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coreytaylor
04-18-2009, 11:17 AM
It's the time of the year that we, NBA fans, are all waiting for, its the NBA Playoffs once again! We all know that this year, it is going to be a very exciting and very intense as the Boston Celtics will defend their title but things are still very unpredictable since several teams are also being considered to be title contenders such as the Los Angeles Lakers & the Cleveland Cavaliers. Well, we can just ask ourselves: Will the Boston Celtics defend their title or will there be a new team that will be named as the new NBA Champions this year? Abangan!

*This thread is for the final scores and updates throughout the NBA Playoffs. You can also post your views and opinions after each game or make your own pre-game match-up previews.

*Since the NBA Playoffs has not started yet, let us know your playoffs predictions by answering these questions:

Who do you consider as the Dark Horse team in the NBA playoffs?

Who do you think will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals?

Who do you think will meet in the Western Conference Finals?

Who do you think will meet in be the 2009 NBA Championionship?

Who do you think will be the 2009 NBA Championions?

Who will be the Finals MVP?

coreytaylor
04-18-2009, 11:23 AM
Here's my predictions:

Who do you consider as the Dark Horse team in the NBA playoffs? Portland Trailblazers

Who do you think will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals? Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. Boston Celtics

Who do you think will meet in the Western Conference Finals? LA Lakers Vs. SA Spurs

Who do you think will meet in be the 2009 NBA Championionship? Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. LA Lakers

Who do you think will be the 2009 NBA Championions? Cleveland Cavaliers

Who will be the Finals MVP? Lebron James

joelex
04-18-2009, 12:30 PM
Who do you consider as the Dark Horse team in the NBA playoffs? Dallas Mavericks

Who do you think will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals? Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. Boston Celtics

Who do you think will meet in the Western Conference Finals? LA Lakers Vs. Dallas Mavericks

Who do you think will meet in be the 2009 NBA Championionship? Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. LA Lakers

Who do you think will be the 2009 NBA Championions? LA Lakers

Who will be the Finals MVP? Kobe Bryant

arjay_g
04-18-2009, 01:49 PM
dark horse - denver nuggets

east finals - cleveland cavs vs boston celts if KG can play........ cleveland cavs vs orlando magic if KG can't

west finals - la lakers vs denver nuggets

nba finals - celtics/lakers II if KG plays otherwise it's Lebron vs Kobe

NBA champs - Boston if KG plays. If not, Kobe wins his first title sans Shaq.

Finals MVP - Kobe if the Lakers win it.

arjay_g
04-19-2009, 04:10 AM
the defending champs fall in their postseason opener losing to the Chicago Bulls 105-103 in OT.

KG didn't play, Derrick Rose score 37 pts and 11asts, and Tyrus Thomas hit a corner jumper with 51 secs remaining in OT

source (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/recap;_ylt=AsiZcCXNWJhi.ivVDRM3w4E5nYcB?gid=200904 1802)

aircanda
04-19-2009, 12:33 PM
the defending champs fall in their postseason opener losing to the Chicago Bulls 105-103 in OT.

KG didn't play, Derrick Rose score 37 pts and 11asts, and Tyrus Thomas hit a corner jumper with 51 secs remaining in OT

source (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/recap;_ylt=AsiZcCXNWJhi.ivVDRM3w4E5nYcB?gid=200904 1802)


nagkaron ng confidence ang Chicago kaya sila nakadikit and eventually nanalo sila. Wala silang killer instict kanina. They should kill Chicago early in the game palang..

coreytaylor
04-19-2009, 02:36 PM
Is wasn't just D Rose who made that win possible. T Thomas knocked down a couple of shots that kept Chicago ahead of Boston.

stonecold316
04-21-2009, 03:13 PM
Lakers beat Jazz 113-110 to win playoff opener
04/20/2009 | 07:31 AM
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LOS ANGELES – The Lakers won the West in a runaway and they stuck to a similar script in their playoff opener. Kobe Bryant scored 24 points, Trevor Ariza added 21 and Pau Gasol 20 as Los Angeles defeated the Utah Jazz 113-100 Sunday.

Allowing a Phil Jackson-coached team to win Game 1 of any series doesn't bode well for the opposition. Jackson's teams improved to 42-0 in series openers, including 18-0 with the Lakers.

The Lakers wrapped up the top seed in the Western Conference with 2 1/2 weeks remaining in the regular season, and eventually won the West by 11 games.

They pretty much had their way against the Jazz, leading by 22 points at halftime and then answered resoundingly both times Utah got within nine in the second half.

Bryant's total gave him 3,710 career postseason points, moving him past Magic Johnson and into ninth on the NBA's list. He trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4,070) and Jerry West (4,457) for most points in the playoffs with the Lakers.

Carlos Boozer led the Jazz with 27 points and Deron Williams added 16 points and a career playoff-high 17 assists. Both were in foul trouble, with Boozer getting his third just before halftime when Williams already had two.

The Jazz sorely missed Mehmet Okur, who sat out with a mild right hamstring strain. He averages 17 points and 7.5 rebounds and gives Utah a much-needed inside presence against the Lakers' twin 7-footers, Andrew Bynum and Gasol.

Bynum had seven points and three rebounds playing in foul trouble most of the game.

The Jazz were 15-26 on the road during the regular season, and their luck at Staples Center isn't any better. The Lakers have won 10 in a row, including playoff games, at home against them.

The Jazz outscored the Lakers 33-24 in the third quarter to trail 86-73 going into the final 12 minutes. They opened the quarter on a 9-0 run, then a 9-2 burst got them to 72-63, their first single-digit deficit since late in the opening quarter.

But Bryant scored three in a row and Shannon Brown hit a 3-pointer that kept the Lakers ahead by 13.

The Jazz got to 98-89 on a 3-pointer by Andrei Kirilenko with 5:46 remaining in the game. Bryant answered with four points in a row and Gasol hit two free throws that pushed the lead back to 13 points.

Williams stole the ball from Bryant to start the game and the Jazz hit three quick shots to take their largest lead of four points.

It was all Lakers after that.

Bryant spent the first quarter getting his teammates involved, dishing off to Ariza and Brown for 3-pointers, and the Lakers built a 30-10 lead while shooting 71 percent.

Bryant sat down to start the second quarter while Lamar Odom and Bynum combined to score the Lakers' first 12 points, stretching their lead to 42-29. Twice the Jazz got within 10 in that span, but the Lakers took off on a 20-8 scoring binge the second time.

Bryant contributed by reeling off nine consecutive points before Luke Walton's 3-pointer gave the Lakers a 62-40 halftime lead.

The Jazz struggled on 35 percent shooting from the floor, and hit just 1-of-7 from 3-point range in the half.

Notes: Lakers coach Phil Jackson is breaking with his playoff tradition of wearing the most recent championship ring from his collection of nine NBA titles. "I'm tired of wearing that ring," he said about his 2002 bauble. "I've been wearing it for seven years now." ... Utah coach Jerry Sloan, Bryant and Odom each received technical fouls. ... Lakers G Jordan Farmar played despite tendinitis in his right pinky toe. ... Kanye West, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Eddie Murphy and Kelsey Grammar were among the celebs at the game. - AP

stonecold316
04-21-2009, 03:14 PM
Iguodala's jumper helps Sixers stun Magic
04/20/2009 | 08:43 AM
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ORLANDO, Fla. – Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers left the Magic stunned and the home fans silenced.

Iguodala made a 22-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining, and the 76ers rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Orlando 100-98 in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series Sunday.

Iguodala had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Louis Williams scored 18 to help the 76ers beat the Magic for the first time in four tries this season — and when it mattered most. Hedo Turkoglu's fadeaway 3-pointer missed at the buzzer, and Magic fans stood in disbelief before filing out quietly.

Dwight Howard had a career playoff-high 31 points and 16 rebounds, and rookie Courtney Lee scored 18 for the Magic. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Orlando.

Orlando's inside-out game seemed to be too much for Philadelphia

Lee's shooting and Howard's muscle highlighted a 15-3 run in the third quarter that built an 18-point. With Howard banging on the inside, the Sixers were forced to throw double-teams at him, allowing the Magic's perimeter players to break free.

When they did, Howard again took charge.

Rim-rocking dunks, smooth hook shots and even some uncharacteristic crisp free throws by the Magic's center capped the spurt. The only time Philadelphia actually slowed Howard was when Samuel Dalembert inadvertently poked him in the eye and was called for a foul.

Maybe that was all Philadelphia needed.

Howard made the pair of free throws to put Orlando ahead 79-61 and then went to the locker room with a towel to his face. He returned to the game after a few minutes.

The Sixers rolled off eight straight points in the fourth and eventually tied the game at 91 with fewer than four minutes left on a layup by Andre Miller. After Howard's dunk over Theo Ratliff put the Magic ahead 98-95 with 49.1 seconds remaining, Donyell Marshall answered with a 3-pointer for Philadelphia and Iguodala did the rest.

Starting Magic forwards Rashard Lewis and Turkoglu looked rusty in their first games in more than a week after being sidelined with injuries, part of the reason Orlando was pushed back to the Eastern Conference's No. 3 spot. The Magic could never make up the difference.

The sixth-seeded Sixers were able to withstand an early Magic run and a strong start from Howard. Thaddeus Young had consecutive three-point plays to help Philadelphia rebound from five down to eventually take a 27-21 lead in the first quarter.

But any momentum the Sixers built evaporated on the final play of the period.

In a rare display of speed and power, 34-year-old Magic backup guard Anthony Johnson took it end-to-end and dunked over Ratliff. The throttling one-hand slam in the waning seconds of the quarter had the Magic's bench so exhilarated that coach Stan Van Gundy had to shove a few of his own players back who had made their way onto the court in celebration.

It was premature.

The Sixers hung tough and bumped back, with Iguodala going for a pair of reverse dunks in a back-and-forth second quarter. Philadelphia had an answer for everything Orlando threw its way. Everything, that is, except Howard.

The Magic's dunk machine moved players at will, shooting 7-for-9 in the first half with 18 points and seven rebounds. Howard gave a jolt to a late Orlando run by blocking a layup attempt by Iguodala in which Howard practically soared over teammate Courtney Lee to throw the shot out of bounds and help the Magic take a 50-46 halftime lead. - AP

stonecold316
04-21-2009, 03:14 PM
Celtics hope to stop Bulls' Rose, avoid 2-0 hole
04/20/2009 | 11:18 AM
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BOSTON— If words could stop Derrick Rose, the Celtics would be doing better in the playoffs.

"Everybody has their night," Boston center Kendrick Perkins said Sunday. "I know it won't happen again. He'll never have another game like that against us."

The defending NBA champions need more than strong statements to cool off the 20-year-old rookie. In his playoff debut, the Chicago Bulls' point guard had 36 points and 11 assists in a 105-103 overtime win at the Celtics home Saturday.

That's where Game 2 will be Monday night, and the Celtics know exactly what they must do better on defense — hurry back against the speedy Bulls, communicate, stop the pick-and-roll and get the ball out of Rose's hands as soon as possible.

A tall order, perhaps, but one they must fill to have a better chance of avoiding a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series going into Thursday night's game in Chicago.

"It wasn't anything that they did" Perkins said. "It was all on us."

The Bulls certainly would disagree, although they avoided strong words that the Celtics might use as bulletin-board material.

After all, the top-seeded Celtics are the more skillful team, even without the sidelined Kevin Garnett, although Boston coach Doc Rivers conceded that the eighth-seeded Bulls are more athletic.

"I was just doing anything I could to win that game," Rose said, speaking like a seasoned veteran wary of stirring up controversy.

He did plenty. The 36 points tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA record for a playoff debut. On Sunday, Rose, a humble, team-oriented player, paid the proper respect.

"I'm honored to be in a category with him," Rose said. "He's a great player and a great guy."

The Celtics know they didn't have a great game, or even a good one, on Saturday. Yet they still had a chance to win on a day when sharpshooter Ray Allen missed 11 of his 12 shots.

On Sunday, they were angry or hopeful, depending on who was speaking.

"You've got to be angry. It's the playoffs and we were at home," Perkins said. "I'm going to be mad all the way up until (Monday), until after we get the win."

Paul Pierce took a more analytical approach: "I was in a pretty good mood because I knew from watching the tape that we didn't play that well at all and still had a chance to win."

The Celtics had a long film session — needing that time, perhaps, to watch all their mistakes — and a short practice. The Bulls were pleased with the win but know that's no indication of how the rest of the series will go now that Boston has seen firsthand that they're not pushovers.

"There's a lot of basketball to be played, and we're going to have to keep raising our level," Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro said. But Rose "has got an air of confidence about him. He knows what he can do. He prepares well."

The Bulls must improve against point guard Rajon Rondo, who had 29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Celtics might be better off if he scored fewer points and had more assists to Pierce and Allen.

But first Boston must do a better job of setting screens to get Allen open and delivering the ball to him at the right time.

"We're a better defensive team" than they showed in Game 1, Rivers said. "We're going to win because of our defense and, if we get more stops, Ray will get more shots and he'll get more shots in rhythm" since the Bulls will have less time to set up their defense.

The Celtics said they won't change their game plan, just execute it better. The Bulls want to avoid becoming predictable on defense.

"We're going to mix it up on Pierce and Allen," Del Negro said. "Obviously, Rondo hurt us a lot, so we have to make some adjustments there, but that's what playoff basketball is all about."

He knows that if Pierce had made his free throw at the end of regulation, the Bulls probably would have lost.

But they didn't, and the Celtics know that whether Garnett is sitting on the bench in a suit, as he did in the first half, or leaving because he gets too worked up watching from there, as he did in the second, they'll have to go on without him.

They did finish the regular season with an 8-1 record when he sat out the last nine games. And they were 15-7 in the 22 he missed out of the final 26.

"Kevin's not with us," Pierce said simply, "so we're not going to even linger on that."

The Celtics had more pressing concerns Sunday — emphasizing smart team defense and making the extra pass on offense.

And, of course, working on keeping Rose from an impressive encore now that his teammates have overcome some early-season concerns.

"Early on (they thought) 'why should we give this guy the ball and let him run the team?' " Rivers said, "and, obviously, now they know why." -AP

stonecold316
04-21-2009, 03:14 PM
High-flying Smith leads Hawks past Heat
04/20/2009 | 11:21 AM
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ATLANTA— This is why the Atlanta Hawks wanted to start the playoffs at home.

With Josh Smith delivering one rim-shaking dunk after another and plenty of teammates chipping in, the Hawks made Miami look like a one-man team, running Dwyane Wade and the Heat ragged for a 90-64 blowout in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series Sunday night.

Wade scored 19 points — 11 below his NBA-leading average — and only one other Miami even reached double figures as the Hawks tied a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a playoff game. Wade spent much of the night on his backside or complaining to the referees, his frustration growing as the Hawks turned the opener to the best-of-seven series into a laugher before halftime.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Atlanta.

Miami was held to its fewest points of the season — its previous low was 68 — and the Hawks tied the mark they set against the Charlotte Hornets in a 1998 playoff victory.

Smith scored 23 points and every other Atlanta starter also was in double figures. Wade made just 8 of 21 shots, and Michael Beasley added 10 points on a night in which the Heat showed their youth, shooting just 37 percent and managing seven points in the final period.

The Hawks learned a year ago just how valuable that extra home game can be, facing Boston in their first playoff appearance in nine years. Atlanta made a series of it by winning three thrilling games at Philips Arena, but the Celtics won four blowouts in Boston to get started on their way to an NBA title.

From the day the Hawks walked off the court in Boston, they set a goal of gaining home-court advantage to start the playoffs. Atlanta came through, claiming the fourth spot in the East with its first winning record (47-35) in a decade.

Instead of opening in a hostile environment, the Hawks got to play in front of a raucous crowd that cheered their every move. They even brought out Atlanta-native T.I. to make the player introductions, the rap star still a month away from reporting to federal prison to serve his one-year-and-a-day sentence for pleading guilty to weapons charges.

Wade may have been the best player on the court, but the Hawks clearly had the best team. Smith led the way, firing everyone up with three thunderous dunks during a decisive second quarter in which the Hawks outscored the Heat 35-18 to build a 59-39 lead at halftime.

The Hawks made 11 of 16 (61 percent) in the second quarter, outrebounded the Heat 12-7, doled out eight assists and turned seven turnovers into 10 points. Miami shot just 39 percent (7 of 18), the final attempt a desperation heave by Wade, who ran into an Atlanta player on the follow-through and was sprawled out on the court as the horn sounded.

He got up slowly, clapped his hands in disgust and walked to the locker room.

Atlanta actually took control late in the first quarter. After Wade dunked coming off the baseline, the Hawks scored the final two baskets for a 24-21 lead.

The second period was no contest. With Wade getting a quick breather at the start, the Hawks quickly stretched their lead to 30-22. Then Smith took over, scoring 13 high-flying points before the quarter was done.

Al Horford blocked Wade at one end and the Hawks were off to the races, with Joe Johnson lobbing to Smith for a thunderous jam. The former NBA dunk champion was just getting started. His most spectacular play came off a lob by Mike Bibby, with Smith caught with his back to the hoop and slammed through while facing the other way. On the very next possession, the Hawks ran off a Wade miss and Smith rocked the house with another flying left-handed dunk.

Miami rookie coach Erik Spoelstra got a rough initiation to the playoff game. He called three timeouts during the second quarter in a futile attempt to slow the Hawks, but all that seemed to do was give them a little extra rest so they could keep on running.

Bibby, whose acquisition at last season's trade deadline gave Atlanta its first true point guard in years, ran the offense masterfully beyond just throwing up passes for the highlight shows. He dished out nine assists to go along with 10 points.

Smith had a double-double, also grabbing 10 rebounds. -AP

stonecold316
04-21-2009, 03:15 PM
Pistons regroup to try to stop King James
04/20/2009 | 12:39 PM
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CLEVELAND — Detroit coach Michael Curry got home Saturday night after his team's playoff loss and stayed up late watching a movie.

It was like one of those slasher genre films: predictable plot, unstoppable villain, sequel-spawning finish. No blood or gratuitous gore in this one, though, just bodies everywhere.

Pistons splayed all over the floor.

LeBron James was a hardwood horror for Detroit in Game 1.

James, in get-out-of-my-way overdrive from the outset, scored 38 points — mostly on shots from near range — and got all his teammates involved as the Cavaliers, and their highly evolved offense, rolled to a 102-84 win over the Pistons, who went back to the drawing board to devise a new plan for James in Game 2 on Tuesday night.

"It's going to take more than one person to stop LeBron," Pistons guard Will Bynum said. "It's going to take all five of us. We have to do what we have to do to stop this guy."

Good luck.

James made it look easy, too easy, in the opener. Given a seam to drive, he blasted to the basket. Given room to shoot, he shot and finished 13-of-20 from the floor. In just under 41 minutes, he added eight rebounds, seven assists and didn't commit a turnover despite facing a defense designed for him.

Unstoppable.

The Pistons tried everyone they had on James. Tayshaun Prince, sorry. Richard Hamilton, nope. Arron Afflalo, next. Rodney Stuckey, nice try.

"LeBron's very tough when he puts his mind to it," Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas said following a short practice on Sunday. "It's pick your poison with him."

Too often, the Pistons seemed out of sync defensively when James had the ball. In previous games, Detroit would overload one side of the floor to James, hoping to overwhelm him with numbers and take away his passing lanes. This time, the Pistons tried to trap him coming off screens and dropped others toward the basket.

Nothing worked well as he either beat his man or threaded a pass to an open teammate for an easy bucket. Cleveland shot 53 percent overall.

Curry was disappointed with the Pistons' inability to keep James out of the foul lane, where he can simply outjump his defender and shoot.

"We didn't make him take the shots that we wanted him to take," Curry said. "He had eight shots in the paint and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line. We have to keep him out of the paint more, make him pass it to those guys (teammates) and try to make those guys make plays. I think we'll do a much better job on him."

It's not as if the Pistons haven't seen this before.

Surely, they remember his not-of-this-world, 48-point performance in Game 5 of the 2007 playoffs, when he scored Cleveland's last 25 while taking on all five Pistons by himself. What Detroit, and the rest of the league are finding out, is that the Cavaliers are more than James.

He is surrounded by more weapons than ever, and he trusts than when he passes the ball to Ilgauskas or Mo Williams or Anderson Varejao or Delonte West, they are going to put the ball in the basket.

"It's tough trying to guard LeBron," said Prince, who was slowed by a nagging lower back injury. "But now you have Mo and Delonte West who are capable of making big plays on their own. Their bigs are very active and they really play well off of each other."

With Prince hurting, Curry indicated he may use either Hamilton or Stuckey to guard James and rely on others to help.

It's not all about penning in James, though. Like their superstar, now all of 24, Cleveland's offense has matured in recent years.

The Cavaliers are not the same team that managed just 61 points in a Game 7 loss in the 2006 postseason against Detroit. Far from it. They move the ball, use multiple offensive sets, run when the opportunity presents itself and play with a poise rarely seen before.

Saturday's offensive output was the first time the Cavaliers have broken 100 points in 14 playoff games against the Pistons.

"Our offense is night and day," James said. "A couple of years ago, we did a lot of standing. We relied on me sometimes just to dribble and get us into making a play for either myself or a teammate. The ball movement that we have and the way we rely on teammates to make plays is at an all-time high."

Cleveland made just five turnovers — a franchise playoff-low — in Game 1.

Unlike past years, the Cavs didn't allow the Pistons to slow the tempo to a comfortable crawl. When fast-break chances were there, James and his teammates ran. It's something they always wanted to do, but coach Mike Brown usually kept his team on a short leash.

"Over the last three years we weren't good on offense mainly because of me," Brown said. "I wanted to establish an identity here and that was on defense. I wanted our guys to believe and smell and look like defenders. It is starting to evolve and it is starting to show how much work we have put it. We have talented guys and they're able to score and they have a great understanding."

The Pistons understand what they need to do. They may not be the Bad Boys of old, but they can still get nasty and play down-and-dirty defense at a high level.

They'd better get there quickly. King James seems in a hurry to dispatch them.

For Rasheed Wallace, there's only one way to improve.

"Knuckling up," the Pistons center said. "Bottom line. There are no tricks we're going to add. Just straighten on up." -AP

stonecold316
04-21-2009, 03:15 PM
Billups leads Nuggets past Hornets in Game 1
04/20/2009 | 01:26 PM
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DENVER — Chauncey Billups settled down his teammates, then stepped up his game.

Billups scored 36 points and made a career-best eight 3-pointers in leading Denver to a 113-84 rout of the New Orleans Hornets, the second-biggest blowout in the Nuggets' playoff history.

Capitalizing on their first home-court edge in a playoff series in 21 years, the Nuggets nearly bested their previous biggest margin of victory, a 141-111 wallop of San Antonio back in 1985.

Billups sank four of his 3s in the third quarter, when the Nuggets began to turn a tight game into a laughter. At one point, they led by 34.

Denver used a 21-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to build a 95-69 cushion, a run that was highlighted by Billups' seventh and eighth 3s.

Billups was 8-for-9 from beyond the arc, and the best long-range performance of Billups' career helped negate All-Star point guard Chris Paul's big game.

The All-Star had 21 points and 11 assists but also an abundance of angst as the Nuggets dominated the boards, set the tempo and ran away with it in the second half.

Before tip-off, Hornets coach Byron Scott characterized the key matchup in this series as that of "an old warrior in Chauncey against this young thoroughbred that really wants to get up and down the floor."

Chalk up Round 1 to the grizzled veteran. The Nuggets host the Hornets for Game 2 on Wednesday night.

Billups' arrival in the Allen Iverson trade a week into the season transformed the Nuggets from an afterthought into the Western Conference's No. 2 seed. He took all their immense individual talents and blended them into a cohesive unit that looks primed to finally make some noise in the playoffs.

The Nuggets are one of four teams making their sixth straight postseason appearance, joining Dallas, San Antonio and Detroit. But while the Nuggets are just 5-20 in the postseason during that stretch, each of the other three have reached the NBA Finals.

Both teams started out shaky as everyone on the floor seemingly had butterflies — save for Billups, who wasn't fazed a bit by the postseason atmosphere. After all, he's been to six straight conference finals with the Pistons and won the NBA title and Finals MVP trophy in 2004.

Billups, who averaged 17.7 points in the regular season sank four 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the first quarter until his teammates settled down and took a 55-47 lead into the locker room at the half.

The game was still tight and a little bit chippy when the Nuggets turned a 76-69 lead into a blowout by holding the Hornets without a point for nearly seven minutes.

Denver's bench performed as expected as the Nuggets got 19 points from J.R. Smith, 13 from Linas Kleiza and nine from Chris Andersen, who blocked five shots. Carmelo Anthony scored 13.

Hornets center Tyson Chandler, who had played just 20 minutes since inflammation in his left ankle forced him out of the Hornets' lineup on March 2, started and logged 27 minutes, scoring six points and pulling down five boards while committing five fouls.

Chandler missed all four games against Denver this season, and the teams split 2-2.

Keyon Martin committed a hard foul on Paul as the nimble point guard drove past him and to the hoop in the second quarter. Sean Marks took exception to the foul, walking across the lane to holler at Martin. Both Marks and Martin were given technical fouls. Paul and Dahntay Jones were whistled for a double-technical in the third. -AP

stonecold316
04-21-2009, 03:16 PM
Cavs' Mike Brown honored as NBA coach of year
04/21/2009 | 07:05 AM
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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – Like his first year in Cleveland, LeBron James' second NBA season ended without a trip to the playoffs. The miss was inexcusable to Cavaliers rookie owner Dan Gilbert, who set out an immediate coaching search so it wouldn't happen again.

Gilbert plucked a highly regarded assistant off Indiana's staff, a likable guy who vowed to instill a defense-first identity in Cleveland.

The hiring wasn't well received.

"Who the heck is Mike Brown?" Cavs general manager Danny Ferry recalled as the overriding sentiment back then.

Four years later, here's an updated answer: coach of the year.

Brown, who has taken Cleveland to the postseason in each of his four seasons, was honored Monday as the league's top coach after leading the Cavaliers to 66 wins, a Central Division title and the No. 1 overall playoff seed following the greatest regular season in club history.

With James and the other Cavaliers standing behind him and his coaching staff seated a few feet away, Brown humbly accepted the Red Auerbach trophy.

"If they did not want me to coach them, I wouldn't be able to coach them," he said. "I look at this as a partnership. Yes, my name is on this, but this is the ultimate team award from a coaching standpoint. I haven't put on a uniform or done anything out on the floor. The players have done it all. The coaching staff has done a lot and when you win an award like this, you can't do it by yourself.

"You have some great people around you."

None greater than James, the likely league MVP, who feels Brown has been overlooked mostly because he has a superstar at his disposal.

"That was the main reason," James said. "But that doesn't take away from the fact that we still have to go out there and play for him and abide by his system. There are a lot of teams with great talent, but that doesn't automatically qualify you as a good coach or give you wins.

"It just showed this year how good of a coach he is."

Brown joins Bill Fitch in 1976 as the only Cleveland coaches to win the award.

Expected to be a close vote, Brown won in a landslide. He received 55 first-place votes and earned 355 total points from a panel of 122 sports writers and broadcasters, who awarded five points for first, three points for second and one point for third.

Houston's Rick Adelman was second with 151 points, one ahead of Orlando's Stan Van Gundy. Both got 13 first-place votes. Portland's Nate McMillan was first on 15 ballots and finished fourth with 127 points.

New Orleans coach Byron Scott won the award last year.

Preaching the importance of trust to his players since training camp, Brown has created a tightly knit team fronted by James, who led the applause for his coach during the news conference at Cleveland's training facility. The 38-year-old Brown also has given more authority to his assistants, a sign of both his maturity as a coach and confidence as a leader.

"This is our fourth year together," Brown said. "The biggest thing this year was finding that elusive word chemistry among a group of individuals to try and reach one goal. Our goal has not changed, but the thing that we felt would help define chemistry is trust. They have shown tremendous trust in one and other. We've tried as a staff to show trust in them and in order to help that I had to show trust in my assistants."

As he complimented his assistants, James, Delonte West and other players reached over and began patting assistants Mike Malone, John Kuester, Hank Egan, Melvin Hunt and Chris Jent on their backs.

"I had to show our players that I trust those guys," Brown said. "We can talk about something and I can turn my back to it and we know the job is going to get done."

Ferry praised Brown for an unmatched work ethic. Brown's attention to detail has endeared him to his players and staff, but like any successful coach, the long hours have taken away time from the father of two's family. Brown's wife, Carolyn, was on hand to see him get the award.

"Mike sets the tone with how hard he works," Ferry said. "He pushes all of us. The guy watches a lot of film. He's obsessed with it. That's Carolyn's Saturday night movies, watching game tape."

Brown was asked what his coaching mentors, Bernie Bickerstaff and Gregg Popovich, might be thinking about him winning the award.

"Get back to work," said Brown, whose team has a 1-0 lead over Detroit heading into Game 2 on Tuesday.

At the heart of Cleveland's success is Brown's relationship with James.

When he joined the Cavaliers, Brown, who worked with All-Star Tim Duncan in San Antonio, warned James there would be times they wouldn't agree.

"I told him, 'Remember we're both trying to fight toward the same goal, so don't take it personal,'" Brown said. "Their may be a time when I go off on you and I may say the wrong thing in front of a group or go after you personally and hopefully you don't take it personal. We may need a night, and the next day we'll be back on the same page and continue moving forward.'"

They have done just that.

Brown said James' willingness to accept criticism has strengthened their relationship.

"He allows me to coach him," Brown said. "You have to have great players in this league in order to have success. I'm lucky and blessed to work with a guy like that. Without a guy like LeBron, none of this stuff would be possible." - AP

stonecold316
04-21-2009, 03:16 PM
Celtics GM Danny Ainge attends team shootaround
04/21/2009 | 09:05 AM
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BOSTON – Celtics general manager Danny Ainge attended Boston's shootaround Monday after being released from a hospital following a heart attack but was not at the second game of the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls.

Ainge was released from Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday, three days after he was admitted and had surgery. The 50-year-old Ainge did not speak with reporters Monday.

"It meant a lot" to see Ainge at the morning shootaround, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "He came in today, then we told him to go home. It was great to see him."

Asked if he thought the intense Ainge would watch Monday night's game at home, Rivers said, "I don't know if anybody in his house will be able to turn the TV off."

Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, a Celtics fan who was born in Springfield, said he also talked with Ainge after the heart attack.

The Celtics lost to the Chicago Bulls 105-103 in overtime Saturday in the opener of the first-round series.

Ainge is in his sixth season in Boston's front office. He was a guard on two Celtics championship teams in the 1980s and was an NBA All-Star in 1988. - AP

stonecold316
04-21-2009, 03:16 PM
Phil Jackson wants Lakers to avoid letup vs Jazz
04/21/2009 | 09:56 AM
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LOS ANGELES – Phil Jackson wants a better sustained effort from the Lakers against the Utah Jazz. Not a repeat of the second half when Utah camped out at the free-throw line, scored inside and mucked up the flow.

Sure, the Lakers won Sunday's series opener by 13 points, but they got outscored in the second half after leading by 22 at the break.

Jackson was so displeased with the final 24 minutes that he wrote a message afterward in the locker room: "15? Not like that." He was referring to the team needing 15 more victories to win its first NBA championship since 2002.

"We're not going to win 15 games if we play like that," Jackson said Monday. "This is a time of the season where you look for improvement."

The Jazz will be looking to end its 10-game losing skid at Staples Center in Game 2 Tuesday night. Utah coach Jerry Sloan questioned his team's nastiness after their loss, and he was still prodding them Monday.

"You've got to get up and guard people," he said. "This is the playoffs. It's not the regular season. We're playing, to some extent, like it's a regular-season game. They're too good a team to play that way."

Carlos Boozer offered his interpretation of Sloan's demand for nastiness.

"Our style is physical, in your face, scrappy, feisty, whatever you want to call it," he said. "We've got to make them feel that all night long."

Utah controlled the second half, outscoring the Lakers 60-51 although the Jazz never got closer than nine points twice.

"I didn't like the way we carried ourselves at the end of the game and the start of the second half," Jackson said. "There's a tendency for this team when they do that to let up in the third quarter. I don't like that. It's about playing hard all the time and playing with purpose."

The Jazz's biggest impact came at the line, where Utah was 29-of-35, and the repeated trips slowed the game down.

"You give a team free throws, then all of a sudden it stops the momentum and the game becomes choppy and they sneak back into the game," Kobe Bryant said. "From that point forward, it's an uphill battle to try to regain momentum. They kept getting to nine, 10, but they never were able to break through that and that was good execution on our part."

The Jazz scored 44 points in the paint Sunday despite the absence of center Mehmet Okur, who averages 17 points. He worked out on the sideline during Monday's practice, but the Jazz said it would be a game-time decision whether he can play with a strained right hamstring.

"Mehmo does so much for our team," Boozer said. "He spreads the floor out. Not many centers step out and shoot 3s and bring the opposing center out of the paint. We're missing his offense. We're missing his presence out there."

The Jazz outrebounded the Lakers by eight, and held a 20-7 edge on the offensive boards, another stat that Jackson found irksome.

"We could be doing a lot better, but a lot of that is because (Deron) Williams takes so much of an effort from our big guys," he said. "They're trying to stay in front of him because it's hard for our guards to stop that drive then it's leaving (Paul) Millsap and Boozer and other guys open opportunities to rebound the ball."

The Jazz's road struggles this season were well documented, but Utah is 28-81 away from home in franchise playoff games.

"If we steal one tomorrow then the series is back in our favor, but no matter what, they've still got to come to Salt Lake," Boozer said.

Williams had 16 points and a career playoff-high 17 assists while playing 45 minutes in the opener, and he's ready to go the full 48 Tuesday if need be.

"It just all depends on how the game is going. If we're down 20 points at halftime, then I'm probably going to play most of the game," he said. "If we're hanging in there, Brev's (Brevin Knight) playing good and the second group is clicking, then he can probably afford to leave me out a little longer."

For his part, Bryant relishes the Jazz's physical style.

"It's the same old Utah, they're just going to keep coming at you," he said. "It's East Coast-style basketball."

Jackson's teams have never lost a playoff series after winning Game 1, going 41-for-41 with Chicago and the Lakers.

"We just don't want to be the team that (messes) it up," Bryant said. - AP

stonecold316
04-21-2009, 03:19 PM
Allen helps Boston even series against Bulls
04/21/2009 | 10:04 AM
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BOSTON – Ray Allen picked the perfect time to snap out of his shooting slump.

Allen made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 seconds left and finished with 30 points, leading the Boston Celtics a 118-115 win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of their playoff series Monday night.

Ben Gordon nearly carried Chicago to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. He scored with 12.3 seconds left to tie it, and had a playoff career-high 42 points. Then Boston set up a play for Allen, who took a pass from Rajon Rondo and connected from the right side.

Allen had just four points on 1-for-12 shooting in Boston's 105-103 overtime loss on Saturday.

The next two games of the series are scheduled for Chicago on Thursday night and Sunday. - AP

dark_seid
04-22-2009, 08:55 PM
Allen helps Boston even series against Bulls
04/21/2009 | 10:04 AM
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BOSTON – Ray Allen picked the perfect time to snap out of his shooting slump.

Allen made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 seconds left and finished with 30 points, leading the Boston Celtics a 118-115 win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of their playoff series Monday night.

Ben Gordon nearly carried Chicago to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. He scored with 12.3 seconds left to tie it, and had a playoff career-high 42 points. Then Boston set up a play for Allen, who took a pass from Rajon Rondo and connected from the right side.

Allen had just four points on 1-for-12 shooting in Boston's 105-103 overtime loss on Saturday.

The next two games of the series are scheduled for Chicago on Thursday night and Sunday. - AP


please posts/move these to the online news thread. i believe this thread is for discussing the playoffs by gameface regulars.

it would be nice instead if we discuss how the pistons should handle james (a bit impossible). or how the jazz can bring a more physical brand of basketball (a tad late to shed the soft-image this season). or which of the other 6 series has the highest chance of an upset -- upset meaning higher seed losing.

oh a injury-filled regular season has now spilled over to the playoffs. >:( :(

coreytaylor
04-25-2009, 03:21 PM
Ang tahimak naman dito!* :D

Anyways, dark_seid, it's totally impossible that Detroit can handle Lebron not unless they will intentionally break his arm or leg...just kidding ;D . They are already down 3-0. Poor Detroit, their 7(?) consecutive Eastern Conference Finals apperance will be snapped.

arjay_g
04-25-2009, 10:44 PM
Philly with a 2-1 series lead over the Magic.

This really surprises me since I thought it would be a mauling by Orlando. Philly isn't exactly a strong three point shooting team and has to deal with Superman in the middle. But so far they've been doing the right things.

mighty_lion
04-27-2009, 04:19 AM
Ganda ng Boston-Chicago. 2nd overtime at the moment.

mighty_lion
04-27-2009, 04:36 AM
121-119 Chicago Series now tied at 2-2.

Exiting series, parang Atlanta-Boston last year. ;D

MonL
04-27-2009, 07:24 AM
oh a injury-filled regular season has now spilled over to the playoffs. >:( :(


I guess I spoke too soon about the Bulls being a lightweight team. I hadn't factored in the injuries.

Now the Celts are really digging in in the trenches. They may pass through the needle's eye to get past the Bulls, but the loss of KG and Powe may be too much for this team to overcome in their title defense.

But true to character, they'll definitely give it all they've got.

mighty_lion
04-27-2009, 10:03 AM
Maybe its just me but from my observation Celtics do struggle against young athletic squads. And in as much as I would like to say Boston is ahead in terms of talent even without KG I think Chicago just have enough manpower to match.

The_Big_Cat
04-27-2009, 11:27 AM
Rajon Rondo reminds me of Devin Harris (without the perimeter shooting) when he was in Dallas.

The late season acquisition of Brad Miller and John Salmons had helped the Bulls to be more of a controlled team in their half-court execution set.

I still see Boston winning this series.

mighty_lion
04-27-2009, 01:45 PM
Random thoughts:
- I feel bad for the Pistons. After several years of being an elite team in the East, they are now one game away for first round sweep.
- Houston is close to reaching the 2nd round of the playoff without Tmac in the line-up. ;D

tigerman
04-27-2009, 07:44 PM
Philly with a 2-1 series lead over the Magic.

This really surprises me since I thought it would be a mauling by Orlando. Philly isn't exactly a strong three point shooting team and has to deal with Superman in the middle. But so far they've been doing the right things.


Well Hedo Turkuglu, Dwight's sidekick, is not playing well so far. He's only shooting a miserable 7 of 30 from the field in the 1st three games.



By the way, he just hit the game-winning trey in game 4. ;D



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tigerman
04-27-2009, 07:45 PM
Jeff Van Gundy on Brian Scalabrine's white headband in game 4

"He looks like Will Farrell in the movie Semi-Pro." :rotflmao:



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dark_seid
04-27-2009, 08:03 PM
to neutralize the very athletic (and most probably young) teams in a 7-game series, a big man with game usually is enough to just destroy such a team. (actually a big man with game will usually dominate a playoff series because it is harder to neutralize size instead of speed over game after game playing the same team)

that is why it is indeed amazing that philly entered game 4 with a 2-1 series lead. is it true then what shaq described about van gundy (that he chokes on big games)?? and yep, dileo is doing an outstanding job with the materials he has (just look how ugly dalembert looked versus dwight).

tigerman
04-28-2009, 11:30 AM
Denver massacred, raped, abused, killed, routed, pwned New Orleans, 121-63 :o

58 points for a winning margin in the playoffs? That has to be on the record books.



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mighty_lion
04-28-2009, 12:05 PM
Wow. I still dont like the chance of Denver against LA. I feel Houston has better manpower complement to give the Lakers a good series.

erichubert
04-28-2009, 01:44 PM
Denver looks really good, they have the size and the depth plus the experience with Chauncey to deal with the Lakers. I think if there is any other team that would come out of the West it would be Denver.

But regardless of how good Denver is, I don't think there is any excuse for a team to be beaten by 58 points in a playoff game in their own home court at that. Pathetic display by New Orleans.

tigerman
04-28-2009, 03:03 PM
Wow. I still dont like the chance of Denver against LA. I feel Houston has better manpower complement to give the Lakers a good series.


On the defensive end, yes Houston has the better chance. They're a better defensive team than Denver and they got 2 Kobe stoppers in Artest and Battier.

Offense-wise, I believe that Denver has the manpower to match up with the Lakers. For one, T-Mac is out and second, Denver's bench is way deeper than the Rockets.



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mighty_lion
04-28-2009, 03:41 PM
Danthay Jones is also underrated in his contribution to Denver-NO series. Jones is a solid wing defender and he did a good job in negating Paul's production.

Funny thing about Denver was that they ended up one of the better defensive team by.....

trading a former Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY) for a useless second round draft pick ;D

I know its a salary dump and there are other factors, but still, Denver traded a DPOY to become a better defensive team. ;D

Melo should also be given credit for expanding his game this season. His scoring efficiency is down which is understandable because of Denver is playing on a slower phase after the Billups trade. What's surprising to me is Melo's defensive rating is career high this season.

erichubert
04-28-2009, 03:48 PM
Camby's defensive skills are way overrated IMHO. Yes he can block shots and rebound, but he gambles a lot and is not really that good defending post players.

I think Kobe would be pumped to face Houston, specially with the 'rivalry' against Artest, remember LA swept Houston in the regular season, so they should be confident against them. Against Denver there is the revenge factor going for the Nuggets as the Lakers swept them last season.

coreytaylor
04-28-2009, 03:51 PM
Danthay Jones is also underrated in his contribution to Denver-NO series. Jones is a solid wing defender and he did a good job in negating Paul's production.

Funny thing about Denver was that they ended up one of the better defensive team by.....

trading a former Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY) for a useless second round draft pick ;D

I know its a salary dump and there are other factors, but still, Denver traded a DPOY to become a better defensive team. ;D

Melo should also be given credit for expanding his game this season. His scoring efficiency is down which is understandable because of Denver is playing on a slower phase after the Billups trade. What's surprising to me is Melo's defensive rating is career high this season.

Nakakagulat nga. Well, at least now, Denver is a better defensive team compared to the previous seasons. I hope Chauncey can bring the kind of leadership to his new team that led Detroit to a championship against the Lakers in the Finals 5 years ago.

tigerman
04-28-2009, 03:53 PM
Denver's improved defense should be mainly attributed to Billups. While he is only average as far as one-on-one D is concerned, he brought the patented Detroit defense mentality to the mile high city.



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The_Big_Cat
04-28-2009, 04:47 PM
Looks like Houston will surpass the 1st round without T-Mac.
May balat siguro si T-Mac. ;D

erichubert
04-28-2009, 04:51 PM
You could argue that Houston is actually better without TMac. His offense is hardly missed with the emergence of Von Wafer. Plus without him in the starting five, Battier and Artest get to play together, making Houston all the more potent in the defensive end.

mighty_lion
04-28-2009, 05:02 PM
Denver's improved defense should be mainly attributed to Billups. While he is only average as far as one-on-one D is concerned, he brought the patented Detroit defense mentality to the mile high city.


Agreed. I think this is the main reason too. I never liked Billups game but got to love what he has done in Denver. Ang sagwa kasing panourin ni Billups pagfast break.



Time to trade Tmac. Wala na syang gamit sa Houston. Tmac for Shaq.

PG - Brooks
SG - Artest
SF - Battier
PF - Yao
C - Shaq

Taob ang Gasol/Bynum dyan. ;D

coreytaylor
04-28-2009, 05:10 PM
^^ Tmac for Marc Gasol and Darko Milicic? :P

dark_seid
04-28-2009, 08:47 PM
You could argue that Houston is actually better without TMac. His offense is hardly missed with the emergence of Von Wafer. Plus without him in the starting five, Battier and Artest get to play together, making Houston all the more potent in the defensive end.


we can't lay on t-mac for being injured. such situations are out of the player's control. but we can definitely argue that t-mac's overrated as a star player.

it is better to credit rick adelman for what he is doing.

mighty_lion
04-29-2009, 10:14 AM
Another Boston-Chicago thriller in the making. Pierce and Gordon making clutch shots after clutch shots.

mighty_lion
04-29-2009, 10:21 AM
Brad Miller - The reverse of superclutch. :-X

MonL
04-29-2009, 10:38 AM
Boston escapes with another OT win. All five starters played at least 40 minutes each. Rondo, Pierce and Baby scored 28, 26 and 21 pts. Perk grabbed 19 boards (edit to add: and seven blocks).

How much gas is left in their tank? How much longer can they go?

Celtics to the end. Hopefully the end is not a bitter one.

erichubert
04-29-2009, 11:16 AM
You could argue that Houston is actually better without TMac. His offense is hardly missed with the emergence of Von Wafer. Plus without him in the starting five, Battier and Artest get to play together, making Houston all the more potent in the defensive end.


we can't lay on t-mac for being injured. such situations are out of the player's control. but we can definitely argue that t-mac's overrated as a star player.

it is better to credit rick adelman for what he is doing.


Tmac was injury prone ever since, but his lack of work ethic and commitment should be taken against him. I think if he put his head into it, he could have been the rival of Kobe in their era, like a Drexler to Jordan.

pio_valenz
04-29-2009, 01:43 PM
^That's one result of his decision to go directly to the pros out of high school. Yung disiplina hindi na-instill sa kanya. I read a few years ago that he doesn't hit the weights room very often, and that he loathes stretching. Talagang matitigok ang katawan mo pag ganyan.

tigerman
04-29-2009, 04:32 PM
@ erichubert - T-Mac actually became injury-prone only in 2005-2006 when he played in only 47 games. If we exclude his rookie year, the shortened 1998-1999 season & the 2003-2004 season and consider only his stints in Toronto and Orlando, his average no. of games played is in the 70's.

@ pio - While it is possible that his lack of discipline can be attributed to his premature entry in the pros, one may argue for the likes of Kobe, KG, LeBron and Dwight. Maybe it is in the blood of the McGradys, Carters. ;D


Anyway, San Antonio has been eliminated by Dallas. This is the 1st time since 2000 (when Duncan didn't play bec. of an injury) that the Spurs have failed to advance in the 2nd round.



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The_Big_Cat
04-29-2009, 05:05 PM
Age has caught up with Tim Duncan. Same with Manu, whose wear-and-tear with the Argentinian team in the offseason has cost San Antonio's chances this year.

dark_seid
04-29-2009, 07:41 PM
Age has caught up with Tim Duncan. Same with Manu, whose wear-and-tear with the Argentinian team in the offseason has cost San Antonio's chances this year.


and for the whole regular season, i kept on thinking that the spurs were the clear cut #2 of the west. i guess the whole smoke-and-mirror they were doing all season long was finally unmasked in the playoffs.

but at the same time, josh howard's injury pushed the mavs into a lower seed/rating than they would have been in actuality.

tigerman
04-30-2009, 01:37 PM
Carmelo Anthony is no longer a second round virgin!

But wait there's more. Did I hear it right? Denver fans chanted "We want L.A.!" in unison during the 4th quarter?

If yes, they better be careful with what they're asking for. ;D



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Mateen Cleaves
05-01-2009, 11:10 AM
What a game!!! Sinayang yung 51 points ni Ray Allen. But Salmons, Miller and, of course, Rose were superb... Hinrich owes Derrick Rose big time! ;D

coreytaylor
05-01-2009, 11:19 AM
Joakim Noah posterized Paul Pierce with a dunk and1! That was the sickest play of the game!

tigerman
05-01-2009, 11:27 AM
^ Not only the game but the whole series itself. All games have been competitive except the blowout in game 3. Imagine the first 6 games already have 7 overtimes and the series will go to a final and deciding game 7. What more can we ask for?

some comments on the incredible 3-ot game 6:
1) Paul Pierce struggled after a good 1st quarter but he led a Boston comeback in the 4th quarter after the Bulls led, 89-76. He eventually turned from hero to goat by losing the ball to Joakim Noah and then giving him a 3-point play by fouling him despite having 5 fouls already.

2) Brad Miller made up for his 2 missed fts in game 5 by scoring some crucial basket in the final minutes of the regulation.

3) John Salmons had a great game especially in the first two overtimes. He eventually faded in the 3rd ot.

4) Ray Allen went berserk for a playoff career-high 51 points and 9 three-pointers. He tied the playoff record shared by Vince Carter and Rex Chapman.

5) Kirk Hinrich muffed a wide-open layup which could have given them a three-point lead in the final moments of the 3rd ot. But credit must be given to him for playing great defense against Pierce.

6) Rajon Rondo turned from hero to goat in a span of about 15 seconds. He made a last-ditch effort on defense by forcing Hinrich to miss on that wide-open layup (but replays showed that he did touch the rim on that Hinrich attempt). However, instead of giving the ball to Jesus Shuttlesworth for the series-clinching play, he elected to do it by himself. His turnout shot was foiled by Derrick rose.

7) Derrick Rose turned from hero to goat in a span of about 10 seconds. He gave up a useless foul to Rondo who was about 45 feet from the basket but he made up for it by blocking Rondo's attempt to win the series.

8) Vinny del Negro is having a good start in his career as a coach. Some may even argue that he's somehow outcoaching Doc Rivers.




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coreytaylor
05-01-2009, 11:43 AM
Ray Allen should have taken the last shot in the 4th quarter and also in the 1st overtime. Ray got the hot hand that time. Paul Pierce should have looked for him instead of taking those shots.

mighty_lion
05-01-2009, 12:56 PM
Hinrich is a monster on defense. He defended Pierce and Allen better than anyone from the Bulls. Ray Ray may had a good career night in shooting, but Hinrich shut him down in the 3rd quarter. That quarter was the only time Hinrich was assigned on full time basis to guard Allen, and Allen went 1 for 6. Pierce is having problem getting into his comfort zone whenever Hinrich guards him.

Brad Miller redeemed himself today especially in the fourth quarter to the rest of the overtime periods. In the first three quarters, Brad made several fantastic plays and more trimmed it to zero by committing same about of stupid turnovers like his two offensive fouls.

I still think Rivers outcoached Del Negro. That fourth quarter run to cut Bulls double digit lead is perfectly planned and executed. Much like those fourth quarter leads by the Bulls in several games during the series. If there is something that keeps the Bulls in this series, its their emotions and toughness not to lose. I am not convinced Del Negro is the right coach for this team on long-term basis.
Epic series indeed.

I am surprised to see Rondo is averaging 24-10-10 in this series. Awesome statlines.

pio_valenz
05-01-2009, 09:37 PM
Doc shouldn't have inserted Tony Allen into the game in the last two minutes of regulation. The five on the floor that was responsible for that 23-3 run were doing just fine. Walang tamang ginawa si Tony Allen sa last two minutes.

bchoter
05-01-2009, 10:55 PM
Classic. Too bad it went against the Celtics

john_paul_manahan
05-02-2009, 12:50 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Bulls-Celtics-and-the-top-20-series-of-the-decad?urn=nba,160612

Good job, BDL.

Someone compiled a list...

here is an excerpt.


2. Boston/Chicago, 2009

We haven’t even hit Game 7, and yet this is still bordering on an all-timer. Seven overtime periods in six games thus far, alongside one three-point Boston win in Game 2 that turned on the heels of a desperate Ray Allen three-pointer shot over an approaching 7-footer. There may have been more "important" best of seven attempts, but have you ever been a part of one better than this? Assuming Game 7 goes according to script …

mighty_lion
05-02-2009, 11:41 PM
ESPN The Top Ten Moments of the Boston-Chicago Series (http://myespn.go.com/blogs/truehoop/0-40-4/The-Top-Ten-Moments-of-the-Boston-Chicago-Series.html)

dark_seid
05-04-2009, 07:29 PM
who will lose more games before wrapping up their series? cavs or lakers?

just wish that josh smith gets his head screwed on right for this series to make it interesting. his skill set in that physical package could have rivaled lebron's.

dark_seid
05-05-2009, 01:31 PM
as kobe was driving to the hoop, he banged knees with yao. problem was the impact on yao's was on the side of the knee. he was really in pain lying on the floor during the timeout. but he was able to come back after jogging it off in the tunnel leading to the dugout. let's see what the prognosis will be tomorrow.

BedanRoar
05-05-2009, 02:37 PM
West Game Result: HOU 100 - LAL 92

East Game Result: ORL 95 - BOS 90

dark_seid
05-06-2009, 09:25 AM
reports are that yao went through a full practice.
whew ... at least the series has a high probability of staying competitive.

tigerman
05-07-2009, 08:57 PM
Kobe bounced back after that inefficient shooting in game 1. His game 2 revenge includes elbowing Ronron in the throat and trashtalking a class act like Battier. Unbelievable. Of course, Stern and Jackson don't mind. Kobe is Kobe.

Yes this is playoff basketball but Kobe should be choosy who to trashtalk. Battier is a good role player who puts so much effort in the task assigned to him (see: book on how to defend Kobe ). Buti sana kung mala-Bowen siya eh.


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bchoter
05-08-2009, 01:32 PM
Kobe should have been suspended

stonecold316
05-09-2009, 02:41 PM
Kobe is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game of basketball.
Ang galing talaga, walang sinabi si Ron Artest.

2-1 na ang Lakers sa Houston. Same with Orlando against Boston.
;D ;D ;D

tigerman
05-09-2009, 02:59 PM
Rafer Alston and Derek Fisher were suspended. Kendrick Perkins and Ron Artest might suffer the same fate as well in game 4.

But I won't be surprised if Perkins gets away with it. Remember the incident involving Rondo and Brad Miller?



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dark_seid
05-09-2009, 08:20 PM
i'm in shocked that perkins' elbow incident is garnering attention. what the heck has the league become!!!
if a small guy wants to screen a big guy, that's at the small guy's peril.
*just shakes my head*
imagine how good john stockton and jeff hornacek would be today if they're allowed to set a pick on any guy.

dark_seid
05-10-2009, 11:11 AM
with yao out of the playoffs, bynum can now get his reps in an actual nba game before the conference finals.

MonL
05-11-2009, 11:17 AM
Celtics escape via Big Baby buzzer beater, 95-94. Series tied at 2-2.

Pierce leads the way with 27 on a very good 9-15 clip. Baby has 21 via 9-14. Rondo plunks in 21 on 8-15 clip and hauls down a Garnett-type 14 rebounds. House was held scoreless for the first time in the series.

Howard had another monster game but was ably supported only by Lewis.

Ray Allen and Hedo had relatively flat games and negated each other.

bchoter
05-11-2009, 01:10 PM
And the Lakers fall vs. the Yao-less Rockets

stonecold316
05-11-2009, 03:09 PM
Ang swerte ng Boston. Pero I'm sure babawi ang Orlando.
Anyway, natalo Lakers pero I'm also sure babawi sila. 4-2 ang series.

;) ;) ;)

chocoks77
05-11-2009, 05:42 PM
LBJ vs Melo in the Finals. Bulok ang lakers ngayon :-[

aircanda
05-11-2009, 08:56 PM
LBJ vs Melo in the Finals. Bulok ang lakers ngayon :-[


I second the motion.. Hihihi.. Kinikilig.. ;D ;D

aircanda
05-11-2009, 09:11 PM
LBJ vs Melo in the Finals.


I second the motion.. Hihihi.. Kinikilig.. ;D ;D

mighty_lion
05-12-2009, 01:12 PM
http://patheticallyapathetic.com//files/1/lebron-knicks.jpg

Yaiks.

The_Big_Cat
05-12-2009, 03:00 PM
^nice mighty_lion. I like it.

Dallas stays alive for another day as they edged out Denver.
Dirk scores around 18 points in the 4th to enroute to a 42 point game.

cub
05-13-2009, 10:44 AM
Boston came from an 75-85 deficit to defeat the Magic, 92-88. Actually, Boston had a 13-0 run led by Big Baby and Ray Allen to gain the lead with just a minute left. There was a little controversy when Rondo's shot just hit the rim by a hairline thus resulting to another Boston possession with just 36 seconds left and a fresh shot clock.

yungha
05-13-2009, 10:47 AM
the best i could do was log on to live score updates. another amazing rally i didn't get to see dahil bulok ang skycable. anyway go celts!

dark_seid
05-13-2009, 10:53 AM
^ you can go to nba.com and listen to the game.

it feels like/reminds of the pba on the AM radio, but it works.

LION
05-13-2009, 11:34 AM
Boston came from an 75-85 deficit to defeat the Magic, 92-88. Actually, Boston had a 13-0 run led by Big Baby and Ray Allen to gain the lead with just a minute left. There was a little controversy when Rondo's shot just hit the rim by a hairline thus resulting to another Boston possession with just 36 seconds left and a fresh shot clock.


Rashard Lewis kept on misfiring his 3 point shots in the peak of the Boston rally. Orlando should have pounded the ball inside and score on higher percentage shots or draw fouls to stop the momentum of Boston. Nag panic ang Orlando.

Another win for Boston despite the very poor performance of their guards Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo.

Celtics now lead 3-2.

coreytaylor
05-13-2009, 11:56 AM
Pao Gasol is eating Houston alive. Yao Ming's injury is a big big big big blow to Houston's frontcourt.

coreytaylor
05-13-2009, 12:15 PM
http://patheticallyapathetic.com//files/1/lebron-knicks.jpg

Yaiks.


Nice pic ML! ;)

mighty_lion
05-13-2009, 02:01 PM
Babaha ng luha sa Ohio pagnagkataon.

tigerman
05-14-2009, 11:53 PM
Denver finally makes it to the conference finals. They last made it in 1985. According to TNT, Melo was only 1-year old then.

Meanwhile, Chauncey Billups is now on his 7th straight conference finals. Incidentally, his former team's 6th straight trips to the east finals just ended. Such accomplishment is not pure luck on Chauncey's part. This is a testament to the leadership qualities of Billups.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

chocoks77
05-15-2009, 12:25 PM
Houston vs Denver in the west finals

BedanRoar
05-15-2009, 01:01 PM
Denver & Cleveland Still waiting. One more game for West & East remaining 4 teams!

dark_seid
05-15-2009, 03:38 PM
"Fellas, all 4 of you, walk into my poster"

-- Mark Jackson on the Carl Landry dunk-with-foul off a Hayes pass that punch the Lakers rally dead in the 4th quarter

coreytaylor
05-17-2009, 02:10 PM
Houston needs a f**kng miracle to win Game7 tomorrow at the Staples Center.



I never expected Houston would reach this far even w/o injured star Yao Ming. Geez, they'll give the Lakers one hell of a fight before giving up the game tomorrow... and I expect a very physical ball game... tiyak maraming dudugo bukas ;D

MonL
05-18-2009, 10:42 AM
Celtics officially dethroned, never recovering from a 13-point fourth quarter Magic run. Final score: 101-82.

We'll be back next year.

tigerman
05-18-2009, 10:59 AM
Boston finally felt the absence of key bigmen in Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe and the outside firepower of Orlando. Dwight Howard didn't not have a good game offensively but more made up for it on the defensive end with 16 boards, 5 blocks, and the other intangibles like intimidation factor, post presence etc.

No offense to the Celtic fans but I'm happy to know that Starbury won't get a ring this year. I just hate the idea of him hoisting that trophy while the likes of Kidd and Nash are waiting for theirs.




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

The_Big_Cat
05-18-2009, 11:20 AM
Inspite of loosing key players to injuries, Boston and Houston pushed their opponents to a 7th game.

salsa caballero
05-18-2009, 11:44 AM
So sad, but the Celts will be back. KG and co. will be ready next year.

coreytaylor
05-18-2009, 12:39 PM
Hedo "Mr. Fourth Quarter" Turkoglu scoring 5 straight pts in a span of 30 seconds suck the life out of the defending champs with 4mins remaining in the final period. Then, Rafer Alston followed it up with another 3point basket in their next possesion that sealed the win for the Magic.

yungha
05-18-2009, 12:51 PM
orlando suddenly became a good perimeter defensive team, shutting down house, rondo and allen. good, hard-fought fight by the celts. we'll be back next year.

stonecold316
05-18-2009, 02:10 PM
After the Lakers won the NBA title three straight years from 2000-2002, no team in the NBA repeated as champions.

2003 - San Antonio Spurs
2004 - Detroit Pistons
2005 - San Antonio Spurs
2006 - Maimi Heat
2007 - San Antonio Spurs
2008 - Boston Celtics
2009 -?

Will it be the Lakers, Magic, Nuggets or Cavs this time around ?
I'm hoping it will be the Lakers. Pero kung di man palarin sila, ok na rin. Masaya ako at may bagong champs.

MonL
05-18-2009, 03:43 PM
Inspite of losing key players to injuries, Boston and Houston pushed their opponents to a 7th game.


And also remember the loss to free agency of key reserve James Posey. He could have shut down Hedo, 'Shard et al and helped when the shots were'nt falling in for the Celts.

Anyway, moving on, unless a disaster happens at Cleveland, I feel it's Cavs in 5 for the Eastern Finals. Magic could have closed out Boston in a short series but they were stretched to the limit by a badly hobbled team who had nothing more than pride pushing them till the bitter end.

dark_seid
05-18-2009, 08:32 PM
i wouldn't mind seeing dwight meeting lebron in the air for a block attempt at the rim :)

would james bring it back down for a dipsy-do/aerial shot? or will he just try to power it home with a dunk?

but yeah, cavs in 5 because the (still) masters of panic will knock down all treys in no-pressure-nothing-to-lose game 4 at home to stretch/prolong the series.

stonecold316
05-19-2009, 01:47 PM
Cavs and Lakers in six games.
Magandang NBA finals to pag nagkataon.
:) :) :)

tigerman
05-19-2009, 10:47 PM
David Stern vs. Vince McMahon

Nuggets, WWE in smackdown over arena conflict
http://www.nba.com/2009/playoffs2009/05/18/nuggets.wwe.ap/index.html




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

stonecold316
05-20-2009, 04:03 PM
He already stated that WWE will be at the Pepsi Center this coming Monday.
I think may point si Mc Mohan dahil last year pa reserved ang venue sa kanila.
Aside from that, tickets for Monday Night Raw had been sold out.

BedanRoar
05-21-2009, 11:55 AM
Orlando Magic takes Game 1

Orl 107 - Cle 106

MonL
05-21-2009, 12:22 PM
^ A most painful way to lose--have a game stolen by the slimmest of margins right in your own turf. Better if it had been a rout.

And what a waste of a 49 point game, capped by a goal and one.

I said before that Orlando may get one game in the series. But I didnt expect it to be in Game 1 on the road.

tigerman
05-21-2009, 04:48 PM
Wow! LeBron showed some low post game earlier. While he did not exactly use back-to-the-basket moves, it's a scary thought for everyone if he gets to develop that aspect of his game.

I'm really impressed with Hedo's renaissance. He struggled in the first few games of the 1st round against Philly but he's starting to show his real game.




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

tigerman
05-21-2009, 06:10 PM
Lebron gets posterized by Courtney Lee. Bihira to dahil usually it's the other way around.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/tigerbj/2rc9wm9.gif




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

chocoks77
05-21-2009, 07:49 PM
Lebron gets posterized by Courtney Lee. Bihira to dahil usually it's the other way around.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/tigerbj/2rc9wm9.gif




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLNPDKNoyho

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LadJgjqaaM

BedanRoar
05-21-2009, 08:58 PM
IN YOUR FACE!!! :D

aircanda
05-21-2009, 11:06 PM
Wow! LeBron showed some low post game earlier. While he did not exactly use back-to-the-basket moves, it's a scary thought for everyone if he gets to develop that aspect of his game.

I'm really impressed with Hedo's renaissance. He struggled in the first few games of the 1st round against Philly but he's starting to show his real game.



pare, his outside shooting din kanina was really really impressive.. so are his blocks to dwight. Yun nga lang, sabe nga ni Sir MonL, nasayang lang.. But Im still confident na Cavs will be back with a vengeance.. At least now they now know what it was like to lose. So Orlando should be prepared. Still, nakakadisappoint pa ren ang Cavs.

As for Orlando. Wala akong masabe. Hands down. They were better than I thought they were.

stonecold316
05-22-2009, 04:20 PM
The Lakers just got beaten by the Nuggets, 106-103 to steal one game from the defending Western Conference champs.
Hopefully, LA can bounce back from the sorry loss and also steal one in Denver.
Still, LA in six games.

dark_seid
05-22-2009, 09:36 PM
^ A most painful way to lose--have a game stolen by the slimmest of margins right in your own turf. Better if it had been a rout.

And what a waste of a 49 point game, capped by a goal and one.

I said before that Orlando may get one game in the series. But I didnt expect it to be in Game 1 on the road.


same here. totally didn't expect orlando to be this tough this soon.

but it was enjoyable to watch lebron and dwight at each other going to the rim. beast vs beast.

what they lack in elegance akin to melo vs kobe, they make up for in brute force.

tigerman
05-24-2009, 02:35 PM
The game 2 loss is a heartbreaker but I don't see the Magic going down just because of it. They've been victimized by buzzer-beaters in the playoffs a no. of times already but they still have found ways to bounce back time and time again.

I still see the Magic winning the series in 6.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

stonecold316
05-24-2009, 03:32 PM
The Lakers just regained home court advantage by beating the Nuggets, 103-97.
Kobe Bryant just proved to the world why he is one of the best players of his generation after he scored a crucial three-pointer down the stretch to give LA the lead back plus the momentum after Denver gained a two point advantage with less than a minutes left. Kobe capped his performance by sinking four straight free throws to ice the game for the Lakers.
The 2008 MVP ended the game with 41 points while his counterpart, Carmelo Anthony was a disappointment scoring only 21 points.
2-1 na ang series. Hopefully, the Lakers gets Game 4 para pagbalik ng series sa LA, pwede na nila tapusin sa home court ang laban.
:) :) :)

dark_seid
05-25-2009, 07:43 PM
Lebron gets posterized by Courtney Lee. Bihira to dahil usually it's the other way around.


i believe courtney lee did it again in game 3. well sort of, since lebron was a step or two behind him.

also, orlando has really backed up their regular season dominance of the cavs by winning 2 out of 3 already.
(and in effect, made a lot of people begin eating crow)


and finally, the one-upmanship between kobe and lebron spanning from coast-to-coast is getting ridiculous. a game of what-you-can-do-i-can-do-better while facing some other nba team is totally awesome.

tigerman
05-25-2009, 08:25 PM
^ Agree on the Kobe-LeBron thing.

Much has been said with LeBron's improved shooting but in the game earlier, he struggled with his perimeter game and freethrows. I believe that Orlando is assured of a return trip to the finals if it takes a page out of Boston's playbook in the latter's series vs. Cleveland - make LeBron a jumpshooter.

The Cavs should be worried not only because of a possible 1-3 deficit but also due to their failure to take advantage of Dwight's limited minutes and Hedo's so-so performance in game 3.

Speaking of Dwight Howard, he's the defensive player of the year. However, what I don't understand is the lack of respect given to him by the referees. I'm ok with the fouls resulting from attempts to challenge/block shots but the ticky-tack fouls? Pure BS.


USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

digitalsuperman
05-25-2009, 08:42 PM
ganda talaga nang mga match ups ngaong conference finals..galing talaga!

para sa akin hindi scary na magkaroon nang post up moves si lebron because of his size masyado siyang maliit para magpost... ang para sa akin yung scary talaga if magkakaroon nang outside shooting si dwight howard...

tigerman
05-25-2009, 09:00 PM
para sa akin hindi scary na magkaroon nang post up moves si lebron because of his size masyado siyang maliit para magpost...

LeBron is 6'8'' and probably 260-270 lbs. Bangungot sa mga defenders niya ang physical attributes niya.



ang para sa akin yung scary talaga if magkakaroon nang outside shooting si dwight howard...

I agree on this.


USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

tigerman
05-25-2009, 09:13 PM
where BS calls happen

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/tigerbj/dwightfoul.jpg

USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

BedanRoar
05-26-2009, 12:09 PM
DENVER 120 - LAKERS 101

West Series tied at 2

coreytaylor
05-26-2009, 01:07 PM
The Lakers will win the next 2 games and they will become the Western Conference Champions. Then they're going to win the Championship by sweeping the series in the Finals. ;D

stonecold316
05-26-2009, 02:01 PM
The Lakers just got beaten by the Nuggetts, 120-101.
Kahit natalo, I'm sure the Lakers will bounce back in Game 5 and eventually win the series in Game 6.
Medyo nayari rin sila sa tawagan. Denver getting 49 free throw attempts is just amazing. Any team who gets to the free throw line that much will be unbeatable.
;D ;D ;D

stonecold316
05-26-2009, 02:24 PM
Lakers vs Nuggets
WWE sytle

http://www.wwe.com/content/media/video/vms/raw/2009/may22-28/10312064

tigerman
05-26-2009, 11:59 PM
Nakakahawa pala ang sakit ni Varejao. :D

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/tigerbj/szd07o.gif


USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

coreytaylor
05-27-2009, 02:45 PM
King James didn't save his Cavs this time. With the Cavs being down 3-1, I guess it's safe to say na....ehem...

stonecold316
05-27-2009, 03:16 PM
From being underdogs, the Orlando Magic are now the overwhelming favorites to win the Eastern Conference title and go to the NBA Finals for the second time since 1995.
Unless makagawa ng sariling magic ang Cleveland, the team is already doomed.
Anyway, di pa naman tapos ang series. Let's see what Lebron and his troops can do.

dark_seid
05-27-2009, 08:47 PM
totally hate it when one of the storyline of the playoffs have been so and so has x number of technical fouls.

can't the refs (and the nba) just let the players show some emotions without getting t'd?
oh emotions will lead to retaliation, you say? then let the enforcers of the opposing team handle it when one of your guys drive to the basket.
the calling of technical fouls is becoming out of control.

aircanda
05-28-2009, 12:45 AM
From being underdogs, the Orlando Magic is now the overwelming favorites to win the Eastern Conference title and go to the NBA Finals for the second time since 1995.
Unless makagawa ng sariling magic ang Cleveland, the team is already doomed.
Anyway, di pa naman tapos ang series. Let's see what Lebron and his troops can do.



ewan ko kung timang ako pero medyo di pa ako kinakabahan sa Cavs ngaun. They are still capable of winning the last 3 games I think dahil sa kanilang homecourt advantage. But easoer said than done. They must find a way how to stop Orlando's 3pt shooting, have a better offense and take care of the basketball.

And lahat inaanticipate pa na pumasok ang 3 pointer ni Lebron kanina. :D

atenean_blooded
05-28-2009, 05:46 PM
Lakers pwned the Nuggets today. :)

I like this year's Denver team. They remind me of the 2002 Sacramento Kings: Good competition for LA before the national finals. :)

stonecold316
05-29-2009, 03:39 PM
From being underdogs, the Orlando Magic is now the overwelming favorites to win the Eastern Conference title and go to the NBA Finals for the second time since 1995.
Unless makagawa ng sariling magic ang Cleveland, the team is already doomed.
Anyway, di pa naman tapos ang series. Let's see what Lebron and his troops can do.



ewan ko kung timang ako pero medyo di pa ako kinakabahan sa Cavs ngaun. They are still capable of winning the last 3 games I think dahil sa kanilang homecourt advantage. But easoer said than done. They must find a way how to stop Orlando's 3pt shooting, have a better offense and take care of the basketball.





The Cavs blew a 22 point lead in the first quarter, trailed by eight points early in the third but was able to beat the Magic behind Howards triple-double. Babalik ang series sa Orlando for Game 6. Let's see if the Magic can finally close out the Cavs.

And lahat inaanticipate pa na pumasok ang 3 pointer ni Lebron kanina. :D

cub
05-30-2009, 11:44 AM
The Lakers are going to the NBA Finals. I hope they lose to the Cavs/Magic. ;D

stonecold316
05-30-2009, 02:54 PM
Let's Go Lakers, Let's Go!
Galing talaga ng Lakers.
Kahit ano pa ang ipukol ng Denver sa kanila, the Lakers led by Kobe Bryant just won't quit.

As I said before, the Lakers will win the series 4-2. Now, it's time to prepare for the Finals and hopefully the Lakers will get the job done and get their 15th NBA title in 30 NBA finals appearance.