There’s no question that Miami is the odds-on favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. Similarly, either Oklahoma City or Memphis is generally expected to survive the Western Conference playoffs. Even so, there are a pair of dark horses in each conference race that must be considered: the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers. Indeed, both of these teams have legitimate shots to turn the chalk bets into ashes.
The NBA has a superb Christmas present for basketball fans today. While the players, coaches and support staff for the ten teams involved might prefer to be at home with their families, and there’s grumbling from others who have to be there (media, arena personnel) it’s a fabulous 13-hour TV show for the rest of us. Enjoy!
After the Los Angeles Clippers demolished the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night for their franchise-record 13th straight win, there were two telling quotes coming out of the losing locker room. The first came from Suns coach Alvin Gentry, who was very impressed. “That is the best team we’ve played,” said Gentry, whose club has faced Miami, Memphis, New York and Golden State but has yet to play Oklahoma City or San Antonio.
Friends, U.S. Olympic teammates and NBA Players of the Week. LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers received the league’s weekly honor Monday after both led their teams to perfect records.
The Los Angeles Clippers are Brooklyn Nets have always been treated like second-class citizens by NBA fans in their respective areas. The Clippers have long been the humorous alternative to the Lakers, while the Nets – whether in New Jersey or their new home – have been the running joke alongside the New York Knicks.
In the history of basketball, it’s only occurred once. The only man to ever shoot over 70% from the field for an entire season is Wilt Chamberlain, who made 5.2-of-7.1 field goal attempts, good for 72.7%, with the Lakers during the 1972-73 season, the finale of a statistically ludicrous 14-year NBA career.