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Posted: May 19th, 2010

Center Dwight Howard and point guard Jameer Nelson will have the same look they did after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in last year's NBA Finals if the Orlando Magic are unable to figure out the Boston Celtics in this year's playoffs.

The Boston Celtics are the runaway locomotive no one in the Eastern Conference has been able to handle in this year’s playoffs.

After beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games, the Celtics take a 2-0 series lead heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday at home.

Orlando is in big trouble.

The Magic got a big scoring night from Dwight Howard (30 points on 9 of 13 shooting), but he only got eight rebounds in Tuesday’s Game 2 loss, 95-92, at home.

So Boston has proven it can beat the Orlando even if Howard goes nuts offensively.

Here’s the laundry list of  problems for Orlando.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: May 1st, 2010

That right elbow of LeBron James in the white sleeve there is the talk of this series.

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers (4-1) vs. (4) Boston Celtics (4-1)

Series schedule: Game 1 – Today at Cleveland 8 p.m. ET (TNT); Game 2 – Monday at Cleveland 7 p.m. ET (TNT); Game 3 – Friday at Boston 2 p.m. ET (ESPN); Game 4 –Sunday 5/9 at Boston 3:30 p.m. (ABC); Game 5 – Tuesday 5/11 *at Cleveland TBD (TNT); Game 6 – Thursday 5/13 *at Boston TBD (ESPN); Game 7 – Sunday 5/16 3:30 p.m. *at Cleveland (ABC). *If necessary.

Series keys: For Cleveland: Stop Rajon Rondo from penetrating (When he does, Boston’s offense opens up to the fullest). 2. Establish inside presence (Make Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett work defensively). 3. Speed up the pace (Test the older legs of the Celtics by scoring in transition). For Boston: 1. Test LeBron James early (If his elbow is good, find out early by going to the rim on him and guarding him tough). 2. Pick and pop (Put Shaquille O’Neal in situations where he has to stop Garnett or Rasheed Wallace from hitting jumpers. 3. Defy age (Many say the Celtics are too old. Prove them wrong.).

Series outcome: Cavaliers will win the series in six games, but if Boston splits the first two, it’s going seven.

Series stories

1. LeBron creating elbow room – Boston Globe
2. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James’ ‘elbow‘ is talking on Twitter – Cleveland Plain Dealer
3. Cavaliers, Celtics just don’t like each other – Toronto Star

Posted in: NBA
Posted: April 18th, 2010

He’s the man in a difference sense now.

Michael Jordan now owns the Charlotte Bobcats. Here’s clips from an exclusive interview with legendary coach John Thompson. 

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: February 19th, 2010

Jamison was all smiles during Thursday's press conference after being traded from Washington to Cleveland in a three-team deal.

“HONK HONK! Yo D! What’s up, my man?”

Hey. What’s good with you? It’s been a minute. Like that new ride you got there.

“Yeah. You know how I do. Listen, I know you been busy checking out those NBA trades that went down before Thursday’s deadline. What you think about the Cavaliers getting Antawn Jamison and only giving up Zydrunas Ilgauskas and a first-round draft pick?”

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Posted in: NBA, Yo, what's up D?
Posted: January 16th, 2010

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Whether it’s on the national, regional or local scene, basketball and Martin Luther King Jr. Day have become synonymous with each other.

Nationally, the NBA will have three games televised on TNT on the national holiday Monday that including a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals when the Orlando Magic play at Los Angeles against the defending champion Lakers.

Locally, the MLK Showcase will have five high school games Sunday at the Hammermill Center involving teams from Erie and surrounding states in New York and Ohio. This is in its first year, but under the direction of showcase director, Michael X Anderson, it has the potential to really become a mainstay in Erie.

Regionally, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Night on Tuesday when they play the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers will honor Ohio sports legends Jim Brown, Cris Carter, Jim “Mudcat” Grant and Jimmy Jackson for the sixth annual Black Heritage Celebration.

Posted in: NBA
Posted: October 27th, 2009

When you’re in the media, you get to know guys from other markets both regional and national.

So you show love when you see them.

The one guy I have to talk to every time he’s at a Cavalier game is TNT NBA anaylst Doug Collins.

That’s my dude right there.

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Posted: May 28th, 2009
Magic Cavaliers Basketball

LeBron James either scored or had an assist on 29 consecutive points for the Cavs in the fourth quarter.

In winning Game 5 to stay alive in this Eastern Conference finals series, 112-102, Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers made three key adjustments.

1. Put LeBron James on Hedo Turkoglu in the fourth quarter. The strategy TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith has been calling for disrupted the pick-n-roll Orlando loves to use a bit.

2. Posted up James, who finished with a triple double (37 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists), at the free throw line and surrounded him with three shooters -  Wally Szczerbiak, Daniel Gibson and Mo Williams – and the hustling Anderson Varejao. Not having to drive from the top of the key, James didn’t need to dribble much to either score or find Varejao cutting to the basket.

3. Made the cold shooter for Orlando keep shooting by defending everyone else. This time, it was Rafer Alston, who shot 1-of-10 from the field. He was 1-of-7 from 3-point range and Cleveland funneled its defense to leave Alston open.

Can this work in Game 6 for the Cavaliers?

We’ll find out Saturday when the series switches to Orlando with the Magic leading 3-2.

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Posted: May 17th, 2009
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Charles Barkley is at it again Cleveland fans.

Charles Barkley said it.

Right after the Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics on Sunday to win the Eastern Conference semifinal series in seven games, the Hall of Famer said the Magic will beat the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals, which begins Wednesday in Cleveland.

After getting ribbed by Kenny Smith and Chris Webber on the TNT set for making the prediction, Barkley said the only way Cleveland can win is if “LeBron James goes ballistic.”

Oh boy.

Oh Chuck.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 6th, 2009

“That’s what happens when you start busting somebody’s (expletive). They get upset like that and resort to bush league tactics.” – Eddie House after Boston’s Game 2 win.

Magic Celtics Basketball

Eddie House didn't back down from Rafer Alston on Wednesday night.

If scoring a game-high 31 points off the bench wasn’t enough Wednesday night, Eddie House decided to give Boston’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Orlando Magic some juicy juice.

House not only helped the Celtics tie the series, he called out Orlando guard Rafer Alston, who slapped him in the head after House hit a jumper on him, in a post game interview done by TNT NBA analyst David Aldridge.

Now let’s recap.

Whether it’s Dwight Howard elbowing Samuel Dalembert or Rajon Rondo hitting Brad Miller in the chops, the referees have had their hands full trying to keep the rough play at a minimum in the playoffs. Now NBA commissioner David Stern recently said the referees are 90 percent right, maybe up to 93 percent.

So it will be real interesting to see if Alston is suspended for Game 3 in Orlando.

Should he?

Posted in: NBA

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