NBA Playoff Updates

The NBA conference finals started over the holiday weekend and one series has the look of a seven game thriller and the other will not last long. The Western Conference final between San Antonio and Oklahoma City will be a barnburner. Oklahoma City was up by nine points early in the fourth period and then San Antonio scored 39 points in the final period to edge the Thunder101-98 in game one. When you see this type of a comeback it tells me one team was able to adjust and the other could not. This is where veteran leadership comes into play. San Antonio is a veteran team that has been in these situations before and Oklahoma City has not. Also San Antonio hit the key shots down the stretch to help their cause. The Spurs are red hot; they are on a 19 game winning streak. One note of caution, because of the winning streak if the Spurs go cold the Thunder can run off four straight wins. This is because the Thunder are a momentum team. When Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant get hot there is no team in the NBA that can stop them and San Antonio has to cool off sometime.

The Eastern Conference final between Miami and Boston has the look of an ugly short series. The Celtics losing Avery Bradley to injury hurt. Bradley gave Boston another defender to guard Dwayne Wade. Despite all of the technical fouls last night Boston was exposed. They just do not have the talent on their roster to match up with the Heat. If this was five years ago yes in 2012 no. The only chance Boston has is to turn the series ugly with physical defense and a grinding half court offense. This style of play will help limit Miami’s fast break opportunities that Boston has no answer for. This puts a lot of pressure on Rajon Rondo. He is going to have to average a triple double per game for the Celtics to any chance at all also, he has to limit his amount of turnovers. Miami has become a beast since the beginning of the Indiana series. Once left for dead the Heat have adjusted their style of play and LeBron James and Dwayne Wade have elevated their games to a new level. Coach Erik Spoelstra has to get some credit for the Heat’s success. He kept them together during the Pacer series implemented a new style of play on the fly. That’s playoff basketball can you make the crucial adjustments during a series.

The finish of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 was very exciting. Dario Franchitti won this third Indianapolis 500 crown. The Duel he had with Takuma Sato in the final laps led to a classic finish. Sato crashed on the last lap and that gave Franchitti the win. There were a record number of leader changes in this race with thirty and Sato’s daring move make this race a instant classic. For us guys it’s always nice to see Franchitti’s wife actress Ashley Judd.

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