The Knicks are in the process of trying to hire Steve Kerr as their new head coach. This is another chess move by Phil Jackson that makes complete sense to me. Phil can still coach without actually being on the sideline because I'm sure he will teach Kerr the triangle offense, which will be good for Carmelo Anthony. Hiring Kerr will only be a step forward in a long process of turning this franchise around. People are questioning whether or not Kerr should take the Knicks job, and look into other coaching positions. The Knicks job is the best option in my opinion, especially with Phill being in charge of the front office, someone you already won 3 championships with.
I think the Sharks are officially the prey now. All they needed to do was win 1 game and instead they lost 3 straight, being outscored 13-4. This may go down as one of the biggest collapses in NHL history but the Kings are not no slouches. Just two years ago they ran through the Stanley Cup Playoffs as an 8th seed, going 8-1 in the first two rounds. I see the Kings taking game 7, easily.
Right before Kevin Durant was about to shoot his second free throw, Joey Crawford stopped him in mid motion to yell at somebody at the scorers table, KD would then miss the next free throw. KD still should have made the free throw but Crawford was not supposed to do what he did either. This will be added to the long list of pathetic officiating moves by Joey Crawford, I really don't understand how he is still a referee.
I must applaud Tony Allen for his defense this series, completely taking KD out of his game, shooting just under 40% from the field. Allen has made it very very tough for the scoring champion, just like he did to Kobe in the 2007 NBA Finals. I didn't see the entire game but from the looks of twitter, Russell continued to jack up shots. I blame Scotty Brooks for this because he continues to allow Russell to jack up shots and doesn't realize that Russell is not a point guard. Until Scotty decides to switch it up and start Russell at the SG position, the Thunder are not going to win. Regardless of what happens with Russell, KD still has to step up. He is the star and has been playing like an MVP all season, its time for him to play like an MVP for the rest of this series.
Manny Machado has officially been activated to the Orioles' 25 man roster and I'm sure Birdland couldn't be happier. Machado would have played in his first game Tuesday night against the Pirates but the game was postponed. The O's without Machado are 12-12, ranking 10th in runs and 5th in team batting average in the MLB. I think adding Machado to the lineup will be great because Machado could take over as leadoff man, which is currently held by Nick Markakis. Not saying Markakis isn't a great leadoff man but I think moving him down in the lineup will make it hell for opposing pitchers, if it already isn't. One thing I hope Machado's return doesn't effect is Johnathan Schoop, who has been Manny's replacement at 3rd base. Schoop only has a .248 batting average but he has made some clutch hits so far this season. I'm sure Buck will find somewhere on the roster for the 22 yr old.
The Wizards moved on to the next round, their 1st playoff series victory in almost 10 years. The Wizards use great defense and post presence to defeat the Bulls in 5 games. The MVP of the Series most definitely goes to Nene, who outplayed Joakim Noah every game in the series. Marcin Gortat also played a big role in this series, averaging 13 points and 9 boards. With Nene and Gortat playing beastly down bottom, the Wizards have a great opportunity to reach the Eastern Conference finals. They give both the Pacers and Hawks match up problems, because they're big down bottom, athletic on the wing, and have solid scorers in the backcourt. What I like about the Wizards is how they have been playing defense. How many teams can win only scoring 75 points? Bulls might not be potent offensively but they averaged 94 points a game this season (90 points this series) and only scored 69 points in their final game. Defense wins series