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Wow.

What a way to kick off the Playoffs. I have never seen, rather, the NBA has never witnessed this type of surprises.

For the first time in NBA Playoff history, the top 2 seeds of a conference lose their Game One’s. The Memphis Grizzlies lived up to their words, and beat the Spurs without Rudy Gay for a 101 – 98 thriller. What was not thrilling though was the loss of my beloved LA Lakers, which I still don’t understand how, but they somehow found a way to lose to the New Orleans Hornets, 109-100.

The other games were close, and only the Orlando Magic was the upper seed (#4) to lose to the Atlanta Hawks.

Anyway, let’s take a look at how, for a change, there was no game that was one sided:

Eastern Conference

Indiana Pacers [8] vs Chicago Bulls [1] (99-104)

Derrick Rose said that it wouldn’t be easy.

He was damn right.

With the critics and analysts saying that the Pacers’ record isn’t good enough to be in the playoffs, they proved otherwise. Putting up a challenge in the entire night, they just weren’t able to finish the game right as they started it. Derrick Rose showed why he should be the league’s MVP (39 points, 6 assists), leading the Bulls to end the game on a 16-1 run after trailing 98-88 with over 2 minutes left.

What to expect in Game 2: Expect Carlos Boozer to have a better game, and the rest of the Chicago Bulls to take the Pacers more seriously. Game Two should be Chicago’s.

Philadelphia 76ers [7] vs Miami Heat [2] (89 – 97)

As expected, the Heat beat the Sixers. Also, the Sixers didn’t give in easily. With a mediocre shooting game from LeBron James, and finally taking into the decoy role that he should have been doing all season in the last two minutes of the game, Dwayne Wade managed to score five of his 17 points in the last 2 minutes, securing the win for the Heat. The game kicked off with Philly leading 25-11, yet the Heat bounced back and managed to pull a 12 point lead in the fourth quarter, only for the Sixers to rally back one last time and cut the deficit to 1 point, yet Wade showed them who’s boss, ending the game in favor of the upper seed. Let’s not forget Chris Bosh putting on his A-game with those 25 points and 12 rebounds. The Sixers in general had a good game, but they simply can’t match up with the Heat.

What to expect in Game 2: Another Miami Heat victory unless the Sixers find a way to stop both LeBron and Dwayne at the same time.

New York Knicks [6] vs Boston Celtics [3] (85-87)

I had a feeling this series would be good. I just never thought the games would be this good.

As great as the rivalry was Game 1. Carmelo Anthony didn’t impress as much, Amar’e Stoudemire was awesome, and I’m worried about that Chauncey Billups injury. The New York trio weren’t good enough to beat the Celtics, where Ray Allen shone again with 24 points on 15 shots, including that late 3 that won them the game. It was an exciting game, yet the series took an unfortunate turn for the Knicks with Billups’ injury at the end of the game and is questionable for Game 2.

What to expect in Game 2: If the Knicks don’t feed the ball more to Stoudemire, and Billups not coming back (no offense to Toney Douglas), expect a Celtics victory again.

Atlanta Hawks [5] vs Orlando Magic [4] (103-93)

I haven’t seen a one man performance like Dwight Howard’s in a while. 31 points in the first half? One would think the Magic were dominating the game! *Annoying buzz* Wrong answer. Despite those 31 points, the Atlanta Hawks were outplaying the Orlando Magic.

Other than Dwight Howard’s 46 points and 19 rebounds, there was nothing really to see in the Magic. And they said that Jason Collins was going to bother Howard. Jameer Nelson had a slow start in the first half, but finished strong with 27 points. But that’s about it.

Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford and co. put on a strong game, and seem to be confident about themselves given they won the season series 3-1. Why not? They played big after a not-so-good first quarter.

What to expect: The Defensive Player of the Year for the third year in a row can’t go any bigger than those 46 points, but his teammates assumingly would step up their game. Orlando tie the series.

Western Conference

Memphis Grizzlies [8] vs San Antonio Spurs [1] (101-98)

Memphis rested their starters for the last 4 games to make sure they are ready AND end up with the Spurs in a playoff matchup. They could’ve went up to sixth and played the Dallas Mavericks, who they owned in the regular season. Yet they chose to stay 8th.

They lived up to it. Big time.

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol put on a show, and despite the game taking lead changes at the end, the Grizzlies were able to get their first playoff win for the franchise. As an eighth seeded team against the best team in the West. Now that’s good.

Yet no need to worry, I still think that, despite my hatred for the Spurs, they’ll still win this series in six games.

What to expect: San Antonio bouncing back like they always do. Spurs win. Very hard for the Grizzlies to pull off another stunner at the AT&T Center.

New Orleans Hornets [7] vs Los Angeles Lakers [2] (109-100)

WHY?

I watched the game the other night, and I still couldn’t understand. Why would Pau Gasol play so horribly like that? Kobe Bryant was the man for LA with those 34 points and those amazing shots, and Ron Artest put up a decent game with that double-double, but seriously Pau Gasol, WTF?! 2 from 9, 6 rebounds?! And you wonder why championship-less center Stoudemire calls you soft? Get your act together! Andrew Bynum had 13 points and 9 rebounds, but wasn’t as good as he was in the streak. Kobe couldn’t pull it off by himself this time. And LA’s defense sucked big time.

Chris Paul, the player who came second to Kobe in MVP voting back in 08, scored 33 points, had 14 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals and played around the Lakers defense at free will. The way the Hornets were knocking down those one handed layups was as if they were playing alone. THE LAKERS SHOULD HAVE DOMINATED THE DAMN GAME! The Hornets don’t have David West. Emeka Okafor had a bad game with more fouls than points. Aaron Gray and Carl Landry outplay Pau Gasol???!!! IN WHAT WORLD?!

It’s a good thing Kobe called out Gasol today. He seriously has to start playing like a 2 time champ.

What to expect: I still think the Lakers are going to win this series in 5. So expect a Lakers win.

Portland Trail Blazers [6] vs Dallas Mavericks [3] (81-89)

It felt so good to see the Mavs win. They got such a good team that I’ll never understand why they just can’t win in the playoffs and play the way they play the regular season. Everyone undermines Dirk Nowitzki and thinks he chokes in the playoffs. Really? He’s one of 4 guys in NBA history to average 25 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs. Don’t forget those performances against the Suns and Spurs back in the day. And whoever tells me that he choked in the 06 Finals, we all know what happened then. So enough about that.

I enjoyed more than anything my favorite non-Laker player being the X-Factor of the game. That’s right, 38-year old Jason Kidd had 24  points, including 6 3-pointers, and with Nowitzki’s 27 points, the Mavs were finally able to quiet those who are foreseeing an upset in this series and pull off a well deserved win.

What to expect:  This series is puzzling, and I’m not expecting Kidd to have another 24 point game. But I still think the Mavs are going to win both at home. So another Mavs win.

Denver Nuggets [5] vs Oklahoma City Thunder [4] (103-107)

This could easily be the most exciting series in the playoffs. Why not? The youngest and most athletic players in the NBA going at each other? The leading scorer? The team that the Ewing Theory seems to work perfectly on? Yeah, I want this series.

Kevin Durant (41 points) and Russell Westbrook (31 points) combined for one of the best guard performances so far and were able to overcome the winningest team since the All Star break.

Kendrick Perkins had 4 points, but 2 of them gave the Thunder the lead for good.

Denver had a good game, and despite dominating the NBA since the Carmelo Anthony trade, they just can’t seem to beat the Thunder. What I like about Denver is that they had eight players with at least 8 points, led by Nene Hilario’s 22, which makes them a threat given you can’t tell who is going to dominate the game at any given night.

What to expect:  I honestly don’t know. This is one of the series where any team can win on any given night because they are so young. I’ll go with the Thunder on this one, although the Nuggets are going to give them hell again.


As you all know, the NBA regular season concluded its games last night. With the San Antonio Spurs holding on to the top record all season, they will remain the #1 West seed but will have to settle for #2 overall after losing last night to the Phoenix Suns. The overall #1 seed went to the Chicago Bulls, who put on their best season since the Michael Jordan days with a 62 win season. If the Spurs won last night, there would have been a tie between both leading teams, and a rare feat would have happened, as all tiebreakers would have been useless and there would have been a random draw to determine who holds home court advantage all the way. But, that won’t happen anymore due to the Spurs loss last night, who will end up playing eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies.

Back to the topic, after the Eastern conference was decided as early as Monday night, the Western conference was decided in the final seconds of last night with the Los Angeles Lakers playing what could be the last game in Sacramento vs. the Sacramento Kings, as the Kings may be moving to Anaheim. The Lakers won the game in OT, and claimed 2nd seed to face the New Orleans Hornets, who lost to the Dallas Mavericks last night, hence the Mavs claiming the third seed and will face the sixth-seeded Portland TrailBlazers. The final matchup of the Western conference may be one for the ages, which will feature two of the most athletic and versatile young teams in the league, fourth seeded Oklahoma City Thunder against the Denver Nuggets.

The playoff schedule will be as follows:

Saturday, April 16

Indiana Pacers at                            Chicago Bulls Game 1, 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN3D
Philadelphia 76ers                     at                            Miami Heat Game 1, 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET, ABC
Atlanta Hawks                             at                            Orlando Magic Game 1, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, ESPN
Portland Trail Blazers             at                            Dallas Mavericks Game 1, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, ESPN

Sunday, April 17

Memphis Grizzlies                     at                            San Antonio Spurs Game 1, 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, TNT
New Orleans Hornets               at                             L.A. Lakers Game 1, 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET, ABC
New York Knicks                         at                            Boston Celtics Game 1, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
Denver Nuggets                           at                            Oklahoma City Thunder Game 1, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Monday, April 18

Philadelphia 76ers                   at                             Miami Heat Game 2, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
Indiana Pacers                            at                            Chicago Bulls Game 2, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Tuesday, April 19

New York Knicks                        at                             Boston Celtics Game 2, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
Atlanta Hawks                            at                            Orlando Magic
Game 2, 4:30 PM PT/7:30 PM ET, NBA TV
Portland Trail Blazers            at                            Dallas Mavericks
Game 2, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Wednesday, April 20

Denver Nuggets                            at                           Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2, 5 PM PT/7:30 PM ET, TNT
Memphis Grizzlies                      at                            San Antonio Spurs Game 2, 5:30 PM PT/8:30 PM ET, NBA TV
New Orleans Hornets                 at                            L.A. Lakers Game 2, 7:30 PM PT/10:30 PM ET, TNT

Thursday, April 21

Chicago Bulls                                 at                            Indiana Pacers Game 3, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, NBA TV
Miami Heat                                    at                            Philadelphia 76ers Game 3, 5 PM PT/8 PM ET, TNT
Dallas Mavericks                         at                           Portland Trail Blazers Game 3, 7:30 PM PT/10:30 PM ET, TNT

Friday, April 22

Boston Celtics                               at                            New York Knicks Game 3, 4 PM ET/7 PM PT, ESPN
Orlando Magic                              at                            Atlanta Hawks Game 3, 5 PM ET/8 PM PT, ESPN2/ESPN3D
L.A. Lakers                                     at                            New Orleans Hornets Game 3, 6:30 PM ET/9:30 PM PT, ESPN

Saturday, April 23

Chicago Bulls                               at                             Indiana Pacers Game 4, 11:30 AM PT/2:30 PM ET, TNT
Dallas Mavericks                       at                             Portland Trail Blazers Game 4, 2 PM PT/5 PM ET, TNT
San Antonio Spurs                    at                             Memphis Grizzlies Game 3, 4:30 PM PT/7:30 PM ET, ESPN
Oklahoma City Thunder       at                             Denver Nuggets Game 3, 7 PM PT/10 PM ET, ESPN

Sunday, April 24

Miami  Heat                                 at                              Philadelphia 76ers Game 4, 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, ABC
Boston Celtics                             at                               New York Knicks Game 4, 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET, ABC
Orlando Magic                            at                               Atlanta Hawks Game 4, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
L.A. Lakers                                   at                                New Orleans Hornets Game 4, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Monday, April 25
Oklahoma City at Denver,
Game 4, 7:30 PM PT/10:30 PM ET, TNT

Times to be determined
San Antonio at Memphis, Game 4
Portland at Dallas (*), Game 5

Tuesday, April 26 (times to be determined)
New York at Boston (*), Game 5
Atlanta at Orlando (*), Game 5
Indiana at Chicago (*), Game 5
New Orleans at LA Lakers (*), Game 5

Wednesday, April 27 (times to be determined)
Philadelphia at Miami (*), Game 5
Memphis at San Antonio (*), Game 5
Denver at Oklahoma City (*), Game 5

Thursday, April 28 (times TBD)
Chicago at Indiana (*), Game 6
Orlando at Atlanta (*), Game 6
LA Lakers at New Orleans (*), Game 6
Dallas at Portland (*), Game 6

Friday, April 29 (times TBD)
Boston at New York (*), Game 6
Miami at Philadelphia (*), Game 6
San Antonio at Memphis (*), Game 6
Oklahoma City at Denver (*), Game 6

Saturday, April 30 (times TBD, games on TNT)
Indiana at Chicago (*), Game 7
Atlanta at Orlando (*), Game 7
New Orleans at LA Lakers (*), Game 7
Portland at Dallas (*), Game 7

Sunday, May 1 (times TBD)
New York at Boston (*), Game 7
Philadelphia at Miami (*), Game 7
Memphis at San Antonio (*), Game 7
Denver at Oklahoma City (*), Game 7

(*)–if necessary


After seven years, the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing their first game without LeBron James.

And they got their first one.

Playing back in the Q, the Cleveland Cavaliers got their first win in as many tries and delivered the first loss to the Boston Celtics, who defeated LeBron James and the Miami Heat one night ago.

With a packed arena that had the atmosphere of an NBA Finals Game 7, JJ Hickson led the Cavs with 21 points to their first victory, giving possibly a lot of hope to the fans of Cleveland that life may be good after all without LeBron.

Cleveland fans were grateful for Boston, since the Celtics beat LeBron one night earlier, and then lost to the Cavs. With this win, I don't expect to see much of these.

The game was a tight one for three and a half quarters, where no team was able to hold on to a good lead.

Until the last half of the 4th quarter, where Anthony Parker broke a tie at 86 with a three pointer shot at the last second of the 24 second shot clock. And it was all Cleveland from there, where Daniel Gibson, scoring all of his 16 points in the second half, scored 4 crucial free throws in the final seconds to clinch the first LeBron-less win 95-87.

Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo was in charge for Boston, scoring 18 points and having 9 assists and 3 steals. Paul Pierce had 13 points and Ray Allen added 12 points while Kevin Garnett collected 15 rebounds in the Celtics’ first loss.

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat scored their first victory of the season in their second road game, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 97-87. Dwayne Wade had 30 points, LeBron scored 16 points, had 7 rebounds, 6 assists but turned the ball over 9 times. Chris Bosh finished with 15 points, but the real savior of the Heat was bench player James Jones, who scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers.


Almost every week, TnT will be giving updates about what’s going on regarding free agency in the NBA.

This is our second update:

NBA Free Agency

PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS signed Wesley Matthews.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES signed Luke Ridnour.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS re-sign Richard Jefferson.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS sign Jeremy Lin.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERs signed Tony Battie.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS obtain Jon Brockman from SACRAMENTO KINGS in exchange for Darnell Jackson and 2011 second round pick.

Winner: Milwaukee Bucks need a player like Brockman who can defend the 4 and 5 and can bring energy to the court, hence making them winners of this trade.

MIAMI HEAT have signed Juwan Howard.

HOUSTON ROCKETS have signed Brad Miller.

DALLAS MAVERICKS have re-signed Dirk Nowitzki.

L.A. CLIPPERS have re-signed Craig Smith.

MIAMI HEAT have re-signed James Jones and signed Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

BOSTON CELTICS agreed to terms with Nate Robinson.

MIAMI HEAT signed Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman.

ORLANDO MAGIC re-signed J.J. Redick.

BOSTON CELTICS re-signed Paul Pierce.

DENVER NUGGETS signed Anthony Carter and Shedlen Williams.

MIAMI HEAT signed Mike Miller.

UTAH JAZZ signed Raja Bell.

HOUSTON ROCKETS re-signed Kyle Lowry.

PHOENIX SUNS acquired Josh Childress through a trade for a 2012 second rounder from ATLANTA HAWKS.

PHOENIX SUNS acquired Hedo Turkuglo from TORONTO RAPTORS in exchange for Leandro Barbosa and Dwayne Jones.

Winner: While not making up for Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns got two good players in these trades while Atlanta didn’t get much and Leandro Barbosa isn’t going to make up for the loss of Chris Bosh.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS re-signed Evan Turner.