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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.

Here are the Possible Trade Destinations for DeMarcus Cousins

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By Reuven Gonzales,

The relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings has been quickly deteriorating for the past several years. Although both sides deny any serious rifts, the animosity can be felt around the league. Cousins’ issues with maturity have frustrated the Kings’ front office and their inability to please Cousins has frustrated him. His unhappiness has even lead to the firing of head coach George Karl after many in-game shouting matches, behind-the-scenes argumentns, and media battles between the two finally boiled over. The Kings have at times claimed that Cousins is not on the trading block, but with how toxic the two are for each other, Sacramento must undoubtedly be shopping him around to find a worthwhile deal. Here are 5 teams Cousins can possibly land with.  

1. Boston Celtics – What seems to be the most likely of destinations for DeMarcus Cousins up to this point is the Boston Celtics. They are a young team on the rise looking to make the next step on their way to returning to championship form and an experienced and dominating big man like Cousins would certainly accomplish that. The Celtics also have plenty of pieces to offer to the Kings. It would be up to Danny Ainge to put together the right package of players and draft picks to get Sacramento to send Cousins their way, but that’s something he has plenty of experience in doing.  

2. Houston Rockets – With a hole at the center position after the loss of Dwight Howard to the Atlanta Hawks, the Rockets may be in the market for a big man like DeMarcus Cousins. Although they may not have as many quality pieces to trade away, Houston does have the quantity. In one trade scenario proposed by SpaceCityScoop.com, the Kings would receive Corey Brewer, K.J. McDaniels, Sam Dekker, and Clint Capela for Cousins. A pairing of Cousins with all-star guard James Harden in Houston would make for quite a powerful, high-scoring, inside-out offense. The Rockets might not be the Kings’ first choice trade partner, but Houston may certainly make themselves an option in their search for a new post man.

3. Toronto Raptors – The newest rumor circulating around the league regarding DeMarcus Cousins is that he may be traded to the Raptors. Toronto would have to give up some key role players, but they would be forming a daunting core of Cousins, Kyle Lowry, and DeMar DeRozan. After electrifying the city the past two seasons with deep playoff runs, the Raptors are looking to go all the way and bring a championship to Toronto. Cousins would be a good fit culturally with the city and fans, contributing to its toughness and hard-nosed attitude. And now, following the Olympics, Cousins has played with both Lowry and DeRozan on the same team, meaning the development of chemistry between the three has already been initiated.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers – The defending champs have been indicated as a team that has at least inquired about a possible trade for DeMarcus Cousins with a package centering around forward Kevin Love. The move would certainly make them heavy favorites to repeat, as their Big 3 would only be strengthened by acquiring the all-star center. The trade would be more complicated than if the Kings chose to deal with another team. A Sacramento-Cleveland trade would have to involve a third team in order to make the numbers work, and that third team could possibly be the Brooklyn Nets. The move would be beneficial for both star players; Cousins would play with a championship contender, and Love would once again be the number one man on his team. This deal is less likely to happen than others, but the Cavaliers interest in Cousins at least makes for interesting discussion.  

5. Washington Wizards – This one is a stretch but it might be the most intriguing from a fan’s perspective. One of the main reasons for this trade even being brought up is the tension between guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. Although both are young stars in the league and one of the best back courts in the NBA, it’s no secret that the two don’t get along all too well. The most interesting part of this trade would be the reunion of the former Kentucky Wildcats teammates, Cousins and Wall. The two would be able to run up and down the court in the same uniform once again and thrill the basketball world like they did in their college days. This deal has a small chance of happening, especially since it wouldn’t even be possible until shortly after the regular season starts, but it can be something the Kings look to if they are unable to strike a deal in the offseason and want use it as a last resort to part ways with Cousins.

Look For NBA Teams To Be A Surprise In the 2016-17 Season

From L to R Timberwolves GM Scott Layden, Karl-Anthony Towns, and head coach Tom Thibodeau; Credit - NBA

From L to R Timberwolves GM Scott Layden, Karl-Anthony Towns, and head coach Tom Thibodeau; Credit – NBA

By Lucas Chang,

The 2015-16 NBA season ended not too long ago and there have already been major changes amongst different teams and franchises. Whether they’re coaching changes or franchise overhauls, next season is about to be a very interesting one to say the least. Although free agency hasn’t started yet, it looks like some teams have made some big moves in order to make some noise in next year’s 82 game journey. Here are some teams that will surprise a lot of people come next season.

Coaching Carousel

Scott Brooks; Credit - USA Today

Scott Brooks; Credit – USA Today

By Chris Hornstein,

The Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, and Houston Rockets are the teams that ended the season looking for a head coach this offseason. Two of those jobs have already been filled. Tom Thibodeau will lead the Timberwolves next season, and Scott Brooks will guide the Wizards. The Rockets are still playing but barring a great playoff run they are likely to find a replacement for interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

“The Decision” II: Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant; Credit - AP

Kevin Durant; Credit – AP

By Joe Persichetti,

As the postseason nears, the rumors that were being tossed around about numerous free agents suddenly grow stronger. However, none are stronger and more “out there” then the ones surrounding Kevin Durant. In this article, I will be detailing the teams that I believe KD could fit in with or the ones that have a legitimate chance of signing him as a free agent.