Archive | May 2009

That team not from Cleveland up 3-1 in Eastern Conference Finals.

LeBron’s Game 2 winner became even more significant last night as the Orlando Magic won 116-114 in overtime. The series will head back to Cleveland tomorrow for Game 5 with the Cavs on the cusp of elimination. Read More…

Lakers don’t show up, Nuggets tie series.

Once again, the Los Angeles Lakers got a big win in a tight series only to let off in the following game. They did it twice in the semifinals against the Houston Rockets and now they’ve done it again against Denver. In the game’s early going, Pau Gasol was getting pushed around and the Nuggets were making all the hustle plays. By the time the Lakers got their act together (if you can even say that), it was too late. Denver won 120-101 to tie the series at 2-2. It’s best of three now. Read More…

Magic up 2-1.

I didn’t get to watch hardly any of this game because my internet was acting funny. It was doing that thing where the video stops and starts while the audio keeps running. So I played a little Super Mario Bros. 3 and watched a couple episodes of “King of the Hill”; I found the first two seasons packaged together at Wal-Mart the other day for $20. Not a bad find. They also had the first two seasons of “The X-Files” for $20, which I found annoying. I’ve been buying them separately for no less than $20 each.

But enough of that. I came in during the last couple minutes of the game, when the Magic were up 89-83. It didn’t take long to see a couple of garbage calls against the Magic on LeBron James. On one, it looked like Mickael Pietrus got bumped into LeBron by Zydrunas Ilgauskas (and I spelled that without looking). Actually, I might give you that one. The other one, though, was really bad. LeBron pulled up for a transition three and was blocked by Dwight Howard. Oh, and Howard got all ball. It was easy to see it live and Doug Collins confirmed as much on the replay. It must have been the “LeBron got blocked, therefore he was fouled” analogy. Read More…

Lakers win Game 3.

Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals was a good game. If you’re a Los Angeles Lakers fan, one ABC’s announcers, an uninformed person who has picked Kobe Bryant over LeBron James, or someone who just watches basketball, you enjoyed Game 3. If you’re a Denver Nuggets fan or, like me, if you hate the Lakers, then you’re still disappointed with last night’s outcome.

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Great Game 2 in Eastern Conference Finals.

In Game 1, the Cleveland Cavaliers coughed up a 16 point lead and lost 107-106 in the closing seconds to the Orlando Magic. Tonight, they gave up a 23 point lead and, being down 95-93 with one second left thanks to a Hedo Turkoglu drive on Sasha Pavlovic, it looked like they were going to suffer a similar fate. But LeBron James had other ideas. Read More…

Dwight Howard brings down shot clock, Cavaliers.

I got Yahoo! Sports last night to find, much to my delight, that TNT.com was showing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals online. It was midway through the second quarter and not long into my viewing of it I noticed that one of the goals was missing the clock display that would ordinarily be perched on top of it. You might not have thought it was a big deal, but I notice these things. The officials had also turned off the upright one and had switched to the old fashioned way of putting one in a corner on each baseline. Anyway, I later found out that this is what happened to the missing shot clock (from the NBA):

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NBA Draft Lottery

That other team in Los Angeles, the Clippers, won tonight’s Draft Lottery. Now let the endless speculation as to who they will take with the pick begin! Will it be Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin? Brandon Jennings? Ricky Rubio? Stephen Curry? Tyreke Evans? DeMar Derozan? You? Someone else? Will they trade the pick? We won’t know for sure until June 25, so there’s still plenty of time for  the Clippers to decide what they will do. Until then, the rest of us will no doubt become dodgy, easily startled, and wake up in the middle of the night yelling “NBA DRAFT!!!” Actually, I could care less who they take. Sure I’m interested, but I’m more interested in which foreign player the San Antonio Spurs will draft that will never play here.

Here’s the rest of the saps who didn’t make the Playoffs Draft Lottery:

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