An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
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 are probably Ken Griffey's, Kurt Angle's, and yes, Michael Jordan's that share the plight of this tragic fictional figure in ESPN's new "It's Not Crazy, It's Sports" commercial.
Though, to be fair, Charlotte Bobcats fans would probably be more excited to see this MJ than the one that owns their 7-52 team.
(h/t The Basketball Jones)...Read more »
Injury may keep Jeremy Lin from being named the league's Most Improved Player, but the Knicks point guard now has another chance at some NBA hardward.
Lin was named one of six NBA finalists for the 2011-12 NBA Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to the player who "best represents the ideals of sportmanship on the court."
The finalists, one from each division, were narrowed...Read more »
Each Monday down the stretch, we'll take a look at the upcoming stretch for each team mathematically alive in the East and West playoff races, and break down what they need to do to stay alive in the postseason hunt.
1. Chicago Bulls (46-14) *clinched a playoff berth, clinched division Status: Firm hold on No. 1 seed Schedule: vs. Washington, at Charlotte, at Miami, vs. Dallas This...Read more »
Day 19 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks franchise has one NBA title, and has seven playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.
Date: June 3, 2001
Situation: The No. 2 Milwaukee Bucks and the No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers are tied, 3-3, heading to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals
Context: As he had done with the Sonics several years...Read more »
Day 18 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks franchise has one NBA title, and has 11 playoff appearancea since the 1991-92 season.
Date: May 8, 2011
Situation: The No. 5 Atlanta Hawks trail the No. 1 Chicago Bulls, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Context: Despite increasing the team’s win total for five straight...Read more »
Day 17 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Miami Heat. The Heat franchise has one NBA title, and has 15 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.
Date: June 18, 2006
Situation: The No. 2 Miami Heat and the No. 4 Dallas Mavericks are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Context: A year after falling to the Detroit Pistons in seven games in the Eastern...Read more »
Day 16 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Washington Wizards. The Wizards franchise has one NBA title, and has five playoff appearance since the 1991-92 season.
Date: May 4, 2005
Situation: The No. 5 Washington Wizards and the No. 4 Chicago Bulls are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Context: Prior to the 2004-05...Read more »
Day 15 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder franchise has one NBA title, and has 12 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.
Date: June 2, 1996
Situation: The No. 1 Seattle SuperSonics and the No. 3 Utah Jazz are tied, 3-3, heading to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals
Context: The 1995-96 Sonics were coming off back-to-back...Read more »
What has gotten into Andrew Bynum?
After pulling down 30 -- THIRTY -- boards in the Lakers' 98-84 win over the Spurs last night, Bynum inexplicably tried to steal the ball from Steve Blake in the final seconds, presumably to take his favorite shot: a three.
Blake prevented Bynum from getting the ball, and time expired.
After the game, Bynum spoke about shooting the ball...Read more »