Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Manu Ginobli (pictured above) stole the show in Game 1. Will OKC slow down the streaking Spurs tonight?
By Josh Kramer
Continue to doubt the Spurs. I know that I have. 19 victories in a row is no fluke. Not to mention that nine of them have occurred during playoff basketball. Through three quarters on Sunday night, it looked as if the Thunder were on their way to making a major statement, and negating San Antonio’s home-court advantage. Instead, San Antonio came out firing on all cylinders in the fourth court, denying OKC a major opportunity. Sunday was as prime example of why no game is every over until the final horn sounds. Now history is against the Thunder who lost in the conference finals last year as well.
First of all, winners of Game 1 in the conference finals have gone on to win the series 80% of the time. Secondly, San Antonio became the fourth team in NBA history to start the playoffs with nine straight victories. All of the previous three advanced to the NBA finals with two taking home the championship. Thirdly, the Thunder outplayed the Spurs for well over three/fourths of the game and still lost. Scott Brooks has to be scratching his head still as to what happened late Sunday night.
Manu Ginobli was the difference maker as he has been for the better part of a decade now. How many players can come off the bench and influence a playoff basketball game the way he can? Not many, though James Harden, OKC’s bench star, can really play. Also, OKC has to find a way to get some point production out of their bigs. The Spurs cleaned up in the paint, outscoring the Thunder 50 to 26.
Despite all of my rambling, I still like the Thunder to take this series in the end. There is something about this young and exciting group out of OKC that has really caught my eye. The “Big Three” of Durant, Westbrook, and Harden will not be denied two years in a row. They are far too good and determined to let that happen. Look for an inspired effort tonight from Russell Westbrook after a less than stellar Game 1 performance. The majority of the country wants a Thunder versus Heat finals matchup. With a victory tonight, the Thunder will really increase the likelihood of this dream matchup coming to fruition. Continue reading
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By Josh Kramer How many times have you heard a person say that baseball is too boring? That baseball is a sport in which it is impossible to watch a full game on television? A sport that is longer the American pastime? I am sure you have … Continue reading
Photo courtesy of http://www.lyngsat-logo.com. With the expected departures of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC, could we be looking at the end of the Big East?
By Josh Kramer
When the MLB went on strike in 1994, nobody ever thought the game would reach its once seemingly unprecedented popularity heights (little did we know at the time what heights sports could reach in terms of popularity). Fast forward to 1998, and the infamous Big Mac McGwire and Sammy “I never took steroids” Sosa pursuit of 62 home runs. The popularity returned to America’s pastime. And sure baseball is no longer thriving the way it once did, recently being leaped by both the NFL and NBA in terms of popularity, but it returned.
The NFL just experienced its longest labor strike ever. No regular season games were missed, and only one preseason game was missed. No harm no foul. The NFL’s popularity continues to soar to unimaginable heights as we head into Week 2. Currently the NCAA is in shambles. Or so it seems. Major programs on probation. Recruiting scandals. And just all out chaos. Nobody seems to know the difference between what is wrong and right. Now it appears the major college athletics conference realignment that we expected last summer is inevitable. Continue reading
Manny was just being Manny yesterday when he retired from baseball concluding a phenomenal 19 year career. When I initially heard this news, I was shocked. I mean why would anyone sign with a new team and retire just a … Continue reading