2015 NBA Playoffs

2015 NBA Playoffs

The 2014-2015 NBA regular season is the 69th edition of one of the most followed and watched sports in America and the world with a pre-establish total of 82 games to be played during the complete season among 30 teams.

The 2015 Playoffs will be taking place from April 18th to May or June 2015 depending on the number of games the top teams will play as these move along in the charts and the final game on June 4th, 2015.

The following are some of the most recent management/coaching changes for the actual season:

Offseason

Team2013–14 season2014–15 season
New York KnicksMike WoodsonDerek Fisher
Minnesota TimberwolvesRick AdelmanFlip Saunders
Milwaukee BucksLarry DrewJason Kidd
Brooklyn NetsJason KiddLionel Hollins
Utah JazzTyrone CorbinQuin Snyder
Los Angeles LakersMike D’AntoniByron Scott
Golden State WarriorsMark JacksonSteve Kerr
Cleveland CavaliersMike BrownDavid Blatt
Detroit PistonsJohn Loyer (interim)Stan Van Gundy
In-season
TeamOutgoing CoachIncoming Coach
Sacramento KingsMike Malone/ Tyrone Corbin (interim)Tyrone Corbin (interim) / George Karl
Orlando MagicJacque VaughnJames Borrego (interim)
Denver NuggetsBrian ShawMelvin Hunt (interim)

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/

As we move closer and closer to the 2015 playoffs, the news on what is happening in the hoops world spotted Bulls guard Derrick Rose who recently started rehab on his knee and said he is building strength in his legs and he is optimistic in the process as per ESPNChicago.com

On the other hand, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in January, but was back on the team’s bench Sunday for the first time since the procedure. He continues to progress from shoulder surgery as he stated that he plans on being available when next season starts. Despite the fact, Bryant is dealing with a season-ending injury for the third consecutive year and described the rehab process as ‘very boring,’ but said he is progressing.

It was good to see him out here. Good to see him with this teammates,” Scott said of Bryant. “I’m sure it was good for the fans to see him as well.source: cbssports.com

Bryant said Sunday he’s able to do more with his rehab from this injury than he was with last year’s Achilles issue.

In his 19th career season, Bryant isn’t as good as the player that won five titles. Coming off two major injuries that sidelined him for 76 games, he’s shooting a career-low 37.3 percent from the floor. Bryant missed the playoffs once in his first 17 seasons, and the Lakers are all but guaranteed to be watching the postseason from home for a second straight year.

Bryant’s contract extends through the 2015-2016 season, and there’s a good chance it will be another losing year for L.A. Surrounding Bryant with marginal talent, the team was unable to sign an impactful free agent in the offseason. The Lakers could have a hard time building through the draft, since their first-round pick will go to the Phoenix Suns, if it’s not among the top five selections. source: ibtimes.com

Here are a couple of very interesting videos on the Kobe´s recent action and news:

Kobe Bryant´s possible early retirement

Lastly, but not least important is what will happen with the Rockets’ frontcourt:  last February, it was Josh Smith who led the way for the Rockets in the frontcourt, averaging 13.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 28.5 minutes per game, compared to 25.3 minutes for Terrence Jones and 27.6 for Donatas Motiejunas. In five March games, it is Jones who has stepped into the spotlight, ranking second on the team in minutes (35.4 per game) and points (16.4), while leading the way in rebounds (8.6) and field-goal percentage (55.7).

The uncertainty surrounding that trio only grows when you remember that somewhere lurking in the shadows, rehabbing his knee and gorging himself on candy, is Dwight Howard. He has resumed basketball activities in recent days, and is four weeks into a 6-8 week recovery process. Howard may not return at full strength — and I’m not necessarily relying on him to — but he will shake up their rotation whenever he does get back.

The most recent betting odds for today´s top games stand at:

Detroit   -2.5  199o

LA Lakers  +2.5  199u   *@ 10:30 pm at the Staples Center

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New York Knicks   +14  183.5o

Utah Jazz   -14  183.5u   *@ 9;00pm at the EnergySolutions Arena

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