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Playing The Point – May 1, 2017

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By Jay Colby,

1. Jazz end Clippers season in Game 7 – Gordon Hayward had a dominant performance with 26 points to beat the Clippers 104-91. The Jazz win the series 4-3 and advance to face top-seeded Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. The Clippers once again fall short of expectations and exit the playoffs early. DeAndre Jordan had 24 points and 17 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the series. Jamal Crawford added 20 points off the bench. In one of the better series of the 1st round Jazz come away with their first series win since 2010.

2. Celtics take Game 1 against Wizards – The Boston Celtics take Game 1 over the Washington Wizards 123-111, and now lead the series 1-0. Isaiah Thomas lead the Celtics with 33 points and nine assists. Thomas played with a heavy heart after attending his sister funeral the day before the game. Al Horford added 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Jae Crowder finished with 24 points. The Wizards started the game on a 16-0 run and lead by as many as 17 points. But the Celtics rallied in the 2nd quarter with Thomas briefly sidelined after getting one of his two front teeth knocked out. Bradley Beal led Washington with 27 points and John Wall added 20 points and 16 assists. The Wizards are hoping they only lost a game and not starting power forward Markieff Morris who did not return after twisting his left ankle when he landed on Al Horford’s foot in the second quarter.

3. Houston Rockets take Game 5 and eliminate OKC from the playoffs – Russell Westbrooks dominant season finally came to an end last week. As the Houston Rockets lead by MVP candidate James Harden eliminated Westbrook and OKC in Game 5 of the series. The Rockets defeated the Thunder in five games to advance to the conference semi-finals to face the San Antonio Spurs. With lackluster performances from Thunder role players Westbrooks 47 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists were not enough to overtake the Rockets.

4. Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals – Lead by Kawhi Leonard’s 29 points the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-96. Tony Parker added 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Patty Mills had 10 points off the bench for the Spurs. The Spurs seem to have the Grizzles number beating them four out five playoffs series between both of the franchises. Mike Conley Jr. scored 26 points to lead all Memphis starters, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Spurs in a hard-fought series. The Spurs will face the Houston Rockets in the next round to begin an instate battle between the two Texas teams. The series will begin Monday night in San Antonio.

5. John Wall scores 42 points, Wizards knock out Hawks 115-99 – John Wall came through for the Wizards and put on a performance for the ages. Scoring a playoff career high 42 points, with 19 of them coming in the 4th quarter. This performance was made to be too much for the Atlanta Hawks to overcome. Wizards eliminated the Hawks in a back in forth series where the only team to win on the road were the Wizards in game 6. Washington will face Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics in the next round who were able to beat the Bulls four straight games to win the series 4-2.

6. Warriors sweep Trail Blazers to advance to the Western Conference semifinals – The Warriors dominated the Blazers in this first round series. As many expected, the series ended in just four games. Stephen Curry was able to step up and carry the load offensively as Kevin Durant missed half of the series. Draymond Green’s defense was simply amazing in these four games. Even in the absence of Head Coach Steve Kerr who is out for medically reasons the Warriors still prove the favorite to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.

7. Raptors hang on to win game 6 – After squandering 25-point lead in the 3rd quarter the Toronto Raptors come away with a 92-89 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Lead by a dominant performance by DeMar DeRozan who scored 32 points. The Raptors move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in a series that starts Monday.

8. Steve Kerr health in questioned – The back pain that Steve Kerr has suffered from for the last couple of seasons. This may cause Kerr to miss the remainder of the post-season. The news that the back pain and headaches that has kept the coach away from the team was announced last week. The Warriors have proven in the past that they can win without Kerr.

9. Taj Gibson may be on the move again? – After OKC was eliminated from the playoffs rumors began to circulate the league that Taj Gibson could be on the move. According to reports Gibson might linking back up with his former Head Coach Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls. Gibson, along with Doug McDermott, was acquired by the Thunder on Feb. 23 as part of a trade with the Chicago Bulls. Gibson had been with the Bulls since the 2009-10 NBA season after they selected him with the No. 26 pick in 2009.

10. Surgery set for Nuggets guard Jamal Murray – Early last week Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly answered questions on Altitude Radio, according to The Denver Post. During the interview, Connelly said guard Jamal Murray will have surgery on Thursday to fix a “couple of injuries.” Murray, was the No. 7 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, had a decent rookie season, as he averaged 9.9 points, 2.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. He also made 33.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Playing The Point – April 24, 2017

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By Jay Colby,

1. Grizzlies tie the series at 2-2 with 110-108 victory in OT – In one of the better playoff games thus far the Memphis Grizzlies tie the series 2-2. Thanks to Marc Gasol 12-foot floater with 0.7 seconds left in overtime.

The Five Best NBA Games to Watch – January 5 to January 11

By Matthew Elliot,

There are certain games that coaches and players mark on their calendars to use as a measuring stick in regards to progress and overall success. It is difficult to say that players will give everything they have for each of their 82 games in a NBA season but we know these five games will bring All Star caliber competition to the hardwood this week. Here are the best 5 games to watch from January 5th to January 10th:

What I Am Looking Forward To For The Upcoming NBA season

Derrick Rose, Credit - NBA

Derrick Rose, Credit – NBA

By Ben Hirschman,

The Golden State Warriors – I can’t wait to watch the Golden State Warriors. No, I am not a Warriors fan, I am not jumping on the warrior’s bandwagon, but I think we can all admit that this is the best team ever assembled in NBA history. And before they signed Kevin Durant, one could have made the argument that the Warriors already were the best team assembled in NBA history, which makes the signing of Kevin Durant monumental.

Must-See Matchups for the 2016-2017 NBA Season

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Credit – Getty Images

By Ashley Douglas, 

It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over, and that the beginning of the next NBA season is almost here. The thought of cooler weather, football, and NBA basketball nearly makes my heart skip a beat with excitement. If you have been following the league this offseason you know that there have been many trades, free agency changes, and other interesting happenings to make for one exciting NBA season coming up. If you haven’t been following along, here are a few matchups you won’t want to miss!