• 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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)...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • NFL Notes (Divisional Round)

    Only seven of the 12 teams that made the playoffs last season were back for this year’s ‘party.’ Those teams were Baltimore, Green Bay, Indianapolis (with an NFL record-tying ninth straight postseason appearance), New England, New Orleans, the New York...
  • 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...
  • Ness Notes: NFL's divisional round

    The Cards, Cowboys, Jets and Ravens advanced last week and all four will play on the road this week against rested teams which were able to have last weekend off after a grueling 17-week (16-game) regular season. As I've mentioned in previous columns...
  • 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...
  • NFL's Second Season

    The NFC's playoff field of six was set heading into last Sunday. The winner of the Philly/Dallas game would clinch the NFC East title and those two teams plus the Cards and Vikes all had some chance of earning the No. 2 seed (Saints had clinched the No...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ness Notes: divisional round recap

    Home teams went 2-2 SU and ATS in the wildcard round with underdogs going 3-1 ATS (huge move on the GB/Ari game saw the Cards go from 2 1/2-point favorites to 2 1/2-point underdogs by game time). All four games went over the total (had been 32 overs,...
  • NBA Playoffs Journal (May 4)

    Home teams (and favorites) “took it on the chin”” Monday night with both the Hawks and Mavs winning in Chicago and LA, respectively. However, home teams got a measure of revenge last night, as the Heat opened a 2-0 lead over the Celtics with a 102-91...
  • NBA Playoffs Journal (May 2)

    The first round of the 2011 NBA postseason came to a close Friday night when the Grizzlies beat the Spurs 99-91. Randolph (21.5-9.2 on 50.0 percent shooting) and Gasol (14.2-12.3 on 53.3 percent) dominated inside all series and in Game 6 it was no different...
  • NBA Playoffs Journal (April 26)

    Home teams won all three games last night, going 2-0-1 ATS. Home teams are 24-9 SU but just 12-19-2 ATS through 33 games of this year’s first round. That’s in stark contrast to last year, when home teams went 32-13 SU for the entire first round, including...
  • NBA Playoffs Journal (June 9)

    Game 5 of the NBA Finals is set for 9:00 ET on ABC. One could argue that the Heat look like the better team but Miami sure hasn’t been able to close out games. The Mavs outscored the Heat 21-9 over the final 10:12 of Tuesday’s Game 4, giving them an 86...

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