Thursday, May 6, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
Cavaliers wise pick
It was a sloppy weekend to say the least. And its effects could be felt in more than one venue. The most devastating had nothing to do with the sports arena of various kinds and some of these were felt very close to home.
There is nothing to effectively counteract severe inclement weather and the only hope is to minimize its aftermath. So our prayers and empathy go out to the persons who suffered the brunt of these late spring storms.
There is no indication that the vexing weather conditions had anything to do with the failure of Tiger Woods to make the cut in his second tournament after his return from exile. His failed attempt to meet muster at Quail Hollow was only the sixth time in his career.
And the adverse weather apparently didn’t dampen the spirits of anyone making the annual pilgrimage to Churchill Downs. The track was sloppy from start to finish but the 136th staging of the Derby went off without a hitch or tether.
But the majority of attention in the sports world had been fixed on the NBA playoffs since April 17. The Eastern Conference, routinely considered the strongest because of its crop of premier players, had the only sweep of the first round in these playoffs. The Orlando Magic didn’t seem to give the Charlotte Bobcats any chance at all. Their closest game was on April 24 at 90-86.
Cleveland beat Chicago 4-1 in the best of seven series. The Boston Celtics (owner of the most NBA titles at 17), sent the Miami Heat packing 4-1. The Celtics would draw the Cavaliers in the second round. The Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks seemed to be almost evenly matched going into the seventh and deciding game on Sunday.
Way out West, as they say, all of the contests were decided 4-2. The defending champs Lakers were pretty much supposed to beat Oklahoma. In the battle for Texas, San Antonio washed out the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix bested Portland and Utah advanced past Denver.
Each year and early in the playoffs, there always seems to be an emerging hero. This year the ordained one appears to be LeBron James. It was disclosed Saturday, unofficially, of course, that James had won his second straight MVP. The official announcement could not be made until Sunday. In the meantime, rumor of sore shoulder and all, James and the Cavs took care of playoff nemesis Boston Celtics in first game of round two.
If one is making a prediction at this stage, it might be wise to include Cleveland for the money. Don’t forget that the team has a big man with championship jewelry from more than one team.
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