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2012 NBA Finals Game Five: Miami vs Oklahoma

In 2012 NBA Finals, Game Log / Recap on June 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm

NBA Finals Game Five – Miami vs Oklahoma

Elimination game.

Oklahoma are playing for the playoff lives. Down 3-1 and facing elimination if they lose tonight.

I would like to see James Harden start tonight. He has struggled with his shot throughout most of the series and I think inserting him into the starting unit might give him a jolt of life. They need Harden playing at high level to have any chance of coming back in this series.

I was disappointed by how much Scotty Brooks tried to hide Kevin Durant defensively in game four. I thought that caused his team a lot of problems matchup wise on the defensive end. They need Durant to be, at the very minimum, the secondary defender on LeBron James. Read the rest of this entry »

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2012 NBA Finals Game Three: Miami vs Oklahoma

In 2012 NBA Finals, 2012 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on June 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Game Three

What’s with all the boxing poses from both teams prior to tip-off? Nevermind, tip-off is here.

First Quarter

  • Miami win the tip. No changes to either sides starting lineups. Chris Bosh misses a long jumper on the game’s first possession. Oklahoma miss on the other end too. It was a drive and kick from Westbrook to Thabo in the right corner for a three.
  • Oh beautiful bullet pass by Wade to Bosh as he pulls the help defender on the high PnR wide to the right side of the court and finds Bosh cutting to the rim. Battier had pulled Ibaka to the three point line to leave acres of space for Bosh. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 NBA Finals Game Two: Oklahoma vs Miami

In 2012 NBA Finals, 2012 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on June 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Very good news heading into tonight’s game – Chris Bosh is back in the starting lineup and Spoelstra is staying small with Battier out there.

PG – Chalmers
SG – Wade
SF – Battier
PF – LeBron
C  – Bosh

I am delighted. This is the starting lineup I have wanted to see Miami use all season long. Their best unit.

Game Two

First Quarter

  • The score is 7-2 Miami after four minutes.
  • Miami must attack Kendrick Perkins. He is too slow and immobile to defend Bosh in PnR sequences, transition opportunities and in one-on-one situations. Attack, attack, attack. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 NBA Finals Preview: Oklahoma vs Miami

In 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Ah, terrific NBA Finals matchup. Very excited about this matchup.

I think we are going to get a chance to see the best NBA Finals in at least the last 10-15 years.

Not only that but we have a marquee head-to-head matchup with Kevin Durant against LeBron James. Those two guys were pretty much the consensus #2 and #1 choice for MVP respectively. We haven’t had a head-to-head matchup like this since Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O’Neal in 1995. Magnificent.

I am expecting this to be a very close series that goes six or seven games. I am expecting Oklahoma to win the series with Durant claiming a Finals MVP. Read the rest of this entry »

Boston Needs To Change Their Lineup

In 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

This is what I want to see heading into Game Two

Starters

C  – Garnett
PF – Pierce
SF – Pavlovic
SG – Ray
PG – Rondo

Bench

G – Dooling
SG/SF – Pietrus
PF – Bass (Haslem)
C – Stiemsma Read the rest of this entry »

Lakers Eliminated from 2012 Playoffs

In 2012 NBA Playoffs, General NBA, Trade Talk on May 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I saw a few articles and comments saying that this signals the end of an era for the LA Lakers. That is time for them to rebuild. After back-to-back exits in the second round where they have been thoroughly outplayed … that their squad with Kobe Bryant as a leading figure is finished.

I disagree. I don’t think the Lakers are finished.

They can still be a Championship caliber team for a few more years (while Kobe is still a high end player). They just need to make some changes to their roster.

  • Starting with the Pau Gasol + Andrew Bynum problem. These two have struggled to operate at full capacity while playing together every year that they have been together in LA. It’s not working. They want the same spots on the floor offensively and one’s involvement offensively keeps coming at the expense of the other. LA needs to make a change and re-balance it’s squad.
  • They need to continue addressing their lack of quickness and athleticism on the perimeter. They made a nice start to that by acquiring Ramon Sessions. They need to re-sign him this summer. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 NBA Playoffs Game Five: Boston vs Philly

In 2012 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on May 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Game Five

A big game tonight. Tied at 2-2. A big swing game that will push the series heavily into one team’s favour and make life difficult on the other.

Philly really needs to win tonight to win this series. I have a hard time picturing them winning the following two games in an elimination setting with Boston trying to close it out. They need to take the lead here.

As for Boston, their chances take a big blow if they lose today but I still like their ability to come from behind and win the final two games if necessary. They have the talent, experience and mental fortitude to do that.

Avery Bradley is out of tonight’s game. Ray Allen will start in his place. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 NBA Playoffs: Day 19

In 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Just a quick few thoughts on today’s games

Indiana vs Miami

The Pacers won in a blowout today to go up 2-1 versus the Heat. A very good performance and a much deserved result.

Miami Heat

However, as far as Miami is concerned, it was a thoroughly disappointing result and performance. It is amazing to see this team – a team full of experienced players and led by two MVP caliber talents – be rattled so easily. As early as the initial stages of the third quarter, and only down a single digit deficit, Miami began to implode.

I couldn’t believe the defeated looks on so many of their faces. Heads down. They were stunned. Like they had no idea as to how they could win this game. That losing was inevitable. That they had no answer for Indiana’s sudden momentum. Like I said, it’s shocking to see a team of this caliber rattled so easily. Absolutely shocking. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 NBA Playoffs Game One: Oklahoma vs LA Lakers

In 2012 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on May 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Game One

First Quarter

  • Russell Westbrook starts the game off with a steal inside the first six seconds, breakaway, lob to Sefolosha, layup. Way to send a message to open a game.
  • Ron Artest dribbles around a Kobe pick at the top of the key and drills a three pointer on the switch.
  • Oh my, Durant curls off a screen on the left post, comes flying around the paint, drives, slam dunk on the opposite side of the rim! Bang!
  • Ron Artest does a great job pinning Durant right under the rim and creates the passing angle, Pau Gasol (right elbow) finds him, Artest takes his time, draws the double, shuffle pass to Bynum, easy finish inside. Great play by Artest.
  • Serge Ibaka doing a good job fighting Pau Gasol for post position, deflects the entry pass, LA goes away from Pau. Mission accomplished on that possession for Ibaka. Read the rest of this entry »

Chris Bosh Injury

In 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

The Miami Sun-Sentinal writes

For the Heat, the pain goes deeper, with the question being how deep into Chris Bosh’s abdomen. The All-Star power forward was lost for the second half after sustaining a lower-abdominal strain on the follow-through of a second-quarter dunk that resulted in a 3-point play.

Coach Erik Spoelstra did not sound as if Bosh was coming back any time soon.

“We have some time now. We don’t know what Chris’ status is,” Spoelstra said. “We won’t know until we get an MRI, move on from there.”

The initial sense was not encouraging.

Bad news for Miami.

We’ll have to wait until after the MRI to find out just how big of an issue this is for Miami. Read the rest of this entry »