NBA Playoff Recap: May 7th, 2010

1st-seed Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 4th-seed Boston Celtics (95-124)

(Cleveland leads series 2-1)

If you’re a Cavalier fan then this is what you have been hoping for. The Cavs started well, all because of LeBron James. He was draining so many jump shots in the 1st Quarter that the cylinder looked like an ocean. For the C’s? Let’s just say that they looked dead the whole game. They didn’t even manage to grasp a single lead in the contest.

LeBron James might have controlled the game with his 38 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. But, he had help too. Antawn Jamison had a 20-12 performance, which leads me say that this is his “Best Game of the Series”. Other than that, 6 players were in double figures for the Cavs, now that’s a balanced attack, these are the rest of the 3 starters, which is Shaq, Anthony Parker and Mo Williams. Delonte West was the only bench player, who was in double digits. From start to finish, the Cavs controlled each aspect in the game.

Rajon Rondo scored 18 and 8 assists. Kevin Garnett had 19 to lead the Celtics while Paul Pierce and Ray Allen combined for 18 points. After this game, the Celtics’ Paul Pierce said it was their Defense that paved the way for their Game 3 loss. Adjustments are expected to be made for Game 4.

3rd-seed Phoenix Suns vs. 7th-seed San Antonio Spurs (110-96)

(Phoenix leads series 3-0)

The Spurs went off to a great start. At one point, they seized an 18-point lead. During the 2nd Quarter, the Suns managed to make a 19:5 run to cut the lead to 6 after the 1st half. And then the 3rd Quarter started. Manu Ginobili and Steve Nash seemed to swapped basket for another. Manu ended with a Spurs‘ team-high of 27 points, and some 6 dimes. Steve Nash, on the other hand, scored 16 points while grabbing 8 rebounds and add 6 assists too.

But then Phoenix Suns‘ Head Coach Alvin Gentry deployed the Goran Dragic experiment, which turn’t out to be a success. He would score 23 points in the 4th Quarter alone, he finished with 26 points in the game. Amar’e Stoudemire had an off-night with 7 points. Jason Richardson scored 21 and Grant Hill added 18. Tim Duncan finished with 15 and Tony Parker with 10. As the game went to a finished, it all would  go down to Dragic‘s excellent play, as the Suns win Game 3.

My Spurs are DEAD. I guess we’re done for the Playoffs now.

PHOTO CREDITS:

1) Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

2) Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

3) D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images

4) Chris Covatta/NBAE/Getty Images

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The Rematch: Boston vs. Cleveland

Another postseason match-up that, Basketball heads, should’nt miss.

Once in a while, I have been thinking about the best rivalry in the NBA today. So, something went into my mind, it was the Celtics and the Cavaliers of the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Ever since the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals started, both of the teams have shown deep hatred toward each other.

Let’s start with the Cavaliers.

First off, this team is arguably the best team in the NBA today. After capturing the 1st-seed status in the NBA, they battled with the Bulls (Well, I thought it’s a sweep, but i’ll take a Game 5 conclusion.) Now that they get to meet with the Celtics in the Semifinals again. They will not worry since they have alot.. and I mean alot of acquisitions in the offseason,which gave them length and size for defense yet performs well in offense. The players that they added were key additions, players like Shaq, Anthony Parker, JJ Hickson to name a few. I almost forgot, Antawn Jamison is one of the them (acquired via Trade Deadline). He also has contributed a lot to this Cavalier team, since he has averaged 19.4 against the Bulls in their 1st-round match-up.

But, at the end of the day, Lebron James is still Lebron James. He is the Cavs’ key to win this rematch (R-I-V-A-L-R-Y!). If he puts up numbers similar to his regular season statistics, then the Cavs can just cruise against the Celtics.

Let’s now concentrate with the Celtics.

To be honest, I, myself, am a Celtics fan. The C’s might be playing well this postseason. But they’ve struggled against the Cavs the whole year, winning only 1 game out of 3-4 outings. That’s the problem for them, the only thing I can say is that “They should’nt think about the Cavs’ great play and focus to what is more important, is TO WIN 4 GAMES IN THE SERIES. If everyone plays well and no one misses a beat, then the C’s might see a Conference Finals outing in the East.

The keys for this series are Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Why? KG is the one responsible for Shaquille O’Neal’s size in the paint since Kendrick Perkins is a bit undersized. He needs to defend like it was 2008 (where he won his only Defensive Player of the Year), since he has not shown any of that in the season. For Paul Pierce, well, he’ll be like Lebron too. He’s the captain of this team, he has to take more shots in a nightly-basis and make them. If both of these players don’t come up big, then Cavaliers get the date in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Sure, home-court advantage is nice, but it’s not all about the fans or the refs, it’s about the players. If each player makes the most of his minutes and everyone thrives in his role then it’ll be an easy transition to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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