Hawks beat Magic (4-2): A Series in Review

The Hawks beat the Magic in 6 games in a series marked with great coaching.

The Hawks let Dwight Howard do whatever he wanted. The Magic’s offensive scheme is designed around teams collapsing around Howard and him kicking it out to the outside for 3-pointers.

The Hawks passed their basic math classes and realized that to get to 100 points, which is an average score for an NBA team, you need to score 50 2 point shots but only 33 (rounded) 3 point shots. That is an extra 17 possessions the Magic would need to get to 100 points. If any NBA team gets 17 extra possessions to score they will win. This almost acted as a turnover without actually turning the ball over.

In the loses, Dwight Howard averaged 30.25 PPG and 16.5 RPG. In the decisive Game 5 victory he only had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Dwight Howard showed that despite being one of the most dominant players in the NBA he is better used when he is not being used.

On the Atlanta end of the series Jamaal Crawford and Joe Johnson were the most influential on the outcome for the Hawks.

In the wins Joe Johnson put up 22.25 PPG, 7.25 RPG, and 3.75 APG. Jamaal Crawford put up 22.5 PPG, 2 RPG, 3.75 APG in the wins.

The Hawks are looking good and match up well against the Bulls.


Bulls beat Pacers (4-1): A Series in Review

The Chicago Bulls, the team with the best record in the NBA, barely beat the Indiana Pacers, a 8 games under .500.  This series shows why the regular season is designed for players and the play offs is designed for teams.

Derrick Rose the single most dominant player in the NBA this year which is why they pulled out the best record. However, when you look past Rose and Boozer there isn’t much depth on their roster.

Joakim Noah would be considered the third best player on the Bulls and Noah is a scrapper and not a superstar. He gets all his points off of offensive rebounds. Noah is not a reliable threat on the court.

Then there is Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver, Luol Deng who are again solid role players. However, if you move past them who’s their seventh best player? Keith Bogans? He’s their starting shooting guard. How does Bogans match up against the star shooting guards in the East? It seems like they’re going to play the Hawks in the second round. There is no way Keith Bogans can match up with Joe Johnson. Will the Bulls move Rose over to guard Johnson and have Rose use up energy guarding a bigger, more athletic player. Even if they do move Rose over will Bogans be able to handle Kirk Hinrich and Jamaal Crawford at point guard? The Bulls were lucky enough to face a team who’s best shooting guard is Dahntay Jones.

The Bulls better be apprehensive because they might be facing Joe Johnson, Dwyane Wade, or even Kobe Bryant later on in the play offs. They better be aware of their weaknesses and not get cocky after this lackluster 5 game series win.