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Trail Blazers Ticket Deals

Many will classify the Portland Trail Blazers as a jump shooting team, and it has been long said that teams shooting too many jumpers cannot compete for a championship. But the Blazers also have the third-best defence in the league, just behind the Warriors and the Rockets. Their offence is also in the top 10, ranked 8th. This year, it seems like the Blazers are finally ready for the big stage. Aldridge and Lillard are playing at an All-Star level, and their equal pieces are playing great. The addition of Steve Blake and Chris Kaman has bolstered their bench. All in all, the Blazers are poised to win the Northwest division, and if all goes well, might even compete for a championship this season. They were fifth in the West last year, and this year they have a chance to be in the upper four teams, with home court advantage until the West Finals.

Trail Blazers Attendance:
The Blazers are ranked 8th for home attendance averaging 19,488 (93.1%) a game at the Moda Center in 2015 which is down from their 2014 attendance of 19,746 (95%) per game. Currently, the Trail Blazers have 18-4 record at home. The Blazers are 12-7 on the road with an average of 16,456 per game which is down -4.94% from their 2014 average of 17,312 (91.1%) on the road. Both 2014/15 averages are down from for their attendance at the Moda Center during their 2012 season which averaged 20,496 per game.

Trail Blazers Ticket Prices
Trail Blazers tickets at the Moda Center in 2015 are currently averaging $60.00 per ticket which is a -57.14 drop from their Dec 2014 average ticket price of $140.00 per ticket. Blazers average ticket prices on the secondary market are also down -14.28% from their 2012 price of $70.00 per ticket. This gives you the chance to get some great Trail Blazers Ticket Deals for the Moda Center as well as road games due to the average ticket price for a Blazers road game is down -18% on the secondary market.

Here is a look at five key Trail Blazers Games Coming Up.

Spurs @ Trail Blazers, Moda Center, February 25,
Starting price $27, Average price $47
If the playoffs started today, the Blazers and the Spurs would be opponents in the first round. The teams meet last year in the playoffs, and the Spurs rolled over the Blazers, winning 4-1. This year, Portland has won the two regular-season matchups. The better they play versus the San Antonio Spurs, the bigger their confidence would be. After last years dismantle, the Blazers must show and prove they can compete with the best of the best. View all Spurs vs Trail Blazers ticket deals at the Moda Center.

Thunder @ Trail Blazers, Moda Center, February 27,
Starting price $43, Average price $63
Chances are the two teams might not face in the playoffs, but they are division rivals. The Blazers won the first two matchups, but back then, Durant and Westbrook were not playing or were rusty. The division title is likely secured as well, but it is always better to be sure. View all Thunder vs Trail Blazers ticket deals at the Moda Center.

Rockets @ Trail Blazers, Moda Center, March 11,
Starting price $23, Average price $56
The Rockets and the Blazers will be one of the top four teams in the league. That is almost certain. However, exact rankings are to be decided, and direct duels go a long way in the Western Conference. Being second or third makes the difference between home court in the first two rounds or just the first round. However, in this case, some teams might want to avoid the 2nd spot in the West, as it might mean a date with the Spurs in the first round. View all Rockets vs Trail Blazers ticket deals at the Moda Center.

Trail Blazers @ Grizzlies, FedEx Forum, March 21,
Starting price $16, Average price $29
The Grizzlies are one of the few teams in the league that can compete with the large frontline of the Blazers. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are beasts under the basket. This is one of the few matchups where Aldridge must defend in the post, a role he is not pleased to do so. Usually, the Blazers use Robin Lopez to defend the post, but the Grizzlies employ two big men in the post. View all Trail Blazers vs Grizzlies ticket deals at the FedEx Forum.

Trail Blazers @ Warriors, Oracle Arena, April 9,
Starting price $45, Average price $77
The two best teams in the West will likely compete till the end of the season. Two other teams that can realistically get the top spot are the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies. If the Blazers stay second, they will likely have to go through Golden State and win on the road to get to the Finals. Getting a preview of the atmosphere during the regular season won’t hurt. View all Warriors vs Trail Blazers Ticket Deals for the Oracle Arena.

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Memphis Grizzlies

Grizzles Average Ticket Price is up 44%

The Memphis Grizzlies were one of the top teams in the NBA, arguably legit championship contender. But even contenders need help. For the Memphis Grizzlies, the improvement and help come in the form of Jeff Green. The Grizzlies are the latest Western Conference playoff team to pull a trade an in a hope to get over the hump. The Grizzlies play in the toughest division in the NBA at the moment, with four legit contenders in Dallas, Memphis, Houston and San Antonio, plus a young playoff team in New Orleans. Winning the division will be hard, but it might help in the playoffs.

Grizzlies On Home Court
The Grizzlies rank 18th in attendance for home games at the FedEx Forum in averaging 17,212 in 2015 which is up 8.07% since their 2012 season. Memphis Grizzlies ticket prices for their games at the FedEx Forum average $72.00 per ticket in 2015 which is a 44% increase from their 2012 average ticket price of $50.00 on the secondary market as well as a 20% increase from their 2013/14 ticket price average of $60.00 per ticket. Currently, Memphis is 15-4 at home this season.

Grizzlies On The Road
On the road, the Grizzlies are averaging 92.5% attendance rate an average of 17,466 which is up 2.33% from their 2012/13 season and the Grizzlies average 1.47% higher attendance on the road then on their home court. The Grizzlies are averaging $46.00 a ticket on their road games which also is an increase of 15% from their 2012 price of $40.00 per ticket on the secondary market. Currently, Memphis is 12-7 on the road.

Here is a look at the Top 5 Games the Grizzlies have coming up in 2015

Grizzlies @ Mavericks, American Airlines Center, January 27,
Starting price $17, Average price $45
The Grizzlies won the first duel, but the Mavericks still managed to score 100+ points. The challenge here for Memphis is to prove they can hold the best offensive team in the league bellow 100 points, and do so on the opposing floor. Hardly an easy task, but the Grizzlies have the skill, talent and focus on doing it. While all eyes might be on the matchups in the post, Rondo versus Conley is an interesting matchup at the point guard position that might change the course of the results. View Mavericks vs Grizzlies Tickets for the American Airlines Arena.

Hawks @ Grizzlies, FedEx Forums, February 8,
Starting price $10, Average price $26
The Atlanta Hawks are arguably the best team in the league, certainly the hottest, winners of 20 in the past 22 games. They are the Spurs of the East and are playing one of the best basketball at the moment. They’ve beaten the Grizzlies during their recent streak, in Atlanta. Winning versus the Hawks is purely for confidence.View Grizzlies vs Hawks Tickets for the FedEx Forum.

Grizzlies @ Rockets, Toyota Center, March 4,
Starting Price $24, Average price $54
The Rockets are one of the few teams in the NBA that have a positive record versus the Grizzlies this year. Even the one time the Grizzlies won, Houston was playing with an injured Dwight Howard. The teams are very close in the rankings, and the tie breaker might decide the ranking between the two, and home court advantage. The Grizzlies are guaranteed to play versus one of their division rivals in the playoffs. View Rockets vs Grizzlies Tickets for the Toyota Center.

Warriors @ Grizzlies, FedEx Forum, March 27,
Starting price $15, Average price $52
A month ago, the Grizzlies and the Warriors were the top 2 teams in the West, and in the league. While the Warriors still sit at the top of the Western Conference, Memphis has slipped a bit and lost more games. Winning versus Golden State is not easy, and Memphis has managed to win one. But that was without Andrew Bogut in the lineup. Also worth noting, Golden State is the best defensive team in the league. For a team that struggles to score like Memphis, this is a challenge. View all Grizzlies vs Warriors Tickets for the Fed Ex Forum.

Grizzlies @ Spurs, AT&T Center, March 29,
Starting price $15, Average price $45
At the moment, Grizzlies hold the tiebreaker, having won two of the three games this season. If they manage to win the last one in San Antonio, they are guaranteed home-court advantage versus the Champions. The two teams share a great playoff history. The Grizzlies knocked the Spurs out of the playoffs few seasons ago and did it as the 8th seed. Two years ago, the Spurs schooled the Grizzlies. View all Spurs Opening day Tickets vs Grizzlies for the AT&T Center.

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Warriors & Bulls Top Clippers List of Top 5 Games in 2015

The Clippers are one of the Western Conference teams that still hasn’t made the push for “WIN NOW” mode. While some of the contenders, namely Houston and Dallas invested a lot in this season, the Clippers are still treading water. Not that they have a terrible team, especially with Blake and CP3 on it, but it looks like they are one piece away (small forward) from contending for a championship. Whether or not they will make a deal, we will find out by the trade deadline. In the meantime, the following are the most important games for the Clippers, both for their standings and confidence for the playoffs.

Spurs @ Clippers, February 19th Staples Center,
Starting price $23, Average price $93
The Spurs have beaten the Clippers twice this season once at home, and once on the road. Simply put, the Spurs know their way with the Clippers. While many say the regular season has nothing to do with the playoffs, it would be good if the Clippers can find a way to beat the Spurs, since they will most likely face them in the playoffs in their quest for a title. On paper, the Spurs look very beatable currently with a 10-9 road record vs the Clippers 17-6 home record as well as the Clippers have a better record against teams in the Western Conference 14-6 where the Spurs are 14-13, but the Spurs don’t play on paper and keep finding ways to win. View all Clippers vs Spurs Tickets at the Staples Center.

Clippers @ Grizzlies February 27th FedEx Forum,
Starting price $25, Average price $67
The Clippers know a thing or two about winning in Memphis, where they’ve won the previous six games before this season. This season, the Memphis Grizzlies have built a fortress in the Forum. The Grizzlies are also a team that allows minimal points in the paint, and one that can battle Clippers big men. The Clippers love to attack the paint, but with Marc Gasol patrolling there, it will be a hard task. Given the fact that Memphis will be one of the higher ranked seeds in the West, to get to the Finals, the Clippers will need to win a game or two in the Forum. View Clippers at Grizzlies tickets for the Fed Ex Forum.

Clippers @ Mavericks, February 9th American Airlines Center,
Starting price $16, Average price $72
The two teams in the top 3 offensive rating haven’t played yet this season. The game in Dallas will be an excellent test for both the Clippers and Mavericks, and one can expect nothing less than a high scoring game with lots of shooting. Additionally, the game will feature two of the best true point guards in Rajon Rondo and CP3. View Mavericks vs Clippers tickets for the American Airlines Center.

Clippers @ Bulls, March 1st United Center,
Starting price $88, Average price $110
The Bulls humiliated the Clippers at the Staples Center this season. To prove themselves as a championship contender, the Clippers must win a game or two on the road versus other contenders. And when it comes to the East, the Chicago Bulls are as good as it gets. With a great defense, big men in the post, and Butler and Rose on the perimeter, the Bulls are an excellent test for the Clippers and their championship aspirations. View Bulls vs Clippers tickets for the United Center.

Warriors @ Clippers March 31st Staples Center,
Starting price $45, Average price $117
The Clippers close the season series with the Warriors, a team they have battled before at home. They play in Golden State earlier in March, and they are currently 1-1 versus the Warriors, putting even more priority on their home game versus GSW. If they want to get to the Finals, the road to there will likely be through Golden State, a team currently ranked first in the West. View Clippers vs Warriors tickets for the Staples Center.

Golden State Warriors All-Time Leaders

GS Warriors Ticket Prices Climb 57% in 2015

Many factors point to the fact that the Golden State Warriors are a championship contender. One of the more reliable is that they rank in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive rating. If defence wins championships, GSW has the best defence in the league this season. But their offence is also improved and is now more team-oriented, with fewer isolations and more assists. Steve Kerr has managed to install a new culture, and till now, he is a premium candidate for coach of the year, while Curry is in the conversation for MVP.

The Warriors not only have the best record currently in the NBA they are beasts at the Chase Center with a 15-1 record. They are ranked 7th in home attendance with an average of 19,596 per game (100%) which is a 35.72% increase since their low in 2001 and up 8% from their 2010 attendance average of 18,207 and up 1.15% from their 2013 attendance average.

Warriors Opening game tickets price averages have climbed as well. In 2001 the average Warriors ticket price was just $40.00 per ticket, in 2010 it was $65.00 per ticket, 2013 -14 season saw secondary ticket prices at $80.00 ticket now in 2015 Warriors Ticket prices have risen 57.53% to an average of $115 per ticket placing the Warriors second only to the Cavaliers whose prices on the secondary market have dropped 20% in 2015 since the absence of Lebron James.

Golden State Warriors Top 5 Games Remaining at the Oracle Arena.

Mav’s @ Warriors, Oracle Arena
February 4, Starting price $56, Average price $75
The Number one offence in the league visits the Number one defence in the league. In their first dual this season, the Warriors held the Mavericks under 100 points, becoming one of the few teams to pull that off. But that was before Rondo joined the Mavs, and now they have a player that can defend Steph Curry. View Warriors vs Mavericks tickets for the Oracle Arena.

Spurs @ Warriors, Oracle Arena
February 20, Starting price $91, Average price $155
The Spurs are the champions, and the Warriors want to be “the sultan instead of the sultan”. They will have to prove themselves versus the best. Golden State has already lost this season to the Spurs at home, and if they want to boost their confidence, a win will go a long way. View Warriors vs Spurs tickets for the Oracle Arena.

Clippers @ Warriors, Oracle Arena
March 8, Starting price $99, Average price $117
Simply put, these two teams do not like each other. From their playoff matchups to their regular season matchups, every duel is a special story. Every time they play each other, the game is a must-see TV. Aside from the individual matchups like Curry versus CP3, the game features lots of other duels worth watching. Another reason for watching is that every game is a high scoring one with a highlight reel that can top the NBA’s top 10.View Warriors vs Clippers tickets for the Oracle Arena.

Hawks @ Warriors, Oracle Arena
March 18, Starting price $42, Average price $66
The Atlanta Hawks are the hottest team at the moment, and their offence is blitzing. Golden State is number one in defensive rating this season. Before Andrew Bogut’s injury, the team allowed less than 90 points per 100 possessions. With him sidelined, the Warriors allowed 97 points, but they are still number one in defensive rating. The Hawks are 7th in offensive rating, and Kyle Korver is probably the one player that requires more attention when he is near the 3pt line than Steph Curry. View Warriors vs Hawks tickets for the Oracle Arena.

Grizzlies @ Warriors, Oracle Arena
April 13, Starting price $41, Average price $120
The last before the last game of the season for Golden State, they will battle the Grizzlies for what might be then, a higher seed for the playoffs. The two teams have been in a dog race, back and forth for the top spot in the West since the season started. Given the fact that the race is extremely tight, the last game can have huge value. Especially since everyone expects OKC to get the 7th or 8th spot, and some higher seeds might look to avoid playing the Thunder in the first round. View Warriors vs Grizzlies tickets for the Oracle Arena.

Warriors on the road

Currently the Warriors are 13-4 on the road putting them just behind the Chicago Bulls who are 14-4 on the road.

Warriors @ Trail Blazers
March 24th Moda Center Portland.
Portland is currently 1.5 games behind the Warriors in the Western Conference with an impressive home record of 17-3 and 6-1 in Division Play where the Warriors are 5-3 in Division Play and 13-4 on the road. The Warriors won their first meeting at the Moda Center on Nov 2 and with only three meetings during the regular season the late meeting in March could have home court playoff potential for either one of these two teams. View Trail Blazers vs Warriors tickets for the Moda Center.

Warriors @ Grizzlies
March 27th FedEx Forum Memphis TN
The Southwest Memphis Grizzlies are currently four games behind the Warriors in the Western Conference standings with a 14-4 home record. Marc Gasol is quietly averaging 19.7 points per game with Zack Randolph pulling down 11.4 boards a game. The Warriors lost to the Grizzlies on Dec 16th in Memphis, and another loss in Memphis on March 27th could give the Grizzlies an opportunity for home court during the playoffs. Grizzlies vs Warriors tickets for the FedEx Forum are currently averaging $50.00 per ticket.

Warriors @ Hawks
Feb 6th Philips Arena
The Atlanta Hawks are currently first in the Eastern Conference with a 27-8 record and is on a six-game win-streaking and is 9-1 in their last ten games. With a home record of 15-3 in the Philips Arena, it will be a good test for the Warriors. On paper, the Warriors with Stephen Curry averaging 22.9 points a game followed by Klay Thompson at 21.6 should be able to handle Jeff Teague’s 17.7 points per game along with Paul Millsap’s 17 points a game. This could be a preview of the NBA finals the way both of these teams are playing. Atlanta Hawks vs Warriors tickets for the Philips Arena meeting are averaging $75.00 per ticket.

Lakers Kobe Bryant

Bulls & Cavaliers Highlight Lakers Top Tickets In January

The Los Angeles Lakers have a tough decision and job to do. On one hand, they are way out of the playoffs. They are 4 games behind the 8th ranked Pelicans, but the Thunder are bound to get to that spot and improve even more. In order to get to the playoffs, the Lakers might actually have to make up for the difference with the 7th ranked team currently, which is Dallas. They are almost 10 games behind. If they fail to make the playoffs, it will be the FIRST time in Lakers history that the team has missed the playoffs in consecutive years. On the other hand, their first round pick is top 5 protected, and that might be the best chance for the team to get a quality player. If the draft is now, they will pick 7th, unless they jump into the top 3 by luck. Being in limbo is not something the Lakers are used to do, but they will have to do it this season. Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the scoring list, so the only reason left to watch the Lakers this season is, well, entertainment. No matter how bad they are, the Lakers are a show to watch any day of the week, and twice on Sunday. Here is a look at Lakers ticket prices and their January schedule.

Lakers vs Grizzlies, January 2, Starting price $41, Average price $74

Arguably the best team in the West, or the second best team comes to Staples Center. Marc Gasol is an MVP candidate. Yes, that is the same Gasol Lakers traded for Pau. But, Pau brought the team 2 titles, and the other Gasol is now blossoming. The Lakers did beat the Spurs this year, so they can handle strong teams from time to time.

Lakers vs Pacers, January 4, Starting price $33, Average price $82

In some parallel world, this would be a homecoming for Paul George. Sadly, the Los Angeles native is hurt, which might be good news for the Lakers. The Pacers are another team in a limbo, giving the Lakers a fair chance for a win. They lost the first duel with the Pacers in Indiana.

Lakers vs Magic, January 9, Starting price $30, Average price $84

Another very winnable game for the Lakers as they host the Magic, a team that was supposed to improve this season, but it hasn’t happened yet. One good reason to tune into this game is Elfrid Payton and his haircut. Not that he is not a good player, but his haircut is fun to see.

Lakers vs Blazers, January 11, Starting price $32, Average price $82

The Lakers have yet to play the Blazers this season. Two years ago, the teams were on the opposite side, as Lakers were trying to win the West, while the Blazers were hoping to make the playoffs. Things change fast in the NBA. At least you get to see Kobe going at the Blazers, one team he loves to compete with, both in LA and in Portland.

Lakers vs Heat, January 13, Starting Price $44, Average price $202

Last year, this was a LeBron vs Kobe matchup. This year, it is back to Kobe vs Wade, two shooting guards that are way past their prime, but still very much serviceable players. Their duels over the years are legendary, and there won’t be many more of those duels.

Lakers vs Cavaliers, January 15, Starting Price $118, Average price $152

The Lakers finish their four game home streak with the Cavaliers, hosting James, Irving and Love. This game should provide tons of excitement, as the King is coming to LA, after being free agent this summer. LeBron has ditched the Lakers few times by now. But the more interesting question might be Kevin Love, who is on the Lakers radar as a free agent target this summer.

Lakers vs Rockets, January 25, Starting price $39, Average price $105
The teams split the first two games. But the more interesting moment was Kobe calling Dwight soft during the first matchup. Until Kobe plays for the Lakers, and Dwight is wearing a Houston uniform, the duels with the Rockets will be intriguing. Not to mention that James Harden has unofficially taken over the title best shooting guard in the league, and Kobe always tries to prove something.

Lakers vs Wizards, January 27, Starting price $25, Average price $76

The Wizards spanked the Lakers in their first duel, with Bradley Beal going for 27 points and Chris Humphries dominating the boards with 20 rebounds. Those two things cannot happen again if the Lakers hope to get a win.

Lakers vs Bulls, January 29, Starting price $62, Average price $132

The teams will meet for Christmas, and it has become a standard in the past years the Lakers and the Bulls to play on Christmas. Pau Gasol is coming back to town, after he left to play with a contending team. It looks like he made the right choice, but Kobe doesn’t forget and forgive, even friends and close partners such as Pau was to him.

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LA Clippers Chris Paul

Can Chris Paul avoid another early round exit

The Clippers seem to have all of the pieces to win it all; the best point guard in the league, an unstoppable force, and an experienced proven leader. But can Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Doc Rivers avoid another early round exit?

Chris Paul & Blake GriffinChris Paul has been the best point guard in the league for quite some time now, but his lack of playoff success has hindered his greatness. For the first portion of his career, he carried what was a mediocre team at best in the New Orleans Hornets to a final three playoff appearances. They had some pieces in Tyson Chandler and David West but were never regarded as a legit team that could win it all. Expectations changed for Chris when he was traded to the Clippers and “Lob City” was formed.

The Clippers already had a rising star in Blake Griffin and an athletic beast at center in DeAndre Jordan, along with solid role and bench players. But, when Chris Paul arrived the Clippers felt he was the missing piece needed to make a legitimate title run. “Lob City” ended up winning 40 games in a lockout-shortened season and were the five seed heading into the playoffs matched up in the first round against the Memphis Grizzlies. They struggled in 7 games against the Griz and then got ousted by the San Antonio Spurs in 4. The argument could be made that the team didn’t necessarily gel because Paul would have ideally needed a full season with the team to truly get an assessment of how good they could be.

The 2012 campaign featured the Clippers finishing the season with 56 wins and the 4 seed overall in the West. A rematch against the Memphis Grizzlies didn’t go quite as well as it did the first time around as they ended up losing to Z-Bo and Marc in 6 games. This early playoff exit eventually got head coach Vinny Del Negro fired, and the acquisition of Doc Rivers took place. Now, the best point guard in the league and one of the most exciting players in the league finally had a coach capable of leading them to the Finals. So, now the coach excuse goes out the window.

Los Angeles ClippersDespite the greatness that Doc Rivers brought to the table, the Clippers would surely avoid another early round exit, right? Well, they didn’t. Another tough playoff ended with a semifinal loss, this time to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Some of the issues could be attributed to the Donald Sterling saga, but when is enough, enough? The excuses for Chris Paul have to come to an end. His numbers and moxie may establish him as the greatest point guard of our time, but he will never be remembered until he gets over the playoff hump. With new ownership, will this finally be the year Chris Paul proves doubters wrong?

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Who are the Most Overrated NBA Players 2014-2015 season

The NBA is full of big names; however, sometimes players can become well known without actually being that good. These overrated players tend to make a lot of money even though no one can explain why. Here’s a list of the most overrated players in the NBA for this coming season:

Deron Williams: Williams averaged only 14.3 points per game and 6.1 assists per game this season with the Brooklyn Nets Opening Day. These numbers would be great for a point guard coming off the bench, but Williams is a starter and making almost $20 million a season. The Nets would be better off trading him, but Williams’s huge contract and dismal performance make him very unattractive to potential teams.

Chandler Parsons: For a small forward making about $14 million a season, 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and four assists per game just does not cut it. Parsons simply does not produce well enough to earn the money he is making. There is a reason the Houston Rockets got rid of him this season despite having the cap room to be able to keep him.

Josh Smith: Smith has been in the NBA for 10 seasons, yet his style of play has not improved at all. Smith shoots less than 30 per cent from beyond the arc and less than 55 per cent from the free throw line. That’s right—Smith makes over $13 million a season, and he can barely hit a free throw.

Dwight Howard: Howard puts up great numbers pretty consistently with the Houston Rockets, but what he lacks is leadership. Howard does not seem to have the passion and drive to lead a team to a championship. The Rockets have a good team, but they lack the veteran leadership that Howard is expected to provide. Until he gets an attitude adjustment, Howard will never be a legend.

Tony Allen: Allen may be one of the best defenders in the NBA, but he simply cannot play offence. He is a big reason for the Memphis Grizzles offensive struggles this past season. Allen averaged only 9 points per game this past season while making less than 25 per cent of his three-point shots and only 62.8 per cent of his free throws.

O.J. Mayo: Mayo brought nothing but confrontations with the head coach and sub-par effort to the Milwaukee Bucks this season. Mayo averaged under 12 points a game and was unhappy with his new team. Hopefully, a new coach and the addition of Jabari Parker will encourage Mayo to try a little harder this season.

Carmelo Anthony: Anthony is without a doubt a fascinating player to watch, and the fans in New York will undoubtedly continue to fill the stands to see him play. However, Anthony is about to make $22 million this coming season; and he has a hard time leading his team to the playoffs. Anthony puts up massive numbers, but until he steps up as a leader on the Knicks, the team will continue to lose.

Can Blake Play Big For The Clippers In The Playoffs?

Blake Griffin LA Clippers

BLAKE GRIFFIN

Blake Griffin has played really big for the Los Angeles Clippers all season long. He is putting up incredible, MVP-like numbers. He also led Lob City to an impressive course when Chris Paul was sidelined with an injury and he has managed to improve his game in several different sectors. However, there is one big question around BG as we head to the playoffs. Will he be able to play big for the Clips during the postseason?

After two consecutive unsuccessful playoff courses the Clipper Nation expects something better this year. This should be the year the Clippers make the difference, the year they take the next step and Blake Griffin has to be the one showing the way. For sure, his 24.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game up to now in the season are impressive. And yes he is fairly considered as the strongest runner-up for the MVP award, right behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Nonetheless, his career playoff performance hasn’t been as impressive.
BG is averaging just 17.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and also 2.5 assists during the postseason, numbers not even close to his regular season ones. In fact, Griffin seemed like he suffered from lack of focus and emotion control during the postseason.

Some can blame injury issues for Griffin’s struggles last year, when the Clippers exited the playoffs in the first round. However, the dominance of the Grizzlies’ frontline was obvious. Even if Griffin was at his 100 percent, he most probably wouldn’t have been in a position to match with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.

Thankfully, this year, Lob City won’t play against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. However, Griffin won’t have an easy job unfolding his offense against Andrew Bogut and possibly David Lee, if the Dubs’ star manages to return from his injury during the postseason.

Blake Griffin Clippers

BLAKE GRIFFIN

It’s true that Griffin has shown much improvement in areas that he was bleeding last year. Free throw shooting was one of them. A 64.0 percent career shooter from the charity stripe, Griffin has improved his free-throw shooting to a 71.0 percent rate this season. This seven percent margin can definitely play a role during the playoffs, when Lob City will need Griffin to attack the basket, get to the line and score easy points.

Defense still remains the Achilles’ heel for the highflying superstar. For a player with his size, his body strength and athletic abilities, it’s notable that Griffin won’t make anyone’s All-NBA-First Team Defense this season. Thankfully, LA still has DeAndre Jordan onboard, who usually is the one making sure the paint is barricaded.

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Mental balance is another crucial factor for Griffin’s performance and as a result Lob City’s playoff course. Sometimes BG can’t control his emotions and his reactions result in him picking up technical fouls. Fair or unfair, the Clippers can’t afford to lose their leading scorer in any game of the postseason. This will most probably an area Doc Rivers will have to work his magic. If there is one Head Coach in the NBA who can get into the head of his players and make them think clearer and in a more mature manner, that’s Doc Rivers.

Blake Griffin will be a huge factor in the Clippers’ course this season. Hopefully, he will manage to avoid lethargic performances similar to the previous season.

The LA Clippers will start the post season with home court advantage with just two games left in the season this week one against the Trail Blazers and the other against the Nuggets there is a good chance Blake will get a bit of needed rest. A Clippers Vs Warriors match up is looking like it will be the first test for the Clippers in the 2014 playoffs. You can purchase Clippers Playoff Tickets from Barry’s Tickets an Official Partner of the LA Clippers.

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It has been a long season for the LA Lakers and once again rumors of Kevin Love possibly joining the Lakers for the 2014-2015 have started. Love him or hate him Love could be just what the Doc ordered for the Lakers as they look to get back on track to their winning ways.

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The Lakers Without Kobe Bryant

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Kobe

The six-month wait for Kobe Bryant to return from his Achilles injury was short-lived. The Lakers superstar was slowly working his way back into shape before injury struck again a week ago Tuesday versus the Memphis Grizzlies. Bryant’s knee injury was suffered in the third quarter. The optimism the Lakers saw in Bryant’s improved play has he rounded into form was quickly scuttled once again. Bryant’s fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in the same leg he suffered his Achilles tear has put Bryant on the shelf for an additional six weeks that will carry through into the All Star break. The injury has made many question the wisdom of Bryant returning at all this season. The Lakers superstar reiterated his determination to play again this season, which he will likely do. The latest injury, although clearly not season ending, has once again made many question the Lakers decision to extend Bryant for two additional seasons beyond this year.

The Lakers have re-upped Bryant so it’s pointless to debate the merits of the deal. The club may have over-paid for the player that Bryant is at this point in his career, but you have to admire their interest in rewarding their superstar for what he’s done for the franchise. In a difficult Western Conference it’s difficult to see the Lakers competing for one of the final playoff spots. Los Angeles currently sits at 12th in the west, in a solid group of teams that includes Denver, Minnesota, New Orleans and Memphis. The Dallas and Phoenix greatly improved the already competitive west has become even tougher. With the Lakers playoff chances dim does it make sense to sit Bryant the entire regular season?

Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant

Actually getting the famously competitive Bryant to sit out the season is a challenge in itself, but the idea of sitting Bryant does make some sense. Without Bryant the Lakers were surprisingly competitive due to the roster decisions they made in the offseason. An entire year off would give Bryant the ability to truly recover, both from the knee injury and the Achilles. There is no indication that the two injuries are related but Bryant has now suffered two major injuries on the same leg in the past eight months. A fully recovered Bryant, even if he’s diminished athletically, will allow the Lakers to achieve the max value out of his two-year extension. During the remainder of the regular season the club can take a long look at some of the younger players (Wes Johnson, Nick Young, Jordan Farmar) that have helped ignite them this season. The combination of a potential lottery big and any value the club can get for Pau Gasol in a potential trade will give the Lakers even more versatility next season.

The Lakers fan base can tolerate a subpar season to build for the future. A fully recovered Bryant and a solid draft pick can do wonders for the franchise as they move into next season. Meanwhile let’s sit back and enjoy this year’s team, who though far less talented are a lot more entertaining than last year’s Dwight Howard centered club. By:Chris Michaels.

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