In a tightly contested game that needed overtime to determine a winner, LeBron James and the Miami Heat found a way to squeak past the Indiana Pacers to take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Ben Golliver of SB Nation and SI.com breaks down what was arguably the most exciting game of the 2013 postseason.
Kevin and George from the Uncut Sports Show preview the Western Conference Finals matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs enter the matchup as the #2 seed, yet are most likely considered underdogs in the series after the Grizzlies took out the #1 seed OKC Thunder. Memphis, led by a punishing front court in All Stars Zach Randolph and Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol, will look to over power the Spurs front line of Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter. Another key matchup is at the point guard position as emerging star Mike Conley will look to contain arguably the most underrated point guard in the NBA in Tony Parker. Which matchups are you guys looking forward to seeing the most? Who is the X-factor for both teams in this series? Let us know your predictions for the series and be on the lookout for more NBA playoff coverage from the Uncut Sports Show!
Kevin and George from the Uncut Sports Show preview the upcoming Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the defending NBA champs the Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers. The Heat flew through their previous series against the Bulls after dropping Game 1 in Miami, while the Pacers battled with the Knicks before toppling them in Game 6. Miami has been a notoriously slow starter in playoff series, but can ill afford to overlook Indiana early in the series. Some key matchups to follow include Lebron James vs Paul George, Dwyane Wade vs Lance Stephenson and whoever the Heat are going to throw at Roy Hibbert, whose physical inside presence was the X-factor in their series win over the Knicks. Who do you feel is the X-factor for both teams in this series? Does Indiana have a shot at dethroning the champs? Let us know what you think below and be on the lookout for more NBA playoff coverage from the Uncut Sports Show!
After losing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Miami Heat responded like the defending NBA champions they are by winning the next four over the Bulls to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third straight year. Ben Golliver of SB Nation and SI.com recaps the roller-coaster ride that was Game 5.
After a stunning game 1 loss to the Bulls, the Heat needed to bounce back strong in game 2. And bounce back they did, to the tune of a chippy 115-78 drubbing that saw 9 technical fouls, a flagrant foul, and 2 ejections. Ben Golliver of SB Nation and SI.com recaps the action.
Kevin and George from the Uncut Sports Show preview the NBA Western Conference semifinal matchup between #1 seed Oklahoma City Thunder and #5 seed Memphis Grizzlies. The Thunder were the clear cut favorite to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals before star point guard Russell Westbrook went down with a left meniscus tear in Round 1 vs the Houston Rockets. Now, Kevin Durant and Co. must find a way to replace Westbrook's scoring, toughness and leadership, especially against a gritty Grizzlies squad that had no trouble dispatching Chris Paul and the Clippers in Round 1. The All Star front line of Zach Randolph and Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol will look to slow the game down and dominate the offensive and defensive glass for the Grizz. Can Durant carry the Thunder through another playoff series? How many technicals will Randolph and Kendrick Perkins receive throughout the series? Can Reggie Jackson contain Mike Conley? Let us know who you think will prevail in the series and how many games it will take and be sure to be on the lookout for Uncut Sports NBA Playoff coverage all the way through the NBA Finals in June.
Kevin and George from the Uncut Sports Show preview the NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff series between #2 seed San Antonio Spurs and #6 seed Golden State Warriors. The ancient Spurs took out the Kobe less Lakers in 4 games, while the Warriors and more specifically Stephen Curry upset the Denver Nuggets in 6 games. The Spurs core of veterans in Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Tim Duncan have better brought their track shoes as the Warriors love to play at a fast pace and play little defense. Steph Curry has emerged as an elite NBA talent this season and will need to continue his hot shooting and clutch play in order for the Warriors to have a shot at upending the Spurs. Who will (attempt to) guard Curry? Tony Parker? Kawhi Leonard? Can anyone on the Warriors match the big fundamental Tim Duncan on the block? Who will be the X-factor for each team? Let us know who you think will win this series and in how many games and be on the look out for more Uncut Sports NBA playoff coverage all the way through the NBA Finals in June!
Kevin and George from the Uncut Sports Show breakdown the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff matchup between the #2 seed New York Knicks and #3 seed Indiana Pacers. The Knicks come into the series after a hard fought 4-2 series win over the rival Boston Celtics, while the Pacers closed out the Atlanta Hawks in 6 games as well. All eyes will be on Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony as he battles a nagging left shoulder injury and tries to reach the Conference finals for only the second time in his career. Anthony will have his hands full on both sides of the ball as he will most likely be matched up with Pacers dynamic young superstar Paul George and the massive frontline of David West and Roy Hibbert. Who will prevail in this series and in how many games? Can Carmelo overcome his playoff demons? Which JR Smith will show up? Who is the X-factor in the series outside of the stars? Let us know what you think and be on the look out for NBA Playoffs coverage through the NBA Finals in June!