NBA Playoff Recap: May 10th, 2010

Yes, two teams taste the Conference Finals and two teams earn an unpleasant downfall..

1st-seed Los Angeles Lakers vs. 5th-seed Utah Jazz (111-96)

Lakers played Game 4 with a purpose. The Lakers, which Deron Williams dubbed as a championship-team, ended the 1st half with a 17-point lead. The Jazz made the game much more interesting cutting the lead to 5 during the 3rd with Carlos Boozer‘s lay-up. The reigning champions would play some excellent ball and would finally close-out the Jazz in the 2nd-round.

With this win, the Lakers clinch another appearance in the Western Conference Finals, their 3rd-straight. The Lakers were lead by Pau Gasol, who had 33 points and 14  rebounds. Kobe Bryant ended with 32 points. Utah Jazz Forward Carlos Boozer went cold, he shot 4/11 from the field, ending with 10 points and 14 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers now earn a 6-day rest. They meet the Phoenix Suns in the Conference Finals.

2nd-seed Orlando Magic vs. 3rd-seed Atlanta Hawks (98-84)

For the 4th-time in this series, the Magic blowout the Hawks. The Magic started tremendously ending the 1st Quarter with a 34-23 lead. And the Magic would continue from there. They shot 55.4% as a team. Vince Carter lead the way with 22 points and Jameer Nelson would add 16 points and 9 assists. Dwight Howard had 13 points while grabbing 8 rebounds and swatting away 4 shots. Atlanta Hawks Forward Josh Smith scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Jamal Crawford lead all the Hawks in scoring with 18 points. The Magic are now enjoying another early rest as they await who there next competitor will be, the Boston Celtics or The Cleveland Cavaliers.


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NBA Playoff Recap: May 8th, 2010

2nd-seed Orlando Magic vs. 3rd-seed Atlanta Hawks (105-75)

After 2 games, I thought the Hawks were really looking forward to adjusting. But, they end up with another horrible setback. Now, they’re on the verge of getting swept once again. The 1st Quarter ended with a 10-point lead for the Magic. But, Dwight Howard was in foul trouble during the 1st and they should’ve put this to their advantage. Instead, Rashard Lewis was given open-looks and he drained many of those, shooting for 15 points through 2 Quarters, he ended with 22 points. And when Dwight Howard went back, he did some work and he just had a monster night. He had 21 points and 16 rebounds. (Talk about manhandling.) The Hawks, uhmmm? Jamal Crawford with 22 points and Josh Smith with 15. Joe Johnson, who hasn’t been playing great ball recently, finished with 8 points. Man, the Magic are getting those brooms ready.

This series is basically the worst in this year’s playoffs. And yeah, this is a 2nd-3rd seed duel which I thought should’ve went to 6 games or maybe even a maximum 7 games. This wasn’t really a contest. We saw the Magic clicking on all cylinders tonight, and the Magic were playing excellent on offense. The Hawks‘ high-energy was never seen at home. CONDOLENCES to the Hawks (again!)

1st-seed Los Angeles Lakers vs. 5th-seed Utah Jazz (111-110)

The Jazz started great, jumping to a 22-17 lead in the 1st. During the 2nd Quarter, Andrei Kirilenko made some quick key contributions after being injured for how many weeks. These contributions with 6 points and 6 rebounds. The Jazz finished the 1st half with a 4 point lead. Kobe finished with 20 1st-half points.

We saw Kyle Korver and Ron Artest in the 2nd half traded three after three. Korver ended with 23, shooting a perfect 5/5 from long distance while Ron finished with 20 points, shooting 4/7 behind the arc. Both were criticized by their respective coaches to slack off from threes. But, everything’s forgiven when they drop. So, the 4th Quarter comes to an end. Now, Kobe shoots a much-needed three, to tie the game at 106 with 54 seconds left in the game. Deron Williams fights back with a jumper to get a deuce. Speaking of Deron, he finished with 28 points and 9 assists. Derek Fisher kills the Jazz crowd with a cold-blooded three. Now, it all comes to one possesion where the Jazz can win it like last year’s Game 3. Deron tries a jumper, misses it. Pau Gasol, who ended 14 points and 17 boards, forgot to box out which paved the way for a Wesley Matthews‘ tip-in. Sadly, it misses. Game over Utah. Broom service is waiting for you.


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NBA Playoff Recap: May 4th, 2010

3rd-seed Atlanta Hawks vs. 2nd-seed Orlando Magic (71-114)

The Atlanta Hawks and the Orlando Magic were a match during the 1st Quarter, but in the 2nd the Hawks got a bit rusty as Dwight Howard started his “Superman Night” during the 2nd. He scored 21 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and swatting 5 shots. Vince Carter added 20 points and 3 assist. The Atlanta HawksJosh Smith scored 14 points to lead his team while Zaza Pachulia scored 12 points. The Hawks shot very cold in the game. In the end, the Magic were able to finish with a 46 point-victory in the series-opener. We hope this series gets more interesting in the next few games. We would like to give CONDOLENCES to the HAWKS.

5th-seed Utah Jazz vs. 1st-seed Los Angeles Lakers (103-111)

A Game 2 for the Los Angeles Lakers, they played great from start to finish. Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and had 8 assists and Pau Gasol had 22 points while grabbing 15 rebounds. If it wasn’t for Utah Jazz Forward Paul Millsap, the Jazz would not be this close to the lead. Paul scored 26 points and snatching 11 rebounds, 8 of which were offensive boards. Carlos Boozer and CJ Miles had 20 points apiece. There is something I have to point out, it is the rebounding ratio. The Lakers grabbed 58 rebounds to the Utah Jazz‘s 40 rebounds. Lakers win big time. Game 3 is on Saturday.

1 game tomorrow, readers.

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Lakers versus Jazz (2nd-Round Preview)

Another familiar playoff match-up will be showing up on our television screens once again. This time it features two Western Conference teams, the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers. Who do you have winning this series, the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers or the 6th-seeded Utah Jazz? Analyses for this series are down low.

Here are some in-depth analysis for the upcoming series:

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers

Let’s start with the reigning NBA champions, the Lakers.This might be the biggest chance that the Jazz can upset this Laker team, and avoid them from repeating as NBA champions. Before the Lakers advanced to Round 2, The Oklahoma City Thunder (Western Conference’s 8th-seed) pushed them to a Game 6, where the Thunder could’ve won with a Russell Westbrook three that missed the mark, which makes them vulnerable. Now, they face the 6th-seeded Utah Jazz. If they want to win, they should play a more cohesive game. Of course, Kobe might be the leader, but he needs those supporting cast to step up. If they want to win, they have to tackle some of these problems during the series. Andrew Bynum is going through pain with a hyper-extended knee (may miss Game 1), and most of their players are inconsistent, mostly the bench that is. And, with Bynum questionable for Game 1, there’s a great possibility where Lamar Odom will be pressed into the lineup, which is a disaster for the Laker bench as they will lose one of their main contributors. But, if Kobe Bryant hoists those jumpers consistently, then there’s no doubt that the Lakers might win. Remember, he can shoot for 30, 40 or even 50 if he wants to. So, Jazz fans, watch out for the Black Mamba. The Lakers X-Factor is Pau Gasol. Pau needs to make shots and grab those boards. Outplaying Carlos Boozer is one of Gasol’s main priorities too. As i’ve said, Carlos is playing great ball now. If Pau plays a decent game  against Boozer on both defense and offense, then the Lakers are in for smooth sailing.

Utah Jazz

I’ll be honest, I did not imagine the Jazz would be even here in the 2nd-round. They have no Mehmet Okur and no Andrei Kirilenko during the series, and still they managed how to play better than the Nuggets. (It’s gotta be, Jerry Sloan.) I’ve said it once and i’ll say it again, The Jazz have the biggest chance of turning the Lakers as upsets. If Carlos Boozer continues that All-Star performance that he had from the Denver series and Deron Williams continues setting up the players, it’ll be a smooth transition to the Western Conference Finals. They’re only problem are those injuries from Okur and Kirilenko, they have been vital for the Jazz all season, and it’s sad to see them in street clothes on the bench. X-Factor is Wesley Matthews. They need his energy on the court, and his scoring skills too. He has to able to put up impressive numbers for the Jazz. The Jazz’s overall play is lethal for their team’s success.

The Final Verdict – Uhmm, i’ll take the Lakers in 6. Sorry, Jazz. But, that’s what I think.

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