An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Dwyane Wade didn't have a banner evening for Miami. But he wasn't the only key player to struggle.
Shane Battier, who shot a career-worst 38.7 percent from the field during the regular season, was 0-fer in the Heat's 94-75 loss to the Pacers last night.
Six of his seven misses were from downtown. The other? A breakaway layup turned away by George Hill.
Hill's transition block was...Read more »
It's nice to have Serge Ibaka in the paint.
Ibaka, the NBA's leading shot-blocker during the regular season, turned away seven shots during the Thunder's 77-75 Game 2 win over the Lakers, including a nasty rejection of Kobe Bryant early in the first quarter.
Bryant took possession of the ball from the three-point line, and proceeded to put on a dribbling clinic. The veteran star switched...Read more »
There wasn't much the Knicks did well in their 13th straight postseason loss. But they did manage to dominate the NBA's top five from last night.
Tyson Chandler's stuff on LeBron James in the opening seconds of the game was No. 5, Carmelo Anthony's and-1 in the third quarter was fourth, and JR Smith's emphatic jam in the final quarter topped the list.
(For those keeping track, the Melo...Read more »
Forget the Heat, and the Thunder, and the Lakers.
The Spurs are -- and have been -- the team to beat on the road to the NBA Finals.
Since March 17, San Antonio is 23-2 including the playoffs. They have outscored opponents by an average of 109.1-95.2, or nearly 14 points per game. Over the stretch, they have beaten the Mavs by 17, Sixers by 17, Lakers by 21 and 24, and Jazz by 10, 15...Read more »
If you had chalk last night in the NBA playoffs, you were in good shape. The Heat, Thunder and Pacers all won on their home court, with Miami and OKC going up 2-0, and Indiana evening their series with Orlando at one apiece.
There was also a whole lot of dunking in the three games. So much so that the NBA managed a top five countdown exclusively consisting of throwdowns.
The best of...Read more »
Sebastian Telfair had 63 career blocks heading into last night's Suns-Clippers game. That's 0.1 blocks per game over his eight-year career.
He made his 64th count.
With under 10 seconds left and the Suns leading 91-90, Chris Paul drove the lane. He was picked up by Telfair and Marcin Gortat. As Paul went up for the shot, the 6-0 Telfair swatted the ball into the stands, preserving the...Read more »
In case you haven't noticed, James Harden has arrived.
The Oklahoma City guard, who has started just two of 60 games this year, scored 40 points in 36 minutes off the bench last night, leading the Thunder past the Suns, 109-97.
Harden's offensive game has taken a major step forward in his third season in Oklahoma City. He is averaging 16.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting, including 39.1...Read more »
It wasn't enough that the Pacers delivered the Sixers another major loss in Philly's final home game. Indiana had to be featured not once, but twice in the NBA's top 10 plays of the night.
Tyler Hansbrough's volleyball-style spike of a Lou Williams shot came in at No. 4, and Dahntay Jones' put-back jam over seemingly the entire Sixers front court was one spot higher, in third.
The...Read more »
The Jazz picked up a monstrous win by taking down the Mavericks, 123-121, in three overtimes last night.
If it weren't for Paul Millsap, the game would've been much shorter, and Utah's playoff chances would be on life support.
With less than three seconds to go, Millsap grabbed an offensive rebound off a Gordon Hayward miss and threw down a dunk, tying the game at 89, and...Read more »
There aren't many other 6-9 power forwards in the NBA that can lead a break like Josh Smith did last night.
During the Hawks-Celtics game, Smith took the ball up court, evading a Boston defender with a pretty behind-the-back dribble, before finding point guard Jeff Teague with an even prettier behind-the-back pass, who finished the fastbreak with a layup.
Smith finished with 20 points,...Read more »