Big Game Recaps and Previews: May 30

Long weekends are not conducive to writing posts on time. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and avoided the police.

RECAPS

MONDAY

Miami 93 – Boston 79 (MIA leads 1-0)

Outside of the 2nd quarter, Boston looked old and tired. Boston fans can whine about the officials all they want (yes, there were some bad calls), but Miami was simply better in this game. Would you really have felt better if the final score was a few points closer? The Heat’s quick and athletic defense gave the Boston offense fits and they are going to have to make some serious adjustments to be competitive in this series. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen look like they’re still struggling with injuries and Rondo did not have a good game. Kevin Garnett played well, but he’s simply not enough for this team to beat Miami.

Lebron James continued his hot streak, scoring 32 points on 22 shots, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking 3 shots. He leads all current players (3rd all-time) in playoff scoring with 27.5 ppg. In case you were wondering, and I know you were, Kobe is 2nd among active players and 10th on the all-time list with 25.4 ppg.

Dwayne Wade had an efficient 22 points on 8/13 shooting, dished out 7 assists and had two blocks of his own. He and James look incredibly comfortable out there, leading many to wonder what will happen to that chemistry once Chris Bosh returns. I guess we’ll just have to see.

TUESDAY

Oklahoma City 111 – San Antonio 120 (Spurs lead 2-0)

I’m finding it very hard to describe what happened in this game. If you look at my tweets during this game, you’ll probably think I’m schizophrenic. Well, maybe I am but this was still a strange game.

For the first 32 minutes of this game, San Antonio looked dominant. The first 8 minutes of the 3rd quarter was some of the most beautiful basketball I’ve seen all year. They put on an absolute offensive clinic. However, in the final 4 minutes of the quarter OKC began intentially fouling Tiago Splitter and slowed the game down. The plan worked and whittled the Spurs 20+ point lead down to a manageable 16 to start the 4th. The Thunder mounted a comeback and got the lead to within 6 points with about four minutes to go, almost entirely behind the efforts of Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant was nowhere to be found. The scoring champ and MVP runner-up finished with 31 points, but was a mere 1-3 from the floor in the 4th quarter with his lone basket being on an uncontested lay-up. In the end, Oklahoma City made a valiant comeback just to get this game close in the hopes that their best player could carry them over the  hump. He was MIA, so they lost.

Hmm, it doesn’t sound as complicated when I put it like that.

PREVIEWS

WEDNESDAY

Stanley Cup Finals Game 1: LA Kings at New Jersey Devils (8:00 NBC)

Hey look! They NHL is playing on a network channel during the week! You know what that means, the Stanley Cup Finals are here! Our brave heros from Los Angeles take on the vile and hated Devils from New Jersey.

I don’t know much about these teams other than New Jersey’s captain Zach Parise is going to sign with the Carolina Hurricanes in the offseason. I know I can’t wait either! Let’s just make sure the Devils don’t win the cup this year, because they could throw a wrench in Jim Rutherford’s plans. I can’t imagine Jersey letting their captain walk away after winning a championship.

See you again on…uh…let’s say Thursday. Tentatively, of course.

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