We've seen this movie before. Just like last year, the Spurs take game 1 and game 3. Spurs didn't win by 30 this time but they did have a 25 point lead in the first half. Kawhi Leonard was the best player on the floor, dropping a career high 29 points, shooting 76% from the field while playing some terrific defense on LeBron James. The Spurs shot the ball very well in the first half, only missing 6 shots, but the defense they played was stout. While everyone was amazed by how the Spurs was scoring, I enjoyed watching them completely shut down the Heat.
The Heat could never match the Spurs on both sides of the floor and even though they made a run to cut it to 7, Spurs didn't allow them to get any closer. So far, the Spurs have looked like the better team, but I find that hard to believe. Heat have 3 stars, 1 of which is the best player in the world. I don't know why they go through this, but they must stop playing like the all-world team one game then mediocre in the next. Even though they did win the series last year after getting ran out the gym in game 3, I wouldn't rely on the Spurs missing free throws this time.
Derek Fisher is officially the head coach of the New York Knickerbockers. My colleague doesn't think that Fisher will help the Knicks woes but I think otherwise. I'm not leaning towards Fisher being the next Phil Jackson but I think this is another step in bringing a winning culture into the Knicks organization. Fisher throughout his career has always been the prototype for what a professional athlete should be and is well respected throughout the league. Will this keep Melo in New York? We'll have to wait and see. Do I think he is going to leave New York? No. The Knicks and Phil Jackson still has some rebuilding to do, which I'm sure is frustrating for an 10 year vet like Melo, but championships don't come easy unless you take the Bronny route (no shots fired).
For some reason, the MLB and the media felt as though when Manny Machado released his bat yesterday that he was trying to hit an opposing player, in result suspending him for 5 games. I think this is a bunch of bologna because Manny, who is a very quiet player, was being provoked the whole series. Nobody said anything about the aggressive push Josh Donaldson did on Friday or about the pitch thrown at his knees right before his bat flying. He was already thrown out of the game, a 5 game suspension is just unnecessary.