Thursday, May 24, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
There was, and still is, much speculation concerning the playoff run for the Boston Celtics. They are having a terrible time with the Philly Sixers (an eighth seed in these proceedings). The series has been reminiscent of the battles of the old days when the teams had one great player each, Larry Bird and Dr. J. Ervin. Going into Monday night’s game, the series was tied at 2-2. Since the fifth and seventh (if there is one) games are set for Boston, the majority of experts ( count me in) are predicting that the pendulum will swing for the Shamrock Boys.
There has really been a low incidence of flaring tempers and very frustrating moments, but the excitement and suspense have been mountain high. However, as hard as it was to pull away and interrupt the action on Saturday, for this viewer it was totally necessary.
The Spurs and the Clippers had a start time of around 2:30 p.m. but the lead-up to the 137th edition of the Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore was also in its prelim stage. Now ya’ll know what a track tout yours truly has always been, so passing up a chance to view an assault on the triple crown of thoroughbred racing was not even an option. Believe me, if you failed to watch, you missed a ride that would probably have rivaled that of Paul Revere. There has not been a triple crown winner since the ’70s. I’ll Have Another lived up to his name and overtook and overcame Bodiemeister by a neck to claim the second jewel in the triple crown. Seemingly, Bodiemeister has become a pacesetter for I’ll Have Another in these races. In about three weeks, the owners just might have to add another word to the name and make it, “I’ll Have Still Another.”
Some of the excitement was provided by the Heat in game three of their game with the Pacers. Miami had won the first game by nine points but fell victim to Indiana in game two by a three-point margin and then completely steamrolled in game three. The 19-point win shocked the Heat and witnessed a third-quarter, heated riff between head coach Erik Spoelstra and Dwayne Wade. Both coach and player shrugged the incident off in subsequent interviews with Spoelstra stating that ‘these things happen more often than anyone knows.” I think all of us can appreciate that head coaches in major sports deal with million-dollar egos, however, I cannot condone such disrespect. Apparently, Wade put his contrition into action in game four, erasing the dismal performance in game three. He and LeBron James combined for 70 points (Wade had 30 and James had 40). The series bounced to South Beach on Tuesday and my money is on the Heat.
All the Griz fans woke up Monday morning thanking the San Antonio Spurs for avenging their team which had been eliminated by the Clippers. The Spurs recorded their second shutout of the playoffs with another 4-0 series run.
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