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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  РBosh

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 »

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 »

2012 NBA Playoffs: Second Round Previews

In 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Eastern Conference

Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers

Indiana don’t get enough penetration in their halfcourt offense. Too much of their action happens with the ball in front of the defense instead of getting in behind the defense and forcing the opposition’s defense off balance and into help defense sequences. This allows the opposing team’s defense to stay in between the ball and hoop which in turn leads leads to too many low to medium percentage shot attempts. In other words, they don’t cause the opposition’s defense enough problems and fail to generate a high enough number of quality shot attempts.

Defensively, their interior defense isn’t strong enough to handle slashers of Dwyane Wade’s and LeBron James’ ability consistently over a seven game series. Roy Hibbert is too slow and immobile to consistent deterrent to these players and none of Indiana’s other bigs (David West, Tyler Hansbrough, Louis Amundson) provide any sort of rim protection. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs Game Three: Dallas vs Oklahoma

In Game Log / Recap on May 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Game Three

A massive game tonight. A must win for Dallas.

First Quarter

  • Oklahoma start off strongly and build a 6-0 lead. An offensive rebound and tip in for Ibaka. A turnover with Westbrook playing the passing lanes and then splitting a pair at the line after drawing a foul on Marion in transition. Then Durant nailed a three in semi-transition.
  • Perk gets called for a goal-tend there as he tried to help on Dirk’s low post (right block) spinning baseline off glass move against Ibaka. Perk has looked very active defensively so far. Made a nice play altering Kidd’s driving layup a moment earlier.
  • Durant nails his second three pointer. Only three minutes in. Next possession, high post right wing, posts up, defense hovers over, Westbrook who was dribbling down the right side of the court prior to the pass flares out to the top of the key, wide open, Durant finds him, jumper on the way, misses. Nice job by Durant to draw defensive attention and get his teammate an open look though. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs Game Time: Day Three

In Game Log / Recap on April 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Miami vs New York

Game two

  • Dwyane Wade has gotten off to a good start. He has made two beautiful cuts across the baseline for easy dunks and had a nice jumper off glass off the dribble from about 10 feet also. Landry Fields, his defender, has gotten caught ball-watching on those baseline cuts.
  • Miami lead 11-6 midway through the first after a 9-0 run, Miami has looked very dangerous in transition. New York has do a better job of limiting those transition opportunities.
  • Dwyane Wade and Landry Fields trade heavily contested jumpers out of the corner against the shot clock.
  • Amare Stoudemire has looked very active today. Making nice cuts. Getting some rebounds. Attacking the basket hard. He looks set to have a big game tonight.
  • Miami lead 18-10 with four minutes to go as LeBron finishes in the paint through contact and gets the line. On a prior possession, LeBron had a beautiful no look one handed pass off to Wade in transition for the easy two. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs: Western Conference First Round Matchups

In General NBA on April 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The four ties

  • (1) San Antonio Spurs vs (8) Utah Jazz
  • (2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (7) Dallas Mavericks
  • (3) Los Angeles Lakers vs (6) Denver Nuggets
  • (4) Memphis Grizzlies¬† vs (5) Los Angeles Clippers

Analysis

San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz

I like Utah in this series a bit more than most seem to. I don’t think they will win but I do think they can give the Spurs a good time of it and win a game or two.

I like their strength up front with Al Jefferson and Millsap with Kanter and Favors off the bench + their size, quickness and talent in the backcourt with Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward. Younger legs. I think the combination of those players can cause San Antonio some problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Kobe and Durant Battle for Scoring Title

In Awards/Achievement on April 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

So after yesterday’s game between the Thunder and Lakers, Kevin Durant (35 points) has moved ahead of Kobe Bryant (26 points) in the scoring charts by a score of 27.91 points per game to 27.86 points per game for Kobe.

I am rooting for Kobe to go on a two game binge here and bring home his third scoring title. This year will very likely be his last opportunity to win one and would make him the second oldest scoring champ behind Michael Jordan. Read the rest of this entry »