Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Goodbye Suns & Mavs!

Two teams that had been considered amongst the Western Conference elite were dismissed from the NBA Playoffs on Tuesday night. Dallas was booted from the postseason in the 1st round for the second consecutive time. Phoenix who drew the unfortunate task of facing the world champion Spurs in round 1 was also put out of their misery in a 92-87 loss.

The Dallas Mavericks lost in the first round last year in what was a definite shocker. The Golden State Warriors played spoilers as they upset the #1 seed, a team many had penciled in as NBA champs. Now this year, the Mavs had traded to acquire Jason Kidd as their point guard, but were facing a younger point guard in Chris Paul, who may be this year's Most Valuable Player. Dallas managed to pull off 1 win, but New Orleans closed it out for the 4-1 series win Tuesday night. Paul was impressive in his playoff debut, putting up a stat line superior to several other legendary guards, including Magic Johnson. In Game 5, he achieved a triple double with 24 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds, propelling his team to a win. Dirk had 22 points and 13 boards in the losing effort, and Jerry Stackhouse was ejected in the 4th.

Paul's triple-double helps Hornets oust Mavs with 99-94 win

In the other playoff ousting, it was the Spurs putting an end to Phoenix' hopes for a comeback. Despite gaining 1 victory (a rout of 105-86 on Sunday), the Suns faced the impossible 3-1 deficit against a superior ball club. In Game 5, the Spurs shot 20-37 for free throws, and had 7 turnovers in the 4th quarter. One of the biggest came on a bad pass by Steve Nash which went out of bounds. The Suns were only down 2 points with about 30 seconds left and the turnover cost them the chance to tie or win the game. The Spurs now move on to face the aforementioned New Orleans Hornets in what could be a great matchup between quick point guards, as well as the veteran PF Duncan facing the younger frontcourt of Chandler and West.

Kenny Smith of TNT made the interesting point that both the Suns and Mavs made key trades during the season to acquire top stars (Jason Kidd and Shaquille O'Neal), but lost to teams that had stayed in tact and had experience. For the Suns, they brought in a behemoth yet slowed down Shaq, when they had a specific style of play, Run N Gun, which Shaq doesn't fit into. The Mavs didn't really lose much at all and gained Jason Kidd, so they may be the bigger mystery.

See for more on Tuesday night's action!

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At 4/30/2008 1:06 AM, Blogger LeoneL said...

Wow! That was fast.. hehehe

Great blog you got here. I'll be visiting again soon. :D


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