As the MVP and runner-up MVP, Stephen Curry and James Harden put on an absolute show in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. In Game 2 on Thursday, the two were just as good if not even better, going toe to toe and making one clutch play after another for their respective teams. Harden was masterful once again for the Houston Rockets, scoring 38 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field with 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a block.
Playoff basketball never fails to bring amazing moments, and there were two particular shots made on Friday night between Paul Pierce and Stephen Curry that were absolutely mind-boggling. First was this buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Pierce that was supposed to send Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks to a shocking overtime.
The Los Angeles Clippers were up by 19 points in the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in Game 6 on Thursday, and the game (as well as the series) felt as though it was just about over when Blake Griffin made this circus spinning layup. Then something unthinkable happened: with James Harden sitting on the bench, the Rockets clawed their way back into the game in the fourth quarter and outscored the Clippers 49-18 to come out with a 119-107
Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trail Blazers decided to do a quick Q & A session on Wednesday with his followers on twitter and naturally, the fans wanted an update on his rehab status after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon in March. The sharp shooter explained what has been the biggest surprise during rehab, how he keeps himself busy through it all and what good will come of his unfortunate injury:
Taj Gibson caused quite the scene in Game 5 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls when he got up from a tangle with Matthew Dellavedova early in the fourth quarter and proceeded to kick the guard as he got back up on his feet.
The officiating of Game 4 between the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies can probably be summed up as choppy at best. Out-out-bounds calls were missed, fouls were being missed left and right, and there was no sense as to whether the game would be called loosely or tightly. It appeared to start off in a way that would have you believe the refs were going to let them play on Monday night, letting go of what appeared to be blatant
Austin Rivers hasn’t made much noise since entering the league three years ago as the 10th overall pick of the 2012-2013 NBA draft. That has changed in a big way in the playoffs for Doc Rivers’ son, who has found himself in critical situations for the Los Angeles Clippers and, at times, have delivered in a big way.
Shaquille O’Neal has a well-known weekly segment – perhaps the most popular segment of NBA on TNT these days – called “Shaqtin’ A Fool”, where the goofiest plays of the week by players around the league are presented. Sometimes, though, O’Neal manages to create his own Shaqtin’ A Fool moments as an analyst, and Wednesday proved to be one of those nights. Not quite sure what this was about or how staged it was, but it was very entertaining nonetheless with plenty