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TE OF THE GAMEUCLA played phenomenal. Ive watched a lot of film, and I dont know if they played as well as they played tonight. Antworten

The NBA play-offs begin on Saturday night. We examine the eight Western Conference teams to reach the post-season, identify their key players and analyse their title hopes. Golden State Warriors How good are the Warriors? Assessing a record-breaking 73-9 season Regular season record: 73-9, Pacific division championsWestern Conference play-off seeding: 1 Star man: Steph Curry - last seasons MVP raised the bar again this term, cementing his status as the greatest shooter in the history of the game. Curry smashed his own regular season three point shooting record, rattling home 402 baskets from beyond the arc. He surpassed the previous mark (286) with 24 regular season games to spare. Add to that an array of spectacular half-court shots and the fact that he ended the season as a member of the elite 50/40/90 club (thats 50 per cent successful shooting on field goals, 40 per cent on threes and 90 per cent on free throws for a season - only six other players have ever managed it in NBA history), its safe to say hell be celebrating a second regular season MVP award in due course. Changing the game Steph Curry and the Warriors are changing the face of basketball Season in summary: The greatest season in NBA history. The Warriors won 39 of their first 43 games, all while head coach Steve Kerr was absent though ill-health. Games were routinely finished as competitive contests after three quarters with Klay Thompsons scoring and Draymond Greens hard-nosed defence augmenting Currys offensive excellence.Play-off prognosis: Overwhelming favourites to repeat their 2015 triumph. Unquestionably the team to beat. To paraphrase former Chicago Bulls guard Ron Harper, 73-9 wont mean a thing, without that Championship ring.San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs are the likeliest threat to the Warriors dominance Regular season record: 67-15, South West division championsWestern Conference play-off seeding: 2Star man: Kawhi Leonard - Leonards evolution from defensive specialist into one of the top five all-round players in the league was fully realised in 2016. In typically efficient fashion, the Spurs small forward topped 20 points per game for the first time in his career and, allied with the successful free agency acquisition of LaMarcus Aldridge from Portland, allowed coach Gregg Popovich to successfully reinvent the Spurs style of play. Kawhi Leonard will lead the Spurs play-off push Season in summary: The Spurs ended the season with a 40-1 home record, their sole defeat coming at the hands of the history-making Warriors. While the world was being wowed by Golden State, the Spurs went about their business in typically understated fashion, somehow remaining under the radar as they won 67 games, the most in franchise history.Play-off prognosis: The team with the best chance to upset Golden State. Just how much did the shrewd Popovich hold back in the Spurs regular season meetings with the Warriors?Oklahoma City Thunder Can Oklahoma improve their ability to close out games Regular season record: 55-27, North West division championsWestern Conference play-off seeding: 3Star men: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook - Durant bounced back from an injury-riddled 2015 in style, averaging 28.2 points per game and narrowly missing out on the second 50/40/90 season of his career. Westbrook was no less statistically impressive, racking up 18 triple doubles (games with double figure points, assists and rebounds), including one in just 18 minutes against the hapless Los Angeles Lakers.Season in summary: All-stars Durant and Westbrook are acknowledged as two of the leagues 10 best players. Given that, shouldnt the Thunder have won more than 55 games? Their Achilles heel? Poor execution in the final minutes of games. And that is sure to be a problem in the post-season. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will lead the Thunders hopes Play-off prognosis: The Thunder should cruise through the opening round of the play-offs but its hard to see them getting the better of San Antonio over seven games in second round.LA ClippersRegular season record: 53-29Western Conference play-off seeding: 4Star man: Chris Paul - with All-Star forward Blake Griffin out with an injury suffered in an off-court altercation with a member of the Clippers own support staff, veteran point guard Paul ensured the forwards long-term absence did not derail the Clippers season. Thanks to Pauls leadership and ability to control the pace and flow of games, they didnt miss a beat, and arguably looked more effective without Griffin than with him. Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers will be outsiders for a run at the Conference crown Season in summary: Another 50-win season for the Clippers, with Paul well supported by the sharpshooting of JJ Redick and the defence of DeAndre Jordan. The acid test for LAs best team awaits: can they finally get beyond the opening rounds of the play-offs and into the Conference finals? If they cant, dont expect to see Paul, Griffin and Jordan together next season.Post-season prognosis: Likely to renew their rivalry with Golden State - who they ousted from the post-season in 2014 - in the second round of the play-offs. A hard-fought series is certain, but a repeat of their 2014 success isnt likely, especially with the returning Griffin looking some way short of his best.Portland TrailblazersRegular season record: 44-38Western Conference play-off seeding: 5Star man: Damian Lillard - Portlands point guard enjoyed a strong first half of the season yet, after being snubbed for a spot in the All-Star game, elevated his game again, dragging an unfancied Rip City squad into the post-season.Season in summary: Losing power forward LaMarcus Aldridge to San Antonio in last summers free agency looked like consigning Portland to the lower reaches of the Western Conference. But the determined Lillard, the emergence of shooting guard CJ McCollum and a solid season from head coach Terry Stotts has confounded those expectations. Damian Lillard is Portland Trail Blazers star man Play-off prognosis: No one expected the Blazers to be a play-off team this year, but their Cinderella story will end with a first round exit at the hands of the Clippers.Dallas MavericksRegular season record: 42-40Western Conference play-off seeding: 6Star man: Dirk Nowitzki - now in the twilight of his career, the former league MVP is a long way from the player who led the Mavericks to the title in 2012. However, the 37-year-old still found a way to lead Dallas into the post-season, lifting his scoring to 21.8 points per game in March when it was most needed. Evergreen Dirk Nowitzki continue to lead Dallas Mavericks bid Season in summary: With a roster full of veterans (Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, David Lee, Raymond Felton) backing up Nowitzki, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle found a way to lead his team to a post-season spot for a third successive season.Play-off prognosis: Not good. The Mavs dont match up well with first round opponent Oklahoma City. They dont have anyone able to repel the scoring threat of Westbrook and Durant. Dirk and Co could be heading home after a one-sided first-round series.Memphis GrizzliesRegular season record: 42-40Western Conference play-off seeding: 7Star man: Zach Randolph - Bruising veteran power forward Z-Bo epitomises the Grizzlies old school grit and grind ethos. With All-Star team-mates Mike Conley and Marc Gasol absent with long-term injuries, Randolph carries even more responsibility on his shoulders in this post-season.Season in summary: Injury ravaged. The Grizzlies limped into the post-season after the loss of their two best players, point guard Conley and centre Gasol, winning just 11 of their 28 games after the All-Star break.Play-off prognosis: Without Conley and Gasol, a quick exit to the Spurs beckons for the Grizzlies.Houston Rockets Houston Rockets and James Harden are the eighth seed and face the unenviable task of the Goolden State Warriors Regular season record: 41-41Western Conference play-off seeding: 8Star man: James Harden - the owner of the NBAs most famous beard led the Rockets to the Western Conference finals last year and pushed Steph Curry all the way for MVP honours. But this season hasnt gone well. Harden still got his numbers (29 points per game, 7.5 assists per game) but his ball-dominant play has frustrated his team-mates, most notably centre Dwight Howard.Season in summary: Coach Kevin McHale was fired three weeks into the season, but that didnt resolve the Rockets on-court chemistry issues which persisted throughout the campaign. It took until the final night of the season for the Rockets to book their place in the post-season, as victory over Sacramento (combined with Utahs loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Kobe Bryants final game) earned them the eighth seed.Play-off prognosis: The Rockets sub-par season resulted in them facing the Golden State Warriors in the first round. They surrendered 4-1 to the Dubs in last years Western Conference finals. Its tough to see them doing better this time around. Also See: Changing the game Matthew Stafford College Jersey . How great will be revealed in the next couple of days at the board of governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif. Aaron Murray College Jersey .B. -- The Baie-Comeau Drakkar took over sole possession of first place atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday with their sixth straight win. . With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Cheap Georgia Jerseys Free Shipping . The showiest items on Calgarys lot were forwards Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak. Both will be unrestricted free agents this summer. Todd Gurley College Jersey . But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. LOS ANGELES -- Jordin Canada wowed with moves in the lane, spectacular passes and pull-up jump shots. UCLA coach Cori Close doesnt ever let the guard or any other player glance at the Jumbotron to check out replays, but Sunday wouldve been a good day for a watch party.Canada and her teammates will see plenty of highlights at the end of film sessions, the only time Close allows what she calls passion plays to be shown, after leading the ninth-ranked Bruins over Michigan 84-64.Canada had 16 points, a career-high 14 assists and no turnovers while Monique Billings and had 19 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. Kelli Hayes added a career-high 16 points.I dont think were close, but I think we made a huge step today, Close said.Canada is on the Naismith Trophy watch list for the best player in womens college basketball.Most of the time Im working on things I need to get better at, Canada said. I dont really like to think about stuff like that. My concern is getting better and growing.The Bruins (7-1) took a 10-0 lead and extended their home winning streak to 18 in a row dating to last season. UCLA has won 22 straight against unranked opponents.Michigan (8-3) was led by Kysre Gondrezick with 18 points and Hallie Thome with 15 points.The Wolverines were without three players -- Boogie Brozoski and Sam Trammel stayed home to prepare for exams, and Nicole Munger was out with an injured left foot.Billings had 11 points and 12 rebounds as UCLA took a 45-25 halftime lead.All five starters for UCLA scored in double figures.BIG PICTUREMichigan took a step backward as it struggled to move the ball offensively and let UCLA dominate inside. It had played well the last few games and fared much better against then-No. 10 Florida State in a 76-62 loss.UCLA did whatever it wanted offensively, getting high-percentage shots and using its stiffling defense to fluster Michigan.dddddddddddd Its performance will serve as a good warmup for its longest road stretch of the season.POLL IMPLICATIONSUCLA should stay at No. 9 or could move up a spot as No. 8 Louisville is the only team ahead of it in the rankings with two losses.WEEKEND SWEEPWith the UCLA men beating Michigan at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday and the women doing the same on Sunday, the Bruins made it a weekend sweep. The Michigan mens team sat behind the Michigan bench for Sundays game and the teams were scheduled to share a charter flight back to Ann Arbor, providing they could return as there is a snowstorm. Some players on the UCLA mens team were in attendance as well.THROUGH THE TREESMichigan tried to pack the lane with its interior defense but that didnt bother Canada, who drove the lane and scored on layups and jumpers or kicked the ball out.Mentally Ive always had that where I dont fear anyone, Canada said. Im not afraid to play anyone, thats just the mentality that I have.QUOTE OF THE GAMEUCLA played phenomenal. Ive watched a lot of film, and I dont know if they played as well as they played tonight. I thought they really clicked on all cylinders. They defended us extremely, extremely well. They played incredibly hard. They executed on the offensive end. They rebounded the heck out of the ball. Theyre a great team. -- Michigan coach Kim BarnesUP NEXTMichigan: Just finished seven consecutive road games away from the Crisler Center and returns home for four consecutive games against Ohio, Vermont, American and Rutgers.UCLA: Has feasted on a home-heavy schedule and now hit the road for three consecutive games -- at UC Santa Barbara, South Carolina and North Carolina AT&T. Cheap Adidas Hockey Jerseys Wholesale College Jerseys Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Baseball Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Soccer Jerseys China Cheap NCAA Jerseys China Stitched NFL Jerseys Cheap Custom Jerseys China Cheap Basketball Jerseys Authentic NFL Jerseys China Cheap College Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys ' ' '

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