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NBA playoffs in progress, can the Heat threepeat?

The NBA first round of the playoffs for the 2013-2014 season is ongoing and the match ups are quite tight in both the Eastern and Western Conference turfs except for the Miami Heat which swept the Charlotte Bobcats 4-0.

The second seed in the East, Heat can at least rest and reenergize for a week while waiting for its second round opponent which is either the third seed Toronto Raptors or the sixth seed Brooklyn Nets which are now tied 2-2 in their first round series.

Surprisingly, the top seed Indiana Pacers are struggling in its battle against the eighth seed Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks defeated the Pacers Monday night 107-97 with Mike Scott and Paul Millsap leading the way over the scoreless Roy Hibbert and not so superb Paul George.

The fourth seeded Chicago Bulls are also struggling against fifth seed Washington Wizards trailing 1-3 in their series. The Wizards jumped the gun on the Bulls last Sunday with Trevor Ariza and John Wall outplaying Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson.

In the Western Conference series, defending conference champions San Antonio Spurs are also battling neck-to neck with a pumped up Dallas Mavericks. The two teams are now tied at 2-2. The pivotal game five will be played at San Antonio.

If the Spurs can outlast the Mavericks, they are bound to face either the fourth seed Houston Rockets or the fifth seed Portland trailblazers. The Blazers are now leading the Rockets 3-1 with excellent plays from Lamarcus Aldridge, Nick Batum, and Damian Lillard.

At certain points of the games Rockets’ all-star James Harden is shooting flawless 3’s and Dwight Howard is dominating inside the paint but the Blazers just seemed to know the answer to win close grinding games. Three games have so far gone to overtime and four were close games which could gone either way.

In Memphis, second seed Oklahoma City Thunder eked out a 92-89 victory over the seventh seed Memphis Grizzlies with Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook receiving much needed support from Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson. Grizzlies Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen were a little off and allowed Oklahoma to even the series at 2-2.

If the Thunder can prevail over the Grizzlies, they will either face the third seed Los Angeles Clippers or the sixth seed Golden State Warriors.

My forecast in the East is, if the Raptors can eliminate the Nets in their series, the Heat can again face a team that they can easily beat 4-0 which they have beaten each time they met in the regular season. However, if they have to face the Nets which have beaten them each time they face off in the regular season, they are in a lot of trouble
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The Heat are now playing superb championship caliber games so far against the Bobcats. They have defended well although their awesome three-point shooting prowess which carried them in their back-to-back championship runs is not yet in full throttle due to the Mike Miller trade to Grizzlies. Shane Battier is out of the rotation right now, Ray Allen is not as explosive as before and they are still testing James Jones as an alternative to Mike Miller.
Anyway, Erick Spoelstra being a defense-oriented coach and a brilliant tactician, he can find a way to overcome both the Raptors or the Nets.

Moving on to the conference finals, the best bet so far is either the Wizards or the Hawks as they are now gaining momentum and confidence against the Bulls and Pacers in their match ups.
The Heat have much confidence and track record in beating either of these two teams in a conference final series although these two teams are still dangerous and have proven they can also win games against Miami.
In the West, the first round series are too close to call. All eight teams are capable of reaching the finals as their lineups are evenly matched. Three series are tied 2-2 and although Portland leads Houston 3-1 you cannot count the Rockets out yet as they lost pretty close games that can have come either way.

In a battle of attrition, the one with the edge shall be the team that has a steeled frontline and a deep bench to lean on as well as a brilliant coaching back up. It’ s either the San Antonio Spurs or the Los Angeles Clippers that is fit for this task. The Rockets, if they have passed their test against Portland, they can still figure in a finals game appearance.
Coach Gregg Popovic can still prove he has a team that has a championship caliber frontline and good young reliable bench players.
Fans would love another Heat-Spurs finals matchup.

The Heat still has a championship caliber frontline with the big 3 James-Wade-Bosh and they still has a vaunted well tested bench to back them up. Lebron James is still royal in his offense as well as defense. Wade is still flashing his old self and hoping his knees would still not give up on him. Bosh is explosive with 3’s in critical games. Spoelstra has proven he can rally his bench to beef up the big 3 in winning playoff series even on tight and tough ones.

A threepeat for the Heat is not next to impossible.

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Donald Sterling remains a total scumbag, and the NBA needs to deal with it

Donald Sterling is a total scumbag. He has a history of particularly grotesque and federally prosecuted racism and a list of sexual harassment accusers. He's a grandstanding idiot without a modicum of self-awareness. He's the type of dumbass who would hold a Black History Month celebration in March, and the type of racist moron who would "celebrate Black History" by giving 1,000 game tickets to poor kids, because the brainless hockey puck equates Black people with poor people, because he is a complete cretin. Read more about Donald Sterling remains a total scumbag, and the NBA needs to deal with it

NBA playoffs in progress, can the Heat threepeat?

The NBA first round of the playoffs for the 2013-2014 season is ongoing and the match ups are quite tight in both the Eastern and Western Conference turfs except for the Miami Heat which swept the Charlotte Bobcats 4-0.

The second seed in the East, Heat can at least rest and reenergize for a week while waiting for its second round opponent which is either the third seed Toronto Raptors or the sixth seed Brooklyn Nets which are now tied 2-2 in their first round series. Read more about NBA playoffs in progress, can the Heat threepeat?

A bad season for the ailing Texans

After the Houston Texans eked out a 2-0 start, it was all disaster for the once amazing and promising football team. It suffered its worst franchise record of 14 straight losses and ended up fourth in the AFC South in a season-ending 2-14 win-loss card.

So frustrating was how the team performed that in week 14 and with a loss to the cellar dweller Jacksonville Jaguars, Texans team owner Bob Mcnair handed Head coach Gary Kubiak his pink slip. Mcnair named Defensive coach Wade Philipps as interim coach and later hired former Penn State head coach Bill O' Brien as the team's third head coach.

In the season opener, the Texans won against the San Diego Chargers, 31-28 in a come-from-behind fashion. Down 3 touchdowns (21-points) in the third quarter, the Texans sparked a 24-0 run in the closing minutes of the third quarter and the rest of the fourth quarter to finally win one against the Chargers. Read more about A bad season for the ailing Texans

Can Manny Pacquiao bounce back from that devastating knock out loss to Marquez?

Marquez delivers the KO punch of the decade......

Saturday night was not as cold as it seems when Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao was devastatingly knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez with a perfectly executed crisp right straight at exactly 2:59th minute of the sixth round.

Pacquiao started chasing Marquez and landed good shots in rounds one and two until Marquez suddenly surprised Pacman in the third round with an overhand right power shot that knocked down the pound-for-pound king for the first time in the bout and in the previous 36 rounds that they had squared off so far. Read more about Can Manny Pacquiao bounce back from that devastating knock out loss to Marquez?

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