Dev 1 LAL 2 and I Told You So

Honestly even if I did say you shouldn’t count Denver out in my last post I don’t necessarily feel like a genius. You see, basketball is a game played in waves. In a game either team in a good match up can go up by ten or more points after which you can bet the other team will inevitably follow suit. That’s why there aren’t a lot of situations where each team takes turns scoring for long periods. The word ‘momentum’ is very much at home in basketball and unless a team is completely overmatched it is perfectly normal to go ahead by 10 in the first quarter then see their lead disappear in the 2nd.

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LAL 2 DEN 0, Davis Scores Last 10 Pts. to settle Game

By now everyone in the basketball world knows about Charles Barkleys’ proclamation of a sweep just after Game 1 and after watching that game I didn’t blame him. His analysis of the game being a simple matter of match ups is spot on and as of Game 1 Denver was woefully lacking in answers. Their first 5 for the past games were literally smaller than LAL’s resulting in early foul trouble for Jokic who eventually had to sit out most of the first half.

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And So There Go The Rockets

I renewed this blog not only to harness my considerable influence upon the international basketball community to support the NBA during the pandemic but also because I really wanted to know how far the Rockets can go small ball. Ok I’ll be honest, that’s a great big part of the reason. Like anyone interested in the game I wanted to know: How far can small ball last? Is it really the new way to play basketball?

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Mavs Even Series, Finally A Good Game

In OT Marcus Morris nails the corner three over the outstretched hands of Maxi Kleiber giving the Clippers the lead 133-132 9s left.

A few seconds later, ball ends up with wonder boy Donkic. Despite yet another triple double and 43 pt game evoking memories of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and other Playoff rookie greats, he has been quiet all of the OT period instead giving way to teammate Trey Burke who is on fire.

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Bos wins 1st Playoff Game; Phila Doesn’t Look too Good

So I caught Celtics 109 – 76ers 101 followed Clippers 84 – Mavericks 78.

This pic of Embid encapsulates how the 76ers looked like to me. Sure that may not represent their whole team but Embid is their main guy and trust me he sort of looked that way most of the game.

As a fan of the game it’s disappointing to see a main guy or any guy go out the court looking like that and in the Playoffs as well. He is a rebounding leader at 16/game and obviously a dominating big but it didn’t show today.

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Spurs 110 Rockets 107, Lead 3-2; Call Me The Basketball Whisperer

So a few minutes ago I posted this on my Facebook:

Then Manu does this:

Manu blocks Harden for the win

And I swear I feel like I’m the Basketball Whisperer or some sort of magician. But I’ll take it.

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Wizards 115 Hawks 99; Washington goes to Round 2, Still My Potential Team To Watch

I mentioned in the past that Washington was my favored team to watch and that has to do with the John Wall / Marcin Gortat tandem, who play the pick and roll to a perfection reminiscent of the Malone – Stockton days. I’ve always felt there was no play as devastatingly simple, quick and effective as the pick and roll, but having two players who not only have a predilection for it but are athletically built for this purpose as well is a rarity in the era of the stretch 5.

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Raptors 92 Bucks 89; Milwaukee Painful to Watch

3 minutes to go in the 4q Milwaukee Jason Terry made a three putting his Bucks up by 2, 80-78. It was an exciting three on a failed Middleton drive to the basket, resulting in a broken play. Seeing Terry alone near the top of the key he passed it to him, allowing ‘The Jet’ to do what he does best, sinking a big time 3.

Bucks Raptors, Jason Terry for the three
Jason Terry for the three

After an 82-82 tie later on though, the Bucks expectedly collapsed. Once on a crucial play (although every play in such a tight game is crucial), Demar DeRozan (32 pts) drives from the left with a full phalanx of defenders ready to stop him, only for him to dunk it with both hands in an emphatic gesture that left Buck fans along with the announcer completely aghast.

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Cavaliers 119 Pacers 114 – Too Much Deer In The Headlights

In 2012, the LA Clippers dealt a 99-98 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in their first Game of the playoffs after trailing by as much as 27 pts.

Channing Frye with the Dagger Three in the 4q

This game was like that. I started watching in the 3q with Ind leading 74-52, a 22 pt. lead that would normally entail death for whoever is catching up.

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