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"Texas Sized Sweep" in Hollywood.

In a battle of two of the most decorated and battled tested teamsin the Western Conference. The team from the Lone Star Statedealt a sweepon the team wearing the purple and gold for the second time in three seasons. As the steady San Antonio Spurs knocked off a injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers out of the playoffs in a sweep to advance to the second round.

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The Lakers dealt with a lot of injury issues throughout their short playoff run this season as they lost the big star in Kobe Bryant to a knee injury prior to the start of the playoffs. But it wasn’t only Vino who got the injury bug as almost every Laker player went through injuries throughout the season from Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Metta World Peace, Jodie Meeks to name some on a season where expectations on this star-studded lineup were very high and unfortunately, ends up on a massive tail-spin which will be remembered for many years to come. Last time the Lakers got swept in the playoffs was 2 years back when another Texas team, the Dallas Mavericks took them out in the second round on their way to the NBA championship. However the difference this year is that the Spurs swept the Lakers on the road. Unlike the Mavericks who swept the Lakers on their home floor.
 
The steady Spurs took out the Lakers by a margin of almost 19 points a game. Led by their veteran triumvirateof Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. The healthier Spurs took full advantage of the Lakers’ injury woes. Including two huge road victoriesto wrap the series. The Spurs also enjoy a huge supporting cast featuring Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter, Gary Neal, and Matt Bonner to name a few. Of course, directed by their long-time head coach Gregg Popovich. The Spurs are poised to put their six year Finals absence behind them and win it all as their Drive for Five continues.
 
The Spurs will face the winner of the series between the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors.
 
As for the Lakers, there are a ton of questionscoming up for them in the off-season as Dwight Howard will be a free agent this season. As well as a ton of players on the trading block and who knows what may happen to head coach Mike D’Antoni during the off-season.
 
Now here are the scores from all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ San Antonio: Lakers 79-91 Spurs
 
Lakers leaders:
Points: Howard 20, Nash 16, Gasol 16

Rebounds: Gasol 16, Howard 15, World Peace 6
Assists: Gasol 6, Nash 3, Blake 3

Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 18, Ginobili 18, Duncan 17

Rebounds: Leonard 11, Duncan 10, Bonner 5
Assists: Parker 8, Splitter 4, Ginobili 3

GAME 2 @ San Antonio: Lakers 91-102 Spurs

Lakers leaders:
Points: Howard 16, Blake 16, Gasol 13, World Peace 13
Rebounds: Howard 9, Gasol 9, Blake 6
Assists: Nash 6, Gasol 4

Spurs leaders: 
Points: Parker 28, Duncan 16, Leonard 16
Rebounds: Leonard 7, Duncan 5, Ginobili 5, Bonner 5
Assists: Parker 7, Ginobili 7

GAME 3 @ Los Angeles: Spurs 120-89 Lakers

Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 26, Parker 20, Blair 13
Rebounds: Duncan 9, Blair 7, Splitter 6
Assists: Parker 7, Green 4, Joseph 4

Lakers leaders:
Points: Howard 25, Morris 24, Goudelock 20
Rebounds: Gasol 13, Howard 11, Hill 5
Assists: Gasol 10, Morris 5

GAME 4 @ Los Angeles: Spurs 103-82 Lakers

Spurs leaders:

Points: Parker 23, Leonard 13, Blair 13
Rebounds: Leonard 7, Duncan 6, Green 5, Blair 5
Assists: Ginobili 6, Joseph 6, Parker 4

Lakers leaders:
Points: Gasol 16, Goudelock 14, Jamison 12
Rebounds: Gasol 8, Howard 8, Clark 6
Assists: Duhon 7, Morris 6, Gasol 5

Spurs win series 4-0

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The Champs just "Sweep the Deer"

Well, in what I will say as the most lopsided matchup I have ever seen in the NBA Playoffs. It’s the defending champions + best team in the NBA this season against a team who made it to the playoffs with a losing record. The defending champions proved to be too much for these “Young Deers” as the Miami Heat will continue their quest for a repeat as they knock off the Milwaukee Bucks in a sweep to advance to the second round.

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The Bucks fought hard in this series as they kept it close against the Heat fueled by the bold statement guard Brandon Jennings gave prior to the playoffs, in which he said that they will knock the champions out of the first round. Well, last season, the 8th-seed in the East Philadelphia 76ers knocked off the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in six games, as the Bulls who lost Derrick Rose to a torn ACL in their Game 1 victory was never the same team that topped the NBA afterwards. The Sixers would have a nice battle in Round 2 against the Boston Celtics, they took them to 7 games before losing on the road. Unfortunately for Jennings and the Bucks, his statements backfired and the Heat just swept them out of the playoffs with big margins averaging almost 15 points a game.
 
LeBron James has been on a tear for the Heat, leading their chase for the repeat as he is well on his way to winning his 4th MVP Title and a second back-to-back after doing it with his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2009 and 2010. The spotlight may be on him, but he’s getting help with the rest of the infamous but star-studded trio of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. As well as the rest of the roster from Ray Allen, Chris Andersen, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem to name a few. The Heat are a well-oiled machine and still the favorites to represent the East in the NBA Finals this season.
 
The Heat will face the winner of the series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls in the second round. (As of the time of this writing, the Bulls lead the series 3-1, with Game 5 coming up tomorrow in Brooklyn).
 
As for the Bucks, they picked up hard lessons from this series. Especially on a season of transition as they switched coaches from Scott Skiles to Jim Boylan (which happened before in Chicago). They are one of the youngest teams in the NBA and still have a lot of room to grow in the years to come.
 
Now here are the scores for all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ Miami: Bucks 87-110 Heat
 
Bucks leaders:
Points: Jennings 26, Ellis 22
Rebounds: Ilyasova 6, Sanders 5, Henson 5
Assists: Ellis 3, Redick 3
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 27, Allen 20, Wade 16
Rebounds: James 10, Bosh 7, Andersen 7
Assists: James 8, Wade 5
 
GAME 2 @ Miami: Bucks 86-98 Heat

Bucks leaders:
Points: Ilyasova 21, Dunleavy Jr 16, Sanders 14
Rebounds: Ilyasova 6, Sanders 6, Dunleavy Jr 6
Assists: Jennings 5, Ellis 5, Dunleavy Jr 5
 
Heat leaders:
Points: Wade 21, James 19
Rebounds: James 8, Bosh 6, Haslem 6, Andersen 6
Assists: James 6, Allen 4, Wade 3
 
GAME 3 @ Milwaukee: Heat 104-91 Bucks
 
Heat leaders:
Points: Allen 23, James 22, Bosh 16
Rebounds: Bosh 14, Wade 9, Andersen 6
Assists: Wade 11, Chalmers 8, James 6
 
Bucks leaders:
Points: Jennings 16, Sanders 16, Ilyasova 15
Rebounds: Sanders 11, Ilyasova 8, Mbah a Moute 6
Assists: Jennings 8, Ellis 6, Ilyasova 4
 
GAME 4 @ Milwaukee: Heat 88-77 Bucks

Heat leaders:
Points: James 30, Allen 16, Haslem 13
Rebounds: James 8, Chalmers 8, Allen 7
Assists: James 7, Chalmers 6, Miller 4
 
Heat win series 4-0
 
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Nets stay perfect in 2013. The Lakers drama continues. Scott Skiles resigns as Bucks coach.

One team stays perfect in 2013, the drama continues in Tinseltown, and another coach is gone in the middle of the season. Here are the highlights of Week 11 of the 2012-13 NBA season.

Nets stay perfect in 2013.
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The start of 2013 has gone well for the Brooklyn Nets, as they have gone 5-0 early into the new year as they have propeled themselves back into contention for a top seed in the Eastern Conference as they currently sit in 4th placetied with the Atlanta Hawksat 21-15 and are. Their current win streak includes a blowout victory against the defending Western Conference Champions Oklahoma City Thunder on the road to open 2013. Interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo has gone 7-1 since taking over the coaching duties for the Nets from Avery Johnson with their lone blemish coming at the hands of San Antonio Spurs on the road. With the ballhandling of all-star guard Deron Williams, together with the scoring of another all-star Joe Johnson, as well as the inside presence of Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and Reggie Evans who has been a revelation for the Nets this season. The Nets have found success and now are poised to challenge for a top spot in the Eastern Conference.
 
The Purple and Gold drama continues.
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Out West though, one team has yet to pick up a win in the new year, and the surprising fact about it, is that the team who are on the hook are the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have suffered defeats in the six games they have played so far in 2013losing to tough teams out West like the conference‘s top three of the Thunder, their cotenants in Staples Center theClippers and the Spurs as well as competitive West teams like the Rockets and Nuggets, and a lone East defeat against the 76ers at home. Also, the injury bug has hit the Lakers at the worst possible time as their big men of Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are currently nursing injuries. Howard and Gasol will be back on the floor soon enough, however Hill will miss the remainder of the season to a hip injury. Despite a valiant effort by Kobe Bryant to keep them afloat the Lakers are sitting in 11th place in the Western Conferenceat 15-21, 5 games off the 8th seed out West which is currently held by the Houston Rockets. Head coach Mike D’Antoni has been disappointing in his performance with the Lakers angering an already restless fanbase as shown in their last game against the Thunder with regular Laker fan actor Jack Nicholson alongside fellow actor Adam Sandlerleaving Staples Center in the fourth quarter. If things don’t change, the Lakers could be well on their way to missing the playoffs for only the sixth time in their illustrious franchise history spanning 16 championships (11 of them won in Los Angeles.) We could be seeing the playoffs with the Clippers advancing and the Lakersheading for an early off-season. How rare are we going to see that moment if it does play out.
 
Scott Skiles resigns as coach of the Bucks.
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Another coach during the season was shown the door out this week as Scott Skiles filed his resignation as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks after a 16-16 record which saw them fall down in the standings in the Eastern Conference. Skiles is the third coach this season to be relieved during the season. Jim Boylan was named the interim head coach of the Bucks after Skiles’ resignation. The Skiles to Boylan transition is not something new as in 2007, Boylan took over from Skiles (after Pete Myers) with the Chicago Bulls after the team went on a 9-16 startunder Skiles, but Boylan‘s tenure was uneventful as the Bulls missed the playoffs that season. With his resignation, Skiles finishes his tenure in Milwaukee with a 162-182 record spanning his more than four year tenure with the Bucks. Will Boylan be able to turn the Bucks’fortunes around? That we will find out in the coming days.

Meanwhile in Week 10, two players won their second Player of the Week honors this seasonwith James Harden of the Houston Rockets taking the honors in the Western Conference, while Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks wins in the Eastern Conference.


Here are the standings across the association:

Western Conference:
1. Thunder (28-8), 2. Clippers (28-9), 3. Spurs (28-11), 4. Grizzlies (24-11), 5. Warriors (23-12), 6. Nuggets (22-16), 7. Trail Blazers (20-16), 8. Rockets (21-17), 9. Jazz (20-19), 10. Timberwolves (16-17), 11. Lakers (15-21), 12. Mavericks (15-23), 13. Kings (13-24), 14. Suns (13-26), 15. Hornets (11-25)

Eastern Conference:
1. Heat (24-11), 2. Knicks (23-13), 3. Pacers (23-14), 4. Nets (21-15), 5. Hawks (21-15), 6. Bulls (20-14), 7. Celtics (19-17), 8. Bucks (18-17), 9. 76ers (16-22), 10. Raptors (14-22), 11. Pistons (14-24), 12. Magic (13-23), 13. Bobcats (9-27), 14. Cavaliers (929), 15. Wizards (6-29)

Stay tuned as a brand new edition of the NBA weekly blog comes your way next week.

K-Smoove
P.S.
I have not been blogging about my life stories for a while, since I’m getting busy with other important things I need to accomplish. I’ll write one soon as I get a free day.

Grizzlies streaking atop the West. Fear the Deer in Milwaukee. Mike D’Antoni, new coach for the Lakers.

Surprise! Surprise! Teams that people least expect to lead their conferences are now doing so right now, and a coaching change completed in Tinseltown. Here are the happenings from Week 3 of the 2012-13 NBA season.

Grizzlies streaking out West.
Photo ©NBA/Grizzlies.com
After starting the season with a loss against the team that booted them out last season in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers in L.A., the Memphis Grizzlies are right now the hottest team in the NBA as they have won the next seven games after their opening night defeat against the Clippers. Yesterday, they gave the then undefeated New York Knicks their first defeat of the season with a 105-95 victory at home. Now the Grizzlies, have taken the reigns from the San Antonio Spurs as the best team in the Western Conference. For the Grizzlies, they are led by a four-man machine led by Rudy Gay who leads the team in scoring at 19.8 points per game (together with 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per outing), Zach Randolph who leads the team in rebounding at 13.9 rebounds per game (alongside 17.2 points per outing), Spaniard Marc Gasol who leads the team in blocks at 1.3 per outing (together with 15.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per outing), and Mike Conley who leads the team in assists at 6.4 per outing as well in steals at 2.0 per outing (alongside 14.8 points per outing). The Grizzlies also have other good players to back up these four men like Tony Allen who is the defensive dynamo for this squad, together with Quincy Pondexter, Jerryd Bayless, Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington. Things are looking bright from this squad from Tennessee, who knows? We could see them atop the league at the end of the season. With a stacked lineup and team that quote themselves as “We Don’t Bluff City”. These Grizzlies are there to make some noise in the ever-always “Wild Wild West”.
 
Fear the Deer!
Photo ©NBA/Bucks.com
 
It has been a long time since this team was relevant in the NBA, but this season, there are more reasons to say Fear the Deer!” The Milwaukee Bucks, who are currently in 2nd in the Eastern Conference behind the New York Knicks have found their groove at the same time surprising everyone in the Eastern Conference, as right now they are ahead of more popular teams like the reigning champions Miami Heat as well as the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, and division rivals the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers. Led by one of the best backcourt duos in Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, the Bucks are in early position to make some noise in the Eastern Conference. Jennings, the face of these new look Bucks team is averaging 17.5 points per outing, he leads the team in assists at 8.0 per outing as well as steals averaging 3.3 per game. Ellis, who joined the Bucks from Golden State mid-season is leading the team in scoring at 20.3 points per game (together with 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game). Aside from the explosive backcourt duo, the Bucks have a lot of players who can step up like Mike Dunleavy Jr., Larry Sanders, Tobias Harris, Ersan Ilyasova, Beno Udrih and Samuel Dalembert to name a few. Every player on the Bucks roster can contribute. Especially in a division where favored teams like the Bulls and Pacers are going through injury issues. These guys from Wisconsin have the capability to steal the Central Division crown. Like they say there, FEAR THE DEER!
 
Mike D’Antoni, new coach of the Lakers.
Photo ©NBA/Lakers.com

Days after Mike Brown was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Another “Mikewill take over the coaching reins for the purple and gold, by the name of Mike D‘Antoni. D’Antoni who was notable for his coaching stints with the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knickswas named the new head coach for the Lakers and was selected over the more popular choice among Laker fans in the name of “The Zen Master” Phil Jackson.
 
D’Antoni’s coaching record in the regular season stands at 388-339 (53.3%) in 10 seasons as head coach (Denver, Phoenix & New York) and is 26-29 (47.3%) in 5 playoff appearances (4 with the Suns, 1 with the Knicks.) D‘Antoni will also reunite with Steve Nash whom he coached to two MVP trophies in 2005 and 2006 with the Suns.
 
Right now there are a lot of questions for the franchise, will D’Antoni’s hiring as coach bring the Lakers out of the flux in the Western Conference and into contending for a championship where many pundits wrote about them especially with the arrivals of both Nash and Dwight Howard to join forces with Kobe Bryant and Paul Gasol. We’ll see if a proud franchise can make a large fan base happy about this season with D’Antoni calling the shots. He will make his coaching debut in Los Angeles as the Lakers will face the Houston Rockets tomorrow.
 
Meanwhile, LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week respectively.
 
Here’s how the teams are faring right now in the NBA:
 
Western Conference:
1. Grizzlies (8-1), 2. Spurs (8-2), 3. Clippers (7-2), 4. Thunder (7-3), 5. Warriors (5-4), 6. Timberwolves (5-4), 7. Mavericks (6-5), 8. Jazz (5-6), 9. Trail Blazers (4-5), 10. Lakers (4-5), 11. Rockets (4-5), 12. Nuggets (4-6), 13. Hornets (3-5), 14. Suns (4-7), 15. Kings (2-7)
 
Eastern Conference:
1. Knicks (6-1), 2. Bucks (6-2), 3. Heat (8-3), 4. Nets (5-2), 5. Celtics (6-4), 6. Bulls (5-4), 7. 76ers (5-4), 8. Bobcats (4-4), 9. Hawks (4-4), 10. Pacers (4-6), 11. Magic (3-5), 12. Cavaliers (2-7), 13. Raptors (2-7), 14. Pistons (1-9), 15. Wizards (0-7)
 
All teams have tasted defeat this season, only the Washington Wizards have yet to taste a victory this season. We have some surprise teams on in the early hunt like the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves (they’re doing it without stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, as well as some players who are also out with injuries and are playing hurt)out West, while the Brooklyn Nets are living up to the hype since their move from New Jersey, while the Charlotte Bobcats are at .500 as of the moment. 
 
Watch out for the next edition of my weekly NBA blog next week.
 
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