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What-if there were no conferences in NBA playoffs?

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What-if there were no conferences in NBA playoffs?

Postby sctvman » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:16 am

The NBA has gone through many iterations of popularity. In 1984, the NBA was growing in popularity. Magic and Kareem's Lakers were batting with Larry Bird's Celtics for league supremacy, and there were many stories throughout the league that made it more interesting. However, only twelve teams made the playoffs.

In 1983, the 45 win Kansas City Kings did not make the playoffs in the Western Conference, while 43 win Atlanta did. A new commissioner by the name of David Stern wants to increase interest in the league. The NBA has increased the amount of playoff teams from twelve to sixteen. This will increase the interest in four more cities during April, a time when the league's playoffs often has been forgotten with baseball and hockey playoffs going on.

The NBA hopes that better television coverage will occur as well. CBS has tape-delayed many playoff games over the past few seasons, including several championship games, which have irritated fans to no end. Other games have been aired at 11:30 at night on the East Coast, causing young fans to be unable to watch many of these games.

The Eastern and Western Conference will only be a regular-season deal this season. The top 16 teams, regardless of conference, will play in the NBA playoffs. The race for the 16 spots has been tight all season. All but 3 teams were in the running at the All-Star break.

However, the Western Conference proved to be the dominant league over the rest of the season. 10 of the conference's 12 teams made the playoffs. The Spurs and the Warriors clinched playoff spots. San Antonio hadn't missed the playoffs since they joined the NBA; on the other hand, the Bay Area hadn't tasted playoff basketball since 1977.

The playoffs will begin April 17 and 18 with eight five game first round series, a first in the NBA, wanting to emulate the NHL who has had this since the 1979-80 season.

Here are the pairings:

(16) Golden State vs. (1) Boston
(9) Utah vs. (8) New Jersey
(15) Kansas City vs. (2) LA Lakers
(10) Dallas vs. (7) New York
(14) Denver vs. (3) Philadelphia
(11) Seattle vs. (6) Portland
(13) Atlanta vs. (4) Milwaukee
(12) Phoenix vs. (5) Detroit

Golden State won the tiebreak over the San Antonio Spurs to make the playoffs by winning the season series over the Spurs. Two of these series happened in real life (Kings-Lakers and Hawks-Bucks), but the rest of the series will be played out.

Here is the schedule:

4/17. All games will air with local announcers, all times Eastern- Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics, 8:05pm, ESPN, Jim Simpson, **** Vitale. Also on WBZ, Boston (Gil Santos, Bob Cousy) and KICU San Jose/San Francisco with local announcers. '
Phoenix Suns at Detroit Pistons, 8:10pm, KNXV Phoenix, blacked out in Detroit.
Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks, 8:10pm, Sportsvue (Milwaukee)
Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks, 8:20pm, MSG Network, KTVT Fort Worth.
Seattle Supersonics at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm, KSTW Seattle, KOIN Portland.

The four early-evening games will be covered like the NCAA Tournament is on ESPN. Coverage will be hosted in the studio by Bob Ley, who will send viewers across the country getting viewers to the most compelling game. The other 3 game 1s will be Wednesday night, also covered by ESPN.
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Re: What-if there were no conferences in NBA playoffs?

Postby sctvman » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:38 am

Today begins the 1984 NBA playoffs. It is a brand new format, sixteen teams. Bob Ley at 7:50pm: "We hope that here on ESPN tonight you will see the best of professional basketball. We will do blanket coverage of the playoffs on nights when CBS doesn't have any games."

Here we go:

Celtics 124, Warriors 101 (Celtics lead 1-0, ESPN, Jim Simpson, **** Vitale. Also WBZ and KICU feeds)

Leaders: Celtics- Larry Bird, 23 pts, 16 rebounds, 7 assists
Warriors- Joe Barry Carroll, 17 pts, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks

The Celtics won as expected in a sold-out Boston Garden, dominating after being tied nearly six minutes into the game. The Warriors went 0/7 on three-point shots in the game, while the Celtics only made 2. Bird’s jumper to end the first half was a shot which gave huge momentum to Boston. Purvis Short’s jumper with 0:01 left in the half cut the Golden State deficit to 15, but Bird made one from just inside the line at the buzzer, igniting the Garden crowd.

Boston led by as much as 31 in the 4th quarter, but Golden State made the margin more respectable in the 4th, winning the 4th by 6. Game 2 will be held Thursday night at the Garden before the series moves to Oakland on Saturday.

In a series that happened in real-life, the Bucks beat the Hawks at the Mecca 105-89 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Pistons 129, Suns 104 (KNXV/ESPN cut-ins, Al McCoy, Gar Heard, Detroit leads 1-0)

Leaders: Pistons- Bill Laimbeer, 26 pts, 15 rebounds, 4 assists
Suns- James Edwards, 22 pts, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

In front of over 17,000 at the SilverDome in Pontiac, the Pistons blow out the Suns without the advantage of a 3-pointer. Detroit scored over 30 points in every quarter, and finished with a 22-12 run in the 4th to break it open. Isiah Thomas shot 8/13 from the field, and made 4 of his 5 free throws. John Long chipped in 11, and Cliff Levingston 16 for the winning Detroit team. They trailed 30-22 with 3 minutes in the 1st quarter, but finished with a 10-2 run that ended with a Earl Cureton buzzer beater.

Detroit eventually took over in the 2nd, and dominated the 3rd and 4th to earn the victory. Walter Davis added 17 for Phoenix, and Kyle Macy 12. They were the only guys in double figures. Detroit now will host the Suns in Game 2 Thursday night before heading to the Valley of the Sun. Detroit fans hope the game will hold increased ticket sales and a lift of the TV blackout.

Mavericks 102, Knicks 93 (Cut-ins from MSG Network, Marv Albert, John Andariese, Dallas leads 1-0)

Leaders: Dallas- Mark Aguirre, 30 pts, 9 rebounds, 6 assists
Knicks- Bill Cartwright, 16 pts, 12 rebounds

Dallas, who had only won once in eight previous games against the Knicks, shocks New York in front of a sell-out crowd at the Garden. Mark Aguirre, the former DePaul star, scores 30 points, including a buzzer beater at the end of the first half, to spark the Mavericks in their first playoff appearance. The Mavs certainly didn't play nervous in front of the bright lights. A 27-point 2nd quarter helped to turn a first quarter deficit.

The Knicks played nervous in the 2nd quarter, only scoring 15. Bernard King, Cartwright, and Truck Robinson each had 16 points to lead the Knicks, and Rory Sparrow added 14. They tried to get back in it in the second half, but trailed the Mavericks in the 2nd half by a point and lost by nine. Except for the Cowboys, Dallas has been mostly devoid of professional sports triumph. However, the Mavs hope to change that, as they gained home court advantage. Now, Thursday is Game 2 at the Garden. After that, they head to Big D.

SuperSonics 114, Trailblazers 111 (ESPN cut-ins from KOIN, Seattle leads 1-0)

Leaders: Seattle- Jack Sikma, 23 pts, 11 rebounds, 6 assists
Portland- Jim Paxson, 27 pts, 3 rebounds

In the game of the night, the Northwest's professional sports rivalry takes a new turn, as Seattle steals one from the Blazers at raucous Memorial Coliseum. Seattle led by 3 at halftime and at the end of the 3rd quarter, but the Blazers fought back in the 4th quarter, which was one of the best of the season. Each team scored 36 points in the quarter, as neither team was up by more than five points. Usually, it was within a possession.

Jim Paxson's tip-in with :13 left cut the deficit to 110-109, but Gus Williams added 2 free throws to make the lead 3 for Seattle. Paxson's dunk with :08 again cut the deficit to 1, but Williams again made 2 FTs, proving huge for the SuperSonics in the margin of this game. Kenny Carr and Calvin Natt had two great shots at three-pointers at the end, but Carr's just missed, and Natt's attempt to make the basket and get fouled failed. Portland lost in a heart breaker, and lost home court also. Game 2 is Friday night in Portland.

4/18 schedule:

Jazz at Nets, 7:45pm, USA (Al Albert, Richie Powers)
Nuggets at 76ers, 8pm, PRISM or KWGN, USA cut-ins
Kings at Lakers, 11pm, KSHB or KHJ
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Re: What-if there were no conferences in NBA playoffs?

Postby sctvman » Mon May 05, 2014 3:24 am

Night 2 of the NBA Playoffs will air on USA, as USA and ESPN will rotate the first round with CBS getting some weekend games.

Jazz 94, Nets 91 (USA: Al Albert, Richie Powers, also on KSL and SportsChannel feeds, Jazz lead 1-0)
Leaders: Jazz- Adrian Dantley, 28 pts, 9 rebounds
Nets- Buck Williams, 17 pts, 22 rebounds

In front of about 14,000 or so at Brendan Byrne Arena (not near a sell-out), the Jazz shock the Nets with a 27 point 4th quarter to win by 3. New Jersey led by as many as 13 with 9:48 left, 80-67, but the Jazz went on a 14-0 run in the next 5:02 to take an 81-80 lead. Eventually, after Micheal Ray Richardson's layup to make it 82-81, the Jazz held the lead for the rest of the ballgame, as two of the Nets chances to tie the game in the past minute were stopped, one by a Rickey Green steal, and another by a Mark Eaton block.

Utah made 3 free throws to seal the game, before Richardson's 3 at the buzzer to make the margin 3. The Jazz led most of the 1st quarter and about half the second quarter before the Nets took over until the 4th. In nine seasons as a franchise, the Jazz had never made the playoffs. Now, in their first playoff game, they stole a win on the road, and Friday night can take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Sixers 116, Nuggets 110 (KWGN/PRISM broadcasts, Sixers lead 1-0)
Leaders: Sixers- Moses Malone, 19 pts, 15 rebounds
Nuggets- Kiki Vandeweghe, 31 pts, 5 rebounds

A sold-out Spectrum greets the Sixers, as they survive a valiant charge from the fourteenth-seeded Denver Nuggets, and earn a six-point win. Denver cut the lead to just two in the final 30 seconds with an Alex English putback, but couldn't get any closer as Philadelphia made two of their four free throws after a Julius Erving floater with just :23 left which gave Philadelphia a four-point lead.

The game was tied at 32 after 1, then Clint Richardson's two free throws after time had expired for the half gave the Sixers a 56-55 halftime lead. The Sixers dominated the 3rd, taking a five-point lead into the 4th. Philadelphia takes a 1-0 lead in the series, as they play again Friday night at the Spectrum before going to Denver.

The Lakers beat the Kings in their game, 116-105 at the Forum in Inglewood. This series was already played in real life.

Schedule for Thursday, April 19:

Phoenix Suns at Detroit Pistons, 8pm, cut-ins (Detroit leads 1-0)
Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks, 8:30pm, cut-ins (USA will join this game after Mavs-Knicks)
Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks, 8pm, USA (Dallas leads 1-0)
Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics, 7:30pm, cut-ins (Boston leads 1-0)
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