Playoffs

Wizards – Bulls game 3

The wizards came home to DC with a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Bulls, but the wizards weren’t able to extend their lead to 3-0 as they fell to the bulls in their first playoff home game since the 2007-08 season 100-97.

Mike Dunleavy led the bulls with 35 points, shooting 8-10 from the 3-point line and 12-19 from the field. All the first-round playoff matches have been closely contested with the exception of the Miami/Charlotte matchup and some of these games have been quite intense.

Tempers have run high in this series and may cost Washington the chance to go up 3-1 in front of their home crowd. Nene has been suspended for game four of the series on Sunday afternoon, due to his altercation with Jimmy Butler during game three. After a basket by Nene,the two got tangled up before Nene head-butted and grabbed Butler, attempting to throw him down. Nene was subsequently ejected from the game.

Nene is a significant loss for the wizards, who will start Trevor Booker in his spot. This means John Wall, Bradely Beal, Trevor Ariza and the rest of the wizards will need to fill the void that;s going to be left my by Nene’s absence.

Spurs – Mavericks game 1

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Probably the least talked about team in the NBA, but that’s probably just how the San Antonio Spurs like it. The spurs rode the back of their perennial All-star Tim Duncan, who poured in 27 points going 4-5 on his shots in the final quarter to help the spurs overcome a 10 point deficit.The Spurs held Dallas to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally for a 90-85 win Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

San Antonio won despite going 3 for 17 on 3-pointers and getting only 23 points from its normally productive bench. Tony Parker scored 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas.

Devin Harris scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who nearly pulled off a huge upset. Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with 11 points, was 2 for 6 from the field in the final quarter. The veteran forward was closely defended by San Antonio center Thiago Splitter.

These two teams face each other again Wednesday night. The Mavericks have proven they can hang with the playoff tested Spurs by the looks of game one. Ultimately i think the spurs will win but better games are to be expected from Nowitzki and that the mavs will adjust after letting game one slip out of their hands.

Wiz – Bulls game 1

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Nene dominated with 24 points, Trevor Ariza scored 18, and the Washington Wizards rallied from 13 down to beat the Chicago Bulls 102-93 in their playoff opener on Sunday night.

John Wall poured in 16 points in his playoff debut. Marcin Gortat contributed to the win with 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the fifth-seeded wizards got the win over the fourth-seeded Chicago Bulls.

The Wizards erased a 13-point deficit to just one in third quarter and trailed by just three points going into the fourth, before going on a 18-6 run in the final six minutes of the game to get their first playoff victory since their last appearance in 2008. The next game is Tuesday night.

The Bulls have everything to lose as they can’t afford to drop their second game at home, while the wizards will go back in to the United Center with confidence and a cushion.

Perfect Timing

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With just one game left in this years NBA regular season schedule, the Pacers are showing that they are still one of the favorites to unseat the current eastern conference and NBA champions the Miami Heat.

The pacers defeated the Oklahoma City thunder in a game that came down to the wire. Indiana won the game 102-97, maintaining their advantage over the Miami Heat. The pacers own the tie-breaker over the heat, its important the pacers secure home court advantage over Miami. If last years playoffs is any indication of what the future holds for the pacers then it’s very important they get the home court advantage.

The playoffs are in six days and by defeating the thunder who also are serious contenders in the western conference, Indiana seems to be back on track and playing the good and competitive basketball they were playing in the first half of the season. I think this is Miami’s last year at the summit of the east and the NBA, and although the pacers have talent and the perfect blend of youth and experience I don’t see them knocking the LeBron led heat of their throne. The playoffs will be interesting this year and I absolutely cannot wait for it to begin.