Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Tuesday, April 21, 2009: Lakers Go Up 2-0

Posted in Blogroll on April 22nd, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

TNT’s “40 Games in 40 Nights” NBA Playoffs coverage continues on Wednesday, April 22nd with the Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks (Game #2) at 8 p.m. ET followed by the New Orleans Hornets @ Denver Nuggets (Game #2).

Complete upcoming TV schedule follows the notes.

-Mizzo.

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Wednesday Morning Starting Five: The Earth Day Jawn

Posted in Blogroll on April 22nd, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Ethiopian, Kenyan win Boston Maraton. (Boston Globe)

Derrick The Bull Wonder Rose wins Rookie of the Year. Congrats Pooh. Proud of you man. (Chicago Tribune)

Jason Terry wins Sixth Man of the Year. (Dallas Morning News)

Earth Day is today. Like I said on fb, fellas it ain’t just about the ladies. (Earthday.net)

Freddie Mac CFO found dead of hanging. (ABCnews.com)

Athletic Blacks vs. Smart Whites: Why sports stereotypes are wrong. (Huffington Post)

Just a Momment…

NBA Playoffs Last Night: Brandon Roy Goes for 42!

Posted in Blogroll on April 22nd, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

I wish I’d saw this game. What is going on with the scoring explosions? LeMarcus Aldridge going off for 27 and 12 rips was eh…cool, but Brandon Roy zonin’ for 42? Damn. Can I get a uniform and some rosin chalk?

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NBA Playoffs Last Night: One Shot From Ray Allen Offsets Ben Gordon’s 42

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley on April 21st, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Damn Damn Damn! What a game. The way Ben Gordon was shooting, I thought he was gonna pat Larry down like Mike did on the left baseline. Ben was en fuego (Temple 3) and hit for 42 on a myriad of difficult positions and angles. So Andrew Toney like he was. But then…

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Tuesday Morning Starting Five: April 21, 2009

Posted in Blogroll on April 21st, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Dwight Howard becomes youngest player to win the Defensive Player of the Year award. (Orlando Sentinel)

Mike Brown maybe Coach of the Year, but it’s all about family. He’s my favorite coach to get post game quotes from. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

Eagles are not trading Sheldon Brown despite his wishes. (Philly.com)

One of my favorite people, Stephen Hawking is resting comfortably in a hospital. (CNN.com)

2009 Pulitzer Prize winners. Of course I want one. (AP)

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Monday, April 20, 2009

Posted in Blogroll on April 21st, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

TNT’s “40 Games in 40 Nights” NBA Playoffs coverage continues on Tuesday, April 21st with the Detroit Pistons @ Cleveland Cavaliers (Game #2) at 8 p.m. ET followed by Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Lakers (Game #2).

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Atlanta Destroys Miami in Game 1

Posted in Blogroll on April 20th, 2009 by Jerold Wells Jr.

One extremely impressive win does not define this season. One win does not guarantee this series. In the grand scheme of things this win means very little. It is a means to an end. Advancing to the next round is the goal. This victory is merely a stepping stone.

The leaders of this Atlanta Hawks team are cautious. They understand that while the victory is huge, Game Two presents a different set of challenges. The mood following Atlanta’s 90 – 64 thrashing of the Miami Heat was a reserved one. It is clear to this bunch that there is still plenty of work to be done.

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The Anatomy of a Steal

Posted in Blogroll on April 20th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Andre Iguodala matured even more last night. Folks forget he’s just 25. He seems to have had a heap of scrutiny thrown his way and he’s finally absorbing the criticism and judging his game accordingly. Not that the criticism is paramount, but every player hears the whispers no matter what they say. Last night, Dre threw in a game winning dagger to complete a 14 point 4th quarter deficit that stretched to 18 in the third. Heroic comeback that should go a long way in showing just how good Iguodala could be in this league. Hit the piece up on SLAM by clicking the Reggie Evans bear hug. Game 2 Wednesday night. I hope you all had a great weekend and Be Peace….

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Sunday, April 19, 2009: Mr. Big Shot Teaches Chris Paul a Lesson

Posted in Blogroll on April 20th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

TNT’s “40 Games in 40 Nights” NBA Playoffs coverage continues on Monday, April 20th with the Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics (Game #2) at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs (Game #2).

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Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76’ers 1st Round NBA Playoff Preview

Posted in Blogroll on April 19th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

I actually was going to pick the Sixers here because of how they limped into the playoffs. 1-6 the last seven might give one the impression the Sixers are gonna get blown out, but dude, they’re playing Orlando. Orlando is not an elite team in this league…yet. If they punch the Sixers in the mouth and then defeat the winner of Bos/Chi with the same precision, then I’ll be down. I’m expecting gigantic things out of Dwight Howard. it’s time for him to put up or shut up. If he really wanted the MVP this year, he could have won it. Crazy you ask? Not so much. Where is his true competition? Who is his peer? Yao? Yo…say no to drugs please. There is no one in the league who can stop Dwight Howard when he truly wants to get it done. He needs to work on his post game, a little baby jumper and get a little meaner before I believe him to be one of the best. I think playing for a soft team (they rely on way too many jumpers) might have something to do with it. The Sixers will look to create turnovers and get out on the break. We’ll see what happens in the half court. Click on the flick for the preview on SLAM. Enjoy what’s left of the weekend. Thanks for the pic Webster. Be Peace.

NBA Playoffs Last Night: The Bull Wonder Goes Off!

Posted in Blogroll on April 19th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Chicago 105, Boston 103 Chicago leads 1-0

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

I hope you heard was I was really really saying when I covered Derrick Rose up close. The Bull Wonder is no fluke. When you get a chance to speak to him personally, you just know the kid is special. His personality is not typical. I know some of you thought he would have been better off in Miami, but trust he’s good in Chicago. Dude went off! Read more »

Friday Fire: Who Advances to the Second Round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs?

Posted in Blogroll on April 17th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Time to take it to the next level. Suckas better get their own identity…

As much as a dream match up Cleveland and Los Angeles could be, we gotta get there first. There are first round clashes that begin what is sure to be a great NBA playoffs. All this LeBron James is gonna win it all stuff is totally irrelevant at this juncture. Keep on talking and Beans is gonna jump through ya TV set as glass falls wet and freezing like the ice he’s about to receive in June. I’ll have a Orlando/Philly playoff preview on SLAM later on, but for the hear and now? My predictions follow the schedules.

Lets talk for we did it like that, now we do it like this

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TNT 2009 NBA Playoff Teleconference Notes: Are We Headed for a LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant NBA Final?

Posted in Blogroll on April 17th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

This is the second year I’ve participated in the TNT Playoff Teleconference with TNT’s NBA analysts. Of course I wanted to talk to our boy Webb, but he had an early flight and only fielded a few questions. This is where you understand how intelligent these analysts are because they can dissect the game in ways fans just don’t realize. Chris Doug and Reggie held it down for sure answering questions from a diverse group of beat writers and columnists from across the nation. My questions are near the end.

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Even Without KG and Ray Allen, the Defending Champs Show and Prove

Posted in Blogroll on April 15th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Interviewed a bunch of Celtics last night: From Doc Rivers and Rajon Rondo to Bill Walker and Gabe Pruitt. Good for me, but the Sixers loss las night was just unacceptable. The Celtics were without KG and Ray Allen and still beat the Sixers. Dre Iguodala, Thad Young, Andre Miller did all they can do, but the Sixers are just thin in spots where they need some umph. The Celtics carry on and don’t care if everyone is picking the Cavaliers and the Lakers. Didn’t they win last year? I know KG is a little banged up, but trust he will play and play well. Click on the Sixers disappointment flick to access the piece on SLAM.

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Posted in Blogroll on April 15th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

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(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

“I’m so glad we hired him. Somebody fatter than me.”

– Charles Barkley on new MLB on TBS analyst David Wells.

“I don’t know about that, I was in the studio with him a few weeks ago and I don’t know if that’s true or not.”–Ernie Johnson

“I’ve seen him in high definition. He’s fat.” Barkley

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