VIDEO: Here is why Sheridan Voted LeBron James 2nd Team All-NBA

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lebronbaldWow, you sure can catch a lot of grief when you tell folks you voted LeBron James to 2nd Team All-NBA. I put that word out on Twitter at midweek, and I have been fending off venom ever since.

Hey folks: Here’s the explanation. Try to read through it and watch the entire video before tweeting your disgust, OK?

Actually, I find the selection quite reasonable.

First of all, the All-NBA ballot must include a center, two forwards and two guards on each of the three All-NBA teams. Second, I voted Kevin Durant first and Blake Griffin second on my MVP ballot. And since both are forwards, there was no room at the inn for LeBron.

Hey, that’s the way it is in a crowded house.

And by the way, Griffin got my second-place MVP vote because he was a rock over the course of the season for a Clippers team that posted more victories (57) then the two-time defending champion Heat (54). And they did it in a tougher conference.

So there.

If that seems illogical to you, I don’t mind. You are entitled to your opinion.

But I am not the only one who believed Griffin deserved a higher placement on the ballot than James. Doc Rivers, the coach of the Clipper, said the same thing less than two weeks ago.

(RELATED: CHECK OUT ALL THE SELECTIONS ON CHRIS SHERIDAN’S POSTSEASON AWARDS BALLOT)

More on my ballot, plus a playoff preview, in this video with CineSport’s Brian Clark.




Heat-Bobcats Playoff Preview: Five Key Factors

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oppositesWell, this series brings together two polar opposites.

On the one hand we have the Miami Heat going for their three-peat, striving to get as close to perfection as possible before they move on to the second round. On the other hand we have the “just happy to be here” Bobcats, who have never won a playoff series in their existence and aren’t about to start now.

The Bobcats are listed at 250-1 to win the championship, the same odds as the sad sack Atlanta Hawks.

We all know that Charlotte will be lucky to win even a single game, don’t we?

Tweet of the Night: LeBron James itching to play after watching “Bad Boys” documentary

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The Miami Heat are set to face the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday for Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs, and LeBron James is badly itching to get back on the court.

ESPN showed a documentary on Thursday called 30 for 30: Bad Boys. It’s about the Detroit Pistons and what it took for Isiah Thomas and his team to win consecutive championships back in the dog days of the NBA.

The film captured the attention of plenty around the league, but perhaps no one more so than James, who was about as fired up as you’ll ever see on twitter:

 

 

Not that the documentary would actually help James be anymore motivated than he already should be, but Al Jefferson and the Bobcats probably aren’t thrilled to see a fired up version of James, seemingly ready to unleash his fury on them.

Tweet Of The Day: Lack Of Playoff Experience Not A Concern For Toronto

NBA players around the league share their thoughts as 2013-2014 season comes to a close

James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. Follow him on twitter @SheridanBlog.

Sheridan’s Postseason Awards Ballot: Durant is MVP, Thibodeau is Coach of the Year

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voterIn a break with tradition, I am casting my NBA awards ballot after the 81st game, not the 82nd. It’s a rarity, but this season I will not hem and haw and sleep on it until the afternoon after the final day of the season. You’re welcome.

I have been an official NBA postseason awards voter for nearly a decade, and it would have been longer if not for a rule at the Associated Press, where I worked from 1987-2005, forbidding beat from voting for postseason awards (It is OK for them to declare the national champion in college football, but it is not OK for them to vote in other sports. Does that make sense?).

It is a privilege that I do not take lightly.

SH Blog: Bogut has fractured rib and is out indefinitely, Irving very disappointed with how season is ending for Cavs

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BogutWith only one game left to go on the season, the Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-120 on Monday to win 50 games for the first time since the 1993-94 season, when they finished with a 50-32 record. With the victory, the Warriors assured themselves of a first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs.

It’s an amazing accomplishment for a franchise that has struggled for so long, and it shows a clear sign of progress since new ownership took over the team a few seasons ago. Unfortunately, the feeling of satisfaction and hope heading into the postseason came with a big asterisk: they had learned just earlier in the day that center Andrew Bogut – the team’s most important player on defense – may be out for the remainder of the season with a fractured rib, from Tim Kawakami of Mercury News

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