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

NBA All-Star Game Results

Did you tune into the NBA All-Star game this past weekend? Read on for full results!

All-Star Game:

The East won with a final score of 163 to 155, ending it’s three year losing streak with the highest scoring All-Star game yet (the highest All-Star score was previously 155 points for the West in 2003). The game’s MVP was Kyrie Irving, who scored 31 points and made 14 assists. An All-Star record was made by Carmelo Anthony, who made eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points.

The West scored 44 points in the first quarter and 45 in the second for a total of 89 points in the first half, another All-Star record. However, the East brought their score up in the second half as Irving helped the East get 87 points.

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Photo courtesy of SIKIDS.com

On a more musical note, Magic Johnson encouraged the All-Stars to sing “Happy Birthday” to Bill Russell, a Hall-of-Famer and a great NBA champion, at the All-Star game. Russell turned 80. What a way to spend your birthday!

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Photo courtesy of SIKIDS.com

For complete details of the NBA-All Star weekend, check out the NBA’s website.

For more information on Horner Flooring, the manufacturer of the NBA All-Star floor, visit hornerflooring.com.

State Farm All-Star Saturday, 2014

There will be some changes to the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night this year!

The NBA All-Star game will be played this Sunday, February 16th. This Saturday will be the State Farm All-Star night. The State Farm night, like the game, challenges the East and the West to compete against each other.

What does the winner get? Money for charities. After the night is over, a total of $500,000 will be given to worthy causes. Now that’s something to cheer for!

There will still be four challenges (each winner gets $100,000 for their conference’s charity, with the runner up collecting $25,000 for their charity). Each challenge team will have a current NBA and current WNBA player, as well as an NBA legend. The four challenges are:

  • Taco Bell Skills Challenge
    • Damian Lillard will become the first player to participate in three events, the other two being the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Sprite Slam Dunk
    • What’s new: it will be a relay race this year

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  • Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
    • Players will have one minute to make as many three point shots as they can to advance
    • What’s new: a full rack of “money balls” will be in play (which count double) and can be placed at any of the five shooting positions

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  • Sprite Slam Dunk
    • The reining champion, Terrence Ross, will compete again
    • What’s new: the winner will be the best conference, not an individual player
  • Sears Shooting Stars
    • For one West team, the NBA player will be Stephen Curry, the NBA legend will be his father, Dell Curry, and the WNBA player will be Becky Hammon

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For full details of the challenges and the full rules, visit the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night webpage. For more information on the changes, visit NBA’s Hangtime Blog.

Want to show your support for the East or West Conference or an individual All-Star? Get your NBA All-Star gear from NBA.com!

NBA and the Superbowl

Did you attend a Superbowl party last night? The Miami Heat sure did! They were invited to a party, hosted by Ray Allen, at his poolside. Here’s what it looked like, courtesy of rayn34 on Instagram:

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LeBron James posted on Instagram as well. Check it out:

jamesThe Heat aren’t the only ones to enjoy the Superbowl. Check out these Tweets from other NBA players and teams:

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NBA All-Star Roster Announced

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After a lot of guessing, the complete rosters for the 2014 NBA All-Star game have been released!

Representing the East:
Starters:

  • Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers (Guard)
  • Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat (Guard)
  • Paul George – Indiana Pacers (Forward)
  • LeBron James – Miami Heat (Forward)
  • Carmelo Anthony – New York Knicks (Forward)

Reserves:

  • DeMar DeRozan – Toronto Raptors (Guard)
  • John Wall – Washington Wizards (Guard)
  • Roy Hibbert – Indiana Pacers (Frontcourt)
  • Paul Millsap – Atlanta Hawks (Frontcourt)
  • Joakim Noah – Chicago Bulls (Frontcourt)
  • (Wild Card) Joe Johnson – Brooklyn Nets
  • (Wild Card) Chris Bosh – Miami Heat

Representing the West:
Starters:

  • Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors (Guard)
  • Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers (Guard)
  • Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder (Forward)
  • Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers (Forward)
  • Kevin Love – Minnesota Timberwolves (Forward)

Reserves:

  • Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers (Guard)
  • Tony Parker – San Antonio Spurs (Guard)
  • Dwight Howard – Houston Rockets (Frontcourt)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge – Portland Trail Blazers (Frontcourt)
  • Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks (Frontcourt)
  • (Wild Card) Damain Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers
  • (Wild Card) James Harden – Houston Rockets

Throwback: 2013 NBA All-Star Floor

As the 2014 NBA All-Star game is approaching (and starters have been selected), we thought it would be nice to revisit last year’s floor. It was a big honor for us to provide the floor for the 2013 NBA All-Star game.

As a small family owned business located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Horner is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of maple athletic flooring systems. We continue to be driven by our committed workforce and product innovations. A lot of games during the NBA season are played on a Horner Pro-King portable basketball floor system.

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We’re always willing to go the extra mile for our customers. The 2013 floor had a lot of intricate details, such as stars lining the outer edge of the floor. These incredible details led Horner to call in a back up crew to help us out. Below are some behind the scenes photos! We always enjoy creating our floors, but this was especially fun due to the design.

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