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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.

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Perfect Timing

Paers

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.

Slow Pace

TheIndiana Pacers have been on somewhat of a slump lately,dropping games they have no business losing The Pacers dropped a game they needed to keep the heat on Miami for home court advantage in the playoffs.

It seems they’ve fallen of the rails a bit down the home stretch of the season, with today’s loss they’re now two games back in the loss column behind the heat. The pacers will still meet the heat one more time before the season is over, however their next opponent are the struggling bucks, they will need this need this game find get their swagger back.

I think the team best suited to dethrone the heat are the pacers but they have to learn to stop being their own worst enemy first.

The King chases the Servant

King chases the servant

If you’ve been paying attention to the NBA as of recent, you would have noticed Kevin Durant gave himself the nickname “The Servant.” I think Durantula, KD or the slimreaper are all better names to me. Much has been made in the first half of the season about Kevin Durant running away with the MVP race. Durant earlier in the season had a stretch of games were he had 30 plus points. LeBron has heard this and as any competitor would feel, he wonders why as the two-time MVP everyone (including myself) is ready to hand Durant the award.

In the first meeting between each stars team, Durant got the better of LeBron as Oklahoma City came out the victors 112-95, and what made this win significant is that it was on the heats home court. Both teams met again Feb 20, this time the heat came away victorious at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 103-81.

According to ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh LeBron James said:

” I do get jealous, I’m not gonna lie. I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he’s like 16-for-32 and then 14-for-34. … Man. … First of all, you have to have an unbelievable mindset to get up 30 shots. I always think about it, though. If I get up high-20s, 30 shots a game, what could I do today, with the way I’m playing?”

LeBron has come out on fire post all-star, with just six games in and playing less minutes on average (36.3), his FG% and 3 point FG% have both risen as well as his shot attempts. Recently LeBron logged his career and Miami Heat franchise record 61 points in a game against Charlotte Bobcats. Durant responded with a 42 point game against the Sixers in which he didn’t play in the 4th quarter. The rest of the season is going to be interesting it’s officially a two horse race, I still think Durant is the front runner, at least now it’s a conversation again

Melo Drama

In Pursuit of Rings

The story-line so far this season in New York has been will seven time all-star Carmelo Anthony leave New York when his contract ends in. The Knicks are in the mists of one an abysmal season with a record of 21-39 and currently sitting 11 in the eastern conference and a slim chance of making the playoffs.

Despite the Knicks losing record and struggles, Carmelo has been doing his part to keep the Knicks relevant this season. He currently ranks second in scoring after three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant. So the question at hand is should he leave?

My answer to that is yes. When it’s all said and done players are mostly judged by their championships. Bill Russell, Micheal Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon are just some of the players considered some of the greatest players to play basketball and are always some of the first names you here when lists are made for top 10 players, more importantly all of these players have multiple championships.

Players like Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Dominique Wilkins, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and New York Knick great Patrick Ewing are often over-looked when the discussion for all-time greats come about. Now Don’t get me wrong they’re all respected and often in the conversation, however the argument of how many titles have they won comes up too often and so they automatically get dismissed from the conversation.

If Carmelo Anthony wishes to end up on the “Mt.Rushmore” of NBA players he needs to win multiple titles and time is running out. After all LeBron, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh are some who have left teams in search of rings.

The 40/40 Club

The Philadelphia 76ers earned the dubious honors of being only the second team in NBA history to lose two games back to back by 40 plus points. Ironically the only other team to hold this record are the 1993-94 76ers who lost to the knicks by 48 and to Indiana by 45.

The sixers are currently second to last in the Eastern conference with a record of 15-38. Nobody expected the sixers to have a great season but to be struggling this much and have the record they have so far can be summed up with one word “Pathetic”. The first of the two record tying defeats came at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers who had just got back their All-Star point guard Chris Paul. As you can imagine Lob city had a field day with the lackluster sixers and were ahead by 39 points at the half. The clippers ended with their largest margin of victory in franchise history with a 54 point difference.

As if the prior game wasn’t atrocious enough the sixers followed that up with another abysmal performance against the Golden State warriors. The sixers actually pulled their weight in this contest, they kept the game close until midway through the second quarter when the warrior started to pull away. The sixers went into halftime down 33 points. The warriors went on to win the game by 43 points.
At this point the sixers might as well start preparing for next season and start preparing for the draft, even the Milwaukee Bucks who have the worst record in the league (9-42) have not lost in the manner in which the sixers are. It’s either time for the coach to go or for some major roster changes to be made in either event it seems all Philly fans have to look forward to is to see what college basketball player declares for the draft and what number they get in the draft lottery.