The Wild Weekend Sports Round-Up- 5/31/2010

Posted: May 31, 2010 in Sports Rants!, The Blog!

Weekend Round-Up:

NBA Conference Finals:
Well, Orlando gave it a bit more of a fight than I expected after falling down 3-0, they pulled out a close win in Boston in gave 4 in overtime, than with Bostons moral down, they took advantage of their home court and blew them out in game 5. Than came game 6 in Boston. Boston did what champions do and Orlando did what a team that is just not quiet there yet does. Boston didn’t collapse, in fact they thrived. Even when star point guard Rondo went down, former New York Knick outcast and recent bench warmer Nate Robinson, came into the came and scored 13 points off the bench in the first half and ignited the crowd. The usual suspects all played well and Boston was rolling. The Magic just didn’t have enough. Dwight Howard got into early foul trouble, which is becoming a common occurrence, Vince Carters jump shot finally decided to fall but it was too late. Rashard Lewis had an awful series and no one else was able to pick up the slack. Orlando won’t have the money to pick up a big time free agent so they will have to run will a similar team next year and hope for better results. In the west, Phoenix battled LA hard but the Lakers are just too talented. In game 5, the Suns came back from 19 down to tie it on a Jason Richardson 3 pointer with 3.5 seconds left, but in typical Laker fashion, Kobe takes a last second shot, but this time he air balls it leading to a Ron Artest rebound and put back for the win. Game six was another close one but the Lakers were able to pull through. The stage is set for the NBA Finals and the 12th time the Lakers and Celtics will meet, the most of any two teams in a professional sports final. My gut tells me Lakers in 6, but the way Boston is playing anything is possible and no doubt will lead to a classic final.

NHL Stanley Cup:
After one game, the Philadelphia Flyers battled hard but fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5 in a game that stood out for the reason that neither team as a good goal tender. This series is going to be won on physicality and who ends up by their opponents net more often. Chicago is the favorite, and has a one game advantage already, but any team that comes back from a 3-0 deficit like the Flyers did against Boston, you can never count them out.

Memorial Day Baseball Reflectence:
Ah, Memorial Day. It’s a time were you BBQ Hot Dogs and Cheese Burgers and reflect on your favorite teams current state. The AL East is compelling with Tampa leading the pack with the former champions, the Yankees, right on their heels and the surging Red Sox not far behind. David Ortiz snapped out of his slump by hitting .360 in May with 10 HRs and 27 RBIs. The Phillies are falling flat and were shut out and swept in 3 games by the Mets who have been giving a second life. The Nationals, Marlins and Braves are right there as well in the NL East. Out in the west the Giants can’t seem to get enough offense to go behind the great pitching and if the Dodgers could land Cliff Lee from Seattle or Roy Oswalt from Houston that division could change drastically and the top dog in San Diego will have to watch out. Baseball is fun and this is were it gets great. Before you know it the summer will be over and playoffs…here we come.

*French Open: I am convinced that American’s just can’t play tennis consistently well anymore. They all fall before the semi’s and it is such a bummer. The usual suspect are still hanging around in week two and if all goes well we will get another Nadal/Feder rematch, can’t go wrong with that.

*Belmont Stakes: I love the Belmont, it’s my favorite race out of the Triple Crown. A little air is out of it this year and the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Super Saver, and Preakness Stakes winner, Lookin’ at Lucky, are both not running in this years race. However, in the end it is an exciting race and will leave us all at the edge of our seats.


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