An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
We may be just 40 hours away from the end of the "LeBron James has no rings" memes.
Despite debilitating leg cramps, James nearly finished with a triple-double in Miami's 104-98 Game 4 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. James totaled 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Heat to a 3-1 series lead.
On the opposite sideline, Kevin Durant was overshadowed by a masterful...Read more »
Remember back to Game 1, when a Miami Heat loss had detractors talking about LeBron James again not doing enough to grab an NBA title?
That might as well be ancient history.
James dropped 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Sunday night, leading the Heat to a 91-85 win over the Thunder and a 2-1 series lead. And now, instead of looking overmatched as they did after a series-opening loss,...Read more »
Oklahoma City's comeback attempt against the Heat fell short in Game 2 of the NBA Finals last night, as Miami managed to even the series at one game apiece.
Kevin Durant had an opportunity to tie the game with under 10 seconds left, but missed a seven-footer. LeBron James grabbed the rebound, was fouled, and drilled his two free throws to put the game away.
Here's a look at the tale...Read more »
The big story surrounding this year's NBA Finals? No, not how many dunks Nick Collison will finish the series with, after throwing down a pair in the final 90 seconds of Oklahoma City's Game 1 win. Rather, the match-up between LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the game's two biggest stars.
So, starting today and following each game of the NBA finals, check the Drib for a table showing the stats...Read more »
At the end of January, it looked like it was time to stick a fork in Kevin Garnett.
The 17-year veteran was averaging just 13.5 points per game -- on pace for the lowest average since his rookie year, when Garnett came off the bench for half the season -- on worse than 50 percent from the floor. The low mark had Garnett tracking toward a scoring average worse than 15 points for the third...Read more »
According to ESPN's John Hollinger, entering last night's Game 5 against the Spurs, Thunder guard James Harden hadn't hit a shot this season in the final three minutes of games within five points.
That changed in a big way.
Harden, who finished with 20 points off the bench for Oklahoma City, drilled a contested three with 28 seconds left in the game, pushing the Thunder to a 106-101...Read more »
Oklahoma City crushed San Antonio in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals 102-82 Thursday night, but it didn't stop Spurs forward Tim Duncan from making history.
Duncan's fourth block of the night gave him 477 career playoff blocks, the most in NBA history. The veteran added one more block to bring his postseason total to 478.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar previously held the record with 476...Read more »
Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
Sometimes, you're really good, then on top of that you get lucky, and then you hit a ridiculous shot.
As part of a 28-point night, LeBron James managed to score on an absurd, running baby hook off the glass during Miami's series-clinching 105-93 win over Indiana. James cooly glanced at the Pacers bench after hitting the shot, as if to say,...Read more »
Looks like somebody at the NBA wanted to rub some salt in the Celtics' wounds.
The 76ers swept Wednesday night's top plays, with Thaddeus Young, Elton Brand, Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala filling up the top five.
Young's rejection of Game 5 hero Brandon Bass was fifth; Brand's dunk while surrounded by the swarming Celtics defense was fourth; Evan Turner had a reverse layup that came...Read more »
In a highlight dominated by rejections, who better to lead the way than the NBA's top shot-blocker, Serge Ibaka?
Ibaka, who led the league by averaging 3.65 blocks per game -- the highest single-season mark since Theo Ratliff averaged 3.74 blocks per game during the 2000-01 season -- had the top defensive play of the year, according to a countdown released by the NBA.
During a 96-90...Read more »