2011 Playoffs

Bulls Ground Hawks, Series Tied at 1 Game

It is extremely hard to win a basketball game when you are out rebounded by 19, only make 33.8% of your shots, and you allow 14 extra possessions by way of the offensive rebound… Just ask the Atlanta Hawks. Much credit given to the Chicago Bulls defense, which stifled the Hawks offense all game long. In game 2 the Hawks were forced to settle for outside jump shots and unlike game 1, they didn’t make many. The Hawks only hit 13 of  50 shots from outside of 5 feet (26%).  Continue reading

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CP3, Hornets Look to Build on Game 1 Intensity.

Hornets coach Monte Williams knows that in order for his squad to take a 2-0 series lead on the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers, they are going to have to play better than they did in game 1.

Much credit given to Chris Paul and the rest of the Hornets for playing a near-perfect game, but they played against a Laker team that, other than Kobe, looked flat and didn’t give much resistence to the Hornets attack. Chris Paul spent most of his time in the heart of the Lakers defense, which yields the biggest front-court in the NBA.

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Eastern Conference Playoff Preview: Magic-Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks limped their way into the playoffs on a 6 game losing streak, the longest losing streak heading into the playoffs since the Warriors took a 10 game skid into the playoffs in 1989.

Basketball is a game of runs. The Hawks seem to be the only team in the NBA that refuses to accept this reality, despite being one of the most exciting teams in the NBA when they’re making a run of their own. Heads go down and the morale of the whole team drops when other teams go on runs against the Hawks. This is the root of all the inconsistencies of the Hawks this season. You don’t know what Hawks team is going to show up to the game, leaving most to question how motivated the team is to play under first year Head Coach Larry Drew. Continue reading

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Eastern Conference Playoff Preview: Celtics-Knicks

The New York Knicks are back in the playoffs for the first time since they were swept by the New Jersey Nets in 2004.

This Knick unit has been inconsistent since the February deal that brought in Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets. They have struggled to find an identity, at times looking like a well-oiled offensive machine, and at other times looking like a bad AAU team. As they continue to grow as a unit, I see big things in the future of the New York Knicks- but who doesn’t?

Unfortunately for them, and Knicks fans who are the most ungrateful yet loyal fans int NBA, they are facing a Celtics team in the first round of this years playoffs who have played together, know their roles, and play them well.

Boston swept the season series 4 games to none. Continue reading

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Eastern Conference Playoff Preview: Heat-76ers

The Heat swept the regular season matchup 3-0 by a combined 30 points.

Philly: Losers of 4 of their last 5 games, the ‘6ers stumble their way into the Playoffs after having what most believe to be the surprise team in the NBA this year. Unfortunately for them, they have this Miami Heat team of Monstars to look forward to.

Miami: The way the media scrutinizes every Miami Heat loss, you would think they barely made it to the Playoffs, instead the Heat finish the season as the 2 seed. They tend to feast on the Philadelphia’s of the league and I expect no let-down here. If the Heat dont make the finals this year, they might as well stop paying the cable and internet bills because the media would never let them live it down so I expect them to come out focused and ready to play from the opening tip until the series is over. Continue reading

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