Well, unfortunately Lebron James didn’t quite have enough juice to pull Cleveland through on his own. He put together an incredible offensive and defensive performance but came up short. Boston will now have to face a well rested Detroit team in the conference finals. Billups’ sore hamstring needed the break. Now Boston who has faced two 7 game series (Atlanta and Cleveland) still has not won a single road game. If they don’t at least advance to the finals, you have to wonder what happened. This was a 66 win team with three super stud ballers. Anything less than an NBA championship will be the city’s second heartbreak. This obviously won’t be as monumental as the Patriots Superbowl Choke, but this is still bad. This is one of the NBA’s best regular season records in its history.
On the Western front, Tim Duncan is trying to pull off a big win in New Orleans. LA has been waiting for the winner of this series since they finished off the Jazz in 6 games. Do Tim, Tony, and Manu have what it takes? Yes they do! Unfortunately, the homecooking has been in full effect this year. Ref’s are making it extremely hard to win on the road. The freethrow disparity is sick in almost all the series. All teams with home court advantage have advanced in every series. I have not ever seen that happen before. To sum it up, it will take a lot more than an average performance from SA’s big 3 to win tonight, but I’ll be pulling for them.
The Marlins have a lower team salary than some individual players’ salaries in the league, however, these young guys are doing the unthinkable. They’re in first place in the division, and have now won 6 in a row. On two occasions I have been burned as a fan of the Florida Marlins. The fire sale in 96 was within days of the first championship. That hurt really bad. Then after a few years, this team puts together another great run, wins another championship, and one after another pieces of that championship are traded away for young and cheap talent. Here we are again, in first place with some decent talent. They just signed Ramirez to 6 years 70 million. I am sure that he won’t be a Marlin much longer, but maybe we can find some way to squeeze out a championship.
As for the NBA, the Celtics have yet to win a single road game. Can they win a championship without winning on the road? I don’t think so.
I admit, I would love to see a return of the greatest NBA rivalry ever with the Celtics taking it to the Lakers, but the Lakers are now tied 2-2 with the Jazz out west, and the Celts can’t win on the road.
The Pistons have shown an ability to win without Billups and that really is a good sign if you are a Piston’s fan. If they get rolling, they can challenge in the east. With the help of some bad calls and a bit of choking from Orlando, they squeaked out a 90-89 win on the road to go up 3-1.
The Spurs are back on track with a solid win against the Hornets. The series stands 2-2, but the Spurs have to win one in New Orleans to take the series. It’s a tall order, but I have faith in Duncan, Manu, and TP.
- Round 1 is in the books. All the favorites have advanced. I don’t know when the last time that has happened, but I will have to research it.
- Round two is going to be excellent. All the match ups are exciting. I am particularly interested in the east with Detroit playing Orlando and Celtics against the Cavs.
- The Cavs and the Celtics each won their regular season home games. The season record is 2-2.
- The Lakers beat Utah Jazz and have yet to lose a game in the playoffs. Victor is ecstatic.
- The Celtics avoided the biggest choke in NBA history beating the Hawks in game 7 to advance to round two. Essentially, the Celtics have to win the championship this season or it would be monumentally disappointing to the city of Boston. First the Patriots put together the most dominating regular season in NFL history and lose the championship. Now you have the Celtics with the third best record in NBA history. They have to win the title or this will only be a smidge less disappointing than the choke job the Patriots came up with this year. Could Boston handle the embarrassment for a second time in the same year?
- KG looked like a TE laying a blindside block on a corner trying to defend the double reverse. I forget who he put the pick on, but he laid his shoulder into it and leveled the poor guy.
- The defending champion San Antonio Spurs are down 1-0 against the Hornets. ESPN speculates that if SA loses game 2, it’s over! I don’t if I would take it that far, but certainly SA does not want to lose game 2!
Alex getting hydraulic!
Jesse, Brent, and Alex
- Last night I went to a club in the new/improved Overtown area to be with The Saturn Project where Jesse and Alex and Brent (a friend from college) really tore it up. These guys were awesome. They were definitely salt and light.
- Travis is dealing with some stuff over on his blog where someone who has known him for a while is posting some critical comments. I like one of Trav’s comments,”Anonymity on the internet is a misnomer.” And “Ela, I’m going to have to put you in a headlock” was a good one too! 🙂
- The Celts are struggling with the Hawks, but they are about to close them out.
- The Cavs have their work cut out. Winner takes all in their next game against Washington. The refs gave the Wizards a helping hand and the Cavs blew a couple of opportunities. Now the Wizards who were on the edge of elimination being down 3-1 in this series have a legit shot to advance.
- I will start day shift again on Tuesday. It’s official and I have a letter in my hand to prove it.
- They distributed information about a Turkey Pointe Dolphin Fishing Tournament on May 31. I wish I had a boat.
- Anyone with a boat that can handle open water and who knows dolphin fishing and who wants to compete, give me a call, shoot me an email, or text me!
- Summer is almost here. I might have to slim down a little so I can look good in my bathing suit. COL (chuckle out loud)
- Obama is reeling again after Pastor Wright confirmed to many that his statements of Anti American sentiment were how he really felt. Obama now had to go back on TV and radio to explain that Wright was wrong and that he deplores those comments.
- Obama’s negatives are up 11% since Wright spoke again before NAACP and CNN. This is not good news for the democrats or Obama’s campaign.
- It was so good to see Arlene Rance in church Sunday!
Yesterday, it was the Cleveland Cavs over the Wizards in the east now up 3-1, the Suns avoided the sweep moving to a 3-1 deficit by blowing out the Spurs, New Orleans pushed forward to a 3-1 lead winning against Dallas, and with the win against the Sixers Detroit ties the series 2-2 and avoided going down 3-1 in a series they should not be struggling with. In the other series, Orlando is up 3-1 against Toronto, the Lakers might be ready to sweep the Nuggets up 3-0, Boston is up 2-1 against Atlanta, and the Jazz hold a 3-1 advantage over Houston.
If you go by historical statistics, the Lakers and the Spurs are locks to move on. No team has ever come back from 3-0 to win an NBA series (0 for 81 attempts all time), and only 3 teams have come back to tie. Only 8 teams in history have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series with the Phoenix Suns being the last team to do so in 2006 against the Lakers.
What does this mean? Nothing really. Records are meant to be broken. It would be great to see some lowly team like the Hawks beat the Celtics, or the Nuggets to become the first team in NBA history to come back from an 0-3 deficit (They would become only the fourth 8 seed in NBA history to beat a 1 seed, if they can get past that never-before-done comeback from 0-3). These series are not over until that 4th game is won. Until then, history is only history. Papers and stats do not win games. No team is safe or eliminated until the series is over. But the reason the 0-3 comeback has never happened, the 1-3 comeback rarely happens, and the 8 seed almost never beats the 1 seed is because the teams going up 3-0 and 3-1 are obviously the better team. The 1 seed is usually light years ahead of the 8. That’s what is so surprising about the east this year. The 1 seeded Celts and 2 seeded Pistons are so much stronger than the rest of the east that they should be cruising. Instead, the Celts have dropped one of the first 3 games of the series to a mediocre at best Atlanta team and the Pistons with the second best record in the NBA were down 1-2 against a team with a losing record. They even had to struggle just to tie the series at two a piece.
In the long run, I fully expect the Lakers, Hornets, Jazz, and Spurs to advance in the West. The Spurs might struggle a little to put away a tough Suns team. I also expect the Cavs, Pistons, Celtics, and Magic to advance in the east setting up some really cool matchups.
Last night, the Sixers shocked us all and beat Detroit on the road. Honestly, nobody really saw that coming. The 76ers finished with a losing record this year. Detroit is viewed by some as a legitimate threat against the Celtics. With 59 wins, Detroit has the second best record in the NBA this year, only behind the superstar-packed Celtics. Is this win significant? I’m not sure, but I would guess that it isn’t. I have a hard time contemplating any team taking a healthy Boston Celtics team down this year, though. That’s regardless of the first game loss to the Sixers. Part 1 of the Dime gives a different opinion.
- In the month and a half of this blog, today’s traffic was the highest.
- The traffic was high for three reasons that I know of: 1 Traffic from Pastor Trav’s page due to the interest of his meeting with county park officials over the baptism Sunday; 2 Ela’s post generated tons of traffic and comments because she is so loved; 3 my Top 5 Saturday Local Homestead Restaurants was linked from Menus Page (not spam) as a good starting point if you’re looking for a good place to eat in Homestead.
- It’s hard to post links from a Blackberry unless you know the addresses really well and you know HTML code. I don’t know either very well.
- This situation makes me sick! These women appear to have been brainwashed and the children have been abused.
- Trav’s new look on his blog is cool, but the old look was easier for my simple brain to follow.
- Twitter will not be a fad that dies. At least it will not be anymore of a fad than texting, blogging, or myspace.
- I want to make money, but I don’t want to work overtime at night. I would rather be at home with Marcela.
- This is coming up on the worst time of the year as a sports fan. Basketball in college is done, the NBA post season will be over, no football, and we will have a summer of useless baseball regular season games.
- I plan on vacationing for a week in DC this summer.
- I also plan on fishing and diving as much as I can afford this summer.
- Shaquille O’Neal is a pretty slick guy. Shephard Smith asked him on FOX News today who he was voting for and he said “The winner!”
- We’ll see how long he can go without endorsing a candidate. Too bad other athletes and stars don’t just shut up and play/sing.