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EndScore Report: NBA Playoffs, What Else?

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, NBA, Playoffs,

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are on the brink of eliminating Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles LakersIn this edition of EndScore Report, DV and Chris take a gander at the NBA Playoffs' conference semi-finals. In the east, the Boston Celtics are down to the Miami Heat 2-0 and the prospects of coming back don't look so good. The Chicago Bulls have taken a 2-1 lead (at time of recording, it was 1-1) on the Atlanta Hawks. Meanwhile, over in the West, the Dallas Mavericks have taken an almost insurmountable lead, 3-0 (2-0 at time of recording), over the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies are all notched up at one game apiece. LISTEN to hear how we see the rest of the series going.

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EndScore Report: NBA Playoffs First Round Review

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: NBA, News, Playoffs,

Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies shock the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the NBA PlayoffsIn this edition of EndScore Report, DV and Chris look at what's been going on in the NBA Playoffs thus far. After the recording, the Memphis Grizzlies surprisingly eliminated the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs to complete the series during the first round. By the way, DV and Chris were wrong in their selection of the Spurs to win, but, so were many others. In any case, the Grizz will face the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Other teams moving on from the first round to the Conference Semi-finals include the Dallas Mavericks who will match up against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks go head-to-head, and probably the most intriguing pairing, the Boston Celtics against the Miami Heat. The boys look over their picks (clicky-click here) and will come back at you with their predictions for the second round of the NBA Playoffs in another episode coming soon!

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EndScore Report: Review of our NBA Playoffs Predictions

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, NBA, Playoffs,

Carmelo Anthony driving on Paul PierceDV and Chris review their predictions of NBA playoff series and how they're looking like thus far. At the time of this taping, only three match-ups are tied - Orlando Magic/Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers/New Orleans Hornets, and San Antonio Spurs/Memphis Grizzlies - and the others being a 2-0 count - Chicago Bulls over Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat over Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics over New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks over Portland Trail Blazers, and Oklahoma City Thunder over Denver Nuggets. LISTEN UP!

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EndScore Report: Western Conference NBA Playoffs Preview

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, NBA, Playoffs,

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili,and Tim Duncan once again lead the San Antonio Spurs into the playoffsDV and Chris delve into each series of the Western Conference NBA Playoffs with the San Antonio Spurs versus the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers against the New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks versus Portland Trail Blazers, and Oklahoma City Thunder versus the surging Denver Nuggets. Once again the Spurs are one of the favorites to take the west led by the trio of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan. However, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and the rest of the Lakers are the defending champs. The Dallas Mavericks came close to a title several years ago and the Oklahoma City Thunder look like they'll be contenders for several years with the core duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Who takes the Western Conference series? Peep the opinion of DV and Chris!

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Kevin Love’s 51st straight double-double sets new NBA record

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, NBA, News,

Kevin Love's 51st straight double-double sets an NBA recordDespite losing to the Dallas Mavericks 108-105, the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love set an NBA single-season record by posting his 51st consecutive double-double. Love broke the tie he shared with NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone, scoring 23 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. If the T-Wolves did well to any degree this season, Love would be an MVP candidate, however, they are not and are once again on pace to be one of the lesser teams in the NBA. Love, along with Michael Beasley are the main highlights this season. Rookie Wes Johnson has come on of late and if the team can get any cohesiveness, maybe they can elevate their game as Love clearly has. To think that the team was criticized for trading O.J. Mayo to the Memphis Grizzlies for Love after the 2008 NBA Draft.

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2010 NBA Mock Draft December Version

Posted by Phil Partington Categories: Fantasy, NBA, NCAA, College Basketball,

John WallJune is the month for the NBA Draft, when fans and experts alike chart players and teams to determine which future prospect will be taken by which team. The process is both exciting and captivating, as it hints at the future of many NBA ball clubs. Yet, NBA Draft buzz doesn’t start in June. Even though the college basketball season is just underway, murmurings of where players might go in the 2010 NBA Draft have already surfaced. Here’s an early look at how the draft might shape up.

1.  New Jersey Nets select PG John Wall, Kentucky, 6-4, 195lbs
Wall is the consensus top pick at this point. Wall has great size and athleticism for a point guard. After six games, he’s averaging 18.5 ppg, 7.8 apg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 spg, while shooting 56% from the field and 80% from the line. He somewhat resembles Derrick Rose. Though the Nets have Devin Harris, it’s hard to imagine them passing on a potential superstar like Wall.

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The Fall of Allen Iverson

Posted by Phil Partington Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NBA,

Allen IversonAllen Iverson may have had the biggest drop-off of any player in recent years. Just a season and a half ago, Iverson was having a superstar season by statistical standards, averaging 26.4 ppg, 7.2 apg, while shooting nearly 46% from the field and nabbing 2.0 spg. The following year, he looked more than human. The season after that nobody wanted him at all. The question on many fans’ minds is what happened to Allen Iverson?

There are a couple of theories that might give indication to Iverson’s recent struggles.

The Ball Hog Theory
Consider that Iverson is a volume shooter. This means that in order to be effective, AI needs to have the offense flow through him and he needs to be able to take a lot of shots. Some players are able to be effective even if they don’t get a lot of touches by moving without the ball, setting up teammates, setting off screen picks, going for offensive rebounds. Allen Iverson is not one of these players. On the Denver Nuggets, he was paired with another player like this in Carmelo Anthony. While the two were able to boost their personal stats, this didn’t really help the team win, as few other players got involved in the offense. When Iverson was traded to the Detroit Pistons, a team that was accustomed to playing “team” basketball, Iverson naturally didn’t fit in with his style of dominating the ball. Therefore, he lost about five minutes of playing time per game and he was never able to adjust to a team that didn’t want to rely solely on his quickness to get baskets.  Consider that in Philadelphia, where Iverson had several years of success, the system was basically tailored to him. While the team was built to be a defensive team, the objective was to let him control the offense. That meant, surrounding Iverson with big men who could collect offensive rebounds and sharpshooting wing men who could hit the open shot when the defense collapsed on a penetrating AI. It may not be coincidence that the Denver Nuggets suddenly surged after trading Iverson for Chauncey Billups.

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2009-2010 NBA Midwest Division Preview

Posted by Phil Partington Categories: Editorial, NBA,

Tim DuncanIf it weren’t enough that the NBA’s Midwest Division looks much different than last season, a few teams, notably, the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks made key additions, and Rockets’ star big man, Yao Ming, just had to injure himself for the duration of the season. That curveball may open things up for younger teams to move into the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Spurs are seeing its NBA championship window close every year. In response, the team added several key free agents to make a push to compete with the Los Angeles Lakers in the West.

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