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.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Cavaliers will open up their four-game West Coast road trip this week against the Sacramento Kings. The Cavs are 31-7 in its last 38 regular season games against Western Conference opponents. The Cavs have won 6 of the last 7 on the road against opponents in the Western Conference. Since December 28 the Cavs have the 4th best road record in the NBA at 11-4. The Cavs have been shooting the ball fairly well averaging 10.1 three pointers per game which is the 5th best in the NBA. The last 4 games against the Kings, the Cavs have averaged 12.5 threes per game. In the Cavs last game they shot 24-29 from the free throw line. If they continue this hot shooting streak it will be tough for the Kings to pull this one off. The Cavs look to continue their hot hand to come out with this win. Sacramento enters this game losing 6 of their last 7 games. Even though they are in a slump their all-star, DeMarcus Cousins continues to come up with big numbers every game. Cousins is averaging 27.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game. If the Kings want to win this one DeMarcus Cousins can't be the only one to put up big numbers and contribute to the win.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

On March 3, 2016 the Golden State Warriors will play the Oklahoma City Thunder. The last game for the Warriors against Atlanta, Andrew Bogut saved a ball and Draymond Green got the low pass and threw up a shot clock-beating shot in front of the Warriors bench to put them up 109-105. This was the biggest shot of the game, so the Warriors will probably continue that momentum into tonight's game against the Thunder. With the top two scoring teams going head to head for the third time in the last 11 games, there isn’t much the Thunder don’t know about the Warriors going into the game. For the Thunder there's Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook starting and both of them are in the top 10 in scoring in the NBA. The Thunder are coming in to this game losing 5 of their last 7 games, so this game will be a challenging one, but if they can pull it off it'll be a turning point for their season. Andrew Bogut has been playing well for Golden State so the Thunder will have to keep an eye on him. Even though he only averages 5.6 points and 7.3 rebounds he plays a huge part for the Warriors. He protects the paint on defense and sets amazing screens to get his teammates open for shots. Bogut has a great basketball IQ and knows the situation and how to handle it very well. This matchup will be a great one for both the Thunder and Warriors fans tonight.

Friday, February 26, 2016

This week for the NBA there are many players that have to be watched. One of those being DeMarcus Cousins for the Kings. Cousins has has career-highs in back-to-back games, including a 56-point, 12-rebound, two-block explosion against the Hornets last night. Over his last four games, Cousins is averaging 41.0 points on 26.5 attempts, 14.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. The nest player to watch is Chandler Parsons. Over the last 3 games Parsons is averaging 29 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. The third player is Devin Booker. Booker has been averaging 23.7 points and 2.7 assists per game. Since Brandon Knight is injured this will make his game even better, or it should. The next player is Willie Cauley-Stein. The dominance of DeMarcus Cousins has made it easy to miss how well Cauley-Stein has played over his last four games: 9.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. Archie Goodwin has been playing pretty well also this week. He is averaging 22 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks. He should play well again in the next game also on the fact that Brandon Knight is injured.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The NBA All Star Weekend was last weekend and it was pretty interesting to say the least. The dunk contest was my favorite event of the weekend. There were different competitors in this but the two who made it interesting was Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon. The contest was pretty exciting in the first rounds but the final round was where it was all at. Both players were getting extremely high scores and pulling dunks off that has never been seen before. To begin the final round Gordon pulled off a dunk with the Orlando Magic's mascot.This dunk earned a perfect score of a 50. LaVine responded with a windmill dunk from the free throw line, also earning a 50. They kept going back and forth getting 50's. This was the first dunk contest there have been 4 50's in the final round. As the two players battled it out doing dunks that were never seen before, LaVine stunned the whole crowd with his last dunk. He did a between the legs dunk from just inside the free throw line. This was easily the hardest dunk we saw all night and that got him his last score of a 50, winning the contest. Zach LaVine has won this contest 2 years in a row now. Aaron Gordon will probably come back next year with a chip on his shoulder to get that trophy.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Even though the Cleavland Cavaliers are leading their conference with a 38-14 record they decided they needed more help to be a competitor for the championship. A lot of teams including the Cavaliers are interested in Ben McLemore for the Sacremento Kings. The Cavaliers don't really have that many dead eye shooters from behind the 3 point line and McLemore can help with that. The trade deadline is coming up fast so if they want him they better work hard to get him or the deadline will cut them off. The Cavaliers are also looking for Trevor Ariza, Kyle Korver, and Jared Dudley, but getting one of those is very unlikely. The Cavs are making a good offer on McLemore but the question is when are they going to try to get him before the deadline? The Cavaliers are determined to win a championship but to do this they need to improve their backcourt and team overall. Ben McLemore would be a good fit for this organization and he would help them get closer to that championship they want. The Cavs are also pushing out the sedond highest payroll in league history which just goes to show how committed they are to win. If the Cavs pick McLemore up they should be in a good spot to compete for that championship.

Friday, February 5, 2016

On Saturday February 5, 2016 the Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Boston Celtics. The Cavs are at the top of their conference with a record of 35-13. Over their last 3 home games the Cavs are averaging 115.3 points on .536 shooting from the field and 29.3 assists. The Cavs are also averaging 105.3 points per game which is the highest in the Eastern conference. In the Cavs' first meeting against the Celtics this year Kevin Love had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks in his 34 minutes he played. Love has been playing very well lately so the Celtics will have to watch him and make sure he doesn't get hot or they'll be in trouble. The Boston Celtics have a record of 29-22 so far this season. They have been playing very well lately as they have won 7 of their last 8 games. Isaiah Thomas has been playing well for the Celtics and he leads the team with points per game and assists per game. This will be a pretty good match up if the Celtics come ready to play considering the Cavs have a 5 game win streak going on against the Celtics. My guess is that the Cavs will win this game pretty easily and then afterwards the next day the Cavs go on to play the New Orleans Pelican, which should be a great game. This Friday night match up should be a good one.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Chicago Bulls play the LA Lakers later on this week. There are many things they need to know about the Lakers before playing them. D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson were both selecting for the rising stars challenge so they need to watch out for them for sure. The last time the Lakers played the Bulls they went into a double over time game. The Lakers ended up winning 123-118. The Lakers shot a season high of 50 shots, the Bulls will have to play tight defense if they want to win this one. Pau Gasol is pulling in 16 points and 11 rebounds per game so the Bulls will also have to get him off the glass to win. Jimmy Butler will help the Bulls pull off the win because he has been playing amazing, this is easily the best season of his career. Derrick Rose is struggling a little bit but he hopes to get back on track and he needs to if he wants to win this game. The Bulls defense is being pretty good this year as they make the opponent average 49% shooting which is pretty good. The Bulls need to play well to win against the Lakers and they are pretty confident they can.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Cavaliers continue their 4 game home streak when they face the Chicago Bulls later this evening. This is their second time playing each other and they will play 4 times this whole season. The Cavs have won 9 straight games and lead the Eastern conference with a 30-11 record. They played the Clippers Thursday night and won 115-102. The Cavs had 29 assists and shot 42 for 83 from the field. After winning Thursday night the Cavs have won 39 straight home games when they scored over 100 points. The Cavs shot 13 for 28 from the 3 point line Thursday, the 22nd time Cavs have hit 10 or more threes in a game this season. They are averaging 10.1 threes per game this season as well. Kevin Love scored 11 points and had 11 rebounds in the first half Thursday night. All five of the Cavs starters had double digit points Thursday night, James-22, Smith-22, Irving-21, Love-18, Mozgov-11. Chicago enters the game tonight having lost 3 of their last 4 games. The Bulls have gone 20.1% from the 3 point line and they're averaging 108.8 point per game over a recent 2-6 stretch.

Monday, January 18, 2016

John Wall, from the Washington Wizards, and Kevin Durant, from the Oklahoma City Thunder, were named players of the week for the week of January 11. John Wall led his team to 3-1 this week averaging 25 points, 9.8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3.0 steals per game. Wall posted two point-assist double-doubles and recorded a seven-steal game. He tallied 28 points, eight assists and seven rebounds during a 118-104 win over the Indiana Pacers on January 15. Kevin Durant led his team to 4-0 this week. He is averaging 28 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. He logged a 30-point game and two point-rebound double-doubles for Oklahoma City. Which defeated the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat and recorded two wins over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On Jan. 13, Durant shot 9-of-14 from the field en route to a game-high 29 points and added 10 rebounds and four assists during a 108-89 win over the Mavericks.Both players led their teams to a pretty successful week in the NBA.