The Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies both clinched spots in the Conference Finals Wednesday night as both teams won their series in five games. Both teams lost Game 1 before rebounding to win the next four games. The Heat eliminated the Chicago Bulls with a 94-91 win and the Grizzlies took out the defending Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder 88-84. The Heat will be making their sixth trip to the Eastern Conference Finals and third consecutive overall. The Heat lost in 1997 to the Bulls in five games and the Detroit Pistons in seven games back in 2005. They won in 2006 over the Pistons in six games, won in five games in 2011 over the Bulls and defeated the Boston Celtics in seven games last season. The Heat become the first East team to reach three straight conference finals since the Pistons made six straight trips to the East Finals from 2003-2008. The Heat await the winner of the Indiana Pacers-New York Knicks series as the Pacers lead 3-1 and can wrap up the series Thursday night in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden. Game 5 is at 8:00 PM EST on TNT.
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By Kendall Burke
Lance Stephenson and the Indiana Pacers have a 3-1 lead over the Knicks in the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals. Protecting their home court, they beat out the Knicks Saturday and Tuesday with a score of 82-71 and 93-82 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The third-year shooting guard has averaged 34 minutes the past two games scoring a combined 21 points and 14 rebounds. Stephenson, teamed with George Hill and Paul George, are expected to lead the Pacers to their first NBA Finals appearance since 2004. Despite his progressive success, Stephenson wasn’t always a team player.
A Coney Island native, Stephenson had a roller coaster ride of a high school career. He led his Abraham Lincoln High School (Alumni including Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair) team to a record four straight PSAL Class AA titles, earning the nickname “Born Ready” throughout the Rucker Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. He also allowed a video crew to document his life for an online reality show titled “Born Ready”. Head coach, Dwayne Morton remembers Stephenson as “The best I’ve ever had at Lincoln”.
By: Erin Somers
Stephen Curry has led the Golden State Warriors to round two of the NBA playoffs, beating out the Denver Nuggets in round one. They now face the San Antonio Spurs where the series is dead even going into game five. Curry’s stats thus far in the playoffs are off the charts, with a total of 29 points and 11 assists in game three against the Nuggets. The he followed with 31 points in game four. 22 of his 31 points came from one of the more amazing third quarters you will ever see from any player. Not many NBA teams can win in Denver, much less close out a playoff series in the Mile High City.
The NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 27. The Draft Combine will be held in Chicago on May 15-19 and the annual Draft Lottery will be conducted on May 21.
Here is a look at the early entry candidates for the upcoming draft for the College and International dates:
By Michael Almonte,
LeBron James captured his fourth NBA MVP on Sunday coming within one vote short of a unanimous pick. The 28-year-old became the youngest player in NBA history to win four MVP’s after receiving 120 of 121 first-place votes by league media members and analysts. The lone other first-place vote went to New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. James joins Shaquille O’Neal as the only two players to come within one vote of a unanimous pick. Shaq received 120 of 121 first-place votes back in 2000 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and helped lead them to the NBA championship that season.
James won his previous MVP’s in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, while joining some elite company to win at least four MVP’s. He joins Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain, while joining Russell as the only two players to win the award four times in five years. James averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 76 games. He shot 56% from the field, 40% from the three-point line and 75% at the free-throw line.
By Michael AlmonteThe NBA Playoffs began last Saturday and six of the eight series are 2-0 with the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers holding the advantages. The Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls were the only road teams to win; each team won Game 2 evening their series up. The Bulls won Game 2 90-82 over the Brooklyn Nets and the Warriors outscored the Denver Nuggets 131-117 at the Pepsi Center, snapping the Nuggets franchise record 24-game winning streak.
The Warriors suffered a devastating blow in Game 1 as All-Star David Lee is out for the season after tearing his right hip flexor during the team’s 97-95 loss to Denver in Game 1. Lee led the NBA this season in double-doubles with 56 averaging 18.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and shooting 51% from the field in 79 games. This was Lee’s first appearance in the NBA Playoffs before sustaining the injury.