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Posted: December 29th, 2012

D.J. Kennedy scored 22 points to lead the Erie BayHawks to a fifth consecutive win, 105-91, at Erie Insurance Arena on Friday night. The BayHawks (7-4) have the longest active winning streak in the D-League.

Demonte Harper had a season-high 18 points off the bench for the BayHawks, who shot 10-of-20 from 3-point range. Cory Joseph led the Toros (7-6) with 21 points. Last season, Austin eliminated Erie in the first round of the D-League playoffs.

The BayHawks play Fort Wayne tonight at 7 at Erie Insurance Arena. The Indiana Pacers have sent down Miles Plumee and Orlando Johnson to the Mad Ants (4-10), who have added former Clevleand Cavaliers forward Luke Harangody. Fort Wayne also has the top pick from the 2012 D-League draft in JaJuan Johnson.

Posted: June 20th, 2012

Chris Bosh has become the emotional force of Miami's Big 3 as the Heat have taken a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder./AP Photo.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are oh so cool.

Anyone still wearing the flip-up glasses like D-Wade did after Game 4 or glasses without lenses as he and James have done in these playoffs are “smoothed out on the R&B tip with a pop feel appeal” like Bell Biv Devoe back in the 1990s.

However, Bosh has become that fire breathing dragon who lights the Heat’s emotional fuse.

He will always be the third wheel of Miami’s Big 3, but Bosh, who was the man in Toronto, is doing all the dirty work stars rarely do to help the Heat win a title: Dive on the floor for loose balls.  Get offensive boards. Block shots. Defend.

And when asked to score, Bosh can still knock down the jumper and finish pick-and-roll plays at the rim.

However, Bosh has become that emotional leader for Miami. He’s the one you see getting the crowd going by flexing and pumping his fist.

He’s the one barking at teammates and getting them pumped up right before play resumes.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: June 12th, 2012

Has the time come for 3-time MVP LeBron James to win his first R-I-N-G? OKC doesn't think so./AP Photo.

Got to stick my with pick.

Before the season started, I picked the Miami Heat as one of the five favorites to win it all.

Before the NBA playoffs, I picked them to win it all.

Now with Game 1 of the NBA Finals about to start in a few hours, the Heat are right where they’re supposed to be, but face the team I picked they’d meet in the finals – the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Oh boy.

The Thunder are serious, folks.

They play fast, can score as will, defend the paint and their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden are not only shot makers, but shot takers.

None of them are afraid to launch when all is on the line.

It’s hard to beat a team like that.

The Heat have the team to do it, but are they up to the challenge?

This isn’t the New York Knicks, who had talent, but couldn’t put it together in time to really challenge them.

This isn’t the Indiana Pacers, who although physical and tough, lacked the experience to put a team way.

This isn’t the Boston Celtics, who are savvy vets that ran out of gas.

This is Oklahoma City. The Thunder have the NBA’s best fans, just beat the league’s best team in San Antonio four straight times after the Spurs had won 20 games in a row.

However, this is LeBron James’ time.

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks
Posted: May 27th, 2012

LeBron James and Dwayne Wade are playing as one. Do the Boston Celtics have an answer for the Heat duo./AP

The Boston Celtics are old and hurt.

This is their Big 3′s last stand.

The Miami Heat are going to the close the final chapter on the Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce era of the Celtics, but the truth is, they should put them away.

Miami has the game’s best player – three-time MVP LeBron James – and Dwyane Wade has reemerged. The two are working in unison and everyone else is falling in line.

Just don’t see how those aging and aching Celtics get past them.

Boston struggled with the Atlanta Hawks, but won. Got pushed to a Game 7 by the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers, but won.

Now the Celtics got Miami.

They shouldn’t win, should they?

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks
Posted: May 23rd, 2012

I grew up in the 1980s.

Saw the Sixers-Celtics rivalry, the Lakers-Celtics rivalry and the Pistons-Bulls rivalry.

Doc choked Bird. McHale took down Rambis. Bad Boys put the Jordan Rules on M.J.

Saw the New York Knicks when they dueled with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in the ’90s.

Zo  and Grandmama went at it. John Starks head butted Reggie Miller.

Those were battles. Tough. Physical. Intense. The essence of playoff basketball.

What’s going on between the Heat and Pacers in this year’s Eastern Conference semifinals isn’t at that level. In fact, it’s reach a point of bush league.

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks
Posted: May 21st, 2012

Oh how we forget.

On TNT, Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said Indiana Pacers reserve Lance Stephenson shouldn’t have given the choke sign when LeBron James missed a free throw Thursday night in Game 3 against the Miami Heat.

The Heat lost, 94-75, before winning Game 4 Sunday to even series at 2-2.

In clip below, you’ll see at the :57 second mark Larry Bird miss two free throws in a loss to the Sixers in the 1985-86 season. Julius Erving hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer off a jump ball Barkley tipped to him.

It’s a great play by Barkley, huge shot by Dr. J., but guess who’s giving the choke sign after rebounding the second Bird miss.

Oh Charles.

Posted in: NBA
Posted: May 21st, 2012

If anyone has ever checked out Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take, you know how he gets down.

Like the “Nature Boy” Rick Flair, he’s custom made from head to toe.

In debates with Skip Bayless, Smith is direct, detailed and downright devastating when on a roll.

For those who haven’t caught Smith’s face-to-face verbal battles with Bayless, Saturday Night Live’s Jay Pharoah comes about as close as one could get in impersonating ESPN’s NBA expert.


Posted in: NBA
Posted: May 14th, 2012

Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies couldn't come back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the L.A. Clippers./AP Photo.

Not bad. Not bad.

With the Los Angeles Clipppers beating the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7 Sunday to advance to the Western Conference semifinals, all the first-round series are complete. I finished 6-2 in predicting the first round.

Eastern Conference

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (8) Philadelphia 76ers.
Prediction: Bulls in 5
Outcome: Sixers in 6.
What happpened: Derrick Rose got hurt. Joakim Noah got hurt. Bulls didn’t have enough.

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) New York Knicks
Prediction: Heat in 6
Outcome: Heat in 5
What happened: Knicks not ready as a team to seriously challenge Miami.

(3) Indiana Pacers vs. (6) Orlando Magic
Prediction: Pacers in 5
Outcome: Pacers in 5
What happened: Without Dwight Howard, Magic had no shot to win this series.

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks
Posted: May 12th, 2012

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James (w/headband) are eying an NBA title, but Indiana is doing the same./AP Photo.

It’s just a formality.

The Indiana Pacers will be just a footnote in their storybook championship journey. Just another team the Miami Heat had to beat because they’re going to win it all right?


They’ve got the game’s best player in LeBron James, who won his third NBA MVP today.

They’ve got the league’s second and third best option in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, respectively.

And they don’t have to contend with the Chicago Bulls, who lost Derrick Rose to a season-ending injury and their first-round series to the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in six games.

The road is paved for Miami to take it all. Indiana is just a speed bump in the road right?


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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks
Posted: April 27th, 2012

(1) Chicago Bulls (50-16)

1st round foe: (8) Philadelphia 76ers (35-31).

Biggest concern vs. 76ers: Don’t have a true superstar, but enough good players to make you have to compete to beat them.

Last 10: 7-3 (Won 3)

Strengths: Defense. The Bulls lead the NBA in fewest points allowed (88.17 per game). They have front-court depth, great team chemistry and a closer in Derrick Rose.

Weaknesses: Key injuries to their two best players – Rose and Luol Deng – make them vulnerable. Although they’ve had success without Rose, in the playoffs, he’ll need to be close to 100 percent to reach NBA Finals.

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Posted in: NBA, New York Knicks

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