NBA

The Indiana Pacers Go On The Road In Game 7 To Possess Miami’s Championship Land

on June 03 2013 2:27 PM

The Miami Heat took hold of the importance of winning game five, especially Lebron James. James was the Super King James Version throughout the game and particularly in the third quarter of game. His third quarter explosion separated the Heat from the Pacers and the Pacers were unable to recover to challenge the Heat in fourth quarter. Miami definitely drew a line in the sand by winning the critical game five. The series was tied 2-2.

The Miami Heat took hold of the importance of winning game five, especially Lebron James. James was the Super King James Version throughout the game and particularly in the third quarter of game. His third quarter explosion separated the Heat from the Pacers and the Pacers were unable to recover to challenge the Heat in fourth quarter. Miami definitely drew a line in the sand by winning the critical game five. The series was tied 2-2.

Could The New York Knicks Move For Chris Paul? It's Audacious, But Unlikely.

on June 02 2013 12:09 PM
Could The New York Knicks Move For Chris Paul? It's Audacious, But Unlikely.

When Chris Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in December 2011, the infamous toast Paul gave at Carmelo Anthony's wedding regarding them playing together looked as thought it was just a pipedream. The Knicks had missed their chance, opting to sign Tyson Chandler from the Dallas Mavericks when Paul became too expensive a commodity.

Now, the chance may have arisen again.

With the star Point Guard out of contract at the end of the season, reports coming out of Los Angeles suggest Paul could be ready to walk out on the Clippers. If the stories are to believed, Paul is furious that he is being made the scapegoat for Coach Vinny Del Negro's firing, with claims suggesting it was Paul who wanted Del Negro gone and used his contract situation as leverage in the Clippers' decision making process.

Who's Better, MJ Or LeBron? Good Question

on May 30 2013 3:06 AM

The first time I saw him perform live and in person, LeBron James was a senior in high school, drawing rave reviews for his basketball prowess and criticism for tattoos, throwback jerseys, a Hummer and an omnipresent mom.

He was the latest and greatest version of yet another second coming. Big and bad, but refined and respectful, he was said to be the total package on the court, maybe one day better than Michael Jordan.

The list of high school-to-pro guys who enjoyed NBA success had been small, but James was considered a sure thing – even more so than Kobe Bryant.

It was that last part that tweaked my curiosity – more so than Kobe. Really? That seemed hard to believe.

But here it was, an opportunity to see if such talk had any merit. As I entered the arena in Trenton, N.J., that March evening in 2003, it was with a critical eye. James had to prove himself to me.

Western Conference Finals Review: Memphis Grizzlies Go Out Like A Lamb

on May 29 2013 3:03 PM
Western Conference Finals Review: Memphis Grizzlies Go Out Like A Lamb

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.

Old Dog, Same Tricks: The Spurs Are Once Again The Envy Of The Western Conference.

on May 28 2013 1:53 PM
Old Dog, Same Tricks: The Spurs Are Once Again The Envy Of The Western Conference.

It has taken six long years, but the San Antonio Spurs are Western Conference Champions once again.

What a statement they made too.

Their 93-86 victory in Memphis over the Grizzlies ensured a 4-0 series sweep, the first in a conference finals since 1993, when the Nets swept the Pistons to claim the Eastern Conference championship. The Spurs have swept two out of their three opponents in the Playoffs thus far, demonstrating the sort of class and team-unity that has become the benchmark of the Popovich era in San Antonio.

There's just no substitute for experience.

Despite their regular season record of 58-24, many believed the Playoffs would be too much strain on this ageing group, who have been wrapped in cotton wool for most of the season, guaranteeing their freshness for the postseason. It seemed to be a bridge too far last season, blowing a 2-0 lead against Oklahoma City and falling at the final hurdle. With another year on the clocks of their star players, it would take a great deal of effort and man-management to get there again.

Mission accomplished.

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