Basketball NBA http://basketball-nba.com Basketball and NBA News Sat, 06 Jun 2015 15:57:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.7 Warriors Take Lead in the Western Conference Finals http://basketball-nba.com/warriors-take-lead-in-the-western-conference-finals/ http://basketball-nba.com/warriors-take-lead-in-the-western-conference-finals/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2015 15:57:22 +0000 http://basketball-nba.com/?p=824 Joe JohnsonGame 1 of the Western conference finals, Tuesday night, was a great start of the finals. In the fourth quarter, the Golden State Warriors were tied with the Rockets by 97-97. They broke this tie with an 11-0 run and kept the score stable for the remaining few minutes to get a victory in the Oracle Arena.

Match highlights

Stephen Curry scored his seven game-high points, 34 in total during the run that decided the game. He also scores six 3-pointers throughout the evening. This distance hot-shooting maintained the post season trend for the most valued player. In recent weeks, the NBA post season record is for 3-pointers in both the four-season series, as well as the six game series.

Now 14 of 24, Curry made 21 points from the arc in the last two games. In the second-half, to aid the Warriors in getting out of the early series lead, Shaun Livingston would have thrived as the best setup man, had Curry been the closer. In the second quarter, as the Warriors were going small, Shaun Livingston was the main man that helped lead the 16 point comeback by scoring fourteen points, with perfect 5 for 5 shooting.

This comeback fueled the already frenzied crowd as the game progressed. One of the reasons they were so fired up was because the conference finals were returning to Bay Area for the first time since 1976. Crowds are expected to max out the capacity and on Thursday, the building will fill again as Dubs intent to take a series lead of 2-0.

Match details

Game recap

All four quarters went splendid for both the teams as they both performed in an outstanding fashion. Let’s take a look at the box score for both the teams. For the contender, Rockets ended the first quarter with a lead of 5 points, 31. In quarters two and three, they scored 24 points in each and finally, for the fourth quarter, they made 27 points, totaling 106.

The Warriors defeated the Rockets, but it was quite a close match throughout the game. Warriors were actually behind 5 points in the first quarter, but in the remaining three, they stepped up their game. In the second quarter, they were in the lead of 10 points, in the third, they were leading by 2. In the final quarter, they were behind one point, but the collection of their efforts throughout the game totaled a score of 110, with a lead of 4 points from the Rockets.

Top Performers

The top performers from both sides were blazing the entire Tuesday evening. James Harden of the Rockets scored a total of 28 points. Of his three attempts at 3-pointers, he landed one. Apart from this, all his other statistics remained above average throughout the game.

The top performer on the winning side was Stephen Curry. He managed to score a total of 34 points, of which, six were 3-pointers from eleven attempts. These shots tilted the game in their favor. Had it not been for these shots, the Warriors would not have the Game 1 victory.

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Know the Basics of DFS NBA, a Refresher http://basketball-nba.com/know-the-basics-of-dfs-nba-a-refresher/ http://basketball-nba.com/know-the-basics-of-dfs-nba-a-refresher/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 19:44:17 +0000 http://basketball-nba.com/?p=817 NBA FBSIn this season of Daily Fantasy Sport (DFS) NBA, there are a number of new players and with the NBA conference finals only a couple days away, a quick refresher of the NBA strategy may help. In order to play a daily fantasy sport, one must first be able to get a hang of it, as there is a lot that goes into the DFS NBA strategy. For this article, we’ve come up with a few topics that everyone needs to know about this NBA season.

Get familiar with different scoring systems

Whatever website one uses to track scores, it cannot stress enough the need to master every website’s scoring system. Pinpoint and understand the subtle difference between each of them to better understand what’s going on in a game.

Since NFL is the main sport on DFS at the moment, all websites have a similar scoring system for it. But the same is not the case with NBA. Some of the websites have higher assists and rebounds compared to the points, other websites show them as equal. There are even some websites that award points for blocks and steals. Gaining commands on these numerous variations are important; because it helps gain an early edge in the game against one’s opponents.

Study the website scoring system before creating a lineup can prove to be very advantageous. For example, if a website is geared heavily towards steals and blocks, one can choose players that excel in both these skills, like Paul George.

The relationship between Minutes and Production

In the National Basket Ball Association, minutes are king. Far more than any other type of sport, in NBA, as players get into the game, you can expect production. In NFL, apart from the main lineup, taking backups can go either way, because the team focuses their game plan on experienced players that have a history of producing, rather than backs ups getting started.

In DFS NBA, all of this changes. If a player manages to get a good amount of minutes, it is more or less guaranteed that he is likely to produce. A player, even in the third string, can be relevant for fantasy when players ahead of him in the depth chart injure themselves.

Last minute Injuries

This section follows the previous one. The injuries aren’t only being emphasized as spot starts in this section, but also as a way to avoid potential disasters. The most critical research you can do on NBA is perhaps the player injury news. If one doesn’t keep themselves updated with the latest injuries in their favorite sport, they will always be a step behind. Because in a line up, one simply cannot afford an injured player and on a same note, you can’t miss out on last minute spot starts.

The nature of NBA is such that most injuries will not even be reported until just before the tipoff. This renders the last thirty minutes before the lineup locks, the most important half hour of the day. So don’t let late news flashes ruin the lineup; follow writers on Twitter and other social forums who post the news earlier than the NBA.

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Reminisce NBA’s Greatest Games of All Times http://basketball-nba.com/reminisce-nbas-greatest-games-of-all-times/ http://basketball-nba.com/reminisce-nbas-greatest-games-of-all-times/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 17:40:52 +0000 http://basketball-nba.com/?p=813 As avid fans of basketball, we often recall our favorite moments from that nerve racking and incredibly entertaining basketball match. With tensions mounting and sitting at the edge of our seats, we celebrate the win of our favorite NBA team, all of which leads to unforgettable memories that would last for years to come.

Out of all the games one may have watched, there is always a necessity to recollect the greatest NBA games of all times. Here is a list of the 5 greatest NBA games of all times.

1)   GAME 5 OF NBA FINALS 1976 – BOSTON CELTICS VS. PHOENIX SUNS

The 5th NBA Final game between Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns was one of the most memorable games ever. The game was to become the longest final game with three overtimes and was full of surprises coming from both teams.

In the second overtime, Suns’ player Paul Westphal managed to get a shot and secure a 1 point lead bringing the score 110-109. The shot by Westphal only left 5 seconds for Celtics to score. However, when Celtics’ John Havlicek was able to throw the ball from 15 meters into the basket, it led to an outpour of Celtics fans onto the court.

When the third overtime commenced, Celtics’ Glenn McDonald obtained 6 points that finally helped Celtics put the match to rest, ending the score at a tiring 128-126 win.

Celtics, after two days, went on to beat the Suns with a 7 point lead that helped them win their 13 NBA Championship.

  • GAME 6 OF NBA FINALS 1998 – CHICAGO BULLS VS. UTAH JAZZ

During the reign of the all-time NBA legend, Michael Jordan; the 1998 finals between Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz was not a game to be missed.

The game progressed as a tug of war; in many moments, Jazz got the upper hand, but the Bulls bounced back and pulled the game in their favor. Michael Jordan’s desperation to lead the score with a large margin kept increasing as Jazz fought back harder and harder.

The game had stretched to an overtime, which saw Jazz get an upper hand by winning the opening shot. However, the Bulls secured the next three opening shots and secured a lead. With a one point lead over Jazz, Bulls were 87-86 but did not win until John Stockton’s final shot to avail the last chance for a Jazz’s win, was in shambles.

3)   GAME 7 OF NBA FINALS 1984 – LAKERS VS. CELTICS

This was the game that catapulted the thrill of NBA to new heights. Owing to the intense Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird showdown, it fueled an interest in the game and built an enormous fan base for the NBA for generations to come.

With two overtimes and 7 games in total, the Lakers had taken a big hit especially in games 2 and 4. The Lakers however; had managed to win game 3 with a large margin but were unfortunate as the Celtics kept turning the game to their advantage and finally sealed their win in the 7th game.

4)   GAME 5 OF NBA FINALS 1997 – CHICAGO BULLS VS. UTAH JAZZ

This game is famous as the ‘Flu Game’ that marked one of the greatest performances of Chicago Bull’s legend, Michael Jordan; and is also, the most remembered NBA playoff. Despite suffering from food poisoning, Jordan summoned the strength and courage to ensure his team made the win against the Jazz. He scored a surprising score of 38 points considering his decreased speed and strength, and led the Bulls to their victory.

5)   GAME 6 OF NBA FINALS 2013 – SAN ANTONIO SPURS VS. MIAMI HEAT

The clash between the Spurs against the Heat set another mark in NBA history as the best game after the famous 1997 ‘Flu Game’.

The frustration from the intensity of the game had overwhelmed Heat’s LeBron James as Spur’s Tim Duncan pulled a tough battle to keep the Heat on its edges.

The match ended with the Heat taking a 3 point lead win and putting the score at 103-100.

 

 

 

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NBA Teams That Suffered from a Painful Decline http://basketball-nba.com/nba-teams-that-suffered-from-a-painful-decline/ http://basketball-nba.com/nba-teams-that-suffered-from-a-painful-decline/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:11:51 +0000 http://basketball-nba.com/?p=810 There is nothing more enjoyable than to watch an interesting game between two equally competitive teams. Although what is considered interesting may vary according to different American sports, when it comes to basketball – a fast-paced game of wits and tactics – watching two teams battle each other to score the next point for their respective teams is surely intense and entertaining. But when those teams do not have the capacity to be competitive and make comebacks to win the games, your interest does take a hit.

Franchises which invest heavily in securing the best NBA talents are able to attract a larger fan base and support for their team. However, poor decisions regarding which players to hire and trade are often a regular occurrence in the NBA. This is a chief factor that contributes to the decline of team performance which in turn negatively influences the franchise. Here is a list of NBA teams that have declined over the years.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves have been at the bottom ranks of the NBA league since the last couple of years. Their strong performance in the last decade has only plummeted to reflect the mismanagement of players. The win percentage of the T-Wolves between 2014 and 2015 was just a little over 21.

Their worsening performance has mainly been attributed to the decisions of their former President, David Kahn who served from 2009-2013. Many of his decisions; such as trading the team’s high scoring player, Kevin Garnett, with Boston Celtics and his lack of judgment in not selecting Stephen Curry, have cost the team severely.

The T-wolves had made the worst league record of 89-223 which prompted David Khan’s dismissal in May, 2013.

New York Knicks

The NY Knicks have seen their performance drop over the years. In just over 3 years, the team’s win percentage has tumbled from an approximate 66% between 2012 and 2013 to 20% between 2014 and 2015.

The Knicks owe its worsening performance to clumsy contract terms with its players. The franchise management’s move to hire Amar’e Stoudemire for a 5 year contract period and trading its all-star player David Lee for many low class players did a lot of damage to the franchise. Although Amar’e was decent on the court; he lacked the edge David Lee had for Knicks.

These poor decisions surrounding player contracts were followed by some more, leading to further downfalls for the team.

Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic has also deteriorated in their performance. What once was a roughly 63.4% win percentage of games played between 2010-2011, Orlando Magic has now, only managed to win 19 of 62 games, a win percentage of nearly 30%.

Their poor performance can largely be blamed on trading their best player Aaron Affalo with Evan Fournier and also for dropping Jameer Nelson.

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers were not any different when it came to making big bets on new players and dropping their best ones. Their decision to drop players Moe Harkless, Andre Iguodala, and Nikola Vucevic has led to a sharp decline of their franchise and team performance.

Their 21% win-ratio between 2014 and 2015 reflects the lack of skill prevalent in the team and the blunders that their management has made.

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The Top 5 Players in NBA History http://basketball-nba.com/the-top-5-players-in-nba-history/ http://basketball-nba.com/the-top-5-players-in-nba-history/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:39:23 +0000 http://basketball-nba.com/?p=807 Whether it is the cool dunks, the three pointers or even the passes – Basketball is the sport of teamwork and strategy. It is a fast-paced game that requires 5 players of a team to coordinate with each other to deliver the timely assists, rebounds off the glass and the steals that give match-winning opportunities to the team.

The greatest basketball players are not necessarily the ones noted for their game scoring statistics but also for their dedication, flair and their capacity to inspire their teammates to win games.

Here is a countdown of the top 5 players in NBA history.

5) Kobe Bryant

The extremely fast and athletic Kobe Bryant has been notable for his extraordinary skills and achievements in basketball. The 6’6 tall player from LA Lakers has gone on to win the All-Star MVP award on four occasions and has also been an Olympic gold medal winner for his home country team in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

He first earned recognition for winning the slam dunk contest in 1997. Playing for LA Lakers all throughout his career, Bryant, along with his teammate Shaquille O’ Neal, helped LA Lakers secure NBA championships from 2000-2002 consecutively.

His success for reaching the 30,000 point mark in his career at only 34 years helped him become the youngest basketball player in NBA league history.

4) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

One of the all-time greatest players, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar established himself as an icon in NBA history. Known for playing from center position for the Milwaukee Bucks and then for the LA Lakers from 1975 onwards, Kareem went on to become the highest points scorer in a league and was celebrated for having the highest score in points upon his retirement in 1989. Over his 20 years of basketball career, he played 14 seasons for the LA Lakers and helped his team reach NBA finals 10 times.

His move, the ‘skyhook’ shot, became his trademark and an extension of his basketball legacy.

3) Larry Bird

Known for his dominance on the court, Larry Bird was enormously competitive while playing from his forward position for the Boston Celtics. Although he did not possess the athleticism that many of his teammates had, Bird was exceptionally astute when scoring jump shots and three pointers that led his team to have a significant edge over the opposing team.

His success in helping his team win multiple games throughout his career earned him the NBA ‘Most Valuable Player’ award 3 times and also won him the Athlete of the Year award in 1986.

2) Magic Johnson

Earvin Johnson earned the name ‘Magic’ for his wizardry on the court from the point guard position. Standing over 6’9 inches, Magic Johnson’s performances for his team, LA Lakers, alongside legend Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, catapulted the Lakers, helping them appear in 9 NBA final games and win a total of 5 NBA Championships.

As a player, he has won the NBA MVP award on three occasions in his 14 year career and has become one of the top most recognized players in basketball history.

1) Michael Jordan

Extremely-competitive, bold and highly motivational, Michael Jordan has earned himself the title of the most recognized and successful basketball player in NBA history. His unparalleled NBA career stats, with virtually no weaknesses on the court, easily make him an NBA legend.

There was nothing he did not accomplish; his dominance and strategic performances on the court led his team, the Chicago Bulls, to pull numerous victories. Together with his trusted partner Scottie Pippen, Jordan’s natural talent and competitiveness helped him surpass the icon of the time, Magic Johnson.

Jordan has won the NBA MVP awards 5 times, the NBA Defensive Player of the year and numerous other awards. He further served on the US National ‘Dream Team’ along with players Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Patrick Ewing and won 2 gold medals in the 1992 Olympic Games.

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Take a look at NBA’s Most Embarrassing Moments from Last Year http://basketball-nba.com/take-a-look-at-nbas-most-embarrassing-moments-from-last-year/ http://basketball-nba.com/take-a-look-at-nbas-most-embarrassing-moments-from-last-year/#comments Sun, 08 Mar 2015 17:04:21 +0000 http://basketball-nba.com/?p=803 Any game; apart from the usual skillful clash between two opposing teams; also contains moments which are somewhat unusual or amusing. Incidents of players falling down or exhibiting a very rookie shot, very often make the embarrassing moments’ list in NBA. Other incidents involve an embarrassing defeat to the opposing team and setting poor performance records in NBA history.

Here is a list of the most embarrassing moments in NBA 2014.

Tyson Chandler questioning his Coach

Tyson Chandler, who at the time played for New York Knicks and was winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012, questioned his team’s coach Mike Woodson for his defense strategy. This came when the Knicks lost with a humiliating defeat of 103-80 to the Brooklyn Nets. Chandler inquired why Knicks’ team kept undergoing changes and argued that this approach is not rendering any proper talent.

New York Knicks’s third worst loss in NBA history

The Knicks suffered a humiliating blow to their reputation as they bore the third worst loss in NBA history to Boston Celtics with the score ending at 114-78. The last big defeat for Knicks was also by Celtics in 2007 with a nearly 50 points loss and score of 104-59.

LeBron James loses focus while playing for Cleveland Cavaliers

When LeBron James grew frustrated with his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates, he gave up playing defense that allowed the opposing Toronto Raptors’ Lou Williams to do a layup and score. This was immediately after LeBron had criticized his teammates for not doing their job and after failing to block Williams. It came as an extremely embarrassing moment for LeBron.

Philadelphia 76ers 0-17 losing streak

Last year went pretty bad for the 76ers. When was the last time you heard of an NBA team winning their first match of the season after losing 17 times? This start to the 2014-2015 season, not only marked the worst for the franchise but also for NBA history.

Philadelphia 76era humiliating loss to Dallas Mavericks

The New York Knicks were not the only ones suffering from a heavy defeat last year. The 53 point loss of Philadelphia 76ers to the Dallas Mavericks on November 13, 2014, led to the worst ever defeat for the franchise despite the return of Michael Carter-Williams.

JR Smith getting fined for loosening the shoelaces of opponents

An intense game sure has the capacity to frustrate any player, but Knicks’ player JR Smith’s move of untying shoelaces of the opposing team players during a free-throw set a new low. This isn’t the first time JR has done it and has been caught at it many times before. This trickery of his landed him with an enormous $50,000 fine.

End Note

There are many embarrassing moments surrounding the actions of certain basketball players or the performances of particular teams in a season, reflecting their humiliation. Nonetheless, it goes without saying that the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks embarrassing defeats top the list.

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Will Ricky Rubio Return to Minnesota Timberwolves http://basketball-nba.com/will-ricky-rubio-return-to-minnesota-timberwolves/ http://basketball-nba.com/will-ricky-rubio-return-to-minnesota-timberwolves/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:31:06 +0000 http://basketball-nba.com/?p=799 Ricky RubioRicky Rubio may or may not return to Minnesota Timberwolves; having been cleared to play against the Dallas Mavericks Monday night, the outcome of which will decide whether he will continue playing for the Timberwolves.

Ever since Rubio severely injured his left ankle on November 7th, he has missed 43 games. Without Rubio, the wolves fell to the bottom of the league. After Saturday night’s loss of 106-90 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, they fell down to 8-39. After Rubio’s return, the team is planning to limit the time he spends on the court in order to see how his ankle is responding.

Coach Saunders said, “Rubio has seen three specialists, and all have cleared him for Monday, should the exam reveals everything is OK. He’s been given the go ahead to play for a limited time. We are all waiting for Monday”.

Rubio’s Contract

Rubio had already signed a contract extension of $54 million before the season and has been working hard with the wolves and got a great start, and then went down with his ankle injury, the first of his career.

On the injury front of Timberwolves, there has been a series of crucial developments, first of Nikola Pekovic’s return from an absence of 31 games because of ankle and foot issues on January 21st, and the return of Kevin Martin on Wednesday , who was away for 34 games due to a fractured wrist.

This trio was going to pave the path for the Timberwolves early this season, with Kevin Love traded off to Cleveland starting another team rebuilding plan. Timberwolves hasn’t been in a single playoff since 2004. This team was the perfect blend, veterans like Rubio, Pekovic, Martin, and Thaddeus Young, all of which did the heavy lifting, while the rookies Zach LaVine, and Andrew Wiggins and Sophomore Shahbazz Muhammaed, Anthony Bennett, and Gorgui Dieng can ease into it.

Rubio’s Injury

In the seasons’ fifth game, the plans faded when Rubio stepped atop an Orlando defender’s foot to drive to the hoop. The result was severe damage and sprain of the ligaments and muscles, from his toes to his ankles.

The Timberwolves score at the time was 2-2 with losses to Chicago and Memphis. The absence of Rubio had forced LaVine to the position of point guard and leaving veteran Mo Williams to the handle playmaking responsibility, after he had signed on for a year-long deal the previous summer.

Without Rubio, the first five games were lost, Pekovic’s foot problems returned yet again latter on the same trio, and Martin’s wrist got fractured on November 19th. Having only won 3 times after playing 32 times, the Timberwolves effectively buried themselves well before the New Year had even started.

Rubio’s Return

Ricky Rubio is pressing hard to return to the team, while the Timberwolves are playing it defensive and taking no chance what so ever with their point guard. As coach Saunders mentioned that the doctors cautioned last week that an early return may cause a stress fracture, resulting in another long absence.

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Will Kobe Bryant Return Next season? http://basketball-nba.com/will-kobe-bryant-return-next-season/ http://basketball-nba.com/will-kobe-bryant-return-next-season/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:05:26 +0000 http://basketball-nba.com/?p=796 When Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers icon, formally announced that he had been scheduled to undergo a surgery in order to repair the torn rotator cuff of his right shoulder, it wasn’t the question of whether he would miss this season; it was obvious that he will. The real question was whether he would be able to return to the opening campaign of 2015-16 that starts this fall. We may not have a definite answer but we do have an estimate of his return.

Soon after the Kobe Bryant’s knee injury which ended his season in December last year, a lot of uncertainty emerged regarding the immediate future of LA Lakers superstar. Kobe is as tough as they come on the NBA, but unfortunately, he suffered two consecutive injuries that ended the season he was playing in; causing wide speculation whether Kobe’s body will be able to hold in future games.

Kobe Bryant & the Los Angeles Lakers

In the November of 2014, Kobe had signed a two year contract extension worth $48.5 million. Not only did this extension secure his future in LA Lakers, but also retirement, with the same organization that took him on in the 1996 NBA draft.

For the five-time NBA champ, uncertainty still clouds the NBA as the offseason is officially underway. Kobe made an attempt to ease everyone’s mind and said his return is 100% confirmed, and that he is ready for the upcoming season in an interview on June 17th.

Since Kobe’s 36th birthday is arriving in August, a lot of people are speculating whether he’s left anything to offer. The probable Hall of Famer is enjoying the fact that everyone doubts his ability to bounce back in the upcoming season after suffering two season ending injuries.

At this moment, LA Lakers are still counting in the face of their franchise, with Kobe bound by the contract for 2 more seasons. The underlying question still remains; and this is whether the Lakers can compete for the title in the next two seasons.

Three players are under the contract in Lakers for the year 2014-15. Robert Sacre, Steve Nash, and Kobe Bryant will be returning this year; on the other hand the remaining roster is uncertain.

Future Possibilities

Irrespective of whether Kobe’s plays at the same level he did before, it is highly like that at the beginning of the next season Kobe will be joined with a notable newcomer to the team’s roster. The LA Lakers currently sit at 12-34 and lost 9 games consecutively. This suggests they already have big plans for the June 2015 draft. Phoenix Suns will get the pick as a part of the 2010 Steve Nash’s sign and trade, should it not be amongst the top five. LA Lakers also seem to have salary cap flexibility in the long term because of the massive contract of Kobe Bryant that expires in 2016. The news of this injury isn’t great for Kobe, but it can surely open up new possibilities for the club next year.

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Why the lack of LeBron’s MVP talks http://basketball-nba.com/why-the-lack-of-lebrons-mvp-talks/ http://basketball-nba.com/why-the-lack-of-lebrons-mvp-talks/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:23:43 +0000 http://basketball-nba.com/?p=791 LeBronMost sports narratives usually focus on the new guys when the overall team records are reviewed. When guys such as James Harden and Steph Curry are on the receiving end of the majority of attention in NBA’s MVP race; the four time winner, LeBron James, is gradually yet effectively building his case. David Blatt himself, head coach; has come forth as LeBron’s Chief lobbyist.

When asked about why James wasn’t the highlight of MVP talk, David Blatt responded by saying, “It’s quite funny actually, to be very honest. First things first, he’s the best player in our team, and especially since he has been in perfect health – his performance is higher than ever. And one doesn’t have to look far to judge the impact he’s had on this team, when he’s on the court and when he’s not.”

LeBron’s Numbers

LeBron’s record when he’s on the court highlights his team’s losses. The team, with LeBron in the court, is 25-12. While the team’s forward was recovering from knee and back ailments, the team was at 1-8. After James returned from his 2 week hiatus trip, he began averaging about 30.5 points, 6.4 assists, 6.8 rebounds, and finally 2.0 steals; these numbers will not only put him ahead of Harden for the score title, but the numbers he put on display for the world to see, will match up with his other Most Valued Players campaigns.

In that particular win over Detroit, LeBron carried the load alongside Kyrie Irving, teammate, and managed to finish with a steal, six rebounds, seven assists, and 32 points!

With LeBron James in the line-up this season, the Cavaliers had the offensive rating of 113.8; without James, they would be at 104.1; those are some significant statistics right there. Just as the offense boosted with LeBron presence, so did the defense, which was 111.8 points with him and without him it was a mere 106.4. Combining these two elements together; both the team and James have a rating of 15.4. If you wish to compare it with Harden of Houston’s, his rating is sitting at 12.1. Having been part of the league’s most prevalent teams, Golden State’s Stephen Curry alongside another player who has won just as many awards as James and Klay Thomson; James has his very own star teammates, but where value is in question, the records prove otherwise.

Another MVP and LeBron will tie with Jordon!

As observed by Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com, winning the fifth MVP will tie LeBron James with Bill Russell and Michael Jordon for second highest MVP awards in the history of the league, behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar by one. Cavaliers still have a long run ahead of them judging by where they currently stand in the east, but if they manage to get into top three again, have no doubt that it will credited to James.

Just as David Blat says, it would be the making of the same old boring story, just the best player in the world dominating and succeeding in winning another award, but hey – why get in the way of a good story.

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Kyrie Irving reminding NBA he’s among the Elite! http://basketball-nba.com/kyrie-irving-reminding-nba-hes-among-the-elite/ http://basketball-nba.com/kyrie-irving-reminding-nba-hes-among-the-elite/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 18:56:14 +0000 http://basketball-nba.com/?p=785 NBA coaches had already voted for All-Star when Kyrie Irving started scoring some serious buckets, bad timing perhaps; but Kyrie Irving keeps reminding NBA that he’s the elitists of the elite.

15422350331_8d800af8c2_mWhat truly proved Irving’s skill beyond question is the win over Portland Trail Blazers with a 55-pont burst finishing with a 99-94. This marks the high point in Irving’s career, and made him the 5th youngest player to land a double-nickel in the game in the last fifty years. His 11 three points made for a franchise record. In the Cavaliers history, only the infamous LeBron James has ever managed to score more (56).

Throughout the entire game, Irving was at his peak, which is quite remarkable considering the fact that he began the match and missed 7 straight shots. Nevertheless, he had the motivation to continue shooting confidently. Scoring big isn’t anything new for Irving. His hot streak not too long ago and his overall stats for the season are in line with it; but what really is new for Irving is that he is in the making of becoming a constant winner.

Iconic Performance

Cleveland won eight games in a row since LeBron came back from his two week break, and Kyrie has ‘Uncle Drew-ed’ everyone in that time. According to the stats on NBA.com, in the past eight games, Kyrie Irving has an average of 28.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists on 52.9% floor shooting, and 55.4% from deep.

The presence of LeBron James helps, but Irving went at it single handed against the Blazers for the fourth best record within the league. Now at No.4 for efficiency in defense coming into play; it’s the performance of an all-star, alpha, and an elite.

The All-star vote may be an issue that is not in the hands of Irving, but it’s clear that he belongs in the midst of all the action, based on his reputation. Everyone is aware that Kyrie Irving wants in on the All-Star Weekend. Irving has won three point shootouts, dominated the rookie sophomore games, performed a legendary cross over against Brandon Knight, as well as collecting MVP this past year. It’s easy to take a shot at Kyrie for suddenly stepping up his performance for the All-Stars Stage while his home team, the Cavaliers, never received that type of sustained drive and focus.

Kyrie is on Track!

It’s an acknowledgement that Kyrie Irving has grown up saying that he belongs on the All-Stars Roster.

However, some of the shots taken at Irving are fair as his defense comes and goes, and has never led a winning game; and we cannot be sure that he can proficiently channel his talent into efficient play in a sustained stretch.

We will soon find out whether the coaches in the league share Irving’s reverence. Even is Kyrie Irving loses to Jeff Teague, Dwyane Wade, Kyle Korver or anyone the coaches may choose, he still has the rest of the season to prove his worth at the high point of his career.

Picture source: Erik Drost

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