Saturday Morning Suicides: LeBron James kills Hornets with a sledgehammer in Miami Heat’s 108-89 victory over New Orleans

Posted in Blogroll on March 30th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(AP)

LeBron James continues to soar above his detractors.

Hatred continued to spill from the lips of Miami Heat antagonists in the wake of their first loss in 28 games. The latest to chime in was Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge who called LeBron James speaking out against the physical play of the Chicago Bulls Thursday night “almost embarrassing”. Heat GM Pat Riley responded by advising Ainge to “STFU”! James responded with 36 points including 7-10 from beyond the arc in Miami’s 108-89 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.

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Tip-Off for 3/29/13 (featuring Walt “Clyde” Frazier): DeMarcus Cousins shows out in the Sacramento Kings 117-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns

Posted in Blogroll on March 29th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(AP)

We have yet to see the full scale of DeMarcus Cousins’ talents.

It’s no secret DeMarcus Cousins is the most talented young big man in the NBA today. Doubt creeps in when Cousins says and does things which overshadow his undeniable potential. If Cousins was with a stable organization with solid individuals, questions about his character would be moot. Against the Phoenix Suns, Cousins’ talents were on full display in the Sacramento Kings 117-103 rout.

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Tip-Off for 3/28/13 (featuring Salt N’ Pepa): The Chicago Bulls band together to end the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak 101-97

Posted in Blogroll on March 28th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(NY Times)

The Bulls employed a no layup rule against the free wheeling Heat.

The Chicago Bulls were without Joakim Noah, Richard Hamilton and Rocco Belinelli heading into their highly anticipated meeting against the Miami Heat. The Bulls employed a physical game plan against the Heat — hitting the boards and anyone who entered the paint was paramount for the undermanned Bulls. Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer combined for 49 points and Nate Robinson was key as a reserve in Chicago’s 101-97 victory over the Miami Heat. The loss stopped Miami seven games shy of the NBA’s all-time mark for consecutive wins.

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Tip-Off for 3/27/13 (featuring Randall Cunningham): The Dallas Mavericks overcome the LA Clippers 109-102 in overtime to continue their playoff push

Posted in Blogroll on March 27th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Brandon Wade/SF Gate)

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates scoring two points during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Dallas. Dallas won 109-102 in overtime. Photo: Brandon Wade

Dirk Nowitzki is returning to form just in time for the Mav’s playoff run.

The Dallas Mavericks put together a pretty nice roster in the offseason, the additions of O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison and Elton Brand added veteran leadership with a young energetic backcourt. Injuries were felt up and down the roster, including leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki.  The slow start dropped Dallas out of playoff contention.

Don’t look now, but the Mavs are climbing back into the race. Winning nine of their last twelve games, including three in a row, has placed Dallas on the heels of the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the West. The Mavericks defeated the Clippers 109-102 in overtime.

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Street Voices: Volume 1, Issue 2

Posted in Blogroll on March 26th, 2013 by Ron Glover

Last week, our first installment of Street Voices focused on the homeless in Philadelphia and the ‘One Step Away’ program which sponsors their talents. In today’s issue we will explore the work of some extraordinary young individuals in the Philadelphia area courtesy of CRED magazine and The Village of Arts and Humanities. Enjoy!

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Tip-Off for 3/26/13 (featuring Diana Ross): New Orleans Hornets take the sting out of the Denver Nuggets, ending their 15-game winning streak

Posted in Blogroll on March 26th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(USA Today)

The Hornets have been more competitive with Anthony Davis in the lineup.

The New Orleans Hornets have pulled it together in recent weeks with rookie Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon returning to the lineup. The emergence of point guard Greivis Vasquez has given the Hornets stability in the back court. New Orleans faced the hot Denver Nuggets — who were without point guard Ty Lawson. The Hornets took an early lead and were in cruise control by halftime. Sniping big man Ryan Anderson finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the Hornets 110-86 victory. The Hornets win ended the Nuggets 15-game win streak.

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The NCAA’s Sweet 16 featuring: The Dunking Eagles, The Shockers and the Southwest Philly Floater

Posted in Blogroll on March 25th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(College Basketball AP)

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles have soared from obscurity right into The Sweet Sixteen.

The first weekend of the 2013 NCAA Tournament has given us the usual thrills — while a No. 1 seed took a major spill. The second seeded Georgetown Hoyas were upset by the 15th seeded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles 78-68. The Eagles punched their ticket into the Sweet 16 after defeating seventh seeded San Diego St. 81-71. The Wichita State Shockers did exactly that to No. 1 seeded Gonzaga in a 76-70 victory. The Shockers resemble more of an evil stepsister than a Cinderella.

The LaSalle Explorers have taken the long, hard road to the Sweet 16. Philly’s lone remaining team in the dance defeated Boise State 80-71 in the play-in game. The Explorers went on to defeat fourth-seeded Kansas State 63-61 and twelfth-seeded Ole Miss 76-74.

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Tip-Off for 3/25/13 (featuring Sugar Ray Robinson): Miami Heat rally back once again to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 109-77

Posted in Blogroll on March 25th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Robert Mayer/USA Today)

The big, bad Miami Heat are closing in on one of the NBA’s most hallowed records.

Some stretches of the Miami Heat’s 26-game winning streak have not been easy. There have been games where the world champions have trailed by 20+ points, only to pull out the victory. Against the Charlotte Bobcats, the deficit was not as heavy.  But as has been recent custom, Miami did fall behind by double-digits.

Without Dwyane Wade (knee), Norris Cole and Ray Allen combined for 31 points in Miami’s 109-77 victory over Charlotte.

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Sunday Spoken Word: Jordan Black and Red Chicago Clouds

Posted in Blogroll on March 25th, 2013 by Michael Tillery
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Heaven’s a red and black cloud when his god gets hot. Basketball is better because of MJ but the spirit of us is not. Doesn’t matter the name in front of him, none had the will to surpass the deep steps ahead as his mind and body awaited your next best thought vs. his easiest reflex.

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Tip-Off for 3/22/13 (featuring Jaguar Wright): The 76ers snatch defeat from victory, fall to Denver Nuggets 101-100

Posted in Blogroll on March 22nd, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Liberty Ballers)

The Denver Nuggets’ streak continues, thanks to Corey Brewer

Corey Brewer scored a career-high 29 points including three free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to give the Denver Nuggets a 101-100 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia held a five point lead with 14 seconds remaining, but Evan Turner missed two free throws and Brewer scored the game’s final six points to seal the improbable comeback for Denver. The Nuggets winning streak is now at 14 games.

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Tip-Off for 3/21/13 (featuring March Madness): The Miami Heat survive a wild night in Cleveland, stun Cavaliers in comeback 98-95

Posted in Blogroll on March 21st, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Tony Dejak)

A fan runs out on the court towards Miami Heat's LeBron James during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Cleveland. Miami won 98-95. Photo: Tony Dejak

A young fan his makes an unofficial pitch to LeBron James.

LeBron James posted a triple-double against the Cleveland Cavaliers on a night which included a 40-minute delay for a leaking scoreboard and a fan — who admitted to James that he missed him ran out onto the floor.

There was a basketball game as well. The Miami Heat overcame a 27-point deficit in the 3rd quarter to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-95.

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Tip-Off for 3/20/13 (featuring Kool Keith): The Denver Nuggets run past the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-104 for 13th straight win

Posted in Blogroll on March 20th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(AP)

Ty Lawson leads the way with 25 points -- one of six Nuggets to put up 10 or more points in the win. (AP)

Ty Lawson was one of six Denver Nuggets to score 10 or more points.

Lost in the glow of the Miami Heat’s 23-game winning streak are the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets have won 13 games in a row, their latest was a 114-104 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the streak, the Nuggets have defeated the Thunder twice. Also the Grizzlies, Lakers, Clippers, Bulls, Knicks and Trail Blazers.

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The St. John’s Red Storm wreak havoc on St. Joseph’s Hawks NIT hopes in a 63-61 thriller

Posted in Blogroll on March 20th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Michael Perez/AP Photo)

St. Johns SirDominic Pointer (15) shoots the game-winning basket at the buzzer against Saint Josephs in a first-round NIT college basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Philadelphia. St. Johns won 63-61. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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St. John’s Sir’ Dominic Pointer pulls up for the game-winning basket — ending St. Joe’s season.

The St. John’s Red Storm basketball program endured a rough stretch to end their regular season. Suspensions losses in seven of eight games landed coach Steve Lavin and his team into the NIT against the St. Joe’s Hawks. In the opening round, the Red Storm came into Hagan Arena and shocked the Hawks 63-61.

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Street Voices: Volume 1, Issue 1

Posted in Blogroll on March 19th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Vimeo.com)

He may not have a home, but he has a name.

Homelessness in the United States is an ongoing problem — which has festered for generations. In 2013, it has reached shameful proportions for a country which prides itself on being a place of opportunity and prosperity.

In Philadelphia, it’s real in the field. Eighty percent of the homeless population is African-American, one-third of the sheltered population are children. Sadly enough, the most common occupants are 18 years old and under. Eighty-six percent of the households are female-headed — while 14 percent are headed by males.

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Tip-Off for 3/19/13 (featuring Bruno Mars): Miami Heat rally from 17-point deficit to defeat Boston Celtics 105-103 for 23rd consecutive victory

Posted in Blogroll on March 19th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Jeff Rogash/Getty Images)

The Heat spent the night playing catch up before overcoming the undermanned Celtics.

Jeff Green and the Boston Celtics gave the Miami Heat all they could handle, but in the end LeBron James sank the game-winning jumper to give the Heat a 105-103 victory. The Miami Heat now have sole possession of the second-longest winning streak in NBA history at 23 games. Jeff Green led the Celtics with 43 points, the C’s were without Kevin Garnett who was dealing with the flu.

 

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