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Lebron James was very excited to win the first playoffs series three years ago. That’s when Damon James hit the winning shot against the Wizards and Lebron James tackled and the rest of the players followed.
”My first year I was excited I was able to finally get there,” James said. ”Winning a playoff series was the best thing that ever happened to me at the time.”
This time, the expectations are different,Â ”Now, every time I work out in the offseason, I am preparing to play until June and into the Finals,” James said. ”I always want my team to know we’re playing to make it into June. That is how I focus myself and make myself a better player.”
This afternoon, the Celtics and Hawks will face off for game 7. The winner will play the Cavaliers likely on Tuesday.Â The pressure is heavily on the top-seeded Celtics who earned NBA best 66 wins during the regular season.
Round two bullets:
Last night the Hornets stung the Spurs in the first game of the West semi conference finals in a decisive 102-82 win.
“Things just didn’t go my way,” said Duncan, who offered only a few terse comments in the locker room. “They did a great job. … I played badly, so credit to them.”
“They took away our inside game. Timmy had a rough night,” Parker said. “We need to do a better job to get him the ball and try to get him some shots, basically. Tonight, New Orleans did a good job to take that away from us. That’s not Timmy.”
Detroit Pistons beat up Orlando 91-72 and held Superman, Dwight Howard, to 12 points and eight rebounds and three blocks after scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds in the first round against Toronto.
“We got outplayed badly,” Van Gundy said. “We need to bounce back.”