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2011 NBA Finals Preview: Heat-Mavericks

May 30th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on 2011 NBA Finals Preview: Heat-Mavericks | Filed in Basketball, General

It all comes down to this

After a long grueling season for both the Heat and the Mavericks, they find themselves as the two final teams left in the quest to win the NBA title. Most had written the Mavericks off after they finished as the three seed in the Western Conference. In fact many analysts picked the Mavericks to be upset in the first round by the Trailblazers, well not only did they get through Portland, but they swept the defending champion Lakers, and smoldered the Thunder in just five games.

The Heat have found themselves with an easier road to the finals. They have won each of their three series in five games. While they have been tested in quite a few of those games, they have yet to actually be tested in a series. We haven’t had the chance to see how they handle a critical situation, such as a Game 4 while being down 2-1. The Heat have picked up their play at the right time, which is a key aspect in the playoffs.

The Mavericks present a different kind of test for Miami. Dallas has been burring the jumpers from any area of the floor. The only team in the playoffs that could match the Mavericks in the veteran department was Boston, however Dallas’s vets have been playing at a much higher level and more importantly they are getting some key minutes from their bench, let’s take a look at some of the keys to this series for both teams.

(All stats gathered from NBA.com/statscube)

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Thoughts at Halftime of Thunder-Mavericks Game 2

May 19th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Thoughts at Halftime of Thunder-Mavericks Game 2 | Filed in Basketball, General

-I like what I’m seeing from Westbrook tonight, he’s driving to the hole and looking to draw fouls, not take bad shots.

-So far the Thunder have found a way to contain Dirk, though he can’t be stopped at this point. His touch on the mid-range shot and foul shot is unbelievable right now.

-I’ll be purchasing the poster with Durant throwing down on Haywood. Tyson Chandler has had his share of throw downs tonight.

-The first half really had a little bit of everything. There were stretches where both teams were driving to the hole, making jump shots, and getting to the line. Overall there has been excellent ball movement and both teams are playing at a very high level right now. It is also nice to see a little bit of animosity between the two teams.

-I would love to know what Durant said to get that technical after he dunked on Haywood.

-James Harden might end up getting the headlines if Westbrook can find him in the second half.

-Durant really looks like he has taken the effort to improve his passing.

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Random Thoughts 5/18 Edition: Dirk Wins Game 1 for Mavs, Flyers Sign Goaltender, Heat-Bulls Game 2, Phillies Struggles Continue

May 18th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Random Thoughts 5/18 Edition: Dirk Wins Game 1 for Mavs, Flyers Sign Goaltender, Heat-Bulls Game 2, Phillies Struggles Continue | Filed in Baseball, Basketball, Flyers, General, Hockey, Phillies

Last night was a fantastic television night for sports. The Thunder-Mavs, Bruins-Lightning, and Phillies-Cardinals were within six channels  of each other, so I hope you used your clicker as much as I did last night.

Dirk takes over, Barea plays huge minutes

The comparison that is dominating the sports airwaves today is Dirk Nowitzki’s performance to that of Larry Bird. It is a fair comparison,  Dirk put on a show last night that included setting the record for the most consecutive free throws made in a game with 24. He scored 48 points on just 12 shots, he went 12-15 from the floor. It was the best performance in a playoff game in the past decade.

Oklahoma City could not find the correct scheme to shut down the big shooter. Ibaka did just about everything he could, but it was no where near enough. Dirk is in a zone right now the likes of which we haven’t seen before. The only answer is going to be finding the two people who can play the correct double team because it is clear that if you leave one person on him he is going to burn you.

Again Russell Westbrook took too many bad shots, he was able to get to the line 18 times, but you can’t shoot 3 of 15 and expect to be effective. Thunder coach Scott Brooks finally had enough and went to Nate Robinson early in the 4th quarter instead of putting Westbrook back into the game. Robinson responded with two air balls and a shot that barely hit the rim. Brooks had no choice but to put Westbrook back in. If there was a game to bench your second best player, Game 1 is the time to do that.

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Western Conference Final Preview

May 17th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 1 Comment | Filed in Basketball, General

Starting tonight we are in store for classic mid-west battle between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are just two days removed from putting an end to the magical run of the Memphis Grizzlies in the first game 7 of the 2011 NBA playoffs. The Dallas Mavericks have done just the opposite, they have been on a nine day layoff since sweeping the Lakers on May 8th.

This is the perfect scenario for both teams, the Mavs could use the time off with the age of their team and the Thunder are so young that playing almost every other day benefits their momentum. Let’s take a look at the keys to this series.

Which superstar will rise up?

Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki have been the best players on their respective teams. Durant poured in 39 in his first ever game 7, this showed that he can thrive under the ultimate pressure of the playoffs. He did have some problems getting open against the Grizzlies though, or at least he did in the eyes of Russell Westbrook. The combo of Tony Allen and Sam Young did give Durant some fits, but he figured out how to get away from them when it mattered the most. Corey Brewer will give Durant some problems, but number 35 from OKC is too good to be held down for long.

On the flip side Nowitzki has been on fire, sorry Marv Albert, but there’s no other way to describe how he’s been shooting the ball, 50% from the field, he’s averaging 26.5 points in the playoffs. He has become unguardable throughout most of the game because of the soft touch on his fadeaway jumper. Serge Ibaka will have all he can handle and then some while trying to guard Dirk in this series. Ibaka is a fantastic shot blocker, on of the best in the NBA, however his one on one abilities aren’t as good and he may get put on an island throughout this series.

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