Ultra Jordan, Ante Ball

Prelude to the 2004-2005 NBA Season
Ultra Jordan, Ante Lamelo

Prelude to the 2004-2005 NBA Season

In the fall of 2004, mere days before the beginning of the 2004-2005 season, the National Basketball Association had entered a crossroads. A unique crossroads of transition and change. It had been a whole year since the second retirement of Michael Jordan. The cash cow of the NBA had once again left a large void to be filled by many young stars who had been upcoming or impeded by the dominant Bulls' conquest of not just the 1990s basketball scene but popular culture itself. According to NBA officials at the time, Jordan's retirement had also left a void in what fans wanted to see. Flash. Not only did the NBA host a litany of talents of the 1990s, which remained dynamic and innovative, but their dynamism and innovation on the court helped expand the NBA's marketability across the North American continent and world. Now the league coming into the 2004-2005 season, the NBA had experienced a gradual slump in viewership with the end of the Los Angeles Lakers impressive championship three-peat. A rising power in the San Antonio Spurs did not have the Los Angeles Lakers' flash or high scoring prominence. Still, they held solid fundamental defense and rotational skills that opened up players for easy shots. The NBA had entered a clash of craft vs. style. Which will win?

<Excerpt from ESPN. October 26th, 2004 by Marc Stein>
Rank
Team
Previous Record
Notes
1
San Antonio
57-25
The most solid front five in the NBA. Their only concern for the season would be the lack of a stand out Center.
2
Miami
42-40
Shaquille O’Neal brings the much needed championship experience to a team needing to fill in a much desired Center position.
3
Toronto
33-49
Vince Carter with veteran help from Jalen Rose, along with their first round draft pick Chris Bosh will push Miami in the Eastern Conference.
4
LA Lakers
56-26
Kobe Bryant, Caron Butler, and Lamar Odom fill a solid 2, 3, 4 combo which has become a vaunted and the Lakers will capitalize on this with their young three
5
Phoenix
29-53
Steve Nash is primed to have a breakout Assist season, and with Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion, and Amar’e Stoudemire down in the paint, other teams should beware.
6
Houston
45-37
McGrady, Howard, and the giant Yao Ming are set to improve upon their previous season. However, they lack a true Small Forward rotation.
7
Washington
25-57
Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes will seek to harass lesser quality Guards and Shooters on the perimeter with big Antwan Jamison near the baseline as an outlet.
8
Philadelphia
33-49
Allen Iverson for as talented as he is, will drag the 76ers into the playoffs yet again. However, AI has found himself with a bit more younger help than in previous seasons.
9
Cleveland
35-47
James, Gooden, and Big Z are a true Big 3. All over 6’9” the Cavaliers will most certainly prove a terror on the interior.
10
Golden State
37-45
A young dynamic core led around their star Jason Richardson, I don’t expect them to get further than the first round. But, will prove formidable.
11
Boston
36-46
Gary Payton may be getting up there in age, but his knowledge of the court will help alleviate the load of Davis and Pierce who will snipe two-pointers all day.
12
Indiana
61-21
A drastic step down from the previous year due to this possibly being Reggie Miller’s final season. This may be the Pacer’s last chance to get to the finals before contracts prove an issue.
13
LA Clippers
28-54
Maggette, Simmons, and Brand will prove to be a terror on the interior and perimeter. However their young Center Kaman and Point Livingston may be too inexperienced to be starters.
14
Orlando
21-61
The Magic will most certainly sneak into the playoffs off the talents of Hill and Francis, though their depth may prove detrimental
15
Denver
43-39
Despite plenty of talent and Rookie of the Year Runner-Up Anthony, I suspect them to fall short of succeeding in the playoffs.
16
Milwaukee
41-41
Michael Redd will lead the Bucks to another season where they fall short of missing the playoffs.
17
Seattle
37-45
Ray Allen will drag Seattle to another disappointing season. He needs more than just Rashard Lewis.
18
Portland
41-41
The only thing interesting about the Trail Blazers this season is the interesting combination of Abdur-Rahim and Randoplh as rotating Power Forwards.
19
Minnesota
58-24
Unfortunately Kevin Garnett’s Timberwolves are done, especially with an aging Sam Cassell, and a cast of rotating faces.
20
Memphis
50-32
Nothing much to expect here. Gasol will most certainly raise his stock and will either earn himself a new contract with other teams, or the Grizzlies will build a team around him.
21
Utah
42-40
Kirilenko and Boozer, nothing flashy, but that may be their issue. Solid players that will lead their team to a losing season.
22
New Jersey
47-35
Kidd is aging and the young Richard Jefferson will not be enough to carry the other 13 members of the Nets.
23
Chicago
23-59
The Bulls will continue their post Jordan woes, but a plus is they may earn some good draft capital.
24
Sacramento
55-27
The Kings have kept the same cast of players, but that may prove detrimental to this season and long run without any younger players to help an aging cast.
25
Detroit
54-28
Defense is a young man’s game, and as impressive as the Piston’s were last season. I do not see a repeat of last season. If they do happen to get into the playoffs, expect them to be ousted in the first round.
26
New Orleans
41-41
Baron Davis may have led the Hornets to their new home in New Orleans, but don’t expect a playoff berth.
27
Atlanta
28-54
If I were the Hawks, a total overhaul would be needed. Look to trade players for draft capital.
28
Dallas
52-30
I know crucify me, but I believe the Mavericks are a paper tiger. While impressive on the stat sheets, they will ultimately crumble.
29
New York
39-43
The less said about the Knicks the better, if you do live in the New York area, best to say you’re a Nets fan.
30
Charlotte
N/A
This team will end up ultimately at the bottom, however Okafor will look impressive on paper with having to carry the vast load of the team’s points.

<Except from ESPN, November 1st, 2004. Opening Day Previews>
New Orleans Hornets @ Toronto Raptors. Baron Davis (PG) vs. Vince Carter (SG)
Los Angeles Lakers @ Los Angeles Clippers, Kobe Bryant (SG) vs. Elton Brand (PF)

<Excerpt from ESPN, NCAA Basketball, October 31st, 2004. Top College Prospects>
Chris Paul (PG) - Wake Forest
David Lee (PF) - Florida
Deron Williams (PG) - Illinois
Danny Granger (SF) - New Mexico
Jose Calderon (PG) - Spain
 
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I feel like which ever team wants to get the Draft Lottery, will end up with a real prize...........Andrew Bogut. I wonder if Detroit will end up doing well enough in the draft lottery to select Chris Paul.
 
I feel like which ever team wants to get the Draft Lottery, will end up with a real prize...........Andrew Bogut. I wonder if Detroit will end up doing well enough in the draft lottery to select Chris Paul.
Never Bo-get, Andrew Bogut. I mean we shall see. Entering into the 2004 season, many were expecting the Pistons to make another deep run, though there were high concerns for Sheed and Wallace's knees with them now entering their early 30s.

But yes, it shall be an interesting fifteen years ahead of us.
 
Recap for November 1st to November 6th, 2004
Recap for Week One of the 2004 NBA Season (11/1/2004-11/6/2004)
November 1st, 2004 Results
New Orleans Hornets, 93 - Toronto Raptors, 86
Player of the Game: Baron Davis (23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals)
Los Angeles Lakers, 93 - Los Angeles Clippers, 120
Player of the Game: Cory Maggette (31 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals)

November 2nd, 2004 Results
Chicago Bulls, 85 - Charlotte Bobcats, 88
Player of the Game: Jason Kapono (14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals)
Detroit Pistons, 96 - Indiana Pacers, 79
Player of the Game: Richard Hamilton (28 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks)
Cleveland Cavaliers, 75 - Orlando Magic, 85
Player of the Game: Steve Francis (16 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks)
Minnesota Timberwolves, 110 - New Jersey Nets, 99
Player of the Game: Kevin Garnett (28 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals)
Memphis Grizzlies, 80 - Miami Heat, 91
Player of the Game: Dwayne Wade (28 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks)
Boston Celtics, 82 - Philadelphia 76ers, 81
Player of the Game: Raef LaFrentz (20 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block)
Washington Wizards, 94 - Dallas Mavericks, 99
Player of the Game: Dirk Nowitzki (21 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block)
New York Knicks, 84 - San Antonio Spurs, 97
Player of the Game: Tony Parker (29 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 4 steals)
Seattle Supersonics, 78 - Utah Jazz, 81
Player of the Game: Carlos Boozer (15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block)
Sacramento Kings, 87 - Phoenix Suns, 89
Player of the Game: Steve Nash (26 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 steal)
Denver Nuggets, 96 - Portland Trail Blazers, 90
Player of the Game: Carmelo Anthony (32 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks)

November 3rd, 2004
Atlanta Hawks, 69 - Detroit Pistons, 101
Player of the Game: Richard Hamilton (28 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block)
Milwaukee Bucks, 82 - Houston Rockets, 70
Player of the Game: Michael Redd (20 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks)
Los Angeles Clippers, 87 - Golden State Warriors, 100
Player of the Game: Jason Richardson (29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks)

November 4th, 2004
Toronto Raptors, 93 - Boston Celtics, 96
Player of the Game: Vince Carter (38 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block)
Minnesota Timberwolves, 88 - Charlotte Bobcats, 72
Player of the Game: Sam Cassell (17 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists)
New York Knicks, 88 - New Jersey Nets, 99
Player of the Game: Jason Kidd (27 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal)
Chicago Bulls, 77 - Memphis Grizzlies, 98
Player of the Game: Pau Gasol (14 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 steal, 1 blocks)
Dallas Mavericks, 87 - New Orleans Hornets, 97
Player of the Game: Baron Davis (22 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals)
Washington Wizards, 92 - Seattle Supersonics, 87
Player of the Game: Gilbert Arenas (30 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal)
Phoenix Suns, 120 - Denver Nuggets, 115 [OT]
Player of the Game: Shawn Marion (32 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block)
Sacramento Kings, 88 - Portland Trail Blazers, 82
Player of the Game: Peja Stojakovic (21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block)
Utah Jazz, 94 - Los Angeles Lakers, 98
Player of the Game: Kobe Bryant (28 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks)

November 5th, 2004
Miami Heat, 98 - Milwaukee Bucks, 66
Player of the Game: Dwayne Wade (25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks)
Philadelphia 76ers, 82 - Detroit Pistons, 83
Player of the Game: Chauncey Billups (21 points, 1 rebound, 7 assists)
Orlando Magic, 94 - Atlanta Hawks, 89
Player of the Game: Dwight Howard (17 points, 9 rebounds)
Boston Celtics, 90 - New York Knicks, 105
Player of the Game: Jamal Crawford (21 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists)
Toronto Raptors, 73 - Chicago Bulls, 89
Player of the Game: Eddy Curry (23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal)
Indiana Pacers, 90 - Cleveland Cavaliers, 99
Player of the Game: Lebron James (27 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists)
New Orleans Hornets, 80 - Houston Rockets, 79
Player of the Game: Baron Davis (18 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal)
Washington Wizards, 81 - San Antonio Spurs, 90
Player of the Game: Tony Parker (16 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists)
Sacramento Kings, 99 - Utah Jazz, 87
Player of the Game: Mike Bibby (20 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 2 steals)
Los Angeles Clippers, 90 - Phoenix Suns, 74
Player of the Game: Cory Maggette (29 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks)

November 6th, 2004
Golden State Warriors, 105 - Seattle Super Sonics, 81
Player of the Game: Mike Dunleavy (23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal)
New Jersey Nets, 99 - Memphis Grizzlies, 87
Player of the Game: Richard Jefferson (29 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal)
Portland Trail Blazers, 90 - Dallas Mavericks, 103
Player of the Game: Dirk Nowitzki (37 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block)
Miami Heat, 88 - Minnesota Timberwolves, 75
Player of the Game: Dwayne Wade (26 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 1 block)
Charlotte Bobcats, 82 - Los Angeles Lakers, 104
Player of the Game: Kobe Bryant (33 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals)

Player of the Week:
Eastern Conference: Dwayne Wade (SG), Miami Heat
Western Conference: Kobe Bryant (SG), Los Angeles Lakers


NBA Standings (11/7/2004)
Eastern Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Miami Heat3-01.000--1-02-01-00-09273.7+18.3Won 33-0
Detroit Pistons3-01.000--2-01-03-01-093.576.5+17Won 33-0
Orlando Magic2-01.0000.51-01-02-01-089.782+7.7Won 22-0
New Jersey Nets2-1.6671.01-01-02-01-098.994.6+4.3Won 22-1
Boston Celtics2-1.6671-01-01-12-12-189.392.9-3.6Lost 12-1
Cleveland Cavaliers1-1.5001.51-00-11-11-087.187.6-0.5Won 11-1
Milwaukee Bucks1-1.5001.50-11-00-10-07483.7
-9.7Lost 11-1
Charlotte Bobcats1-2.3332.01-10-11-00-080.792.1-11.4Lost 21-2
New York Knicks1-2.3332.01-00-21-11-192.495.5-3.1Won 11-2
Chicago Bulls1-2.3332.01-00-21-10-083.986.1-2.2Won 11-2
Washington Wizards1-2.3332.00-01-20-00-088.792.1-3.4Lost 11-2
Philadelphia 76ers0-2.0002.50-10-10-20-181.282.3-1.1Lost 20-2
Indiana Pacers0-2.0002.50-10-10-20-284.697.8-13.2Lost 20-2
Atlanta Hawks0-2.0002.50-10-10-20-179.197.8-18.7Lost 20-2
Toronto Raptors0-3.0003.00-10-20-20-183.992.7-8.8Lost 30-3

Western Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
New Orleans Hornets3-01.000--1-02-02-02-089.883.9+5.9Won 33-0
Golden State Warriors2-01.0000.51-01-02-01-0102.983.7+19.2Won 22-0
San Antonio Spurs2-01.0000.52-00-00-00-093.582.5+11Won 22-0
Los Angeles Clippers2-1.6671.01-01-12-12-198.989+9.9Won 12-1
Minnesota Timberwolves2-1.6671.00-12-00-00-090.786.1+4.6Lost 12-1
Phoenix Suns2-1.6671.01-11-02-11-194.497.2-2.8Lost 12-1
Dallas Mavericks2-1.6671.02-00-11-10-196.393.5+2.8Won 12-1
Los Angeles Lakers2-1.6671.02-00-11-10-19898.9-0.9Won 22-1
Sacramento Kings2-1.6671.01-01-12-10-191.285.9+5.3Won 22-1
Denver Nuggets1-1.5001.50-11-01-11-0105.4105+0.4Lost 11-1
Memphis Grizzlies1-2.3332.01-10-10-00-088.189-0.9Lost 11-2
Utah Jazz1-2.3332.01-10-11-21-087.391.5-4.2Lost 21-2
Houston Rockets0-2.0002.50-20-00-10-174.480.8-6.4Lost 20-2
Portland Trail Blazers0-3.0003.00-10-20-30-187.395.8-8.5Lost 30-3
Seattle SuperSonics0-3.0003.00-20-10-20-181.992.7-10.8Lost 30-3

Injury Repot:
Shaun Livingston (PG, 76ers): Broken Right Foot, 8-10 Weeks
Andre Miller (PG, Nuggets): Broken Right Hand, 2-4 Weeks​
Paul Pierce (SF, Celtics): Sore Neck, Day-to-Day observation
Richard Hamilton (SG, Pistons): Bruised Left Hip, Day-to-Day observation
Kyle Korver (SF, 76ers): Hyperextended Left Knee, Day-to-Day observation

<Excerpt from ESPN, November 6th, 2004: Draft Board Watch>
1. Nate Robinson (PG)
2. Deron Williams (PG)
3. Chris Paul (PG)
4. Andrew Bynum (C)
5. David Lee (PF)
6. Jose Claderon (PG)
7. Monta Ellis (SG)
8. Danny Granger (SF)
9. Jarrett Jack (PG)
10. Lawrence Roberts (C)
 
Recap for November of the 2004 NBA Season (11/7/2004-11/31/2004)
Recap for November of the 2004 NBA Season (11/7/2004-11/31/2004)
By the end of November 2004, the 59th season of the National Basketball Association was well underway. Entering into the Christmas season following the conclusion of the Thanksgiving festivities, narratives had already begun to unfold in front of viewers and analysts' eyes. Of course, analysts who had set their sights on particular anecdotes before the season started began to back down on previous statements they had made, along with many fans in cities who believed it was their year already began to stir with discontent. But, much like any sports, it was far from unpredictable as to what was to happen.

In the Eastern Conference, one team which shattered preseason narratives had been the defensively sound Detroit Pistons. Coming into the 2004-2005 season, experts expected the defending NBA champions to fall off, as many of their key players were either reaching 30 or over the age of three-zero. If anything, it seemed as though the chemistry of the Pistons only improved with their veteran core, though they were being aided by the youth coming off their bench to alleviate minutes. The Pistons appeared to be the definition of playing more intelligent rather than harder. In unsurprising news, the dynamic duo of Wade and Shaq proved effective in stomping out any team that stepped foot into South Beach. The Heat nearly every night outscoring their opponent by nine points or more, ousting many Western Conference teams who lacked talented bigs creating easy work for the Heat duo of Wade and Shaq. However, the biggest story coming out of the East during the holiday months had been the rise and performance of 2001 late first-rounder Gilbert Arenas. Arenas took charge in his senior year in the NBA, creating MVP caliber performances in November. Though Agent Zero did not achieve his success, backed by double-digit scorers in his Shooting Guard Larry Hughes and sturdy Power Forward Antawn Jamison. The team which caused the most concern for many remained the Boston Celtics, heightened by the injury of Paul Pierce in week 1 of the 2004 season, setting back the Celtics nearly a whole two weeks of competition in their already thin roster. The veteran Pierce found himself forced to play catchup with younger talents such as Lebron James, leading his Cavaliers to potential playoff contention, Richard Jefferson in New Jersey, and the scoring talents of Carmelo Anthony.

In the Western Conference, it appeared to be business as usual. In Los Angeles, the city found itself split between a Shooting Guard shoot-out. In the historic yellow and purple was Kobe Bryant, off a defeat to the Detroit Pistons, who has led the Lakers on an impressive eight-game winning streak since a rocky start to the NBA season. In the white, blue, and red marched in the Clippers, a franchise labeled with disappointment became just as talked about with the efforts of their Shooting Guard Corey Maggette and his partner in crime Elton Brand dominating at the four position. Other teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, and even the New Orleans Hornets proved themselves not underestimated. The trio of underestimates huddling around the middle of the playoffs standings, knocking the much-vaunted and anticipated San Antonio Spurs to a 500 record entering December.


NBA Standings (11/31/2004)
Eastern Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Miami Heat13-5.722--7-16-45-43-090.981.9+9.0Won 36-4
Detroit Pistons13-6.6840.59-04-612-63-391.583.8+7.7Won 57-3
Washington Wizards12-5.7060.56-16-45-12-09384.2+8.8Lost 18-2
Cleveland Cavaliers12-7.6321.58-24-511-54-187.886.6+1.2Won 16-4
New Jersey Nets12-7.6321.54-58-27-34-093.493.9-0.5Won 27-3
Philadelphia 76ers12-8.6002.06-36-59-33-192.987.0+5.9Won 27-3
Orlando Magic11-7.6112.06-45-38-51-189.288.6+0.6Won 25-5
Indiana Pacers10-9.5263.57-43-57-82-588.886.7+2.1Lost 16-4
Chicago Bulls9-11.4505.06-43-79-54-284.786.5-1.8Lost 35-5
Milwaukee Bucks9-11.4505.03-66-55-82-489.587.4+2.4Won 15-5
Toronto Raptors8-10.4445.04-44-65-61-291.588.9+2.6Lost 15-5
Atlanta Hawks8-12.4006.04-54-42-90-388.392.8-4.5Lost 24-6
Boston Celtics5-13.2788.01-64-73-72-484.491.3-6.9Lost 52-8
New York Knicks5-14.2638.54-61-83-112-584.791.3-6.6Lost 33-7
Charlotte Bobcats4-17.19010.53-61-112-120-278.495.2-16.8Lost 61-9

Western Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Golden State Warriors13-7.650--6-37-411-52-195.590.8+4.7Lost 15-5
Los Angeles Lakers12-7.6320.57-35-47-61-39589.5+5.5Won 88-2
Los Angeles Clippers12-8.6001.010-22-68-72-194.790.7+4Lost 34-6
Dallas Mavericks11-7.6111.07-34-47-33-195.391.8+3.5Lost 16-4
Sacramento Kings11-7.6111.06-25-55-40-393.891.3+2.5Won 36-4
New Orleans Hornets11-8.5791.55-46-48-63-093.388.1+5.2Lost 34-6
Utah Jazz10-9.5262.55-45-56-82-185.588.2-2.7Lost 15-5
San Antonio Spurs10-10.5003.08-32-75-70-289.189.0+0.1Won 24-6
Memphis Grizzlies9-9.5003.07-52-48-42-188.187.0+1.1Won 25-5
Phoenix Suns9-9.5003.05-74-28-44-193.893.6+0.2Won 14-6
Denver Nuggets7-10.4124.54-63-42-82-089.995.5-5.6Lost 34-6
Minnesota Timberwolves7-11.3895.03-64-55-41-289.391.7-2.4Lost 24-6
Houston Rockets7-12.3685.53-74-54-70-48588.1-3.1Won 14-6
Portland Trail Blazers6-14.3007.02-54-93-91-289.593.6-4.1Won 16-4
Seattle SuperSonics5-13.2787.04-61-74-91-285.195.1-10.0Lost 30-3

Injury Report:
Stephen Jackson (SF, Indiana Pacers): Broken Toe, 1-2 Weeks
Pau Gasol (PF, Memphis Grizzlies): Broken Right Ankle, 1-2 Weeks
Jalen Rose (SF, Chicago Bulls): Severe Right Ankle Sprain, 2-4 Weeks
Michael Finley (SF, Dallas Mavericks): High Left Ankle Sprain, 1-2 Weeks
Emeka Okafor (PF, Charlotte Bobcats): Broken Left Leg, 2-4 Weeks
Carlos Boozer (C, Utah Jazz): Broken Right Leg, 4-6 Weeks
Al Harrington (SF, Atlanta Hawks): Broken Left Leg, 6-8 Weeks
Bruce Bowen (SF, San Antonio Spurs): Broken Right Ankle, 1-2 Weeks
Mike Dunleavy (SF, Golden State Warriors): Lower Right Leg Stress Fracture, 2-4 Months

<Excerpt from ESPN, November 30th, 2004: Draft Board Watch>
1. Nate Robinson (PG)
2. Deron Williams (PG)
3. Chris Paul (PG)
4. Danny Granger (SF)
5. Jose Claderon (PG)
6. Jarrett Jack (PG)
7. Andrew Bynum (C)
8. Monta Ellis (SG)
9. David Lee (PF)
10. Lawrence Roberts (C)

Players of the Week:
Eastern Conference: Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat), Allen Iverson (PG, Philadelphia 76ers), Jermaine O'Neal (PF, Indiana Pacers), Chris Bosh (PF, Toronto Raptors)
Western Conference: Kobe Bryant (SG, Los Angeles Lakers), Corey Maggette (SG, Los Angeles Clippers), Baron Davis (PG, New Orleans Hornets), Kevin Garnett (PF, Minnesota Timberwolves)


Players of the Month:
Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat) & Kevin Garnett (PF, Minnesota Timberwlolves)

Other News:
Dallas Mavericks Re-sign Small Forward Michael Finley to a two year deal.

Top 5 Point Guards
1. Allen Iverson (Philadelphia, 26.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.7 spg)
2. Gilbert Arenas (Washington, 23.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.2 spg)
3. Baron Davis (New Orleans, 21 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 8.2 apg, 1.9 spg)
4. Jason Kidd (New Jersey, 20.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 6.9 apg, 1.2 spg)
5. Stephon Marbury (New York, 17.7 ppf, 1.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 0.85 spg)


Top 5 Shooting Guards
1. Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers, 28.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.9 spg)
2. Corey Maggette (LA Clippers, 26.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.2 spg)
3. Dwayne Wade (Miami, 24.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 8 apg, 1.9 spg)
4. Jason Richardson (Golden State, 23.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.4 spg)
5. Vince Carter (Toronto, 23.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.3 spg)


Top 5 Small Forwards
1. Lebron James (Cleveland, 25.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5 apg, 1.4 spg)
2. Carmelo Anthony (Denver, 25.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.2 apg, 0.4 spg)
3. Richard Jefferson (New Jersey, 19 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 spg)
4. Paul Pierce (Boston, 18.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.2 spg)
5. Mike Dunleavy (Golden State, 18 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.9 spg)


Top 5 Power Forwards
1. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas, 28 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.9 bpg)
2. Tim Duncan (San Antonio, 10 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.9 bpg)
3. Kevin Garnett (Minnesota, 19.5 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 bpg)
4. Chris Bosh (Toronto, 19.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.6 bpg)
5. Jermaine O'Neal (Indiana, 18.9 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.8 bpg)


Top 5 Centers
1. Shaquille O'Neal (Miami, 18.6 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg)
2. Eddy Curry (Chicago, 18.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.0 bpg)
3. Amar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix, 18.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.8 bpg)
4. Yao Ming (Houston, 18.1 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg)
5. Nenad Krstic (New Jersey, 14.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.3 bpg)
 
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Recap for December of the 2004 NBA Season (12/1/2004-12/31/2004)
Recap for December of the 2004 NBA Season (12/1/2004-12/31/2004)

Pacers Woes Continue
"Despite an average start to the season, the Indiana Pacers continue their downward spiral from playoff contention to the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Not helping is reports of internal locker room turmoil. Sources reported an apparent fight breaking out between Small Forwards Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson over philosophical playing differences. Ron Artest was clearly annoyed by his lack of minutes despite his defensive production, often seen jawing and pointing down Jackson during games and practices. Both players have multiple years left on their contract; however, other sources have cited Artest as becoming a locker room nuisance. Some inside sources citing a possible trade with Artest to other teams."

Hopeful Warriors Steak Reigns
"A team that before the season began viewed at best to squeak in has electrified the Bay Area of California with his senior efforts, leading the Warriors to the top of NBA Western Conference contention. Richardson and the Warriors have continued their ten-game winning steak since their irregular play since early December. The injury in Mike Dunleavy had left the rotation at Small Forward not as in trouble as other teams experienced in November when other Small Forwards across the league suffered injuries of some variation. In Dunleavy's place, rookie Mickael Pietrus has filled the position."

Pistons Reclaim Eastern Supremacy
"The Detroit Pistons have once again claimed the top of the Eastern Conference, looking to make another at the NBA Finals once more. Initially viewed as falling off following their championship run due to the age of their veterans, it seems, however, that their veteran nature has only allowed them to continue their previous year's success. Although the offense flowing through Richard Hamilton has led to possible fatigue issues, along with a shoulder issue that puts more strain on their already older roster that lacks youth."

Iverson Brings Philly to Second
"Allen Iverson continues his MVP caliber campaign with a 7-3 stretch leading his Philadelphia 76ers to the second spot in the East, despite early struggles to find a rhythm at the start of the season. Iverson leads a young team with promising prospects with Kyle Korver and Andre Igoudala as fellow starters, looking to the former MVP for leadership, which he has soundly provided. Even seen in practices focusing on mentoring the young Kyle Korver."

Sacramento Bouncing Back!

Nuggets in Playoff Contention Talk!


NBA Standings (12/31/2004)​

Eastern Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Detroit Pistons25-9.735--17-18-819-86-489.481.2+8.2Won 18-2
Philadelphia 76ers25-11.6941.014-411-719-56-193.287.0+6.2Won 17-3
Miami Heat23-10.6971.513-310-711-94-292.285.5+6.7Lost 17-3
Washington Wizards21-11.6563.010-311-812-65-194.386.6+7.7Won 27-3
Orlando Magic20-13.6064.510-710-613-72-29087.8+2.2Won 27-3
New Jersey Nets19-13.5945.07-812-512-65-29492.1+1.9Lost 15-5
Cleveland Cavaliers18-15.5456.511-57-1015-114-386.187.4-1.3Lost 15-5
Chicago Bulls17-17.5008.012-65-1114-95-386.886.5+0.3Won 25-5
Toronto Raptors16-18.4719.010-96-911-114-391.889.5+2.3Won 67-3
Milwaukee Bucks15-21.41711.07-128-98-155-59088.9+1.1Lost 52-8
Atlanta Hawks14-20.41211.07-87-127-151-586.891.3-4.5Lost 25-5
Boston Celtics12-19.38711.54-118-89-123-783.588.5-5.0Won 16-4
Indiana Pacers13-21.38212.08-105-119-152-788.190.4-2.3Lost 71-9
New York Knicks7-27.20618.05-122-155-182-783.795.5-11.8Lost 41-9
Charlotte Bobcats7-29.19419.06-121-173-201-377.791.5-13.8Lost 22-8

Western Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Golden State Warriors27-8.771--13-414-420-64-19788.1+8.9Won 1010-0
Los Angeles Lakers22-12.6474.512-410-814-93-394.488.3+6.1Won 88-2
Sacramento Kings20-14.5886.512-38-1112-92-49389.9+3.1Won 17-3
Los Angeles Clippers20-15.5717.014-36-1213-113-393.390.2+3.1Lost 15-5
San Antonio Spurs17-15.5318.512-65-99-112-488.587.8+0.7Lost 17-3
Dallas Mavericks17-16.5159.010-67-1012-74-393.392.5+0.8Won 12-8
Denver Nuggets17-16.5159.010-97-77-133-292.791.1+1.6Lost 17-3
Phoenix Suns16-18.47110.57-119-713-134-592.193.6-1.5Lost 13-7
Utah Jazz15-18.45511.07-98-99-124-285.888.7-2.9Lost 43-7
Minnesota Timberwolves15-18.44511.07-88-1011-103-489.992.6-2.7Won 26-4
Portland Trail Blazers15-20.42912.07-108-109-153-490.391.1-0.8Won 16-4
New Orleans Hornets14-20.41212.57-107-109-144-290.490.1+0.3Lost 12-8
Seattle SuperSonics13-20.39413.010-83-1210-143-488.794.1-5.4Lost 34-6
Memphis Grizzlies13-21.38213.59-104-1111-103-185.990.5-4.6Won 12-8
Houston Rockets13-21.38213.55-118-108-132-585.389.2-3.9Won 22-8
Injury Report:
Richard Hamilton (SG, Detroit Pistons): Hyperextended Left Shoulder, 4-6 weeks
Amar'e Stoudemire (C, Phoenix Suns): Torn Left Calf Muscle, 1-2 weeks
Nick Van Exel (SG, Portland Trail Blazers): Broken Nose, 2-4 weeks
Mike Bibby (PG, Sacramento Kings): Torn Left Achilles, Season
Juwan Howard (PF, Houston Rockets): Left Hand Fracture, Day-to-Day
Rashard Lewis (PF, Seattle SuperSonics): Broken Right Leg, 4-6 weeks
Carlos Boozer (C, Utah Jazz): Broken Right Leg, 1-2 weeks
Al Harrington (SF, Atlanta Hawks): Broken Left Leg, 1-2 weeks
Mike Dunleavy (SF, Golden State Warriors): Lower Right Leg Stress Fracture, 6-8 weeks
Bobby Simmons (SF, Los Angeles Clippers): Strain Right Achilles, 1-2 weeks
Loul Deng (SF, Chicago Bulls): Sprained Right Knee, 1-2 weeks
Hedo Turkoglu (SF, Orlando Magic): Broken Right Leg, 6-8 weeks
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (PF, Portland Trail Blazers): Broken Left Kneecap, 2-4 months

<Excerpt from ESPN, December 31st, 2004: Draft Board Watch>
1. Nate Robinson (PG)
2. Deron Williams (PG)
3. Jose Calderon (PG)
4. Fran Vazquez (C)
5. Chris Paul (PG)
6. Lawrence Roberts (C)
7. Andrew Bynum (C)
8. David Lee (PF
9. Danny Granger (SF)
10. Jarrett Jack (PG)

Players of the Week:
Eastern Conference: Jason Kidd (PG, New Jersey Nets), Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat), Gilbert Arenas (PG, Washington Wizards), Allen Iverson (PG, Philadelphia 76ers)
Western Conference: Kobe Bryant (SG, Los Angeles Lakers), Corey Maggette (SG, Los Angeles Clippers), Dirk Nowitzki (PF, Dallas Mavericks), Kevin Garnett (PF, Minnesota Timberwolves)


Players of the Month:
Gilbert Arenas (PG, Washington Wizards) & Jason Richardson (SG, Golden State Warriors)

Other News:
Portland Trail Blazers fire head coach Maurice Cheeks, Kevin Pritchard is appointed as interim head coach for the foreseeable future

Top 5 Point Guards
1. Allen Iverson (Philadelphia, 26.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.8 spg)
2. Gilbert Arenas (Washington, 23.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 7.1 apg, 1.4 spg)
3. Jason Kidd (New Jersey, 20.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.2 spg)
4. Baron Davis (New Orleans, 19.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 8.1 apg, 1.8 spg)
5. Chauncey Billups (Detroit, 19.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 7.3 apg, 1.1 spg)


Top 5 Shooting Guards
1. Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers, 28.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.9 spg)
2. Corey Maggette (LA Clippers, 26.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.4 spg)
3. Dwayne Wade (Miami, 25.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 7.7 apg, 1.9 spg)
4. Jason Richardson (Golden State, 25.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.5 spg)
5. Vince Carter (Toronto, 23.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.4 spg)


Top 5 Small Forwards
1. Carmelo Anthony (Denver, 26.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 0.9 spg)
2. Lebron James (Cleveland, 25.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.5 spg)
3. Paul Pierce (Boston, 19.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.2 spg)
4. Richard Jefferson (New Jersey, 17.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg)
5. Peja Stojakovic (Sacramento, 16.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1 spg)


Top 5 Power Forwards
1. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas, 26.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.2 bpg)
2. Tim Duncan (San Antonio, 19.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 bpg)
3. Jermaine O'Neal (Indiana, 19.0 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 0.7 bpg)
4. Chris Bosh (Toronto, 18.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.7 bpg)
5. Kevin Garnett (Minnesota, 18.3 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.5 bpg)


Top 5 Centers
1. Yao Ming (Houston, 19.9 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 2.3 bpg)
2. Shaquille O'Neal (Miami, 18.5 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 2.3 bpg)
3. Eddy Curry (Chicago, 17.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.7 bpg)
4. Amar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix, 17.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg)
5. Nenad Krstic (New Jersey, 16.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.1 bpg)
 
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Also the Pacers are doing poorly enough that they may end up with a high enough spot in the draft lottery to draft Chris Paul. I'd presume if they did, that a Chris Paul cameo on a certain NBC show is highly likely.
 
Also the Pacers are doing poorly enough that they may end up with a high enough spot in the draft lottery to draft Chris Paul. I'd presume if they did, that a Chris Paul cameo on a certain NBC show is highly likely.
Indeed so. Just depends on if Ron Artest and the rest of the locker room can get it together.
 
Recap for January of the 2005 NBA Season (1/1/2005-1/31/2005)
Recap for January of the 2005 NBA Season (1/1/2005-1/31/2005)

"76ers Top the East!"

"Arenas and Wizards Hold Strong"

"Maggette Injury Continues to Haunt Clippers"

"Warriors Losing Woes See No End"

"Blazers Trailing Ahead with New Coaching Staff"

"Despite No Stoudemire, Nash Hauls Suns Forward!"

"Spurs Primed for Final Push Heading Into All-Star Month"

NBA Standings (1/31/2005)​

Eastern Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Philadelphia 76ers36-13.735--519-117-825-79-393.285.2+8.0Won 38-2
Miami Heat35-12.745--19-516-718-107-292.985.5+7.4Lost 18-2
Detroit Pistons35-15.7001.521-514-1025-128-688.382.5+5.8Lost 16-4
Washington Wizards31-16.6604.016-515-1120-109-393.986.1+7.8Won 36-4
Orlando Magic28-20.5837.514-1014-1016-113-691.389.3+2.0Lost 26-4
New Jersey Nets27-20.5748.013-1214-818-118-393.590.9+2.6Won 16-4
Cleveland Cavaliers27-22.5519.015-1012-1221-147-586.386.5-0.2Lost 26-4
Toronto Raptors26-23.53110.014-1012-1318-146-491.790.4+1.3Won 38-2
Chicago Bulls23-28.45114.015-118-1716-186-887.188.3-1.2Lost 32-8
Milwaukee Bucks21-27.43814.511-1410-1312-176-590.388.7+1.6Won 15-5
Indiana Pacers18-30.37517.510-138-1712-184-787.690.8-3.2Won 13-7
Atlanta Hawks18-31.36718.010-148-1710-212-687.392.4-5.1Lost 52-8
Boston Celtics17-30.36218.07-1710-1312-183-883.589.7-6.2Won 34-6
New York Knicks9-40.18427.05-204-206-242-1082.895.4-12.6Lost 11-9
Charlotte Bobcats8-40.16727.56-172-233-271-578.891.4-12.6Lost 100-10

Western Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Los Angeles Lakers31-17.646--16-715-1017-124-394.088.4+5.6Lost 16-4
Golden State Warriors31-18.6330.515-916-923-115-294.388.9+5.4Lost 71-9
San Antonio Spurs29-18.6171.516-913-914-124-490.087.1+2.9Won 38-2
Phoenix Suns27-21.5624.013-1314-818-155-593.891.0+2.8Won 58-2
Denver Nuggets27-22.5514.515-1012-1212-174-392.191.4+0.7Lost 26-4
Los Angeles Clippers27-22.5514.519-58-1716-155-492.690.3+2.3Won 14-6
Sacramento Kings26-22.5425.016-610-616-142-791.590.7+0.8Lost 34-6
Minnesota Timberwolves25-22.5325.513-1112-1118-126-590.489.7+0.7Won 37-3
Portland Trail Blazers23-26.4698.513-1010-1614-184-589.890.5-0.7Won 68-2
Utah Jazz22-26.4589.011-1111-1514-155-286.289.1-2.7Won 26-4
Dallas Mavericks22-26.4589.014-118-1516-144-492.994.2-1.3Lost 23-7
New Orleans Hornets22-27.4499.511-1411-1314-185-490.888.9+1.9Won 26-4
Memphis Grizzlies20-29.40811.512-158-1415-175-386.089.5-3.5Lost 16-4
Houston Rockets19-29.39612.09-1410-1513-203-684.488.7-4.3Won 14-6
Seattle Super Sonics16-34.32016.012-134-2112-223-787.392.8-5.5Lost 12-8
Injury Report:
Corey Maggette (SG, Los Angeles Clippers): Sprained Left Toe, 1-2 weeks
Richard Jefferson (SF, New Jersey Nets): Right Hand Fracture, Day-to-Day
Richard Hamilton (SG, Detroit Pistons): Hyperextended Left Shoulder, Day-to-Day
Lamar Odom (PF, Los Angeles Lakers): Pulled Right Calf Muscle, Day-to-Day
Larry Hughes (SG, Washing Wizards): Right Foot Stress Fracture, 1-2 weeks
Amar'e Stoudemire (C, Phoenix Suns): Lower Right Leg Stress Fracture, 2-4 months
Mike Bibby (PG, Sacramento Kings): Torn left Achilles, Season
Rashard Lewis (PF, Seattle Super Sonics): Broken Right Leg, Day-to-Day
Andre Miller (PG, Denver Nuggets): Left Knee Tendinitis, 1-2 weeks
Loul Deng (SF, Chicago Bulls): Back Spasms, Day-to-Day
Mike Dunleavy (SF, Golden State Warriors): Lower Right Leg Stress Fracture, 2-4 weeks
Hedo Turkoglu (SF, Orlando Magic): Broken Right Leg, 2-4 weeks
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (PF, Portland Trail Blazers): Broken Left Kneecap, 2-4 months
Jamal Crawford (SG, New York Knicks): Torn Right Elbow Ligament, 2-4 months

<Excerpt from ESPN, December 31st, 2004: Draft Board Watch>
1. Nate Robinson (PG)
2. Deron Williams (PG)
3. Jose Calderon (PG)
4. Fran Vazquez (C)
5. Lawrence Roberts (C)
6. Chris Paul (PG)
7. Andrew Bynum (C)
8. David Lee (PF
9. Danny Granger (SF)
10. Jarrett Jack (PG)

Players of the Week:
Eastern Conference: Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat), Gilbert Arenas (PG, Washington Wizards) x2, Lebron James (SF, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Western Conference: Kobe Bryant (SG, Los Angeles Lakers), Kevin Garnett (PF, Minnesota Timberwolves), Baron Davis (PG, New Orleans Hornets), Carmelo Anthony (SF, Denver Nuggets)


Players of the Month:
Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat) & Kobe Bryant (SG, Los Angeles Lakers)

Other News:
None

Top 5 Point Guards
1. Allen Iverson (Philadelphia, 26.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.9 spg)
2. Gilbert Arenas (Washington, 25.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.5 spg)
3. Jason Kidd (New Jersey, 21.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 6.9 apg, 1.5 spg)
4. Baron Davis (New Orleans, 19.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 8.2 apg, 2.1 spg)
5. Chauncey Billups (Detroit, 18.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 7.0 apg, 1.2 spg)


Top 5 Shooting Guards
1. Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers, 29.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.8 spg)
2. Corey Maggette (LA Clippers, 26.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.4 spg)
3. Dwayne Wade (Miami, 25.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 7.7 apg, 1.8 spg)
4. Jason Richardson (Golden State, 24.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.5 spg)
5. Vince Carter (Toronto, 23.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.5 spg)


Top 5 Small Forwards
1. Carmelo Anthony (Denver, 25.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.9 apg, 0.9 spg)
2. Lebron James (Cleveland, 24.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.5 spg)
3. Paul Pierce (Boston, 19.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.0 spg)
4. Peja Stojakovic (Sacramento, 17.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg)
5. Richard Jefferson (New Jersey, 17.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg)


Top 5 Power Forwards
1. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas, 24.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 bpg)
2. Tim Duncan (San Antonio, 19.2 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.9 bpg)
3. Kevin Garnett (Minnesota, 19.0 ppg, 13.4 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.6 bpg)
4. Jermaine O'Neal (Indiana, 18.6 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 0.7 bpg)
5. Chris Bosh (Toronto, 18.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 bpg)


Top 5 Centers
1. Shaquille O'Neal (Miami, 19.1 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 2.2 bpg)
2. Yao Ming (Houston, 19.0 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 2.2 bpg)
3. Eddy Curry (Chicago, 17.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.8 bpg)
4. Nenad Krstic (New Jersey, 17.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg)
5. Dwight Howard (Orlando, 13.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg)
 
Recap for February of the 2005 NBA Season (2/1/2005-2/28/2005)
Recap for February of the 2005 NBA Season (2/1/2005-2/28/2005)

"Arenas' Wizards Press on Pistons, Heat, and 76ers"

"Three Way Race for First in East"

"Pacers Four Game Win Streak Sign of Change?"

"We Believe Warriors Top the West"

"Kobe Gunning for First Seed"

"Kevin Garnett's MVP Caliber Season Propels T-Wolves into Fourth"

"Injuries Continue to Plague Suns, can Nash do it Alone?"

"Mavericks Continue to Flounder in West"

"Ming Injury Plummets Rockets"

NBA Standings (2/28/2005)​

Eastern Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Miami Heat45-15.750--23-622-923-118-394.186.4+7.7Won 27-3
Philadelphia 76ers44-16.7331.025-519-1131-1012-394.085.2+8.8Won 17-3
Detroit Pistons43-18.7052.525-618-1228-139-688.783.1+5.6Won 47-3
Washington Wizards41-17.7073.023-618-1126-119-395.385.3+10.0Won 49-1
Orlando Magic35-25.58310.018-1217-1322-145-890.689.5+1.1Lost 16-4
Cleveland Cavaliers32-28.53313.019-1313-1524-187-686.886.7+0.1Lost 24-6
New Jersey Nets31-28.52513.514-1517-2321-189-590.991.3-0.4Lost 13-7
Toronto Raptors29-30.49215.516-1613-1420-207-591.590.6+0.9Won 13-7
Chicago Bulls29-31.48316.019-1210-1919-216-887.688.3-0.7Won 26-4
Milwaukee Bucks27-32.45817.515-1512-1715-217-690.389.0+0.7Won 25-5
Atlanta Hawks28-34.45218.016-1512-1916-244-789.391.7-2.4Won 17-3
Indiana Pacers26-34.43319.015-1611-1818-215-889.089.7-0.7Won 47-3
Boston Celtics20-39.33924.59-2011-1913-213-983.290.7-7.5Won 13-7
Charlotte Bobcats11-48.18633.58-193-294-331-679.291.6-12.4Lost 13-7
New York Knicks11-49.18334.06-235-268-322-1182.695.0-12.4Lost 41-9

Western Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Golden State Warriors38-22.633--19-1119-1128-1310-293.588.8+4.7Won 37-3
Los Angeles Lakers37-22.6270.521-816-1422-176-592.588.6+3.9Lost 25-5
San Antonio Spurs36-22.6211.019-917-1319-165-490.186.2+3.9Won 46-4
Minnesota Timberwolves32-26.5525.015-1317-1323-127-591.789.8+1.9Lost 16-4
Phoenix Suns32-29.5256.515-1717-1221-195-993.592.2+1.3Lost 34-6
Los Angeles Clippers31-29.5177.021-910-2019-197-492.491.1+1.3Lost 14-6
Denver Nuggets30-29.5087.517-1313-1615-225-691.491.2+0.2Won 13-7
New Orleans Hornets29-30.4928.514-1515-1518-206-491.088.6+2.4Won 17-3
Sacramento Kings29-30.4928.517-1012-2019-202-1091.192.2-1.1Won 23-7
Utah Jazz29-30.4928.515-1514-1520-178-287.689.3-1.7Lost 16-4
Portland Trail Blazers26-35.42612.515-1411-2116-234-890.291.1-0.9Lost 23-7
Memphis Grizzlies24-36.40014.013-1811-1819-216-486.990.5-3.6Won 14-6
Dallas Mavericks24-36.40014.015-159-2117-184-692.195.0-2.9Lost 42-8
Houston Rockets23-36.39014.512-1711-1915-254-784.688.4-3.8Lost 14-6
Seattle Super Sonics22-38.36716.017-155-2315-244-787.191.3-4.2Lost 46-4


Injury Report:
Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat): Pulled Right Calf Muscle, Day-to-Day
Yao Ming (C, Houston Rockets): Broken Left Hand, 1-2 weeks
Corey Maggette (SG, Los Angeles Clippers): Sprained Left Toe, 1-2 weeks
Amar'e Stoudemire (C, Phoenix Suns): Lower Right Leg Stress Fracture, 6-8 weeks
Tayshaun Prince (SF, Detroit Pistons): Bruised Right Hip, 1-2 weeks
Mike Bibby (PG, Sacramento Kings): Torn left Achilles, Season
Sam Cassell (PG, Minnesota Timberwolves): Pulled Lower Back Muscle, 1-2 weeks
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (PF, Portland Trail Blazers): Broken Left Kneecap, 2-4 months
Jamal Crawford (SG, New York Knicks): Torn Right Elbow Ligament, 6-8 weeks

<Excerpt from ESPN, December 31st, 2004: Draft Board Watch>
1. Nate Robinson (PG)
2. Deron Williams (PG)
3. Jose Calderon (PG)
4. Fran Vazquez (C)
5. Chris Paul (PG)
6. Lawrence Roberts (C)
7. David Lee (PF)
8. Andrew Bynum (C)
9. Danny Granger (SF)
10. Monta Ellis (SG)

Players of the Week:
Eastern Conference: Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat), Gilbert Arenas (PG, Washington Wizards), Allen Iverson (PG, Philadelphia 76ers), Jason Kidd (PG, Brooklyn Nets)
Western Conference: Kevin Garnett (PF, Minnesota Timberwolves), Jason Richardson (SG, Golden State Warriors), Corey Maggette (SG, Los Angeles Clippers), Shawn Marion (PF, Phoenix Suns)

Players of the Month:
Gilbert Arenas (PG, Washington Wizards) & Kevin Garnett (PF, Minnesota Timberwolves)

Other News:
None

Top 5 Point Guards
1. Gilbert Arenas (Washington, 26.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 6.9 apg, 1.4 spg)
2. Allen Iverson (Philadelphia, 26.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.0 spg)
3. Jason Kidd (New Jersey, 21.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.7 spg)
4. Baron Davis (New Orleans, 18.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 8.3 apg, 2.1 spg)
5. Chauncey Billups (Detroit, 17.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.3 spg)


Top 5 Shooting Guards
1. Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers, 28.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.7 spg)
2. Dwayne Wade (Miami, 26.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 7.7 apg, 1.7 spg)
3. Corey Maggette (LA Clippers, 26.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.4 spg)
4. Jason Richardson (Golden State, 24.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.4 spg)
5. Vince Carter (Toronto, 22.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 spg)


Top 5 Small Forwards
1. Carmelo Anthony (Denver, 25.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.9 apg, 0.9 spg)
2. Lebron James (Cleveland, 24.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.5 spg)
3. Paul Pierce (Boston, 19.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.1 spg)
4. Peja Stojakovic (Sacramento, 16.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg)
5. Richard Jefferson (New Jersey, 16.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.4 spg)


Top 5 Power Forwards
1. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas, 24.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.1 bpg)
2. Kevin Garnett (Minnesota, 19.7 ppg, 13.4 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.7 bpg)
3. Tim Duncan (San Antonio, 18.8 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.0 bpg)
4. Jermaine O'Neal (Indiana, 18.7 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.7 bpg)
5. Chris Bosh (Toronto, 18.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 bpg)


Top 5 Centers
1. Shaquille O'Neal (Miami, 19.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg)
2. Yao Ming (Houston, 18.2 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg)
3. Eddy Curry (Chicago, 17.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.6 bpg)
4. Nenad Krstic (New Jersey, 16.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.3 bpg)
5. Dwight Howard (Orlando, 13.5 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg)


Western Conference All-Stars
Kobe Bryant (SG, Los Angeles Lakers)
Tim Duncan (PF, San Antonio Spurs)
Kevin Garnett (PF, Minnesota Timberwolves)
Dirk Nowitzki (PF, Dallas Mavericks)
Ray Allen (SG, Seattle Super Sonics)
Baron Davis (PG, Golden State Warriors)
Carmelo Anthony (SF, Denver Nuggets)
Chris Webber (PF, Sacramento Kings)
Yao Ming (C, Houston Rockets)
Jason Richardson (SG, Golden State Warriors)
Shawn Marion (PF, Phoenix Suns)
Corey Maggette (SG, Los Angeles Clippers)


Eastern Conference All-Stars
Allen Iverson (PG, Philadelphia 76ers)
Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat)
LeBron James (SF, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Ben Wallace (C, Detroit Pistons)
Jermaine O'Neal (PF, Indiana Pacers)
Vince Carter (SG, Toronto Raptors)
Jason Kidd (PG, Brooklyn Nets)
Chris Bosh (PF, Toronto Raptors)
Gilbert Arenas (PG, Washington Wizards)
Rasheed Wallace (PF, Detroit Pistons)
Nenad Krstic (C, Brooklyn Nets)
Antoine Walker (PF, Atlanta Hawks)
 
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Recap for March of the 2005 NBA Season (3/1/2005-3/31/2005)
Recap for March of the 2005 NBA Season (3/1/2005-3/31/2005)

"Pacers March Push Places them in Playoffs"

"Garnett Injury puts Timberwolves in Jeopardy"

"Heat, 76ers, Pistons, and Wizards Lock for Finals"

"East Bottom 3 Seeds up for Grabs"

"Warriors, Spurs, and Lakers Secure Seeding"

"Western Conference Lower Seeding Race Intensifies"

NBA Standings (3/31/2005)​

Eastern Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Miami Heat55-19.743--29-826-1130-1410-594.486.4+8.0Won 18-2
Philadelphia 76ers54-21.7201.531-723-1437-1113-393.285.1+8.1Won 17-3
Detroit Pistons49-25.6626.030-919-1629-179-787.283.4+3.8Lost 14-6
Washington Wizards49-25.6626.028-921-1631-1610-594.986.2+8.7Lost 15-5
Orlando Magic45-29.60810.023-1422-1427-176-991.589.3+2.2Won 26-4
Indiana Pacers38-36.51417.021-1617-2024-228-889.488.8+0.6Won 89-1
Cleveland Cavaliers38-36.51417.022-1716-1928-217-885.786.5-0.7Lost 13-7
New Jersey Nets38-36.51417.020-1818-1825-2111-590.491.4-1.0Won 14-6
Toronto Raptors37-36.50717.522-1615-2023-219-691.691.1+0.5Won 17-3
Chicago Bulls36-39.48019.521-1815-2122-277-987.788.2-0.5Won 14-6
Atlanta Hawks36-40.47420.019-1917-2120-267-789.491.1-1.7Won 25-5
Milwaukee Bucks35-39.47320.017-2118-1819-258-790.789.5+1.2Won 15-5
Boston Celtics23-51.31132.012-2411-2713-313-1383.590.3-6.8Won 11-9
New York Knicks18-56.24337.010-278-2912-363-1282.894.1-11.3Won 15-5
Charlotte Bobcats14-60.18941.09-285-325-402-979.291.0-11.8Lost 23-7

Western Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Golden State Warriors47-28.627--25-1422-1431-1511-293.888.7+5.1Won 15-5
San Antonio Spurs46-28.6220.525-1021-1827-197-589.585.7+3.8Lost 16-4
Los Angeles Lakers44-30.5952.524-1120-1925-217-591.888.9+2.9Lost 15-5
Los Angeles Clippers41-34.5476.025-1216-2224-228-693.390.0+3.3Lost 17-3
Phoenix Suns40-34.5416.519-1821-1626-205-1093.691.9+1.7Won 26-4
Sacramento Kings40-34.5416.524-1316-2123-222-1092.091.8+0.2Won 17-3
Mew Orleans Hornets40-35.5337.019-1821-1728-2110-491.787.9+3.8Lost 27-3
Minnesota Timberwolves37-37.5009.518-1819-1927-209-791.290.9+0.3Won 14-6
Denver Nuggets35-40.46712.017-1918-2117-295-890.892.5-1.7Lost 42-8
Utah Jazz34-41.45313.019-1915-2224-229-387.889.8-2.0Lost 24-6
Portland Trail Blazers32-44.42115.519-1713-2719-284-1089.090.7-1.7Lost 15-5
Seattle Super Sonics30-44.40516.520-1710-2721-258-787.090.3-3.3Won 27-3
Memphis Grizzlies30-45.40017.015-2215-2321-267-787.590.9-3.4Lost 14-6
Houston Rockets28-46.37818.514-2114-2516-304-885.189.3-4.2Lost 13-7
Dallas Mavericks27-48.36020.016-2211-2619-285-992.196.1-4.0Lost 21-9


Injury Report:
Kevin Garnett (PF, Minnesota Timberwolves): Sprained Right Knee, 1-2 weeks
Elton Brand (PF, Los Angeles Clippers): Sprained Left Achilles, 2-4 weeks
Carmelo Anthony (SF, Denver Nuggets): Sprained Right Knee, 1-2 weeks
Amar'e Stoudemire (C, Phoenix Suns): Lower Right Leg Stress Fracture, 1-2 weeks
Zydrunas Igauskas (C, Cleveland Cavaliers): Ruptured Right Achilles, Season
Richard Hamilton (SG, Detroit Pistons): Torn Right Hamstring, 8-10 weeks
Marcus Camby (C, Denver Nuggets): Bruised Left Heel, 2-4 weeks
Mike Bibby (PG, Sacramento Kings): Torn Left Achilles, Season
Jamal Crawford (SG, New York Knicks): Torn Right Elbow Ligament, 1-2 weeks


<Excerpt from ESPN, December 31st, 2004: Draft Board Watch>
1. Nate Robinson (PG)
2. Deron Williams (PG)
3. Jose Calderon (PG)
4. Fran Vazquez (C)
5. Chris Paul (PG)
6. Lawrence Roberts (C)
7. Andrew Bynum (C)
8. David Lee (PF)
9. Danny Granger (SF)
10. Jarrett Jack (PG)

Players of the Week:
Eastern Conference: Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat), Gilbert Arenas (PG, Washington Wizards), Lebron James (SF, Cleveland Cavaliers), Vince Carter (SG, Toronto Raptors)
Western Conference: Kobe Bryant (SG, Los Angeles Lakers), Jason Richardson (SG, Golden State Warriors), Tim Duncan (PF, San Antonio Spurs), Baron Davis (PG, New Orleans Hornets)

Players of the Month:
Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat) & Jason Richardson (SG, Golden State Warriors)

Other News:
None

Top 5 Point Guards
1. Gilbert Arenas (Washington, 25.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 6.9 apg, 1.5 spg)
2. Allen Iverson (Philadelphia, 25.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.9 apg, 2.0 spg)
3. Jason Kidd (New Jersey, 21.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.7 spg)
4. Baron Davis (New Orleans, 19.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 8.4 apg, 2.0 spg)
5. Chauncey Billups (Detroit, 17.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 6.9 apg, 1.3 spg)


Top 5 Shooting Guards
1. Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers, 28.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.6 spg)
2. Dwayne Wade (Miami, 26.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 7.7 apg, 1.8 spg)
3. Corey Maggette (LA Clippers, 25.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg)
4. Jason Richardson (Golden State, 24.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.4 spg)
5. Vince Carter (Toronto, 22.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.5 spg)


Top 5 Small Forwards
1. Carmelo Anthony (Denver, 25.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg)
2. Lebron James (Cleveland, 24.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.5 spg)
3. Paul Pierce (Boston, 19.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.1 spg)
4. Peja Stojakovic (Sacramento, 17.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 0.9 spg)
5. Richard Jefferson (New Jersey, 16.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg)


Top 5 Power Forwards
1. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas, 23.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.2 bpg)
2. Kevin Garnett (Minnesota, 19.3 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.7 bpg)
3. Jermaine O'Neal (Indiana, 19.0 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.7 bpg)
4. Tim Duncan (San Antonio, 18.6 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.1 bpg)
5. Chris Bosh (Toronto, 17.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.4 bpg)


Top 5 Centers
1. Shaquille O'Neal (Miami, 19.1 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg)
2. Yao Ming (Houston, 18.3 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 2.2 bpg)
3. Eddy Curry (Chicago, 17.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.6 bpg)
4. Nenad Krstic (New Jersey, 17.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.4 bpg)
5. Pimoz Brezec (Orlando, 14.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.3 bpg)
 
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Recap for April of the 2005 NBA Season (4/1/2005-4/19/2005)
Recap for April of the 2005 NBA Season (4/1/2005-4/19/2005)

"76ers Reach First Seed! Iverson Looks to Capture Ring"

"Jalen Rose Injury Puts Scare in Raptors"

"Pacers-Heat In First Round, Artest's Injury Places Pressure on Jackson"

"Magic Lose Momentum, But Secure Fifth"

"Pistons Quiet Season Earns Third"

"Crowded Western Conference Aims to be Blood Bath"

"Timberwolves Squeak in, Soon to Face First Seeded Warriors"

"Southwest Showdown of Suns-Clippers Sure to Impress"

"Chemistry vs. Fundamentals, Kings Look to Dethrone Dominant Spurs"

NBA Standings (4/19/2005)​

Eastern Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Z - Philadelphia 76ers60-22.732--34-726-1541-1113-393.184.9+8.2Won 38-2
X - Miami Heat60-22.732--32-928-1335-1710-694.086.1+7.9Won 16-4
X - Detroit Pistons55-27.6715.032-923-1834-189-787.583.6+3.9Lost 17-3
X - Washington Wizards53-29.6467.030-1123-1834-1811-594.486.6+7.8Won 35-5
X - Orlando Magic46-36.56114.023-1823-1828-246-1090.789.4+1.3Lost 63-7
X - New Jersey Nets44-38.53716.022-1922-1929-2311-591.191.0+0.1Won 67-3
X - Indiana Pacers43-39.52317.025-1618-2328-248-889.889.1+0.7Lost 17-3
X - Toronto Raptors42-40.51218.024-1718-2327-2510-691.790.5+1.2Won 16-4
Milwaukee Bucks40-42.48820.019-2221-2024-289-791.490.1+1.3Lost 16-4
Cleveland Cavaliers40-42.48820.022-1918-2329-237-985.687.0-1.4Won 13-7
Chicago Bulls38-44.46322.022-1916-2524-287-987.788.7-1.0Won 23-7
Atlanta Hawks37-45.45123.019-2218-2321-318-889.391.6-2.3Lost 43-7
Boston Celtics24-58.29336.012-2912-2914-383-1383.190.2-7.1Lost 32-8
New York Knicks20-62.24440.012-298-3314-383-1382.693.5-11.2Lost 13-7
Charlotte Bobcats17-65.20743.010-317-348-4445-1179.690.9-11.3Lost 13-7

Western Conference
W-LPCTGBHomeAwayCONFDIVPPGPAPGDIFFSTRKL10
Z - Golden State Warriors51-31.622--27-1424-1734-1812-493.488.4+5.0Lost 15-5
X - San Antonio Spurs51-31.622--30-1121-2031-219-788.985.9+3.0Won 16-4
X - Los Angeles Lakers48-34.5853.027-1421-2027-258-892.189.4+2.7Lost 25-5
X - Los Angeles Clippers47-35.5734.029-1218-2329-2310-693.990.0+3.9Won 47-3
X - Phoenix Suns46-36.5615.023-1823-1830-226-1093.491.3+2.1Won 38-2
X - New Orleans Hornets44-38.5377.021-2023-1830-2211-591.787.5+4.2Won 17-3
X - Sacramento Kings44-38.5377.026-1518-2326-264-1291.591.9-0.4Won 35-5
X - Minnesota Timberwolves43-39.5249.023-1820-2130-229-791.690.5+1.1Won 17-3
Utah Jazz38-44.46313.021-2017-2428-2412-488.289.8-1.6Won 15-5
Denver Nuggets37-45.45114.018-2319-2218-346-1090.592.1-1.6Lost 32-8
Memphis Grizzlies35-47.42716.018-2317-2425-279-787.790.7-3.0Won 17-3
Portland Trail Blazers34-48.41517.021-2013-2820-324-1289.191.0-1.9Lost 34-6
Seattle Super Sonics33-49.40218.022-1911-3023-299-787.190.6-3.5Lost 15-5
Dallas Mavericks30-52.36621.018-2312-2922-306-1092.096.1-4.1Won 24-6
Houston Rockets30-52.36621.016-2514-2717-355-1185.389.2-3.9Lost 33-7


Injury Report:
Elton Brand (PF, Los Angeles Clippers): Sprained Left Achilles,Day-to-Day
Yao Ming (C, Houston Rockets): Right Shin Splints, 1-2 weeks
Ron Artest (SF, Indiana Pacers): Broken Right Leg, 4-6 weeks
Zydrunas Igauskas (C, Cleveland Cavaliers): Ruptured Right Achilles, Season
Richard Hamilton (SG, Detroit Pistons): Torn Right Hamstring, 6-8 weeks
Marcus Camby (C, Denver Nuggets): Bruised Left Heel,Day-to-Day
Mike Bibby (PG, Sacramento Kings): Torn Left Achilles, Season
Jalen Rose (SF, Toronto Raptors): Broken left Kneecap, Season

<Excerpt from ESPN, December 31st, 2004: Draft Board Watch>
1. Nate Robinson (PG)
2. Deron Williams (PG)
3. Jose Calderon (PG)
4. Fran Vazquez (C)
5. Chris Paul (PG)
6. Lawrence Roberts (C)
7. Andrew Bynum (C)
8. David Lee (PF)
9. Monta Ellis (SG)
10. Danny Granger (SF)

Players of the Week:
Eastern Conference: Jason Kidd (PG, New Jersey Nets) and Lebron James (SF, Cleveland Cavaliers) x2
Western Conference: Kobe Bryant (SG, Los Angeles Lakers), Tim Duncan (PF, San Antonio Spurs), and Kevin Garnett (PF, Minnesota Timberwolves)

Players of the Month:
Lebron James (SF, Cleveland Cavaliers) & Tim Duncan (PF, San Antonio Spurs)

Other News:
Charlotte Bobcats fire Head Coach Bernie Bickerstaff

MVP: Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat)
Rooke of the Year: Dwight Howard (C, Orlando Magic)
Sixth Man of the Year: Josh Smith (PF, Atlanta Hawks)
Defensive Player of the Year: Andrei Kirilenko (PF, Utah Jazz)
Most Improved Player: Zaza Pachulia (C, Milwaukee Bucks)
Head Coach of the Year: Jim O'Brien (Philadelphia 76ers)

All NBA 1st Team:
- Dwayne Wade (SG, Miami Heat)
- Kobe Bryant (SG, Los Angeles Lakers)
- Kevin Garnett (PF, Minnesota Timberwolves)
- Tim Duncan (PF, San Antonio Spurs)
- Shaquille O'Neal (C, Miami Heat)

All NBA 2nd Team:
- Baron Davis (PG, New Orleans Hornets)
- Gilbert Arenas (PG, Washington Wizards)
- Lebron James (SF, Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Dirk Nowitzki (PF, Dallas Mavericks)
- Yao Ming (C, Houston Rockets)

All NBA 3rd Team:
- Jason Richardson (SG, Golden State Warriors)
- Jason Kidd (PG, New Jersey Nets)
- Shawn Marion (SF, Phoenix Suns)
- Carmelo Anthony (SF, Denver Nuggets)
- Nenad Krstic (C, New Jersey Nets)
 
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2005 NBA Playoff Bracket
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2005 NBA Playoffs (April 17th, 2005)
#6 New Jersey Nets @ #3 Detroit Pistons​
New Jersey Nets​
12​
27​
21​
22​
82​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Total​
Detroit Pistons​
20​
16​
34​
14​
84​
New Jersey Nets
Richard Jefferson (23 pts, 3 steals, 1 block)
Nenad Krstic (22 pts, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks)
Jason Kidd (16 pts, 7 assists, 2 steals)


Detroit Pistons
Chauncey Billups (25 pts, 6 assists, 3 steals)
Rasheed Wallace (15 pts, 9 rebounds)
Ben Wallace (12 pts, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks)


What was scheduled to be a defensive affair turned out to be one indeed. Fans of the NBA were welcomed into the opening game of the 2005 playoffs with a style that had become normalcy when watching Detroit. A slowed-down game based around execution and eating away as much clock as possible. Along with a crackdown defense that smothered the opposing team's bigs thanks to the works of Rasheed and Ben Wallace. Though their opponents were no slouches when it came to the defensive side of the ball either. While having their struggles throughout the regular season, New Jersey held a steady hand thanks to the veteran leadership of Jason Kidd and young stars like Richard Jefferson and emerging big Nenad Krstic. Kidd, Jefferson, and Krstic made up nearly 75% of the Net's points scored in the opening contest. That may have appeared as a lack of scoring for their fellow teammates; it merely showcased the emergence of Krstic. Who came in critical for them, especially holding a two-inch height difference over Rasheed Wallace. Despite their better offensive efficiency, the Pistons, with their defense, had been able to lock down the Nets in the opening and 3rd quarters. That 3rd quarter was highlighted by Chauncey Billups scoring prowess before falling to the floor hard. The starting Point Guard having to be carried off the court with the signs of a bruised hip after colliding with Krstic on a layup. With both Billups and Hamilton out for the foreseeable playoffs, it puts the Pistons in a precarious position of not making it past the first round.

#5 Orlando Magic @ #4 Washington Wizards
Orlando Magic​
31​
26​
22​
31​
10​
120​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Overtime​
Final​
Washington Wizards​
31​
30​
24​
25​
17​
127​
Orlando Magic
Grant Hill (25 pts, 1 block)
Cuttino Mobley (21 pts, 4 assists)
Dwight Howard (17 pts, 10 rebounds, 1 steal)


Washington Wizards
Gilbert Arenas (28 pts, 9 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks)
Larry Hughes (21 pts, 9 assists, 2 steals)
Antwain Jamison (20 pts, 9 rebounds, 2 steals)


In direct contrast in the Eastern Conference came a game that would be diametrically opposed to the Nets-Pistons game. The Magic-Wizards would be a high-scoring affair, seeing both teams score a combined 247 points. With the eventual winner being decided in overtime thanks to a dominant performance by Gilbert Arenas, who nearly blew the roof off the MCI Center after stealing the ball from Steve Francis's hand and breaking down court to deliver a slam dunk that was the nail in the coffin for the Magic in game 1. However, game 1 was close throughout, the Wizards sneaking a widening lead-in during the 2nd and 3rd quarters defending against 31 points scored by the Magic in the 4th. It was not just the starting lineup who scored the majority of the points. Both benches scored impressively over 25 plus points during the game. If fans were not too welcoming of the slower pace of the Nets and Pistons, the Magic-Wizards had been a fast-paced offensive shootout.

#6 New Orleans Hornets @ #3 Los Angeles Lakers
New Orleans Hornets​
31​
28​
22​
28​
109​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Final​
Los Angeles Lakers​
31​
26​
18​
31​
105​
New Orleans Hornets
Baron Davis (29 pts, 5 assists, 3 steals, 1 block)
David Wesley (15 pts, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block)
J.R. Smith (14 pts, 5 assists, 3 steals, 1 block)


Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant (34 pts, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks)
Chucky Atkins (17 pts, 5 assists)
Lamar Odom (16 pts, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block)


The opening Western Conference game of 2005 would silence the attendants of Staples Center as they watched Baron Davis and the New Orleans Hornets upset the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite Kobe Bryant putting up over 30 points, it was not enough for the other players of the Los Angeles Lakers and the bench to stop the high, effectively passing game of the New Orleans Hornets. Their high basketball distribution allowed the hornets to take advantage of the Lakers' defense to secure their victory. However, it did not help that a vast majority of the Hornets scoring came from opportunistically scoring off of steals from the less seasoned Los Angeles Lakers players who fell prey to their opponents.

#5 Phoenix Suns @ #4 Los Angeles Clippers
Phoenix Suns​
25​
27​
31​
20​
104​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Final​
Los Angeles Clippers​
22​
20​
16​
30​
88​
Phoenix Suns
Shawn Marion (20 pts, 10 assists, 3 steals, 1 block)
Amar'e Stoudemire (19 pt, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block)
Leandro Barbosa (18 pts, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks)
Steve Nash (17 assists)


Los Angeles Clippers
Corey Maggette (26 pts, 2 steals)
Elton Brand (22 pts, 7 rebounds, 1 block)
Marko Jaric (11 pts, 2 rebounds, 2 assists)


The Lakers would not be the only team in Los Angeles to start their playoff series with disappointment. The Clippers had been impressive all year, earning top seeding due to dominant regular season performances. Their first opponents have the playoffs were now the fully healthy Phoenix Suns, who had been set back by injury to key players like Shawn Marion and Amar'e Stoudemire. With a fully healthy core, it became clear to the Clippers fans that this series would not be easy. If anything, it would be an uphill battle. As the Phoenix blew past the Clippers in game 1 with over one hundred points. Coordinated by none other than court general Steve Nash distributing the basketball all night long. Even allowing for Leandro Barbosa, who had once been viewed as a promising athlete, to be unleashed, he scored 21 points from spot-up shooting. Brand and Maggette were not enough to carry the Clippers, especially with Brand still suffering from his sprained achilles injury that affected his play despite putting up 22 points.
 
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2005 NBA Playoffs (April 18th, 2005
#7 Indiana Pacers @ #2 Miami Heat​
Indiana Pacers​
22​
21​
26​
26​
94​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Total​
Miami Heat​
22​
21​
34​
18​
95​
Indiana Pacers
Stephen Jackson (20 pts, 3 steals, 2 blocks)
Jermaine O'Neal (20 pts, 6 rebounds, 1 steal)
Fred Jones (16 pts, 2 steals)


Miami Heat
Shaquille O'Neal (21 pts, 14 rebounds, 1 block)
Dwayne Wade (20 pts, 11 assists, 1 steal)
Damon Jones (15 pts, 6 assists, 1 steal)


As was the theme of the Indiana Pacers, they fought a contested Game 1 against the opposing Miami Heat. A back and forth game that saw defense become a critical component of the typically offensive-minded Heat, helping prevent a Pacers comeback. Reggie Miller, while quiet points-wise, continued to produce in terms of assists, dishing it out to the forward duo of Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal, quickly outworking Miami's forwards. Though Indiana's centers remained no match for Shaquille O'Neal, who continued to assert his dominance in the paint. The Heat, while impressive, was able to barely just able to squeak by with a win, with Indiana prepared to return on the 20th to hopefully split the series 1-1 on their return back to Indiana.

#8 Toronto Raptors @ #1 Philadelphia 76ers​
Toronto Raptors​
29​
13​
18​
20​
80​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Final​
Philadelphia 76ers​
26​
26​
27​
17​
96​
Toronto Raptors
Vince Carter (20 pts, 2 steals)
Chris Bosh (14 pts, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks)
Morris Peterson (13 pts, 3 steals)


Philadelphia 76ers
Allen Iverson (28 pts, 3 steals)
Marc Jackson (14 pts, 9 rebounds)
John Salmons (12 pts, 1 steal)


A feel-good story for the Toronto Raptors making it into the playoffs found itself quickly dashed with a sense of inevitable doom as they faced off against the 76ers. The 8th seeded Raptors become just another example to lower-ranked teams when facing off against Allen Iverson. Iverson smoked the Raptors with a clean 28 points, with Vince Carter unable to effectively respond to Iverson's ability to get buckets. With a win secured by a margin of 16 points, it seems apparent that the 76ers are an early favorite to make it to the Eastern Conference finals. However, as we've seen on the previous playoffs contests, the playoffs seem unpredictable as to who may succeed or fall.

#7 Sacramento Kings @ #3 San Antonio Spurs​
Sacramento​
27​
21​
17​
29​
94​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Final​
San Antonio​
26​
32​
21​
24​
104​
Sacramento Kings
Peja Stojakovic (29 pts, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks)
Chris Webber(19 pts, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals)
Edddie House (12 pts, 1 steal)


San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker (25 pts, 9 assists, 3 steals)
Tim Duncan (16 pts, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks)
Bruce Bowen (15 pts)


Misfortune struck the Sacramento Kings as they felt defeat at the hands of the well-oiled San Antonio Spurs. Greg Popovich's team took advantage of the missing Mike Bibby and attacked the weakened guard position of the Kings, not allowing for Chris Webber to gain momentum with a feeding offense. Popovich and Spurs forced the other players of the Kings to score. For the Kings, they had one bright spot for a player that shined, being Peja Stojakovic. Croatia's own reached 29 points, along with three blocks all to his own. Some even comment that he seemed to be the only King that showed up to play that game. In reality, the Spurs were just that dominant thanks to Tim Duncan's rebounding acumen and Tony Parker hitting boards like none amongst the Spurs. Spurs ensure that with a ten-point win that they'll easily be able to secure a second-round playoff berth, renewing the Spurs revival under Popovich.


#8 Minnesota Timberwolves @ #1 Golden State Warriors​
Minnesota Timberwolves​
24​
20​
15​
29​
88​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Final​
Golden State Warriors​
26​
20​
30​
10​
86​
Minnesota Timberwolves
Kevin Garnett (26 pts, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks)
Sam Cassell (14 pts, 10 assists)
Latrell Sprewell (10 pts, 5 assists, 1 block)


Golden State Warriors
Jason Richardson (20 pts, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals)
Mike Dunleavy (15 pts, 3 assists, 1 steal)
Andris Biedrins (11 pts, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks)


Kevin Garnett in Game One marched into the Oakland Arena and claimed his stake. Coming off the back of a two-week injury, Garnett showed that no damage was going to hold him down, even if it meant practically dragging the weight of the Timberwolves on his back. Accounting for the vast majority of his team's points and rebounds, he put on a dominant 4th quarter performance to secure Game One in favor of the Timberwolves. Though he did have assistance from veteran Sam Cassell, feeding the Big Ticket down low. The Golden State Warriors appeared as though the ball would simply not fall into the net, having a horrendous shooting percentage. However, as Garnett called out when securing the 4th quarter comeback win. "Ball don't lie!"
 
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2005 NBA Playoffs (April 19th, 2005)
#6 New Jersey Nets @ #3 Detroit Pistons​
New Jersey Nets​
31​
26​
20​
26​
102​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Total​
Detroit Pistons​
20​
22​
17​
26​
85​
New Jersey Nets
Jacque Vaugh (34 pts, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks)
Jason Kidd (32 pts, 5 rebounds, 7 assists)
Travis Best (10 pts, 9 assists)


Detroit Pistons
Chauncey Billups (26 pts, 5 rebounds, 12 assists)
Rasheed Wallace (20 pts, 10 rebounds)
Ben Wallace (20 pts, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks)




#5 Orlando Magic @ #4 Washington Wizards​
Orlando Magic​
17​
22​
3​
32​
75​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Final​
Washington Wizards​
34​
26​
24​
24​
107​
Orlando Magic
Hedo Turkoglu (29 pts, 10 rebounds, 5 assists)
Dwight Howard (26 pts, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks)
Steve Francis (9 pts, 2 rebounds, 7 assists)


Washington Wizards
Gilbert Arenas (27 pts, 7 rebounds, 9 assists)
Larry Hughes (26 pts, 5 assists)
Brendan Haywood (20 pts, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks)




#6 New Orleans Hornets @ #3 Los Angeles Lakers​
New Orleans Hornets​
17​
27​
17​
19​
80​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Final​
Los Angeles Lakers​
22​
19​
17​
36​
94​
New Orleans Hornets
David Wesley (15 pts, assists)
J.R. Smith (15 pts, 3 assists, 2 blocks)
Baron Davis (10 pts, 7 rebounds, 5 assists)


Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant (49 pts, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals)
Lamar Odom (15 pts, 3 rebounds, 3 assists)
Chucky Atkins (14 pts, 5 assists, 2 steals)




#5 Phoenix Suns @ #4 Los Angeles Clippers​
Phoenix Suns​
24​
32​
20​
29​
105​
1st Quarter​
2nd Quarter​
3rd Quarter​
4th Quarter​
Final​
Los Angeles Clippers​
18​
22​
30​
19​
88​
Phoenix Suns
Steve Nash (34 pts, 9 assists, 3 steals)
Amar'e Stoudemire (21 pts, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks)
Joe Johnson (20 pts, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block)


Los Angeles Clippers
Corey Maggette (28 pts, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals, 1 block)
Elton Brand (14 pts, 4 rebounds)
Shaun Livingston (14 pts, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks)
 
Question: Would anyone who reads this timeline be interested in me removing the more detailed breakdowns of each game, or would you all rather I summarize each round?
 
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