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Last Night’s NBA Playoff’s: Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers vs. Nuggets!

Last night the Los Angeles Clippers lost against the Memphis Grizzlies in a grueling 105-98 Memphis win. The result of last nights game placed both teams on an even keel in the playoff series; both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies have won one game each! In their first playoff game the Clippers beat the Grizzlies 99-98. It has been a nail-bitingly close experience for Clippers fans. Game three for the Clippers-Memphis NBA Playoffs series will be back in Los Angeles this Saturday, May 5th.

The Clippers kicked off the playoffs in Game 1 with an explosive momentum, shooting nearly 65% of their shots in the first quarter alone. The second game didn’t fare as well for the Clippers, with the absence of Caron Butler due to a broken metacarpal and also losing their home game advantage. But Butler was replaced by Bobby Simmons in Game 2 and there are high hopes for Clippers fans at this Saturday’s game.

The Lakers are faring much better than their fellow Los Angeles Staples Center team; winning both of their NBA Playoff games thus far against the Denver Nuggets! They will lose their home game advantage for their next game as they head to Denver and the Clippers will switch places, heading to Los Angeles.

It is the first time in NBA history that both Los Angeles teams are in the NBA Playoff’s and it seems no matter who your rooting for, Los Angeles basketball fans have just never been so excited. Don’t miss your chance to see either of our NBA teams live at the Los Angeles Staples Center. Whether it’s Clippers Staples Center tickets or Los Angeles Lakers Playoffs Ticets you want, at www.BarrysTickets.com we stock the best inventory available!

Los Angeles Lakers 2012 Playoffs

As the basketball season winds down, the excitement heats up as another NBA Playoff season kicks off for a battle to win the national championship.

The Los Angeles Lakers may undoubtedly be one of the greatest franchises in the history of professional sports. The Lakers have made an astounding 47 playoff appearances, captured the division title 27 times, made 25 NBA Finals appearances and won the NBA championship 11 times throughout their LA Staples Center history.

The team won its first championship in 1972 thanks to the remarkable play of Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich and Jerry West. The Lakers would later enjoy their most impressive run during the 1980s, when they ascended to dynasty status by capturing the NBA championship in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988.

After a period of rebuilding, the Lakers would return as a top contender with the pairing of All-Stars Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal to capture five championships in the 2000s. The team capped off their 50th season in Los Angeles with yet another championship win in 2010, laying the groundwork for several more decades of playoff success.

Of course, some of the greatest contributors to the team’s postseason success are the stellar coaches and players who have made their mark in the history of NBA lore. Coaching greats Pat Riley, Bill Sharman and Phil Jackson have led Laker squads to several championship wins, and legends such as Chamberlain, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have sported the yellow and purple in many a playoff game.
The 2012 NBA Playoffs are scheduled to start on April 28th, 2012 with the last possible 2012 NBA Finals date scheduled for June 26th, 2012. They seeding rewards the teams that have the best record. There are some caveats; however, as a divisional winner is guaranteed to be seeded no worse than #4. The other tiebreakers that are used to determine the seeding for the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

There were six coaching changes made prior to the start of the 2011-12 NBA season. Of note is the LA Laker’s coach, Phil Jackson, heading into retirement again after failing to make the NBA finals in his final season.
Just like past years, the 2012 NBA Playoffs will feature 8 teams in each conference. Divisional winners earn automatic playoff spots and the five teams with the best records after the division champs earn the right to play in the post season. The teams are seeded based on record and matched up according to seed. For example, the #1 seed in each conference will play the #8 seed from that same conference. Each round of the playoffs consists of a best of 7 series with a total of four rounds in the tournament culminating with the 2012 NBA Championship.

The Los Angeles Lakers are overall favorite to win the 2012 NBA Championship, beside Miami Heat. These two teams are on a collision course towards meeting in the Finals which will definitely not disappoint.

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    Ron Artest Will Be Dancing With The Stars

    Ron Artest can dance circles around most other players on court and he is one of the most important players of Los Angeles Lakers, but can he dance? His publicist Courtney Barnes says that he can’t.

    But, Ron Artest is about to appear on the hit show of ABC, Dancing With The Stars. Artest and his publicist have made many public comments on how he cannot dance, that in itself will be a major draw to the show. It should be great fun to see the Lakers guard trip over himself executing a Mambo, Cucaracha and following the 1, 2, 3 and 5, 6, 7.

    Earlier this summer, Artest himself had said that he plays defense and he doesn’t know if he can dance. Dancing With The Stars is slated to begin on the 18th of September, so it is safe to assume that Artest may not be available for assignments in the near future; as long as he manages to remain on the show with his two left feet, at least.

    Artest had plans to play a few exhibition games with the Finland Basketball team called Loima Bisons during the NBA lockout period. This is not likely to happen because Dancing With The Stars is about to begin. Artest was also open to playing overseas with Cheshire Jets of the British Basketball League. Their season starts as September ends and goes on till April next year. Artest had told earlier that he may not be able to join the team until November this year, because of his appearance in the Finland team. Artest sure has a lot of plans on how to wait out the NBA lockout. And Dancing With The Stars seems to top the list.

    Hope Solo is expected to dance with Artest. We love Artest, we would love to see him dance even more. We cannot wait for him to start dancing for us. All the best, Artest.

    NFL Strike May be Settled but What About NBA?

    A few weeks ago, on July 25th, the NFL players voted to approve a new deal just a few days after the owners approved a tentative new deal, finally putting an end to the four and a half month lock-0ut that had football fans in a panick.  The recent lockout was the longest in league history. 

    Well, this is wonderful for our fellow football advocates, but where does that leave the NBA? Traditionally the NBA season begins the last week of October.  But as we barrel towards September and there is no sign of a pre-season in sight fans and especially season ticket holders are getting worried.  Though the lock-out began Friday July 1st, by the second week of the lock-out already 11% of the NBA had lost their jobs.  The impact of the NBA lock-out couldn’t be predicted. 

    As things stand now, the NBA lockout is headed for the courts, and we don’t mean basketball courts.  The owners of the NBA went on a strike nearly two weeks ago, filing an unfair labor practice lawsuit against the players in an effort to nip any chance of decertification in the butt.  In spite of the bold move on owners part, many predict this will do nothing but prolong the work stoppage and that this is the NBA league’s attemt at gaining bargaining power by strong-arming the players.  As for now however the Union has not decided to decertify, though fans believe it would be the best move for the players at this point.   The message being sent by the owners is there will be no compromising on a hard salary cap or progress in meeting other union demands.

     It seems inevitable that in spite of the owners aggressive and offensive actions, the NBA would eventually come to an agreement.  But it may take some missed games (or a missed season, heck!) along with some bad publicity to end the lockout.

    The NBA lockout brings up an interesting point of view- what about elderly NBA players who couldn’t dream of making what the NBA players of today are asking.  For example, Bob Cousy who is now 83, retired in 1963 as one of the NBA’s highest-paid players; at $35,000 a year!  For NBA stars of the past, some held several jobs to make their bills.  Of course Basketball has since gained much popularity and the days of an average salary of $10,000 a year with no pension plans are far behind us.  Still, some might say that the new NBA model is flawed because the popularity of the NBA has not yet caught up with it’s growth.  In other words, unless your the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Boston Celtics, or the New York Knicks, you are going to more likely struggle and meeting the new NBA demands would be impossible from an owners perspective.  The NBA has expanded to so many cities and the success of the majority of them is nowhere near that of Boston, Los Angeles, or New York.

    One thing this lockout is proving; the popularity of Basketball has exploded and reached levels that could never have been predicted in 1963.  But it seems we can all agree- let’s get this settled so we can all enjoy the game.

    Blake Griffin or Kobe Bryant

    Blake Griffin VS. Kobe Bryant

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    Blake Griffin taking Clippers to new levels

    Blake Griffin vs Kobe Bryant

    Blake Griffin set many career benchmarks for himself at the Wizards victory on last weeks Wednesday night game, 3/23. First, a triple-double. Then he ties the Clippers record for double-doubles at 55 for the season- thus far! Then he walked away with an impressive 33 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists. He is on fire and everyone knows it.

    If you aren’t already in the loop, Griffin won state titles all four years of High School. His list of High School Awards is impressive and in-depth to say the least. After high school Griffin was recruited to Oklahoma and earned an even more intimidating list of accolades: Naismith College Player of the Year, John Wooden Award, Adolph Rubb Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy, AP All American First team…. These are but the tip of the iceberg. Halfway through college Griffin was plucked by the Clippers and premiered as the 2009 NBA first pick of the first round. However, Griffin suffered a substantial knee injury just a week before what was to be his NBA debut. He subsequently sat out the entire first season.

    Fast forward to the 2010-2011 season…. What we have is an NBA phenomenon not felt since Kobe first stepped onto the scene in 1996.

    Kobe led his high school team to their first state Championship in 53 years. He finished his High School Career as Southeastern Pennsylvania’s All Time Leading Scorer, leaving Wilt Chamberlain and Lionel Simmons in the dust. He was the first guard in the NBA ever to be drafted straight out of high school. Upon entering the NBA Kobe was the 13th overall pick of the first round draft in the NBA. In his first year he too earned the Naismith Prep Player of the Year, like Griffin. In his second year of actively playing for the Lakers (mind you, Griffin is only technically in his first year of actively playing), Kobe Bryant was on the NBA All Rookie Second Team as well as the NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion- both accolades shared by Griffin. Kobe was at the time the youngest Slam Dunk Champion at just 18 years old.

    So let’s see what Griffin will have achieved by the end of his first year on the court. So far he has surpassed Kobe in some areas.

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