The NBA playoffs serve as a huge reality check for teams, showing them their true weaknesses and where they have to get better if they want to win a title.
The Dallas Mavericks didn’t even get to enjoy their first NBA title for an entire year.
Kevin Durant finally found his postseason shooting touch, and the Thunder never trailed on the way to a 95-79 victory over the Mavericks on Thursday night.
Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant added 26 in an off-shooting performance and the Oklahoma City Thunder clawed out a 102-99 victory over defending champion Dallas on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
Kevin Durant was determined to not let the Oklahoma City Thunder lose another playoff game at home to Dallas.
With Tim Duncan playing a supporting role, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli have carried the Spurs on this great run. The team’s greatest strength might be its depth with a myriad of journeymen vets and D-Leaguers.
The playoffs are only about two weeks away, and there has been some serious power-shifting going on in the NBA. Let’s take a look at some of the trends and other quirky stories as we head into the playoffs.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is ready to “throw down” for Deron Williams. He’s looking at you, Dallas.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov isn’t about to let All-Star point guard Deron Williams leave without a fight.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and bailed out the Mavericks after they lost the lead following a 7 1/2-minute scoreless stretch in the fourth quarter, and Dallas beat the New York Knicks 95-85 on Tuesday night.
Sunday’s less-than-sensational game from Lin won’t do anything to curb the speculation that Baron Davis could eventually take over at point guard.
Brook Lopez scored 38 points in only his third game back from a broken right foot, and made the go-ahead free throws with 42 seconds left for the New Jersey Nets in a 93-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Linsanity lives! And now the championship talk begins.
Jeremy Lin scored 28 points and added a career-high 14 assists as the Knicks took down the defending champion Mavericks, 104-97.
Carmelo Anthony remains out but J.R. Smith and Baron Davis have an outside chance of playing Sunday against the Mavericks.