The Miami Heat have done it, they’ve swept the Charlotte Bobcats behind Lebron James. The Heat win it in four games, 109-98. The competition is easy for the Heat, thus far, wait for the later rounds especially the East Conference finals. It’ll get harder. Not so fast for the Indiana Pacers, who’ve slipped and slid this time in the first round. The Atlanta Hawks beat the Pacers 107-97 behind a lot of three pointers and I mean, a lot of three pointers by the Hawks. The Hawks are showing the Pacers they’re for real. The San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 93-89 in Dallas Texas, which should have been another exciting game to watch. The Spurs bounce back after losing on a three pointer by Mavs guard Vince Carter in Game 3. Nothing beats these steady Spurs at their game, although the Mavericks are giving them sort of a tough time by closing out on perimeter shooters and slowing down Tim Duncan in the low post.
The Pacers take Game 2 from the Atlanta Hawks 101-85. They rumbled from the start, and didn’t let up. The Wizards win Game 2 and they have the Chicago Bulls reeling. This is Washington coach Randy Wittman’s first 2-0 series lead and these inexperienced Wizards have gotten Chicago’s number by playing better basketball. Toronto wins Game 2 against Brooklyn and the series is tied 1-1. The Miami Heat turned up the works against the Bobcats to win Game 2 in Miami 101-97 and a reason to add to Miami’s success, they won’t win the NBA Finals. San Antonio or Oklahoma City will win it. I see San Antonio or Oklahoma City winning it, because they don’t lack scoring options and also because the Heat rely on Lebron James and Dwyane Wade bailing them out. The Trail Blazers win Game 2 against Houston and that’s no fact: the Trail Blazers are more talented with Damien Lilliard and LaMarcus Aldridge on paper than with James Harden and Dwight Howard. Blazers head coach Terry Stotts manages a very good ball club, because he knows what to expect out of them. Rockets coach Kevin McHale doesn’t really know what to get out of his two good players in Harden and Howard, because both are young about leading a team. Harden was a role player when he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Howard developed slowly about being a team captain with the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers. Dallas wins Game 2 against San Antonio because they played harder than the Spurs did. It was a surprise, considering they limited Tim Duncan and contested the San Antonio sharpshooters.
No surprise for the San Antonio Spurs who did have a game plan, but managed to ride the coattails of Tim Duncan down the stretch as they win their Game 1 of their series against the Dallas Mavericks, 90-85. The Mavericks shut down the Spurs’ perimeter shooters, but did not contain Duncan. That was a crucial point. The Golden State Warriors stole Game 1 from the L.A. Clippers, but the Clips took back Game 2 in dramatic fashion. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were factors in the Clippers’ win over Golden State. The defending NBA champions Miami Heat win Game 1 of their first round series against the Charlotte Bobcats, 99-88. Or at least that’s what the score is. Dwyane Wade came back from his injury to contribute in the Heat win. The Washington Wizards won the first game of their playoff series against the Chicago Bulls 102-93 and boy, did Nene, the power forward for the Wizards come up big. Knowing Joakim Noah was going to have a huge game for the Bulls, Nene prepared to defend him with all he has got. Brooklyn won Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors, because Paul Pierce showed up to play. This is the primary reason why the Nets signed Pierce and Kevin Garnett. So they could hit their big shots and their veteran leadership was shown in light of that. Oklahoma City won Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies, but Tony Allen’s perimeter d on Kevin Durant keyed the Grizzlies’ Game 2 victory. The Atlanta Hawks stole Game 1 from Indiana in Indianapolis, which was a big shock. Portland wins in overtime against the Houston Rockets 122-120 which was an exciting game. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a playoff career high 46 points on 17-for-31 shooting in that game. I am surprised by the Bulls’ loss, because I expected Joakim Noah to have a big game and I also expected Indiana to bring their ‘A’ game as well. I expect both Chicago and Indiana to bounce back. Expect the scoring champ Kevin Durant to bring his ‘A’ game in Game 3 in Memphis.
Three new NBA teams are showing up for the playoffs, the Charlotte Bobcats, the Toronto Raptors, and the Washington Wizards. The Wizards are really behind John Wall on him having a terrific year. The Bobcats are banking in with Kemba Walker doing the heavy lifting in Charlotte. Don’t be surprised if Toronto actually wins a playoff series this year. They are for real. The Raptors are gunning behind Kyle Lowry, Terrence Ross, and DeMar DeRozan. No surprises for the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, or the Memphis Grizzlies making the playoffs again. I like how the Golden State Warriors have made a late stride toward making a push for the playoffs. Don’t expect the Warriors to make a bigger push with David Lee and Stephen Curry trying to pull late night heroics.
Lebron James sets a Miami Heat record of 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on March 4. This may be one of the best performances that Lebron James may have of his career. James may need more scoring baskets to catch Kevin Durant, the forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder to be the regular season MVP.
Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on January 26, breaking Kobe Bryant’s record of 61 points at Madison Square Garden. He hasn’t been much of a contributing factor against much basketball opponents because he hasn’t shown much performance in his game since the outburst. If you want to talk about basketball outbursts, look at Kevin Durant and his scoring binges. He has scored 30+ points in the last ten games, grabbed 7 rebounds, averaged 4 assists, shot 57% from the field, and has been nearly perfect from the free throw line. Lebron James has also played very good basketball games, but none outperforming Kevin Durant as of late. It will be interesting to consider who will be MVP of the league and of the NBA Finals, if the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder meet again. Lebron James outdueled Durant in the 2012 NBA Finals. Kevin Durant will rely on his supporting cast to help him out, as he leads the team in scoring. It will be hard for Durant to manage without Russell Westbrook, as he recovers from his injury.
I live here in New York City and I cannot stand when the New York Knicks do rally from behind and beat the leading team. They beat the Charlotte Bobcats in an earlier contest which I posted earlier, 100-98. Now they defeat the Brooklyn Nets in another come-from-behind victory 100-97. Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd have got to be the guilty culprits when it comes to helping the Knicks overcome lead deficits during the game. As I watch Chandler play basketball, I begin to appreciate how much he contributes to winning basketball, as he already has an NBA ring. His defense means so much for a winning basketball team, yet his offense is scarcely improving.