Category Archives: western conference finals

The best season yet.

Today, the 2014-15 Houston Rockets season came to a bittersweet end as the Golden State Warriors advance to the NBA Finals to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Well, with this one it’s time for me to ponder back on what happened over the last year. After all, it’s been four months since I last posted an entry here.

It all began with how the season before this one ended, when Damian Lillard sent the Rockets and Red Nation home early with a three point dagger that broke a lot of hearts. I have to admit, I was severely heartbroken afterwards. It was tough to end a season like that. I had to go all-black on all my social media accounts afterwards.

Anyways, then came an off-season to “remember”. Rockets unloaded a lot of players like Jeremy Lin (to the Lakers) and Omer Asik (to the Pelicans) in the chase for Miami’s Chris Bosh who was a free agent. Unfortunately (Fortunately), that didn’t pan out as Bosh decided to stay with the Heat for a hefty contract. Then came the bolting of Chandler Parsons to Dallas after the Rockets did not match the Mavericks offer sheet

But for all the significant roster subtractions, Rockets brought in Trevor Ariza who last played for the Wizards and entered into a second stint in a Rockets uniform after spending a full year back in 2009-10. They also brought in the veteran Jason Terry. They drafted Clint Capela and Nick Johnson in the draft. They brought in Kostas Papanikolaou and Joey Dorsey from the Euroleague

No one knew what was going to happen next. Pre-season predictions by the media gave the Rockets the 7th or 8th seed in the Western Conference and a first round exit to match.

Before you knew it, in October, the season was rolling along. These Rockets surprised us all, they went 6-0 to start the season good enough for a share of the lead in the Western Conference. Then the streak was snapped against Golden State. They finished November at 13-4. Then in December they made some roster changes. Gone were Tarik Black, Francisco Garcia and playoff hero Troy Daniels. But they brought in Corey Brewer from the Timberwolves and signed Josh Smith after being waived from Detroit. They finished 2014 with a 22-9 record. Come 2015, they finished January at 33-15. They made roster changes as they brought in Pablo Prigioni and K.J. McDaniels. Gone was another fan favorite in Isaiah Canaan. James Harden was named to the All-Star Game and later became a starter after vote-winner Kobe Bryant went down with an injury. He played well in the All-Star game, he took part in the Three Point Shootout in a losing effort. Patrick Beverley won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. While Kostas Papanikolaou had been given a stint in the Rising Stars Challenge. February ended with the Rockets at 40-18. Then in March, they ended at 50-24 at the same time clinched a playoff berth. Then on the last day of the regular season. They managed to win the Southwest Division title for the first time ever and finished at 56-26. Good enough for the #2 seed in the Western Conference.

All the while, this team was carried by James Harden who came out and led the Rockets through some tough stretches all season long. Attacking the rim, scoring stepback jumpers, lighting it up from three point range, distributing the rock at will to put up a legendary run in the race for the season MVP while stepping up on the defensive end. Then everyone on the roster chipped in to the cause with the “Headband of Brothers” in Corey Brewer, Josh Smith and Jason Terry. Donatas Motiejunas had a breakout season. Trevor Ariza was a defensive force. Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones and Patrick Beverley had some good games when on the floor. The Rockets also became the most prolific three point shooting team in NBA history as they made 933 three pointers during the season.

But this season came along with adversity as they were riddled with injuries all season long. Dwight Howard missed half of the regular season to multiple injuries. Patrick Beverley was in and out of the line-up before eventually losing him to a wrist injury. Donatas Motiejunas also went down before the playoffs. Terrence Jones missed significant time. And of course, there were some terrible defeats along the way.

Also came the media and other NBA fans’ displeasure of what the Rockets have accomplished all season. Turning them into the league’s villains after that title has been settling in Miami the last four season.

All was now set for the Rockets playoff run to begin when they opened the post-season faced off against I-45 and Texas triangle rivals in the 7th seeded Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets took care of business in the first two games at home. Then in Game 3, James Harden put up a master performance to send the Mavericks to a 3-0 hole. Dallas would respond in Game 4, but the lack of synergy within the Mavericks team caught up as the Rockets took the series for their first playoff series win since 2009.

Next up for the Rockets were the 3rd seeded Los Angeles Clippers who came off a thrilling 7 game series to knock off the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. The Clippers stunned the home crowd as the Rockets went flat-footed in Game 1. They evened up the series in Game 2. But suffered two straight losses in Los Angeles as they now trailed 1-3 in the series. They responded in Game 5 to extend the series. In Game 6, Clippers had a 19 point lead in the 3rd quarter, as it looked like they are now setting up for a date with the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. A Game 7 back in Houston was slipping away. Then came one of the most heart raising comebacks in NBA playoff history. As the Rockets went on a 48-17 the rest of the way to force a Game 7 back home. In Game 7, they completed the comeback as Red Nation was given a nostalgic trip to the Clutch City era of the franchise as for the second time in franchise history and the ninth time in NBA history, they came back from a 1-3 deficit to win the series. They also advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1997.

Then came a date with the best team in the league, the MVP in Stephen Curry, his Splash Brother Klay Thompson and the rest of the Golden State Warriors whom they failed to beat once during the regular season. Rockets fought hard in the first two games in Oakland, but suffered heartbreaking defeats in both games as they only lost a combined 5 points over the Warriors. Then as the series shifted to Houston, the Rockets got caught flat-footed as they fell in Game 3 by 35 points sending them in a 0-3 hole. In Game 4, they finally got over the hump as they forced a Game 5 in Oakland beating the Warriors for the first time this season. Then in Game 5, they had opportunities to steal a victory and send the series to Game 6. It was evenly matched through 3 quarters, but the Warriors proved to be the better team and at the worst moment, James Harden had his biggest cold spell of the season. Ending the Rockets season.

Now here are some thoughts.

Yes, it was indeed a tough and heartbreaking way to bow out. I mean, the emotions of the outcome has been overwhelming to bear and ponder upon. It was not the storybook ending we wished for. The “What if’s” are still in my head. We were 7 wins away from an NBA championship. But when I look back at everything again, I cannot help myself but to be proud of what this team has accomplished this season. This has been the best season the Rockets have ever played out in the 13 years I have been a member/soldier of Red Nation. And to think nobody outside of us in Red Nation thought they would go this far into the season. I’m still glad I get to see them play out until the end of May, because at this point of the year in previous years, the off-season is under way. They overachieved and exceeded expectations.

Give our coach Kevin McHale and his staff a ton of credit. Sure, we’ve been all around his head as fans all season long. But he did a great job this season. He had bright moments this season coaching this squad. Give our general manager Daryl Morey credit. He turned around a tough off-season, by bringing great pieces in-season to get to where we are right.

As for James, Dwight, Josh, Trevor, Jason, Terrence, Corey, Pablo, Patrick, Donatas, Kostas, Clint, Nick, K.J. and Joey. You all made Red Nation proud. Thank you for all that you have done over the past year. Come back stronger next season!

In capping off this entry. I would like to thank all the members of Red Nation that I have met over the years whether its at home in the Philippines, Houston, the rest of Texas, Hawaii, Arizona, Norway, or anywhere else around the world. Each and every one of you made it special for me to be a Rockets fan. I had a blast talking to each and every one of you for the team we all love and root for. For sticking through all good and bad that has happened over the past year. Thank you for allowing this crazy 21 year old kid from of all places the Philippines to be a part of a great familyStay tight, and I’ll see you guys next season.

Photo from the Houston Rockets
 
And that ends “The best season yet.” I’ll be on Twitter hiatus starting tomorrow (I’m still thinking about doing the same thing on Facebook as well) to get my own life in check, after all I need this time for my own life to take flight. I’m hoping I’ll be in a better state in life before the following season begins.
 
Until then, I’ll always be a proud Red Nation soldier 
from the Land of the Three Stars and a Sun 24/7/365.
 
Advertisements

Spurs get "SWEEP" revenge to advance to the NBA Finals.

Two years ago, the San Antonio Spurs suffered a tough defeat in the first round against the Memphis Grizzlies, this year they got their redemption as they knocked off the Grizzlies in a sweep of the Western Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals for the fifth time in franchise history.

Photos ©NBA
The Grizzlies pulled off their best season in franchise history as they made the trip to the Western Conference Finals for the first time after knocking out the reigning West champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. Led by Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Tony Allen. The Grizzlies used defense to their advantage in making the trip this season. Unfortunately for them, they suffered a ton of setbacks that led them getting swept by the Spurs. Their offense struggled throughout the series as they struggled shooting the ball on all ends from three point shooting to free throw shooting. Randolph also got a handful against the Spurs defense which have gone back up to the level we used to see them of. Add to that, they suffered a couple of heartbreaking overtime defeats in this series. To put everything in place, they lost to a better team.
 
The Spurs came in the series after knocking out the Golden State Warriors in 6 games, and came out swinging in the series, blowing the Grizzlies in Game 1, then pulling off two straight overtime victories before sweeping the brooms in Game 4. The Spurs are a better offensive team than what we have seen from them in previous years as defense had been a staple for this franchise. Tony Parker shot magnificently throughout the series and the Spurs were able to dissect the Grizzlies defense apart with tough screens and great ball movement, something we haven’t seen from them most of the times. Add to that, the shot the free throws well throughout the series. Tim Duncan turned back the clock with his near unstoppable plays. Players like Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter have also contributed big in this run for them. Now they return to the NBA Finals where they won it all in four trips, the last one was in 2007. They’ll be ready to bring the title back to the Alamo City, six years after they last won it.
 
The Spurs will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. The series currently stands with the Heat leading 2-1.
 
As for the Grizzlies, their magnificent playoff comes to a tough and bitter end. Now the question looms on the players that will stay and go for this franchise. Even the fate of head coach Lionel Hollins is in question. They had a great run this year, but they lost to a better team.
 
Here are the scores from all games of the series:
GAME 1 @ San Antonio: Grizzlies 85-103 Spurs
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Pondexter 17, Gasol 15, Conley 14
Rebounds: Gasol 7, Randolph 7
Assists: Conley 8, Bayless 5
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 20, Leonard 18, Green 16
Rebounds: Duncan 10, Ginobili 5, Green 4
Assists: Parker 9, Duncan 4, Ginobili 3, Green 3
 
GAME 2 @ San Antonio: Grizzlies 89-93 Spurs (OT)
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Conley 18, Bayless 18, Randolph 15
Rebounds: Randolph 18, Gasol 14, Pondexter 9
Assists: Conley 4, Gasol 4, Randolph 3, Bayless 3
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 17, Parker 15, Splitter 14
Rebounds: Duncan 9, Leonard 9, Parker 5, Joseph 5
Assists: Parker 18, Ginobili 4, Duncan 3
 
GAME 3 @ Memphis: Spurs 104-93 Grizzlies (OT)
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 26, Duncan 24, Ginobili 19
Rebounds: Leonard 11, Duncan 10, Ginobili 7
Assists: Parker 5, Duncan 5, Ginobili 5
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Conley 20, Gasol 16, Pondexter 15
Rebounds: Randolph 15, Gasol 14, Allen 7
Assists: Gasol 5, Conley 4, Bayless 4
 
GAME 4 @ Memphis: Spurs 93-86 Grizzlies
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 37, Duncan 15, Leonard 11
Rebounds: Duncan 8, Ginobili 6, Leonard 6
Assists: Parker 6, Ginobili 6, Splitter 3, Diaw 3
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Pondexter 22, Gasol 14, Randolph 13
Rebounds: Randolph 8, Allen 8, Conley 6, Arthur 6
Assists: Conley 7, Gasol 5
 
Spurs win series 4-0
 
K-Smoove

NBA Daily Blog Western Conference Finals: THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER ADVANCE TO THE NBA FINALS. WINS GAME 6 VS THE SPURS 107-99.

Kevin Durant and Derek Fisher celebrate the Thunder advancing to the NBA Finals
Photo ©NBA/Thunder.com

The Oklahoma City Thunder are heading to the NBA Finals as they come back from a 18 point deficit to beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 107-99. The Thunder after a sloppy first half finished the game shooting 50% from the field and 56% from 3 point range. The Spurs who had a great first half finished flat shooting only 44% from the field and 42% from 3 point range. The Thunder advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since the team moved from Seattle where their last Finals appearance was in 1996 when they faced the Chicago Bulls and lost in 6 games. The Thunder now await the winner from the Eastern Conference between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics with Game 6 coming up tomorrow in Boston with the Celtics leading the series 3-2.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with a double-double 34 points and 14 rebounds with 5 assists and 2 blocks on 9-17 FG shooting, 4-8 3PT shooting and 12-15 FT shooting. Russell Westbrook added 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists on 9-17 FG shooting, 1-1 3PT shooting and 6-7 FT shooting. James Harden off the bench added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists on 4-9 FG shooting, 3-4 3PT shooting and 5-6 FT shooting. Serge Ibaka added 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks on 4-8 FG shooting and 2-3 FT shooting. Derek Fisher scored 9 points on 4-7 FG shooting and 1-3 3PT shooting. Thabo Sefolosha also scored 9 points with 4 rebounds and 2 steals on 4-5 FG shooting and 1-2 FT shooting.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with a double-dobule 29 points and 12 assists with 2 steals on 12-27 FG shooting, 1-4 3PT shooting and 4-5 FT shooting. Tim Duncan also finished with a double-double 25 points and 14 rebounds with 2 blocks on 11-23 FG shooting and 3-4 FT shooting. Stephen Jackson off the bench added 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals on 6-7 3PT shooting and 5-6 FT shooting. Manu Ginobili added 10 points and 5 rebounds on 4-12 FG shooting and 2-8 FT shooting.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 12:34 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
#1 Spurs vs #2 Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER WIN SERIES 4-2

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
#2 Heat vs #4 Celtics (Celtics lead series 3-2)
Game 6: June 8, 8:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV, delayed telecast on ABS-CBN 9:00 am PHT

Even though the Thunder are heading to the NBA Finals, I feel sorry for the city of Seattle. 4 years after they moved out of town, there in the NBA Finals.
K-Smoove

NBA Daily Blog Western Conference Finals: Thunder seize control of the series, win Game 5 vs the Spurs on the road 108-103.

Kevin Durant and James Harden celebrate the Game 5 victory vs the Spurs
Photo ©NBA.com

The Oklahoma City Thunder have taken control of the Western Conference Finals as they defeat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 at the AT&T Center 108-103. The Thunder pick up the first victory by a road team in the Conference Finals as the home team was 8-0 prior to the game. The Thunder shot 50% from the filed while the Spurs only shot 46%. Both teams shot 38% from 3 point range. The Thunder now lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 back in Oklahoma City on June 7 as they have the opportunity to advance to the NBA Finals with a victory at home.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals on 10-19 FG shooting, 2-6 3PT shooting and 5-6 FT shooting. Russell Westbrook finished with a double-double 23 points and 12 assists with 4 rebounds and 4 steals on 9-24 FG shooting and 5-5 FT shooting. James Harden off the bench added 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals on 6-11 FG shooting, 3-4 3PT shooting and 5-6 FT shooting. Serge Ibaka added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks on 4-6 FG shooting. Daequan Cook scored 8 points on 3-3 FG shooting and 2-2 3PT shooting. Kendrick Perkins pulled down 10 rebounds.

Manu Ginobili who started the game instead of coming off the bench led the Spurs with 34 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals on 11-21 FG shooting, 5-10 3PT shoting and 7-8 FT shooting. Tony Parker added 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists on 5-14 FG shooting and 10-12 FT shooting. Tim Duncan finished with a double-double 18 points and 12 rebounds on 7-10 FG shooting and 4-5 FT shooting. Stephen Jackson off the bench added 13 points, 3 assists and 2 steals on 5-9 FG shooting and 3-6 3PT shooting. Rookie Kawhi Leonard pulled down 10 rebounds.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 12:20 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
#1 Spurs vs #2 Thunder (Thunder lead series 3-2)
Game 6: June 7, 9:00 am PHT on ABS-CBN, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

#2 Heat vs #4 Celtics (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5: June 6, 8:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV, delayed telecast on ABS-CBN 9:00 am PHT
K-Smoove

NBA Daily Blog Western Conference Finals: Thunder even up series vs the Spurs with Game 4 victory 109-103.

Kevin Durant takes over in Game 4
Photo ©NBA.com

The Oklahoma City Thunder even up the Western Conference Finals as they defeat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 109-103. The Thunder shot 56% from the field, while the Spurs shot 50%. The Thunder outrebounded the Spurs 41-31, and had more assists than the Spurs 27-20. Game 5 will be back in San Antonio on June 5 as this series goes down into a Best of 3.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 36 points (18 in the 4th quarter), 8 assists and 6 rebounds while shooting 13-20 from the field, 1-2 from 3 point rang, and 9-9 from the free throw line. Serge Ibaka scored a career high 26 points with 5 rebounds and 3 blocks on 11-11 shooting from the field which ties 2nd all time in NBA playoff history in field goals made without a miss in a single game, he also shot 4-4 from the free throw line. Kendrick Perkins added 15 points and 9 rebounds on 7-9 shooting from the field. James Harden off the bench added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists on 4-13 shooting from the field and 2-3 shooting from 3 point range. Nick Collison added 8 points and 2 steals on 4-5 shooting from the field. Russell Westbrook added 7 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Thabo Sefolosha added 6 points and 6 rebounds.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 21 points and 8 rebounds on 9-17 shooting from the field and 3-7 from the free throw line. Rookie Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and 9 rebounds on 7-8 shooting from the field an 3-4 shooting from 3 point range. Manu Ginobili off the bench added 13 points and 4 assists on 4-7 shooting from the field, 2-3 shooting from 3 point range and 3-3 shooting from the free throw line. Tony Parker and Boris Diaw each scored 12 points. Parker added 4 assists on 5-15 shooting from the field. Diaw added 7 rebounds on 5-11 shooting from the field and 2-4 shooting from 3 point range. Stephen Jackson scored 11 points on 4-6 shooting from the field and 2-3 shooting from 3 point range.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 11:30 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

#1 Spurs vs #2 Thunder (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5: June 5, 9:00 am PHT on ABS-CBN, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS#2 Heat vs #4 Celtics (Heat lead series 2-1)
Game 4: June 4, 8:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV, delayed telecast on ABS-CBN 9:00 am PHT


K-Smoove

NBA Daily Blog Western Conference Finals: Thunder take Game 3, snaps the Spurs 20 game winning streak 102-82.

Kevin Durant drives on Kawhi Leonard
Photo ©NBA.com

The Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back on their home floor as they defeat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of their series at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 102-82. With the win, the Thunder snap the Spurs’ winning streak at 20 (which included 10 straight in the playoffs). After trailing 22-24 at the end of the 1st, the Thunder outscored the Spurs 80-58 (including a 32-17 2nd quarter). The Thunder had more steals than the Spurs 14-2 while forcing the Spurs to 21 turnovers compared to only 8 turnovers for the Thunder. The Thunder shot 46% from the field compared to the Spurs’ 40%. Game 4 will be back in Oklahoma City on June 3.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists on 8-17 FG shooting and 6-6 FT shooting. Thabo Sefolosha added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals on 7-16 FG shooting and 4-10 3PT shooting while doing an excellent job of defending Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and the other wing men of the Spurs. James Harden off the bench added 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists on 5-10 FG shooting and 4-4 FT shooting. Serge Ibaka added 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals on 5-9 FG shooting and 4-4 FT shooting. Russell Westbrook had an all-around game with 10 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks.

Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson off the bench led the Spurs with both scoring 16 points each. Parker shot 6-12 from the field, 2-4 from 3 point range, with 4 assists. Jackson shot 6-7 from the field, 4-5 from 3 point range. Tim Duncan struggled with 11 points on 5-15 FG shooting while blocking 5 shots as he now leads the NBA all-time in playoff career blocks. DeJuan Blair added 10 points and 6 rebounds on 5-7 FG shooting. Manu Ginobili was held to 8 points on 1-5 FG shooting and 5-5 FT shooting with 6 rebounds.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 12:16 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

#1 Spurs vs #2 Thunder (Spurs lead series 2-1)
Game 4: June 3, 9:00 am PHT on ABS-CBN, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV (replay on Studio 23 9:30 pm PHT)

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

#2 Heat vs #3 Celtics (Heat lead series 2-0)
Game 3: June 2, 8:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV, delayed telecast on ABS-CBN 9:00 am PHT (replay on Studio 23 9:30 pm PHT)

K-Smoove

NBA Daily Blog Western Conference Finals: Spurs take Game 2 vs Thunder 120-111. Spurs extend win streak to 20, stays perfect 10-0 in the playoffs.

Tony Parker shoots over Kevin Durant
Photo ©NBA.com

The San Antonio Spurs keep on winning in the 2012 NBA Playoffs as they defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at the AT&T Center 120-111. The Spurs have now won 20 straight games (10 straight in the playoffs) which is one of the best winning streaks in NBA history. Excellent ball movement and hot shooting won the game for the Spurs as they beat the Thunder in assists 27-19 and field goal pecentage 55.1%-42.0%. The series now shifts to Oklahoma City on June 1 as the Thunder would look to bounce back on their home floor.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 34 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds on 16-21 FG shooting. Manu Ginobili off the bench added 20 points and 4 assists. Rookie Kawhi Leonard finished with a double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds with 2 blocks. Tim Duncan also finished with a double-double 11 points and 12 rebounds with 6 assists and 4 blocks. Danny Green added 10 points and 5 rebounds.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 31 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. James Harden off the bench added 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals before fouling out in the 4th quarter. Russell Westbrook added 27 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Derek Fisher added 10 points and 3 rebounds.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 12:19 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

#1 Spurs vs #2 Thunder (Spurs lead series 2-0)
Game 3: June 1, 9:00 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV, delayed telecast on ABS-CBN 10:00 am PHT (replay on Studio 23 9:30 pm PHT)EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

#2 Heat vs #4 Celtics (Heat lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 31, 8:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV, delayed telecast on ABS-CBN 10:00 am PHT (replay on Studio 23 9:30 pm PHT)

K-Smoove