NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: Kobe Bryant Finally Gets His Shine

Posted in Andrew Bynum, Boston Celtics, Carlos Boozer, Charles Barkley, Chauncey Billups, David Aldridge, David Stern, Derek Fisher, Deron Williams, Detroit Pistons, Doug Collins, Dwight Howard, Ernie Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets, Inside the NBA, Jason Maxiell, Jerry Sloan, Kenny Smith, Kevin Harlan, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers, Marv Albert, NBA, NBA MVP, NBA On TNT, Orlando Magic, Pam Oliver, Paul Milsap, Rashard Lewis, Rasheed Wallace, Reggie Miller, Stan Van Gundy, Utah Jazz on May 8th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Does this look like a team led by a selfish superstar?

Game 1: Detroit Pistons (86) @ Orlando Magic (111) – The Pistons lead the series 2-1.

Announcers Marv Albert and Reggie Miller with Pam Oliver reporting

Miller on how Pistons center Jason Maxiell has found a successful way to post-up Magic center Dwight Howard: “(Jason Maxiell) has posed a lot of problems for Dwight Howard, who is about four inches taller (than Maxiell). He is using his legs to get underneath Dwight Howard a little bit down low. He’s not worried about the upper body strength of Dwight Howard He’s trying to get into his legs and bring him down to his size.”

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NBA ON TNT Playoff Notes: “‘Sheed is going to be ‘Sheed and we love him for that.”

Posted in 2008 NBA Coach of the Year, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Bruce Bowen, Bryon Scott, Charles Barkley, Chauncey Billups, Craig Sager, David West, Detroit Pistons, Dwight Howard, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Jameer Nelson, John Thompson, Kenny Smith, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Manu Ginobli, Marv Albert, Melvin Ely, Mike Fratello, NBA On TNT, NBA.com, New Orleans, New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic, Pam Oliver, Pau Gasol, Rasheed Wallace, Reggie Miller, San Antonio Spurs, T.J. Ford, Theo Ratliff, Tim Duncan, TNT OverTime, Tony Parker, Utah Jazz on May 4th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Chris Paul is as fearless as any athlete playing any game. Is he the real MVP?

Barkley on Game #7 of the Hawks/Celtics series: “I’m still going with the Celtics (to win the series), but if they lose (Game #7) it will be the biggest upset in NBA history. The Celtics need to relax. They don’t need to play in Atlanta (anymore); Atlanta has to win in Boston. Is everyone surprised this series has gone seven games? No question, but the Celtics have got to relax. That’s why they play the regular season; they’ve got the home court (advantage). Nobody talks about the job (Hawks head coach Mike Woodson) has done getting the Hawks to the playoffs. Everyone thought this series was going to be a Boston sweep. I take my hat off to the Atlanta Hawks.”

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: Barkley: “I didn’t say they weren’t making shots, I say they can’t shoot.” Wade: “I didn’t want to say that.”

Posted in Andre Iguodala, Antonio McDyess, Avery Johnson, Billy King, Charles Barkley, Chauncey Billups, Dallas Mavericks, David Aldridge, Dei Lynam, Detroit Pistons, Doug Collins, Dwyane Wade, Erik Spoelstra, Ernie Johnson, Houston Texas, Inside the NBA, Jason Maxiell, Kenny Smith, Kevin Harlan, Los Angeles Lakers, Mark West, Maurice Cheeks, Miami Heat, NBA On TNT, NBA.com, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Pat Riley, Pau Gasol, Paula Abdul, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Rashard Lewis, Rasheed Wallace, Rodney Stuckey, Shaquille O’Neal, Star Jones, Tayshaun Prince, TNT OverTime, Will Robinson on May 2nd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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The clamps: Once Iggy got past Prince, Roscoe was there waiting

Wade on getting in shape to play on the US National team this summer: “My body will be good. Next week I start working out with my trainer, Tim Grover in Chicago. My trainers from Miami all come down and we all get to work on my body. I’m trying to get as healthy this year as I’ve ever been in my life. They Olympics are very important, not only for me but for the USA…I’m 100% in, unless somebody else tells me that I can’t play.”

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NBA Playoffs Last Night: DeShawn Stevenson Strikes Back

Posted in Aundray Blatche, Carlos Boozer, Caron Butler, Chris Broussard, Cleveland Cavaliers, Colin Powell, D.C., Derron Williams, Deshawn Stevenson, Devin Brown, Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu, Houston Rockets, Kevin Blackistone, LeBron James, NBA playoffs, Orlando Magic, Pardon the Interruption, Rafer Alston, Soulja Boy, Steven A. Smith, T.J. Ford, Tony Reali, Toronto Raptors, Tough Juice, Tracey McGrady, Utah Jazz, Washington, Washington Wizards on April 25th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Had 5 threes.

Washington Wizards 108, Cleveland Cavaliers 72

Cleveland leads series 2-1.

Cleveland had one 8 straight playoff games versus Washington.

Last night was just incredible and because of it DC will forever be official.

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: It’s About Time TMac

Posted in Andray Blatche, Brandan Haywood, Carl Landry, Caron Butler, Charles Barkley, Chris Paul, Cleveland Cavaliers, Craig Sager, Darius Songaila, Deron Williams, Dick Stockton, Dikembe Mutombo, Doug Collins, Ernie Johnson, Gilbert Arenas, Kenny Smith, Marty Snider, Mike Fratello, Orlando Magic, Rafer Alston, Rick Adelman, Soulja Boy, Toronto Raptors, Tracey McGrady, Washington Wizards on April 25th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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When you are a “superstar” much is expected. That’s just the way it is

Smith on Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas: “Gilbert Arenas plays better when the attention is on him, he’s an attention seeker. He’s got blogs, he’s got everything else that goes on to draw attention to himself. He plays better when the spotlight is on him. He’s back in the line-up so it may give (the Wizards) an extra jolt.”

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NBA Playoffs Last Night: Chris Paul, LeBron James and Dwight Howard Are Playing Ball–In Diapers–Against Each Other On Another Planet

Posted in Amare Stoudemire, Avery Johnson, Brandon Bass, Bryon Scott, Carlos Delfino, Chris Paul, Dallas Mavericks, David West, Defensive Player of the Year, Dirk Nowitzki, Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Kidd, Jose Calderon, Kevin Garnett, NBA playoffs, New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Sam Mitchell, San Antonio Spurs, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Toronto Raptors on April 23rd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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At the buzzer….again

New Orleans 127, Dallas 103

Hornets lead series 2-0

Yes he is. The legend is in fact…fact. Chris Paul became the first player in NBA history to have two games of 30 points, 10 assists and 3 steals and also the first player to do the aforementioned in his first two playoff games.

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#4 Utah Jazz vs. #5 Houston Rockets 1st Round Western Conference

Posted in Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, Houston Rockets, Jerry Sloan, Orlando Magic, Stockton and Malone, Toronto Raptors, Tracy McGrady, Trent Nelson, Utah Jazz, Yao Ming on April 20th, 2008 by Jerold Wells Jr.

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Yeah he’s that good

Utah Jazz exploded into the company of the NBA’s elite last year as a result of Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams. Perhaps no two players epitomize their team more than they do. Both won in college and brought a sense of purpose with them to the Jazz. They play hard, expect their teammates to do the same, and give consistent effort. Williams and Boozer are more an extension of their coach, Jerry Sloan, than a reincarnation of Jazz legends Stockton and Malone. They are hard nosed, tough, players who excel because they consistently execute.

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