Who has the best Chase Down Block in the NBA Playoff history?
Last game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, we saw a very tough match between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. One of the highlights of the game was the big block by the King LeBron James to Andre Iguodala who was in fastbreak for a game leading lay-up with 1:52 in the 4th quarter.
Many people said that this was LeBron’s greatest block of his career. Some people also said that this is the greatest block in the NBA Playoffs. But there’s also people who disagreed with this statement.
Some said that Tayshaun Prince’s chase down block was the greatest.
Leading by 2 points in game 2 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals, 69 – 67, Detroit Pistons’ Tayshaun Prince chases down Indiana Pacers’ Reggie Miller in fastbreak for a game tying lay-up with 18 seconds left in the 4th quarter. That Block also the Detroit’s 19th Block of the game. The Pistons would go on to win game 2 and eventually the series. Detroit would then defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games to win their first NBA championship in 14 years.
Lets take a look and compare two greatest blocks in the NBA Playoffs:
LeBron James Chase Down block on Andre Iguodala
Tayshaun Prince huge block on Reggie Miller
Who do you think has the best block of the NBA Playoffs? LeBron or Tayshaun?
Warriors swept their season match up against Oklahoma City, 3-0 including a heartbreaking overtime loss in their own home court. But it is back to zero, they are looking to bounce back against Warriors.
Coming from a challenging 4-2 series victory over a tough and talent laden San Antonio Spurs. They will try to ride on this momentum to beat the defending champions. They will lean on to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to take the cudgels for them in offensive side and Roberson, Ibaka and Adam will be the key for them on the defensive side. Of course they also have Kanter, Waiters and Foye who will be coming of the bench to help their starting line up.
While the defending champions, Golden State Warriors are coming off a 4-1 series victory over the pesky Portland Trailblazers. Finally, the MVP is back for them, who helped them to win the last two games against Portland. They really need a 100% healthy Stephen Curry to win against OKC or else Thompson, Green and other need to step up big in the series.
One of the key factors that I’m seeing in this match up is the 3 point shooting and the bench support. It is important that OKC to defend well beyond the arc and they need to outplay the bench players of the Warriors to have a chance to win this series.
Prediction: Every game will be a close one but I’m giving it to Warriors in 5 games.
(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (2) Toronto Raptors
Cleveland Cavaliers in 6
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (3) Oklahoma City Thunder
Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder: Live Score, Highlights, Reaction. via Bleacherreport http://goo.gl/EGesF9
Golden State Warriors in 6
The Golden State Warriors swept (3-0) the Oklahoma City Thunder in the regular season bouts. That being said, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and the Thunders seem to have a hard time against Golden State when all their games in the regular season against Golden State they had the lead heading into the fourth quarter and blew it all up, including the match where Stephen Curry shot from halfcourt to win the game in OT. Although Oklahoma lost all their match against Golden State, they still have the chance to turn this series around since they have been playing huge in the postseason after eliminating the San Antonio Spurs which was a huge boost to their momentum and confidence. But after the record breaking 73-9 regular season, the Golden State Warriors will play their hearts out each and every game to win the NBA Title twice in a row. Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder will be a classic matchup since both teams are putting everything on the line everytime they play against each other. This will surely be one exciting series and will put the fans at the edge of their seat the entire series.
But two things are for sure, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be hungry, they know they lost all their games against Golden State in the regular season, so they will not be go down without a fight and the Golden State Warriors will not let their record breaking regular season go down as one of the biggest disappointments in NBA history as they try to pour their hearts out to defend their title.
After being down for most part of the game. Golden State Warriors finds a way to recover just in time by the help of the reigining MVP, Stephen Curry.
Curry collected 40 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Before the game Warrior’s Coach, Steve Kerr told the media that Curry was still questionable to play but after playing some 3 on 3 before the actual game, they listed him as active for today’s game.
At the start of the game, Curry was very rusty, shooting 0-9 from deep. But when the game got closer in the 4th quarter, he finally takes over the game. And he also set a playoff record by scoring 17 points in overtime.
He got some help from Thompson and Green who had 23 and 21 points respectively. Portland was led by Lillard and McCollum who combined for 60 points. Game 5 will be done in Oracle Arena in Oakland on Thursday.
Finally, the cast is complete and let’s take a look of the following match up and let’s predict what will be the result of their respective series.
Cleveland vs. Atlanta
A rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals and this time Cleveland has the home court advantage. This is very interesting match up because Cleveland can explode anytime and Atlanta is known for their defense this season.
Bench Depth: Atlanta will be having an edge on this, having Dennis Schroder off the bench is gointg to be a big help.
Starters Scoring: Cleveland, having Irving, James, Love and Smith on your starting five…… Ohhh what a privilege for Coach Tyrone Lue.
Key Stats to look for: 3 point shooting, Cleveland is having a sweet shooting playoff run so far/ they led all teams in playoff for most 3 point field goal per game.
Match up to look for:
Lebron James and Paul Millsap – This is going to be a grit and grind series for this both players, Lebron definitely can do it all but with the emergence of Millsap’s Defense, this is going to be a fun match up.
Prediction: Cleveland winning it in 6 games
Portland Trail Blazers are back in the second round of the NBA Playoffs!
The Trail Blazers aka Rip city started the series with 0-2 deficit but managed to pull off a 4 game winning streak that ended the 2015-2016 campaign of the L.A. Clippers.
The “BEAT L.A” chant originator will face the no.1 seeded Golden States Warriors in the second round.
It’s definitely a tall order for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, good thing Mason Plumlee seems to be having a basketball series of his life.
Can the Portland Trail Blazers pull off the biggest upset of the year against number 1 team; Golden States Warriors? Let’s all wait and see! in the mean time check out the highlights below.
Game 6 highlights!
Curry leaves the game due to strained knee and the Warriors draw inspiration from it and blew past the Rockets, 121 – 94.
Warriors tally a new playoff record, 21 3 – pointers made and used a 41 point 3rd quarter to take control of the game. Curry will set to have an MRI tomorrow to determine further his injury.
Thompson led the Warriors with 23 points with 7 3 – point shots made followed by Iguodala with 22 points of the bench. Curry finished with 6 points before leaving the game.
(4) Los Angeles Clippers VS. (5) Portland Trail Blazers
LAC in 6
(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies
San Antonio Spurs in 4
With Marc Gasol and Mike Conley sidelined, the Memphis Grizzlies has a very slim chance of winning against the very disciplined backcourt and the very dominant frontcourt of the San Antonio Spurs. The Memphis Grizzlies may win a game or two, but that’s very much all of it. The San Antonio Spurs already had most of their key players well rested even before the playoffs started. It will probably be one of the biggest upsets in NBA history if the Memphis Grizzlies manage to eliminate the San Antonio Spurs.
The NBA will now seed playoff teams solely by their record, throwing out the top-four protection for teams who win their divisions.
The expected change was unanimously approved Tuesday by the league’s Board of Governors. Teams in each conference will be seeded from one to eight by their won-loss record.
Previously, division winners were guaranteed no worse than the No. 4 seed, a rule that became heavily criticized last season when Portland ended up No. 4 in the powerful Western Conference despite the sixth-best record in the conference.
The league also changed the tiebreaker procedures, making head-to-head results the first tiebreaker for seeding and home-court advantage, and whether a team won its division second. A division winner previously got the home-court advantage if it met a team with the same record in the playoffs.
|1/21/2015||Houston Rockets||@||Golden State Warriors||113||–||126||Warriors won|
|1/17/2015||Houston Rockets||vs.||Golden State Warriors||106||–||131||Warriors won|
|12/10/2014||Houston Rockets||@||Golden State Warriors||93||–||105||Warriors won|
|11/8/2014||Houston Rockets||vs.||Golden State Warriors||87||–||98||Warriors won|
Dirk and Shawn combined 52 points and 17 rebounds ousted the crumbling Thunders yet again in another four quarter meltdown.
The youngster could not hold on to the pressure and the much more compose veteran took over the game when it matters most.
Dirk and the Mavericks will be given another chance to win the most coveted NBA Championship. ( box score)
Chicago Bulls lost at Miami with a score of 96 -85, it was a very intense night for the players especially Joakim Noah. He was very frustrated during their defeat in Miami and said something he shouldn’t have. This remind me of the same incident with Kobi Bryant where he was fined $100,000 by the NBA.
See what Joakim Noah said?
CHICAGO – Chicago drew first blood in their Eastern Conference finals series with the Miami Heat, easily winning Sunday’s opening game 103-82.
Chicago’s MVP Derrick Rose scored 28 points but it was the Bulls’ defense that really stood up, strangling Miami’s scorers.
Chris Bosh managed a game high 30 points for the Heat, but Dwyane Wade got just 18 and LeBron James only 15.
The two teams meet in the second game of the best of seven series on Wednesday. — Reuters
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 105-90 on Sunday to seal their place in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Western Conference finals.
The Thunder rebounded from their 13-point loss in Memphis two days ago to easily win the deciding seventh game at home, with forward Kevin Durant leading the way with 39 points and nine rebounds.
Oklahoma’s 4-3 series win saw them advance to the best-of-seven Western Conference finals
against the Dallas Mavericks, starting in Texas Tuesday.
Like his team, Durant recovered quickly from Friday’s below-par display. In that game, the 22-year-old Durant managed only 11 points on 3-for-14 shooting, but he was back to his best against the Grizzlies.
“(I was going to) be aggressive no matter if I was shooting 10 for 30,” Durant told reporters after Sunday’s win.
“My teammates kept pushing, kept getting me the ball and I was able to get some good shots.”
Memphis got 18 points from Mike Conley along with 17 and 10 rebounds from Zach Randolph,
but the visitors were unable to catch the Thunder, who came out fast and built an 11-point lead in the second quarter then led by eight at the half.
The Grizzlies clawed to within 52-49 late in the third, but Oklahoma City exploded for a 14-2 run that established a 66-51 lead with 1:23 left in the quarter.
It marks the first time Oklahoma have reached the Conference Final. The franchise was previously localed in Seattle until moving in 2008.
The loss ended the magical playoff ride for the eighth-seeded Grizzlies, who upset the San Antonio Spurs in the first round before pushing Oklahoma City to the limit.
Memphis had never won a playoff game before this year and their unexpected charge provided a source of inspiration to a city devastated by floods. — Reuters
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