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Posts tagged ‘Eastern Conference finals’
Posted: April 6th, 2010

LeBron James has Cleveland atop the NBA regular-season hill for a second straight season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have done this before.

And it wasn’t too long ago.

Last season, the Cavs won a league-best 66 games to earn home-court advantage in the playoffs, but wound up losing in the Eastern Conference Finals against Orlando in six games.

Earlier this week, they clinched home-court advantage again for the playoffs after the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, but I’m still not sold the Cavs have the best team in the NBA, though.

Got some issues. Here’s a few.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: June 4th, 2009
Cavaliers Pistons Basketball

What a bad week for LeBron James.

LeBron James was fined $25,000 for snubbing the media and the Orlando Magic after Cleveland’s Game 6 loss in the Eastern Conference finals that eliminated the Cavaliers from the NBA playoffs after they finished the regular season with the league’s best record.

The Magic lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers, 100-75, Thursday night.

To you and I, $25,000 is a lot fo money.

To James, that’s chump change, but I don’t like losing a penny so I’m sure he’s not thrilled about the fine.

As I’ve said before, that’s the first time I’ve seen him do that in his career after the final playoff loss. I think part of this is due to the fact he’s not only the MVP of the league, but he’s now the face of the league.

So NBA commissioner David Stern is trying to show James just how important it is to set the example for the remaining players to follow.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: June 2nd, 2009
Jazz Lakers Basketball

Kobe Bryant is ready to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a world title.

1-for-2

That’s how I fared in predicting the Eastern Conference and Western Conference finals.

Darn Cleveland.

Like most people, I figured NBA MVP LeBron James and the Cavaliers would face the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals, but Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic defeated Cleveland in six games to come out of the East.

Denver gave the Lakers a tough series, but L.A. has too much talent, skill and Kobe Bryant is just too good to let his team fall to the Nuggets.

So here we are.

Lakers vs. Magic. Superman vs. the Black Mamba.

Not Kobe vs. LeBron, but it’s not chump change either.

Orlando has versatile big men Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu that can shoot the 3 while L.A. has a Hall of Fame coach in Phil Jackson and the best closer in Bryant.

In the end, Kobe will finally win a title without Shaquille O’Neal against the franchise that drafted O’Neal when he came out of college in 1992.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: June 2nd, 2009
Cavaliers Magic Basketball

James has successful surgery Tuesday.

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced earlier today NBA MVP LeBron James has surgery to remove a right benign growth near his right jaw.

What?

It’s been an issue for months, but James got clearance from doctors to wait after Cleveland’s season ended before getting the procedure done.

The Orlando Magic eliminated the Cavaliers from the playoffs in the Eastern Conference finals last week. James averaged 38.5 points in the conference finals.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: June 1st, 2009
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The 2008-09 NBA MVP, LeBron James, talked with reporters about his future Sunday.

After not speaking to the media following Cleveland’s Game 6 loss to the Orlando Magic that eliminated the Cavaliers from the playoffs in the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James spoke to reporters at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence, Ohio, on Sunday.

In short, James said he finds it difficult to congratulate a team after a loss and will take time to be with his family and not think about hoops. James also said he sent Orlando center Dwight Howard an e-mail to congratulate him for advancing to the NBA Finals.

Howard and James were teammates on the U.S. national team team that won the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

With James being eligible to become a free agent after next season, some say he’ll bolt to New York to play for the Knicks. Other say he’ll stay in Cleveland.

What do I say?

Cleveland better make a major move to get a major star, particularly one who can do work in the post, to play beside James because that’s what the Cavs need to win a championship next year.

Then just pray that’s enough to convince James to stay.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 30th, 2009
Cavaliers Magic Basketball

Howard scored a career playoff high 40 points.

Thanks to Superman, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James won’t duel it out in this year’s NBA Finals.

Led by Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic advanced to the NBA Finals by winning Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, 103-90, Saturday night at home. The Magic haven’t been in the finals since 1995.

So the Magic, not the Cavaliers, will face the Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals beginning Thursday in Los Angeles.

In a 2-3-2 playoff format, the Lakers will have home-court advantage, but Game 3, Game 4 and Game 5 (if necessary) will be played in Orlando. The Magic were 2-0 against L.A. in the regular season.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 29th, 2009

The Los Angeles Lakers are in.

Lakers Nuggets Basketball

Kobe Bryant has now lead the Los Angeles Lakers to consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.

With Kobe Bryant leading the way with 35 points and 10 assists, the Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals after winning the Western Conference finals against the Denver Nuggets in six games. Los Angeles won Game 6 tonight, 119-92, in impressive fashion.

The Nuggets were game, but at the end of the day, they don’t have the overall experience to handle the pressure of this moment.

Now next season, the Nuggets will come into the year with high expectations. How they handle that will determine if they take the next and final step.

In looking forward, the Lakers will play either Cleveland or Orlando in the NBA Finals.

If Orlando wins Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at home Saturday, L.A. will have home-court advantage in the finals against the Magic.

If Cleveland wins Game 6 at Orlando and Game 7 at home, the Cavaliers will have home-court advantage against Los Angeles. During the regular season, the Lakers were 2-0 against Cleveland, 0-2 vs. Orlando.

The NBA Finals begins Thursday, June 4.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 28th, 2009
Cavaliers Magic Basketball

Dwight Howard has met LeBron James at the rim most of the time whenever given a chance to do so.

Here are three things to look for heading into tonight’s pivotal Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals as the Cleveland Cavaliers begin trying to crawl out a 3-1 series deficit it has against the Orlando Magic.

1. LeBron James has found himself battling fatigue late in Game 3 and Game 4 partially because he’s carrying the offense and starting his drives 25 feet from the basket. Look for him to post up more closer to the rim and either shoot the turnaround J or spin baseline for a power finish at the basket.

2. For as well as Dwight Howard has played in this series, he’s lost his cool and left himself vulnerable to getting hit with a technical foul. However, Howard plays well when passionate. See how he tries to balance both tonight.

3. After the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead Wednesday night, Hall of Famer and ESPN/ABC analyst Magic Johnson said Cleveland should take notes. He thinks James should play the role of decoy as Kobe Bryant did in Game 5 and get other guys involved early. If James takes that approach and the team starts off slow, see how long he stays dormant.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix

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