NBA Playoff Recap: May 3rd, 2010

4th-seed Boston Celtics vs. 1st-seed Cleveland Cavaliers (104-86)

In Game 2, “The Big Three” scored a combined 54 points with the help of Rajon Rondo, who had 13 points and 19 assists. Lebron James helped the Cavs causes with 24 points. As the game progressed, it became more physical. Anderson Varejao and Kendrick Perkins had a scuffle, both had T’s as punishment. Cavs made an unbelivable run, it started with Lebron James floater with 8:03 seconds in the fourth, cutting the lead to 10, which was 23 before the run started. But, the Celtics had an 11-3 run to end the quarter, to snatch the much-needed victory in Game 2. Momentum is now theirs.

Additional note: Lebron James presented his MVP award to the Cleveland crowd before the game started. Fans gave a well-deserved applause for his repeat.

7th-seed San Antonio Spurs vs. 3rd-seed Phoenix Suns (102-111)

In Game 1, Steve Nash started strong in the game, scoring 17 points in the 1st Quarter alone. He later ended with 33 points and 10 assists with the help of Jason Richardson, who scored 27 points. For the Spurs,  Manu Ginobili scored 27 points to lead San Antonio. Tony Parker had 26 points in a loss. Tim Duncan had 20 points and 11 boards, but it was not enough as the Suns win Game 1 of their classic NBA series. As I end, I would like to say Go Spurs Go! (I’m a Spurs fan!)

Don’t forget we have one more game tomorrow. (UTA/LAL)

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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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