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Posts tagged ‘Game 5’
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
Posted: May 27th, 2009

The Cleveland Cavaliers do.

APTOPIX Nuggets Lakers Basketball

Shannon Brown has never lacked the ability to play the game. He's just found a home in Los Angeles.

They drafted Shannon Brown in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft out of Michigan State.

He was supposed to be the big, off guard to complement LeBron James. I really thought Brown had star potential in the NBA because he’s athletic, can shoot the three and came from a college program that stresses defense.

Cleveland ended up trading him to Chicago last season. After the Bulls released Brown, he signed with Charlotte, which traded him to Los Angeles where he has become key reserve.

His second-half dunk over Chris “Birdman” Andersen gave the Lakers an emotional jolt in their Game 5 win Wednesday night.

I look at Brown’s size (6-foot-4, 211 pounds) and wonder how much he could help Cleveland against Orlando. Brown could guard Mickael Pietrus and would do a better job in defending Hedo Turkoglu than Delonte West is doing.

Just food for thought.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 13th, 2009

That’s more like it.

Rockets Lakers Basketball

Ron Artest and the Houston Rockets were flattened in Game 5.

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets in Game 5 at home on Tuesday night the way a team should when their opponent doesn’t have its best player.

Without All-Star center Yao Ming, Houston shouldn’t stand a chance against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, but that theory was severely tested when Houston beat Los Angeles at home Sunday afternoon in Game 4.

However, the Lakers demolished the Rockets, 118-78, in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6 Thursday at Houston.

Now they can mess around and lose Game 6 to the Rockets if they want to, but the Lakers need to go ahead and take care of business because trust me, the Denver Nuggets are going to close out their series against the Dallas Mavericks tonight at homeĀ  in Game 5.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 10th, 2009
Hawks Cavaliers Basketball

LeBron James, Mo Williams, Anderson Varejao and the Cleveland Cavaliers are up 3-0 against Atlanta.

With Boston clawning back into its Eastern Conference semifinal series by winning Game 4 tonight, it ensures the semifinal series will continue until at least Thursday for Game 6 in Orlando. Game 5 is Tuesday in Boston.

So if the Cleveland Cavaliers close out their series against Atlanta by winning Game 4 on Monday night, they wouldn’t play again until likely Sunday.

If a Game 7 is needed in the Orlando-Boston series, it wouldn’t played until Sunday, May 17. So Cleveland wouldn’t get back at it until Tuesday, May 19, at the earliest.

So the Cavaliers could go another week without playing a game. Remember they were off nine days after sweeping Detroit before playing Atlanta, which needed seven games to beat the Miami Heat.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 10th, 2009

Glen “Big Baby” Davis delivered

With the clock ticking down, Davis hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer to give Boston a 95-94 win at Orlando to even the series, 2-2, heading into Tuesday’s Game 5 in Boston.

Wow.

The big fella took a pass from Paul Pierce, who was doubled teamed, and hit the jumper from the left wing over Rashard Lewis.

Somewhere, Erie BayHawks coach John Treloar, who was an assistant at LSU when Big Baby lead LSU to the Final Four along with Tyrus Thomas, is smiling.

Posted: May 7th, 2009

Michael Jordan hit the shot.

Poor Craig Ehlo.

On this date, Michael Jordan put the world on notice when he nailed the game-winner into beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 1989 Eastern Conference playoffs.

Posted in: NBA
Posted: April 28th, 2009
APTOPIX Bulls Celtics Basketball

The hometown crowd loved how Paul Pierce came through in the clutch for the Boston Celtics in their Game 5 win Tuesday night against Chicago.

With Game 5 between the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics tied 104-104 in overtime, drama was sure to ensue.

It did.

With the series tied 2-2, Boston took the ball out on its end. Ray Allen was on the bench after fouling out in the fourth quarter. Kevin Garnett has been out all series due to injury. So somebody needed to make a shot.

Paul Pierce made the shot.

With the ball in the middle of the floor, Pierce dribbled right and hit the 17-foot jumper over the shorter John Salmons to put Boston ahead with 3.4 seconds left.

Two questions I have here:

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