L.A. Pride is a true sports enthusiast. A former youth, and division II assistant basketball coach, who studied the martial arts, he enjoys and follows all sports, even hockey. His quick wit and insight brings a fresh view to the world of sports. You may not always agree with him, but you will enjoy his highly opinionated thoughts.
Is it me…
Or are the playoffs the time for teams to show their true grit? The playoffs are in full bloom for the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association, and they are pretty exciting.
Hockey, coming off a locked-out shortened season, showcased two first round game sevens, winner take all Monday night. Game one featured the New York Rangers versus the Washington Capitals, with Alex Ovechkin, the great 8. Ranger goalie H. Lundqvist “pitched” a shutout and defeated the favorite Capitals 5-0. Ovechkin, who is reportedly a star in the league, had a miserable playoff and did nothing in the later games against the Rangers, we must really question his superstar status. You make your name in the regular season, and your fame in the playoffs, Ovechkin is just a name on a jersey. Whereas, Lundqvist has proven to be a real star for the Rangers.
Game 2 featured the Boston Bruins versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, two of the original six NHL teams. The Bruins spotted the Maple Leafs a three goal lead and had to rally from behind to defeat them 5-4 in an overtime thriller. This was a feel good win for the city of Boston, and much deserved. Boston is the first team to rally in a game seven from three goals behind. A real team effort by the Bruins.
The Bruins must now face the Rangers in round two. The Rangers are also an original six team and it doesn’t get any better for the purist, Boston versus New York.
The undermanned Chicago Bulls, NBA, are discovering just how good the Heat really is. The Bulls trail the Heat 3-1 in the series and face almost certain elimination this week. Chicago has tried to manhandle Miami, but LeBron has showed that he is the man and has answered every challenge. (I am not a big fan of James, but he is the best out there and deserved the MVP award.)
Who has not answered the challenge is Derrick Rose, of the Bulls! Derrick is still milking his ACL injury and has not played this year. Well the year is about to end soon for the Bulls, and Derrick’s inactivity Derrick has a lot to do with the Bulls departure. Shame on him, nearly every one of his teammates is playing hurt or tired.
The Grizzlies, out in the west hold a 3-1 lead over the Thunder. Kevin Durant, of the Thunder, has stepped up and played his heart out, but he needs help. The Thunder who were favorite, really miss Westbrook (knee injury) and face elimination.
The Knicks are down 3-1 and bickering amongst themselves. Not a good sign for a team fighting to survive. The Pacers are too big for the Knicks. Spike Lee offered a Pacer fan $40,000 for courtside seats, the fan turned him down. Does he know the game is on television?
My surprise team is the Golden State Warriors who are tied with the Spurs , 2-2, going into last night’s game. The Warriors are young, and are coached by a first year coach, Mark Jackson. There is no way the Warriors should be competing with San Antonio…but that is why we play the games.
You gotta love the playoffs.
Is it me…
Or is all right with the universe again?
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Edited by D. Pride.