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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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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Monday, 5-6-19 (Playoffs, Round 2) (and click for some Dick Van Dyke)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Round 2):

  • Celtics had better find their smelling salts good and quick, as it’s now or never time. What went wrong? They got schooled by Milwaukee’s bench, and didn’t get enough from their own. There’s also a noticeable problem with chemistry, and you’ve got to direct some attention in the direction of Kyree. In many ways, things seemed rosier last year with Rozier making at least a tangible contribution. All is not lost, but does Boston realize believe it has the ability to go on the road against this No.1 seed and impose its will? #Bucks #Celtics
  • Houston wins and thanks to another inspiring performance by Harden will be riding on the coattails of The Red Eye back to The Oracle tied 2-2. As usual, when they started playing not to lose, they very nearly gave it away, and that’ll be no way to survive in Game 5 … . #Warriors #Rockets
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 5-5-19 (Playoffs, Round 2) (and click for some Dick Van Dyke)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Round 2):
  • They couldn’t be faulted for tiring after the 4 OT marathon on Saturday night, but the Nuggets and Millsap weren’t about to be sapped of their strength of fortitude.  Denver and its never-say-die attitude are now sitting pretty for Game 5 in Mile High.  #Nuggets #TrailBlazers
  • It wasn’t easy, but the Raptors finally rolled up their sleeves and did some dirty work down in the trenches. Rebounds were even, and the visitors penetrated the paint, while holding Embiid largely at bay. #Raptors #Sixers
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, 5-4-19 (Playoffs, Round 2) (and click to hear Tony deal with an attorney)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Round 2):

  • Just when many were justifiably resolved to write the Rockets off, they buck up and slap down the stubborn Warriors, who’ve been harder to get rid of than a recurring google pop up add. Drama is alive and well in this series, as Houston now has new life. #Warriors #Rockets
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Friday, 5-3-19 (Playoffs, Round 2) (and click to hear Tony threaten Richie)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Round 2):

  • Milwaukee steps up, with a monster win in Boston, punctuated by complete domination in the paint. The Celtics were hitting threes in the first half, but when that reservoir of points dried up, trouble followed. They’ll need to figure out how to penetrate that Buck defense (like they did in Game 1) if they are to have any chance in a truly do or die Game 4. It can be done, but it will take willpower, fortitude … and faith…. not to mention their big men playing bigger. And seeing more from Hayward, Rozier and Baynes off the bench would also help.. #Bucks #Celtics
  • Down by two and time draining away in the 4th OT, the home crowd pleaded “All we need is one three, Rodney”, and the only Blazer on the floor with anything left in the tank hoodwinked Barton with a nice head fake and then delivered to their pleasure.  #Trailblazers #Nuggets
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Thursday, 5-2-19 (Playoffs, Round 2) (and click to hear Tony threaten Richie)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Round 2):

  • Prime time el foldo job by the NBA’s poster-boy pretenders … the fragile Raptors. Where were the happy feet of little Lowry and take-a-seat Van Vleet (a combined 2-17)? If Toronto’s backcourt keeps this up, there’s simply nothing that lionhearted Leonard can do about it. #Raptors #Sixers
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Wednesday, 5-1-19 (Playoffs, Round 2) (and click to hear Tony threaten Richie)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Round 2):

  • Jokic didn’t have the usual spring in his step when doing the Baby Huey shuffle, and that hurt Denver a lot more than Damian’s overcast mood and off target antics hurt the Blazers. Advantage to bow tie Terry and hisBlazers, as the series moves North by Northwest. #TrailBlazers #Nuggets
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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Monday, 4-29-19 (Playoffs, Round 2) (and click to hear Tony threaten Richie)

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NBA Update (Playoffs, Round 2):

  • Mason forgot about his bricks tonight, and instead slams with conviction; Denver wears down a very dangerous Portland team with poise and precision on offense and a relentless, hounding defense. #Nuggets #Trailblazers
  • Toronto surrenders home court advantage good and pronto, with a rather weakling effort on the boards in Game 2; only a superb effort by Leonard and some loose custodianship of the ball by the Sixers kept this close. #Sixers #Raptors
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