Playoffs Week 1 : The Movie

Posted: 2013/05/03 in News
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Relive with emotion  all the BIG NBA action from week 1 of the 2013 NBA Playoffs!

The intensity of the game is so torrid !

Miami is the team to beat ! Spurs are the team to look after ! The  decisive Game 7 between Chicago and Brooklyn is the game to watch !

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Curry was the catalyser of his team. He finished the first round with 23 3-Pt Field Goals connected. 146 pts were scored by him ! Well helped by J.Jack, Curry was a strong tool to ruin Denver. 

Rk Player Age G MP FG% 3P 3P% FT% DRB TRB AST TOV PTS
1 Stephen Curry 24 6 239 .468 23 .434 1.000 24 26 56 20 146
2 Jarrett Jack 29 6 228 .526 4 .308 .906 26 31 42 24 113
3 Harrison Barnes 20 6 213 .457 13 .406 .857 29 33 7 4 89
4 Klay Thompson 22 6 246 .463 12 .343 .667 19 22 11 13 88
5 Carl Landry 29 6 126 .500 0 .864 16 24 5 10 77

 

Check out the best Warriors during the first round 

What an accomplishment made by Mark Jackson and his fellows ! Curry, Jack , Barnes were everywhere on the floor to push the young team (25,3 years old on average ) Only the Rockets with an average of 24,4 are younger. Mark Jackson can be proud of his team.

Mark Jackson is the right man in the right place

David Lee’s injury during the opener of the series was not a problem to solve Denver’s equation. Golden State with 643 points, 107,2 pts per game is  the only team to shoot with at least 40% behind the arc during the post season ( 59 – 147 ). David Lee just played 30 minutes during the serie, with 10 points and 15 rebounds.  Well, How They’ve won without the all star Lee.

If you’re looking at how the Warriors have won three straight, you have to start with the baby-faced assassin: Stephen Curry.

Entering the playoffs, I thought the Denver Nuggets had a fair chance of reaching the NBA Finals. Even without Danilo GallinariGeorge Karl‘s team seemed like the kind of machine that would just replace the missing cog with guys like Wilson ChandlerEvan Fournier and Corey Brewer. I didn’t give the Golden State Warriors much thought and once David Lee went down, I thought the series would last four, maybe five games. About a week later, Nuggets fans and I are sitting here scratching our heads and wondering how a Warriors team without its All-Star power forward has pushed Denver to the brink of elimination. After you know the history. Warriors are in the next round.

The great component of the Warriors’ success is Stephen Curry and his magnificent play. In three consecutive games won by Golden State, Curry was averaging 30 points, 10.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and three steals while shooting 55 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range  to pace the second youngest team in the post season. People, those numbers are just whopping. Especially when you consider all the efforts Denver has made defensively to prevent Curry from taking over the way he has.

It’s time to celebrate it

Behind a crucial home win vs Nuggets,  Golden State reaches NBA 2nd Round.  The Golden State Warriors became the first National Basketball Association team this postseason to wrap up a playoff series at home, and the Brooklyn Nets won on the road to force a decisive Game 7 tomorrow against Chicago.

The point guard Stephen Curry the MVP of this series  netted 14 of his 22 points in the third act as the Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 92-88 to complete a four-games-to-two series victory and advance to face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference’s second round.

Spurs – Warriors is the next series

Golden State will be playing in the second round of the playoffs only for the second time in 22 years. Game 1 of the Warriors-Spurs series is set for May 6 in San Antonio.

Curry had eight straight points, including consecutive 3- pointers, as the Warriors took the lead for good early in the third quarter and built the margin to as many as 18 points in the fourth period before surviving a late Denver rally.

The Nuggets used a 13-0 run to whittle the margin to five points and got within two points in the final minute as the Warriors missed shots and committed 10 turnovers in the final period. Nuggets have missed their first round. Karl was overcoached by the rookie Mark Jackson as head coach.

“God has a sense of humor, because he wanted to show folks at the end as we threw the ball all over the place,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said in a news conference. “It’s only a miracle that we advanced.”

Lee’s notable minute

Andrew Bogut , posted up 14 points and 21 rebounds for the Warriors, who got a cameo appearance from All-Star forward David Lee — who played one minute in his return to the court after hurting his hip in the opening game of the series.

Jackson, who played guard for the Knicks in 1987-92 and 2000-02, said his decision to play Lee was in part homage to Hall of Famer Willis Reed, who limped onto the court and hit two baskets for the Knicks early in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I guess the New York City in me, the Willis Reed impact as a kid, really played a role,” the Warriors coach told reporters. “Not only did I put him in, but I ran a play for him for a shot, just about where Willis hit his shot.”

The Warriors are often weird . Weird and spectacular and inexperienced and exuberant and inconsistent — I want to say, really, really fun to watch.  With the confetti snowfall filling the air of Oracle after the final buzzer, it was easy to drift back to Game 2, when Jackson talked to his players in the huddle during a timeout. “In case I forget to tell you guys,” he said, “I love you.” Jackson is the soul of the team ! Indeed the Game 2 won on Denver was the key game of that series.

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Eastern Conference First Round (3-3): Chicago Bulls tied with Brooklyn Nets
Eastern Conference First Round (3-2): Indiana Pacers over Atlanta Hawks
Eastern Conference First Round (4-0): Miami Heat over Milwaukee Bucks
Eastern Conference First Round (3-2): New York Knicks over Boston Celtics
Western Conference First Round (4-2): Golden State Warriors over Denver Nuggets
Western Conference First Round (3-2): Memphis Grizzlies over Los Angeles Clippers
Western Conference First Round (3-2): Oklahoma City Thunder over Houston Rockets
Western Conference First Round (4-0): San Antonio Spurs over Los Angeles Lakers

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Curry ( 15 pts ) was well stopped by Denver’s defense. Dirty plays said Mark  Jackson ! 

The  offensive Nuggets finally looked like themselves this series. By topping the Warriors 107-100, the Nuggets not only staved off elimination, but grabbed some momentum in the process. They finally find a solution to display theirs skills. Yeah they were terrific in the paint to play the game they fancy.

Nearly every Nugget win this season saw the same trends develop and this game was no different. Denver scored 50 points in the paint, forced 17 Warrior turnovers (which they turned into 19 points), and worked the offensive glass to grab 15 offensive rebounds (which they turned into 20 points). When Denver can control these three aspects of the game, they become almost unbeatable as the Warriors found out. Warriors had not solution in that  game.

The star of that game was the versatile forward Andre Iguodala who put up a LeBron  James type line, stuffing the stat sheet with a team high 25 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 7 dimes. Iguodala was all over the floor, flashing his versatility by playing a lot of point forward and creating shots for himself and his teammates off the dribble.

Outside of Iguodala, it was a real team effort from Denver who got several strong contributions up and down their roster. Six players scored in double-digits, with Wilson Chandler‘s 19 points via some very good outside shooting helping to create spacing for Ty Lawson (who also scored 19) to create off the dribble and attack the interior of the Warriors’ defense.

But while the Nuggets on the floor clearly picked up their respective games to pick up this win, a lot of credit has to go to head George Karl for pushing the right buttons and making some effective adjustments. Karl switched up his starting lineup, going to JaVale McGee at Center to play next to Kenneth Faried in the front court. McGee’s activity in defending the paint allowed the Denver’s wing defenders to pressure the ball and shoot the gap into passing lanes and create turnovers.

With the series heading back to Oakland, it remains to be seen if Denver has actually figured things out to the point that they can still pull out the series. But, even if it was just for one night, the Nuggets finally resembled the team they were from the regular season; the team that was favored to win this series.

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Bryant, who’s averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists , has to stop to play because of  an Achilles tendon tear.

Lakers edged Warriors 118-116 after injured Kobe Bryant exited game because he was tired and in pain with his body of 34-year-old. He is not eternal. Young talents are in NBA to outduel him. Stephen Curry with 47 units was here to say : ” Hey Bryant, I’m here, and I want to display my basketball skills to win games ”

Even if, that night , Curry did not manage to top Lakers, he truly showed who he was. I love watching Curry playing behind the arc  with big screens to have good vision to sink triple. His long distance weapon is deadly for opponent !

The fact of the game : 

Kobe suffers ‘probable’ Achilles tendon tear. It’s not a good news for NBA fans and Lakers lovers as Kobe Bryant has so much impact this year to help Lakers to rally the post season. I love watching Kobe Bryant but Mike D’Antoni needs to take care of this leader player.

Now, Kobe Bryant needs to stop to play to recover.  It’s official. Nobody can save Kobe Bryant.

Don’t you think the same way ? 

Bryant’s Achilles tendon apparently is badly torn. His season likely is over and the hope to lift the NBA Champion trophy is over too.

And though the Lakers held on to beat Golden State, Bryant thinks they’ll have to continue their playoff chase without their  symbolic leader.

Bryant posted a solid game with 34 units while playing much of the second half in obvious pain with an injured left leg, eventually leaving with 3:06 to play in the Lakers’ 118-116 win over the Warriors on Friday night. The spanish big man, P. Gasol posted a triple-double  26 Pts , 11 Reb and 10 Ast, he was essential this night.

“I made a move that I’ve made a million times, and it just popped,” he said solemnly while leaning on crutches in the Lakers’ locker room.

“I can’t walk,” Bryant said. “I tried to maybe put pressure on my heel, but there was nothing there.”

Immediately after the game, the Lakers reported Bryant probably had a torn tendon. He will have an MRI exam Saturday, but Bryant knows the injury is likely to end his season. What a terrific news for the champion he is !

Bryant called it the most disappointing and rare injury of his career “by far.”

“We worked so hard to put ourselves in position and control our fate,” he said. “I certainly have done a lot of work to prepare myself. It’s just bad luck.”

Kobe Bryant had spent all season trying to push the Lakers into the playoffs, so he won’t back down from that new challenge of recovering from a likely season-ending injury, Arash Markazi writes

Achilles tendon injuries needs months of rehabilitation and recovery, depending on their severity, and the 34-year-old Bryant has  mileage on his legs after 17 big NBA seasons. The NBA’s No. 3 scorer this season has played more than 38 minutes per contest this season, more than any teammate. The important minutes he played in previous games must have cut his body.

When asked what the injury meant for his career, Bryant is cash and honest.

“I know I can do this,” said Bryant, who’s averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists. “It’s fueling me. It’s fueling me. I can feel it already.”

The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history has been ferociously competitive down the stretch of the Lakers’ tumultuous season. While Pau Gasol and Steve Nash have missed long stretches of play with injuries, and while Dwight Howard struggled to get to full strength after last year’s back surgery. Bryant is the soul of Lakers but he ‘s not god, he has weaknesses and sometimes he has to give up. That time it’s  really finished for Kobe Bryant, so far this season. The post season would probably see Los Angeles Lakers but not Kobe.

The main fact of that night to remember is that Lakers stay at 8th spot in the epic Western Conference. 

Los Angeles (43-37) stay one game ahead of  strong-willed and young Utah (42-38) for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with two games to go. Nevertheless,  The Jazz hold the tiebreaker. Utah and Los Angeles are the last teams to  be able to clinch a playoff berth, the other 15 tickets are already given.

Check out the thrilling  NBA Standings – 2012-13

Eastern Conference
EASTERN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
1 z – Miami 63 16 .797 35-4 28-12 14-1 38-11 102.9 95.1 +7.8 Won 5 8-2
2 y – New York 52 27 .658 11 29-10 23-17 10-6 35-14 100.2 95.8 +4.3 Won 1 9-1
3 y – Indiana 49 30 .620 14 30-10 19-20 13-3 31-18 94.9 90.5 +4.4 Lost 1 6-4
4 x – Brooklyn 47 32 .595 16 24-15 23-17 11-4 34-15 96.8 95.0 +1.8 Won 4 7-3
5 x – Atlanta 44 36 .550 19 ½ 25-15 19-21 11-5 29-21 98.1 97.4 +0.7 Won 2 5-5
6 x – Chicago 43 36 .544 20 23-17 20-19 9-7 32-17 93.1 92.8 +0.2 Lost 1 5-5
7 x – Boston 40 39 .506 23 27-13 13-26 7-8 26-23 96.3 96.6 -0.3 Lost 2 4-6
8 x – Milwaukee 37 42 .468 26 21-19 16-23 7-9 24-27 98.9 100.4 -1.5 Lost 3 3-7
Philadelphia 32 47 .405 31 22-18 10-29 7-9 20-29 92.9 96.6 -3.7 Won 1 5-5
Toronto 31 48 .392 32 19-20 12-28 3-11 19-30 96.8 99.0 -2.1 Won 2 5-5
Washington 29 51 .363 34 ½ 22-19 7-32 5-11 15-35 93.1 95.6 -2.5 Lost 4 3-7
Detroit 28 52 .350 35 ½ 17-23 11-29 8-8 24-26 94.6 98.8 -4.1 Won 3 5-5
Cleveland 24 55 .304 39 14-26 10-29 3-13 18-31 96.7 101.3 -4.6 Lost 3 2-8
Orlando 20 59 .253 43 12-27 8-32 3-12 10-39 94.3 100.8 -6.5 Won 1 2-8
Charlotte 18 61 .228 45 12-26 6-35 6-10 15-34 93.1 103.0 -9.9 Lost 4 2-8
Western Conference
WESTERN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
1 y – Oklahoma City 59 21 .738 33-6 26-15 10-6 38-13 106.0 96.6 +9.4 Won 3 8-2
2 y – San Antonio 58 21 .734  ½ 35-5 23-16 12-4 33-16 103.3 96.3 +7.0 Won 1 5-5
3 x – Denver 54 25 .684 4 ½ 36-3 18-22 10-5 36-14 105.8 100.9 +4.9 Lost 1 7-3
4 y – LA Clippers 53 26 .671 5 ½ 31-9 22-17 10-5 32-17 101.2 94.8 +6.4 Won 4 6-4
5 x – Memphis 54 25 .684 4 ½ 31-8 23-17 9-6 32-17 93.5 89.4 +4.1 Won 3 7-3
6 x – Golden State 45 35 .563 14 27-13 18-22 9-7 26-24 101.0 100.4 +0.7 Lost 2 6-4
7 x – Houston 44 35 .557 14 ½ 28-12 16-23 6-10 23-26 105.8 102.3 +3.5 Lost 1 6-4
8 LA Lakers 43 37 .538 16 27-12 16-25 8-8 26-24 102.4 101.3 +1.1 Won 3 7-3
  Utah 42 38 .525 17 30-11 12-27 8-7 25-25 98.4 98.5 -0.1 Won 1 8-2
Dallas 39 40 .494 19 ½ 23-16 16-24 5-8 22-27 101.1 102.1 -0.9 Won 1 6-4
Portland 33 46 .418 25 ½ 22-18 11-28 6-9 18-31 97.7 100.6 -2.8 Lost 10 0-10
Minnesota 29 50 .367 29 ½ 19-20 10-30 4-11 15-34 95.7 98.2 -2.6 Lost 3 4-6
Sacramento 28 51 .354 30 ½ 20-20 8-31 7-8 14-35 100.2 104.8 -4.6 Lost 1 3-7
New Orleans 27 53 .338 32 16-24 11-29 5-9 15-35 94.2 97.8 -3.6 Lost 3 3-7
Phoenix 24 55 .304 34 ½ 16-24 8-31 5-11 16-33 94.9 101.3 -6.4 Won 1 1-9

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Milwaukee Bucks guard Oscar Robertson (1) shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers at Milwaukee Arena. Robertson was one of best player in NBA to play in three dimensions : points, assists, rebounds.

Sources : http://www.spokeo.com/Oscar+Robertson+1/Jan+09+1972+Milwaukee+Wi

An Important Date Today in NBA occurred 53 years ago on Monday April 11,1960

On Monday, April 11, 1960 in New York , The Cincinnati Royals selected Oscar Robertson with the first overall pick in the 1960 NBA draft.

The 1960 NBA draft includes special players who have changed the face of NBA, firstly we have Robertson Mister Big O, secondly we have Jerry West , and last but not least L. Wilkens who has coached 2487 games during his career after a correct pro player career with 1077 games.

His biggest accomplishment is prehaps this facts : he was  inducted as Player in 1989 and Coach in 1998 in the Hall of Fame. What a unique basketball life !

Check Out this 1960 NBA draft

Round 1 Totals Shooting Per Game
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
1 CIN Oscar Robertson University of Cincinnati 1040 43886 26710 7804 9887 .485 .838 42.2 25.7 7.5 9.5
2 LAL Jerry West West Virginia University 932 36571 25192 5366 6238 .474 .814 39.2 27.0 5.8 6.7
3 NYK Darrall Imhoff University of California 801 17874 5759 6099 1405 .458 .594 22.3 7.2 7.6 1.8
4 DET Jackie Moreland Louisiana Tech University 348 6250 2684 1779 432 .413 .709 18.0 7.7 5.1 1.2
5 SYR Lee Shaffer University of North Carolina 196 5488 3291 1240 232 .420 .776 28.0 16.8 6.3 1.2
6 STL Lenny Wilkens Providence College 1077 38064 17772 5030 7211 .432 .774 35.3 16.5 4.7 6.7
7 PHW Al Bunge University of Maryland
8 BOS Tom Sanders New York University 916 22164 8766 5798 1026 .428 .767 24.2 9.6 6.3 1.1
Round 2 Totals Shooting Per Game
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
9 CIN Jay Arnette University of Texas at Austin 114 1177 424 116 139 .365 .760 10.3 3.7 1.0 1.2
10 NYK Dave Budd Wake Forest University 353 6389 2505 1623 337 .460 .682 18.1 7.1 4.6 1.0

From BasketBall Reference

After a digression check out Big O who is the embodiment of triple doubles :

A Triple-Double is recorded when a player records 10 or more in three of the following categories: points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocked shots. Prior to the 1973-74 season, the NBA did not record steals and blocked shots. Today numbers are very important in NBA to compare players and write good articles. Figures never lie !

An amazing stat involving NBA Triple Doubles is that in 1961-62, Oscar Robertson, while playing for the Cincinnati Royals averaged a triple-doubles over the entire season and he was a sophomore. He averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists. Robertson is the only player to ever accomplish this. During that season, he also set the mark for most triple-doubles in one season with 41 (played in 79 games). Those are two records that will probably never be broken.

The ’62 season rolled around and the following things happened:

1. Wilt averaged 50 points. He finished with 4029 points.

2. Oscar averaged a triple double production over his sophomore season.

3. Walt Bellamy averaged a 32-19 in his rookie season with Chicago Packers

4. Russell averaged 23.6 boards and fell two behind Wilt for the rebound title

Wilt Chamberlain recorded the only NBA Double-Triple-Double; 22 points, 25 rebounds, and 21 assists. Also in 1968, Chamberlain had an impressive streak of nine consecutive games in which he recorded a triple-double. He was the best center and has such an impact in games.

The second longest streak is held by Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan, both of whom recorded a triple-double in seven consecutive games. Robertson’s streak occurred in the 1961–62 season,while Jordan’s streak went from March 25 to April 6 of 1989.

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Korver hit at least one 3-pointer for the 71st consecutive game, the fourth-longest streak in NBA history behind Dana Barros (89), Michael Adams (79) and Dennis Scott (78).

Kyle Korver, in 18 minutes produced 6 pts, he connected his trademark one pointer and made a technical free throw and one 2 points shoot.

The Atlanta Small Forward is pretty good this season with 11.0 point per game in 30.8 minutes per game. He has played 72 games this season.

In the game against Philadelphia, Kyle Korver finally took fire in the last corner to connect the survival 3 pointer to push his streak to 71 games.

He reminds hot for my pleasure as I like  the fancy shooter he is.

5:52 : Kyle Korver made 24-foot three point jumper (Al Horford assists)

3-point Field Goal Percentage Leaders –

PER GAME TOTAL ADJ
RK PLAYER TEAM GP PPG 3PM 3PA 3PM 3PA 3P% 2PM 2PA 2P% PPS FG%
1 Jose Calderon, PG DET/TOR 73 11.3 1.8 4 130 282 .461 182 353 .516 1.30 .594
2 Kyle Korver, SF ATL 72 11.0 2.6 6 184 405 .454 86 184 .467 1.34 .615
3 Stephen Curry, PG GS 74 22.5 3.4 8 249 555 .449 333 745 .447 1.28 .543
4 Steve Nash, PG LAL 50 12.7 1.1 3 57 130 .438 179 345 .519 1.34 .557
5 Danny Green, SG SA 76 10.6 2.3 5 173 396 .437 113 240 .471 1.27 .586
6 Ersan Ilyasova, SF MIL 70 13.0 1.2 3 87 200 .435 264 565 .467 1.19 .516
7 Mike Dunleavy, SF MIL 71 10.4 1.7 4 120 277 .433 138 304 .454 1.27 .547
8 Steve Novak, SF NY 76 6.7 1.8 4 140 325 .431 28 73 .384 1.27 .598
9 Willie Green, SG LAC 69 6.3 1.0 2 68 158 .430 103 212 .486 1.17 .554
Shane Battier, SF MIA 71 6.6 1.9 4 135 314 .430 16 45 .356 1.30 .609

 

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Bryant’s season-high 47 points carried the Los Angeles Lakers closer to a playoff chance with an important 113-106 victory over the tenacious Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

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