Western Conference Finals
Patrick Kane scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:45 to play, and the Chicago Blackhawks forced a decisive seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.
The Los Angeles Kings’ seven-game struggle in the first round exemplified their modus operandi over the last few years — rise to the occasion when it matters most, and, when it’s least expected. But why don’t we expect it?
The Blackhawks’ series lead has been trimmed to 2-1 with another game at the Staples Center — where the Kings have now won 15 straight — Thursday night.
Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists and the Spurs struck first in the Western Conference finals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83.
Kevin Durant had 34 points and 14 rebounds while playing all of regulation for the first time all season, leading the Thunder past the Spurs 107-99 and into the NBA Finals.
Some have pointed to a lack of effort as reason for the Devils’ impending demise, a theory I’m not buying.
Thabo Sefolosha set playoff career bests with 19 points and six steals, and the Thunder snapped San Antonio’s winning streak by beating the Spurs 102-82 in Game 3 on Thursday.
Parker had 34 points, Manu Ginobili added 20 points, and the Spurs stayed perfect in the playoffs with a 120-111 victory over the Thunder in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s caught-on-camera “I want some nasty!” command is likely coming soon to shirts and memes after they beat the Thunder 101-98 on Sunday.
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.
In most respects, the Mavericks and the Thunder are about as diametrically opposed as two teams can be. Now, most would automatically give a huge advantage to the Mavs because of their experience. I don’t.