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Portland Trail Blazers (54-28, 23-18 away) @ Houston Rockets (54-28, 33-8 home) 04/23- 9:30PM EST Toyota Center, Houston, TX

Game 2 of 7- Portland leads 1-0

Line: HOU -6.5
Over/Under- 214.5

In what figured to be a great series lived up to its hype in Game 1 that saw a big overtime win by the visiting Trail Blazers 122-120 and now will look to steal another one in Houston on Wednesday night.

Much of Sunday’s Game 1 loss can be attributed to James Harden missing 20 shots, including two in the final seconds but the Rockets as a whole need to play much better if they have any hopes of tying the series up before heading out west.

“I wasn’t really driving and attacking and being aggressive like I needed to be,” Harden said. “I think when I get into the attack mode everything else opens up, the assists come and the easy layups come and whatnot. So I’ve got to be more aggressive.”

Portland is not expecting another off-shooting night from Harden and he will get his shots off (16.5 attempts per game), but they will try to contest and make him work for every shot once again. 

“That’s what he does and we just need to make them difficult,” Portland coach Terry Stouts said. “”We need to contest them and do as good as a job as possible… He’s going to get his shots, but we’ve got to find him in transition, we’ve got to limit his attempts at the rim, do it without fouling, all those things.”

Despite missing 20 shots in the series-opener, Harden still managed to put up 27 points and Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge said they need to make sure Harden doesn’t “go-off” in Game 2. Easier said than done.

“Just try to stay close to him because he’s very good in transition,” Aldridge said. “He’s very good at the pull-up 3, he’s good at getting to the line, just trying to make all of his looks tough and don’t give him any space.”

Houston coach Kevin McHale knows all the blame shouldn’t fall on Harden for his team’s loss on Sunday. 

“It was just a lot of settling for shots,” McHale said. “Just looking at their faces, they were almost all hyperventilating. They were all jacked up and juice up to go and we didn’t play very well.”

The Houston defense certainly didn’t show up as Aldridge went off for a career-high and franchise playoff-record of 46 points. 

“We were really cognizant of trying to take the 3-point line away, probably too much so,” McHale added. “We didn’t dig, we didn’t help. We didn’t do a lot of things.”

McHale hinted his Rockets may have to double-team Aldridge more in Game 2 to limit the damage he can do.

Center Dwight Howard feels his team can bounce back after a tough loss and has been in this position before when his 2009 Orlando team lost their first playoff game but found their way into the NBA Finals.

“We lost a game we should have won but we’ve got a brand new game,” he said. “The series is not over … there’s no need to put our heads down. Just stay together. We didn’t let any negative thoughts get in our head. Don’t let this one game dictate how we’re going to play for the rest of the series.”

The oddsmakers certainly feel the Rockets will bounce back big in Game 2 by making them a (minus -6.5) point favorite with an over/under of 214.5, but get the latest lines on the game up until tipoff right here at Wonder Punter.

As much as I would like to think the Blazers will be hungry to win another game on the road, I think they feel content on what they accomplished in Game 1 and see them having a let down. The Rockets will play with a sense of urgency and I predict a big Game 2 win for them to tie the series up.

Prediction/Pick- Houston

 
By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NBA Playoff Prediction Game 2 Preview/Pick- Portland vs. Houston

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Portland Trail Blazers (54-28, 23-18 away) @ Houston Rockets (54-28, 33-8 home) 04/23- 9:30PM EST Toyota Center, Houston, TX

Game 2 of 7- Portland leads 1-0

Line: HOU -6.5

Over/Under- 214.5

In what figured to be a great series lived up to its hype in Game 1 that saw a big overtime win by the visiting Trail Blazers 122-120 and now will look to steal another one in Houston on Wednesday night.

Much of Sunday’s Game 1 loss can be attributed to James Harden missing 20 shots, including two in the final seconds but the Rockets as a whole need to play much better if they have any hopes of tying the series up before heading out west.

I wasn’t really driving and attacking and being aggressive like I needed to be,” Harden said. “I think when I get into the attack mode everything else opens up, the assists come and the easy layups come and whatnot. So I’ve got to be more aggressive.”

Portland is not expecting another off-shooting night from Harden and he will get his shots off (16.5 attempts per game), but they will try to contest and make him work for every shot once again.

That’s what he does and we just need to make them difficult,” Portland coach Terry Stouts said. “”We need to contest them and do as good as a job as possible… He’s going to get his shots, but we’ve got to find him in transition, we’ve got to limit his attempts at the rim, do it without fouling, all those things.”

Despite missing 20 shots in the series-opener, Harden still managed to put up 27 points and Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge said they need to make sure Harden doesn’t “go-off” in Game 2. Easier said than done.

Just try to stay close to him because he’s very good in transition,” Aldridge said. “He’s very good at the pull-up 3, he’s good at getting to the line, just trying to make all of his looks tough and don’t give him any space.”

Houston coach Kevin McHale knows all the blame shouldn’t fall on Harden for his team’s loss on Sunday.

It was just a lot of settling for shots,” McHale said. “Just looking at their faces, they were almost all hyperventilating. They were all jacked up and juice up to go and we didn’t play very well.”

The Houston defense certainly didn’t show up as Aldridge went off for a career-high and franchise playoff-record of 46 points.

We were really cognizant of trying to take the 3-point line away, probably too much so,” McHale added. “We didn’t dig, we didn’t help. We didn’t do a lot of things.”

McHale hinted his Rockets may have to double-team Aldridge more in Game 2 to limit the damage he can do.

Center Dwight Howard feels his team can bounce back after a tough loss and has been in this position before when his 2009 Orlando team lost their first playoff game but found their way into the NBA Finals.

We lost a game we should have won but we’ve got a brand new game,” he said. “The series is not over … there’s no need to put our heads down. Just stay together. We didn’t let any negative thoughts get in our head. Don’t let this one game dictate how we’re going to play for the rest of the series.”

The oddsmakers certainly feel the Rockets will bounce back big in Game 2 by making them a (minus -6.5) point favorite with an over/under of 214.5, but get the latest lines on the game up until tipoff right here at Wonder Punter.

As much as I would like to think the Blazers will be hungry to win another game on the road, I think they feel content on what they accomplished in Game 1 and see them having a let down. The Rockets will play with a sense of urgency and I predict a big Game 2 win for them to tie the series up.

Prediction/Pick- Houston

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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Free NBA Pick Blazers vs Rockets
Portland Trail Blazers (54-28, 23-18 away) @ Houston Rockets (54-28, 33-8 home) 04/23- 9:30PM EST Toyota Center, Houston, TX

Game 2 of 7- Portland leads 1-0

Line: HOU -6.5
Over/Under- 214.5

In what figured to be a great series lived up to its hype in Game 1 that saw a big overtime win by the visiting Trail Blazers 122-120 and now will look to steal another one in Houston on Wednesday night.

Much of Sunday’s Game 1 loss can be attributed to James Harden missing 20 shots, including two in the final seconds but the Rockets as a whole need to play much better if they have any hopes of tying the series up before heading out west.

“I wasn’t really driving and attacking and being aggressive like I needed to be,” Harden said. “I think when I get into the attack mode everything else opens up, the assists come and the easy layups come and whatnot. So I’ve got to be more aggressive.”

Portland is not expecting another off-shooting night from Harden and he will get his shots off (16.5 attempts per game), but they will try to contest and make him work for every shot once again. 

“That’s what he does and we just need to make them difficult,” Portland coach Terry Stouts said. “”We need to contest them and do as good as a job as possible… He’s going to get his shots, but we’ve got to find him in transition, we’ve got to limit his attempts at the rim, do it without fouling, all those things.”

Despite missing 20 shots in the series-opener, Harden still managed to put up 27 points and Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge said they need to make sure Harden doesn’t “go-off” in Game 2. Easier said than done.

“Just try to stay close to him because he’s very good in transition,” Aldridge said. “He’s very good at the pull-up 3, he’s good at getting to the line, just trying to make all of his looks tough and don’t give him any space.”

Houston coach Kevin McHale knows all the blame shouldn’t fall on Harden for his team’s loss on Sunday. 

“It was just a lot of settling for shots,” McHale said. “Just looking at their faces, they were almost all hyperventilating. They were all jacked up and juice up to go and we didn’t play very well.”

The Houston defense certainly didn’t show up as Aldridge went off for a career-high and franchise playoff-record of 46 points. 

“We were really cognizant of trying to take the 3-point line away, probably too much so,” McHale added. “We didn’t dig, we didn’t help. We didn’t do a lot of things.”

McHale hinted his Rockets may have to double-team Aldridge more in Game 2 to limit the damage he can do.

Center Dwight Howard feels his team can bounce back after a tough loss and has been in this position before when his 2009 Orlando team lost their first playoff game but found their way into the NBA Finals.

“We lost a game we should have won but we’ve got a brand new game,” he said. “The series is not over … there’s no need to put our heads down. Just stay together. We didn’t let any negative thoughts get in our head. Don’t let this one game dictate how we’re going to play for the rest of the series.”

The oddsmakers certainly feel the Rockets will bounce back big in Game 2 by making them a (minus -6.5) point favorite with an over/under of 214.5, but get the latest lines on the game up until tipoff right here at Wonder Punter.

As much as I would like to think the Blazers will be hungry to win another game on the road, I think they feel content on what they accomplished in Game 1 and see them having a let down. The Rockets will play with a sense of urgency and I predict a big Game 2 win for them to tie the series up.

Prediction/Pick- Houston

 
By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NBA Playoff Prediction Game 2 Preview/Pick- Portland vs. Houston

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Free NBA Pick Blazers vs Rockets

Portland Trail Blazers (54-28, 23-18 away) @ Houston Rockets (54-28, 33-8 home) 04/23- 9:30PM EST Toyota Center, Houston, TX

Game 2 of 7- Portland leads 1-0

Line: HOU -6.5

Over/Under- 214.5

In what figured to be a great series lived up to its hype in Game 1 that saw a big overtime win by the visiting Trail Blazers 122-120 and now will look to steal another one in Houston on Wednesday night.

Much of Sunday’s Game 1 loss can be attributed to James Harden missing 20 shots, including two in the final seconds but the Rockets as a whole need to play much better if they have any hopes of tying the series up before heading out west.

I wasn’t really driving and attacking and being aggressive like I needed to be,” Harden said. “I think when I get into the attack mode everything else opens up, the assists come and the easy layups come and whatnot. So I’ve got to be more aggressive.”

Portland is not expecting another off-shooting night from Harden and he will get his shots off (16.5 attempts per game), but they will try to contest and make him work for every shot once again.

That’s what he does and we just need to make them difficult,” Portland coach Terry Stouts said. “”We need to contest them and do as good as a job as possible… He’s going to get his shots, but we’ve got to find him in transition, we’ve got to limit his attempts at the rim, do it without fouling, all those things.”

Despite missing 20 shots in the series-opener, Harden still managed to put up 27 points and Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge said they need to make sure Harden doesn’t “go-off” in Game 2. Easier said than done.

Just try to stay close to him because he’s very good in transition,” Aldridge said. “He’s very good at the pull-up 3, he’s good at getting to the line, just trying to make all of his looks tough and don’t give him any space.”

Houston coach Kevin McHale knows all the blame shouldn’t fall on Harden for his team’s loss on Sunday.

It was just a lot of settling for shots,” McHale said. “Just looking at their faces, they were almost all hyperventilating. They were all jacked up and juice up to go and we didn’t play very well.”

The Houston defense certainly didn’t show up as Aldridge went off for a career-high and franchise playoff-record of 46 points.

We were really cognizant of trying to take the 3-point line away, probably too much so,” McHale added. “We didn’t dig, we didn’t help. We didn’t do a lot of things.”

McHale hinted his Rockets may have to double-team Aldridge more in Game 2 to limit the damage he can do.

Center Dwight Howard feels his team can bounce back after a tough loss and has been in this position before when his 2009 Orlando team lost their first playoff game but found their way into the NBA Finals.

We lost a game we should have won but we’ve got a brand new game,” he said. “The series is not over … there’s no need to put our heads down. Just stay together. We didn’t let any negative thoughts get in our head. Don’t let this one game dictate how we’re going to play for the rest of the series.”

The oddsmakers certainly feel the Rockets will bounce back big in Game 2 by making them a (minus -6.5) point favorite with an over/under of 214.5, but get the latest lines on the game up until tipoff right here at Wonder Punter.

As much as I would like to think the Blazers will be hungry to win another game on the road, I think they feel content on what they accomplished in Game 1 and see them having a let down. The Rockets will play with a sense of urgency and I predict a big Game 2 win for them to tie the series up.

Prediction/Pick- Houston

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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Dallas Mavericks (49-33, 23-18 away) @ San Antonio Spurs (62-20, 32-9 home) 04/23- 8:00PM EST AT&T Center San Antonio, TX

Game 2 of 7- San Antonio leads 1-0

Line: SAS -8.0
Over/Under- 200.5

The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to bounce back in Game 2 on Wednesday night after blowing a fourth-quarter lead in their opening game loss to the San Antonio Spurs 90-85.

The Mavericks have to be kicking themselves after giving away Game 1, a game in which they went the final eight minutes without a key basket that allowed the Spurs to overcome an 81-71 deficit as they went on a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter smothering Dirk Nowitski sending him away with his lowest playoff point total in seven years. 

Nowitski ended the night with just 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting and the Mavs are aware without the scoring of Nowitski, the chances of knocking off the NBA’s best team would be hard to come by.

“Dirk is our least concern,” said backup guard Devin Harris, who scored 19 points to lead the team in Game 1. “He is going to get his shots and we know he’s going to make them.”

Nowitski seemed poised to take over the fourth quarter and give his team a chance at stealing one in San Antonio, but the Spurs double-teamed when needed and kept the pressure on him taking him out of his game.

“We basically stayed with him a lot of times and we didn’t help,” said Spurs Tiago Splitter, who along with Boris Diaw defended Nowitski most of the night. “That makes the other guys have to work a little bit more. So it wasn’t just me and Boris.”

The Spurs know… stop Nowitski and you have a chance to win every time, so the Mavs must know find a way to make Nowitski a factor once again.

“I don’t think they are going to leave me much on pick-and-roll coverage all series,” Nowitski said. “I can’t just sit out there and measure the wind and shoot.”

San Antonio has now beaten the Mavericks 10 straight times, so Dallas needs to get scoring help from every one involved including Monte Ellis, who during most of the season shared the scoring load with Nowitski. 

Dallas is confident Nowitski will bounce back from a bad scoring night as he always has in his 16-year career.

“The thing about all-time great players is that it’s not about one day coming in and saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to go harder today’ or ‘I’m going to be more aggressive today,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s had the same approach every day for 16 years.”

And so has the Spurs in their game approach… hard nosed disciplined defense and it’s that defense that has oddsmakers making them a (minus -8.0) point favorite with an over/under of 200.5 but as always, get the latest spread on the game up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.

“Even some days we do a good defense and he’s going to still make shots,” Splitter said. “If he has that kind of day it’s hard. All you’ve got to do is pray that the ball doesn’t go in.”

While that may be true, it’s the Dallas Mavericks who need to say a prayer and find a way to win one against the Spurs or this will be a very short series.

I don’t see it happening on Wednesday night as I feel the Spurs got a bit of a scare in Game 1 and this time will be better prepared and predict yet another win for the Spurs against Dallas. Look for a big win for San Antonio to go up 2-0 in the series.

Prediction/Pick- San Antonio

 
By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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NBA Playoff Prediction Wednesday Night Preview/Pick- Dallas vs. San Antonio

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Dallas Mavericks (49-33, 23-18 away) @ San Antonio Spurs (62-20, 32-9 home) 04/23- 8:00PM EST AT&T Center San Antonio, TX

Game 2 of 7- San Antonio leads 1-0

Line: SAS -8.0

Over/Under- 200.5

The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to bounce back in Game 2 on Wednesday night after blowing a fourth-quarter lead in their opening game loss to the San Antonio Spurs 90-85.

The Mavericks have to be kicking themselves after giving away Game 1, a game in which they went the final eight minutes without a key basket that allowed the Spurs to overcome an 81-71 deficit as they went on a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter smothering Dirk Nowitski sending him away with his lowest playoff point total in seven years.

Nowitski ended the night with just 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting and the Mavs are aware without the scoring of Nowitski, the chances of knocking off the NBA’s best team would be hard to come by.

Dirk is our least concern,” said backup guard Devin Harris, who scored 19 points to lead the team in Game 1. “He is going to get his shots and we know he’s going to make them.”

Nowitski seemed poised to take over the fourth quarter and give his team a chance at stealing one in San Antonio, but the Spurs double-teamed when needed and kept the pressure on him taking him out of his game.

We basically stayed with him a lot of times and we didn’t help,” said Spurs Tiago Splitter, who along with Boris Diaw defended Nowitski most of the night. “That makes the other guys have to work a little bit more. So it wasn’t just me and Boris.”

The Spurs know… stop Nowitski and you have a chance to win every time, so the Mavs must know find a way to make Nowitski a factor once again.

I don’t think they are going to leave me much on pick-and-roll coverage all series,” Nowitski said. “I can’t just sit out there and measure the wind and shoot.”

San Antonio has now beaten the Mavericks 10 straight times, so Dallas needs to get scoring help from every one involved including Monte Ellis, who during most of the season shared the scoring load with Nowitski.

Dallas is confident Nowitski will bounce back from a bad scoring night as he always has in his 16-year career.

The thing about all-time great players is that it’s not about one day coming in and saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to go harder today’ or ‘I’m going to be more aggressive today,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s had the same approach every day for 16 years.”

And so has the Spurs in their game approach… hard nosed disciplined defense and it’s that defense that has oddsmakers making them a (minus -8.0) point favorite with an over/under of 200.5 but as always, get the latest spread on the game up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.

Even some days we do a good defense and he’s going to still make shots,” Splitter said. “If he has that kind of day it’s hard. All you’ve got to do is pray that the ball doesn’t go in.”

While that may be true, it’s the Dallas Mavericks who need to say a prayer and find a way to win one against the Spurs or this will be a very short series.

I don’t see it happening on Wednesday night as I feel the Spurs got a bit of a scare in Game 1 and this time will be better prepared and predict yet another win for the Spurs against Dallas. Look for a big win for San Antonio to go up 2-0 in the series.

Prediction/Pick- San Antonio

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson are reportedly not close.
(USATSI)Yahoo Sports reports that Indiana Pacers guards Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner we involved with a fight during practice the day ahead of the Pacers’ first-round series from the Hawks began.On the eve of the Eastern Conference series, the wobbling Number 1 seed punctuated its final playoff preparations in a most self-destructive way: Two Indiana Pacers dragged a cursing, cut Evan Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson.

Turner hadn’t been the very first Pacer to lose his temper with Stephenson these tumultuous several weeks, and Stephenson’s relentlessly irritable nature suggests Turner won’t be the past. These scrapes aren’t uncommon in the NBA, but this confrontation had been weeks in the making and that reflected in the ferocity of the encounter, sources told Yahoo Sports.”This stuff happens, but the timing wasn’t ideal, ” one witness told Yahoo Sports.
If acrimony naturally lingered into Saturday, make no mistake: Stephenson and Turner weren’t the reason the Atlanta Hawks embarrassed the Pacers in Game – Maybe it tilted the mood of locker room, but nobody dared suggest that it held responsibility for deadening the Pacers in to defeat.
via Pacers fight each other on eve of playoffs, finally take swing at Hawks in Game 2 – Yahoo Sports.

Lance Stephenson got on someone’s nerves? You need to be joking! Say it’s not so!

This is about a “2” on the surprising meter. Guys fight used. There’s nothing that says you need to like each other in an NBA environment. There are numerous teams which have disliked each other that have been successful and lots of teams that love the other person and get along that cannot win.

But it’s more of a sign that the decision to trade Danny Granger for Turner was a mistake. Maybe not for basketball reasons. Granger was doing nothing for Indiana and it has done only slightly more than nothing for the Clippers. But trading Granger did change the dynamics of the locker room. This fight with Stephenson maybe wouldn’t have happened with Granger, he is a vet that has the respect of the locker room. But, there’s no way to know with Stephenson.

Either way, it’s more drama for a Pacers team that thought it might have a chance to put the drama behind it Tuesday with a win to even the series vs . Atlanta. But you can bet more questions concerning this fight will soon be waiting for the Pacers this week.
Side question: You’d have to think Stevenson would win, right? Wait, no, the answer to the question “Who would win a fight between Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner? ” is David West.
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Report: Fight in Pacers

Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson are reportedly not close.

(USATSI)Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson are reportedly not close. (USATSI)
Yahoo Sports reports that Indiana Pacers guards Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner we involved with a fight during practice the day ahead of the Pacers’ first-round series from the Hawks began.

On the eve of the Eastern Conference series, the wobbling Number 1 seed punctuated its final playoff preparations in a most self-destructive way: Two Indiana Pacers dragged a cursing, cut Evan Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson.

Turner hadn’t been the very first Pacer to lose his temper with Stephenson these tumultuous several weeks, and Stephenson’s relentlessly irritable nature suggests Turner won’t be the past. These scrapes aren’t uncommon in the NBA, but this confrontation had been weeks in the making and that reflected in the ferocity of the encounter, sources told Yahoo Sports.”This stuff happens, but the timing wasn’t ideal, ” one witness told Yahoo Sports.

If acrimony naturally lingered into Saturday, make no mistake: Stephenson and Turner weren’t the reason the Atlanta Hawks embarrassed the Pacers in Game – Maybe it tilted the mood of locker room, but nobody dared suggest that it held responsibility for deadening the Pacers in to defeat.

via Pacers fight each other on eve of playoffs, finally take swing at Hawks in Game 2 – Yahoo Sports.

Lance Stephenson got on someone’s nerves? You need to be joking! Say it’s not so!

This is about a “2” on the surprising meter. Guys fight used. There’s nothing that says you need to like each other in an NBA environment. There are numerous teams which have disliked each other that have been successful and lots of teams that love the other person and get along that cannot win.

But it’s more of a sign that the decision to trade Danny Granger for Turner was a mistake. Maybe not for basketball reasons. Granger was doing nothing for Indiana and it has done only slightly more than nothing for the Clippers. But trading Granger did change the dynamics of the locker room. This fight with Stephenson maybe wouldn’t have happened with Granger, he is a vet that has the respect of the locker room. But, there’s no way to know with Stephenson.

Either way, it’s more drama for a Pacers team that thought it might have a chance to put the drama behind it Tuesday with a win to even the series vs . Atlanta. But you can bet more questions concerning this fight will soon be waiting for the Pacers this week.

Side question: You’d have to think Stevenson would win, right? Wait, no, the answer to the question “Who would win a fight between Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner? ” is David West.

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Are Phil Jackson ad James Dolan clashing already?
(USATSI)Well, that didn’t take long. TheNy Daily Newsreports that Phil Jackson, hired one month ago as president of basketball operations, is already clashing with owner James Dolan, as Dolan doesn’t want Jackson to fire certain personnel.

Just one month into his role as Knicks president, Jackson has clashed with Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, over personnel decisions, the Daily News has learned. Based on a team source, Jackson is trying to remove a few staff members, which can be commonplace when a new administration takes over, but Dolan opposes removing certain employees.
According to the source, Dolan’s reaction to Jackson’s request was to tell the 11-time NBA championship coach to simply focus his attention on creating a winning team. To say that “minor friction, ” as one Garden source called it, can be classified as Jackson’s honeymoon with Dolan being over could be stretching it a bit.But at the very least it proves that Dolan — surprise, surprise was not being entirely truthful last month when he claimed he was “willingly and gratefully” quitting control of the basketball decisions to Jackson, the Hall of Fame coach.
via Knicks owner James Dolan tries to stop Phil Jackson’s staff firings: source – NY Daily News.

That has been apparently “willingly and gratefully as long as you only do thinks I’m OK with. ”

There’s nothing uncommon in regards to the new guy cleaning house. It’s pretty standard for the new person in charge to want to install his people and remove people who might not be loyal to him or her or don’t share the same vision. Hiring Jackson meant comprehending that the organization was going to change, not that Jackson was going to wave his magic wand and make the Knicks in to a contender.

Wait, no, that sounds exactly like something James Dolan would think.
Jackson arrived to many fanfare and promises, nevertheless now has to set about righting the wronged ship. We’ll see if Dolan truly lets him steer.

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Report: Dolan, Jackson clash over Knicks personnel

Are Phil Jackson ad James Dolan clashing already?

(USATSI)
Well, that didn’t take long. The

Ny Daily News

reports that Phil Jackson, hired one month ago as president of basketball operations, is already clashing with owner James Dolan, as Dolan doesn’t want Jackson to fire certain personnel.

Just one month into his role as Knicks president, Jackson has clashed with Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, over personnel decisions, the Daily News has learned. Based on a team source, Jackson is trying to remove a few staff members, which can be commonplace when a new administration takes over, but Dolan opposes removing certain employees.

According to the source, Dolan’s reaction to Jackson’s request was to tell the 11-time NBA championship coach to simply focus his attention on creating a winning team. To say that “minor friction, ” as one Garden source called it, can be classified as Jackson’s honeymoon with Dolan being over could be stretching it a bit.But at the very least it proves that Dolan — surprise, surprise was not being entirely truthful last month when he claimed he was “willingly and gratefully” quitting control of the basketball decisions to Jackson, the Hall of Fame coach.

via Knicks owner James Dolan tries to stop Phil Jackson’s staff firings: source – NY Daily News.

That has been apparently “willingly and gratefully as long as you only do thinks I’m OK with. ”

There’s nothing uncommon in regards to the new guy cleaning house. It’s pretty standard for the new person in charge to want to install his people and remove people who might not be loyal to him or her or don’t share the same vision. Hiring Jackson meant comprehending that the organization was going to change, not that Jackson was going to wave his magic wand and make the Knicks in to a contender.

Wait, no, that sounds exactly like something James Dolan would think.

Jackson arrived to many fanfare and promises, nevertheless now has to set about righting the wronged ship. We’ll see if Dolan truly lets him steer.

New Post has been published on http://wonderpunter.com/nevada-removes-gambler-from-casino-black-book/Nevada Removes Gambler From Casino ‘Black Book’Roderick William Dee II, who was included with Nevada’s infamous “Black Book” last year, was removed the other day by gaming regulars. he died on Dec. 30.
Dee was known for cheating at slot machines.According to the
Las Vegas Sun
, Dee had four felony convictions for slot machine incidents, three in Nevada and something in Missouri. Two incidents occurred in Nevada casinos and the 3rd occurred in a Nevada convenience store. He used a device that could trick a slot machine into producing a jackpot or adding credits. He reportedly received tens of thousands of dollars, illegally.
On April 17, the Nevada Gaming Commission granted the Gaming Get a grip on Board’s motion to remove Dee from the list of excluded persons, in accordance with a state document made public.
According to theLas Vegas Review-Journal, death is the only way to log off the list.
According to his obituary from the
Review-Journal
, Dee died in hospice care on Dec. 30 at age 56, after a four-year bout with cancer. He was a former dealer at the Dunes and Stardust.
Nevada’s Black Book was established in 1972. Dee was the 34th to participate the list.

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Nevada Removes Gambler From Casino ‘Black Book’

Roderick William Dee II, who was included with Nevada’s infamous “Black Book” last year, was removed the other day by gaming regulars. he died on Dec. 30.

Dee was known for cheating at slot machines.According to the

Las Vegas Sun

, Dee had four felony convictions for slot machine incidents, three in Nevada and something in Missouri. Two incidents occurred in Nevada casinos and the 3rd occurred in a Nevada convenience store. He used a device that could trick a slot machine into producing a jackpot or adding credits. He reportedly received tens of thousands of dollars, illegally.

On April 17, the Nevada Gaming Commission granted the Gaming Get a grip on Board’s motion to remove Dee from the list of excluded persons, in accordance with a state document made public.

According to theLas Vegas Review-Journal, death is the only way to log off the list.

According to his obituary from the

Review-Journal

, Dee died in hospice care on Dec. 30 at age 56, after a four-year bout with cancer. He was a former dealer at the Dunes and Stardust.

Nevada’s Black Book was established in 1972. Dee was the 34th to participate the list.

New Post has been published on http://wonderpunter.com/idaho-tribe-plans-poker-room-despite-state-ban/Idaho Tribe Plans Poker Room Despite State BanA tribe located within Idaho is challenging the state’s anti-poker position.
In line with theAssociated Press
, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe plans to provide live poker after deciding Idaho’s constitutional ban on the game doesn’t apply to its casino. The facility already has slot machines and bingo.
The tribe will open its poker room on May 2, despite Idaho saying it’s banned.
Helo Hancock, the tribe’s legislative director, reportedly believes that hawaii cannot tell the tribe ‘no’ because of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
An Idaho official said that since poker is banned statewide, it wouldn’t be exempt from state regulation under the federal law.So , there’s clearly a significant difference in interpretation involving the two parties.As a result, Idaho has asked the feds to help in the matter
“We’re aware of the tribe’s intention to offer poker, and we’re working through our own analysis of the situation right now, ” a person with the Indian gaming commission said.
That hasn’t stopped the tribe from moving toward opening, which includes hiring dealers.

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Idaho Tribe Plans Poker Room Despite State Ban

A tribe located within Idaho is challenging the state’s anti-poker position.

In line with theAssociated Press

, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe plans to provide live poker after deciding Idaho’s constitutional ban on the game doesn’t apply to its casino. The facility already has slot machines and bingo.

The tribe will open its poker room on May 2, despite Idaho saying it’s banned.

Helo Hancock, the tribe’s legislative director, reportedly believes that hawaii cannot tell the tribe ‘no’ because of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

An Idaho official said that since poker is banned statewide, it wouldn’t be exempt from state regulation under the federal law.So , there’s clearly a significant difference in interpretation involving the two parties.As a result, Idaho has asked the feds to help in the matter

“We’re aware of the tribe’s intention to offer poker, and we’re working through our own analysis of the situation right now, ” a person with the Indian gaming commission said.

That hasn’t stopped the tribe from moving toward opening, which includes hiring dealers.

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Pacers Come back To Even Series George: ‘We’re Contending For Something’

After a series-tying win over the particular Hawks, Pacers forward John George talked about the difficulties of guarding Jeff Teague. 

INDIANA – Once the Indiana Pacers needed a good start, Paul George stepped up. All over the court, over and over again.George Hill have scored each of their 15 points in the 2nd half, assisting top-seeded Indianapolis earn a split of the first 2 postseason video games at home. George also had four steals and obstructed a shot while helping keep Hawks rock handler Jeff Teague in check.
"That’s why he was in the MVP conversation early, " Pacers coach Honest Vogel said. "He constantly does individuals types of points, guarding the very best perimeter gamer, rebounding the ball, deflecting the basketball. His fingers were all over the place. It makes your pet one of the most full players in the game whenever he performs like he did this evening. "
The Pacers sure required it.For seven weeks, Indianapolis heard everybody question the fortitude, team chemistry, even whether it was worthy of the No . 1 seed. The complaints increased louder right after Saturday’s 101-93 loss. George and his teammates spent the following 72 hrs seeking solutions and defiantly insisting they will be OK.
Upon Tuesday, they finally reverted to their early season through.
Indianapolis limited the Hawks in order to 33 second-half points and dominated the third quarter. Following up is usually Game a few on Thurs in Altlanta ga, where the Pacers have just two wins since Dec 2006 — though one of those closed out there last year’s first-round playoff series within six online games."We want to develop what we have going, inch Indiana forwards David West said. "We want to remain aggressive. We know they’re going to play better in your own home, but wish going down right now there to get back in charge of this series. "
George was 9 for sixteen from the industry, including a 5-for-7 performance through 3-point variety. He furthermore went 4 for four at the line.

Possibly more importantly, this individual managed to contain Teague right after he burnt Indiana for 28 points in Online game 1 . George wanted the responsibility of guarding Teague, that had 7 points in the first one fourth and 7 more for the rest of the game.

"I sat down and it was research for me, just locking into his traits and determining where I am going to get beat or exactly where I’m vulnerable against your pet, " George said. "It’s a challenge. "
George was the catalyst, but he previously plenty of assist.
Hill, who had been mired in an offensive funk, made 5 of 6 shots in the 2nd half. Luis Scola, who else kept the Pacers close up when Western got into earlier foul problems, finished along with 20 points and seven rebounds. The particular defense that will gave up 11 3-pointers in Game 1 and 8 more within the first half of Game 2, allowed just two within the final 24 minutes.
"Our performance on both finishes of the courtroom wasn’t on the level we want it to become, " Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Give all of them credit, these were aggressive, they made plenty of plays and our performance, particularly within the third quarter has to be much better. That’s exactly what we’ll focus on. "
Indiana seemed to be in trouble in order to trailed 38-27 in the 2nd quarter plus was still down 52-48 at halftime. But the Pacers stormed in to the lead having a 31-13 third quarter.
West sparked a 25-2 run using a bank chance that caused it to be 70-65 along with 3: twenty left within the third. George made a buzzer-beating three or more to make it 79-65 heading to the fourth, and the Pacers obtained the first eight points of the final period.
"If that’s what it took for everybody to understand just how close this particular team is usually, that’s what it was, " George said. "We’ve obtained each other’s back and that’s what it seemed. "
Sport notes

The Hawks were wanting to open the playoff collection with two straight street wins initially since they were located in St Louis plus swept Baltimore 3-0 within the 1966 Western Division semifinals… Defending Indiana 500 champ Tony Kanaan attended the overall game… Atlanta outscored Indiana 30-16 in the third quarter Saturday.

 

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Pacers get on track, rip Hawks to tie series

Pacers Come back To Even Series George: ‘We’re Contending For Something’

INDIANA – Once the Indiana Pacers needed a good start, Paul George stepped up. All over the court, over and over again.George Hill have scored each of their 15 points in the 2nd half, assisting top-seeded Indianapolis earn a split of the first 2 postseason video games at home. George also had four steals and obstructed a shot while helping keep Hawks rock handler Jeff Teague in check.

"That’s why he was in the MVP conversation early, " Pacers coach Honest Vogel said. "He constantly does individuals types of points, guarding the very best perimeter gamer, rebounding the ball, deflecting the basketball. His fingers were all over the place. It makes your pet one of the most full players in the game whenever he performs like he did this evening. "

The Pacers sure required it.For seven weeks, Indianapolis heard everybody question the fortitude, team chemistry, even whether it was worthy of the No . 1 seed. The complaints increased louder right after Saturday’s 101-93 loss. George and his teammates spent the following 72 hrs seeking solutions and defiantly insisting they will be OK.

Upon Tuesday, they finally reverted to their early season through.

Indianapolis limited the Hawks in order to 33 second-half points and dominated the third quarter. Following up is usually Game a few on Thurs in Altlanta ga, where the Pacers have just two wins since Dec 2006 — though one of those closed out there last year’s first-round playoff series within six online games."We want to develop what we have going, inch Indiana forwards David West said. "We want to remain aggressive. We know they’re going to play better in your own home, but wish going down right now there to get back in charge of this series. "

George was 9 for sixteen from the industry, including a 5-for-7 performance through 3-point variety. He furthermore went 4 for four at the line.

Possibly more importantly, this individual managed to contain Teague right after he burnt Indiana for 28 points in Online game 1 . George wanted the responsibility of guarding Teague, that had 7 points in the first one fourth and 7 more for the rest of the game.

"I sat down and it was research for me, just locking into his traits and determining where I am going to get beat or exactly where I’m vulnerable against your pet, " George said. "It’s a challenge. "

George was the catalyst, but he previously plenty of assist.

Hill, who had been mired in an offensive funk, made 5 of 6 shots in the 2nd half. Luis Scola, who else kept the Pacers close up when Western got into earlier foul problems, finished along with 20 points and seven rebounds. The particular defense that will gave up 11 3-pointers in Game 1 and 8 more within the first half of Game 2, allowed just two within the final 24 minutes.

"Our performance on both finishes of the courtroom wasn’t on the level we want it to become, " Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Give all of them credit, these were aggressive, they made plenty of plays and our performance, particularly within the third quarter has to be much better. That’s exactly what we’ll focus on. "

Indiana seemed to be in trouble in order to trailed 38-27 in the 2nd quarter plus was still down 52-48 at halftime. But the Pacers stormed in to the lead having a 31-13 third quarter.

West sparked a 25-2 run using a bank chance that caused it to be 70-65 along with 3: twenty left within the third. George made a buzzer-beating three or more to make it 79-65 heading to the fourth, and the Pacers obtained the first eight points of the final period.

"If that’s what it took for everybody to understand just how close this particular team is usually, that’s what it was, " George said. "We’ve obtained each other’s back and that’s what it seemed. "

Sport notes

The Hawks were wanting to open the playoff collection with two straight street wins initially since they were located in St Louis plus swept Baltimore 3-0 within the 1966 Western Division semifinals… Defending Indiana 500 champ Tony Kanaan attended the overall game… Atlanta outscored Indiana 30-16 in the third quarter Saturday.

 

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Yankees Cruise Past Red Sox VIDEO Closer 

BOSTON – Jacoby Ellsbury wasted little time reminding the Red Sox how that he used to greatly help them win. 
	That he did it for the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday night.
The boos had barely subsided when Ellsbury tripled leading off the overall game, his first as an opponent at Fenway Park. Then in the bottom of the first he stole a hit from Boston leadoff hitter Grady Sizemore with a sliding catch in left-center field as his cap flew off.
New York won 9-3 and Ellsbury, who spent seven seasons with the Red Sox before signing a $153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees, was a major contributor.
"You want to go out there and put on a great performance, " said Ellsbury, who received a mixed reception. "It was nice to get a triple right off the bat, just allow us to score right from the get-go. "The two-run double in the fifth also was pretty satisfying. It gave the Yankees a 7-2 lead one inning after David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back homers for the Red Sox.
That was a “big hit, ” Nyc manager Joe Girardi said. “They had climbed a little bit closer to obtain it to 4-2. I thought he played extremely well. “Tanaka (3-0) allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. His 35 strikeouts in his first four major league starts set a team record and he is walked just two batters in 29 1/3 innings. But this was his first game at Fenway.
"I comprehend it’s a stadium rich in tradition, " Tanaka said via a translator. "Going up on the mound, Used to do feel that. "

Jon Lester (2-3) struggled after four outstanding outings, allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.

"They put some good swings on him, " Boston manager John Farrell said. "Then when they mishit some balls, they found some holes. "
There were more boos than cheers for Ellsbury from the crowd that contained a sizeable amount of Yankees fans when he stepped in as the first batter.
With an 0-2 count, he drove the ball about five feet from the top of the center field wall. It absolutely was ruled a triple after having a spectator reached out and interfered with it. Ellsbury scored for a passing fancy by Derek Jeter, starting the Yankees toward their seventh win in nine games.
Jeter took second on a passed ball and took third when catcher A. J. Pierzynski threw into center field. Carlos Beltran singled in Jeter, making it 2-0 before an out was recorded.
After the bottom of the first, a video tribute of Ellsbury’s highlights was shown on the center field screen. He smiled and waved from the visiting dugout.
"For them to just take an instant to have some cheers, it had been nice, " said Ellsbury, a big part of Boston’s World Series title last year.
The Yankees added two runs in the third on consecutive doubles by Alfonso Soriano, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann.
The Red Sox cut the lead in half on the homers by Ortiz, his fourth of the summer season, and Napoli, his fifth, ending Tanaka’s scoreless streak at 16 1/3 innings.
Lester nearly escaped a jam in the fifth before an error by first baseman Napoli generated four unearned runs and an 8-2 Yankees lead.
"We’ve given some extra outs, " Farrell said. "At this level, when you do this, you’re requesting trouble. "
Teixeira walked and took 2nd on a McCann’s single. Lester struck out the next two batters then got Brian Roberts to hit a liner to Napoli. However the ball went off his glove and into right field, allowing Teixeira to score. Ellsbury then doubled in two runs. That was all for Lester as Chris Capuano came in and quit Jeter’s RBI single.
The Yankees made it 9-2 in the eighth on Beltran’s fifth homer. It came off Edward Mujica, his teammate last season when the St. Louis Cardinals went to the entire world Series but lost in six games to Boston.
Xander Bogaerts, who wears the No . 2 Ellsbury had with Boston, doubled in a run for the Red Sox in the ninth.
On Wednesday night, Ellsbury can show one asset, his base stealing, that he didn’t display Tuesday.
"With a triple and a double and the situation in the game, I really didn’t have a chance, " he said, "but we’ll see. "
Game notes

The Yankees activated RHP
David Robertson
from the disabled list and sent LHP
Cesar Cabral
to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre… Yankees team medical practitioner Christopher Ahmad has recommended Tommy John surgery for RHP
Ivan Nova
. There was no word on whether Nova had decided to have the operation… Jeter has hit in 11 straight games and reached base in most 15 games he’s played… Ortiz needs one more game to tie
Harold Baines
for the most as a designated hitter with 1, 643… Shabazz Napier of the NCAA champion Connecticut men’s basketball team threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Teammates stood behind him as he threw to catcher
David Ross
. Napier is really a Boston native…
Michael Pineda
(2-1) pitches for New York in Wednesday night’s second game of the three-game series against
John Lackey
(2-2).

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Ellsbury helps Yankees romp in Fenway come back

Yankees Cruise Past Red Sox VIDEO Closer

New York won 9-3 and Ellsbury, who spent seven seasons with the Red Sox before signing a $153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees, was a major contributor.

"You want to go out there and put on a great performance, " said Ellsbury, who received a mixed reception. "It was nice to get a triple right off the bat, just allow us to score right from the get-go. "The two-run double in the fifth also was pretty satisfying. It gave the Yankees a 7-2 lead one inning after David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back homers for the Red Sox.

That was a “big hit, ” Nyc manager Joe Girardi said. “They had climbed a little bit closer to obtain it to 4-2. I thought he played extremely well. “Tanaka (3-0) allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. His 35 strikeouts in his first four major league starts set a team record and he is walked just two batters in 29 1/3 innings. But this was his first game at Fenway.

"I comprehend it’s a stadium rich in tradition, " Tanaka said via a translator. "Going up on the mound, Used to do feel that. "

Jon Lester (2-3) struggled after four outstanding outings, allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.

"They put some good swings on him, " Boston manager John Farrell said. "Then when they mishit some balls, they found some holes. "

There were more boos than cheers for Ellsbury from the crowd that contained a sizeable amount of Yankees fans when he stepped in as the first batter.

With an 0-2 count, he drove the ball about five feet from the top of the center field wall. It absolutely was ruled a triple after having a spectator reached out and interfered with it. Ellsbury scored for a passing fancy by Derek Jeter, starting the Yankees toward their seventh win in nine games.

Jeter took second on a passed ball and took third when catcher A. J. Pierzynski threw into center field. Carlos Beltran singled in Jeter, making it 2-0 before an out was recorded.

After the bottom of the first, a video tribute of Ellsbury’s highlights was shown on the center field screen. He smiled and waved from the visiting dugout.

"For them to just take an instant to have some cheers, it had been nice, " said Ellsbury, a big part of Boston’s World Series title last year.

The Yankees added two runs in the third on consecutive doubles by Alfonso Soriano, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann.

The Red Sox cut the lead in half on the homers by Ortiz, his fourth of the summer season, and Napoli, his fifth, ending Tanaka’s scoreless streak at 16 1/3 innings.

Lester nearly escaped a jam in the fifth before an error by first baseman Napoli generated four unearned runs and an 8-2 Yankees lead.

"We’ve given some extra outs, " Farrell said. "At this level, when you do this, you’re requesting trouble. "

Teixeira walked and took 2nd on a McCann’s single. Lester struck out the next two batters then got Brian Roberts to hit a liner to Napoli. However the ball went off his glove and into right field, allowing Teixeira to score. Ellsbury then doubled in two runs. That was all for Lester as Chris Capuano came in and quit Jeter’s RBI single.

The Yankees made it 9-2 in the eighth on Beltran’s fifth homer. It came off Edward Mujica, his teammate last season when the St. Louis Cardinals went to the entire world Series but lost in six games to Boston.

Xander Bogaerts, who wears the No . 2 Ellsbury had with Boston, doubled in a run for the Red Sox in the ninth.

On Wednesday night, Ellsbury can show one asset, his base stealing, that he didn’t display Tuesday.

"With a triple and a double and the situation in the game, I really didn’t have a chance, " he said, "but we’ll see. "

Game notes

The Yankees activated RHP

David Robertson

from the disabled list and sent LHP

Cesar Cabral

to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre… Yankees team medical practitioner Christopher Ahmad has recommended Tommy John surgery for RHP

Ivan Nova

. There was no word on whether Nova had decided to have the operation… Jeter has hit in 11 straight games and reached base in most 15 games he’s played… Ortiz needs one more game to tie

Harold Baines

for the most as a designated hitter with 1, 643… Shabazz Napier of the NCAA champion Connecticut men’s basketball team threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Teammates stood behind him as he threw to catcher

David Ross

. Napier is really a Boston native…

Michael Pineda

(2-1) pitches for New York in Wednesday night’s second game of the three-game series against

John Lackey

(2-2).

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Wizards Win OT Thriller, Take 2-0 Lead VIDEO PLAYLIST

 
CHICAGO – That one looked like it was slipping far from the Washington Wizards. Then, in a flash everything changed.
Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 points in overtime and the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Game 3 is Friday at Washington.  The Wizards couldn’t maintain a 17-point first-quarter lead and had to rally from 10 down in the fourth.
Nene scored the first six points in overtime after being held in check by Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah in regulation, and the Wizards hung on after Kirk Hinrich failed to convert at the foul line in the closing seconds of overtime.  Hinrich, a 76 percent free throw shooter this season, had a chance to tie it after getting fouled by Nene on a drive with 2 . 4 seconds left. But his first attempt hit the rim. That he deliberately missed the second, and Trevor Ariza grabbed the rebound to seal the win for Washington.
"I went up there thinking I was going to knock them down, " Hinrich said. "Tonight, I just couldn’t do it. Nevertheless , I really felt that I should’ve made the layup. "

D. J. Augustin light emitting diode Chicago with 25 points but cooled off late in the overall game with Ariza guarding him. Taj Gibson had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Noah added 20 points and 12 boards, but the Bulls find themselves in a huge hole after dropping two at home.

They blew a 13-point lead in Game 1 and couldn’t hang on after rallying in this one. Both times, they struggled in the fourth quarter, and coach Tom Thibodeau bristled when asked if he may switch up his late-game rotation.

"We look at every thing, " he said. "Unreal. "

John Wall had 16 points and seven assists for Washington.

The Bulls seemed to be in good shape if they were leading 87-77 5 minutes into the fourth. They were still leading, 91-85, when Beal shot the Wizards back in the game.

He nailed a 3-pointer that managed to get 91-88 and added a floater to make it an one-point game. Then, with a chance to put Washington ahead, he hit 1 of 2 free throws with 52. 9 seconds left to tie it at 91.

Both teams had opportunities to win it in the closing seconds but couldn’t convert.

"I think we did a fantastic job staying calm and composed, " Wall said. "Early in the season, we would get rattled and guys would attempt to make plays one on one on their own. Tonight, we trusted in our offense like we’ve been doing. "

The Bulls were leading 87-77 following a driving layup by Noah and two free throws by Butler with 6: 59 left regulation. But with Beal going off, the Wizards made a run.

"I cannot take a large amount of credit for the fourth quarter, " said Beal, who scored 11 in the fourth after quiet second and third quarters. "I think we got a lot of offensive rebounds and kickouts, and John hit me on a couple. I was fortunate to be able to knock down some, and I just stayed with it.
Game notes
Only three teams have dropped Games 1 and 2 at home and won a series: the 1968-69 Lakers, 1993-94 Rockets and the 2004-05 Dallas Mavericks…
Dikembe Mutombo
presented the Defensive Player of the Year award to Noah, who hoisted the trophy above his head to loud cheers prior to the game… Thibodeau praises San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Phoenix’s Jeff Hornacek once they took the very best two spots in the Coach of the Year vote. As for the guy who finished third? “He’s terrible, ” he joked. Thibodeau, needless to say, took the third spot after guiding the Bulls to 48 wins. It might have been his most readily useful coaching job yet, with another knee injury curtailing
Derrick Rose
's comeback and
Luol Deng
getting traded away.

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Wiz take 2-0 lead on Bulls behind Beal, Nene

Wizards Win OT Thriller, Take 2-0 Lead VIDEO PLAYLIST
 

CHICAGO – That one looked like it was slipping far from the Washington Wizards. Then, in a flash everything changed.

Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 points in overtime and the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Game 3 is Friday at Washington. The Wizards couldn’t maintain a 17-point first-quarter lead and had to rally from 10 down in the fourth.

Nene scored the first six points in overtime after being held in check by Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah in regulation, and the Wizards hung on after Kirk Hinrich failed to convert at the foul line in the closing seconds of overtime. Hinrich, a 76 percent free throw shooter this season, had a chance to tie it after getting fouled by Nene on a drive with 2 . 4 seconds left. But his first attempt hit the rim. That he deliberately missed the second, and Trevor Ariza grabbed the rebound to seal the win for Washington.

"I went up there thinking I was going to knock them down, " Hinrich said. "Tonight, I just couldn’t do it. Nevertheless , I really felt that I should’ve made the layup. "

D. J. Augustin light emitting diode Chicago with 25 points but cooled off late in the overall game with Ariza guarding him. Taj Gibson had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Noah added 20 points and 12 boards, but the Bulls find themselves in a huge hole after dropping two at home.

They blew a 13-point lead in Game 1 and couldn’t hang on after rallying in this one. Both times, they struggled in the fourth quarter, and coach Tom Thibodeau bristled when asked if he may switch up his late-game rotation.

"We look at every thing, " he said. "Unreal. "

John Wall had 16 points and seven assists for Washington.

The Bulls seemed to be in good shape if they were leading 87-77 5 minutes into the fourth. They were still leading, 91-85, when Beal shot the Wizards back in the game.

He nailed a 3-pointer that managed to get 91-88 and added a floater to make it an one-point game. Then, with a chance to put Washington ahead, he hit 1 of 2 free throws with 52. 9 seconds left to tie it at 91.

Both teams had opportunities to win it in the closing seconds but couldn’t convert.

"I think we did a fantastic job staying calm and composed, " Wall said. "Early in the season, we would get rattled and guys would attempt to make plays one on one on their own. Tonight, we trusted in our offense like we’ve been doing. "

The Bulls were leading 87-77 following a driving layup by Noah and two free throws by Butler with 6: 59 left regulation. But with Beal going off, the Wizards made a run.

"I cannot take a large amount of credit for the fourth quarter, " said Beal, who scored 11 in the fourth after quiet second and third quarters. "I think we got a lot of offensive rebounds and kickouts, and John hit me on a couple. I was fortunate to be able to knock down some, and I just stayed with it.

Game notes

Only three teams have dropped Games 1 and 2 at home and won a series: the 1968-69 Lakers, 1993-94 Rockets and the 2004-05 Dallas Mavericks…

Dikembe Mutombo

presented the Defensive Player of the Year award to Noah, who hoisted the trophy above his head to loud cheers prior to the game… Thibodeau praises San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Phoenix’s Jeff Hornacek once they took the very best two spots in the Coach of the Year vote. As for the guy who finished third? “He’s terrible, ” he joked. Thibodeau, needless to say, took the third spot after guiding the Bulls to 48 wins. It might have been his most readily useful coaching job yet, with another knee injury curtailing

Derrick Rose

's comeback and

Luol Deng

getting traded away.