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Most Valuable Protagonist

As the NBA season begins its second half, shit tends to get just a little bit tedious for everyone involved. Fans have more or less figured out which teams are good, bad or plain mediocre. The players on the good teams are just trying to get to the All-Star break uninjured; the players on the […]

Previewing our viewing: 3 must-watch November games on One HD

A new feature here at NBAmate, we look at three of the most intriguing games  on free-to-air Australian TV in the upcoming month. Preference will be given to teams that don’t usually get an enormous amount of exposure. Friday 5th of November 1:30pm Thunder @ Blazers With two of the very best young teams in […]

Game 4 – A Big ol’ Baby is born

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images It was a game the Celtics absolutely had to win, and their defensive effort in the first quarter showed they understood this all too well. The Lakers, to their credit, matched that intensity and the result was a hard-fought Finals game, even though the standard overall was pretty poor. Before […]

Game 2 Wrap

With Game 1 of the NBA Finals proving a bit of a lemon from a competitive standpoint, most neutrals – myself included – would have been hoping and praying for a more resilient Boston team to show up in the second game. They didn’t disappoint. If you weren’t lucky (or unemployed) enough to be free […]

NBA Finals Game 1: Pau! Right in the kisser

3 votes – Pau Gasol: Two years is a long time in sports. And after putting in what could only be described as a meek performance in the 2008 Finals, Gasol had a lot to prove this time around. Of course, avid watchers of regular season basketball would have seen the improvements Gasol has made […]

Day 36-37 – Magic and Suns save face

Day 36 – Ze goggles…zey do something after all? (Lakers v Suns Game 3) 3 votes – Amare Stoudemire: In what might be a first in Playoff Vote history, I’m going to give a guy the 3 votes and then spend the rest of the post venting. So hear me out. First off, Amare was […]

Day 27 – Green Day

3 votes – Kevin Garnett: The Big Ticket is back in a big way these playoffs. With Antawn Jamison looking absolutely helpless against KG, Mike Brown decided that Shaq might be able to slow down Garnett. Garnett disagreed. Creating separation at will, he used his patented fade-away to get the Celts off to a great […]

Day 23 – When Point Guards Ruled the World

3 votes – Rajon Rondo: One of the great individual playoff performances. After Boston’s embarrassing Game 3 no-show, you couldn’t be faulted for fearing that this series would fizzle out just like the rest of the other Round 2 match-ups. Fortunately, Rondo decided that we deserve at least one decent series this round, and tore […]

Day 20 – Vince Carter, Playoff Warrior

3 votes – Dwight Howard: Beast. This Atlanta team was always going to struggle to contain someone of Dwight’s size, so the onus was on Dwight to be able to stay out of foul trouble and execute. And execute he did. Monstering Al Horford and a veritable smorgasbord of 7”0 duds off the bench, Howard […]

Day 17 – Point guards rule the day. Except Mo Williams, who chokes, again.

Yeah so we missed Day 16… Rob’s got you covered on that tomorrow 3 votes – Steve Nash: After playing one of the worst games of his playoff career in the close-out win against Portland, the Nashmeister rebounded with a masterful display. Looking more like Tony Parker than Steve Nash, he knifed through the San […]