Posts Tagged 'NBA'

NBA/Stanley Cup Playoffs = AWESOME

Anyone I run into lately has had to put up with my constant endorsing of the Stanley Cup (NHL) Playoffs and the NBA Playoffs.

I cannot get enough of it! There are exciting games being played literally every night, which is the best part. God bless the NFL, it is by far my favorite sport, but the waiting each week for the games drives me crazy. There is nothing like this time of year when there is action on every evening.

Now I will admit, part of my interest in these games is because I usually have a dog in the fight because I bet on the games using Cent Sports (which is a very cool site and is deserving of it’s on blog post on here some other day). But even if I wasn’t pulling for this team or that to cover by x number of points…you can’t ignore the intensity of these games in both sports.

Take last night for example. First up was Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi’s between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a tight game throughout and the B’s Milan Lucic scored the go ahead goal with just over four minutes to play. Boston’s TD Garden was going NUTS! On each power play and penalty kill you could feel the tension of the crowd on the edge of their seats. Great stuff.

At the same time the Celtics-Cavaliers game was being played in Cleveland. This was more of a blowout and consequently my attention was on the hockey game instead. But still there were some amazing plays including Rajon Rondo’s must see fakeout. The Cav’s Lebron James is an amazing show every night he plays, however he is dealing with a right elbow injury so he isn’t at his best.

The late basketball game was the Spurs at the Suns in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi’s. And this was a fantastic western shootout.

A little background: The teams hate each other, and the fans hate each other. This is mostly due to this being the sixth time the teams have faced each other in the post season in the past decade. U.S. Airways Arena was rocking from the opening tip to the final buzzer.

The NBA is always fun for me to watch because of the superstars. Phoenix’s Amar’e Stoudemire and Steve Nash were a joy to watch in this one. They played with so much energy and effort. Nash scored 17 points in the first quarter and was feeding off of the crowd’s emotion. On the other end, the Spurs looked out of the game and ready to throw in the towel several times in the game. And each time, when they were down by about 14 or 15, they would make a thunderous run and get right back in it. Tony Parker made some amazing drives to the hoop and Tim Duncan, although beginning to show signs of aging, is still a master at hitting that midrange bank shot.

This was all on one evening. And there is still more than a month of this craziness to go. Can’t wait to see what unfolds the rest of the way

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Week in Review: 2/23-2/26

Feb. 26, 2009, 10:33 PM

It’s time for another edition of the Week in Review.

~I have a few links regarding Wednesday night’s Duke-Maryland game. This first one is from Dan Steinberg’s blog on washingtonpost.com He goes into detail about how the Maryland students love to taunt Jon Scheyer and his facial expressions. There was even a Facebook group titled “Operation Scheyerface v2.0” to coordinate all of the fun. On the front page of the group, users can print out six different faces of Mr. Scheyer. They did that to the fullest extent the other night.

-In addition to the mass producing of Jon Scheyer’s face, some students got a hold of the phone numbers for the rooms that Duke players were in at the Greenbelt Marriott near College Park.

-And in case you missed it or just want to see it again, below is the clip of Dave Neal’s devastating screen on Nolan Smith.

-Tiger Woods made his return to golf after after a nine month absence on Wednesday, and there were two funny ads on the Golf Channel. There was a Nike one that I posted in my last entry. The other ad was from the PGA Tour, and you can watch it is below:

-Yesterday, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com made note of a little war of words between ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. The two were discussing who will be drafted number one in this year’s NFL Draft during an episode of Sportscenter.

-The NBA is concerned about some of it’s teams not being able to handle the effects of the economy, and they are reportedly set to borrow $175 million.

-Earlier this week at the NFL Combine, the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen ran his annual 40 yard dash. I believe this is the third year in a row he has done this. Notice the red Under Armour kicks haha.

-And on Monday we learned that the Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen will be the subject of a reality show on the new MLB network this season. The show, called “The Pen”, will make it’s debut on June 1.

Thoughts on the Ravens, Nick Markakis, and Boston-Orlando

Jan. 22, 2009, 5:50 PM

-Well it has been a solid week and a half since my last post. I could not find the time to write anything, I apologize to anyone who was looking for info on the Ravens-Steelers game.

-Speaking of the Ravens, Sunday’s AFC Championship was one heck of a football game. Aside from the disappointment I felt in the few hours afterward, I really enjoyed the game.  It was exactly what most people expected…a classic hard hitting, knock ’em down drag ’em out dogfight. The Steelers played great defense and they clearly deserve the title of the best team in the AFC. And defensively? It is rare to see a team dominate defensively better than the Ravens, but on Sunday that is exactly what the Steelers did. Now comes the long off-season for the Ravens. And quite a few questions linger. Who will they draft? Will Ray Lewis re-sign with the team? Can Ozzie Newsome land a big name free agent receiver or cornerback? It will be interesting to see what steps will be made to ensure another successful season takes place in ’09.

-The Orioles announced today that they have re-signed right fielder Nick Markakis to a six year deal worth $66.1 million. The contract locks up Markakis through 2014. This past season, he batted .306, scored 106 runs and led all major league outfielders with 17 assists. The contract is the second-largest in Orioles history(Miguel Tejada signed for $72 million before the 2004 season). This is a great move by the team. It is a good sign that they are showing they want the best young player on the team around for another six seasons. I would not be suprised if Markakis is named to multiple All-Star games before it is time for a new contract.

-Lastly, in the NBA tonight there is a great game between the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic. Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard will be the matchup to watch. The game starts at 8:00 EST and you can catch it on TNT.


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