The 2012 NBA playoffs have kicked off with plenty of excitement from a buzzer beater in Oklahoma to one of the greatest playoff comebacks in history. Chris young helped spark the comeback with three critical 3-pointers late while Paul added two clutch free throws to complete the miraculous comeback.
The Memphis Grizzlies seemed to be cruising to an easy 1-0 lead over the LA Clippers as they headed into the half with a 19 point lead Sunday. The Grizzlies’ came out into the third quarter looking to put this game away extending their lead to 21 headed into the fourth, but this game would be far from over.
The Clippers would outscore the Grizzly’s by 22 in the fourth quarter and amount a 22-1 run in order to get them the 99-98 win in Memphis. This critical game one win took away home court advantage from Memphis which could prove to be the difference in this series.
Not only did this game level the home court advantage, but also had to be huge blow the team’s morale. This could have broken the spirit of the Grizzlies and depending how they come out in game two could have sealed their fate.
The Clippers have been a much better team this year after acquiring Paul from the Hornets. They have come together as a team and have given them the ability to be competitive in the western conference something that was unheard of a couple of years ago.
The Clippers could cause some problems for teams in the west and make a surprise run for a championship. Let us know what you think about the Clippers comeback and what you think will be the story for the rest of the series.
With a shortened season that has proved demanding on the players, especially the older ones, is coming to an end with many teams resting their star players for the playoffs.Kobehas not played since April 6 and has only missed 100 games in his 16 year career, but are the Lakers resting him or is he actually hurt?
As I was watching ESPN today, one of the announcers explained it best saying it just isn’tKobe’s style. Bryant has displayed both his physical and mental toughness throughout his career by playing hurt. Not only has he played while being hurt, but he has also performed very well when he did. He said if Kobe wasn’t hurt he would throw down a couple forty point games just so everyone knew he was the scoring champ.
Some may even make the argument that the Lakers are better without him in the line up based on the team’s success during his current injury. The Lakers have managed a 4-1 record without Bryant and have key players stepping up, including Andrew Bynum and Metta World Peace. However, no team is better of without Kobe Bryant and that’s just fact.
What this will do for the Lakers is make them very dangerous come playoff time, and I’ll tell you why. Kobe Bryant will get some rest who is probably feeling the affects of the shortened season. You also get key players getting key playing time that will help with confidence and getting the team playing well together. It’s just all happening and the right time.
Bryant said in a halftime interview that his shin is feeling much better and he expects to be back playing before the playoffs. This will make sure he is in some sort of a rhythm come playoff time.
Bynum put out a 23 and 16 performance; Ramon Sessions added another 22 points and 5 assists, and Pau Gasol with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Gasol also answered two late 3-points that seal the game for the Lakers in OT. The Lakers are going to be very dangerous come playoff time so don’t count them out of make a run for a championship.
The Chicago Bulls are unsure if Derrick Rose will play tonight against the Miami Heat. This is a pivitol game for both teams. The Bulls are trying to hang on to the top spot in the Eastern Conference, and with the season coming to an end this is a must win game for the Heat if they want to challenge the Bulls in any way. Everyone knows the Heat are a superstar stacked team, but have had a lot of critisim for their poor poerformances. Without Rose in the lineup I think that you have to believe the Heat can win this game; especially, when they are getting a point and a half.
The San Antonio Spurs are streaking at the right time, right before playoffs. I thought the Spurs were very impressive last night against the team they are facing tonight, the Utah Jazz. This game will be played inUtah, but I don’t know if that will be enough to beat a very good Spurs team, especially with a depleted back court.Utahlost C.J. Miles (strained calf) and Earl Watson (sore right knee) in the second quarter of yesterday’s game. The Spurs are playing so well lately, they will get there 12 straight victory.
Hello everybody, here is a wrap up of my picks for April. I started out the week streaking on a three game win streak, while predicting the national champions in both women’s and men’s college basketball. Let’s give a round of applause to Baylor and Kentuckywho were both dominant teams throughout the season and really proved why they are national champions. You got to see the two best players in each sport help propel their teams into NCAA history. My win percentage for April is .500 but guarantee improvement.
Things started to cool when I predicted the Miami Marlins to take out the defending world champions on opening day. The Cardinals came out strong as if they had something to prove, while the Marlins came out lackadaisical as if all the hype was going to get them a win. In this case we were both wrong. I had a pick on the OKC Thunder game that resulted in my first push of the season and with the lack of action in other leagues I turned back to baseball. I thought the Angels would get me an easy win against the KC Royals, but after a shutout loss a couple of nights before they came to play. A good friend of mine has ties to Kansas and it seems like every time I bet against them I have to hear it from the peanut gallery, but the frustrating part is they always show up to play when I bet against them. This was the case for this game. The Royals would jump out to a 5-0 lead to finish the game with a 6-3 final.
Lastly, I will wrap up with my most recent loss that could be the most devastating of them all. With a day filled of huge spreads it was my gut instinct to go with another over under. My pick was the Spurs Jazz under 210.5 and at half the game looked like an easy win, only being at 97. Unfortunately, the Jazz turned it up in the third scoring 36 points while the Spurs stayed steady. The Jazz late game push wasn’t enough for a win, but was enough for the Spurs to keep their foot on the throttle that sent this game over.
It was a tough second part of the week for picks, but that only makes me want to research it more to provide all the fans of Says Who Sports the winning pick of the day.
Surging San Antonio Spurs will do battle tonight with the Utah Jazz who are also playing well as of late. The Spurs can tie there season long win streak at 11 tonight will a win, but the Jazz will have something to say about it. The Jazz have won 2 of their last 3 games trying solidifying a spot in the western conference playoffs. Both teams really have a lot to play for tonight and it will be a matter of who shows up to play. The game should be exciting but it will stay under 211.
Says Who Sports said it first that the Oklahoma City Thunder will be the next Dynasty in the NBA, once they win their first NBA championship. They have a roster that makes such Super Teams like Miami look mediocre, as they did last week when they handed the Heat their worst loss of the season. They have an all-star cast lead by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Durant has propelled himself to being one of the most dominant players in the NBA alongside Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Lebron James, Derrick Rose, and Dwayne Wade. If I had to start a franchise around any player in the league right now, it would be KD. He has proven time and time again that he is a winner and truly enjoys playing the game of basketball, as we have seen during the lockout when he played in summer leagues and still put of 50 points a game.
I don’t want to discredit Russell Westbrook by saying that he is KD’s “Robin” so to say because he deserves credit for his accomplishments in his own right. He has been developing into one of the most lethal point guards in the league who has proven he can also take over a game to get his team the W. These two have combined to accomplish something that hasn’t been done since the Jordan and Pippen era, in scoring 40 points each in multiple games this season. Not to forget both of these players are still only 23 years old. Westbrook has often been criticized for lacking leadership skills but over this season we have seen him take over command of his team and become the leader they need him to be.
However, we all know there is no “I” in team or for this matter “II” in team. One of the best qualities about this Thunder team is that they are unselfish with the basketball and everyone understand the role they play. Kevin Harden should win the 6th man of the year award for his impact off the bench. Harden average 17 points off the bench and could start for almost any team in the league . This proves the depth of the Thunder’s roster. Serge Ibaka has established himself as one of the better shot blocking defensive players. While still managing to crash the boards averaging 6.6 rebounds for his career. We all know Kendrick Perkins from his run with the Celtics, and helps the Thunder establish an agressive presence in the post. Not to mention all of the the other players that contribute to the Thunder’s success.
What gives the Thunder their ability to be the next dynasty is their youth; average age of team is 23.2 years, their tremendous talent and depth, and their cohesiveness as a team. The play together collectively to reach the ultimate goal of winning. They are extremelly unselfish with the ball and get everyone involved but still have the key players to make clutch shots when needed. This Thunder team is going to be very good for years to come.