Sunday, May 11, 2008

2 Games & 2 Coaches

Saturday featured two Eastern Conference playoff games with Orlando hosting Detroit and Cleveland returning home to host the Boston Celtics. It wasn't pretty for Boston or Hedo Turkoglu though.

In the Detroit-Orlando game it came down to 8.9 seconds to go with the Pistons up by 1. For some reason the winning play was drawn up for Hedo Turkoglu. Not that he can't score or hasn't won games before, but you'd have to wonder why Dwight Howard can't be "the Man" when it comes to final shots down low. True, there is a "Hack a Howard" going on, due to the fact he can't hit free throws. But he is capable of putting the ball in the hoop when he's down low. Either way, Turkoglu's drive resulted in a botched layup which bounced off the backboard/rim area and gave Detroit a slim victory. Detroit now commands with a 3-1 series lead which they can close out next week.

In the late night game it was the Boston Celtics against the Cleveland Cavs. Cleveland came out extremely hot at home, and was up by over 20 at some points. The Celtics seemed lackluster and two of their former roster, Delonte West and Wally Sczerbiak put a hurting on them. The Cavs ended up with a rout of the best team in the East, who oddly enough can't win playoff games on the road. I'd be quick to say this would hurt their title chances, but they have the best record in the NBA, giving them that homecourt advantage throughout.

Two coaches have also been assigned to new teams. Rick Carlisle will be at the helm in Dallas, while Mike D'Antoni will look to resurrect the New York Knicks. Good luck to both!

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