Basketball

Wizards – Bulls game 3

The wizards came home to DC with a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Bulls, but the wizards weren’t able to extend their lead to 3-0 as they fell to the bulls in their first playoff home game since the 2007-08 season 100-97.

Mike Dunleavy led the bulls with 35 points, shooting 8-10 from the 3-point line and 12-19 from the field. All the first-round playoff matches have been closely contested with the exception of the Miami/Charlotte matchup and some of these games have been quite intense.

Tempers have run high in this series and may cost Washington the chance to go up 3-1 in front of their home crowd. Nene has been suspended for game four of the series on Sunday afternoon, due to his altercation with Jimmy Butler during game three. After a basket by Nene,the two got tangled up before Nene head-butted and grabbed Butler, attempting to throw him down. Nene was subsequently ejected from the game.

Nene is a significant loss for the wizards, who will start Trevor Booker in his spot. This means John Wall, Bradely Beal, Trevor Ariza and the rest of the wizards will need to fill the void that;s going to be left my by Nene’s absence.

Spurs – Mavericks game 1

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Probably the least talked about team in the NBA, but that’s probably just how the San Antonio Spurs like it. The spurs rode the back of their perennial All-star Tim Duncan, who poured in 27 points going 4-5 on his shots in the final quarter to help the spurs overcome a 10 point deficit.The Spurs held Dallas to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally for a 90-85 win Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

San Antonio won despite going 3 for 17 on 3-pointers and getting only 23 points from its normally productive bench. Tony Parker scored 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas.

Devin Harris scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who nearly pulled off a huge upset. Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with 11 points, was 2 for 6 from the field in the final quarter. The veteran forward was closely defended by San Antonio center Thiago Splitter.

These two teams face each other again Wednesday night. The Mavericks have proven they can hang with the playoff tested Spurs by the looks of game one. Ultimately i think the spurs will win but better games are to be expected from Nowitzki and that the mavs will adjust after letting game one slip out of their hands.

Wiz – Bulls game 1

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Nene dominated with 24 points, Trevor Ariza scored 18, and the Washington Wizards rallied from 13 down to beat the Chicago Bulls 102-93 in their playoff opener on Sunday night.

John Wall poured in 16 points in his playoff debut. Marcin Gortat contributed to the win with 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the fifth-seeded wizards got the win over the fourth-seeded Chicago Bulls.

The Wizards erased a 13-point deficit to just one in third quarter and trailed by just three points going into the fourth, before going on a 18-6 run in the final six minutes of the game to get their first playoff victory since their last appearance in 2008. The next game is Tuesday night.

The Bulls have everything to lose as they can’t afford to drop their second game at home, while the wizards will go back in to the United Center with confidence and a cushion.

Perfect Timing

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With just one game left in this years NBA regular season schedule, the Pacers are showing that they are still one of the favorites to unseat the current eastern conference and NBA champions the Miami Heat.

The pacers defeated the Oklahoma City thunder in a game that came down to the wire. Indiana won the game 102-97, maintaining their advantage over the Miami Heat. The pacers own the tie-breaker over the heat, its important the pacers secure home court advantage over Miami. If last years playoffs is any indication of what the future holds for the pacers then it’s very important they get the home court advantage.

The playoffs are in six days and by defeating the thunder who also are serious contenders in the western conference, Indiana seems to be back on track and playing the good and competitive basketball they were playing in the first half of the season. I think this is Miami’s last year at the summit of the east and the NBA, and although the pacers have talent and the perfect blend of youth and experience I don’t see them knocking the LeBron led heat of their throne. The playoffs will be interesting this year and I absolutely cannot wait for it to begin.

Slow Pace

TheIndiana Pacers have been on somewhat of a slump lately,dropping games they have no business losing The Pacers dropped a game they needed to keep the heat on Miami for home court advantage in the playoffs.

It seems they’ve fallen of the rails a bit down the home stretch of the season, with today’s loss they’re now two games back in the loss column behind the heat. The pacers will still meet the heat one more time before the season is over, however their next opponent are the struggling bucks, they will need this need this game find get their swagger back.

I think the team best suited to dethrone the heat are the pacers but they have to learn to stop being their own worst enemy first.

Pure Madness

March madness has definitely lived up to its name this year, the tournament has been one of the most unpredictable ones in recent memory.

Kentucky booked their ticket to the national championship game through a last second three point shot from Freshman guard Aaron Harris. While Connecticut had to mount a come-back from a double digit deficit in the first half of their final four match up.

In my bracket of course I had neither team in the championship game and I don’t know too many people outside their fan-base that picked both teams , but to my credit I did choose Kentucky to make the final four.

The Huskies run in the tournament is reminiscent of the Kemba Walker led team that won the championship in 2011. The match-up should be very interesting, as much as I respect Kentucky’s front court I ultimately think this game will be decided by the back court, If Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright out play the Harrison twins I can see the huskies cutting down the nets. I picked Kentucky after the disaster I call my bracket happened and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from this tournament is anyone can win on any given day.

The King chases the Servant

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If you’ve been paying attention to the NBA as of recent, you would have noticed Kevin Durant gave himself the nickname “The Servant.” I think Durantula, KD or the slimreaper are all better names to me. Much has been made in the first half of the season about Kevin Durant running away with the MVP race. Durant earlier in the season had a stretch of games were he had 30 plus points. LeBron has heard this and as any competitor would feel, he wonders why as the two-time MVP everyone (including myself) is ready to hand Durant the award.

In the first meeting between each stars team, Durant got the better of LeBron as Oklahoma City came out the victors 112-95, and what made this win significant is that it was on the heats home court. Both teams met again Feb 20, this time the heat came away victorious at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 103-81.

According to ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh LeBron James said:

” I do get jealous, I’m not gonna lie. I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he’s like 16-for-32 and then 14-for-34. … Man. … First of all, you have to have an unbelievable mindset to get up 30 shots. I always think about it, though. If I get up high-20s, 30 shots a game, what could I do today, with the way I’m playing?”

LeBron has come out on fire post all-star, with just six games in and playing less minutes on average (36.3), his FG% and 3 point FG% have both risen as well as his shot attempts. Recently LeBron logged his career and Miami Heat franchise record 61 points in a game against Charlotte Bobcats. Durant responded with a 42 point game against the Sixers in which he didn’t play in the 4th quarter. The rest of the season is going to be interesting it’s officially a two horse race, I still think Durant is the front runner, at least now it’s a conversation again

Melo Drama

In Pursuit of Rings

The story-line so far this season in New York has been will seven time all-star Carmelo Anthony leave New York when his contract ends in. The Knicks are in the mists of one an abysmal season with a record of 21-39 and currently sitting 11 in the eastern conference and a slim chance of making the playoffs.

Despite the Knicks losing record and struggles, Carmelo has been doing his part to keep the Knicks relevant this season. He currently ranks second in scoring after three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant. So the question at hand is should he leave?

My answer to that is yes. When it’s all said and done players are mostly judged by their championships. Bill Russell, Micheal Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon are just some of the players considered some of the greatest players to play basketball and are always some of the first names you here when lists are made for top 10 players, more importantly all of these players have multiple championships.

Players like Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Dominique Wilkins, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and New York Knick great Patrick Ewing are often over-looked when the discussion for all-time greats come about. Now Don’t get me wrong they’re all respected and often in the conversation, however the argument of how many titles have they won comes up too often and so they automatically get dismissed from the conversation.

If Carmelo Anthony wishes to end up on the “Mt.Rushmore” of NBA players he needs to win multiple titles and time is running out. After all LeBron, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh are some who have left teams in search of rings.

Back-to-Back

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The Syracuse Orange dropped their second game in a row to the Duke blue devils Saturday night 66-60 after starting the season with a 25-0 record.

The first meeting between both schools went to overtime in which the orange came out the victors 91-89, in what was considered an instant classic. After coasting majority of the season, the orange have found it difficult to score as of recent. Prior to suffering their first loss of the season to Boston College, the orange barely escaped some of the games they played. Most noticeably was the game against Pittsburgh, in which freshman guard Tyler Ennis hit a mid-court shot to snatch the game from the panthers.

The orange may lose their number one ranking, but they’re obviously a lock for a high seed in the conference tournament and the NCAA tournament. With just four games left against Maryland (15-12), Virginia (23-5),Georgia tech (13-14) and Florida State (15-11) on the season, it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from losing back-to-back games.