This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Suns winning two of the first three meetings. [9], This was the first playoff meeting between the Heat and the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats franchise.[10]. The 26-year old is coming off a season where he averaged 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Along with LeBron, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Dennis Schroder round out the starting lineup. As this team continues to play with each other, they will grow and that should scare the rest of the league. 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Next to Simmons and Embiid, the third piece of their “Big 3” features Tobias Harris, who is on pace to have a career-year. However, through eight games, LeBron’s numbers are down. Kuzma is putting in 30-minute games sometimes. The Lakers boast one of the top options off the bench. For Rivers, he is going to be a Hall of Fame member once he decides to hang up the whistle. Not to mention, LeBron James is hungry to win his fifth title in his career. That also goes with the 19.0 points per game he chips in. Could we see a rematch 20 years later? His assists have decreased by three while his shooting percentage is also down. 76ers' Seth Curry tests positive for coronavirus: Sources January 8, 2021, 6:00 AM Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry returned a positive test for the coronavirus, which the team learned of near the start of its loss to the Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday night, sources told 6abc and ESPN. Last Playoff Meeting: 1983 NBA Finals (Philadelphia won 4-0). That starts with former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol and DPOY Runner Up Anthony Davis. As a defensive unit, the Lakers allowed the fourth-fewest points (107.6) per game, allowed the seventh-best three-point shot percentage (34.9%) and held opposing teams to the second-fewest rebounds per game (42.2). The 76ers are playing well and have not tapped their ceiling. As the year progresses, we will be able to have a much more clear answer on if this team is a contender or pretender. Out of players that have played at least seven games this season, Curry owns the third-best three-point shooting percentage. This was the first playoff meeting between the Mavericks and the Spurs.[5]. Keep an eye out for Talen Horton-Tucker, who is a streaky scorer, and has been playing more in games. By beating Utah in the first round, they won their first playoff series since 1988. The 76ers have yet to play the Milwaukee Bucks, Heat, or even the Lakers. For the 76ers, not to be disrespectful, outside of Shake Milton and Dwight Howard, who are these people filling the rest of Philly’s bench. Milton was once a starter and has 20-point potential in spurts. The 2001 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2000-01 season.The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers 4 games to 1. The Los Angeles Lakers are starting their title defense with a strong surge by leading the Western Conference with an 8-3 overall record. However, it was the Lakers' turn to put together the most dominant postseason in NBA history, going 15–1 with their only loss coming in OT to the Sixers in Game 1 of the Finals. As a team, the Lakers allowed 104.1 points per game with only the Phoenix Suns and the 76ers ahead of them. [12], This was the first playoff meeting between the Hornets and the Bucks.[13]. Since 2001, the 76ers have not advanced beyond the conference semifinals. As for Green, he is succeeding in his role as a wing defender, but his three-point shooting percentage is currently the worst in his career. Given that Schroder has outplayed Green in nearly every statistical element, the Lakers edge out the 76ers with a 3-2 vote for the better starting lineup. It might finally be the finished product of the process that has been talked about for years. Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year. The Lakers signed former Clippers big man and 2020 Sixth Man of the Year power forward Montrezl Harrell. * Division winner Schroder is averaging 14.3 points and 5.0 assists. However, when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers gained home court advantage for the NBA Finals. Schroder was the runner-up for Sixth Many of the Year last season and is making the most out of starting. Bold Series winner Their playoff dominance would be bested after the first round of playoffs was extended to a best of seven format instead of the best of five in the 2003 NBA playoffs by the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors who would go 16-1 on their way to their fifth championship. This was the 76ers' first Finals appearance since Moses Malone and Julius Erving led the 1983 team to the NBA title (coincidentally, last defeating the Lakers) in the famous "fo', fo', fo'" year (it ended up being "fo', fi', fo'", as Philadelphia lost one second-round game to the Milwaukee Bucks that year). He is nearing a career-high in minutes as well. It could contribute to a slow start, but this is unlike LeBron. Reunion Arena, their home court for 21 years, hosted its last game (Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Spurs); they moved to American Airlines Center, the next season. Last year Anthony Davis finished with a stat line of 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.3 blocks, which was considered a down year. Despite Rivers’ inability to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a title during his tenure, he led the Boston Celtics to two trips to the NBA Finals, including a ring in 2008. If the NBA Finals started today, the Los Angeles Lakers would likely win this series in a five-game set. The Milwaukee Bucks won their first playoff series since 1989, made the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1986 and won the division for the first time since that year. In Game 3, Ray Allen sends the game to overtime with a dunk over Tracy McGrady with 3.5 seconds left. The 76ers needed a third piece to the puzzle and Harris is filling that role very nicely. This was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Pacers winning two of the first three meetings. The 76ers will have their tests later in the season. This year, his role has changed. Of course, this goes with 8.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game too. All-Star Weekend Event History: ... Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers. His field goal percentage (50.7%), rebounds (7.9), and steals (1.1) are all on pace for career-highs. All stats, unless otherwise indicated, courtesy of Basketball-Reference. Rivers ranks 10th on the all-time list for wins (949). The Sacramento Kings won their first playoff series since 1981 (when they were the Kansas City Kings) and the first since moving to Sacramento. That starts with former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol and DPOY Runner Up Anthony Davis. When it comes to depth, the Lakers win this category by a landslide. The 76ers were a middle of the pack team last year with the same personnel. Give Rivers some credit here. They set many records, including going undefeated in regulation and on the road (finishing 8–0 in the latter category). Philadelphia hasn’t made the NBA Finals since 2001, which was a loss to none other than the Lakers. Along the way they had many abysmal seasons, including back-to-back years with 11 and 13 wins. Then again, he is 36 years old with miles on his body. The Ultimate Comparison: Are The Nets Big 3 Better Than The Heat Big 3? This was the first playoff meeting between the 76ers and the Raptors. This was the seventh playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning four of the first six meetings. His points per game (24.0) are the lowest total since his rookie season. He posts a stat line of 13.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Head-to-Head in the NBA Regular Season - All-Time Game Log Full list of regular season games played between the Lakers and the Clippers, with results and the evolution of their head-to-head record. Also, his three-point field goal percentage (38.2%) is the best start ever for him. While 51 more wins this season would be a stretch, he is going to eventually reach the 1,000-win club, which includes the likes of Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, and Don Nelson. Howard was an integral part of the championship run the Lakers had last season and is serving role off the bench for Philly. The Lakers are ready to break the tie for most NBA championships in league history (17) with the Boston Celtics. The Lakers also equaled the previous records set by their 1989 team by winning their first 11 post-season games and sweeping three series in the post-season. It’s clear that the 76ers are a seven or eight-man crew. Wes Matthews can be a streaky scorer from outside the arc and is playing big minutes. The San Antonio Spurs clinched the best record in the NBA, and earned home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs. Curry beats out Caldwell-Pope because he has taken more threes this season, so it comes down to Schroder versus Green for the deciding vote. This was the tenth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning seven of the first nine meetings. Embiid is on pace to have another All-Star season. This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Mavericks winning the first meeting. We haven’t seen what Simmons, Embiid, and Harris can do for a full season under the tutelage of Rivers. This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Knicks winning the first meeting. 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They were the second NBA champion to defeat four 50-win or better teams on their way to the title as the Rockets did it first in 1995. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers 4 games to 1. Re: Raptors (0-2) vs. Sixers (2-1) [DEC 29 // 7PM // Sportsnet] Post #990 » by TheBoi10 » Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:47 am Bjorkgren has Indiana playing well about to be 4-0 The 2001 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2000-01 season. Don’t forget that it was Vogel that led the Lakers to one of the best defensive ratings they have had in years. 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The top two free-agent acquisitions over the offseason in Seth Curry and Danny Green round out the starting lineup. Luckily, the postseason doesn’t start until much later. The Lakers are a top-3 defensive team this season. This was the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning seven of the first eight meetings. The 27-year old has looked solid in his second year with the Lakers. He is playing in fewer minutes and doesn’t need to score as much. In comparison, the Lakers win the superstar battle, but Harris trumps Gasol when it comes to big men in the paint. His teammate LeBron James is still in the conversation as the league’s best player. This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning four of the first five meetings. The better surprise is Caldwell-Pope, who is shooting a career-best 47.8% from three-point range, which is nearly 10% higher than last season. Find the latest sports news and articles on the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA college football, NCAA college basketball and more at ABC News. The 2002 NBA playoffs were the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2001–02 season.This was the final postseason that held a best-of-5 first-round series; the 2003 NBA Playoffs saw those series expand to a best-of-7 format. Re: Game 2: Portland vs Houston 7:00pm SNW/NBATV Post #73 » by monopoman » Sun Dec 27, 2020 5:40 am I love when Dame gets Jr. or Covington with a nice pass going to the rim this is how we use these guys to score. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey … As a team, the Lakers allowed 104.1 points per game with only the Phoenix Suns and the 76ers ahead of them. The Lakers were a top-5 team in defensive efficiency last season. The Toronto Raptors won their first playoff series in franchise history 3–2 over the New York Knicks. 1 seed. The 76ers are currently the best team in the Eastern Conference with a 7-3 record. For the first time since 1991, the Knicks failed to win a first-round playoff series. You can’t forget Kyle Kuzma, who once started for this team and averaged nearly 19 points a game. This was the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the 76ers winning five of the first eight meetings. Shaquille O'Neal was named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year. Terry Rozier with a 2-pointer vs the Philadelphia 76ers January 4, 2021, 6:25 p.m. Terry Rozier (Charlotte Hornets) with a 2-pointer vs the Philadelphia 76ers, 01/04/2021 The Lakers are a top-3 defensive team this season. LeBron James.”, Hornets Coach James Borrego On LaMelo Ball Losing Minutes: “If You’re Turning The Ball Over Five Times In 16 Minutes, That Ain’t Gonna Cut It For Me.”, NBA Rumors: Cavs Veterans “Resented” Collin Sexton, Upset The Front Office Didn’t Trade That Pick In The Middle Of The 2017-18 Season, Carmelo Anthony On Kobe Bryant: “The Most Important Thing About Kobe For Me Was His Approach And His Mentality…”, Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich On Luka Doncic: “A Quintessential Basketball Player…”. Since both superstars are playing well, we are going to go with experience. The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West: The Philadelphia 76ers clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, and had home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East: This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Spurs winning the first meeting. The combination of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid has proven to be effective so far. However, despite all of this, Harrell’s rebounding has increased to a career-high 8.0 rebounds. Take a look back at the history of the NBA All-Star Game. It’s early in the season but Rivers has Philly playing as a No. The Lakers are a top-3 defensive team once again in the early stages of the season and that is no fluke. Some people will read this and pick Doc Rivers right off the bat without having a discussion. This was the first playoff meeting between the Bucks and the Magic. Italic Team with home-court advantage. Lakers Bench: Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Wes Matthews, Talen Horton-Tucker, Markieff Morris, Kyle Kuzma, Alfonso McKinnie, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Jared Dudley, Montrezl Harrell, 76ers Bench: Shake Milton, Tyrese Maxey, Furkan Korkmaz, Isaiah Joe, Matisse Thybulle, Terrance Ferguson, Mike Scott, Paul Reed, Dwight Howard, Tony Bradley, Kyle O’Quinn. The 6-foot-10 point guard may not be a threat from outside the three-point line but he is playing one of the most dominant players in the paint. LeBron’s 10.2 assists donned him as the only player to finish with an average of double-digit assists in a season. Despite his points-per-game being the third-lowest of his career currently (22.9), other aspects of his game have improved. The combination of Embiid and Simmons have never made it to a Conference Finals before. 76ers ended a 16-year drought by advancing to the conference finals when, This page was last edited on 16 December 2020, at 19:24. San Antonio's 58 games remains the lowest for a team with home court advantage throughout the playoffs, being 3 games fewer than the Pacers and Cavs' 61 in 2004 and 2010, respectively. He is averaging 24.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. The numbers look great, but the better tandem has to be the King & The Brow. 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