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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, May 25 (Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals) (click for audio)

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NBA Update:

  • Raptors snap to attention late in the 3rd, and leave the Bucks in the dust with a 4th quarter rush. Leonard levitates for a massive jam over Big G, and on Milwaukee’s side there just wasn’t much of an offensive game plan … the 3-2 zone that clogged up the middle did the trick as the Bucks’ 2nd and 3rd (and 4th and 5th) options never really proved viable. In their 100th playoff game, TO scores 100 and earns the right to host Game 1 of the NBA Finals. #Bucks #Raptors
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Thursday, May 23 (Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals) (click for audio)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals):

  • Raptors slap down the Bucks with a very debilitating home loss in critical Game 5. VanVleet was oh so sweet with more threes than you can count on one hand, while the man with the most powerful hands in basketball did just about everything on the court with maximum efficiency and impact. Unlike Leonard, Giannis was simply not up to the task tonight, looking panicked and often awkward, particularly when he was in the paint. You can marvel all you want about his size, reach, talent and all-NBA accolades, but the fact remains that he needs lots of polish and must put in the hard work to develop some post moves. And this deep into the playoffs (and this series), it’s too late even for young stars to learn new tricks. #Raptors #Bucks
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Tuesday, May 21 (Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals) (click for audio)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals):

  • Raptors claw their way back into the thick of things … behind the Claw! #Raptors #Bucks
  • Giannis and the lately sucky Bucks take a giant step backwards, and in the process give plenty of precious Big Mo back to the desperate Raptors. What went wrong? Antlered Ante put up some good numbers and Middleton did what he could, but the rest of the supporting cast were duds, including 2-7 Bledsoe, a toxic dose of 3-pt shooting by Mirotic (2-8), and a puny showing from big boy Brooke (2 boards, 1 block, and 8 points). They were definitely not defending the interior on defense, and on offense, their spacing and ball movement stunk. Although Milwaukee may possibly have enough to get out of this series, they’ll be dead in the water against the world champs with this game plan. #Bucks #Raptors
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Monday, May 20 (Playoffs, Western Conference Finals) (click for audio)

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NBA Update: (Playoffs, Western Conference Finals)

  • Curry has his usual inflated point total, but it was the world’s most obnoxious energizer bunny, Draymond Green, who ripped the heart out of Rip City by doing consistent damage on the inside, playing ferocious defense and making sure the Blazers felt weighed down in the 4th quarter by relentless pressure. It’s now over for Portland … another brutal encounter with the brick wall that protects Golden State’s possession of the Larry O’Brien trophy. #TrailBlazers #Warriors
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, May 2019 (Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals) (click for audio)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals):

  • Toronto clogs the lanes and generally impedes the Greek Freak’s habitual pilgrimage to the bucket, and has just enough success on the offensive end to keep themselves in the series … for now. Milwaukee’s still in the driver’s seat, but they could’ve sealed the deal tonight with just a little more poise and execution. And the Warriors are no doubt going to school from this game (as well as Game 1) in coming up with a plan to stop the Bucks’ heavy artillery. #Bucks #Raptors
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives, Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Playoffs, Western Conference Finals) (click for audio):

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Western Conference Finals):

  • Lillard lays perhaps the biggest egg (a rotten one) of his pro career, wallowing in a funk of forced threes and careless turnovers, while Green turns in a nothing short of a monster all-court performance. GSW takes Game 3 going away, and might as well buy those tickets for Beer Town USA. As usual Kerr is coaching circles around his competition; somebody please help Stotts out by giving him at least one clue about what to do… one bright idea might be running the offense through CJ for a while. #Warriors #TrailBlazers
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives, Thursday, May 16, 2019 (Playoffs, Western Conference Finals) (click for audio):

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Western Conference Finals):

  • Stephen and his Durant-less Dubs recover from a second quarter slumber and prevent this series from going back to Portland even steven. Blazers slit their own throats — yet again — by going into kill-the-clock mode with 4 minutes of eternity left on the clock, heaving up an assortment of hopeless threes and becoming painfully predictable. The crowning indignity occurs when Lillard gets his pockets picked by Iggy and forgets to make use of the obligatory, Curry butt flop (sorry but Damian never smiles when on the court and clearly flunked out of acting school). I wonder how long it took Terry the clipboard wizard to come up with that plainer than plain vanilla play. For those hoping to tune in to some compelling basketball, we are being treated to a veritable Rip City rip off. #TrailBlazers #Warriors
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals) (click for audio):

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals):
  • Bucks show their toughness, battling back from a bad first quarter and finally wear down the very game Raptors, who played excellent defense on Giannis and ran their offense well through a born again Kyles Lowry. Milwaukee gets huge contributions from unlikely sources of excellent … most notably Brook Lopez, who did a lot of everything. Let’s see if Toronto can match the excellent energy and execution they showed tonight in Game 2. #Raptors #Bucks
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives (Playoffs, Western Conference Finals) (click for audio)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Western Conference Finals):
  • Why again did Portland fight so hard to earn the right to play for the NBA Finals? Tonight’s snoozefest was simply unbearable to watch, unless of course you were one of those only too fortunate Warrior worshipers. Nearly to a man, the lightweight Blazers looked sluggish, if not groggy, particularly on defense where Curry and Clay saw way too much daylight after each garden variety pick. Can the fans do a quick substitution and let the Nuggets show what they can do? If not that, Lillard and his sidekick CJ need to seriously bring it in Game 2, or they’ll be building a ditch out of which no heroic trail blazin will even be possible. #TrailBlazers #Warriors
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives (Playoffs, 2nd Round) (click for audio)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, 2nd Round):

  • Denver dozes off in the 2nd half, and you can’t do that against a team with guts and gumption … even if you are at home. When they finally woke up, the Nuggets just couldn’t come up with the shots, including a crucial missed free throw by Jokic. Portland may not have a very highly regarded front court, but when it comes to the guards, they’ll extremely well protected. The No. 3 seed is on a mission and this could spell big trouble for GSW in the next round. Great job by Stotts, who played all the right slots in getting this machine to work well in the clutch. #TrailBlazers #Nuggets
  • There will be some serious northern exposure in the next round as the Raptors move on to make war with Milwaukee. This was a glorious validation of the talents of Leonard, while at the other end of the spectrum, Embiid never really seemed all in/fully committed (a 6-18 effort in the most important game of his life just won’t cut it). Toronto should celebrate tonight, but they’ll need more of everything if they hope to have a chance against the well-rested Bucks. At the moment, they a bit too reliant on a talented guy name Kawhi … who is still not clearly comfortable with his role as Canadian playmaker. #Sixers #Raptors
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives (Playoffs, 2nd Round)(click to hearing about shrinking from a challenge):

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NBA Update (Playoffs, 2nd Round):

  • Curry’s performance was epic? Not sure about that, but Houston’s choke was indeed pathetic. The home team in red came up short (literally and figuratively) yet again, freezing up for long stretches in the 4th quarter when the game was on the line. It seemed as though this team — and perhaps more sadly, its clueless coach — has learned absolutely nothing from its failures over the past few years, repeating the same mistakes over and over and over, including an absurd penchant for draining the bleep outta the shot clock before making one-on-one moves the basket, an ocd-type compulsion for shooting the three, and a complete abdication of an semblance of interior/in-the-paint defense (the soft underbelly of Europe was nothing compared to that of the Rockets). The most telling stat of the game … Houston had ONE (1) blocked shot … Yes, nobody will ever confuse Clint Capella for Clint Eastwood (he’s definitely not an enforcer). #Warriors #Rockets
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives (Playoffs, 2nd Round) (click for audio):

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NBA Update (Playoffs, 2nd Round):

  • Back in his own hood, Rodney pins 20+ on the unsuspecting Nuggets, and Portland pushes this series to the limit. This development is no surprise in what has been a most compellingly competitive series. #Nuggets #TrailBlazers
  • Raptors let the Sixers flex their muscles one more time, but the fact remains that Toronto holds all the cards as the series moves north of the border for one final game. Philly phan holds his breath, wondering how Joel will feel come Sunday night. #Raptors #Sixers
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives (Playoffs, 2nd Round) (click for audio):

NBA Update (Playoffs, Round 2):
  • Celtics show up for Game 5 (in body, but not in mind), and then proceed to get shown up .. and shown the exit. Irving flops in his most important assignment as floor leader, while Giannis shines. #Celtics #Bucks
  • Houston pays the price for falling asleep at the wheel, and then forgetting to step on the gas when Durantula goes down.  A question has to be raised about why the Rockets went so small for so long?  Capella can’t seem to get much done, and who else do they have … Hilario?  The Warriors also got helped by some generous gifts from the refs in the last 2 minutes, but this one was clearly one that got away. #Rockets #Warriors
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Tuesday, 5-7-19 (Playoffs, Round 2) (and click for some Dick Van Dyke)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Round 2):

  • Was this a knockout punch, or just a Stottster step for the stumbling Blazers? Tonight’s whupping was perhaps the starkest example of what Portland lost when their talented center Nurcic said no mas. Millsap was living large in and around the paint, and Murray and Jokic were, as usual, beyond reproach. Yes, indeedy, the better team is now asserting itself with ruthlessness and without remorse. #Nuggets #TrailBlazers
  • Philly gives an utterly forgettable performance in Jurassic Park, and the jury may well no longer be out about who’s advancing in this series. Does Embiid have one more healthy, aggressive game in him … let alone two? His 1 block, uninspired appearance on the court was sadly passive, and it’s clear there’s absolutely no other Sixers with qualifications to fix the situation. #Sixers #Raptors
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