Raptors knock off NBA powerhouse to secure first NBA championship

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June 13 is a day that Toronto Raptors players, coaches, and fans will remember for a long time. On this day, the Raptors left a mark in NBA championship history by beating off the most dominant team in the past 5 years—the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have practically controlled the league for the past 5 years, appearing in 5 consecutive NBA finals with 3 championships.

So how did the Raptors knock off this NBA powerhouse to clinch their first Championship?

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Depth. One of the most evident differences between the teams was depth, and it was especially noticeable when Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were out during Game 6. Fred Vanvleet and Serge Ibaka contributed significant minutes for the Raptors coming off the bench, averaging 32.5 and 19.3 MPG, respectively. With Durant out for most of the series, there was a significant drop off between the starters and bench players in terms of productivity for the Warriors. The bottom line is that Toronto had more weapons than Golden State. The Raptors had 6 players averaging double digits throughout the series, whereas the Warriors only had 3: Curry, Thompson, and Green. 

Kawhi Leonard. Throughout each game of the NBA Finals, Kawhi Leonard was the key for Toronto’s success. He averaged 28.5 PPG and 9.8 RPG in the 6 game series, scoring over 20 points every game. The consistency he displayed during the series was Kawhi mvpvital for the Raptors to knock off the defending champs, and it led him to earning his second NBA Finals MVP award. Now, the big question is…with Kawhi approaching free agency, where will he go? Will he stay in Toronto or sign with a new team?

 

 

 

 

 

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3-Point Rule Change

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Men’s college basketball courts will have a new look in the upcoming seasons! The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee and the Playing Rules Oversight Panel has decided to increase the length of the 3-point line for NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball during the upcoming season (2019-20). This rule will go into effect for NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball during the 2020-21 season. 

Dimensions: The 3-point line will be extended roughly 1′ 5.” The new distance for the 2019-20 season will be 22′ 1 ¾” at the top of the key and 21′ 7 7/8″ in the corners. Now, NCAA Men’s Division I, FIBA, and the WNBA will use the same dimensions for their 3-point lines. 

Why is the 3-point line being extended? The game of basketball has shifted its focus to behind-the-arc play now more than ever. With this, players are becoming reliant on the 3-point shot, and, in a way, some aspects of the game have been taken away. Players are constantly looking for ways to advance their game due to the competitive recruiting environment, resulting in an increase in 3-point attempts and percentage throughout college basketball.

The extension of the 3-point line will not only make the shot more challenging for players, but it will also open up driving lanes due to increased spacing. The extension will present an added dimension that could slightly alter the way the game is played.

What about NCAA Women’s Basketball? The women’s 3-point line will remain the same for all levels during the 2019-20 season, and there are no current plans to expand it.

To learn about the changes in NCAA Women’s Basketball:
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It’s Conference Finals Time!

The time has come for the 2015 NBA Eastern and Western Conference Championships! Both match-ups are between the one and two seeds, having the one seeded Atlanta Hawks take on the two-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in the East and the top-ranked Golden State Warriors battling the second-ranked Houston Rockets.

All four teams haven’t won a championship since the 20th century, including the Cavs who have never hoisted the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. The Warriors haven’t seen the finals in 40 years, since their last trip in 1975 as the newly renamed Golden State Warriors. Houston, who are the most recent winners of the four, last played – and won – in 1995. The Atlanta Hawks have had the longest drought since winning their lone championship in 1958, although they came close to another victory in 1961. lebronThen there is the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although LeBron James led them to the championship in 2007, the Cavs were swept by MVP Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs. After the 2010 season, James decided to take his talents to South Beach and won to back-to-back championships with the Miami Heat, but eventually returned to bring back a championship to his home state of Ohio. With the finals in sight again, LeBron, Kyrie Irving, Kendrick Perkins, J.R. Smith, without the help from injured Kevin Love, are pulling out all of the stops to finally call Cleveland the home of the NBA Champions.

With Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors have taken the advantage on the Rockets with a 110-106 win with the help from MVP Stephen Curry and a smaller than average lineup. The Warriors found themselves down by 16 in the second quarter but ended the first half on a 21-4 run and entered the locker room at halftime up by three. stephcurryRunner up to Stephen Curry in the MVP race, James Harden held on with a near-triple double of 28 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists, but once center Dwight Howard left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury, Harden continued to push off defeat. Eventually evening it up at 95, Steph Curry went out and proved why he was the MVP and continued to nail three pointers as the game eventually came to an end, sending the Warriors up with a 1-0 lead on the Rockets going into Game 2.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals tips off today (5/20/15) at 8:30 PM EST, with coverage on TNT.

NBA Playoff Update

The first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs is nearly complete with three teams already punching their tickets for the second round of action. While the series are coming to an end, teams are fighting their way to survive and advance.

In the West, the top-seeded Golden State Warriors took a demanding lead against the New Orleans Pelicans and ousted them from a chance at the championship 4-0. Guard Stephen Curry continued his historical season with a monumental 39 points and 9 assists in the final game.

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The second-seeded Houston Rockets’ attempt at a series sweep was denied by Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks, winning Game 4 121-109. Tip-off for Game 5 is at 8:00 PM tonight on TNT.

In a hotly-contested Game 5, the third-seeded Los Angeles Clippers evened the series with the defending champions, the San Antonio Spurs, with an outstanding performance by Chris Paul who had 34 points to help the Clippers. They will battle for the series lead again tonight at 10:30 PM ET, following the Rockets and Mavericks game.

The Portland Trailblazers narrowly avoided elimination with a memorable 32 point, 7 assist performance from Damian Lillard. The Memphis Grizzlies had a 3-0 lead on the Blazers going into Game 4, but couldn’t hold off Lillard’s strong play. The Grizzlies have a chance to advance with Game 5 in Memphis on April 29 at 9:30 PM ET on TNT.

In the East, Cleveland swept the Celtics in a scrappy Game 4, with J.R. Smith being ejected in the third quarter on a physical play against the Celtics’ Jae Crowder who didn’t return after spraining his knee on the play. Cavs forward Kevin Love left the game with a dislocated shoulder after Celtic Kelly Olynyk and Love got tangled while fighting for a loose ball. The Cavs are unsure of Love’s return in the second round, and even in the playoffs all together. 635656656136938690-USP-NBA-PLAYOFFS-CLEVELAND-CAVALIERS-AT-BOSTON-CE-72618160

Also advancing out of the East, the fifth seeded Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors 125-94 to gain the series sweep. Wizard Marcin Gortat had 21 points in the win.

The top-seeded Atlanta Hawks lost to the eighth-seeded Brooklyn Nets after a monstrous 35 point, 7 assist overtime game. The series goes back to Atlanta for a pivotal Game 5 on April 29 at 7:00 PM ET on TNT.

In a thrilling Central Division match-up, the Bulls have a one game lead on the Bucks as the series heads back to Milwaukee. After a double overtime loss in Game 3, and a buzzer-beating  win for Game 4, the Bucks won and survived for one more game against the Bulls in Game 5.

As the Playoffs go on, it will be exciting to see who makes it to the 2015 NBA Finals. Only time will tell which teams has the most talent to make it all the way

Athletic Hardwood & Synthetic Flooring

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When considering what type of hardwood, maple flooring that will be used in a new or renovated gymnasium, the athletes, basketball and others, playing on the floor are of up-most importance, but so is the maintenance of the hardwood flooring.

When purchasing a sports floor, you should consider a floor that:

  • Follows PUR standards, set by the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA)
    • PUR standards focus on:
      • Shock absorption
      • Vertical deflection
      • Area of deflection
      • Ball bounce
      • Surface friction
  • Is safe, providing proper surface friction for the intended use, like basketball games and other athletic activities, for the life of the floor
  • Provides ample shock absorption, for those basketball free throws, to reduce the risk of injury
  • Couples a reasonable initial investment with added Life Cycle Cost Benefits
  • Has a track record for longevity and documented history of success in similar applications, like the many floors Horner Sports Flooring has installed
  • Is manufactured by a reputable company that stands behind their product, like Horner Sports Flooring
  • Is installed by factory-trained, accredited professionals, like one of Horner Sports Flooring’s many partners
  • Is easily maintained

Horner Sports Flooring is the oldest and longest-standing member of the MFMA, with roots dating back to 1891 – the same year basketball was invented.

We have a long history in hardwood flooring, but we also have a product line of synthetic systems. All of our systems are specialized for virtually every sports activity and engineered for the very best in athletic performance, structural integrity, trouble-free maintenance, and long-lasting appeal.

We encourage those looking into athletic, hardwood flooring to consider all the uses that their flooring will be experiencing – that is what makes the difference between hardwood and synthetic flooring.

Hardwood flooring has the aesthetics and performance that is associated with competing athletes. The sub-flooring for hardwood is designed specifically to have shock absorbency to prevent injuries in the athletes. The downside to purchasing hardwood flooring, though, is the cost and maintenance.

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So, although hardwood flooring is ideal for the athletes playing on it, multiple uses of the gymnasium may warrant for consideration of synthetic flooring. Frequent conversions between uses will have less wearing to synthetic flooring at it will to hardwood flooring. Also, a much considered benefit of synthetic flooring is the price.

Deciding what type of athletic flooring to use is an important endeavor and one should ask themselves some questions.

Consider these:

  • Sport-specific, multiple sports, or multi-purpose?
  • Top level competition or recreational activities?
  • Number of participants and spectators
  • Number of hours/day and days/year the facility will be used?
  • Special equipment use (bleachers, sound stages, lifts, portable backstops, etc.)?
  • Desired life expectancy of floor?
  • Budgetary considerations – initial cost versus total cost of ownership?

We hope you research and make the considerations you need to make the best choice for your gymnasium flooring. Horner Sports Flooring is happy to help with any of your questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you!