall’s NBA season going to be a very busy time for most of the NBA players.

NBA Off-Season Part 2

I expect to see Ben Gordon contribute in some big way to the Charlotte Bobcats’ offense. I really don’t see the Bobcats having an exciting season to the NBA playoffs. Expect Charlotte to make an impact with their youth movement.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be held back by the lack of depth. Kyrie Irving is the engine that runs the ship and he is the engine that will stop running the ship also. There will be no surprises here in the Cavs’ season.

The Mavericks get Elton Brand to pair up with Dirk Nowitzki? What are they thinking? Darren Collison has come abroad now with his scoring offense first and his assists-to-turnover ratio second. They’ve got Chris Kaman and O.J. Mayo from the Memphis Grizzlies now.

Watch and see the Denver Nuggets get hammered by Javale McGee’s personal development. He will hold back the Nuggets’ positive process as Denver is rebuilding behind their new acquisition in Andre Iguodala, their best perimeter defender.

Expect to see the Detroit Pistons rebuild in these better days behind draft pick Andre Drummond as he pairs up with Greg Monroe in the frontcourt. The Pistons aren’t expected to do any better, but is Tayshaun Prince happy in Detroit these few declining NBA seasons of missing the NBA playoffs?

The Golden State Warriors are in need of some really good bench players. They signed Andrew Bogut last season during the trade deadline. Watch and see how Harrison Barnes develops for the Warriors. He is a good NBA player who will be expected to thrive in this type of competitive and physical environment.

The Houston Rockets have too much youth. They have a lot of players on their roster who are either rookies or are 26 years old and under. They don’t have a clear-cut leader for this team. Better be Jeremy Lin or they’re really lost.

Philadelphia 76ers in the Second Round of the NBA Playoffs

I have to say it, the Philadelphia 76ers really surprised me. They took on the Chicago Bulls by force and there was no stopping them. They reached into their bag of basketball plays under Sixers coach Doug Collins and played their brand of basketball. This is what I have to say about Philadelphia head coach Doug Collins. He is an advocate of character development in his players and he preaches character-driven traits in his X-and-Os. In no doubt in my mind, if the Sixers have a chance and they have plenty of those chances, they might surprise themselves again and find a way to eliminate the Boston Celtics in these second round NBA playoff series. This Sixers team is driven by self-improvement and building character. The starting five of Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, and Andre Iguodala plus the bench of Louis Williams and Thaddeus Young are all molded by Collins’ character-driven coaching style. There is no individual star reaching out to get accolades. They all play stellar defense and share the basketball on offense. There’s no missing having a superstar like Lebron James or Dwyane Wade or Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook scoring all the points for you.

NBA Playoff Thoughts #9

This is infuriating! The Denver Nuggets force Game 7 in Los Angeles against the Lakers. How can this be? How did the Lakers let such a collapse happen? The Nuggets win Game 6 113-96, due to poor Lakers defense and execution. This should be an exciting basketball game to watch, considering the Lakers had a 3-1 series lead. The Philadelphia Sixers have won their first round playoff series with Chicago, winning Game 6, 79-78 on Andre Iguodala’s late free throws at the end of the game. I feel bad for Chicago, considering they did not have Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. However, life goes on and so does Chicago’s long summer. The Sixers will play the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Celtics win their first-round playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks 83-80, winning it four games to two. The Celtics are aging, but they are still a title contender. There’s no chance what Boston can do to win an NBA title in the playoffs.