Paul George takes the ball to the rack for the huge facial over Chris Andersen. Visit nba.com/video for more highlights.
There are a few parodies that come to mind when you look at the current series record and the way that the first few games have been played in the Heat – Bulls matchup. Let me give you my breakdown of how it all played out so far.
Game 1 was an exciting game much to the surprise of many. The first parody has to do with not having your best player(s). I’ve made some predictions at the beginning of the year, but never would I have predicted that Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng would all not be available for the post season but yet somehow, little Nate Robinson would find a way to carry the bulls past the newly put together Nets and play as well as he did in game one against the Heat. This is an anomaly that was highly unexpected. And me being a fan of the game, I seldom try to take sides with a “favorite”, I like to stick to the facts and in my experience it’s usually came out to my advantage. In this particular case, the facts show me that the Heat are the better team, both on paper, and on the court. But I say this, because in watching that first game of the series, my admiration for a player that I’ve always respected greatly because of heart, grew beyond the respect that I had for the greatest player of our generation. As a former basketball player in college and semi-pro, I understand and feel connected to other players that long to help give their team and fans the motivation and belief that Nate Robinson was achieving.
With that said, I do feel that even in defeat, there were some things that the Heat did positively, that cannot be over shadowed by the loss. And that brings me to the second parody: Are teams rusty after sitting for so long after a series?
Well, as I’ve gotten older, and as I’ve learned from veterans and other great players, practice makes perfect. As much skills that one can have, doesn’t amount to the confidence of another individual with the same talents, that takes time out to work on those talents. And in this case, it wasn’t that the Miami Heat didn’t take time out to work on their game plan, but after waiting for so long for the next game, there has to be some lag the same way there is a downtime before one has to shoot around in the gym before getting their shot back. This is an obvious issue with the first game for the Heat.
The next parody is: Keep your cool even in great victory. The Chicago Bulls’ Nate Robinson, although a very good player and very capable of helping the Bulls to win more games throughout the series, he has not had a chance to experience that winning mentality yet. Having a rough career never really finding a place to get settled down before being traded, there’s never really been good wisdom behind him to show him. This has been something that hurt Lebron James for years and now we see how things become a bit easier to handle once he had a good team with guys that have won before (either in the NBA or in the Olympics). This is what Derrick Rose can be doing for Nate, although not a Veteran yet, he still has very good ball knowledge and knows well how to be humble and keep his cool in victory.
The final parody is my favorite: Can the champions bounce back? As we see in game two, the Miami heat are no joke. They are the real deal and the only goal this year is to win the title. As I mentioned before, everyone expects the Heat to win this series. Not in the way they expected the Nets to win. The Nets are a good team and I think that it’s hard for many teams to merge several all stars and make things happen in one year. We’ve seen this fail with Miami, the Lakers, this year’s Nets and even the Clippers. It takes a good team to win an NBA playoffs and there are 8 good teams left this year. I’ve never seen a bad team or a team lacking it’s main pieces win the NBA Championship, and I don’t expect one to win it this year.
My predictions for this series is Miami in 5.
Bahamas is powerfully knocking at the doors of Beach Soccer history in this FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup – CONCACAF Qualifier they are hosting in Nassau. After the narrow victory today against Guatemala, Celciliano’s lads are very close to secure a place in semifinals, thanks to the excellent records achieved so far (6 points and +9 goal-average). Everything is now in their hands to become one of the four best teams in the CONCACAF region, and even a defeat tomorrow against USA could have them in as the best second-ranked of the three groups.
It was never easy for the host to keep a dominant position in the game, as Guatemala, one of the most combative sides in the region, knew that this was their last chance to earn a ticket to the semifinals. Every attempt to step ahead by the Bahamians was sooner or later replied by the Chapines.
The stroke exchange sent the match to some breath-taking last minutes, in which a goal, one end or another, could be definitive. Bahamas were enjoying the best chances, though, and luck turned to be on their side. With just one minute to go, captain Jean brilliantly finished a counter-attack to seize the points for his side and help it stay on top of the table in group A. Tomorrow, in their game against the USA, the Caribbean boys can experience their most successful chapter ever…
Goals: 1-0: Daniels, min. 10 (1); 1-1: Gonzalez, min. 5 (1); 2-1: Jean, min. 7 (2); 2-2: Samayoa, min. 2 (2); 3-2: Hanna, min. 11 (3); 3-3: Pineda, min. 8 (3); 4-3: Jean, min. 1 (3)
Here is the results from today’s games and then the schedule for tomorrows games.
FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP 2013 – CONCACAF QUALIFIER BAHAMAS
Nassau, Bahamas 8th-12th of May
Thursday, 9th of May, 2013
12:00 – Costa Rica 3(2)-3(1) Jamaica
13:15 – United States 5-0 Puerto Rico
15:45 – Bahamas 4-3 Guatemala
17:00 – Mexico 9-1 Trinidad & Tobago
Matches for tomorrow
Friday, 10th of May, 2013
10:45 –Canada vs Trinidad & Tobago
12:00 – El Salvador vs Costa Rica
13:15 – Guatemala vs Puerto Rico
14:30 – Bahamas vs United States
15:45 – 2nd Group B vs 3rd Group B
17:00 – 2nd Group C vs 3rd Group C
Freeport native Rashan Brown will line-up in the 400 meters (m) event at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships, as confirmed by University of Georgia Assistant Coach George Cleare yesterday.
Freshmen Brown and Shaunae Miller are among the female representatives for the Georgia Bulldogs in the one-lap event. This will mark the first time, this outdoor season, that both Bahamian runners will settle into the blocks in the women’s 400m. The SEC championships will get underway today at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium, in Columbia, Missouri.
“This is going to be the first test for Rashan so she can see where she’s at, especially after the injury last year,” said Cleare. “She will be running the 400m, Tynia Gaither will be in the 200m, and Shaunae in the 400m. All three will be a part of the 4x100m team, and possibly the 4x400m team as well.
“Anytime you go to a championship meet, you just want to go through the rounds and come out healthy, looking to get some personal best times. That would be a really good thing for Rashan, to see if we can get her back to where she used to be. Both Rashan and Shaunae need to run times so they can get into the regionals. Hopefully, we can get one or two personal best times out of the competition.”
Cleare said both Brown and Miller would need to post a fast enough time that would rank them among the top 50 of their event. He believes both can qualify, despite it being their first race in the event.
As for Gaither, a sophomore at the university, her times in the 100m and 200m have booked her a spot at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) East Regionals. Freeport native Gaither is ranked at number 12 in the SEC in the 100m, with a time of 11.51 seconds ran at the Georgia Spec Towns National Team Invitational on April 4. At the same meet, V’Alonee Robinson clocked 11.61 seconds for the Auburn Tigers. That time is the 17th fastest heading into the preliminary rounds of the SEC on Saturday. Miller leads the way in the women’s 200m, an event she has opted not to run. She has a wind-aided time of 22.41 seconds this year, while Gaither is ninth with a wind-aided time of 23.21 seconds. The preliminary rounds in that event will be ran on Friday, starting at 7:05 p.m.
Olympians Ivanique Kemp and Raymond Higgs, and Tamara Myers are representing the Arkansas Razorbacks. Kemp, a junior, sits in the number six spot in the 100m hurdles, with a time of 13.27 seconds. The leading mark this year, is 12.88 seconds, ran by Jasmin Stowers of Louisiana State University (LSU). Fellow Bahamian V’Alonee Robinson is at number 13 in the event with a best time of 13.74 seconds. Myers is eighth in the long jump event with a leap of 6.13m (20’ 1-1/2”) while Robinson shares the number 13 spot with Sojourner Ewing of Mississippi State. Both athletes have a best of 6.08m (19’ 11-1/2”). In the women’s triple jump, Myers is fourth with a best of 12.91m (42’ 4-1/4”) and Higgs is at number 14 in the triple jump for men with a best of 14.83m (48’ 8”).
Guardian Sports Reporter
Listen to today’s podcast with Rob Parker & Donnie Thompson joining Brian Ambi on Bahamas Sports Radio.
Topics covered include the LA Lakers and their future and Lebron James and the Miami Heat blow out of the Chicago bulls in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Second Round and whether or not there was referee influence.
The group also discusses the Oakland A’s homerun controversy the occurred lastnight and some of Rob’s sports history memories.
The NBA announced on Sunday that Miami Heat forward LeBron James was the recipient of the KIA 2012-2013 MVP award! Now check out some of the highlights from his incredible season as he averaged 26.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG & 7.3 APG to capture the 4th MVP of his career!