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Posted on: April 30, 2010 5:09 am
 

NBA Rewind: Hot Shots / Cold Shots

Sure, basketball is a team game... but individual performances can still spell the difference between playoff success and failure. In this feature, we take a look at the players who made the biggest impact, good or bad, on the day's results. Which player made the most efficient use of his offensive touches to help his team win the game? Which player's misses cost his team a shot at victory?

Here's what we've got...

Let us know how we did. Did we choose the right guys? Who would you add or subtract?


HOT SHOT - Jason Richardson







28 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 4-4
Jumpers: 6-11
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 10-16
3FG: 5-8
FT: 3-3





COLD SHOT - Jason Terry







2 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 0-2
Jumpers: 1-5
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 1-7
3FG: 0-2
FT: 0-0




COLD SHOT - Brandon Roy







14 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 2-4
Jumpers: 2-12
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 4-16
3FG: 1-8
FT: 5-5




COLD SHOT - LaMarcus Aldridge







16 Points

Field Goal Selection
Layups: 0-1
Jumpers: 3-13
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 5-17
3FG: 0-1
FT: 6-8



COLD SHOT - Jason Kidd







3 Points

Field Goal Selection

Layups: 0-0
Jumpers: 1-6
Dunks: 0-0
 
Scoring Breakdown
FGs: 1-6
3FG: 1-4
FT: 0-0
Posted on: April 30, 2010 1:59 am
Edited on: April 30, 2010 6:05 am
 

Spurs and Suns set for faceoff

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Manu Ginobili stepped off the podium and bumped into Dirk Nowitzki. They shook hands. Nowitzki gave his longtime foe a congratulatory slap on the back and Ginobili disappeared down the hallway.


Spurs 97, Mavericks 87 (San Antonio wins series, 4-2)

He was off to celebrate a playoff series win. Just like old times for the Spurs.

"We're thrilled that we beat them," Ginobili said. "We're really proud of it."

Nowitzki then sat down for a playoff ritual of his own -- dissecting yet another first-round failure by the Mavericks.

Ginobili scored 26 points and San Antonio survived blowing a 22-point lead to finish off the Mavericks 97-87 in Game 6 on Thursday night, getting payback after Dallas eliminated the Spurs a year ago in the opening round.

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Suns 99, Trail Blazers 90 (Phoenix wins series, 4-2)

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Jason Richardson scored 28 points, including five 3-pointers, and the Phoenix Suns advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 99-90 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 6 on Thursday night.

The Suns went up 53-41 at halftime and led by as many as 16 points in the second half. The Blazers tied it at 76 midway through the fourth quarter, but could not pull ahead.

Amare Stoudemire fouled LaMarcus Aldridge, who made one of two free throws to tie it at 76. Stoudemire's layup prevented Portland from taking the lead, and Goran Dragic added a rebound to put the Suns in front 80-76.

Phoenix extended it on two consecutive layups and a 3-pointer from Richardson to make it 87-78 with 4:36 left. Steve Nash sealed it with a 3-pointer that gave the Suns a 92-82 lead.

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Posted on: April 29, 2010 12:35 pm
 

Daily Simulations: Thursday, April 29

2KSports.com has been nice enough to help us run the show, using full-length game simulations on NBA2K10.

Think you can outmatch the machine? Post your predictions in the comments section!


8 p.m. ET - Mavericks vs. Spurs (San Antonio leads, 3-2)

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We're going to Game 7! According to our simulation, the Mavericks will rally to tie the series with a 93-85 win over the Spurs. Despite huge performances from Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, Dallas is able to spread the ball around just enough to keep San Antonio behind in the fourth quarter. Dirk Nowitzki racks up 22 points and 11 assists in the win.



10:30 p.m. ET - Suns vs. Trail Blazers (Phoenix leads series, 3-2)

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The Suns outscore the Blazers down the stretch to take the series in six games. Portland gets an unbelievable, 16-for-19 night from LaMarcus Aldridge, but Phoenix is still able to sneak out a 100-97 victory. George Hill and Amare Stoudemire both go over 20 points as the Suns become the first Western Conference team to advance.


Posted on: April 29, 2010 11:44 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 11:48 am
 

Morning Shootaround: Links from around the net

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8 p.m. ET - Mavericks vs. Spurs (San Antonio leads series, 3-2)


10:30 p.m.  - Suns vs. Trail Blazers (Phoenix leads series, 3-2)

Posted on: April 27, 2010 1:11 am
Edited on: April 27, 2010 3:04 am
 

Nightly Roundup: Magic move on, Bucks tie it up

Magic 99, Bobcats 90 (Orlando wins series, 4-0)

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As the final seconds ticked down, Dwight Howard was back in his familiar spot on the bench and coach Stan Van Gundy was steamed at his superstar for fouling out again.

Then the buzzer sounded and the Orlando Magic became the first team to advance in the NBA playoffs.

Who needs Howard? Not these deep Magic -- at least not in the first round.

Vince Carter scored 21 points, Jameer Nelson added 18 and the Magic showcased their depth and pressure shot-making in a 99-90 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night to complete a sweep of their first-round series.

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Bucks 111, Hawks 104 (Series tied, 2-2)

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Powered by Carlos Delfino's hot shooting, Brandon Jennings' creativity and an unexpected windfall of chances at the free-throw line, the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks are beginning to make the Atlanta Hawks sweat.

The Bucks pulled off their second straight playoff surprise, beating the Hawks 111-104 in Game 4 on Monday night to pull even in the first round of the playoffs.

"I still feel like there's no pressure on us," Jennings said. "At the end of the day, everybody still expects us to lose the series. The best thing we can do right now is just keep fighting, keep competing with them and just see how everything goes. Hopefully we can go over there and steal one."

Delfino scored 22 points with six 3-pointers, Jennings scored 23 and John Salmons added 22 for the Bucks, who finally started getting free throws and made the most of them. Milwaukee was 28 of 32 from the line after attempting 17 free throws or fewer in each of the first three games of the series.

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Suns 107, Trail Blazers 88 (Suns lead series, 3-2)

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Reserves Channing Frye and Jared Dudley broke out of their series-long shooting slumps with 20 and 19 points, respectively, and the Phoenix Suns overcame an early 14-point deficit to rout the Portland Trail Blazers 107-88 on Monday night and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Phoenix can advance to the second round by beating the Blazers in Portland on Thursday night.

Frye, who spent the previous two seasons on the Portland bench, made 3-of-5 3-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds. Dudley was 5 of 9 on 3s. The Suns' two best 3-point shooters in the regular season, Frye and Dudley had been a combined 14 of 48 (29 percent) on 3s in the first four games of the series.

Amare Stoudemire scored 19, and Steve Nash had 14 points and 10 assists for Phoenix.

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Posted on: April 26, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2010 5:32 pm
 

Daily Simulations: Monday, April 26

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Think you can outmatch the machine? Post your predictions in the comments section!


8 p.m. ET - Magic vs. Bobcats (Orlando leads series, 3-0)

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The Bobcats stave off elimination for one more game, rallying for a 100-84 victory over the poor-shooting Magic. Boris Diaw and Stephen Jackson led a two-headed attack for Charlotte, racking up 21 and 20 points respectively. On the Orlando side, Dwight Howard managed a meager 12 points to go with his 11 rebounds.



8:30 p.m. ET - Hawks vs. Bucks (Atlanta leads series, 2-1)

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In the Game 4 simulation, the Hawks roll to an easy 111-81 trouncing of the Milwaukee Bucks. Despite shooting only 49 percent from the field, Milwaukee sank eight three-pointers to keep the score from getting really ugly. Al Horford fills up the stat sheet, going 9-of-11 for 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal.



10:30 p.m. ET - Suns vs. Trail Blazers (Series tied, 2-2)

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This one goes down to the wire, with the Suns eventually prevailing by a score of 93-91. Amare Stoudemire leads Phoenix, with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Roy is still easing back in to action, but manages to tally 10 points in 17 minutes.

Posted on: April 26, 2010 9:50 am
 

Morning Shoot Around: Links from around the net

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8 p.m. ET - Magic vs. Bobcats (Orlando leads series, 3-0)

8:30 p.m. ET - Hawks vs. Bucks (Atlanta leads series, 2-1)

10:30 p.m. ET - Suns vs. Trail Blazers (Series tied, 2-2)

Posted on: April 24, 2010 10:17 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2010 1:08 am
 

Nightly Roundup: Magic one win away, Thunder roll

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Magic 90, Bobcats 86 (Orlando leads series, 3-0)

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In front of a boisterous, hostile crowd and facing a team in desperation mode, the Orlando Magic showcased their depth, grit and poise when it mattered most.

Imagine how good they could be if their superstar center played more than half the game.

No Dwight Howard, no problem for the Magic, who got 32 points from sudden star Jameer Nelson to overcome another frustrating, foul-filled game by their big man in a 90-86 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.

Spoiling Charlotte's return to the playoff stage after an eight-year absence, the Magic took a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round series despite being without Howard for the final 3:32 after he fouled out.

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Thunder 110,  (Series tied, 2-2)

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Kevin Durant scored 22 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 points and eight assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder evened their first-round series against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 110-89 victory in Game 4 on Saturday night.

For the second straight game, the Thunder capitalized on a significant edge at the foul line and on the boards despite the presence of the Lakers' 7-foot tandem of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

Oklahoma City never trailed after the opening five minutes and led by double digits for the final three quarters in a thorough dismantling of the defending NBA champions.

Bynum had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Gasol also scored 13 to lead Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant finished with only 12 points.


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Trail Blazers 96, Suns 87 (Series tied, 2-2)


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Brandon Roy was so antsy to return to the Trail Blazers that he campaigned via text message to coach Nate McMillan.

"Coach, I think I should play," he texted on the eve of Saturday's playoff game against the Phoenix Suns.

Luckily for the Blazers, McMillan agreed.

Roy was activated Saturday, then helped Portland to a 96-87 victory that evened the first-round series at two games apiece.

Eight days removed from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, Roy made his surprising return to the court to the strains of the theme from Rocky blaring from the Rose Garden sound system, then went on hit a key 3-pointer late in the game that shifted the momentum squarely in the Trail Blazers' favor.

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Bucks 107, Hawks 89 (Hawks lead series, 2-1)

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John Salmons scored 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting and the Milwaukee Bucks never let up after a hot start in a 107-89 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

The Bucks shot 68 percent in the first quarter and 51 percent for the game following a three-day layoff and were never seriously threatened after building a 19-point, first-half lead.

Atlanta still leads the series 2-1 after two double-digit victories at home, when the Bucks looked overmatched without the injured Andrew Bogut.

But veteran Kurt Thomas had eight points, 13 rebounds and four stitches, rookie Brandon Jennings added 13 points and Milwaukee proved that the Hawks may have to "Fear the Deer" after all.

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