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USA Olympic Basketball Team Picked

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They are just so dreamy!

When you think of the USA Men’s Basketball Olympic Team, you immediately remember the 1992 “Dream Team.”  The 1992 team was the first American team to feature active NBA players and is considered the greatest team ever put together in any sport.  Let me break it down for you. The Dream Team consisted of Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, John Stockton, David Robinson, Christian Laettner, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, and Chris Mullin.  Unless you live in a shell or have never heard anything about professional basketball you should have heard of majority of these players.  The USA coasted through the Olympics embarrassing country after country and letting the world know that this is America’s sport and no one will change that.  Even though the USA is ranked the #1 in the FIBA world rankings, they have found it difficult to portray the same dominance that they showed in the 90’s.

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Balls of Bronze – the clanking heard round the world.

In 2004, the USA finished with an embarrassing bronze medal and received criticism from a country that does not accept anything but gold in this competition.  If we lose a gymnastics competition or two who cares, but the basketball team must bring home the gold.  The 2008 team redeemed the 2004 team’s failure by winning it all and restoring balance to the basketball world.  This afternoon the 2012 squad was announced and I have to say that as an American I am very proud of the team we are sending to the London Olympics.  Led by veteran’s Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony, the USA will look to sweep through these Olympics with what I feel is the best team since 1992.  Besides the three I have already mentioned, the USA will have the talents of Russel Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler.

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Dreams anew for 2012

A lot of people look at this team as undersized and inexperienced, but what I see is a team that is built for the modern-day game.  If you read the names of the 2012 team you will find only one true Center in Tyson Chandler and then no other dominant big men.  Don’t try to come at me with Blake Griffin and Kevin Love because neither of them represent the typical big man that NBA fans are used to.  They are both great players in their own rights, but players like Ewing, Robinson, Barkley and Malone are true big men.  Some people will look at this like a negative, but with the way that international basketball is played now, the big man is a formality and no longer a necessity.

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Olympic Veteran’s Day

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This is Carmelo, Kobe and Lebron’s third Olympics that they are playing together so the veteran leadership is present and accounted for.  For some reason there are some skeptics out there that feel this year’s squad can’t match up to the 2008 team.

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US might be Ibaka the saddle again!

“They are just like us, they also have players with a lot of talent,” the Oklahoma City power forward said Saturday in his first full day of training with the Spanish team. “They are a different team to 2008, but their players are still very good.”  I hope that the USA team doesn’t take condescending comments like this lightly.  Sure Spain finished with the silver medal back in 2008, but there is no way they think they can actually match up with all of the best scorers in the NBA.  The NBA scoring champion 7 out of the last 8 year’s is currently on the USA team.  I honestly feel that the roster that we have going into the Olympics could have competed with the Dream Team.  Now I am not saying they would have beaten the Dream Team, but any game between them would have definitely been competitive.

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Chris Paul dreams big for 12

Chris Paul thinks that this team is much better than the ’08 squad.  “When I think about ’08, we were really good then. But like me, LeBron and D-Will, all of us talk about, you’ve got to think about how much better all of us are now than we were in ’08,” Paul said. “All of us as players, we shoot the ball better. Guys are more athletic, guys are more confident. One through 12, no question we’re deeper than we were in ’08.”

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We work Harden most!

If you didn’t notice, OKC will have their big 3 on the roster and James Harden couldn’t be more proud.  “Great characters, workaholics, just humble guys, humble guys and blessed to be in this position,” Harden said of himself, Durant and Westbrook. (Guys) who work hard and just set ourselves up for greatness and to achieve, and just to be on the same team with these guys means a lot.”

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Deron the right track for Olympic gold

Spirits are up and the gold medal is America’s to lose.  Will all of these high expectations be too much for America to handle?  I think not.  I expect to see the USA dominate throughout the Olympics and bring home the gold.  If that doesn’t happen it will be considered on of the biggest tragedies in American basketball history.  How do you feel this USA team will finish the 2012 Olympics?


It’s About Damn Time, It’s About Damn Time!

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The long road to a championship, rode long by a champion.

NBA Rookie of the Year, 8-time NBA All-Star selection, 2008 Scoring Title, 3-time NBA MVP, and 6-time NBA All First Team selection would seem to be enough accolades to be considered one of the best ever.  Well, for Lebron James it wasn’t until last night when he led his Miami Heat to the NBA Title and picked up his first ever Championship ring and Finals MVP award.  The dark cloud that has been following over Lebron’s head since he decided to take his talents to South Beach has finally gone away and now the best player in the world can get the credit he deserves.  I can’t say I was rooting for James to win it, but as a basketball fan and they way he won it was absolutely remarkable.

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Over sounds of Thunder, the Heat lightning struck and burned

From the opening tip in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, James seemed determined to finish the series in Miami and not have to travel back to the most hostile environment in the NBA, OKC.  Fittingly, Miami’s first two points were from an emphatic slam by James and from that point on you just felt that his talents had finally surfaced in South Beach the way he promised his fans back in 2010.  Throughout the playoffs I was cheering against Miami for no other reason than I am a huge supporter of the underdog.  I mean I am a Mets, Knicks and Jets fan.  In this game, as the minutes slowly diminished and Miami was rapping up their rout of the Thunder, 121-106, I found myself smiling and slightly impressed with what Miami had accomplished.

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Double Check? No, I was just checking to make sure I didn’t wet myself from laughing!

There’s something to be said about winning a championship, but there is a lot more to be said about a team that wins a championship when most of the world is rooting against them.  As much as I would like to not give any credit to anyone except Lebron, I can’t.  This Championship run was a legitimate team effort.  From consistently strong games from Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, to surprising shooting performances from Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers, there was really no chance for OKC.  The second that the Thunder developed a game plan, Miami seemed to have their counterattack ready to go.

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It was Miller time even before the celebrations began!

In the clinching game 5, Miami’s surprising star was non-other than “Sir Limps A Lot,” Mike Miller.  Like a robotic zombie, Miller limped up and down the court and just drained 3-pointer after 3-pointer.  Miller entered the game 0-3 from downtown, but after game 5 finished he was an astonishing 7-11 for the series.  For all you math whizzes out there, that means he went a lights out 7-8 from beyond the arc in an NBA Title clinching game…that is amazing!  I hate to say it but even Miami’s undeserving coach seemed to of run a few plays that actually looked like he knew what he was doing.  I find it remarkable that a team that has basically been together for 2 years waited till their final game of the NBA Finals to show the world their best stuff.

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Yeah – something even bigger than MY head and that shines as much as me.

Sure Miami won their second Championship ever as a franchise and it was a total team effort, but what the fans of basketball will always remember this series as is Lebron’s first title.  Now, will it be the first of many like Lebron promised us two years ago?  In my opinion I think it is.  If last night’s game, and all of the playoffs for that matter, is any indication of how Lebron’s game is improving then the rest of the world should step aside.  Michael Jordan didn’t win his first Championship until he was 28 and the now 27 year-old James has a platform to measure the rest of his career against.  Congratulations to the Miami Heat for winning the NBA Championship and a special congratulations to Lebron James for not only proving the haters wrong, but proving that he is the best player in the world.


Super Mario and the Heat Are One Game Away

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Big 3 look good, but Mario is the real chalmer.

It wasn’t Lebron James, it wasn’t Dwayne Wade and it wasn’t Chris Bosh, so who pushed the Miami Heat to a 104-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in game 4 of the NBA Finals?  His name is Mario Chalmers and he was absolutely marvelous.  When the Heat were down and needed a place to turn, Mario took a note out of Russel Westbrook’s book and focused more on scoring rather than passing.  Now that is not typically the mentality you want from your starting point guard but there are many times when it is effective.  Chalmers scored 25 points which was only 1 point behind James for their team high.  There were times late in the game where Chalmers looked as dominant as he once did when he played for the Kansas Jayhawks.

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West broke without Westbrook

OKC came out to a blazing start and seemed to have complete control over the game.  Unfortunately for the Thunder, they really only had one player show up and that was Russel Westbrook.  Westbrook had a performance that I can only describe as one of the most impressive offensive outbursts I have ever seen in an NBA Finals game.  Russel had a stat line of 43 points, including 17 in the fourth, and 7 rebounds and 5 assists.  Westbrook’s PIC (Partner in Crime), Kevin Durant, seemed a little flat during the game and although he finished with 28 points he never seemed to make the big shot that shifted momentum back into the Thunder’s favor.  Sixth man of the year, James Harden, was pathetic all game and if he doesn’t turn it around then the Thunder have absolutely no chance to beat Miami Thursday.

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It took a while but I found the definition of Referee that seems to fit: “a person who is willing to testify to the character or capabilities of someone”. So not necessarily someone who judges play, but a character reference for Lebron.

Now I don’t like making excuses, especially in the Finals, but something is getting out of hand.  The refereeing in this series as well as every one of Lebron James’ series, has been inconsistent and unfair.  Westbrook had 43 points, he took 18 shots from within the painted area and seemed to get hacked nearly every time.  He accumulated 3 foul shots.  Lebron and Wade had 51 points combined, they took a total of 17 shots from within the painted area and got to the line 17 times.  That stat seems a little off because there is no way the calls can be that lopsided.  OKC went to the foul line the second most amount of times out of every team in the NBA during the regular season but only made it there 16 times in game 4.  That is a fucking joke because the refs seem to cradle Lebron James’ testicles in their hands as he hacks players without whistles on a regular basis.  Even my PIC, NYBobby, called me during the game to say he noticed what I and the basketball world have been saying all year.

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Despite obvious help from refs, James still manages to be the best B-baller on his own.

ESPN analyst Steven A. Smith has been criticizing the refereeing all playoffs long and said this morning that one of the reasons that Durant is getting the shit end of every call this series is because he is too skinny.  That really pisses me off because with that logic I should be in the NBA because my fat ass would be getting every call in my favor.  Now I will stop bitching about the refs and give some credit where credit is due.  Lebron James is the best player in the world.  He can dominate whenever he wants and in game 4 he even proved that he can score without being able to use his legs.  Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game that James was cramping because he was dehydrated.  Well Erik, maybe you should grab the man a cup of water once in a while because he is about to win you your first of many undeserved championships.  The series seems to be slipping away from OKC and now Thursday’s game will determine if these two teams are going to travel back to Oklahoma.  If OKC can win Thursday then its anyone’s series from there on.


The Fundamentals Are Not So Fun

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My, am I excited! This might really happen.

Last night was the perfect description of what Pat Riley and the Heat organization envisioned when they put together their team of all-stars in 2010.  Fluid ball movement and precision passing for easy baskets inside the paint is the only way Miami can succeed and they did it nearly flawlessly last night in their 91-85 victory.  Led by 29 points and 14 rebounds from James, Miami found different ways to hurt the Thunder throughout game 3 of the NBA Finals last night.   Wade, although he had a poor shooting performance, finished the game with 25 points and 7 boards and 7 assists, which was without question his best game of the Finals thus far.  Chris Bosh also provided his second straight double-double since being reinserted into the starting lineup that seems to have the Thunder flustered.

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This James was just not up to the task that the other James was.

So where did the Thunder go wrong last night?  Durant finished with a respectable 25 points with over 50% shooting, while Russel Westbrook added a hard-fought 19 points.  The key missing piece to the puzzle was James Harden.  The sixth man of the year shot a pathetic 2-10 from the floor and finished with a dismal 9 points.  The Thunder can not beat the Heat in Miami without the spark off the bench that has made them such a formidable team throughout the year.

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Not since Alan Ladd has a Shane been this heroic
[if you are not over 50 you probably don’t get this reference]

The loss might also be attributed to the fact that Shane Battier, Miami’s former sixth man but now starter, is having one of the best 3-point shooting Finals of all time.  Through the first three games of the series Battier has made at least four 3-pointers.  No one in the NBA has done that in four straight finals games since Dennis “3D” Scott did it back in 1995 for Florida’s other team, the Orlando Magic.  It’s amazing because Battier is coming off career lows for field goal percentage as well as 3-point percentage, but he has absolutely been Miami’s x-factor this series.  I’m sure NYBobby is thrilled with my shout out for Shane based solely on the fact that I am a UNC Tar Heels supporter, while he goes for their rivals the Duke Blue Devils, Battier’s alma mater.

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Erik?

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Erik?

Maybe the reason that the Thunder lost isn’t because Miami’s “Big 3” got their shit together, or because James Harden was building a house with his bricks last night, or because Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra has a striking resemblance to a Tarsier Monkey from his native lands of the Philippines (I don’t know why I feel the need to trash him, but I do).  Maybe the reason the Thunder lost is based solely upon their lack of execution when it comes to basketball fundamentals.  OKC shot an out-of-character 15-24 from the foul line and committed 6 fourth quarter turnovers.  They also finished the game with a minuscule 11 assists on 33 field goals made.  While the Thunder went most of the season lacking an assist man, they were also the best foul shooting team and they committed the second fewest turnovers, so these two stats are inexcusable.  If OKC has any hope of making it out of Miami alive then they better get their act together. And maybe Scott Brooks shouldn’t ever have his two best players, Westbrook and Durant, on the bench for the same time for 5 minutes like he did at the end of the third quarter where Miami made their comeback.

P.S.  NBA referees please know that it is acceptable to call fouls on Lebron James!


Two Man Game

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First half assessment – let’s see, the little round red thing with the strings hanging on it; we’re supposed to hit that, right?

Miami came out of the gates scorching hot and the Thunder looked in trouble from the get go.  Lebron was shutting everything down that came his way and role players like Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier were hitting their open shots on every James or Wade doubled pass out.  OKC’s real 6th man, their fans, were removed from the game quickly and the advantage that has helped the Thunder remain perfect on their home court during the postseason was no longer present.  Coach McFly called multiple time outs and made earlier than usual substitutions to try to answer this Miami Heat onslaught.  Trailing by as many as 13 in the first half, OKC did everything they could just to stay alive in the game and keep themselves within a small run to mount a comeback.

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Okay, so those other 3 guys in the white uniforms are allowed to score too? No one told me!

After slicing the Heats’ lead nearly in half and trailing only by 7 points going into halftime, the Thunder looked as if the momentum in the game was falling in their favor.  At this point in most Miami Heat recaps of games,  I would usually find a way to insult coach Spoelstra but I think I can leave him alone for this one.  Clearly the Thunder had a halftime plan and they executed it perfectly.

Their plan of, “pass the ball the Kevin Durant or Russel Westbrook and score,” seemed to work flawlessly as the two players single-handily out scored the entire Miami Heat team in the second half 41-40.  Add that with the support they received from Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha and you have a half of basketball completely dominated by the home team.  It seemed as if every time that OKC had an offensive possession, they scored.  Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in a true anti-Lebron fashion…he did it in the fourth quarter.  Westbrook nearly had a triple double with an impressive stat line of 27 points, 11 dimes and 8 boards.

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Heat Lightning not as bright as the Claps of Thunder!

With their 104-95 loss in game 1 to OKC, Miami is going to have to develop a game plan to see if they can weather the Thunder’s storm leading into game 2.  Step one should be helping Dwayne Wade find his old form that made him the 2006 NBA Finals MVP.  Wade started the game sluggish and finished even worse.  He scored a meaningless 19 points on 7-19 shooting, which is only as good as it was because of a few nice dishes from Lebron that made for easy layups.  Miami stands no chance of beating this young and talented Thunder team without exceptional games on a nightly basis from both Lebron and Wade.  The same goes for OKC’s Durant and Westbrook.  These teams lean heavily upon their stars and in game one, Miami’s two scored a combined 49 points compared to the 63 scored by Duranbrook or Westurant…you choose.   I also think that for Lebron and Wade to find themselves open more often, Miami’s worthless coach Erik Spoelstra (I knew I couldn’t make it through the whole article), is going to have to start Bosh.  I don’t think it’s rocket science, I mean this guy is paid $20 million a year and is one of the best perimeter PF/C shooters in the game.  Game one is over and I am sure all the basketball fans in the world like myself are craving game 2 but we will have to wait until Thursday night to see it.  I predict that the Thunder will remain perfect in the sea of Blue that fills the Chesapeake Energy Arena on a nightly basis.


NBA Finals Preview: Lebron vs Durant

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Jimmy Durante, Kevin James,
 Lebron James, Kevin Durant.
A connection? You decide!

Elgin Baylor, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Pete Maravich, Reggie Miller, Patrick Ewing…Lebron James.  What do all of these names have in common?  They all have had Hall of Fame careers, but always fell just short of that elusive NBA Championship.  Lebron James has a chance to remove his name from this list as he makes his 3rd trip to the NBA Finals and second in as many years.  The 2012 NBA Finals has one of the most exciting matchups of all time, featuring the most hated man in basketball versus one of the most loved.  Lebron James and Kevin Durant are headlining what is sure to be an epic duel of good vs evil.

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As a Mets fan, I HAVE to draw a bad Yankee analogy.

The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder make their way to the NBA’s biggest stage having traveled completely different paths.  OKC, formally the Seattle Supersonics, drafted Durant back in 2007 and spent years building around him to find the proper championship fit.  The Miami Heat drafted Dwayne Wade back in 2003 and followed the New York Yankees philosophy of “if you can’t beat them, buy them,” to get their championship squad.  Regardless of how they got there, we have a great matchup to watch over these next 2 weeks.  Both of these powerhouse teams finished 2nd in their respective conferences, but were the favorites from most to make it to the big dance.

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Miami will blah blah dee blah blah while Thunder has blah blah blahbiddy blah. Go ahead – prove me wrong!

Even though they are playing in the same series, the pressures for both teams are on totally different levels.  For Oklahoma City, this is the first trip to the Finals for pretty much everyone outside of role-playing center Kendrick Perkins and long time veteran back up point guard, Derrick Fisher.  As for Miami, this is their second consecutive trip to the Finals and if you ask anyone in the organization I can assure you that they are playing by the mantra “win or the season is a failure.”  OKC is bringing the 3rd best offense in the NBA this season to the Finals to matchup against the 4th most stingy team when it comes to giving up points.  Miami, or should I say Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, bring a level of intensity on defense that they will need every second of each 48 minute game just to stay in contention with OKC.  The Thunder lack the defensive abilities that the Heat portray, but more than make up for it by draining shots from pretty much anywhere.

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Will NBA MVP KO OK, or OKTC KA MIA ?

This might be an NBA Finals matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat, but the world will be paying much more attention to a very specific battle…”The Durantula” vs. “The King.”  The 3-time NBA MVP, Lebron James, and the 3-time scoring champion, Kevin Durant will fight for the most coveted award in basketball.  I can assure you that either one of these players would sacrifice all of their previous accolades to get their hands on that 14.5 pound sterling silver hardware with a 24-karat gold overlay.  Lebron, who turned the whole state of Ohio as well as most of America against him as he decided to bring his “talents to South Beach,” has more to prove than anyone.  James’ birth certificate might say he is 27, but his receding hairline that requires a double headband to cover it up, says that he is closer to 60.  Over the past 2 years since joining Miami, James has suffered through more high pressure situations than former president George W. Bush would in a Boggle tournament.

Like many others, I have given Lebron James and the rest of the Miami Heat a hard time throughout this season and there really is only one way they can all shut me up…WIN!  The mightier pressure might be on Miami but my pick is OKC in a thrilling 7 games.  Let me know if you agree or not.


Lebron Quiets Critics as the Heat Beat the Celtics…and Manny Pacquiao!

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Big man steps up, and on throat of Boston

“Thank you for helping me keep my job,” is probably exactly what Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra was thinking as the final seconds of Miami’s game 7 101-88 victory over the Boston Celtics wound down.  Before the game started, a stoic Lebron James was asked how he felt about the game 7 matchup, since he had lost in his previous 2 game 7’s, and James responded with “I won’t regret it!”  That type of confidence would intimidate anyone, but coming from arguably the best basketball player on the planet would make even Chuck Norris shit his pants.  After the disappointing game 5 loss to Boston that put Miami down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, critics were trashing Lebron’s “lack of a clutch factor,” while Miami fans were begging for Spoelstra’s head/resignation form.

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Boston’s bashing Bosh’s, boasts Bron(Le)!

Game 6 was a breeze and entering game 7, Miami was considered a big favorite on their home court.  As the game started it was lead change after lead change with both teams countering their opponents attacks.  When the third quarter approached, Boston came out of the gates fast and built an 11 point lead.  At that point you could see the fear in Spoelstra’s eyes as he was about to lead the favored Miami Heat to yet another disheartening early exit from the playoffs.  Luckily for Spoelstra, James didn’t show that same fear.  Lebron had a sense of motivation and determination that I have personally never seen him have.  There was absolutely no way that Lebron was not going to face off with OKC in the NBA Finals.  Even though James was the clear reason that Miami won this game and the series, he gave credit to a player that made a huge difference in games 6 and 7.  “He was big time — every shot, every defensive play, every rebound — we missed him,” James said of Chris Bosh. “We’re just happy to have him back at the right time. If it wasn’t for him and the rest of the guys that stepped up, we don’t win this game.”  Classy statement from Lebron, but the truth of the matter is that without James, Miami would have been swept by the Knicks in the first round.

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“You damn Maimi kids get off our lawn!” Seniors cannot keep hooligans at bay

I have to give Boston a lot of credit, because during the regular season they were under .500 going into the all-star break.  For them to completely turn their season around and make it all the way to game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals is an impressive feat in itself, but to do it with a team filled with players that will be using walkers and wearing Depends in a few years is all the more extraordinary.  This was most likely the last game that Boston’s “Big 4,” (Rondo, Garnett, Pierce, and Allen) will ever play together.  I’m a die-hard Knicks fan so I am not to unhappy with that news, but as a sports fan it is always sad to see a dynasty die.

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Manny are called, but few are chosen.

The Celtics didn’t only lose this game for themselves, but they seem to have helped Timothy Bradley beat a disgruntled Boston fan in Manny Pacquiao.  The two welterweights had an epic matchup of their own last night that Bradley ended up winning in a split decision.  What’s incredible about this battle is that Pacquiao has been a life long Celtics fan and refused to let the match start until the Boston Miami game was over.  By caring more about the basketball matchup then his own fight, Manny seemed to have had his priorities askew.  “I did my best,” Pacquiao said. “I guess my best wasn’t good enough.”  Don’t worry Manny, neither was Boston’s.


Magical Effort From James

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Shaq may have played a genie in a movie, but Lebron acted that role in real life last night!

The other team in Florida might be named the Magic and the former NBA great and current analyst might be called Magic, but what Lebron James did last night in Boston was pure Magic.  With 45 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in Miami’s crucial 98-79 romp of Boston, Lebron put himself in the record books as one of the only two players in playoff history to boast those types of numbers.  The other man was a guy called Wilt Chamberlain…have you heard of him?  At halftime, with a 13 point lead over Boston, Lebron told ESPN reporter Doris Burke that he did not plan on coming out of this game at all.  James shot 19 of 26 from the field and finished four points shy of his playoff career-high, while only sitting for the final 3 minutes of the game because it was long over.

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If you’re gonna talk the shit, you gotta walk that shit. James’ shoes must have smelled like hell in game 6!

I know I rag on Lebron a lot, along with the rest of the world, but James set that shit up for himself.  He played with America’s minds and decided to go to a powerhouse stacked team rather than have a franchise built around him.  Regardless of if you like him in Miami or not, his decision was cowardly.  When I rip Lebron on the regular, it is usually about his lack of finishing out the fourth quarter strong.  Now James might have done the majority of his scoring and stat building in the first 3 quarters, but to me that was a great strategy.  He didn’t give himself a chance to blow it in the final minutes.  James was smart enough to completely take over the game for the first 3 quarters so he wouldn’t have to worry about closing crunch time minutes.  All jokes aside, Lebron put on one of the most dominant playoff game performances I have ever seen…and it made me sick.  Saturday night in Miami should be a good one for the fans.

It must be tough on the Boston faithful to see their Celtics lose on their home court like this.  Even their mayor seems to really be supporting their team and star players “KJ” and “Hondo,” as he has with other Boston sports teams.  Take a look:

“KG” and “Rajon Rondo” were not Boston’s problem last night.  I would have to take credit for yet another curse I inflicted on a player.  Paul “The Truth” Pierce had his worst game in the 2012 playoffs with a pathetic 4-18 shooting and a minimal 9 points.  The aging Celtics finally showed their age last night as they looked sluggish up and down the court while James absolutely took advantage of their spotty play all night.  I rarely, if ever, pray for anything Boston but I would love to see them put up a good fight Saturday in Miami.  Here are the highlights from last night’s game: