Archive for May 12th, 2009



First up, it was the Cavs looking to sweep yet another series this first season.  They were up 3-0 on the Hawks, and Atlanta was hoping to at least get one victory in front of their home crowd.  Well, didn’t happen.  The Cavs are just too fluid and too powerful for anybody to get close to them.  Josh Smith had a nice game for the Hawks with 26 points, but LeBron was the hero of the game with 27.  Now the Cavs advance to play the winner of the Magic/Celtics series.  And those teams are beating each other up so badly, it’s hard to imagine either team having the energy left to face Cleveland.  Cleveland 84, Atlanta 74.

Dirk NowitzkiNext up, it was the Dallas Mavericks against the Denver Nuggets.  The Mavs are down 3-0 in the series, and were (like Atlanta) hoping to get at least one win at home.  Well, UNLIKE the Hawks, they put up a fight.  The Nuggets led at halftime, but the Mavs would come surging back in the 2nd half.  While the had trouble stopping Carmelo Anthony (who finished the nigh with 41 POINTS), it was Dirk Nowitzki that was the playmaker in the 4th quarter.  He had 19 of his 44 points in the 4th quarter, and definitely carried the Mavs on his back.  It worked, as Dallas survived Denver’s onslaught, and will get the chance to play a Game 5.  Dallas 119, Denver 117.

Elsewhere in the NBA, it looks like the drama from Game 4 of the Boston/Orlando series continues.  Here’s the story:  When Glen “Big Baby” Davis hit the gamewinning shot, he was so excited, he ran down the baseline and pushed a 12-year old fan out of the way.  No HUGE deal, but now the boy’s father is demanding that Glen Davis apologize to his son.  The man in question is Ernest Provetti, and he told an Orlando newspaper, that Davis was like a “raging animal with no regard for fans’ personal safety.” Provetti said it’s doubtful that Davis will actual do anything, but he did want to shed light on the issue.

And finally, in some more NBA soap opera news, it appears that Mark Cuban is in hot water again.  This time… it’s for yelling at an opposing player’s mother.  After losing Game 3 to Denver, Cuban walked back to the locker room shouting, and then had some words for an older woman.  Well, that woman was the mother of Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin.  When asked what he would do about the issue, Martin said, “I’m gonna handle it.  Not in the media, but in person, face to face”.  The media continued to press him for details, but Martin kept private and repeated that he plans to handle it with Cuban one-on-one.  This could get nasty.  You just don’t mess with the Moms!!! We’ll see how it develops.

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