June 4, 2012
Each week, uclabruins.com will update and highlight select UCLA players' progress during the current NBA season. Two UCLA Bruins are still playing in the conference championships - Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder and Ryan Hollins from the Boston Celtics.
Player Highlights, Games Through June 4, 2012
Ryan Hollins, C (sixth NBA season, first with Boston Celtics, started the season with Cleveland Cavaliers, Eastern Conference/Atlantic Div., 39-27 regular season, first-place/fourth seed in Eastern Conference, beat No. 5 Atlanta Hawks 4-2 in their first round playoff series; beat No. 8 Philadelphia in semifinals, 4-3; plays No. 2 Miami in finals, series tied 2-2)
On June 3 at Boston, the Celtics had an early 18 point lead and hung on to beat Miami, 93-91 in overtime, to tie the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. For Boston, Hollins did not play (coach's decision). He played six minutes on June 1 in Boston as the Celtics won 101-91 to snap the Heat's five-game playoff victory streak. The Celtics led 85-63 after three periods and withstood a 28-16 Miami scoring advantage in the fourth quarter. For the Heat, it was their 14th loss in the last 15 games at Boston's TD Garden. Hollins played just one minute in game two as Miami won, 115-111 in overtime, on May 30 in Miami. The Celtics led by 15 in the second period and forced an overtime but were outscored by the Heat in the extra period 16-12. It was the Heat's largest playoff comeback and improved Miami's playoff overtime record to 6-0. Hollins had his lowest amount of playing time when he has entered a playoff game (averaging just 2.5 minutes vs. the Heat, averaged 12 minutes a game when Boston beat Philadelphia 4-3 in the Eastern Conference semifinals).
Hollins' Playoff Stats: 15G, 10.2MIN, 1.7RB, 1.5PPG
Hollins' Final Regular Season Stats (Celtics): 15G/1GS, 10.7MIN, 1.7RB, 2.8 PPG // (Total, including Cleveland stats): 39G/8GS, 13.4MIN, 2.1RB, 3.4PPG
Eastern Conference Finals Playoff Series (series tied, 2-2) - No. 2 Miami vs. No. 4 Boston (Boston won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - May 28 at Miami (M 93, B 79); Game 2 - May 30 at Miami (M 115, B 111 OT); Game 3 - June 1 at Boston (B 101, M 91); Game 4 - June 3 at Boston (B 93, M 91 OT); Game 5 - June 5 at Miami; Game 6 - June 7 at Boston; Game 7 - June 9 at Miami.
Semifinals Playoff Series (Boston wins series, 4-3) - No. 4 Boston vs. No. 8 Philadelphia (Philadelphia won season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 12 at Boston (B 92, P 91); Game 2 - May 14 at Boston (P 82, B 81); Game 3 - May 16 at Philadelphia (B 107, P 91); Game 4 - May 18 at Philadelphia (P 92, B 83); Game 5 - May 21 at Boston (B 101, P 85); Game 6 - May 23 at Philadelphia (P82, B 75); Game 7 - May 26 at Boston (B 85, P 75).
First Round Playoff Series (Boston wins series, 4-2) - No. 4 Boston vs. No. 5 Atlanta (Boston won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - April 29 at Atlanta (A 83, B 74); Game 2 - May 1 at Atlanta (B 87, A 80); Game 3 - May 4 at Boston (B 90, A 84 OT); Game 4 - May 6 at Boston (B 101, A 79), Game 5 - May 8 at Atlanta (A 87, B 86), Game 6 - May 10 at Boston (B 83, Atlanta 80).
Russell Westbrook, G (fourth NBA season with Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference/Northwest Div., 47-19 regular season, first-place/second seed in Western Conference, defeated No. 7 seed and defending NBA champions Dallas Mavericks 4-0 in their first round playoff series, won series with No. 3 LA Lakers in semifinals, 4-1, plays No. 1 seed San Antonio in finals, Oklahoma City leads series, 3-2)
Oklahoma City won its third straight in the series on June 4, handing San Antonio its first home playoff loss of the year and just its sixth home loss of the entire season, 108-103. Westbrook recorded a double-double with 23 points and 12 assists in a game-high 45 minutes as the Thunder took a 3-2 lead in the series and switched home court advantage their way. In game four on June 2 in Oklahoma City, the Spurs closed to within 75-71 in the fourth quarter but the Thunder's Kevin Durant scored 16 consecutive points in the final period to lead Oklahoma City to a 109-103 win over San Antonio. For the Thunder, Westbrook started and played 33 minutes, with seven points (2-10, 2-3, 1-4/only third game this season in single figure scoring; snaps 17-game double figure scoring streak), four rebounds, five assists and one steal. On May 31 in Oklahoma City, the Thunder held San Antonio to its second-lowest point total of the season and had a game-lead as big as 27 points as Oklahoma City beat the Spurs, 102-82, in game three to tighten the Western Conference final. Oklahoma City's win snapped San Antonio's 10-game playoff winning streak and the Spurs' 20-game overall win streak as the Spurs lost for the first time since April 11. For the Thunder, Westbrook started and played 33 minutes, with 10 points (5-15, 0-2, 0-0/lowest playoff point total, but has scored in double figures all 12 playoff games and in 17 consecutive overall games), seven rebounds, game and playoff-high tying nine assists, playoff-high tying two blocked shots, playoff-high four steals and only two turnovers. In game two on May 29 in San Antonio, the Thunder could not overcome a Spurs 22-point lead and lost to San Antonio, 120-111, as the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. For Oklahoma City, Westbrook started and played 40 minutes, with 27 points (10-24, 3-7, 4-5/has scored 20 or more points in eight of 11 playoff games, including four of the last five contests), seven rebounds and a game-high tying eight assists. With 5:40 left to play, Westbrook's two free throws pulled the Thunder to within six points of the Spurs, but San Antonio then scored eight of the next 10 points to secure its victory.
Westbrook's Playoff Stats: 13G/13GS, 36.2MIN, 5.0RB, team leader 5.2AST, 1.7STL, 21.4PPG (No. 2 team scorer).
Westbrook's Final Regular Season Stats: 66G/66GS (has started every game), 35.3MIN, 4.6RB, team-leading 5.5AST and 1.7STL, 23.6ppg (No. 2 team scorer).
Western Conference Finals (Oklahoma City leads, 3-2) - No. 1 San Antonio vs. No. 2 Oklahoma City (S.A. won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 27 at S. A. (S.A. 101, OKC 98); Game 2 - May 29 at S. A. (S. A 120, OKC 111); Game 3 - May 31 at OKC (OKC 102, S.A. 82); Game 4 - June 2 at OKC (OKC 109, S. A. 103); Game 5 - June 4 at S.A. (OKC 108, S.A. 103); Game 6 - June 6 at OKC; Game 7 - June 8 at S.A.
Semifinals (Oklahoma City wins series, 4-1) - No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 3 Lakers (OKC won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 14 at OKC (OKC 119, LAL 90); Game 2 - May 16 at OKC (OKC 77, LAL 75); Game 3 - May 18 at Lakers (LAL 99, OKC 96); Game 4 - May 19 at Lakers (OKC 103, LAL 100); Game 5 - May 21 at OKC (OKC 106, LAL 90).
First Round Playoff Series Series (Oklahoma City wins series 4-0) - No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 7 Dallas (OKC won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - April 28 - at OKC (OKC 99, Dallas 98); Game 2 - April 30 at OKC (OKC 102, D 99); Game 3 - May 3 at Dallas (OKC 95, D 79); Game 4 - May 5 at Dallas (OKC 103, D 97).