April 17, 2016 |
Here is a look at the NBA playoffs that begin on Saturday. EASTERN CONFERENCE (8 seed) Detroit Pistons vs. (1) Cleveland Cavaliers Records: Detroit, 44-38; Cleveland, 57-25. Coaches: Detroit, Stan Van Gundy, 2nd season, 76-88, overall 447-296; Cleveland, Tyrone Lue, 1st season, 27-14. Season series: Detroit, 3-1. Last season: Detroit didn't make the playoffs. Cleveland lost to Golden State in the NBA finals. Key players: Detroit, C Andre Drummond (16.2 ppg., 14.8 rpg., 1.9 bpg.)
May 13, 2015 |
THE DEBATE over how team president and general manager Sam Hinkie is going to guide the Sixers is futile. Agreeing or disagreeing with Hinkie doing whatever it takes to accumulate high draft picks makes interesting conversation, but has no influence in the decision-making process. Hinkie does what he thinks is best for the Sixers, regardless of what anyone outside team ownership thinks, and that is how it should be. We will learn the merits of Hinkie's designs later rather than sooner, when the Sixers become either the championship-contending squad they say they are building or just climb back to mediocrity and stall, as they have done since Allen Iverson and Larry Brown took them to the 2001 NBA Finals.
April 19, 2015 |
EASTERN CONFERENCE (1) Atlanta Hawks (60-22) vs. (8) Brooklyn Nets (38-44) Season series: Hawks, 4-0. Coaches: Atlanta, Mike Budenholzer (2d season, 98-66); Brooklyn, Lionel Hollins (1st season with the Nets, 38-44; overall, 252-245). Top three Atlanta: Paul Millsap, 6-8, F (16.7 ppg., 7.8 rpg.), Al Horford, 6-10, C (15.2 ppg., 7.2 rpg.), Jeff Teague, 6-2 PG (15.9 ppg., 7.0 apg.). Brooklyn: Joe Johnson, 6-7 SG (14.4 ppg., 4.8 rpg.), Brook Lopez, 7-0 C (17.2 ppg., 7.4 rpg.)
April 18, 2014 |
AS THE SIXERS gear up for the NBA Draft in June, 16 teams begin their quest for a championship. The playoffs start tomorrow afternoon, when the Raptors and Nets meet in their first-round matchup at 12:30 p.m. This year's playoffs is a mix between the usual contenders and a few surprises. The Eastern Conference is significantly weaker than the Western Conference, as has been the case all season. For example, the Washington Wizards, who are the No. 5 seed in the East, won 10 fewer games than the Portland Trail Blazers, the No. 5 seed in the West.
May 10, 2013
Parity has struck the NBA playoffs, where the conference semifinals are knotted at one game apiece. That's the first time that has happened in the second round of the NBA playoffs since the league went to its current format more than a quarter-century ago. For favorites like Miami, New York, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City, home-court advantage has disappeared, and now it's the underdogs who can control their own fates simply by taking care of...
May 2, 2013
Jeff Green scored 18 points, and the Boston Celtics stayed alive in the NBA playoffs, cutting the New York Knicks' lead to three games to two with a 92-86 victory Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Celtics will host Game 6 on Friday night, needing two victories to become the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series. Elsewhere: David West scored 24 points and Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Atlanta Hawks, 106-83, in Indianapolis and take a 3-2 playoff series lead.
May 1, 2013 |
Today on PhillyDailyNews.com: Check out this interactive graphic looking back at the three times since 1971 that all four of Philly's pro sports teams have been left out of the playoffs. SO, FOR THOSE keeping score at home, it goes like this: 1971-72, 1991-92, 2012-13. Those are the three seasons that all four pro sports teams in Philadelphia missed the playoffs. As it turns out, we were a year late this time. Twenty years. Twenty-one years. It is a blessing, in some ways, that it happens only once a generation.
April 3, 2013
Carmelo Anthony tied his career high with 50 points and the visiting New York Knicks won their ninth straight game, topping the injury-depleted Miami Heat, 102-90, on Wednesday night. Anthony finished 18 of 26 from the field, reaching 50 on a jumper with 16.9 seconds remaining. J.R. Smith scored 14 and Raymond Felton added 10 for New York. Chris Bosh scored 23 points for Miami, which played without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers, all held out with injuries that are not believed to be serious.
May 11, 2012 |
Broad Street Baller went ballistic with the hugging, tearful, hysterically high-fiving hordes of happy fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday after a 79-78 nail-biter over the Chicago Bulls sent the Sixers into the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2003. HEAVENLY MOM: No one but no one was happier than Lamont "Monty G" Anderson of South Philadelphia — 380 pounds of pure Sixers love, down from 467 after trainer Kimberly Garrison got him to abuse the machines at the 12th Street Gym. "We did it!"
May 2, 2012 |
It wasn't too long ago, when things were going really swell with the 76ers, that coach Doug Collins said it was his job to find out exactly what he has in the group of Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala. What he had for the better part of the remainder of the regular season, was a team that stumbled its way to the finish line, was sometimes petulant and looked very much as if it just wanted the season to end. Who knew? Who knew after a season that looked lost for the better part of eight weeks, that Collins would find out - in the crucible called the NBA playoffs - these youngsters upon whom so much is riding would finally have a true coming out party together.