Hope is a good thing. When you have hope you can turn some difficult situations around. In sports, when you give your opposition hope that is a bad thing. The Miami Heat had a 2-0 game advantage over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals and looked like they were going to cruise to the NBA finals. Then they gave the Boston Celtics hope. Last night the Heat got off to a slow start and fell behind at one point during the first half by 18 points. LeBron James kept the Heat within striking distance with a strong first half. In the second half Dwayne Wade shook off a mediocre start and started hitting some outside shots as the Heat forced overtime. Then in the overtime the Heat offense lost their offensive rhythm and in the game deciding possession Miami looked disorganized and missed their last shot.
You have to give the Celtics some credit. Boston has battled the last two games to even the series. Kevin Garnett has been the leader of the Celtics. Garnett has lost some of his skills but every night he is out there giving his all and encouraging his teammates to do the same. The key to the rest of this series is just plain will. In overtime both teams looked weary. The condensed schedules because of the lock out are catching up with Miami and Boston.
In the Western Conference finals the Oklahoma City Thunder have made adjustments to even the series at 2 games each against San Antonio. Oklahoma City are playing the vaunted San Antonio pick and roll a lot tougher and the Thunder big men are coming through. Serge Ibaka hit 11 straight shots to score 26 and Kendrick Perkins chipped in with 15. In the fourth quarter Kevin Durant was unstoppable he scored 16 straight points for Oklahoma City. Although everything went right for the Thunder in game three they only won by three points. The key to the rest of this series is the play of Spur guard Tony Parker. When Thunder coach Scott Brooks put Thabo Sefolosha on Parker it changed the whole complexion of the series. In fact, both Oklahoma City guards have changed roles in the last two games. Sefolosha’s main objective is to slow down Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook has gone from scorer to distributor for Oklahoma City.
It looks like Tiger Woods is rounding back into form. He made an outstanding chip shot on the 16th hole to win The Memorial Tournament. Woods was trailing by four shots going into the final round. He has tied Jack Nicklaus with 73 career PGA tournament victories. The US Open is a couple of weeks away.
The Los Angeles Kings just keep moving along. The Kings are up 2-0 on the New Jersey Devils after winning another overtime game. The Kings run in the Stanley Cup playoffs is the sports story of the year so far.