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  • Blog Post: Ness Notes: NBA Playoff Journal (Apr 19)

    The entire NBA 'world' (but of course NOT, David Stern and the NBA brass) was rooting for and expecting a Finals showdown last June between the Cavs and Lakers (LeBron vs Kobe). After all, for the first time in NBA history, two teams had won 65 games or more in the same season in 2008-09, the...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (May 10)

    There was plenty excitement in last night’s games, as the Heat needed overtime to take a 3-1 lead in their series against the Celtics while the Thunder and Grizzlies went three overtimes before settling their Game 4 and leaving the series tied at two-all. Both home teams lost, making them are 9-7 SU...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (May 26)

    The Mavs came from 15 points down with just under five minutes to go to win Game 4 in OT vs the Thunder and last night, closed out Oklahoma City with another late surge, outscoring the Thunder 14-4 in the last 4:37, turning a six-point deficit into a 100-96 win. Nowitzki hit a HUGE three with 1:14 left...
  • Blog Post: NBA’s Second Season

    All 30 teams were in action on the final day of the regular season (last Wednesday) with all 16 playoff berths already having been clinched. The East was settled with all eight seeds already having been decided but in the West, the Lakers, Mavs, Thunder, Hornets and Grizzlies still had some “skin in...
  • Blog Post: NBA Finals Journal (Game 6)

    The Celtics won Game 5 of the NBA Finals 92-86 on Sunday night, taking a 3-2 series lead. The game really wasn't as close as the final score, as the Lakers never led after owning a 37-36 lead and in watching the game, one never felt the Celtics "weren't going to win." Kobe scored 38...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoff Journal (5/27)

    It was only last Sunday afternoon when the NBA was getting ready for yet another Finals matchup between the Celtics and Lakers, as both legendary franchises were seemingly on their way to sweeps in their respective conference finals. The Celtics trounced the Magic 94-71 last Saturday night to take a...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (May 6)

    The Celtics and Lakers met in last year’s NBA Finals. It was the 12th all-time meeting for the league's two most storied franchises. Boston won the first eight meetings (the first seven of which came no later than 1969), LA the next two ('85 and '87) and then after a 21-season gap, the Celtics...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (June 2)

    Dallas and Miami opened the 2011 NBA Finals on Tuesday and after one quarter, the Mavs led 17-16. It was the lowest-scoring Game 1 first quarter of any NBA Finals in the shot clock era. It also tied as the fourth-lowest total for any Finals quarter since 1955. Dallas would lead 44-43 at the half and...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoff Journal (Finals Game 2)

    The Celtics manhandled the Lakers in the 2008 Finals. Kobe shot just 40.5 percent in that series, Gasol averaged 14.2-102. but was labeled 'soft' plus Bynum was sidelined due to a season-ending injury. The Celtics were led by their new version of the "Big Three" and the group delivered...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoff Journal (4/30)

    Thursday's two games followed long term NBA playoff trends. The first trend was that teams jumping out to 3-1 leads in their respective series had closed out their opponents in 181 of 189 previous series all-time (95.8 percent), heading into this postseason. Then there was the fact that the Game...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (May 9)

    “I might be sick in the head or crazy or thrown off or something like that, but I still think we are going to win this series,” Bryant said after the Lakers blew a fourth quarter lead in a Game 3 loss to the Mavericks. “I might be nuts. Win on Sunday. Go back home and see if they can win in L.A.” When...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (May 19)

    Miami’s “Big 3” accounted for 83 points in its Game 4 win at Boston and when the Heat closed out the Celtics back in Miami in Game 5, the “Big 3” accounted for 81 points. Bosh, LBJ and Wade accounted for a total of just 63 points in Game 1 vs Chicago, as the Bulls routed the Heat 103-82. Miami's...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (April 28)

    Home teams remained perfect this week (at least SU), as the Heat eliminated the 76ers in five games with a 97-91 win, the Spurs stayed ‘alive’ with a 110-103 overtime win against the Grizzlies and the Thunder eliminated the Nuggets (also in five games) with a 100-97 win on Wednesday night. However, favorites...
  • Blog Post: NBA Finals Journal (Game 5)

    Kobe scored 33 points (had 10 of LA final 12 points) and Gasol added 21 points (six rebounds) for the Lakers in Game 4 but it was not enough to overcome poor efforts by just about all the other Lakers. Bynum (two points and three rebounds) was limited to just 12 minutes (all in the first half), as his...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoff Journal (April 20)

    Joakim Noah has drawn the ire of Cleveland fans with his criticism of the that city, but he let his play do the talking on Monday night, scoring 25 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. He was one of three Bulls to reach 20 points, as Deng had 20 and Rose 23 plus eight assists. However, after all was said...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (April 27)

    Home teams went 32-13 SU for the entire first round last season, including a money-making 29-16 ATS. However, as the new week opened, they sat 21-9 SU and a woeful 10-19-1 ATS. Home favorites had been just awful, going 5-16 ATS while home dogs were holding their own going 5-3-1. Things have changed quickly...
  • Blog Post: NBA Update (Western Conference)

    The Celtics went 66-16 on their way to the team's 17th NBA title in the 2007-08 season, the first season of the team’s current “Big 3” of Allen, Garnett and Pierce. Boston went 62-20 the next year, the East’s second-best record next to the Cavs, who matched Boston’s win total from the previous season...
  • Blog Post: NBA mid-season update: Kobe vs LeBron, a year delayed?

    The NBA resumes play on Tuesday after a four-day break for its three-day All Star Extravaganza plus a day of rest (Monday). The weekend was topped by the kind of spectacle that Commissioner David Stern, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had hoped for, a reported crowd of...
  • Blog Post: NBA Notes: Cavs back on track (how about Nets?)

    The Cavs entered the All Star break with an NBA-best 43-11 mark. The team's 115-104 win over the Magic (last year's Eastern Conference champs) on Feb 11 gave them 13 straight wins, matching a franchise record (remains an NBA season-high for the 2009-10 season). The Cavs fell three games short...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoff Journal

    Four teams took to the court on Tuesday night with a chance to go up 2-0 in their best-of-seven series. Just one failed to do so and that was the Portland Trail Blazers, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The Blazers were 8 1/2-point underdogs to the Suns, who were basically in a "must...
  • Blog Post: NBA Notes (Are the Bulls for Real?)

    I wrote a two-part NBA report when the teams returned from the All Star break. I noted then, that the Chicago Bulls entered the All-Star break with a winning percentage over .700 (38-16, .704) for just the fifth time in franchise history. Three of the previous four times Chicago had done that, the Bulls...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (June 7)

    The Heat jumped out to a 14-point lead on the Mavs in the second quarter of Game 3 but the Mavs did close the margin to five points (47-42) at the half. The second half was close most of the way but the Heat did take an 81-74 lead with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the game. However, Dirk would score all...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoff Journal (5/16)

    The "you know what" hit the fan in Cleveland right after the Cavs lost 94-85 at Boston to the Celtics on Thursday night. NBA fans actually call Boston's win over Cleveland an upset. They hardly know upsets. To see "real upsets," they should watch the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs...
  • Blog Post: NBA Finals Journal (Game 4)

    Kobe had his "game face" on right from the beginning and while the Celtics jumped out to a 6-0 lead in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Lakers would go on a 15-1 spurt in the first quarter to take control early. It was 37-20 LA into the second quarter and 52-40 LA by the half. The Celtics were...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoff Journal (5/26)

    After two games of the Western Conference finals, the Lakers were averaging 126.0 PPG on just barely under 58 percent shooting from the floor, while taking a 2-0 lead in the series over the Suns. LA had an eight-game playoff winning streak (7-1 ATS) as the series shifted to Phoenix and while the Suns...