SportsNet - May 2013
The San Antonio Spurs won the franchise’s fifth Western Conference championship Monday night by sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 Western Conference Finals. As a result of this victory, they have earned the right to play in the NBA Finals for the League’s 2013 championship.
Although, the Grizzlies did compete in this series, with two games being decided in overtime, they were unable to breakdown the Spurs at either end of the court. The Spurs were consistently in control of this series and fended off every challenge from the Grizzlies. Here are four observations explaining how they did it.
Controlled the paint
Tim Duncan was able to assert himself on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he could get any shot he wanted and made timely baskets that were crucial to the Spurs winning games two and three. Additionally, his passing ability often broke down the Grizzlies interior defense and led to easy points for the Spurs. On defense, his shot blocking consistently disrupted the Grizzlies offense and his post play never allowed center Marc Gasol and power forward Zach Randolph to impact the series in a meaningful way.
It seems as if it's so far, so good in the early relationship between Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick and his new Head Coach, Chip Kelly.
The former Oregon Coach is seen by many to be Vick's last chance to make a serious impact in the NFL, before the league cuts ties with him altogether. He appears to be tailor-made for the fast-paced Kelly offense as he looks to make the transition from the College ranks to the National Football League. It seems to be a favourable situation for both parties.
Providing Vick wins the job, of course.
Kelly has made no secret of the fact this off-season there is a serious Quarterback competition in Philly. As we enter the second week of Organised Team Activities, that was all too evident. It seems that last week's impressive display from Vick during OTA's was not enough for Kelly to announce him as the team's number one option going into the season. What's more, during Tuesday's practice, it was Nick Foles who took the majority of snaps on the first day this week, giving Vick a clear indication that it will take a lot of hard work if he is to win the job he has called his own for the best part of four seasons.
Arsenal may have received a transfer boost after learning their top target is available for sale. According to reports from ESPN.co.uk, Fiorentina will sell classy forward Stevan Jovetic this summer.
The Gunners have been linked with the Montenegro international for over two months. A game of protracted negotiations has been played out in the press.
The most recent reports claim the transfer is in jeopardy thanks to a difference over the asking price. Reports in The Daily Mail suggested Arsenal and Fiorentina are £5 million apart in their respective valuations.
Arsenal are prepared to offer £15 million for Manchester United castoff Nani, according to reports in The Daily Star. The Portugal international would be an interesting addition to Arsenal's forward line.
Many believe Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will upgrade his attack with a new central striker. The likes of Stevan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain and even Wayne Rooney have all been linked.
However, Wenger could also revamp Arsenal's forward line by adding extra pace and creativity in wide areas. That would explain the interest in Nani.
The temperamental Red Devils winger possesses the quickness and trickery to be a game-changer. At least he does when he is at his best.
A common complaint against Nani is his inconsistency. His work rate has not always been high, so his overall performances have not matched his talent.
Manchester United Transfer News: Fabregas, Thiago Alcantra And Fellaini Are Moyes Main Transfer Targets
It has finally emerged from Old Trafford that David Moyes shortlist of transfer targets has been decided by the new United manager. In a somewhat surprising move, Moyes` top priority is to set up a return to the Premiership for Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. It was initially thought that this was mere media nonsense, but sources from inside Old Trafford have clarified that Manchester United representatives have already been in talks over a move for the former Arsenal midfielder.
Moyes is concerned at the lack of power in the United midfield, something which outside observers have pinpointed for a couple of seasons now, with little activity from former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. However, with the loss of Paul Scholes to retirement, Fletcher to illness and Anderson and Nani both looking to be leaving this summer, there is need for reinforcements and Fabregas is the sort of marquee signing which Moyes will need to make to impress United fans. There was a concern that his contract with Barcelona had a first option for Arsenal, but it is not now thought that they will not be interested, leaving the way clear for United to make a £24m move.