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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...
NEWS
May 23, 2003 | By B.G. Kelley
High-school basketball players all over the country are watching the NBA playoffs on TV and confirming to themselves: "That's where I'm going, to the NBA. " For a very few, maybe. For most, no. In fact, it's bad for kids to be seduced by the NBA dream. There's nothing wrong with having dreams. I was once one of those kids dreaming of going to the NBA. But there has to be a backup reality. Education. Education is a kid's lifeline, not basketball. Education is where kids should be pinning their focus, their future.
NEWS
June 4, 2001
Maybe it's the weather. Baseball is a fair-weather sport, and April and May couldn't decide what season they wanted to be. Maybe it's the Sixers. Maybe their heart-bursting, Harold-Lloyd-dangling-from-the-minute-hand exploits in the NBA playoffs, guys with wrenched backs and broken ankles redefining hard-court heroism, have rendered folks too fried for the national pastime. Whatever the cause, a great scandal afflicts Philadelphia sport: No one's going to see the team leading the National League East.
NEWS
May 28, 2003
RE THE letter celebrating the Lakers' elimination from the NBA playoffs: The Lakers are real champs and it showed by the tears that they shed after the loss. They made no excuses and gave credit to the better team. Maybe if Allen Iverson and the Sixers cared about winning as much as Kobe Bryant and the Lakers do, we'd have a championship in Philadelphia. Kobe will be in the gym all summer, while Allen will be in the gym when training camp starts. Who is more arrogant?
NEWS
June 30, 1999
I was watching Game 5 of the NBA playoffs, and while I was monitoring the commercials, it struck me that they were not just nasty or discourteous - they were cruel. In a Dr. Pepper commercial, a boy is eaten by alligators in a swamp, while his girlfriend coyly asks, "Can I have your Dr. Pepper?" In a Chevrolet commercial, a man falls over a stump while his girlfriend tries to get a picture not of him, but of a Chevy Cavalier. In an Adidas commercial, a boy who's looking for a lost ball gets left to a nasty dog while the other kids run away.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
June 2, 1988 | By BARBARA BECK, Daily News Staff Writer
So you say you're watching the NBA playoffs on television and you want more roundball action? You mean Saturday's controversial game between the Celtics and the Pistons wasn't enough for you? Well, there's hope for you in your VCR. Here's a summary of the best of the basketball videotapes. "Winning Basketball: Red Auerbach and Larry Bird" (Kodak Video, $19.95): OK, so they're members of the dreaded Celtics. There are still helpful hints from two of the best. For adults who want to enjoy what's left of the playoffs and also for those who can still run full-court in the playground.
NEWS
May 7, 2002
Ah, the smells of Philadelphia in the spring. Fragrant trees awash in blossoms. The fresh scent of air washed by welcome rainfall. The aromas from street vendors. And, alas, the stench of losing from our professional sports teams. Sports fans are suffering grief and grumpiness from having to eulogize the Sixers' season, which ended Friday night. The Boston Celtics gave new meaning to "Bean Town" by beaning Allen Iverson and company, 120-87, in the fifth game of the NBA playoffs' first round.
NEWS
April 30, 2002 | By B.G. Kelley
I grew up on hoagies, soft pretzels, the Mummers, and, dare I say?, the Boston Celtics. In Philly, that's sort of like flipping on the mob. I tried to overcome my guilt, but - for reasons no more complicated than watching Bob Cousy push the basketball downcourt, do a behind-the-back dribble, then bounce a pass through a maze of opponents, seemingly bending space, to a teammate for a basket - I didn't have to try too hard. I dreamed of playing just like him. On the playground with my buddies, all Philly fans, I was coming downcourt on a fast break, and my defender stared me dead in the eyes.
SPORTS
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.
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SPORTS
April 17, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
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.)
SPORTS
May 13, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
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.
SPORTS
April 19, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.)
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
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...
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
May 1, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By BROAD STREET BALLER as told to Dan Geringer, Daily News Staff Writer
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!"
NEWS
May 2, 2012 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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