NBA Roundtable

Posts Tagged ‘2010 Playoffs’

Congratulations to the Lakers

In 2010 NBA Playoffs on June 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

An excellent game last night. A very poor offensive showing from both sides but the defensive play and the urgency/intensity was spectacular. A joy to watch.

Congratulations to the Lakers for winning their 16th title.

Advertisements

Game Seven: Perkins + Bynum Updates (Perk Out)

In 2010 NBA Playoffs on June 16, 2010 at 4:46 am

Kendrick Perkins

Ric Bucher reports via twitter that

  1. He saw Perkins “walking out under his own power but very stiffly”
  2. Sources say Perk has two sprained ligaments in his knee.
  3. And, Perk’s reply to whether he’ll play in game seven — On Thurs: “I’m going to try to give it a go.”

CSN reports on exact ligaments in question

  • That Perkins has sprained MCL and PCL ligaments in his right knee
  • MRI will be taken tomorrow and that will shed further light on Perk’s situation Read the rest of this entry »

Hypothetical: No Perkins, No Bynum

In 2010 NBA Playoffs on June 15, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Starters

  • C — Sheed vs Pau
  • PF — Garnett vs Odom
  • SF — Pierce vs Artest
  • SG — Ray vs Kobe
  • PG — Rondo vs Fisher

I think the Celtics have an advantage in the backcourt are fairly even in the frontcourt.

Maybe a slight advantage there too depending on how well Sheed plays defensively. Pierce will also have an easier time against Artest without Bynum back there + with the threat of Sheed’s jumper on the pick and roll/pop. So, two non-guaranteed variables that have a decent chance of coming true that could further help the Celtics case.

Reserves

Finals Preview: Los Angeles vs Boston

In 2010 NBA Playoffs on June 2, 2010 at 2:27 am

LA Lakers vs Boston Celtics

Lakers Offense vs Celtics Offense

The Lakers offense is vulnerable against teams with strong post defense and teams with strong man-to-man defenders on Kobe. With those defensive strengths, an opposing team is able to force LA into becoming an equivalent of a bottom ten and possibly bottom five offensive team.

The Celtics possess the single best post defense in the league led by Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace and Glen Davis. They also have three wings who do a good-to-very good (Ray Allen + Tony Allen) to excellent job (Paul Pierce) defensively against Kobe Bryant. In summary, the Celtics defense has the exact strengths that limit and inhibit the Lakers offense. Read the rest of this entry »

Game Six: Boston vs Cleveland

In 2010 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on May 13, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Early First Quarter

It is absolutely sickening to watch the first six minutes of this game.

  • Kevin Garnett is destroying the Cavs. There is no way that Shaquille O’Neal can hedge out on the ball-handler and get then get back and contest KG’s shot. Someone is getting either (a) a wide open path to the rim (b) a wide open jump shot off the dribble (c) a pick and pop or pick and roll to Garnett for an easy shot attempt (d) drive and kick to a shooter for an open look
  • Mo Williams is still on Ray Allen. It is going to be extremely difficult for the Cavs to beat the Celtics with Ray Allen torching them.
  • Parker is still on Rondo
  • Jamison is playing absolutely horrific defense on the pick and roll.

Cleveland are in terrible shape and Mike Brown remains totally clueless. Read the rest of this entry »

Cleveland’s Defense

In 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2010 at 11:02 am

Bad Defensive Lineup

  • Shaquille O’Neal = very poor defender
  • Antawn Jamison = atrocious defender
  • LeBron James = excellent defender
  • Anthony Parker = mediocre defender
  • Mo Williams = poor defender

That lineup is a below average defensive team. In that 16-20th range.

When Cleveland gives that lineup big minutes, they cannot be an elite defensive team. The best case scenario is a good defensive team (8th-to-12th) who’s best defense is played when the starting lineup goes off the floor, and unfortunately, they’ve failed to use the right lineups through substitutions to achieve even that (last night I mean, for the majority of the rest of the series they have done a serviceable enough job to be in the 11-14th range, slightly above average defensively).

Cleveland should not be considered a high quality defensive team when that starting lineup is playing long minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

Playoff Previews: Orlando vs Atlanta

In 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2010 at 12:29 am

Orlando Magic vs Atlanta Hawks

Dwight’s Zone Defense

Dwight Howard will play off of Al Horford and zone up against Joe Johnson’s and Jamal Crawford’s isolation plays. Effectively placing himself as a constant second line between them and rim and consequently making it very difficult for the Hawks main offensive threats to get anything easy around the rim.

This tactic has successfully stalled the Hawks isolation dependent offense in each of the last three seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Playoff Previews: Phoenix vs San Antonio

In 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Main Lineups

Starting Lineup

  • C — Jarron Collins vs Tim Duncan
  • PF — Amare Stoudemire vs Antonio McDyess
  • SF — Grant Hill vs Richard Jefferson
  • SG — Jason Richardson vs Manu Ginobili
  • PG — Steve Nash vs George Hill Read the rest of this entry »

Playoff Previews: Los Angeles vs Utah

In 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Main Story — Utah’s Lack Of Defense

Lakers Big Men vs Jazz’ Big Men

Andrew Bynum + Pau Gasol + Lamar Odom vs Carlos Boozer + Paul Millsap

This is real simple — Utah’s big men cannot defend the Lakers big men

  • Neither Boozer or Millsap have the height, the post defense or overall defensive chops to check Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum in the post.
  • Carlos Boozer cannot defend Lamar Odom away from the rim. He does not have the quickness required to stay in front of Odom’s drives. Millsap can do a solid job though. Read the rest of this entry »

Playoff Previews: Cleveland vs Boston

In 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm

The Main Story — Cleveland’s Big Men

Cleveland’s Starting Lineup

Mo Williams + Anthony Parker + LeBron James + Antawn Jamison + Shaquille O’Neal

The Boston Celtics will outplay the Cavs while this lineup is in the game. The combination of Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison and Shaquille O’Neal makes Cleveland vulnerable defensively particularly against strong point guard play in pick and roll situations + transition offense. Look for Boston to create a lot of problems in both of those areas through Rajon Rondo early in games. Read the rest of this entry »