Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Cavs, after almost giving up an 18 point lead to the Atlanta Hawks, held on and won Game 1 (104-93) of this series in the playoffs. Cleveland was up 72-54 midway through the game until a big boost for the Hawks came in. Dennis Schroder came in for the Hawks and made 5 of his first 7 attempts and gave Atlanta that little boost they needed to try to come back. Atlanta took their first lead of the game after Schroder came in, so he obviously played a pretty big role in their offense that night. After they took the lead, the Cavs stepped it up on defense and played the way they should've the whole game. Atlanta then struggled to score like they have been after the Cavs played some pretty hard defense. The Hawks ended up losing this first game in what could possibly be a shutout. If the Cavs want to win this series they will have to play defense like they did at the end of Game 1. If Atlanta wants to win this series they will have to look to be more aggressive and score willingly. The Cavs have been playing pretty well in the playoffs so far, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they easily win this series. It should be a tight series though, since Atlanta doesn't give up pretty easy.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Oklahoma City Thunder play the Dallas Mavericks tonight and if they win, they advance to round two, if they lose they play a game six at Dallas. The Thunder has a chance to end the series and move on to the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs. This game will most likely be the hardest the Mavs play thus far in the series. The Mavs don't want to go home and the Thunder want to move on, so both teams will be battling it out all night. There are some experienced players on the Mavs, so if the Thunder get up early in the game the Mavs have what it takes to come back. If the Thunder keeps it up like they have been they will get a win tonight and go on to face the Spurs. Kevin Durant and Westbrook will look to close this game out. If Dallas wants to win this game they will have to contain those two or they will be in trouble. Most likely they will come to play and the Thunder will close the game out. It should be a game to watch since Dallas doesn't want to go home.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Thunder managed to defeat its rival to the south, the Dallas Mavericks, five straight times during the course of the past six months, but ultimately fell short in Game 2 of this first-round series of the Playoffs, leaving the Thunder with a road trip and two games in Texas to regain control.The Thunder’s 85-84 loss on Monday night boiled down to a few crucial points – the Thunder couldn’t get the lid off the rim and the Mavericks scored on eight of its final 13 possessions. The Thunder can’t control Kevin Durant going 7-for-33 from the field and only going to the free throw line five times. Down the stretch, there were a few team defensive breakdowns that allowed Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton to knock down some crucial baskets. In order to defeat the Mavericks on Thursday night and make it a 2-1 series, the Thunder will have to contain Felton and other Dallas guards like Deron Williams, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea, if he suits up. And by the way, there’s a Hall-of-Famer in Dirk Nowitzki lurking along the perimeter waiting for catch-and-shoot opportunities while those guards attack off the dribble. Dirk will be a problem for the Thunder. The Thunder will have to keep him contained unless they want to get beat. If they keep him contained the Mavs will have to find another way to score. If the Thunder keep up the intensity of the game they should be in for a good win. If not, the Mavs will be able to pull this one out.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Lakers played the Jazz last night, which marked Kobe Bryant's last game of his 20 year NBA career. Kobe left the league as the third-highest scorer in league history, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. Kobe came into the game knowing he had to leave with a bang and not make it a normal exhibition game. The Utah Jazz were up the majority of the game, they weren't going easy on Kobe. Bryant realized this and that's when he started playing his own game. The Lakers started coming back as the game proceeded and Kobe started racking up the points very fast. Kobe didn't stop, he kept scoring to get 50 points and the lead late in the 4th quarter. Kobe kept on going and going ending up with 60 points and the W. Kobe is the oldest player to ever get 60 points in a game. Kobe left his NBA career on a very high note, proving he still has what it takes to dominate a game. He then gave a speech after the game to thank everybody for the 20 years of success in the NBA and saying goodbye one final time to all the fans watching him. Kobe was one of the greatest players to ever play the game and he will forever be called a legend.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

With just five games remaining in the regular season and virtually no way the Thunder can move up or down the playoff ladder in the Western Conference, it might be easy to look ahead to the postseason. Tonight the Oklahoma City Thunder will face off against the Denver Nuggets. This week the head coach, Billy Donovan, of the Thunder has been stressing focus and intensity since they will be on Nuggets home court. Even though the Thunder are already in the playoffs their coach is telling his players that they can't get distracted and every game is a chance to get better and improve. The Thunder are looking to improve in 3 different areas on the floor; turnovers, transition defense and offensive rebounds. All of these were huge factors in the loss against the Houston Rockets. Denver is a team that loves to run up and down and they pound the glass whenever the chance comes. The Thunder's coach said that their half court game is good, but they need to focus more on getting up and down. If the Thunder focus and keep trying to win every game, they should come up with the win tonight, but it'll be tough considering it will be on Denver's home court. If the Nuggets win tonight it will be a big booster and they will have momentum for their team for their upcoming games.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Cavaliers will look to pull ahead in the season series when they face the Milwaukee Bucks tonight, March 23. The Cavs are coming off a win over the Denver Nuggets, so their momentum might carry over to this game facing the Bucks. The Cavs, against the Nuggets, shot 48-86 from the field and 15-31 from the 3 point line. Cleveland also dished out a season-high 38 assists and swiped 10 steals. The Cavs recently clinched a playoff spot with their recent wins. The Cavs will come into this game with a ton of energy, so Denver will have their hands full tonight. The Milwaukee Bucks enter tonight's contest having lost three of their last four and are seven games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Conference. Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his 19th double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 boards against the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. He will make sure the Cavs don't have an easy win considering how well he has been playing this season. This game should be a good match up for a Wednesday night. The Cavs have a lot of momentum coming into this game, but Antetokounmpo will most likely keep his high intensity up.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The big thing that the Cleveland Cavaliers are on is that they need to play better without LeBron James. The Cavs need to rest LeBron for the playoffs with other key players, but they are afraid they will not win the upcoming games without him. In the past 2 seasons the Cavs are 3-12 without him playing. With James on the bench, the Cavs miss 24.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. The points and assists are team highs.Their last game the Cavs pulled off the win without James with lots of help from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. James has played 45,620 minutes in 13 seasons, gone to five consecutive Finals, and has simply played more basketball than anyone in the NBA over the last six years. It is pretty obvious why the Cavs don't play as well without him. So the Cavs are gonna need more nights like this, nights where Irving and Love hold up their ends of the Big 3. Cleveland's trying to fend off the Raptors for the top seed in the East, it's a 2½-game lead right now. This is a big game for the Cavs, so they will need to play well without James to win.