Friday, June 29, 2012

2012 NBA Draft team by team results.

Atlanta Hawks 
23. John Jenkins
43.  Mike Scott

Boston Celtics 
21. Jared Sullinger
22. Fab Melo
51. Kris Joseph

Brooklyn Nets
54.  Tornike Shengelia
57. Illkea Karaman

Charlotte Bobcats
2.  Michael Kidd Gilchrist
31. Jeff Taylor

Chicago Bulls
29.  Marquis Teague

Cleveland Cavaliers
4.  Dion Waiters
17. Tyler Zeller

Dallas Mavericks
24. Jared Cunningham
33. Bernard James
34.  Jae Crowder

Denver Nuggets
20. Evan Fournier
38.  Quincy Miller
50.  Izzet Turkyalamz

Detroit Pistons
9.  Andre Drummond
39.  Khris Middleton
44.  Kim English

Golden State
7.   Harrison Barnes
30.  Festus Ezeli
35.  Draymond Green
52. Ognjen Kuzmic

Houston Rockets
12. Jeremy Lamb
16. Royce White
18. Terrence Jones

Indiana Pacers
26. Miles Plumlee
36.  Orlando Johnson

Los Angeles Clippers
53. Furkan Aledmir

Los Angeles Lakers
55.  Darius Johnson-Odom
60.  Robert Sacre

Memphis Grizzlies
25. Tony Wroten

Miami Heat
45.  Justin Hamilton

Milwaukee Bucks
14. John Henson
42.  Doron Lamb

Minnesota Timberwolves
58. Robbie Hummel

New Orleans Hornets
1.   Anthony Davis 
10.  Austin Rivers
46.  Darius Miller

New York Knicks
48.  Kostas Papanikolaou

Oklahoma City Thunder
28.  Perry Jones III

Orlando Magic
19. Andrew Nicholson
49.  Kyle O'Quinn

Philadelphia 76ers
15.  Maurice Harkless
27. Arnett Moultrie

Phoenix Suns
13.  Kendall Marshall

Portland Trail Blazers
6.  Damian Lillard
11.  Meyes Leonard
40. Will Burton
41. Tyshawn Taylor

Sacramento Kings
5.  Thomas Robinson

San Antonio Spurs
59.  Marcus Denmon

Toronto Raptors
8.  Terrence Ross
37. Quincy Acy
56. Tomislav Zubcic

Utah Jazz
47.  Kevin Murphy

Washington Wizards 
3.  Bradley Beal
32. Tomas Satoransky

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2012 NBA Draft Results

2012 NBA Draft Results

1st Round 

1.  New Orleans Hornets

Anthony Davis PF
19 years old; 6'10


2.  Charlotte Bobcats 

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF
18 years old

3.  Washington Wizards

Bradley Beal  SG
18 years old; 6'5
4.  Cleveland Cavaliers
Dion Waiters SG
20 years old; 6'4

5.  Sacramento Kings

Thomas Robinson PF
21 years old; 6'9

6.  Portland Trail Blazers (From Brooklyn Nets) 

Damian Lillard PG
21 years old; 6'3
Weber State
7.  Golden State Warriors

Harrison Barnes SF
20 years old; 6'8
North Carolina

8.  Toronto Raptors

Terrence Ross SG/SF
21 years old; 6'7
9.  Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond C
18 years old; 7'0

10.  New Orleans Hornets (From Minnesota Timberwolves through LA Clippers)  

Austin Rivers SG
19 years old; 6'5

11.  Portland Trail Blazers

Meyers Leonard C
20 years old; 7'1
12.  Houston Rockets

Jeremy Lamb SG
20 years old; 6'5
13.  Phoenix Suns

Kendall Marshall PG
20 years old; 6'4
North Carolina

14. Milwaukee Bucks

John Henson PF
21 years old; 6'10
North Carolina

15.  Philadelphia 76ers

Moe Harkless SF
19 years old; 6'9"; 207 lbs.
St. John's

16.  Houston Rockets (From New York Knicks)

Royce White PF
21 years old; 6'8"; 261 lbs.
Iowa State

17.  Dallas Mavericks (Traded to Cleveland)

Tyler Zeller C
22 years old; 7'0
North Carolina

18.  Houston Rockets

Terrence Jones PF
20 years old; 6'9
19.  Orlando Magic

Andrew Nicholson PF/C
22 years old; 6'9
St. Bonaventure
20.  Denver Nuggets

Evan Fournier SG/SF
19 years old; 6'7

21.  Boston Celtics

Jared Sullinger C
20 years old; 6'9"; 268 lbs.
Ohio State
22.  Boston Celtics  (From LA Clippers through Oklahoma City Thunder) 

Fab Melo C
22 years old; 7'0
23.  Atlanta Hawks

John Jenkins SG
21 years old; 6'4
24.  Cleveland Cavaliers (Traded to Dallas)

Jared Cunningham  SG
21 years old; 6'5
Oregon State

25.  Memphis Grizzlies 

Tony Wroten PG/SG
19 years old; 6'6

26.  Indiana Pacers 

Miles Plumlee C
23 years old; 7'0
27.  Miami Heat  (Traded to Philadelphia 76ers)

Arnett Moultrie PF/C
21 years old; 6'11
Mississippi St.

28. Oklahoma City Thunder

Perry Jones PF
20 years old; 6'11

29. Chicago Bulls

Marquis Teague PG
19 years old; 6'2
30.  Golden State Warriors (From San Antonio Spurs) 

Festus Ezeli  C
22 years old; 6'11

2nd Round

31.  Charlotte Bobcats

Jeff Taylor SF
23 years old; 6'7
Vanderbilt, Senior
32.  Washington Wizards

Tomas Satoransky  PG/SG
20 years old; 6'7

33.  Cleveland Cavaliers (Traded to Dallas)

Bernard James C
27 years old; 6'10
Florida State
34.  Cleveland Cavaliers  (Traded to Dallas)

Jae Crowder  SF/PF
21 years old; 6'6

35.  Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green PF
22 years old; 6'7
Michigan State
36.   Sacramento Kings (Traded to Indiana Pacers)

Orlando Johnson  SG
23 years old; 6'5
UC Santa Barbara

37.   Toronto Raptors

Quincy Acy SF
21 years old; 6'8

38.   Denver Nuggets

Quincy Miller SF
19 years old; 6'10

39.   Detroit Pistons

Khris Middleton  SF
20 years old; 6'8
Texas A&M

40.   Portland Trail Blazers

Will Barton SG
21 years old; 6'6

41.  Portland Trail Blazers (Traded to Brooklyn Nets)

Tyshawn Taylor PG
22 years old; 6'4

42.   Milwaukee Bucks

Doron Lamb  SG
20 years old; 6'5

43.   Atlanta Hawks

Mike Scott PF
23 years old; 6'9

44.   Detroit Pistons

Kim English SG/SF
23 years old

45.   Miami Heat
Justin Hamilton C
21 years old; 6'10

46.  New Orleans Hornets

Darius Miller  SF
22 years old; 6'7

47.   Utah Jazz

Kevin Murphy  SG/SF
22 years old; 6'6
Tennessee Tech
48.   New York Knicks

Kostas Papanikolaou  SF
21 years old; 6'8

49.  Orlando Magic

Kyle O'Quinn  PF/C
22 years old; 6'10
Norfolk State

50.  Denver Nuggets
Izzet Turkyalamz  PF
22 years old; 6'11

51.  Boston Celtics

Kris Joseph  SF
23 years old; 6'7

52.  Golden State Warriors
Ognjen Kuzmic C
22 years old; 7'1

53.  Los Angeles Clippers
Furkan Aledmir   PF
20 years old; 6'10

54.  Brooklyn Nets

Tornike Shengelia PF
20 years old;  6'9

55. Los Angeles Lakers

Darius Johnson-Odom  SG
22 years old; 6'3

56.  Toronto Raptors
Tomislav Zubcic  PF
 22  years old; 6'11

57.  Brooklyn Nets
Illkan Karaman PF

22 years old; 6'9 

58.  Minnesota Timberwolves

Robbie Hummel   SF/PF
23  years old; 6'8
59.  San Antonio Spurs

Marcus Denmon 
22 years old; 6'3
60.  Los Angeles Lakers

Robert Sacre  C
23 years old;  7'0


Credit: Getty Images

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Argentina will debut their team vs Uruguay tonight.

Argentina's coach, Julio Lamas, is ready to get these set of games going and watch his team perform. Argentina has been practicing for the last 5 days and tonight they will play in front of their home crowd against Uruguay.  This game will be a test for Argentina, not because the opponent will be a tough one, it will be a test in regards of lineups, this will be the first time in many years that Argentina is counting on younger players mixed with their veterans.  Uruguay will be the first team to play against Argentina in these 8 preparation games.

Argentina's national team.
Source: Basquet Plus

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Puerto Rico starts the exhibition games with a victory.

Puerto Rico defeated Macedonia 96-77 in their first of two preparation games before the Fiba Qualifying Tournament in July. Jose Juan Barea had a double double (11 points, 10 assists), David Huertas and Alex Galindo scored 15 each and two recent additions, Renaldo Balkman and Nathan Peavy ( They didn't played in Centrobasket) joined the club and gave them a big spark at both ends.  The starting point guard, Carlos Arroyo, and his backup, Andres Rodriguez,weren't available. They expect to return tomorrow in the 2nd game against Macedonia.

Nathan Peavy Scored 12 points and 8 boards
Coach, Flor Melendez, was very impressed with his roster, they beat a good Macedonia team that had players like Bo McCalebb (13 pts, 5 assist) and Pero Antic ( 19 pts and 8 boards) but one player in particular that really impressed him was forward, Nathan Peavy. Melendez said Peavy is a a true power forward , a very underrated scorer, and will help them tremendously in that aspect and also in the rebound department, which they had been lacking.

Flor Melendez, coach of Puerto Rico.

Photo credit:  Jose L. Cruz Candelaria of Primera Hora

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Houston traded Samuel Dalembert to Kings.

 In an effort  to upgrade their roster and hopefully land a superstar, the Houston Rockets traded Samuel Dalembert and the 14th pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for their 12th pick, Jon Leuer, Jon Brockman and Shaun Livingston.

The Rockets now have the 12, 16 and 18 picks in Thursday's NBA draft.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski  of Yahoo sports 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Detroit has traded Ben Gordon to Charlotte for Corey Maggete

Ben Gordon

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports has reported that the Charlotte Bobcats have agreed to send forward Corey Maggete to the Detroit Pistons for Ben Gordon and a  protected first round pick.   2013 Detroit's first round pick will belong to Charlotte.  Detroit will save themselves 15 million by getting rid of Gordon, Corey Maggette is expiring.

Corey Maggette

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Chase Budinger traded to the Wolves for the 18th Pick.

According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, The Houston Rockets have traded forward Chase Budinger  and the rights to Israeli Lior Eliyahu to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the #18th pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

Houston has been rumored to be set on acquiring multiple picks to offer the Magic for Dwight Howard, could this be an indication? they now have three first round picks (14,16,18)  more information will be posted as we find out more details.

The Wolves found the shooter they were looking for, they also have Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams as small forwards, they should be planning on maybe trading one of them?

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Larry Bird out as Pacers president

Mike Wells reported the Pacers president, Larry Bird, is no longer going to be part of the Pacers organization.  One of the main reasons why Bird is stepping down it's because some health issues and he's expected to miss an entire year before deciding if he wants to take another job at a different capacity.

Bird will meet with Indiana Pacers owner, Herb Simon, to make his departure official.  Bird won the NBA executive of the year award,  he did a really good job with the Indiana Pacers, they improved little by little every year and they even made the playoffs this season, their first appearance  since 2006.

Donnie Waslsh will return to the Indiana Pacers in some capacity, maybe he will take over for Larry. We wish Larry the best in anything he decides to try next.

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Puerto Rico announced their roster for the 2012 Fiba Qualifying Tournament

David Huertas and Jose Juan Barea

Puerto Rico has a chance on making the London Olympics by playing in the 2012 Fiba Qualifying tournament in Caracas, Venezuela from July 2-8.   Head Coach Flor Melendez announced the 12 man roster that will be representing them.  Point guards Carlos Arroyo, Jose Juan Barea and Andres Rodriguez will be the ones handling the ball & creating offense.  Florida gator, Mike Rosario, will be joining the team for the first time at shooting guard, along with the up and coming David Huertas.  

Andres Rodriguez

Former Nugget & Knick Renaldo Balkman will play the power forward spot along with Nathan Peavy and  Ricky Sanchez.  Alex Galindo and Alex Franklin will be playing at the small forward spot and maybe some shooting guard as well, depending on the match up.  Daniel Santiago and Peter John Ramos are going to be the ones guarding the paint and playing the center position.

Peter John Ramos
Puerto Rico will start their preparation games on June 27 and 28 against Macedonia.  Flor Melendez is hopeful his team can finish in the top three and qualify for the Olympics, however, this isn't an easy task. Greece, Russia, Lithuania and Dominican Republic (behind John Calipari) seem to be a lot stronger and you can't never count the host (Venezuela) out.

Source:  El Nuevo Dia & Primera Hora

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Brazil is ready for the Eletrobras Tournament

The Brazilian national team has been practicing for the last 14 days, however, today will be the first time they will play against a different opponent than themselves.  The Electrobas Tournament will start today, they will take place in San Carlos, Brazil.  Greece, Nigeria, New Zealand will be joining Brazil in the tournament.

These games will be a good practice for Ruben Magnano's team to execute all the plays they have been working on and focusing on integrating guard, Marcelo Huertas, who joined the team earlier in the week,  Huertas,  a member of Regal FC Barcelona,  was resting from winning the ACB championship in Spain.

"I'm very motivated and with a great expectation to begin working with the group in order to dispute the Olympic Games in London. The preparation is an important part of our work, since we have a very high level competition ahead and we have to get optimal conditions, to our best, whether in physical appearance or even the tactical, "  - Marcelo Huertas. 

San Carlos is also Nene's hometown, he's looking forward to playing there tonight, his kids and  wife will be in attendance.  The last time Nene played in front of his hometown was so long ago, he wasn't even a member of Brazil's national team.


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Argentina started preparing for London.

The Argentinian national team got together on Saturday to start training for the London Olympics (July 27- August 12) some of the players that were present were  Manu Ginobili, Pablo Prigioni, Andres Nocioni, Federico Kammerichs, Luis Scola, Hernan Jasen,  Paolo Quinteros & Carlos Delfino. 

One player that wasn't at the practice and unfortunately isn't going to be available for the London Olympics is center, Fabricio Oberto, he dropped out of the competition due to personal reasons.

Argentina wants to give it one last shot with "The Golden Generation", after winning the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, they finished 3rd in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, this group wants to give it themselves and their fans one more opportunity to capture the magic they got in 2004.

Manu Ginobili said the chances of this being his last Olympic competition are really high.

Argentina will begin their preparations games on June 28th against Uruguay, rest of schedule below.

28 vs Uruguay
30 vs Uruguay

5-6        Super 4 Tournament   (Argentina, Brazil, Spain & Chile)
8 -         vs Spain
11-12 -  Super 4 Tournament  (Argentina, Brazil, Spain & Chile)
20 -       vs Spain
22 -       vs USA

More news regarding team Argentina will be posted as soon as they continue practicing, get an official roster and play against other teams.


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Sunday, June 24, 2012

2012 Centrobasket Gold medal game. Puerto Rico vs Dominican Republic

1st Quarter

4:00 -  After the first 6 minutes of the game, Puerto Rico has a 13-12 lead over Dominican Republic, David Huertas has 7 points, JJ Barea has 6 and they are the only two players that have scored for PR.  Juan Coronado scored the first 5 for Dominican Republic, Al Horford and Jack Michael Martinez have a basket each.

2:03 - Puerto Rico leads 16-13, Jose Juan Barea is penetrating at will and finding guys for open layups.  Francisco Garcia hasn't found his shot yet, he's 0-3.

1:23 - Edwin Ubiles had a monster slam. My goodness, giving PR a 6 point lead.

End of 1st -  Puerto Rico 21, Domimican Republic 14.

Leading Scorers:
JJ Barea 8 points, David Huertas 7  (PR)
Eulis Baez, Jose Coronado  5 (DR)

Field Goal shooting

10-17 FG (PR)
5-14  FG (DR)

2nd Quarter

6:49 - Mike Rosario begins the quarter by making a floater , Ricky Sanchez had a tip in and the lead is now 11 for Puerto Rico, However, Francisco Garcia heated up for 3 straight three pointers and the lead is down to 4.  27-23

The Dominican Republic went on a 17-5 run before JJ Barea's three pointer, made it 17-8.  Francisco Garcia woke up in a big way, scoring three triples in the quarter & Jack Michael Martinez (11 and 4 boards)  couldn't be stopped in the low block.  The Dominicans outscored the Puertoricans by 12 in the period

End of 2nd  - Dominican Republic 40, Puerto Rico 35.

 Halftime stats:

Puerto Rico
Jose Juan Barea 13 pts

Dominican Republic
Jack Michael Martinez   13 points
Francisco Garcia  9 points

3rd Quarter

9:16 -  A quick 5-0 for PR run tied the game & coach Calipari quickly called a timeout.

4:49 - Puerto Rico is holding a one point lead, 50-49.  Both teams have been erratic from the field, however, Jack Michael Martinez continues dominating the inside.

2:11 -  DR leds by 3, 55-52.   It's been a Jack Michael Martinez - Jose Juan Barea duel in the quarter so far.

End of 3rd - Dominican Republic 58, Puerto Rico 54

Jack Michael Martinez and Jose Juan Barea scored 6 points each in the quarter.

4th Quarter

8:03 -  Back two back baskets by Daniel Santiago is keeping PR in  the game, but Dominican Republic isn't missing many shots from the field and they are up 63-58.

5:00 - Dominican Republic leads 66-65

3:11 -  With Puerto Rico down two, JJ Barea found a trailing Ricky Sanchez on the break, but he was rejected emphatically by Al Horford.

2:44 - Juan Coronado hit a three and puts Dominican Republic up by 7 points.

53 Secs - PR is down 7, they tried making a comeback, but their dumb fouls at the end of the shot clock prevented that. Dominican Republic made all their free throws down the stretch and that was a big difference.

End of 4th Quarter - Dominican Republic 80, Puerto Rico 72.    Dominican Republic wins the 2012 Centrobasket.

Dominican Republic got some questionable call in the last quarter of the game, however, their execution and aggressiveness was way better than Puerto Rico and they deserved to get the win.

Final Stats

Dominican Republic
Jack Michael Martinez  23 points, 11 boards
Juan Coronado 17 points

Puerto Rico
Jose Juan Barea 18 points
Daniel Santiago 16 points
Ricky Sanchez 15 points

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Brazilian national team is preparing for the olympics.

Ruben Magnano, coach of the Brazilian national team, is taking this opportunity seriously, he knows it's not easy to make an Olympics appearance and he's determined to do everything in his power for Brazil to get a medal.  After a 16 year drought, Brazil hopes to put their best team together and finish better than how they did in 1996, which was in 6th place and didn't get a medal.

If everything goes according to plan, this Brazil team will be the strongest they've had in years. Tiago Splitter, Nene , Anderson Varejao & Leandro Barbosa haven't played together in a tournament in years. In The 2011  Fiba Americas Championship in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, Nene, Barbosa and Varejao weren't available and Brazil still qualified for London, in the World Championships 2010 in Turkey, Varejao and Barbosa played, but Nene sat down with a leg injury.

With those four NBA players, along with Marcelo Huertas and solid role players like Alex Garcia, Marcelo Machado, Marquinhos Vinicius and Guilherme Giovannoni, Brazil has a chance to do something very special.

Brazil will play in many preparation games before the London Olympics, here's the schedule:

June 26-28  -  Basketball Tournament Electrobas
Teams:  Brazil, Greece, New Zealand & Nigeria.

July 5 & 6 -  Super 4 Tournament
Teams:  Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and another team left to confirm.

July 11-12 Four Super Tournament

Teams:  Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and another team left to confirm.

July 16 - Brazil vs Team USA
Friendly game.

July 21-22  -  Tournament in France
Teams: Brazil, France & Australia

Magnano hasn't closed the door on making changes to the roster, but he has these 15 players on the selection. Only time will tell if anyone gets injured or can't make the team for other reasons.

1. Marcelo Huertas
2. Leandro Barbosa
3. Larry Taylor
4. Caio Torres
5. Nene
6. Tiago Splitter
7. Alex Garcia
8. Marcelo Machado
9. Guilherme Giovannoni
10. Augusto Lima
11. Raul Togni Neto ( Raulzinho)
12. Nezinho Dos Santos
13. Vitor Benite
14. Marquinhos Vinicius
15. Anderson Varejao


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Friday, June 22, 2012

The NBA is over, now what? Basketball Schedule for the summer.

Here are all the dates for the exhibition games before London, the FIBA qualifiers and the London Olympics. Let me know if i'm missing any games.  Thanks 

Lithuania vs Great Britain

Brasil vs New Zealand

France vs Italy
Brasil vs Nigeria

NBA Draft
France vs Italy
Brasil vs Greece

France vs Ivory Coast
Lithuania vs Great Britain

7/2/12 - 7/8/12     2012 Fiba World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Venezuela.   These are marked in red. 

(3 teams will have the last tickets to London) 

Russia vs Korea
Greece vs Jordan
Angola vs Macedonia
Nigeria vs Venezuela

Korea vs Dominican Republic
Macedonia vs New Zealand
Jordan vs Puerto Rico 
Venezuela vs Lithuania

New Zealand vs Angola
Dominican Republic vs Russia
Lithuania vs Nigeria
Greece vs Puerto Rico  


France vs Great Britain


Argentina vs Uruguay 
Spain vs Great Britain
Brasil vs Chile

Argentina vs Chile 
France vs Spain
Brasil vs Uruguay

Argentina vs Brasil 

USA vs Dominican Republic

Spain vs Tunisia

France vs Spain

USA vs Brasil

Spain vs Australia

Spain vs Australia

USA vs Great Britain 

Argentina vs Spain

Argentina vs USA

USA vs Spain

7/28/12 - 8/12/12  London Olympics

USA vs France
Brasil vs Australia
Spain vs China

USA vs Tunisia
Spain vs Australia
Argentina vs France
China vs ? 
? vs ? 

Australia vs China
Argentina vs Tunisia
Spain vs Great Britain
France vs ?
Brasil vs ?
USA vs ? 

Tunisia vs France
Brasil vs China
Australia vs Great Britain
Spain vs ?
Argentina vs ?
USA vs ?

USA vs Argentina
Spain vs Brasil
Great Britain vs China
France vs ? 
Australia vs ?
Tunisia vs ? 





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The Miami Heat are the NBA 2011- 2012 champions.

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder wanted to live another day, Lebron James and the Miami Heat had a different plan.  Lebron James delivered another triple double with 26 points (9-19 FG), 11 rebounds and 13 assists, but most important, he got the ring and the right to be called an NBA champion. Miami wanted this win and showed OKC how prepared they were.   However,  James didn't do it all by himself,  he got a lot of help from Miami's other two superstars and even some unexpected help.

Mike Miller gave Miami his all tonight, the 32 yr old, made 7 out of 8 three pointers and finished the game with 23 points and 5 rebounds,  Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and 8 boards, Chris Bosh contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds & Shane Battier made three 3 pointers for 11 points.

Kevin Durant had 32 points and Russell Westbrook 19, they played almost the entire game for Oklahoma, but they couldn't keep the game as close as the rest of the games were.  They were down by 5 after the first 12 minutes, but hot shooting from Mile Miller in the 2nd quarter and 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Lebron James,  blew the game open, giving the Heat a 10 point lead.

A 10 point lead turned into a Heat blowout in the third quarter, Miami outscored OKC by 14 in the period,  doing so without much scoring from their duo, Wade and James had 8 points in the period combined, but  Chris Bosh had 12 points, Shane Battier had 6, Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller each scored 5, and that was the biggest difference. Lebron James did assisted 6 of Miami field goals in the quarter, afer that, the rest of the wasn't much a problem.  Miami largest lead was 27 points.

Oklahoma City saw a better James Harden, he had 19 points, Serge Ibaka had 9, Derek Fisher 11, that wasn't  enough for OKC to force another game in these finals. .

Lebron James, who was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the Finals, handle this victory with grace and dealt with all the questions with class, that's the maturity you expect from a champion.  You have to give credit when credit is due, Lebron didn't backed down from the challenge, didn't hesitate in the closing moments of any playoff game and didn't showed any signs of immaturity in any of his comments . Two things left to say to the King, well deserved.

Congratulations to the runner up, Oklahoma City Thunder. They had a marvelous season, they did things no one thought they were capable of doing, beating San Antonio four straight times was one of them.  The Thunder despite losing in the finals, should be a contending team for many, many years to come. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are only 23 and they will get better, Serge Ibaka and James Harden are just 22.  There's isn't a single reason to believe OKC won't be sitting in the finals this time next year.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Centrobasket day 3.

Virgin Islands 92 vs. Costa Rica 64

This one was a no contest, Walter Hodge scored 11 first half points and helped Virgin Islands get a 17 point lead at the break, however, things only for worse for Costa Rica in the 2nd half.  They were down 17 at the break, and ended the game losing by 28. 

Walter Hodge ended with 25 and  Ivan Aska had 17. Kay Martinez had 16 for Costa Rica. 

Panama 78  vs.   Bahamas 70 

Josimar Ayarza dominated in the scoring department and in the boards. He had 23 points and 11 rebounds, giving Panama a win they needed badly.  Panama lead by 8 at the half, and also won the game by 8. 

For Bahamas, Kentwan Smith scored 18 

Rep. Dom 80 vs.  Jamaica 64 

Al Horford continued his impressive play by scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, Dominican Republic has 2 wins and no defeats. Manuel Fortuna and Juan Coronado had 19 each, they helped Horford in the scoring department. Game was tied at half, but the Dominicans really went to another level in the 2nd half, they ended up winning by 16. 

Samardo Samuels and Weyinmi Efejuku Rose scored 15 apiece and Jerome Jordan had 13 for Jamaica. 

Puerto Rico 107  vs.   Nicaragua 67 

Puerto Rico had a 5 point lead at the end of 1st and outscored Nicaragua 34 to 13 in the 2nd quarter to expand their lead to 26, they finished the game winning by 40.  David Huertas scored 23 points, Mike Rosario 22 and Alex Galindo had 13 for Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico won in basically every category, they won in assists 26-9, bench points 38-20 and points in the paint 50-34. This win gives Puerto Rico a ticket to the 2013 Fiba Basketball World Cup. 

Vansdsell Thomas and Walter Solis had 15 apiece, Windell Sloan had 10 for Nicaragua. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Centrobasket day 2.

Jamaica 80, Virgin islands 64

Game was really close during the first half, Jamaica had a three point lead (34-31) but in the third quarter they took control of the game and even had a 22 point lead at one point. Akeem Scott  had 23 points, Samardo Samuels 20 and 9, Weyinmi Efejuku Rose had 17.  Walter Hodge scored 20 for Virgin Islands in the loss.

Jamaica has started the tournament with 2 wins and no defeats, while Virgin Islands dropped to 0-2.

Cuba 80, Nicaragua 47 

Behind 34 points and 11 rebounds by Lisvan Valdez and playing with just 7 players, Cuba destroyed Nicaragua by 33 points.  Cuba lead by 20 points at the half (40-20)   and the lead grew to 30 in the middle of the third.

Dominican Republic 85 vs Mexico 67

DR took a 42-40 lead at the half. Al Horford and Eulis Báez combined for 21 points. For Mexico,  Paul Stoll had 11 points and Gustavo Ayon has been quiet, he has only .

The Dominicans outscored the Mexicans  21-14 in the third quarter and found themselves with a 63-54 lead. Al Horford led the way with good post moves, a three pointer and a furious dunk to end the quarter.

The 4th quarter was much of the same, Dominican Republic increased the lead to 23 and that was it for Mexico.  Al Horford had 24 and 8, Jack Michael Martinez had 18 and 13 boards.  Victor Mariscal had 17 points for Mexico, Hornets Gustavo Ayon was a big no show.

Dominican Republic is now 1-0 

Puerto Rico 88, Bahamas 71

David Huertas continued his hot shooting streak, he had 21 points. Backup point guard Filiberto Rivera had 12 points (all in 2nd half) for Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico had an 11 point lead at the half, and extended it to 21 in the second. Bahamas had no shot at winning this game, Marvin Gray had 14 points for Bahamas.

Puerto Rico now has 2 wins and has yet to lose a game.

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2012 NBA Finals Game 4 OKC @ Heat instant Recap

1st Quarter

8:15 - The Thunder have started the game with a 13-3 lead behind Russell Westbrook 3-3 shooting from the field. Kevin Durant made a jump shot, Perkins hit a layup and Thabo made a three.  Bosh has been aggressive from the field,but  hitting 1 out of 3.   

2:59 - Thunder have the biggest lead of the series, 25-12.  Russell Westbrook has 10 points, Durant has 6. The Heat can't seem to get anything going.

End of 1st : Thunder 33, Heat 19

Nick Collison has been incredible off the bench, he has 6 points (3-3 FG) and 2 rebounds in 5 minutes. Lebron James is 2-7 FG, Chris Bosh has 6 points and 5 boards.  OKC went 15-24 from the field. 

2nd Quarter

10:20 -  Miami started the quarter on a 7-0 run sparked by Norris Cole & Lebron James.  Cole made a three to end the first quarter and another in the second. Those were his first three pointers of the entire playoffs.

8:30 - Mario Chalmers had a basket and a foul, Thunder lead is down to 1.

7:03 -  Wade had tied the game with a three pointer, but Kevin Durant made a basket, Ibaka blocked Wade around the rim and James Harden made a three and just like that OKC lead is now 5.  Wade appears to be hurting, he had a bad fall after Serge blocked him.  Thunder lead 40-35

2:27 - Russell Westbrook is keeping OKC in this game (Made last two OKC shots), he's 8-15 from the field and has 16 points. Thunder is up 45-42

End of 2nd   Thunder 49, Heat 46

Halftime Stats
OKC Thunder
Russell Westbrook 9-15 FG, 18 points, 4 rebounds & 3 assists
Kevin Durant  4-10 FG, 10 points
James Harden 2-6 FG, 6 points & 7 boards

Miami Heat
Lebron James 5-10 FG, 10 points, 6 rebounds & 8 asists
Dwyane Wade 4-9 FG, 10 points
Chris Bosh 4-8 FG, 8 points & 7 rebounds
Norris Cole 2-3 from 3, 8 points. 

3rd Quarter

7:07 - Mario Chalmers three gives Miami a 4 point lead,  there has been 9 lead changes in the period so far.  OKC is scoring but it's taking so much effort just to score the basket, while Miami is doing it with passing and getting everyone involved.  The Thunder are also not getting back on defense and giving the Heat wide open looks.   Heat lead 64-60 

End of 3rd  Heat 79, OKC 75  Westbrook had 8 points in the quarter, Lebron had 10.  The Heat are getting the benefit of the call  EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.  Shane Battier has flopped on offense and defense, Westbrook got fouled on a made jumper and nothing was called, Durant got called on a foul that got changed to Westbrook (and Westbrook didn't even touched the Heat player) OKC is lucky to be down just 4.

4th Quarter

8:56 -  James Harden missed a open layup that could have given OKC the lead, he missed it and Mario Chalmers knocked down and open three and Miami has a 6 point lead.

6:47 - Kevin Durant scored the first basket for the Thunder in the 4th and after that it's been all Russell Westbrook,  he  is answering every heat run. Westbrook already has 11 points .  He has 38 points (18-28 FG)   Mario Chalmers has scored 7 points for the Heat and Dwyane Wade made his 2nd three pointer of the night.     90-88 Heat

5:18 -  Oklahoma had finally tied the game after two free throws by Westbrook, they defended the Heat well in the next posession, but failed to get a basket after Fish took the ball to the paint and got it blocked, instead of passing it to an open OKC player.  Lebron made a basket and gave Miami a 92-90 lead. 

Lebron James fell down, he got up to make the last basket but can't play.

2:18 - Lebron James returned to the ball game after one minute of being down and immediately hit a three pointer, Dwyane Wade made a basket and Heat are up 99-94.

55 Secs -  OKC had a chance to tie the game, but Sefolosha's three was blocked by Wade. Heat are up 99-96.

44 Secs - With Lebron James out of the game, Mario Chalmers drove to the basket  and finished the layup over Ibaka,  Miami is up 5. Mario Chalmers has 22 huge points.

13 seconds -  After a jump ball,  the Heat had 5 seconds on the shot clock with 13 secs remaining and Russell Westbrook committed a foul thinking the clocked had reset. Mario Chalmers then made 1 out of 2 free throws and iced the game for Miami.  Russell Westbrook scored 43 points, but his awful decision making at the end cost the game for OKC.

End of 4th quarter  Heat 104 - Thunder 98         Heat lead series 3-1

Final Stats:
Miami Heat
Lebron James 10-20 FG, 26 points, 9 rebounds & 12 asists
Dwyane Wade 8-19 FG, 25 points
Chris Bosh 6-12 FG, 13 points & 9 rebounds
Mario Chalmers 9-15 FG, 25 points

OKC Thunder
Russell Westbrook 20-32 FG, 43 points, 7 rebounds & 5 assists
Kevin Durant  9-19 FG, 28 points
James Harden 2-10 FG, 8 points & 10 boards 

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