After watching the two NBA Playoff games yesterday I came to a conclusion about the two teams who won. One of them is the quintessential example of a team the other is a two player show.
The Miami Heat were carried by two outstanding performances by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade who at one point scored 38 straight points for their team in the second half. This performance helped them tie their series against the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers are a team who almost all basketball pundits gave no chance at defeating the Heat.
On the other hand the San Antonio Spurs had six players score double figures led by the ageless wonder Tim Duncan who scored 21 points. It was another overall team effort by the Spurs who completed their second consecutive postseason sweep. This sweep over the Los Angeles Clippers, a team who almost all basketball pundits gave no chance at defeating the Spurs.
The Spurs have taken care of business while the Heat are struggling with the Pacers. The overall depth of the Spurs roster and the ability for anyone of their team to explode is an intimidating proposition for any possible opponent they’ll have. With the way they are playing it’s difficult to see how any team will win four out of seven against them.
The Spurs have quickly changed from a NBA title sleeper to the overwhelming title favorites.
After initially stating that he will not enter the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest, Blake Griffin has said that he might take part in the Slam Dunk Contest. It’ll be great for the NBA All Star ratings if Blake Griffin comes back to defend his 2011 Slam Dunk Contest Title.
Hopefully JaVale McGee will come back and take part in this years contest as well because he should have won last years. The Blake Griffin dunk of the car was overrated and was done for marketing purposes, if you notice KIA is one of the NBA’s main sponsors. McGee’s dunks were better and more creative than Griffin’s.
At least Griffin was more deserving of his Slam Dunk title than the three Nate Robinson won.
One more point, Blake Griffin is a GREAT in game dunker, but was not very creative when it came to the Slam Dunk Contest.
- You: Blake Griffin Snubs Dunk Contest: How Will Decision Affect His Image? (bleacherreport.com)
- You: Blake Griffin Dunk Contest: LA Clippers Star Makes Mistake Turning Down Event (bleacherreport.com)
- NBA All-Star 2012: 10 Potential Slam Dunk Contest Participants (bleacherreport.com)
- NBA All-Star Game 2012: 5 Potential First-Time Slam Dunk Contest Participants (bleacherreport.com)
Last night Chauncey Billups sustained an Achilles injury which the Los Angeles Clippers head coach, Vinny Del Negro, said didn’t look good. If the MRI comes back today showing that Billups has a torn Achilles it could mean the end of Billups’ career.
If his career ends on this note it’d be tragic. The last couple of years of Billups have been extremely difficult for him, being on three teams over the past two seasons. Traded from his hometown Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade was difficult enough, but there falling victim to the amnesty clause and being waived by the Knicks and picked up by the Clippers, a team who he didn’t originally want to play for. However, even with a difficult past couple of years Billups still handled himself with a lot of class.
If his career ends due to this injury he will make is to Springfield, but he’ll be known as one hell of a basketball player and a competitor.
Career Stats: 1002 GP, 15.5 PPG, 41.6% FG, 1.8 3PM, 89.4% FT, 5.5 AST, 2.9RBS, 1.0 STL, 2.1 TOS
Career Highs: 82GP (01-02), 19.6PPG (09-10), 44.8% FG (07-08), 2.4 3PM (11-12), 91.8% FT (07-08), 8.6 AST (05-06), 3.7 RBS (02-03), 1.3 STL (Multiple times), 2.4 TOS (Twice)
- Chauncey Billups Injures Achilles Tendon, May Be Done For Season (sbnation.com)
- Off the Dribble: Clippers’ Billups Suffers a Serious Ankle Injury (offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com)
- You: Chauncey Billups Injury: Latest Updates on Clippers’ PG Achilles Injury (bleacherreport.com)
- Chauncey Billups Injury: Clippers Guard Injures Achilles, Could Be Lost For Season (losangeles.sbnation.com)
- Chauncey Billups to Clippers: Why Billups Turns Clippers into Contenders (bleacherreport.com)