Spurs Survive The Heat
When the San Antonio Spurs scored 71 points in the best shooting half in NBA Finals history (75.8 percent), many people believed the game to be over... but you can never count out the two time champs. The Heat stormed back in the third quarter, cutting a 21 point Spurs lead to just 7 but could not overcome what was the Spurs best game of the series thus far.
The San Antonio Spurs dominant first half was led by Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, combining for 12 of 12 from the field. Leonard went on to have his best playoff game in his career. He scored 29 points on 10 of 13 shooting, coupled with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Danny Green, normally known for his excellent 3-point shooting, surprised the Heat with successful drives to the rim and finished with 15 points on 7 of 8 shooting (1/2 from 3 point range) and 5 steals. The Spurs received a solid performance from its Big Three (Parker, Duncan, and Ginobli) which scored 40 points. While the Spurs offense was suburb, they're defense cannot be overlooked, forcing 20 Heat turnovers.
Despite the blowout, the Heat played a decent game. They shot 51.6 percent from the field led by James and Wade, who scored 22 points apiece. The Heat's Big Three (James, Wade, and Bosh) scored 53 points on 70 percent shooting. What killed the Heat were the turnovers, 20 compared to the Spurs' 12. Coach Erik Spoelstra likely would've liked to have rested James in the first half but he was the only thing keeping the Heat alive. Unfortunately, even James could not compete with the Spurs' sky high shooting percentage.
Ultimately, the two time champs could not overcome the San Antonio Spurs' incredible shooting night. Despite the change in home-field advantage and series format (2-2-1), this series has followed last years NBA finals, with the Spurs winning games 1 and 3. Game 4 will air on ABC at 9 PM ET on Thursday and will again take place in Miami.
Derek Dorsett Head Butts Mike Weaver!!!!
Here's the video of Derek Dorsett head butting Mike Weaver towards the end of the game, that could lead to a possible suspension of Dorsett.
Rangers Win In Game 7! A Look At The Entire Series
The Rangers just pulled off one of their biggest comebacks in Rangers history being down 3 games to 1, and winning the series 4-3. Here's a game-by-game breakdown of how they managed to pull this off.
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Rangers 3, Penguins 2 OT
Game one was a high paced matchup on both sides. The Rangers took the early lead with a goal by Benoit Pouilot, and another goal in the first period by veteran forward Brad Richards. The Penguins answered in the second period with 2 goals, one from Lee Stempniak and one from James Neal. After a scoreless third period of play, the game went into overtime. In OT, the Rangers scored three minutes into the game and actually scored again because the referees though the original goal hit the crossbar. Either way the Rangers took game 1. Although the Rangers were outshot in this game, it seemed that they played better overall.
Penguins 3, Rangers 0
Game 2 in Pittsburgh was a one-sided game. The Penguins thoroughly outplayed the Rangers, leaving them scoreless at the end of three periods. Marc Andre Fleury actually played like a top notch goaltender in this game, which is rare. The Penguins scorers were Letang, Jokinen, and Malkin.
Penguins 2, Rangers 0
The Penguins had another solid effort in game three, and they were assisted by the Rangers lack of scoring. The Rangers failed to convert on 35 shot attempts in the 6o minutes of play. Now in this game Fleury played decent, but the type of shots the Rangers were taking and their subpar accuracy made Fleury look a lot better than he played. Again, the Penguins shut out the Rangers, which means the Rangers have went six consecutive periods without scoring a goal. The Penguins were hoping for a similar effort in Game 4.
Penguins 4, Rangers 2
In game 4, the Rangers had their worst playoff appearance of the year. Their slow pace combine with a lack of heart and effort is what ultimately helped the Penguins' win. The only good thing that happened for the Rangers in this game is after 7 scoreless periods, they finally found the back of the net. Otherwise, the game was a train wreck. The Penguins dominated play throughout the 60 minutes, and made it seem like the Rangers were getting knocked out in Game 5.
Rangers 5, Penguins 1
Game 5 was an extremely emotional game due to the death of Martin St. Louis's mother the day before. St. Louis and his father decided that he should play because St. Louis's mother would have wanted him to play. With a ton of support from his teammates, family, friends, and fans, St. Louis played a great game and managed to lead the Rangers passed the Penguins. This was easily the best effort the Rangers have showed throughout the playoffs. The passing of France St Louis brought the Rangers players closer than ever before.
Rangers 3, Penguins 1
Another emotional game was played in game 6 for the Rangers and Martin St. Louis because of the fact that the game was being played on Mother's Day. St. Louis brought his father and a few family members to the game on this tough day. St. Louis scored the first goal of the game and scooped up the puck to give to his father. After this goal, the Garden was loud and the Rangers were playing top-notch hockey. Hagelin scored a few minutes after St. Louis, and the Rangers were on top the rest of the game. Facing elimination, the Rangers improved their record to 9-2 in the last 11.
Rangers 2, Penguins 1
The Rangers and Penguins both came out flying in game 7, knowing that the long series has come down to just one game. The Rangers got the early lead with a goal from the fourth line, Brian Boyle from Dominick Moore). This line had a ton of ice-time in the first period because of their high level of play. After the first, the score was 1-0, and the Penguins outshot the Rangers 10-7. In the second period, the Penguins answered relatively early with a goal by Jussi Jokinen, probably the Penguins best player in the playoffs. With a power play opportunity, the Rangers managed to score only their third power play goal in the past forty or so power play chances. Brad Richards recorded the goal, which was assisted by Martin St. Louis. The second and third period were dominated by Henrik Lundqvist. The Penguins outshot the Rangers 26-13 in these two periods and had a lot more chances. Overall, the Rangers were outplayed, but Lunqvist stood tall, and saved the Rangers from elimination.
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Oklahoma City Thunder: 99
Los Angeles Clippers: 101
This was a hard fought loss for Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Durant lead the Thunder with 40 points and 7 rebounds, but came up short to the LA Clippers effort. Blake Griffin lead the Clippers with 25 points. The Clippers tied the series 2-2 with this win.
Indiana Pacers: 95
Washington Wizards: 92
Another close game that occurred Sunday night was between the Pacers and Wizards. Going into this game, the Wizards were down 2 games to 1, and they needed to win Sunday. Paul George lead the Pacers with 39 points gaining the 3-1 series lead.
New York Rangers: 3
Pittsburgh Penguins: 1
Facing elimination, the New York Rangers were in a must win situation. Martin St. Louis was especially emotional, with his family in the crowd, on Mother's Day following his mother's death on Thursday. After scoring the first goal, St. Louis scooped up the puck and gave it to his father after the game because of its significance to his family. Hagelin and Brassard added to the scoresheet for the Rangers. Meanwhile Brandon Sutter added one goal for the Penguins deflecting off a couple of Rangers before entering the net. Tuesday night in Pittsburgh at 7pm EST will be game 7!
Chicago Blackhawks: 2
Minnesota Wild: 1
Going into this game, the series was tied two games a piece. These two teams were fighting to capture the lead. Chicago's effort came out on top coming behind from a 1-0 deficit to win the game 2-1. Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Toews scored for the Blackhawks, and Erik Haula scored for the Wild. Game 6 will be played Tuesday in Minnesota.
Rangers rally over Penguins 5-1
It's do or die time for the New York Rangers tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. After playing a sluggish game 2, 3, and 4, the New York Ranger stepped up and played possibly their best playoff game so far, beating the Penguins 5-1. The shots on goal in this game were 35-32 in favor of the Rangers.
This game was an extremely emotional game for forward Martin St. Louis due to his mother's unexpected death on Thursday at the age of 63. After visiting his family in Montreal, St. Louis and his father decided that St. Louis' mother would want him to play in the game. This tragedy seemed to bring the Rangers closer together, as they played far better than game 4.
Game 6 will be played on Sunday at 7pm—Mother's Day. This again will be emotional for St. Louis. With all the emotion, the Rangers seem to be playing their best playoff hockey because as Chris Kreider stated after Game 5, "We weren't so much playing for ourselves, but we were playing for Marty and the St. Louis family.
New York Rangers Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Preview To One Of The Biggest Games Of The Year
Friday, March 21, 2014
Tonight's matchup between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Rangers will likely determine which team will make the playoffs and which team will finish a few points shy, ending their hopes of making a run at the prestigious Stanley Cup. Here is how the Metropolitan Division and Wild Card standings currently appear:
1. Pittsburgh - 95 points - 69 games played
2. Philadelphia - 81 points - 69 games played
3. Columbus - 78 points - 69 games played
Wild Card 1: Toronto - 80 points - 71 games played
Wild Card 2: New York - 78 points - 70 games played
The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers both have 78 points, but the Rangers have played one more game. If Columbus wins this game tonight, the Rangers will fall 2 points behind with one more game played. That is tough to come back from. On the other hand, if the Rangers win, they will advance to third in the division, and the Blue Jackets will take over the last wild card position.
Players To Watch Tonight:Rangers: Blue Jackets: Rick Nash Brandon Dubinsky
Dubinsky, who is having a much better season with the Blue Jackets this season, has 4 points in his past 5 games. Dubinsky is one of those players that will go down fighting until the very end, and he will display that hard working mentality tonight.
Both teams have many divisional match ups after tonight's game, but this is the start of both teams' end of the regular season runs. The Columbus Blue Jackets have a significantly better record playing home games than away games. Meanwhile, the Rangers have a much better record playing away games. This should be a very close and exhilarating matchup until the final buzzer.
NCAA March Madness Day 1: Upsets Spotted
Thursday, March 20, 2014
6 Ohio State 59-60 11 Dayton
The opening day of the NCAA March Madness Tournament has already consisted of some upsets that will likely crush your hopes of a winning bracket. The University of Dayton's victory over Ohio State University 60-59 in the final seconds of the game is the standout of the upsets. 11th ranked Dayton had a slight lead over number 6 ranked Ohio State for most of the game, but the whole game was extremely close. Sophomore Forward Dyshawn Pierre lead the Dayton Flyers with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a perfect field goal percentage. Since Dayton's 1-5 slump, they have improved to 11-2 in the past 13 games.
8 Colorado 48-77 9 Pittsburgh
Another upset today was between eighth ranked Colorado and ninth ranked Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh crushed the University of Colorado by the score of 77-48. Senior forward Talib Zanna lead the Pittsburgh Panthers tallying 18 points and 5 rebounds. The Panthers were up 46-18 after the first half and were able to cruise by the second half after gaining this
huge lead early on in the game.
5 Cincinnati 57-61 11 Harvard
The most recent upset was between 11th ranked Harvard and 5th ranked Cincinnati. Harvard had a slight lead for most of the minutes in the game, and came out on top 61-57. Junior guard and forward Wesley Saunders lead Harvard Crimson with 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. This victory is Harvard's 9th win in a row. Harvard will face the winner of Delaware and Michigan State in their attempt at 10 straight wins.
NFL Free Agency: New York Giants' Defense Turns From Weakness to Strength?
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The New York Giants have recently signed many strong defensive forces to make their subpar defense from last season to possibly a top defensive unit in the National Football League. The most well-known of these forces is cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Denver Broncos. Rodger-Cromartie agreed to a five-year deal with Big Blue worth 39 million dollars, which 14 of that 39 million is guaranteed money. With 31 combined tackles and 3 interceptions last season, Rodger-Cromartie proved to be a key factor in the Broncos secondary, and will definitely add depth to the Giants secondary next season.
Cornerback Walter Thurmond of the Seattle Seahawks last season was also signed by the New York Giants this season. Thurmond signed a one-year 3.5 million dollar deal. The fact that Thurmond was a part of the unstoppable Seahawks defensive force is enough proof that he will only help the Giants secondary. Winning the super bowl last season with the Seahawks gave Thurmond crucial experience to continue a successful career, especially after injuring his fibula in 2011 and being suspended for substance abuse in the beginning of last season.
In addition to these two cornerbacks, the Giants also signed a 7 year experienced safety in Quintin Demps. Former Kansas City Chief, Quintin Demps is an experienced safety that haas his best season of his NFL career last season. Demps is also experienced in kick returning, which the Giants were looking for after missing out on Jacoby Jones.
The Giants also agreed to terms with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain right after re-signing LB Jon Beason. McClain adds more experience to a struggling defensive line last season. After signing McClain, the Giants also re-signed Spencer Paysinger, which should bring this defensive line together to be a more threatening force than last season.
Overall, the Giants' secondary could make a complete one-eighty from last season to this up-coming season. In addition to strengthening their secondary, the Giants also signed Mario Manningham and Trindon Holliday. Mannigham will help fill the gap in losing Hakeem Nicks, who signed with the Colts, and Holliday has proved to be a top kick returner with Denver last season. All in all, the Giants are moving towards a more productive season.
NFL Free Agency Signings
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Day 1 of free agency signings in the National Football League proved to be a busy day. Some of the top free agents have already agreed to terms with teams or have already signed. These names include Darrelle Revis (CB), Eric Decker (WR), Demarcus Ware (DE), and Rashad Jennings (RB).
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The most recent was Eric Decker agreeing to terms with the New York Jets with a 36.25 million dollar contract over five years. Eric Decker proved to be an elite wide receiver last year with Peyton Manning as his quarterback. With the Jets and Geno Smith, Eric Decker may not be as much of a threat. The Jets have seemed to be interested in Michael Vick, which would really help Eric Decker become more affective and their offense as a whole.
Darrelle Revis has signed with his ex-rival team the New England Patriots to a one-year 12 million dollar contract. It is no secret that New England's defense has struggled over the past couple of seasons. Bringing in an elite cornerback in Darrelle Revis, the New England Patriots will be more of a threat then they have been in the past. The Patriots have expressed interest in Darrelle Revis for a long term deal.
Demarcus Ware, former Dallas Cowboy Defensive End, has signed with the Denver Broncos with a three-year deal worth 30 million dollars with 20 million dollars being guaranteed money. The Broncos defense last season was by no means bad, but they did collapse during the most important game of the year—the super bowl. Demarcus Ware will bring more consistency to the Broncos defense and make the Broncos a serious threat come next season.
Rashad Jennings, former Oakland Raiders' Running Back, has signed with the New York Giants to a one-year 1.75 million dollar deal. Rashad Jennings had a pretty solid season running behind Darren McFadden. He will continue his success with the Giants and will have a break-out season next season. The giants running game has struggled since losing Ahmad Bradshaw, and landing a player like Rashad Jennings will help the Giants become a playoff contender next season.
NHL Trades Just Before The Deadline Analysis
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Wednesday proved to be a very busy day in the National Hockey League with numerous big name players being traded. Possibly the most talked about trade was between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers. The Rangers acquired veteran forward and captain Martin St. Louis in exchange for captain Ryan Callahan, a 2014 conditional 2nd round draft pick, and a 2015 first round pick.
Ryan Callahan brings a youthful hardworking strong force to Tampa Bay along with draft picks for future talent. Martin St. Louis is a 38 year old veteran who continues to match the same high level of play as his younger years. St. Louis has the most career points from the 2009-10 season until now out of all the players in the NHL. Callahan's contract ending this summer and the fact that Callahan wanted at the very least a 6.25 million dollar per year deal presents Tampa Bay with some tough decisions to make this summer. Tampa Bay has a lot of young Restricted Free Agents to give new contracts in the summer, and Callahan just adds to it. The Rangers on the other hand actually saved about a million dollars in next year's salary cap by executing this trade with Martin St. Louis's contract at just about 5.6 million per year. Overall for the short-term, the Rangers have received the better half of the deal, but in the long-run, the Lightning will definitely benefit from this deal more than the Rangers. For the most part, this was a pretty even deal. Despite the Rangers loss, St. Louis had many chances with his Brad Richards and Carl Haglien. This line seemed to develop instant chemistry.
Another big trade, which waited for the last minute, was the Thomas Vanek deal. The Montreal Canadians got such a great deal for such a powerful forward in Vanek by only giving up forward Sebastian Collberg and a second round draft pick contingent on the Canadians getting into the playoffs this year. The Islanders definitely could have received more talent, but it was definitely better than giving up Vanek to the free agency in the summer.
Marian Gaborik was dealt to the Los Angles Kings. This deal will definitely help the Kings make a legitimate playoff run this season. Gaborik views this trade as a fresh start, which should be good for him because of all the injuries he suffered with the Blue Jackets.
The Buffalo Sabres continued to show that they are in the rebuilding stage by trading Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Torrey Mitchell and a 2nd round pick in both 2014 and 2016. Overall this trade is a win-win situation because the Wild are on the verge of making the playoffs and Moulson will only help and the Sabres will gain young talent to develop their team for years to come.
All the trades from today are listed below (From NHL.com Trade Tracker http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675589):
|MARCH 5||David Legwand, F||DETAILS ›||Patrick Eaves, F|
Calle Jarnkrok, F
2014 cond. 3rd-round pick
|MARCH 5||Andre Petersson, F||DETAILS ›||Alex Grant, D|
|MARCH 5||Lee Stempniak, F||DETAILS ›||2014 3rd-round pick|
|MARCH 5||Raphael Diaz, D||DETAILS ›||2015 5th-round pick|
|MARCH 5||Andrej Meszaros, D||DETAILS ›||2014 3rd-round pick|
|MARCH 5||Matt Taormina, D|
Dana Tyrell, F
|DETAILS ›||Jonathan Marchessault, F|
Dalton Smith, F
|MARCH 5||James Livingston, F||DETAILS ›||Cond. 2016 7th-round pick|
|MARCH 5||Tim Thomas, G||DETAILS ›||Dan Ellis, G|
|MARCH 5||Matt Moulson, F|
Cody McCormick, F
|DETAILS ›||Torrey Mitchell, F|
2014 2nd-round pick
2016 2nd-round pick
|MARCH 5||Reto Berra, G||DETAILS ›||2014 2nd-round pick|
|MARCH 5||Marian Gaborik, F||DETAILS ›||Matt Frattin, F|
2014 or '15 2nd-round pick
Conditional 3rd-round pick
|MARCH 5||Nick Schultz, D||DETAILS ›||2014 5th-round pick|
|MARCH 5||Marcel Goc, F||DETAILS ›||2014 5th-round pick|
2015 3rd-round pick
|MARCH 5||Jaroslav Halak, G|
2015 3rd-round pick
|DETAILS ›||Michal Neuvirth, G|
Rostislav Klesla, D
|MARCH 5||Thomas Vanek, F|
2014 conditional 5th-round pick
|DETAILS ›||Sebastian Collberg, F|
2014 conditional 2nd-round pick
|MARCH 5||Tuomo Ruutu, F||DETAILS ›||Andrei Loktionov, F|
2017 conditional 3rd-round pick
|MARCH 5||Ales Hemsky, F||DETAILS ›||2014 5th-round pick,|
2015 3rd-round pick
|MARCH 5||Brayden McNabb, D|
Jonathan Parker, F
2014 2nd-round pick
2015 2nd-round pick
|DETAILS ›||Nicolas Deslauriers, D|
Hudson Fasching, F
|MARCH 5||Devan Dubnyk, G||DETAILS ›||Future considerations|
|MARCH 5||Martin St. Louis, F||DETAILS ›||Ryan Callahan, F|
2014 conditional 2nd-round pick
2015 1st-round pick
NHL Trades on Tuesday
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Many transactions have gone through on Tuesday in the National Hockey League, including some pretty big names. However the big names rumored to be traded before the deadline tomorrow have yet to be moved.
The Minnesota Wild have acquired goaltender Illya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in the 2014 draft. The Wild, who have expressed interest in Martin Brodeur, have filled the position with a streaky net minder in Bryzgalov. Another, trade today occurred between the Anaheim Ducks and the Washington Capitals. The Washington Capitals have acquired Dustin Penner in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in the 2014 draft. This was easily the biggest bargain deal that occurred this season. The Capitals received a veteran winger that has two Stanley Cups on his résumé. Every team that is making a playoff run longs for the type of player Dustin Penner is during the post-season.
The Anaheim Ducks had a busy day, as they acquired Stephane Robidas and traded their break-out goaltender Viktor Fasth. Stephane Robidas would be a great addition to a relatively young defensive squad, but he has been on the injury reserve since November 29th. Although the Ducks did not give up much more Robidas (a conditional 4th round pick in the 2014 draft), they cannot count on Robidas to be the difference maker for their playoff picture. Viktor Fasth has proved his ability to be a starting goaltender, but traveling to Edmonton with one of the best break out goaltenders this season, Ben Scrivens, starting may be tougher than it may seem.
The Vancouver Canucks and the Florida Panthers made an unexpected deal. The Canucks traded goaltender Roberto Luongo and forward Steven Anthony in exchange for goaltender Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias. This deal proved to be a way to relieve the Canucks of Luongo's relatively expensive and long contract. In addition, this proved that the Canucks have confidence in backup goaltender Eddie Lack, who for the most part has been successful behind Luongo. Although this deal may seem strategic, it is still a third string goalie and fourth line center in exchange for a top ten starting goaltender and a CHL player.
Big Names Could Be Traded Come Wednesday in the NHLMonday, March 3, 2014
This Wednesday at 3:00 PM is the National Hockey League's trade deadline. As always, the rumors have started to escalate with talks of many big name players being traded.
Among this list is Rangers' captain Ryan Callahan, Devils' long time net minder Martin Brodeur, and Islanders' relatively new addition Thomas Vanek. Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks, Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lighting, and Matt Moulson and Jaroslav Halak of the Buffalo Sabres have also been rumored to possibly make a move.
Sources have said that Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers are coming close to reaching a compromise in Callahan's contract extension, so Callahan will likely remain a Ranger. Martin Brodeur on the other hand, is seeking a starting position, which the New Jersey Devils would not be able to offer him. The Minnesota Wild have displayed their interest in Brodeur, and with both Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding sidelined due to injury, Brodeur would be able to make the ice presence he is seeking.
Thomas Vanek of the New York Islanders is another player rumored to be traded that will likely be traded. The Islanders blew another 2 goal lead yesterday against the Florida Panthers. The Islanders will likely trade both Vanek and defenseman Andy MacDonald.
Rumors of Martin St. Louis being traded have settled down from last week, and although it may have seemed like he was headed for the Rangers, it will likely not play out. The Pittsburgh Penguins have expressed interest in Ryan Kesler, which would make them an extremely threatening force. Kesler who is apart of a no-trade clause has asked for a trade some time ago, but recently expressed that he wants out sooner rather than later.
Matt Moulson and Jaroslav Halak have been rumored to be on the move out of Buffalo. Moulson who was acquired by the Sabres in the beginning of the season and Halak who was acquired by the Sabres on Friday are both likely to be moved. The Sabres, who have the least points in the NHL, want to release all assets they have in order to bring in young talent towards hopes of a successful future.
On The Move Yes or No?
Ryan Callahan -No
Martin St. Louis-No