NBA Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes: A look at Knicks-Hawks, Sun-Lakers, Nets-Celtics, Clippers-Mavericks

The Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) is fouled trying to make a basket by the New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) on Sun May 30, 2021 in Atlanta in game 4 of the NBA Playoffs (AP News photo)

J Hawkes on the NBA podcast takes a look at today’s playoffs games:

#1 New York Knicks 96 @ Atlanta Hawks 113 game 4 Atlanta leads the series 3-1

#2 Phoenix Suns 100 @ Los Angeles 92 Lakers game 4 series is tied 2-2

#3 Brooklyn Nets @ Boston Celtics game 4

#4 Los Angeles Clippers @ Dallas Mavericks game 4

Joe Hawkes does the NBA podcasts each Sunday at

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Curry keeps topping his last act once again

The Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes in for the easy lay up against the Philadelphia 76ers defense on Mon Apr 19, 2021 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (AP News photo)

#1 The Golden State Warriors (29-29) who have won five of their last six games have to be indebted to the performances of Stephen Curry. It’s been a few weeks back but when Curry was out with a tailbone injury you can see the difference from then and now.

#2 Their last loss to the Boston Celtics (31-26) last Saturday was still a war, a game that looked and felt like a play off game and another game where Curry finished up with 47 points even in losing that was an amazing effort.

#3 In the Warriors last game they beat on of the best teams in the NBA the Philadelphia 76ers (39-18) 107-96. Curry topped his previous game performance in Boston this time with 49 points in Philadelphia on Monday night.

Join David Zizmor for the Golden State Warriors podcasts each Wednesday morning

Curry’s 47 points not enough, Celtics win thriller down the W’s 119-114

Jayson Tatum (0) of the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) have a post game conversation following Sat Apr 17, 2021 game at the Boston Garden (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Boston Celtics snapped the Golden State Warriors’ four-game winning streak Saturday night by a score of 119-114. The Warriors’ incomparable Stephen Curry made history with his tenth consecutive 30 plus point game. The only other player 33 years old to have done that was Kobe Bryant. Cury tallied 47 points, but it was not enough to put another game in the win column. Boston’s Jayson Tatum put 44 points on the board to lead the Celtics to a thrilling 119-114 win over Golden State.

The Warriors played well for most of the first half. Curry led the Warriors with 14 points in the first quarter. Golden State led by nine 33-24 after the first 12 minutes of action. The Warriors’ small-ball offense continued to shine as they increased the lead to 16, 66-50 late in the second quarter. Boston’s offense woke up and went on a 10-0 run to trail by six 66-60 at the end of the first half. Curry had 22. Andrew Wiggins added 12, and Kent Bazemore knocked down 14. Jayson Tatum was Boston’s leading scorer with 23.

The Celtics continued their run to start the second half. They gained the lead for the first time, 71-68. Curry made a three to tie the game at 71. Boston went on a 7-0 run to go ahead 78-17. From that point until the final few seconds of the game, the teams switched leads several times. The teams were tied at the end of the third quarter 89-89.

In the fourth quarter, Boston led 101-100. Curry made two threes, and Andrew Wiggins also connected on a three to give the Warriors the lead 109-103. The Celtics scored the next eight points. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each hit a three to put Boston ahead 111-109 with 1:16 left to play. Kevon Looney made a two-point bucket to tie the game at 111. Tatum made a two-pointer, and Kemba Walker hit a three to give Boston the lead 116-111. Curry answered with a three of his own to make it 116-114 with 18 seconds left. The Warriors fouled Jayson Tatum, and he made both free throws. The Celtics added one more point to win 119-114.

Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, the Warriors are 28-29 for the year. Boston won their sixth in a row and are now 31-26.

Cury had quite a night with 47 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. He was 15-for-27 from the floor. He connected on 11 threes in 19 tries from downtown. Wiggins finished with 22. Bazemore 16, Poole 12, and Draymond Green five. Green had ten assists. The Warriors shot 51% from the floor. The Warriors made 17 three in 40 attempts. Boston took 14 more shots than the Warriors. Boston’s defense forced 17 Warriors turnovers that resulted in 23 points for Boston. 

The Warriors meet the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night in Philadelphia. The game will start at 4:30 pm

Holmes, Kings defeat Celtics 107-96

Photo credit: @NBA

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Friday night. The Kings season has been “stuck” for lack of better terms in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference. The Kings have a very narrow path to the postseason, and with every passing game, that road gets narrower. However, the Kings continued to keep that door slightly open with their winning as of late. The Kings took on the Boston Celtics on Friday night and won by the final 107-96 at the TD Garden in Boston.

Flashback Wednesday: In the Kings’ previous game, they took on the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The Kings played a well-rounded good game. However, things got dicey in the last quarter. The Kings took a comfortable lead into the fourth quarter, but the Wizards came all the way back. The Kings were fortunate that Russell Westbrook threw the ball out of bounds to seal the Wizards’ fate against the Kings. The Kings won the ball game 121-119. 

Friday Night Recap: On Friday, the Kings took on the Boston Celtics in Boston at 4:30 PM PST.

In the first half, the Kings outplayed the Celtics all the way. The Kings managed to outscore the Celtics in the first quarter 28-22. The Kings defense was on display as they held the Celtics to a modest 22 points. In the second quarter, the Kings continued to play good defense. As we know is true with the Kings, the Kings’ defense led to offense. The Kings held the Celtics to 23 points in the second quarter and 45 points at halftime. The Kings took a 55-45 point lead into the half, looking to build on that and take a win from the Celtics.

In the second half, it was a very up-and-down game. In the third quarter, the Kings played one of their worst quarters of the season coming out of halftime. The Kings weren’t able to carry any first half momentum over and were outscored 36-27 in the quarter. The Kings needed to get the defense back on track if they wanted to win the game. In the fourth quarter, the Kings’ defense held the Celtics to 15 points as they outscored Boston 25-15 in the fourth quarter. The Kings won the game 107-96.

It was a great win in Boston, a place the Kings haven’t won a game since 2007. The Kings look to keep their momentum going having won their last two games on Saturday. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 29 points, while Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 19 points. 

Up Next: The Kings will travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers on Saturday, March 20 at 5 PM PST.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings road trip doesn’t get easier, tip off with Boston tonight

Guard De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings (5) takes the winning shot over the Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (left) during the final seconds of Wed Mar 17, 2021 game in Washington (AP News photo)

#1 The Sacramento Kings (15-24) won by just two points on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards (14-24) 121-119 in a game that was all hands on deck for the Kings six scorers finished in double figures and every point counted to win this game.

#2 De’Aaron Fox went all out scoring 28 points to lead the Kings and getting the winning basket at the end of Wednesday night’s game. Fox has led the Kings in scoring and without a presence like Fox the Kings would offensively be left in bad shape.

#3 Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes both finished second in scoring with 18 and they’ve had some good outings for Sacramento this season.

#4 The Kings have won four of their last ten games during that run that included wins against Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and the Wizards.

#5 Next up the start of a three game road trip starting in Boston on tonight against the Celtics (20-19) it isn’t easy winning in the NBA but the Kings have won some surprising games. The Celtics have been playing .500 ball much like the Kings of late and their coming off a 117-110 loss in Cleveland (14-25) on Wednesday night. Jeremiah how do you see these two teams matching up tonight at the Boston Garden?

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Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson Fri Mar 19, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud


Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings hang on beat Celtics by five 116-111

The Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) drives underneath the basket against the Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27) at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wed Feb 3, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night after an off day on Tuesday. The Kings are coming off an encouraging road trip that saw them go 3-1 through four cities in the east. They came back to Golden One Center to narrowly defeat the visiting Boston Celtics by five points 116-111.

Flashback Monday: The latest game the Kings played was on Monday against the New Orleans Pelicans which they won 118-109 in the Big Easy. The Kings had one of their better comebacks of the season. They were down going into the final quarter but were able to claw back and win.

On Wednesday, the Kings returned home to take on the Boston Celtics. This was set to be a worthwhile matchup for the Kings to prove they had turned a corner in their development. Tip-off was set for 7 PM PST.

In the first half, it was a back and fourth contest. The Kings were outscored by the Celtics 26-22 to open the game. The Kings weren’t able to get an offensive rhythm so far in the game. In the second quarter, the Kings bounced back and outscored the Celtics 30-25.

The Kings managed to keep the Celtics to 51 points while scoring 52 points themselves. The Kings would take a lead into halftime looking to start the home stand on the right foot.

In the second half, it was a back and fourth battle. The third quarter proved competitive on the offensive end. Neither team was really able to do much on the defensive end. The Celtics outscored the Kings 31-29 as the Kings lost the lead heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth, the Kings proved victorious outscoring the Celtics 35-29.  De’Aaron Fox led the Kings in victory with 26 points while Jayson Tatum had 27 points for the Celtics in defeat. This game was a great sign for the Kings who are looking to prove that they can compete for a playoff spot. The Kings now have won four of their last six games.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at 2 PM PST.

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Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Wiseman out for ten days and Looney gets ankle injury vs. Celtics

The Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (right) drives to the hoop with the Golden State Warriors Draymond Green’s (23) back to Walker in the first half during Tue Feb 2, 2021’s game at Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 Dave, the Warriors have lost two of their last three games with another loss last night to the Boston Celtics 111-107 at Chase Center in San Francisco. The Celtics Jayson Tatum led Boston in scoring with 27 points in a game that the Warriors lost down the stretch.

#2 The Warriors lost Kevon Looney in last night’s game to ankle injury how much did his injury contribute to lost defense and his offensive scoring against the Celtics?

#3 The Warriors rookie center James Wiseman is gone for the next seven days with a wrist injury. Looney suffered the injury last Saturday against the Detroit Pistons in the third quarter how big was his absence last night?

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Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor Tue Feb 2, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Celtics hold on to down Warriors 111-107; Tatum leads Celts with 27

The Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (left) goes for the layup to the surprised look of the Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr (12) on Tue Feb 2, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors tipped off against the Boston Celtics Tuesday night at the Chase Center. The Warriors knew that getting a win against Boston was not going to be easy. Rookie James Wiseman injured his left wrist in the game against Detroit Saturday night and is expected to be out ten days.

Things got worse for the Warriors when Kevon Looney left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. The Warriors had to play small ball. Eric Paschall and Juan Toscano-Anderson had the task of finding ways to slow down the bigger Celtic team.

The Warriors scrapped and clawed to stay close to Boston. They led 93-91 in the fourth quarter until the Celtics went on a 15-3 run to lead by ten 106-96. The Warriors, as hard as they tried, could not catch the Celtics. Boston won the game 111-107.

The Warriors got off to a good start in the first quarter. Steph Curry led the way with 17 points. The Warriors won the quarter 35-24. 

The Celtics bounced back early in the second quarter against the Warriors second unit. They went on a 13-3 run to cut the deficit to one 38-37. Kelly Oubre, Jr. made a bucket to put the Warriors ahead 40-37. The Celtics went ahead 41-40. Neither team could pull away, and they finished the first half tied 52-52. Curry knocked down 22, and Oubre had 11. Jayson Tatum with 14 and Kemba Walker 12 led the Boston attack. 

The teams continued to battle it out in the third quarter. With Kevon Looney out, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr inserted Juan Toscano-Anderson into the lineup. The young man from East Oakland responded with his best game of the year.

Toscano-Anderson knocked down three threes and finished the night with 16 points. The Celtics increased the lead to eight 74-66. Kent Bazemore hit a three, and Toscano-Anderson made a three-point play to make it a two-point game 74-72. Curry connected on a three to tie the game at 83. The Celtics finished the third quarter leading 86-85. Both teams knew that they had a chance to win the game.

As mentioned above, with the Warriors leading 93-91, Boston went on a 15-3 run to lead by 106-96. Curry and Andrew Wiggins did all they could to get the win, but they ran out of time. The Celtics won 111-107.

Game Notes and stats: With the loss, The Warriors are 11-10 for the year. Boston is 11-8.

Curry led the Warriors with 38 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. He was 12-21 from the floor, and he made seven threes in 15 tries. Wiggins had 15, Oubre, 12, Toscano-Anderson, 16, Kent Bazemore, 10. The Warriors shot 45.8% from the floor and made 15 threes in 38 tries. With the big men out of the game, the Celtics had the edge in rebounding. They pulled down 62 boards. The Warriors had 42. 

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 27. Kemba Walker had 19, Jaylen Brown 18 points and ten rebounds. Grant Williams had 15, and Tristan Thompson 13. 

The Warriors play their next four games in Texas. They play the Dallas Mavericks on February 4th at 4:30 pm and again on February 6th at 5:30 pm. They meet The San Antonio Spurs on February 8th and 9th. 

Celtics breeze to a comfortable win over Warriors 119-104

photo from : The Golden State Warriors Damion Lee (1) is held back from going after the basketball by the Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown (7) during Thursday night’s game at TD Garden in Boston

The Warriors lost for the 15th time in the last 16 games Thursday night in Boston. The final score was 119-104. The Celtics are now 19-5 at home for the season.

The Warriors knew that they would have to be at their best to beat the Celtics. They started well and had an early lead. The Celtics tied the game at 15 apiece early in the first quarter. They made two buckets to lead 19-15, and they never relinquished the lead from that point on until the end of the game.

The Celtics finished the first period leading 29-22. They went on a 12-2 run to gain the lead and were led by Gordon Hayward’s 15 points. The Celtics’ defense stifled the Warriors and held them to 22 points.

The Warriors offense just could not get anything going. At one stretch, they were three for 18 from the floor. The Celtics increased the lead to seventeen 46-29. The Warriors did respond, and behind D’Angelo Russell and Alec Burks, they cut the deficit to ten to finish the first half trailing 60-50.

Russell led the Warriors with ten, and Burks had nine. No other Warrior had more than five points in the half. Gordon Hayward finished with 17, and Jayle Brown had 13 to pace the Celtics.

The Celtics won the third period 31-29. The Warriors fell behind by fifteen and finished the quarter trailing by 12. The Celtics met every Warriors challenge. Alec Burks led the Warriors offense in the period. The Celtics defense held Russell in check.

Their scheme was to pressure Russell. The Warriors needed other players to step up. Alec Burks answered the call, but that was about the best the Warriors could do.

The Warriors could not close the gap in the final 12 minutes of the game. The Celtics outscored them by three to win 119-104.

Game Notes and stats- The Warriors shot 43% from the floor. They made 33 baskets in 77 tries. Their problem was that Boston took 88 shots and made 42. The Warriors hit 12 threes. The Celtics made 15. The Warriors were out rebounded 51-30. The Celtics had 19-second chance points. The Warriors had two.

D’Angelo finished with 22 points and was three for 11 from beyond the three-point arc. Burks had 18, and he made three threes. Damion Lee, who struggled with his shooting the last five games, regained his touch and added 11. Glenn Robinson had 11, Marquese Chriss nine, and Draymond green nine.

Gordon Hayward led the Celtic attack with 25. Marcus Smart had 21, and he connected on five threes. Jayson Tatum had 20, Jaylen Brown, who played at Cal, knocked down 18. The leading Celtic scorer, Kemba Walker, was held to 13.

The Celtics honored the memory of Kobe Bryant with a beautiful tribute before the game. Alec Burks also honored Kobe when he changed his uniform number from eight to 20.

The Warriors are now 10-38 fro the year. The Celtics improved to 32-15

The Warriors meet the Cavaliers in Cleveland Saturday night. The game will start at 5 pm.

Warriors improved play still lose to Pacers 129-118

The Utah Jazz’ Rudy Gobert (27) and the Golden State Warriors Willie Cauley-Stein (2) scramble under the basket for the loose ball at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Fri Jan 24th

By Jerry Feitelberg

San Francisco- The Golden State Warriors hosted the Indiana Pacers at the Chase Center Friday night. The Warriors were hoping to rebound after being blown out by the Utah Jazz Wednesday night.

The Warriors played with a lot of energy. They moved the ball well as they recorded 31 assists. They shot 49% from the floor, and they made 19 threes. It was not enough as they turned the ball over 20 times, and Indiana put 33 points on the board as a result of the Warriors sloppy play.

The Pacers, who average about 27 three-point attempts per game. Knocked down 17 in 28 tries Friday night. The Pacers like to make a lot of two-point buckets, and Friday night’s game was no exception. They shot 57% from the floor to beat the Warriors 129-118.

The Warriors got off to a good start early in the first quarter. They led 22-16 about halfway through the first period. The Pacers got their offense going, and they went on a 13-0 run to lead 29-22. The Pacers finished the first quarter leading 35-30.

The Pacers played well as they increased the lead to 50-38. The Pacers defense held the Warriors scoreless for over three minutes in the period. The Warriors continued to turn the ball over, and the Pacers capitalized on the Warriors miscues.

The Pacers finished the first half with a 16-point advantage 67-51. D’Angelo Russell led the W’s with 16. Marquese Chriss was the only other Warrior in double figures with 10. The Pacers’ T.J.Warren led his team with 21. Doug McDermott coming off the bench knocked down 15, and he helped propel the Pacers to the 16-point advantage.

The Warriors turned things around in the third period. D’Angelo Russell made several threes, and the Warriors went on a 14-2 run to cut the deficit to six points as they trailed 80-74. The Pacers regrouped and were able to finish the third period leading by 98-86.

In the fourth quarter, The Warriors continued to make threes. Jordan Poole made two consecutive threes to make it 110-103. The Pacers refused to fold. They went up by thirteen 121-108. The Warriors went on a 7-0 run to trail 121-115. The Pacers were not fazed, and they went on to win 129-118.

Game Notes and Stats- The Warriors announced that they have traded center Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks for a second-round draft choice. The Mavs needed to replace former Stanford star, Dwight Powell. Powell suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon injury. He will miss the rest of the season and part of the 2020-21 season, too.

With the loss, the Warriors drop to 10-37. Indiana won its eighth game out of the last ten played. They are 30-16 and are within two games of being in second place in the Eastern Conference. They will be in the playoffs. Malcolm Brogdon did not play due to an injury, and the Pacers’ Victor Oladipo is close to returning to action.

The W’s were led by D’Angelo Russell’s 37 points. Russell was nine for 13 from behind the three-point arc. Glenn Robinson had 18. Chriss finished with 13. Alec Burks had 11 points, five rebounds, and seven assists. Draymond Green recorded a double-double with ten points, six boards, and 11 assists. Jordan Poole, Omari Spellman, And Eric Paschall each added nine.

T.J.Warren had 33 for Indiana, Doug McDermott finished with 24, Jeremy Lamb and Damontas Sabonis each had 16. Sabonis pulled down ten rebounds to record a double-double. Aaron Holiday had 12. His brother Justin, a former Warrior, contributed eight to help the Pacers win.

The Warriors go on the road for the next two weeks. They meet the Philadelphia Sixers Tuesday night. Thursday they are in Boston, Saturday they play the Cavaliers. They go to Washington and Brooklyn before returning home to face the Lakers on February 8th.