Carmelo Anthony joins Paul George and Russell Westbrook on a star-studden Thunder team that will run. Believe that Anthony will still have a lot of open jump shots and will be prone defensively and George and Westbrook should make up for a lot of defensive action-oriented plays.
Chris Paul joins James Harden in Houston as the backcourt will generate a lot of points and steals. I am looking forward to see how Paul functions with Harden as the both of them will make the right play on offense and defense.
Paul George is leaving the Indiana Pacers to play with Russell Westbrook as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Truthfully, George’s presence there will make him feel a lot defensively with steals and blocks. With Westbrook and George in the back court, I think that they will run a lot and tire a lot of teams. Be prepared to run with the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Miami Heat…are…on a roll late here in Game 2. They come back to win the game 87-83, because of Lebron James and Dwyane Wade. Credit Norris Cole and Chris Andersen for their help too. They did something to help Miami stay in the game. All in all, it was a fantastic game, one in which there was a scary moment in a collision between Paul George and Dwyane Wade. It wasn’t serious, although George admitted he blacked out, but he is okay. The Heat gain homecourt advantage for Games 3 and 4 in Miami, and we’ll see what happens there as the series shifts there.
It’s only Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but the Miami Heat are pumped up and ready to go. Or were they? The Indiana Pacers came roaring to life and dominated the game from Paul George scoring to George Hill to Roy Hibbert. There was no stopping Indy. They played balanced basketball sharing the ball between all five players on the court and playing defense as one. What’s to expect in Game 2? Pretty much the same. See Indiana doing the same thing in Game 1. Share the ball, cut down on turnovers. What about Miami? Go to your star player, Lebron James and let him work. Let Lebron James dominate Lance Stephenson and David West on the post and perimeter.
The Clippers win ugly 101-99 and tie the series 2-2. Chris Paul wasn’t expecting a pretty victory, considering he had to defend Kevin Durant in the final minutes of the game. The Pacers win Game 4, going up 3 games to 1, 95-92 and they will think of the memories that brought them here as they end their series with Washington. Paul George is looking like the former self that is leading these Pacers. A lot of these kids from the Wizards, Bradley Beal and John Wall are growing up and Paul George is commenting on how they remind him of himself when he was entering the league. Now a veteran, George is showing Beal and Wall how to play basketball in these playoff games.
The Grizzlies hung on to beat Kevin Durant and his Thunder 98-95 to take the pivotal Game 3 and lead the series 2 games to 1. The L.A. Clippers held on to beat the Golden State Warriors 98-96 in their Game 3. Both were exciting games to watch. The Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 102-98 and they did it in style behind Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce. The Bulls take Game 3 against Washington, 100-97 and so do the Houston Rockets against the Portland Trail Blazers 121-116. So the Pacers win Game 4, 91-88 behind Paul George and it wasn’t easy, because a determined Hawks squad wanted to dismantle a united Pacers team on that night only. The Miami Heat take a 3-0 commanding series lead with a 98-85 victory and they look confident in the first round, knowing that the later rounds will get difficult as time goes on. The Mavericks win Game 3 on Vince Carter’s improbable three-pointer at the buzzer as Dallas wins 109-108 to lead the series against the San Antonio Spurs, 2 games to 1. And, the Oklahoma City Thunder take Game 4 92-89 against a mentally tough Memphis Grizzlies team led by Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Is there anyone in the league who can contain these two from getting their points? The San Antonio Spurs have shown that in the past playoffs. The Miami Heat are cruising here, because the first round competition is too easy to handle. The Raptors-Nets series, the Pacers-Hawks series, the Thunder-Grizzlies series, Mavericks-Spurs, and Bulls-Wizards are all very closely competitive contests. The Raptors and Nets are equally talented on paper, however the Nets are more experienced. The Hawks are giving Indiana all they can handle. The Grizzlies and Thunder face off in another showdown, while the Mavericks-Spurs and Bulls-Wizards are very closely played basketball games. Given from the start, the Wizards are showing us they are a very good ball club now against Chicago in these playoff games. The Atlanta Hawks are also showing the world they are a good basketball team against the Indiana Pacers.
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.
Indiana rode the strength of Roy Hibbert and David West and Paul George last night in Game 2. Whenever Lebron James and Dwyane Wade got into the paint, they were met by Roy Hibbert’s whose interior presence affected the Miami Heat’s game. Hibbert had a big scoring game and his height really took a toll and beating on Miami’s smaller defenders like Udonis Haslem. In the end of this exciting basketball game, Miami made two errors on Lebron James passing the ball in crunch time. They failed to recognize that Indiana surrounded him with help defenders so that James would be unable to complete his layup twice. Indiana’s defense sealed their win in Game 2. Indiana prevented Miami’s sharpshooters from taking three pointers and further allowed Wade or James to penetrate into the lane and get off their shots in the lane where the 7-2 Roy Hibbert waits. This was a defining win for Indiana, because Indiana coach Frank Vogel wants Lebron James to eat his words for knowing that the Pacers have a choke hold on this series and Indiana really wants to show the Heat that they are an elite team. Of course Miami has no one’s respect, because they’re the defending champs. Indiana doesn’t care about earning Miami’s respect,, they want to get there in a hurry by beating the Heat in four games and showing their basketball dominance in the NBA Finals. Indiana stole home court and now they can do more damage in Games 3 and 4 in Indiana. Here’s where they can harm Lebron James: beat him with more than one help defender and then rush back to their outside shooters when James kicks out the basketball to shooters like Mike Miller and Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers. The Indiana Pacers did that really well in Game 2 and it showed.
I’m watching a Bulls-Pacers game where the Bulls are down 89-94 to the Indiana Pacers with less than 40 seconds left to go. The Pacers should be giving a Bulls a whipping, because they are more talented than Chicago is, considering Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose is out with a torn ACL. These Bulls aren’t the same as last year, when they had John Lucas III, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson, and Omer Asik. They’re not completely different either as similar backups are taking their place and yet, some odd faces like Nazr Mohammed and Marquis Teague taking the floor. The Pacers, on the other hand, have a talented team with George Hill, Paul George, Danny Granger, and Roy Hibbert. It’s no wonder that Indiana is leading Chicago 95-92 with less than twenty seconds to go. It’s going to be a tight game.