The Indiana Pacers called the Miami Heat’s bluff and they got burned. The Pacers decided to play physical against the Heat and it backfired. Miami came out in the last two games and showed the Pacers how to play basketball. LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined for 59 points last night and Mike Miller hit some key three point shots. When James and Wade are this hot there is no team in the NBA that can touch them. What was so interesting is the Pacers had balanced scoring last night and they could not keep up.
The Pacer starting five scored between 24 and 11 points. It proves an old NBA proverb; “You need a superstar or two to win a title.” Indiana had a nice team but, they did not have the difference making superstar to get them over the hump. Game seven is coming up on Saturday night in the other Eastern Conference semifinal. In my opinion, this is where experience shows up and Boston has a definite advantage over Philadelphia. Boston beats Philadelphia to face the Heat in the NBA Eastern Conference final.
Shaquille O’Neal made the right decision to quit perusing the Orlando Magic GM job. O’ Neal would have been over his head. When you combine the search for a new head coach and the problems the Magic have with star center Dwight Howard, Orlando needs a new GM with experience. The Orlando Magic need to trade Dwight Howard in the offseason and rebuild the team. Former Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan would be an interesting candidate in Orlando.
The recent announcement by both the SEC and Big 12 to create their bowl game is the end of the Bowl Championship Series as we know it. The first game is slated for January 1, 2015. At this time the game does not have a permanent location and there are rumors that the game could be bid out on a annual basis. There are plenty of good locations within both conferences to host the game. In the SEC, Atlanta and New Orleans come to mind and with the SEC adding both Missouri and Texas A&M Dallas and St. Louis both make sense especially if St Louis builds a new domed stadium for the Rams.
Although NASCAR is the most popular racing series in the United States, the Indianapolis 500 is still a special event. It’s always a competitive race and you can’t beat the tradition and excitement. The Indy 500 takes place every year during Memorial Day Weekend. Check out the current Odds on Indy 500 to formulate your betting strategy.
The UFC just continues to do the right things for their fans by putting together excellent pay per view fight cards. UFC 146 Saturday night features Junior Dos Santos fighting Frank Mir in the main event. The card features three other heavyweight fights. A fighter to watch in the preliminaries is Roy Nelson. Looking at Nelson he seems more suited to be a bouncer at a local bar instead of fighting in the UFC.