Basketball Board

By Lev Akabas Join my email list using the "Contact Me" page

The Board

Game 7 Preview: Can the Warriors Stop the Cavs' Onslaught?

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (2)

It’s hard to believe now that, only one month ago, the Warriors losing a single game was a once in a blue moon event. Then the Thunder made it commonplace. Golden State lost back-to-back games in Oklahoma City by an average of 26 points. The Thunder had “figured the Warriors out” and were “simply the better team” going into Game 5.

My brother, Tal, a big Warriors fan, was calm. He said something along the lines of, “Yes, the Warriors...

Read Full Post »

2015 NBA Playoffs: First Round Report Card

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Spurs' Basketball: A

The era is coming to a close. Get me a box of tissues. I'm going to cry like I did at the end of Fast and Furious 7. 


Read Full Post »

The Pros and Cons Each Championship Contender (Plus Complete Playoff Picks)

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (4)


The Favorite:


San Antonio Spurs


Good: Everyone is well-rested and healthy (their starters missed 75 total games and still clinched the league's top record)… the bracket couldn’t have worked out better for them (avoid...

Read Full Post »

Not Six, Not Seven

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (14)

The buzzer sounded. Perhaps the greatest pair of back-to-back games in NBA history was over. We had seen the last horrid Manu Ginobili pass of the series (although I still wouldn’t trust him to toss me a Gatorade bottle in the locker room, even if our lockers were right next to each other), Chris Boshasaurus became the closest player to getting traded without actually getting traded, despite going for the bagel in the biggest game of his career after getting a full-fledged a...

Read Full Post »

Here We Go Again

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (3)

We’ve been here before. Game 6 of these NBA Finals feels like the hundredth game that will “determine LeBron James’s legacy.” But because Lebron has already won a championship, this time feels different; there’s less pressure because he's already won, and yet, in a way, there’s more pressure on him to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke.

We all know that in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals last season, LeBron submitted perhaps...

Read Full Post »

LeBron's LeSlump, Metta World Peace's Tweets, and Everything Else You Need to Get Ready for Game 4

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (2)

What I don't like from the 2013 NBA Finals Thus Far:

Lebron James – You had to know this was coming, so let’s just get it out of the way. James attempted 0 free throws in Game 3, the first time he’s done that since 2009, and at the same time is getting the Rajon Rondo treatment with his defender playing three feet off of him.

First let’s deal with the outside s...

Read Full Post »

Derrick Rose, OKC's Troubling Defense, and Mike Woodson Winning "Worst Coach of the First Round"

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (4)

New York Knicks over Boston Celtics 4-2


It was a close race throughout the last two weeks between Knicks’ Coach Mike “We’ll run plays when I feel like it” Woodson, the Thunder’s Scott Brooks, the Clippers’ Vinny “When a lineup doesn’t work, the only thing to do is to put in a weirder lineup that doesn’t work” Del Negro, and the Lakers’ Mike D’Antoni for th...

Read Full Post »

Lebron's Unprecedented Playoff Run, The Mistreatment of Russell Westbrook, and Everything Else About the NBA Finals

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (10)

Top 5 reasons why Lebron James is putting on one of the ten greatest playoff performances in the history of the NBA

1) When you add up his points, assists, and rebounds per game from these playoffs, you get 45.4. That number ranks behind only Michael Jordan (’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93), Shaquille O’Neal (’00, ’01), Hakeem Olajuwon (’95), Tim Duncan (’03), Kareem Abdul Jabbar (̵...

Read Full Post »

Let's Take a Timeout

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (1)

A lot happened in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, so I'm going to cut to the chance and break down each series.


Miami Heat defeat New York Knicks 4-1

The Knicks averaged 12.6 assists per game in this series (six fewer than every other team averaged this season), shot an abysmal 41.7% from the field (only 0.3% high...

Read Full Post »

NBA Finals: Number Crunch

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (4)


For this article, I’ll be referring to “crunch time” as the time in a game with 5 or fewer minutes left and the score differential is 5 or fewer points. In this year’s NBA finals, there were 17 minutes of “crunch time”





0-7 for 0 points – Lebron’s production in “crunch time”

8-13 for 26 points – Dirk Nowitzki’s production in “crunc...

Read Full Post »