Michael Jordan

1988, Michael Jordan’s winning free throw line dunk in the Slam Dunk Contest against Dominique Wilkins

Memphis vs. Oklahoma City

Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies try to pull off an upset and close out the Oklahoma City Thunder

Los Angeles vs. Dallas

Dirk Nowitzki and the sharp shooting Mavericks sweep the defending champs Los Angeles Lakers.

Atlanta vs. Chicago

Joe Johnson and the Hawks have to leave it all on the floor if they want to comeback and beat Derrick Rose and the Bulls

Miami vs. Boston

Paul Pierce has a lot of ground to cover if he wants to lead the Boston Celtics to the Conference Semi-Finals and win against the Monstars Miami Heat

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Never Ending Game

Kevin Durant pulls out all the moves as he closes out the game for the Thunder in triple overtime against the scrappy Grizzlies team.  This was probably the best game in these 2011 playoffs with great shots made on both sides, but lack of execution favors the Thunder in the end who have Durant aka Durantula aka Mr.Stick a Fork in Em.  By the third overtime Memphis had Conley and Mayo fouled out and ran out of ballhandlers to carry out their offense.  The game went to Thunder along with all the momentum heading back to Oklahoma City.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Do pg's Westbrook and Rose take too many shots as point guards?

Has the role of point guard changed from distributor/playmaker to scorer?  Here are some statistics to think about.
Derrick Rose took 27 shots in game 3 and 32 shots in game 4.  He is 49-113 in the series vs. the Atlanta Hawks, the next most shots by any player on his team is 49 by forward Luol Deng.

Russel Westbrook is 25-65 in the series vs. the Memphis Grizzlies taking 26 shots in game 2 and 22 shots in game 3.  He leads his team in shot attempts, in second is the scoring champion of the NBA Kevin Durant with 62 shots in the series.  Durant is easily the best player and the leader of the Thunder.

Josh Smith learns to cut to the basket

The Atlanta Hawks managed to contain Derrick Rose to even the series up at 2-2 heading back to Chicago.  Joe Johnson came out with confidence taking and making tough shots.  It stayed even throughout the game, but the edge went to Atlanta having Josh Smith play to his strength attacking the basket instead of waiting on the perimeter for jump shots.  His presence around the basket made a huge difference when the Hawks offense struggled.  Rose once again raised eyebrows, not only with his amazing plays, but also with the amount of shots he took.  The Bulls point guard went 11-32 from the floor leaving people wondering if the role of a point guard is still to pass.  Although it is clear that he is the best player on his team, the point guard on a team has to make plays for his teammates.  Boozer had his best game of the series, but the rest of the Bulls struggled with little confidence.  Most of Roses attempts were layups at the rim, which makes these shots much better than going 2-8 from the 3-point line in game 1.  But even if the Bulls win this series, they have some things to figure out in terms of their offense.

The Blake Show wins ROY

 Congratulations to Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers on winning the Rookie of the Year with an amazing season to bring back the Clippers from obscurity and making them the most exciting team to watch in sports.  Must See BG showed he was undoubtedly the best rookie all season, but the next question is if he can take the Clippers to the playoffs, this team would be very interesting to see in the playoffs with their high flying acrobatics and high energy.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the great Mom's.  Enjoy it with 2 big playoff games today.

The Collapse of a Dynasty

The Dallas Mavericks swept the Los Angeles Lakers winning the series 4-0 in dominating fashion.  They cam out on fire and never let up to blow out the Lakers.  Jason Terry along with Peja Stojakovic and JJ Barea lead the Dallas bench to hand the Lakers an embarrassing defeat.  As soon as the 3's started raining down in the first half the Lakers seemed to give up.  It got ugly in the second half down more than 25 as Lamar Odom pushed Nowitzki to the floor followed by a devastating elbow from Bynum to Barea in mid-air that left Barea cringing in pain as he hit the floor.  Both Odom and Bynum were instantly thrown out the game and after that the game was virtually over.  Dallas shot lights out the whole game tying a playoff record for 3's made with 23.  The Mavs bench scored 81 and the Lakers as a team scored 84.  This win was a combination of horrible defense by the Lakers and capitalizing on openings by the Mavs.  The final score was 122-86.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Don't Call It A Comeback

The Memphis Grizzlies make a strong willed comeback in Game 3 to win against the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime.