The Raptors needed to win game 2 of their 2nd round series against the Miami Heat. They did just that winning 96-92 in overtime, evening up the series 1-1. 4 players scored in double figures for Toronto. DeMarre Carrol had a great game for the Raptors scoring 21 pints. Kyle Lowry scored 19 points on only 7-22 shooting.Lowry has struggled this postseason shooting and if Toronto wants to win this series he must play better. The All-Star from Villanova is to good of a player to struggle this much. He must find a way to get easier shots for himself and his teammates. The series now shifts to Miami on Saturday at 5pm for game 3.
What a wild and crazy finish in the OKC and Spurs game this past Monday night. A lot of no calls or bad calls by the referees and the Thunder stole Game 2 to even up their series with San Antonio 1-1. The 98-97 win was crucial for the Thunder as they couldn’t afford to go down 0-2 in this series. All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant showed why they are amazing at what they do. Westbrook went for 29 points while Durant poured in 28 in the winning effort. LaMarcus Aldridge continued his stellar play for San Antonio by scoring 41 points on 15-21 shooting. The Thunder held superstar Kawhi Leonard to an off night as he only scored 14 points on 7-18 shooting. The series shifts to Oklahoma City for game 3 on Friday night. This game is must see T.V for NBA basketball fans.
Throughout the first 6 games of the 2016 NBA Playoffs the Cleveland Cavaliers look like they are on a mission. Their performance on Wednesday night just added proof. The Cavs throttled the Atlanta Hawks, winning 123-98. Cleveland shot an outstanding 25-45 from 3-point range. SG JR Smith had a night to remember as he went 7-13 from downtown en-route to scoring 23 points. Smith is going to be a big key for Cleveland as the playoffs progress. His ability to make long-range shots will be needed as the Cavs move onto the latter part of the playoffs.
LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love have all looked sensational throughout these playoffs and have shown no signs of slowing down. They have made a statement to the Western Conference teams that they are a team to be taken very seriously. By the looks of it they aren’t kidding around.
Miami Heat PF/C Chris Bosh was declared inactive for the rest of the NBA Playoffs. The All-Star has been dealing with blood clots in his legs for the last year and a half and as a precaution he will not be playing until next season. This is clearly a big loss for the Heat as they are currently in a tough 2nd round series with the Toronto Raptors. Lets hope for the sake of Chris Bosh’s health he can get this situation under control and resume his NBA career next season.
Steph Curry is a game time decision for game 3 of their 2nd round series against the Portland Trailblazers. We believe that the Warriors shouldn’t play Curry until they lose a game in this series. There is no reason to rush Curry back into the line-up as the Warriors are already up 2-0 against Portland. Curry needs to be healthy for the Western Conference finals against either San Antonio or Oklahoma City.
Right after each NBA regular season ends there are usually a number of coaching changes that occur. This year is no different. Lets take a look at who might be new NBA Head Coaches and who has just been fired.
Indiana has fired Head Coach Frank Vogel after their 1st round playoff loss to the Toronto Raptors. Indiana General Manager Larry Bird is in the process of searching for a new leader of his franchise. Bird has said he is seeking an offensive minded head coach, which is in stark contrast with Frank Vogel’s defensive first mentality.
J.B. Bickerstaff was let go by the Rockets. Mike D’Antoni is going to get an interview. D’Antoni found major success with the Phoenix Suns a decade ago, however his last 2 jobs didn’t end well. He eventually got fired by the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers after he couldn’t get those 2 teams to perform well. While he is a good offensive coach his defensive strategies are sub-par. Houston has interviewed former NBA player and current Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell as well. It will be interesting to see who will become the next head coach for a team that still has James Harden and Dwight Howard on its roster. Managing those 2 egos will go a long way to see if Houston has success in the future.
New York Knicks General Manager Phil Jackson is in the process of finding their next head coach. It is no secret he wants a coach he is familiar with and who runs the triangle offense. Jackson has to get this hire correct or his legacy as Knicks GM will be deemed a failure. Jackson wanted Luke Walton, however Walton accepted the Lakers job, which was a smart move considering the young talent they already have on the roster as well as a possible top 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
David Blatt and Kurt Rambis seem like the 2 likeliest candidates to become the Knicks new head coach. Rambis is a Jackson disciple, while Blatt was the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach before he was fired before the All Star break. Whoever lands this job will have a lot of work to do to make the Knicks contenders in the Eastern Conference. While rookie Kristaps Porzingis has the makings of a future star, the Knicks have an aging Carmelo Anthony and his bloated contract still on the payroll. It will be very interesting to see what New York does in free agency this summer as it will go a long way to determine the future of the Knicks. Jackson better get this head coaching job correct or he might be on his way out of New York.