@TSFSports 2014 NBA Western Conference Playoff Predictions (First round)

Posted in Blogroll on April 19th, 2014 by Ronald Glover

(SFGate.com)

Can a wounded Andrew Bogut and the Warriors rattle Blake Griffin enough to throw the Clippers off course?

The NBA’s second season has arrived and for the San Antonio Spurs, it couldn’t begin soon enough. The reigning Western Conference Champions finished a league-best 62-20, including season splits with the world champion Miami Heat and the Eastern Conference leaders, the Indiana Pacers. The Spurs are joined by (in the order of seeding): Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks. Here are my first round predictions.

Read more »

Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Tuesday, April 1, 2014: Brooklyn dismisses Houston; Blazers take out Lakers

Posted in Blogroll on April 2nd, 2014 by Michael Tillery

elbow

 

Got one.

TNT’s NBA coverage continues Thursday, April 3, with doubleheader action featuring the San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder at 8 p.m. ET and the Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30 p.m.

Read more »

Notes from TNT’s NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com – Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014: The Rising Stars squad up

Posted in Blogroll on February 7th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

burke

That Michigan Man is looking like a ROY…

BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge & State Farm All-Star Saturday Night Participants Exclusively Announced on TNT

Listen, if you’re expecting crisp basketball and defense, ya got the wrong game. Just sit back and be entertained…

Read more »

Notes from TNT’s NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com – Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014: NBA All-Star Reserves Announced

Posted in Blogroll on January 30th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

76288_10200319117220272_723645498_n

Who got robbed?

Lance Stephenson should definitely be on this team. ::Larry Legend shrug::

 

Read more »

Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, January 23, 2014: LaMarcus Aldridge puts in 44 and 13; LeBron does it all

Posted in Blogroll on January 24th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(totalprosports.com)

lamarcus-aldridge-vs-nuggets

LA is in the discussion as the best power forward in the game without question…

 

TNT’s NBA coverage continues Thursday, January 30, at 7 p.m. ET with the exclusive announcement of the 2014 NBA All-Star reserves followed by doubleheader action featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks at 8 p.m. and the Los Angeles Clippers @ Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.

Read more »

Notes from TNT’s NBA Tip-off – Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014: 2014 NBA All-Star Starters Announced

Posted in Blogroll on January 24th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(NBA.com)

140123185817-all-stars-graphic-three-pack-012314.home-t3

Who got the snub?

I’m down with Beans getting the spot. His fans appreciate him for all he’s given on the court to Los Angeles and the world at large. Let a legend be legendary…

Read more »

Notes from NBA TV’s Fan Night presented by Sprint – Tuesday, December 17, 2013: Durant and Westbrook power Thunder past Nuggets

Posted in Blogroll on December 18th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

kd

Oklahoma City is off to a 20-4 start.

NBA Fan Night presented by Sprint will return Tuesday, Dec. 31, with voting conducted from Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 8 a.m. ET through Thursday, Dec. 26, at midnight. Potential voting matchups for the Dec. 31 telecast will be announced at a later time.

Read more »

Notes from NBA TV’s NBA Fan Night presented by Sprint – Tuesday, Dec. 10: So what the Pacers beat the Heat…what’s next?

Posted in Blogroll on December 11th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

 

LBJPG

Paul George honestly, is not ready to be paired with LeBron. Stop that unnecessary narrative before it starts.

Sports doesn’t have to be this and that or this cat vs. that cat. The actual athletics should be compelling enough to get fans through 48 minutes, 9 innings or an hour of actual time on the gridiron. LeBron James has disposed of every big time competitor on his path to the chip, so until a singular player becomes the reason for his team defeating James and the Heat, no one should honestly be in the discussion. I understand TV and the selling of narratives for the masses, but that doesn’t necessarily mean fans must buy in and continue discussions that will never line their pockets despite obviously filling others. Paul George is capable and I hope he does become an NBA champion, so leave it as that and let the young man develop within the context of his very skilled abilities. We know what LeBron can do and has done, so why even consider discussing a young talented player as a true competitor alongside an athlete as uniquely gifted as any the game has seen? Frame the discussion as Indiana vs. Miami instead of coupling two players as if their names are Magic and Larry….

Read more »

James Harden and the past: What happened to the shooting guard position?

Posted in Blogroll on October 22nd, 2013 by Okori Wadsworth

(NBA)

Following basketball in the late 1980’s came with certain rules we all understood. You feared and hated the Bad Boy Pistons. At the same time, you also hated and respected the Showtime Lakers. Finally, the shooting guard position was where most of the game’s best scorers were found. Just in the 80’s alone, there was Michael Jordan announcing himself as the next king of the sport in Chicago, Joe Dumars being the only semi-clean Bad Boy in Detroit, and Clyde Drexler being the Mr. Pibb to Jordan’s Dr. Pepper in Portland.

That was just off the top of my head, but more importantly, what has happened to our shooting guards? Where did they go?

Read more »

Tip-Off for 4/17/13 (featuring Ralph Abernathy): Los Angeles Clippers inch closer to the West’s fourth seed after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 93-77

Posted in Blogroll on April 17th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE /Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Clippers season has been full of more highs than lows. Defeating the Sacramento Kings in the season finale awards the Clippers home court in the first round of the playoffs. Vinny Del Negro’s group moved closer to their goal with a 93-77 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers for their sixth straight win.

Read more »

Tip-Off for 4/11/13 (featuring J-Dilla): Kobe Bryant explodes for 47 points in LA Lakers win over Portland Trail Blazers 113-106; Miami Heat clinch the NBA’s best record

Posted in Blogroll on April 11th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(LA Times)

The Lakers are following Kobe Bryant’s lead into the NBA postseason.

Driving the Los Angeles Lakers into the NBA post season has become a personal quest for Kobe Bryant. The Lakers have been through a tumultuous season with the final week being no different. Bryant continued his torrid shooting with a 47-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers in a 113-106 Lakers victory. Bryant has scored 70 points in his last five quarters of play.

The Miami Heat have clinched the NBA’s best record and will enjoy home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Ray Allen tied a season-high with 23 points in the Heat’s 103-98 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Read more »

Tip-Off for 4/2/13 (featuring Gil Scott-Heron): Utah Jazz streak moves to five games with 112-102 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers

Posted in Blogroll on April 2nd, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(Stamford Advocate)

Al Jefferson and the Utah Jazz are hanging on to the West’s 8th seed by their fingertips.

One week ago, it looked as if the Utah Jazz were going to drop right out of the Western Conference playoff race. After five consecutive wins, Tyrone Corbin’s crew have reclaimed sole possession of the #8 seed by one-half game over the Los Angeles Lakers and two games over the Dallas Mavericks. The Jazz opened up an early lead and were able to hold off the Portland Trail Blazers 112-102.

Read more »

Saturday Morning Suicides: LeBron James kills Hornets with a sledgehammer in Miami Heat’s 108-89 victory over New Orleans

Posted in Blogroll on March 30th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(AP)

LeBron James continues to soar above his detractors.

Hatred continued to spill from the lips of Miami Heat antagonists in the wake of their first loss in 28 games. The latest to chime in was Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge who called LeBron James speaking out against the physical play of the Chicago Bulls Thursday night “almost embarrassing”. Heat GM Pat Riley responded by advising Ainge to “STFU”! James responded with 36 points including 7-10 from beyond the arc in Miami’s 108-89 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.

Read more »

Tip-Off for 3/25/13 (featuring Sugar Ray Robinson): Miami Heat rally back once again to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 109-77

Posted in Blogroll on March 25th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(Robert Mayer/USA Today)

The big, bad Miami Heat are closing in on one of the NBA’s most hallowed records.

Some stretches of the Miami Heat’s 26-game winning streak have not been easy. There have been games where the world champions have trailed by 20+ points, only to pull out the victory. Against the Charlotte Bobcats, the deficit was not as heavy.  But as has been recent custom, Miami did fall behind by double-digits.

Without Dwyane Wade (knee), Norris Cole and Ray Allen combined for 31 points in Miami’s 109-77 victory over Charlotte.

Read more »

Tip-Off for 3/22/13 (featuring Jaguar Wright): The 76ers snatch defeat from victory, fall to Denver Nuggets 101-100

Posted in Blogroll on March 22nd, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(Liberty Ballers)

The Denver Nuggets’ streak continues, thanks to Corey Brewer

Corey Brewer scored a career-high 29 points including three free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to give the Denver Nuggets a 101-100 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia held a five point lead with 14 seconds remaining, but Evan Turner missed two free throws and Brewer scored the game’s final six points to seal the improbable comeback for Denver. The Nuggets winning streak is now at 14 games.

Read more »