The Pacers came out in Game 1 proven us all wrong that they were in deed mentally ready for this series, putting the Heat on the ropes. Well, in game 2 the Heat got off the ropes and took control of the fight. Winning game 2 now gives the Heat home court advantage, something the Pacers were lobbying for all season. Pacers had the lead going into the 4th quarter, 63-62, but allowed LBJ and D-Wade to go for 18 points combined in the final period. I have to applaud the Heat defense, especially LeBron, for strapping down in the final 5 minutes of the game, going on an 8-0 run and outscoring the Pacers 15-9.
I will say that the Pacers still played very good and should keep this same intensity. Hibbert for 2 games straight have been playing BIG in the middle and even though they lost, he still needs to play like that. Lance Stephenson at one point in this game was on fire and was playing smart, he also needs to play like this for the entire series. A few bad offensive bad possessions in the final stretch is what hurt the Pacers this game.
I still see this series going 7 games but who ever can win 2 consecutive games, will win the series. We know the Heat can win on the road, now its the Pacers turn to prove they can.
For the second consecutive season, the Cavs will have the #1 pick. Last season, they drafted Anthony Bennett, who was clearly not the best player in the draft. And that's not to say that Bennett's career won't pan out but the Cavs could have drafted someone with more value an upside. This season they will have the same option to select the best player or best project. I suggest the Cavs take Jabari Parker. I think he is the best player in the draft, barely edging out Julius Randle. Parker for the Cavs will give them another very talented scorer that Kyrie can grow with.
I say Parker instead of Wiggins because I think he is more equipped offensively than Andrew Wiggins, who might have difficulty scoring in the league. Parker can shoot, has a better post game, and can almost match Wiggins on the athletic end.
I also think we are asking for too much out of Kyrie who is only in his 2nd year. Get him some players and I don't see why he can't lead them to deep playoff runs or even a title. Hopefully, the Cavs will make the right decision.
Since the NBA will be going through legal stuff with Donald Sterling, I will be watching nothing but baseball and the World Cup this summer. The World Cup couldn't come at the right time, in the summer where the sports world is slow. This year's cup will be in Brazil and the USA team will try their best to make us proud but it will be TOUGH. While being in the "Group of death", the U.S team must be able to put numbers on the boards with Germany and Portugal, especially at the Forward spot. Brian McBride in 2002 against Mexico was the last Forward to score for the U.S in the World Cup.
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/AUT), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/NED), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
This year's squad is deep at forward, led by Jozy Altidore, who was apart of the 2010 U.S World Cup team at the ripe of 20. Now 4 years older, Altidore is expected to be one of the leaders on this team and best player. One surprising player that is missing is Eddie Johnson, who miss the 30 man preliminary roster, another sign of how deep the Forward spot is. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, former German star, must submit his final 23-man roster by June 2nd, a day after the U.S play a friendly against Turkey.
I have no issue with Shady saying he is the best running back in the league. Not only did he led the league in rushing, but he also led the league in carries (314) and yards from scrimmage (2,146). In the past 3 seasons he has accumulated 36 total TDs in only 43 games, damn good numbers from a running back. I'm sure some of you are wondering how am I forgetting Adrian Peterson but I'm not. A running back in today league has to be potent in both the ground and air game, and Shady does work in both areas. He might not be as strong as A.Pete but he still can break tackles, mainly by making defenders miss badly.
My cousin for years have claimed that Belmont will always throw salt in the race for whoever is trying to complete the Triple Crown. Well they wasted no time with Cali Chrome. Apparently, Belmont does not allow any equipment that could enhance a horses performance and they needed to make sure NASAL STRIPS was not a performance enhancer. Cali Chrome has worn this strip at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and the 4 races he won prior to the Triple Crown, so Belmont obviously felt that strip was giving him an edge. Belmont cleared the strip but now Cali Chrome and his trainer, Art Sherman, must prepare for the long 1 1/2 mile race that has killed many Triple Crown dreams. Since 1978, 12 horses have failed to win the Belmont Stakes after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. I have confidence that Cali Chrome can complete the triple crown because in both the Derby and Preakness, he left the field. Let's see if he can leave the field in Belmont.
New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens
The New York Rangers look like they are probably going to the one coming out of the Eastern Conference. With the 3-1 win on the road, the Rangers jump out to a 2-0 series lead. Considering that Carey Price is injured and the Montréal Canadiens has shown no real fight, it is probably over for the Habs. However, these NHL playoffs have shown anyone that anything is possible, in other words keep watching. With that being said, the Canadiens have completely blown their home court advantage and I wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers sweep the Canadiens at this point. The Canadiens look defeated right now on and off the ice and I expect the Rangers to take the series having now won 2 straight.
Los Angeles kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Game 1 of the Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks series was a defensive masterpiece, in the end, the Chicago Blackhawks pulled out the 3-1 victory. With the win Chicago still hold home court advantage but I still think the LA Kings will win. Johnathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, and company are good but I think the LA Kings are really really good defensively and have shown that they can score. I will say this, I think whoever comes out of the West between these two teams win eventually win the Stanley Cup because both team's core groups in the Western conference have experience winning the Stanley cup and know what it takes. (@MichaelAsiffo)