NBA Playoffs 2014 First Round Recap

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.

Jason Kidd, the Brooklyn Nets Coach

Jason Kidd is entering his first year being the NBA head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, yet he is struggling. Since retirement, we do not know what coach Kidd has yet to learn about basketball coaching, yet he has the caliber chance to deliver an NBA title to Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, and Andrei Kirilenko. The real question we should be asking Jason Kidd is why do we care about him being a good coach. Don’t get me wrong, Kidd was a veteran presence to have in the locker room and on the court, and because of his savvy ball handling skills, he knows how to get the rock to his teammates where he likes to have them make shots. The fact is, Jason Kidd is a rookie coach and shouldn’t be taken seriously. This is his first year being a basketball coach, and should we be surprised that he is struggling? Not all first-year NBA coaches do well on the job. Stay tuned for future articles on Jeff Hornacek, the new coach of the Phoenix Suns and Brian Shaw, the new coach of the Denver Nuggets.

November games

This is the start of the NBA season and I have yet to witness, but read about it, Paul George’s basketball brilliance. He continues to expand his perimeter game and he is on the cusp of greatness, the same as Lebron James, and both George and James are continuing to put the hurt on opposing perimeter defenders with their long-range shooting and slashing to the hoop. Houston is 4-1, because of James Harden and new Rocket Dwight Howard’s post interior defense, scoring, and rebounding. It will all depend on Howard’s ability to finish games, because he was unable to help Kobe Bryant finish late in the closing seconds of basketball games when he was with the Lakers. Cleveland is 2-2 and I am keenly interested in how Jarrett Jack mentors the young Cavs in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Teams to watch out for as November games continue: the Brooklyn Nets with their starting five of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Brook Lopez, and the Chicago Bulls and their star point guard Derrick Rose plays since his injury, and Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe, who got off to a fast start having 18 points and 6 assists against Utah on November 1, 26 points and 14 assists against OKC on November 3, and 25 points and 5 assists against New Orleans on November 5.

Start of the 2013-2014 NBA Season

The Chicago Bulls will definitely have Derrick Rose back for a full NBA season and they hope they will dethrone the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat come June in the NBA Finals. The Brooklyn Nets have Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry and they will have new Nets coach Jason Kidd lead them to the Promised Land and get an NBA title. When the NBA season starts, look for these things to expect: 1) Watch out for Alex Len, the center for the Phoenix Suns and expect him to get 15 points-10 rebounds a night, 2) the duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson shoot the lights out of the gym every night, and 3) expect Chauncey Billups to have an impact on Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe’s development as basketball players.

Boston Celtics 2012-2013 NBA Season

Leandro Barbosa is going to join the Boston Celtics. This is a good opportunity for him to get to know Rajon Rondo and play with some of the Celtic greats like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Also joining Boston are Courtney Lee and Jason Terry. They may not rule the Eastern Conference like in the past, but they will still be there somewhere at the top of the playoff race.

Celtics vs Heat Game 5

This was a fun basketball game to watch on my computer. Not only did Boston compete in this game, they did all the right things to stop the Heat from playing their basketball game. They made Lebron James and Dwyane Wade learn how to beat them by themselves by scoring baskets. It was an all-around team effort for the Celtics. Ray Allen had 13 points, Kevin Garnett had 26, Paul Pierce had 19, Brandon Bass had 10, and bench reserve Mickael Pietrus had 13 points. They win this ball game 94-90.

Celtics vs Heat Game 3

The Boston Celtics came alive tonight in Game 3. They won it 101-91 behind Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo. This Celtics team has a chance now in Game 4 to tie the series and reclaim home court advantage. It won’t be easy, considering Dwyane Wade and Lebron James are on the other team. I believe the Celtics will fall to the superior Miami Heat team because of the superstar tandem of James and Wade. The Celtics may play ‘hero’ ball, but they will fall drastically to a Heat team that is destined to reach the NBA Finals twice in a row for two years. I also believe the Heat will face the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals and that will be a challenge thus far.

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.

Sixers/Celtics Playoff Thoughts

I was thinking, if the Bulls lost Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah for the entire playoff series against the Philadelphia Sixers, would the Boston Celtics have a chance to reach the NBA Finals again? Would the Celtics have in it them again despite old age? Don’t tell Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce I said that. They have problems in them relating to their health, not basketball. The injuries they have are age-related compared in basketball standards. I think the younger and athletic Philadelphia Sixers are more agile and more ably to run more than the Boston Celtics would do. If anything, a surprise to me would be the Sixers eliminating Boston from the playoff picture. Rajon Rondo wouldn’t be enough to help Boston beat the Sixers and go further than the Miami Heat would. The eventual NBA champion will come from the Western Conference.