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PACIFIC 

Golden State (#6) at Portland (#4)

GS  30 32 22 27-111

POR 26 19 20 16-91

High Scorers

GS: John Lucas 17, Robert Parish 15

POR: Lionel Hollins 18, Tom Owens 17

Golden State continues to play surprisingly well defensively, and the Warriors capitalize on their D and balanced scoring to overwhelm the Blazers. Portland bolted to an early 13 point lead in the first quarter, then essentially stopped making shots. Mychal Thompson and Maurice Lucas both struggled mightily from the field; Hollins and Owens sere seemingly the only players that came ready to play for Jack Ramsay. Seven different Warriors scored in double figures, however, and Parish dominated the boards for coach Al Attles.

Robert Parish, Golden State Warriors



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MIDWEST

Chicago (#5) at Milwaukee (#3)

CHI 27 26 45 35-133

MIL  31 33 34 34-132

High Scorers

CHI: Mickey Johnson 29, Artis Gilmore 27

MIL: Marques Johnson 31, Junior Bridgeman 21

An old fashion, run and gun shootout. Milwaukee caused a ton of turnovers and had double digit leads twice, and lost those leads each time. The Bulls scored80 points in the second half, and although I don't keep shooting percentages, they had to be just off the charts hot in the last 24 minutes. Chicago got very little from it's bench (22 pts. led by John Mengelt's 12) but the starting five all were over 17 (Ollie Johnson and Wilber Holland 19, Reggie Theus 17.) Brian Winters had 20 for the Bucks, who were not the defensive team yet that they would become later in the decade. They still had a chance late, but reserve John Brown hit two free throws to ice it for the Bulls. 

Marques Johnson, Milwaukee Bucks



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ATLANTIC

New York (#3) at New Jersey (#4)

NYK 28 32 28 32-120
NJN  31 32 14 28-105

High Scorers

NYK: Toby Knight 31, Jim Cleamons 15

NJN: John Williamson 21, Bernard King 16, Ralph Simpson 16

The Knicks battle back from a double digit deficit, locking the Nets down in the fateful third quarter. Knight bounces back with a big game and New York gets a solid contribution from it's bench (Earl Monroe and Joe C. Meriweather 13 points), especially on the defensive end. Most of King's points came late in garbage time, and foul trouble left the Nets without a consistent scorer in the second half. Glen Gondrizek only played about 25 minutes for the Knicks, but had about fifteen rebounds, but just five points and was roughly 2-14 from the field. He kept shooting and kept missing. The Nets got 21 points from their center duo of George Johnson and Harvey Catchings, a completely unexpected development.

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Formerly of Notre Dame, a career ruined by a knee injury...



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CENTRAL

Cleveland (#5) at New Orleans (#6)

CLE 29 32 33 23-117

NO  29 33 29 19-109

High Scorers

CLE: Jim Chones 25, Campy Russell 21

NO: Pete Maravich 30, Aaron James 17, Rich Kelley 17

This one was close throughout, with neither team attaining a lead of more then eight points until the fourth quarter. Then Cleveland decided to do something neither team had managed to try the first three quarters--play defense. That was enough to eliminate the Jazz, who end the tournament at 0-2. Chones continues to give team's fits by drilling eighteen foot jumpers, and New Orleans finally capitulated and sent Kelley out to guard him on the perimeter. That allowed the Cavs to get some points down low, and and players like Russell and Mike Mitchell (18 points) took advantage. Bingo Smith also 18 for Cleveland.

Kelley also had about fifteen rebounds but missed several open shots in the paint, and got dunked on a couple of times. Rich was re-acquired by the Jazz in Salt Lake and as a season ticket holder I got to watch him nightly for a couple of seasons. I would say that nailed his performance to a T. Never saw a guy miss more cripples--but he was still a useful player who passed well and could rebound, but was pretty un-athletic in the traditional sense. One of the guys who sat in our row just hated him. "Kelley, you bum!" Heard that a lot...

Rich Kelley, with a more well-known

teammate calling his own number, no doubt



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Yeah, somebody posted the Christmas game from 77 on YouTube between Buffalo and Cleveland and I got motivated. Need to play a few more to get back in the flow.

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I have 2 years of SOM basketball. Although baseball is my favorite, I like the basketball game also.



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If I still had the passion for the sport I once did, I would play more often, because Strat really does a tremendous job simulating the pro game. But I prefer college and I prefer pre-three point shot so I have left it behind a bit. I just wish Strat would do card sets with their older computer seasons. I would be all over it. But that ain't happenin'.

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PACIFIC

San Diego (#5) at Portland (#4)

SD  39 24 21 26-110

POR 31 23 20 30-104

High Scorers

SD: Freeman Williams 20, Kermit Washington 17, Randy Smith 17, Sidney Wicks 17

POR: Bob Gross 21, Tom Owens 19

Despite their fifth seed status, the Clips were actually a decent team in 78-79, and they could shoot the rock; Williams came off the bench and hit eight shots in a row in the first half, and Wicks, booed every time he touched the ball by frustrated Blazer fans tossed in twelve in the second half. Washington and Nater (12 points) worked the boards, and aside from a surprisingly aggressive Gross, the Blazers struggled to generate consistent offense for the second game in a row. The Blazers limited Lloyd Free to just 13 points, but Lionel Hollins failed to make a shot from the floor until the fourth quarter, and fellow guard Ron Brewer played like a rookie, making only three FGs. At one point in the third he was leveled by Washington on a lane penetration. Mo Lucas (18 points) followed on the next possession with a forearm shiver on Free. Both Lucas and Washington stared each other down, but the action lightened up after that (I figured the one guy Luke would leave alone was Kermit Washington. Ask Rudy Tomjanovich why you didn't mess with Kermit.)

The Punch--Kermit Washington, then of the Lakers



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ATLANTIC

New Jersey (#3) at Boston (#5)

NJ   35 19 26 24-104

BOS 33 28 12 23-96

High Scorers

NJ: John Williamson 26, Bernard King 22

BOS: Bob McAdoo 22, Dave Cowens 21

The Celtics led by as many as fifteen in the second quarter, as Cowens and McAdoo scored seemingly at will, and a hot Net start evaporated in a flurry of poor shots. Then the second half came and Cowens got in foul trouble and Boston's shots found nothing but iron. And Super John Williamson did what he often did--go off, scoring twenty of his 26 in the second half. The Nets hold Boston to just 35 in the second half and storm back for the win. Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell is worked by King in the post, and responds with just 6 points himself, and Boston manages to make George Johnson look like an all-star (18 points, six offensive rebounds, and the intimidation you would expect from the "Swatmaster.") Boston, like Portland before them, is eliminated with their second loss.

Just a thought on how deep the NBA was this year. The Celtics had the second worst record in the league, yet had former MVPs Dave Cowens, Bob McAdoo, and a third in Tiny Archibald that probably should have won one (admittedly the year Cowens did.) They had solid NBA players in Maxwell, Chris Ford, Rick Robey, Curtis Rowe, Chris Ford, and Don Chaney, and earlier in the year had Marvin Barnes, Billy Knight, and JoJo White...and they finished with just 29 wins. Without getting onto the specifics as to why they struggled so much (mainly they were a lousy defensive team that never jelled, undermined by some bad actors) that is a remarkable roster. And they had the second worst record in the league. Amazing...

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MIDWEST

Indiana (#4) at Milwaukee (#3)

IND  36 25 23 28-112

MIL 14 41 22 39-116

High Scorers

IND: Johnny Davis 21, Rickey Sobers 19

MIL: Marques Johnson 30, Junior Bridgeman 24

At one point, early in the second quarter, the Pacers led by 25. The Mecca crowd was showering the floor with boos, and the Bucks looked done. Marques was in foul trouble, and no one could contain Davis. But the Bucks chipped away at the lead, and in a remarkable run of hot shooting trimmed it to six by half, and then finally overtook the Pacers in the final two minutes. Match-ups played a huge role in this one; Indiana lost Corky Calhoun, their best perimeter defender, to an injury, and were forced to try and guard Johnson and Bridgeman with a foul plagued Billy Knight and Alex English, and the two Buck small forwards just lit the Pacers up. Added to this was a suddenly inspired performance by the usually sedate Kent Benson who scored 16 and generally outplayed James Edwards. And although Milwaukee was not a good FG% defense, they did create a lot of turnovers, and after playing fast and loose with the ball early in the game, the Bucks turned the tables during crunch time, applying withering pressure on the Pacer backcourt. Indiana, despite playing two, well-balanced games, is knocked out of the tournament.

Junior Bridgeman, Milwaukee



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CENTRAL

Detroit (#4) at Atlanta (#3)

DET 22 26 30 35-111

ATL  29 26 28 25-108

High Scorers

DET: Bob Lanier 23, Kevin Porter 21

ATL: John Drew 26, Eddie Johnson 17

The Hawks race out to a huge lead, but in the back of my mind I was thinking, "this won't last. Early leads never last in the NBA, and the last three or four games have gone exactly he same way." Make it about five. It took the Pistons until the fourth quarter, but they overtook the Hawks, who stopped shooting the ball or really defending. Dan Roundfield, who has never played well on the tabletop for me, ever, was horrid (just nine points and no impact on the boards or defensively), and although Drew got his points, JD also took a bunch of questionable shots. For Detroit, KP made like an early version of Chris Paul, getting fourteen of his points in the second half, ten in the fourth, and ML Carr, absent with foul trouble for most of the game, scored ten in the final stanza as well. The victory makesDick Vitale's Pistons a surprising 2-0, with a trip to the Summit and a match-up with Moses Malone's Rockets. The Hawks look forward to endless gassers from a disappointed Hubie Brown and an elimination game against the Cavs.

People tend to forget Dickie V was a respected basketball coach before he became an iconic announcer. I remember him at Detroit University, where he went 79-29, and beat Marquette the year they won the title. One could argue he should have stayed at DU--he was the AD and had a solid program, and his schtick played much better with collegians. He admitted as much, saying he was too much of a fan to be an effective NBA coach. And the Pistons were on the down side, heading for a collapse when he took the job, so he was pretty well doomed.

On the other hand, he did become a Hall of Fame announcer, so I guess it was a wise move ultimately, whatever one's opinion of his work might be. I actually like Vitale for the most part--I'll take his passion over most analysts cardboard cutout approach at this point. When he was at his "peak" he was a little much for me, but early in his career he was more restrained, and I think as he has aged he has learned to dial it back a bit. A bit...

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Golden State (#6) at Los Angeles (#3)

GS 27 22 27 29-105

LA  25 24 21 30-100

High Scorers

GS: John Lucas 21, Robert Parish 18

LA: Adrian Dantley 18, Jamal Wilkes 18

The Warriors continue their unlikely, defense fueled run, going to 3-0 in the tournament. Golden State holds Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to just 15 points, as the big fella has a lethargic performance, hindered by foul trouble and the Warriors swarming D. Tom Abernathy got a surprise start and put up 12 and 10 and did a number on Wilkes who struggled to get his points. The Warriors balanced attack sees six players score in double figures. The Lakers 100 points is the most any team has scored against Golden State in the playoffs, but LA nonetheless falls to the loser's bracket and a road game against the Clippers. They will need more from the likes of Lou Hudson (4 pts.) and Kenny Carr (0 pts) against a hot shooting San Diego squad. The Warriors meanwhile move up the winner's bracket to take on the Phoenix Suns.

Al Attles, Head Coach Golden State



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ATLANTIC

New York (#4) at Philadelphia (#2)

NY   16 18 27 23-84

PHI 30 31 25 40-126

High Scorers

NY: Toby Knight 16, Earl Monroe 14

PHI: Doug Collins 21, Bobby Jones 18

The Knicks came in to this game averaging over 120 points a game, but apparently shot their wad in the first two games; they couldn't hit the Atlantic ocean from Coney Island. The Sixers got up by 25 fairly early and then managed to make it more one-sided. Philly is incredibly deep, with scorers and defensive studs--their second team looked stronger than the Knicks starters, and as a result they was able to rest their own starters for most of the fourth quarter and still build on their lead. Eight Sixers scored in double figures, while key Knicks like Ray Williams (1 for 17, three points) built brick out houses. 

One of the things I miss about basketball during this era was garbage time. It was fun back in the day; teams seemed relatively unconcerned about whether they hurt somebody's feelings by scoring "too much" and players on both teams were all about "getting theirs" if they had ridden the pine all game. It occasionally got comical, but there was no slowing the game down or taking a 24 second violation before the game clock ran out--that drives me nuts when teams do that now. People pay high prices for game tickets--entertain them, the whole game, and quit worrying about being "de classe." It's pro sports, they'll get over it.

And the Sixers, who were ridiculously deep, were especially likely to go to work with a big lead. Jellybean Joe Bryant had 10 in this game and Eric Money had 12, and it was all with the result decided. They could play and they weren't going to hold back because the team they were playing sucked that night. They had to get paid like everyone else. The association was a little less chummy back then, and it was a better product as a result.

Joe Bryant, garbage time all-star



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MIDWEST

Chicago (#5) at  Denver (#2)

CHI  10 18 29 28-85

DEN 19 25 26 21-91

High Scorers

CHI: Artis Gilmore 24, Reggie Theus 18

DEN: Dan Issell 23, George McGinnis 17

After averaging 125 points a game, the Bulls suddenly forget how to shoot. Only three Chicago players get in the score book in the entire first half, and in addition to only making 14 field goals,the Bulls miss all of their free throws. The Nuggets are not much better, but don't need to be; they build a fifteen point lead early and ride out a Bull comeback in the fourth quarter to pick up a win that was not as close as the score might indicate. David Thompson got in foul trouble and was held to just 14 points, but McGinnis added 20+ rebounds to offset a poor shooting night, and Bobby Wilkerson is quietly effective with 16 points and excellent defense. Charlie Scott only managed eight points, but they were big--all second half and all to stop Bull runs to go along with some key assists after going scoreless in the first half. Issell made some clutch buckets as well, and made the Bulls pay as Gilmore played back and let his former teammate drain uncontesed jumper after jumper. Bench scoring was almost non-existent; 2 points for the Bulls, to eleven for the Nuggets. Denver moves up the winner's bracket to play KC at Kemper Arena, while the Bulls host Milwaukee in an elimination game.

Dan Issell, Denver Nuggets



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