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Number of Kendrick Perkins clutch time baskets (last 5 mins within 5) this season before that: Zero.
Perkins in position under the basket and Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol weren't even in the paint when Westbrook's shot hit the rim.
Now I've seen everything
Slight difference in the 7 seeds between the 2 conferences
That shot by Kevin Durant was just a ridiculous thing a human shouldn't be able to do. Best athletes in the world play in the NBA.
Mike Miller, the bane of Oklahoma.
The Kevin Durant follow-through stance >>>
Beno Udrih, just playing like a guy who has two championship rings.
Good thing Adam Silver wasn't in place for Pat Riley's STFU moment. Masai Ujiri fined $25,000 for his welcome of the Nets to Toronto.
Amazing that Tony Allen and Bruce Bowen never won. Again, there's a bias against 1-on-1 perimeter defenders, whose job has never been harder
Should be noted that Ron Artest & Gary Payton r only 2 perimeter players to win DPOY since Jordan in 87-88. Other 24 went to C/PF.
LeBron's best defensive season, by the numbers, was 2011-12. Chandler won that one. This season was down, on the whole.
LeBron will get a DPOY b4 he retires. Think it happens when he is required to do less offensively, doesn't need to conserve.
When team employees vote . . . Al McCoy (Suns) had P.J. Tucker No. 1 on his Defensive Player of Year ballot . . .
Interesting, TNT analyst Steve Kerr had LeBron James as his Defensive Player of the Year.
Joakim Noah wins Defensive Player of the Year in landslide. Hibbert 2nd. LeBron 6th. Didn't have a vote 4 this, but Noah would have been it.
LeBron finishes sixth in Defensive Player of the Year voting. Award to Joakim Noah.
Dwight Howard on Beverley's knee: "I think he went home and just shook his leg a million times and it popped back into place. Pretty crazy.”
Many of the Heat's weird positive statistical outliers this season feature James Jones on the court. Yesterday wasn't a fluke.
I'd say those (LeBron) James/James (Jones) numbers are a small sample size fluke. But it's been like that for 4 years.
LeBron James & James Jones played 129 mins together this season. The Heat? Plus-74. James & Greg Oden played 150 mins together. Heat? Flat.
Someone's playing "Happy" while 150 of us wait for 3 open windows at Broward County Clerk of Courts. If it works here, it will work anywhere
Patrick Beverley just took about a hundred jumpers here at practice. Said he fully expects to play in Game 2 Wed.
Bobcats coach Steve Clifford: "If it was a city different than Miami, we might have stayed." Bobcats flew back to Charlotte yesterday.
Kemba still upbeat today: "We love the challenge and we look forward to giving these guys a run for their money the rest of the series."
Steve Clifford on going back home after Game 1: "Let's face it, if it was a city different from Miami, we might have stayed."
Kemba Walker: "I do think I'll have to step my game up, but so will other guys.... We've played well without Al."
Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says on conference call that center Al Jefferson will not practice tomorrow and will be day-to-day.
Al Jefferson is in a walking boot and won't practice tomorrow. Steve Clifford lists him as day-to-day.
Steve Clifford, on conference call, says w/ Al Jefferson's potential mobility issues, he'll need to use more P&R.
Another interesting # from SportVU: LeBron had just one drive in Game 1, one fewer than Chris Bosh. Wade had 10, and Chalmers had 7.
Overlooked performer of Game 1: Chris Andersen. He had 12 rebound opportunities, according to SportVU, and he grabbed 10 rebounds.
Mid-range jumpers tonight: LaMarcus Aldridge 12, Houston Rockets 12. (You know I'll be tracking this all series)
After tonight, Dwight Howard is now 11/15 (73.3 percent) on FTs in playoff games within 3 in the final minute. He's a career 57% FT shooter.
Whatever team comes out of the West is going to look like Jon Snow when he got back to Castle Black
Ballgame. Blazers down 10 with 3:58 left in regulation, win in overtime 122-120 in Houston.
Six more of those, please...
Heard on press row: "Who the h*ll is Freeland?"
Lillard beating the Rockets & the officials would be a satisfying way to end the night
Mavs-Spurs feels like it was a week ago.
Ball does lie, apparently
Only three players since 1986 have put up 46 & 18 in a playoff game: Hakeem Olajuwon, Dwight Howard ... and now LaMarcus Aldridge.
LaMarcus Aldridge has 46 and 18.
When I'm tired tomorrow, I'm blaming Sally Draper, Tyrion Lannister & Damian Lillard.
"Time to go to bed; it's a school night." - hopefully no parent in Houston/Portland area.
And for Houston, give it to Harden & hope a Blazer breathes somewhere in his vicinity.
Lillard for the kill, right?
Gotta go for the 3 here if you're the Blazers.
Dwight Howard back on the floor.
Dwight Howard at the scorer's table.
Dwight on the bench.
Dwight Howard just got away with a cheap shot on Robin Lopez... Lopez picks up a T.
Lillard looks like he's going to keep playing.
Damian Lillard just limped to the bench.
Patrick Beverley galloping down the floor after Mo William sends him into the stanchion. He's enjoying this.
LaMarcus Aldridge just pulled a Dwyane Wade. LMA's last 3 came over a month ago.
Blazers current eFG%: 34.3 percent. Season-low? 36.8 percent (1/28 vs. MEM)
Fouls for everyone!
Houston crowd booing the referees as they exit the court. Omer Asik and Dwight Howard each have three fouls.
Terrence Jones at the 5. Robin Lopez and LMA still in.
Dwight Howard just picked up his third PF. And a tech for dumping the ball on Robin Lopez.
Wes Matthews caught James Harden napping. Surprise, surprise.
Rockets on 20-6 run.
LaMarcus Aldridge after one: 12 pts, 8 reb, 2 blk and altered several more. Blazers up 27-20.
LaMarcus Aldridge has been a beast around the rim. 10 pts, 5 reb, 2 blocks. Dwight Howard: 0-4 FG, 0 points.
Twin Tower time. Omer Asik and Dwight Howard on the floor together.
How badly did James Harden flop there? They showed the replay here in Houston and fans were silent.
Based on how most of these Game 1s have gone, I'm going to have to go with the Blazers on this one.
Dwight Howard and James Harden slow back in transition. Wes Matthews wide open 3, putback by LMA. Boom.
Wife was annoyed at that one woman right in the middle who "just couldn't wear the red shirt already".
Just imagine if the Celtics beat the Wizards in the regular-season finale. Heat vs WASH would have been interesting
Bulls should really be down 10 points with that offensive interference basket from Noah.
First impression of Toyota Center: HOLY JUMBOTRON
Check that: 7 years since last Gm 1 in Houston. They were a rare homecourt No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 Utah in 2007. Lost in 7.
Just arrived to the Toyota Center. Been 17 years since Houston hosted a first-round Game 1. http://t.co/Ido9idijTz
Chris Bosh has had plantar faciiitis and it lingered for weeks. When told about Jefferson, he was sympathetic. "That is a terrible injury."