Tip-Off for 4/30/13 (featuring Isaiah Thomas): Atlanta Hawks pull even with Indiana Pacers after 102-91 victory

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

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J-Smoove was able to spread his wings as the Hawks evened their series with the Pacers.

The first-round series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Indiana Pacers didn’t have the star attraction of some of the other match ups. After the Hawks 112-91 victory, we may be witnessing the first 7-game series in these playoffs. Atlanta shot 46 percent from three-point range and played their best defense thus far to tie the series at two games apiece.

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Will Jason Collins’ coming out party change the game?

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

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Jason Collins stands alone as the only active gay male athlete in sports. 

Washington Wizards center Jason Collins’ announcement that he is gay has changed the game in ways he could only dream about as a player. A fringe player for most of his 12 seasons in the NBA, Collins just cracked the starting lineup as the first active, openly gay male athlete in American sports.

Collins overcame a lifetime of fears and anxiety before making his announcement. Are we ready to get into the game or do we need another scrimmage or two?

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The dawn of the Geno Smith era ends Tim Tebow’s tenure in New York; what’s next for Mark Sanchez?

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

(WV Metro News).

In spite of the boos he heard from Jets fans, Geno Smith is looking to become the main man in NYC.

The New York Jets second round draft selection of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith spelled the end of the Tim Tebow Experiment in Gotham. Tebow was released by the Jets after a less than productive season under Rex Ryan.

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Tip-Off for 4/29/13 (featuring Duke Ellington): Dwight Howard ejected as the San Antonio Spurs sweep the Los Angeles Lakers in 103-82 victory; Miami Heat finish off Milwaukee Bucks with 88-77 win

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

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No words needed from Kobe Bryant to know what he was thinking.

Kobe Bryant made his presence felt at the most opportune time of the Lakers 103-82 season-ending loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Bryant walked to the Lakers bench after Dwight Howard was ejected after receiving his second technical foul in the 3rd quarter. Kobe’s arrival served reassurance to his teammates and Laker fans who the team really belongs to for now and maybe the foreseeable future. The game was another story. The Spurs was more than willing to put the Lakers out of their misery — ending a frustrating season for coaches, fans, ownership and players.

The Miami Heat had venison four different ways in their first-round sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat won each of their games by double-digits, the final being a 88-77 victory in Milwaukee.

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Saturday Morning Suicides: The Lakers and Spurs stand on the brink; Steph Curry carries the Golden State Warriors to 110-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets to take 2-1 lead

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

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Ty Lawson and the Denver Nuggets could only marvel at the exploits of “The Golden Child”.

The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers have been pushed to the cusp of elimination after dropping the all-critical third game in their respective series. The Celtics were handled by the New York Knicks 90-76 as the series moved to Boston. The injury bug has literally crippled the Los Angeles Lakers — who were no match for the San Antonio Spurs in their 120-89 loss.

If Steph Curry was able to walk, he was going to play in Game 3 against the Denver Nuggets. What we didn’t know was how effective the Warriors guard would be on a sore ankle. Once again, Curry went in against the Denver Nuggets as the Warriors won for the second game on succession without forward David Lee. The Warriors took a 2-1 series lead with their 110-108 victory.

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Breaking News: Russell Westbrook has a torn meniscus and is out for the remainder of the NBA Playoffs

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

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The chippy play between Russell Westbrook and Houston’s Patrick Beverley may have resulted in the injury to the OKC guard.

The NBA’s Western Conference is officially up for grabs.

The championship hopes of the Oklahoma City Thunder have taken a serious blow when it was revealed that point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

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E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith pay the trolls under the bridge upon entering the NFL

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

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The selection of E.J. Manuel drew the ire of many.

Among the surprises in the first round of the NFL draft were the Buffalo Bills selecting Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel with the 16th pick overall. Manuel was the first signal caller taken. Quite a surprise considering West Virginia’s Geno Smith dominated the headlines in the weeks leading up to the draft. Smith was not selected on the draft’s first day — another surprise.

As expected, the criticism of the Bills for taking Manuel at No. 16 and the chest-thumping of pundits who justify the first round snubbing of Smith.

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Tip-Off for 4/26/13 (featuring Giancarlo Esposito): Chicago Bulls outlast the Brooklyn Nets 79-76, lead series 2-1; Memphis Grizzlies get back into series with LA Clippers with 94-82 victory

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

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Kris Humphries gets punched on by Chicago’s Taj Gibson.

The Chicago Bulls got a split against the Nets in Brooklyn with hopes of feeding off some home cooking in their return home for Game 3. The Bulls were able to grind it out and make it ugly — holding off the Brooklyn Nets 79-76.

The Memphis Grizzlies felt Game 2 against the LA Clippers was theirs for the taking. Back in Memphis for Game 3, the Grizzlies and Zach Randolph were able to play at their pace. Their deliberate approach paid off as they defeated the Clippers 94-82, but they still trail the series 2-1.

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Tip-Off for 4/25/13 (featuring Charles “Chuck” Cooper): Oklahoma City Thunder cool off hot Houston Rockets in Game 2 thriller 105-102

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

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OKC’s Serge Ibaka was the defensive catalyst in Game 2 with six blocked shots.

The Oklahoma City Thunder seemed headed for a classic collapse in Game 2 against the Houston Rockets. The Thunder blew a  fourth quarter lead, only to gain it back and hold off the inspired Rockets 105-102. The Thunder lead the series 2-0.

James Harden big night was offset by OKC’s duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was a defensive anchor with six blocked shots.

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Tip-Off for 4/24/13 (featuring Cedric the Entertainer): Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors shoot themselves back into the series; defeat Denver Nuggets 131-117

Posted in Blogroll on April 24th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(David Zalubowski/AP)

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, front, goes up for a reverse dunk past Denver Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 131-117 victory in Game 2 of the teams' NBA first-round playoff series in Denver on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Bad News Barnes: Harrison Barnes’ reverse dunk was the highlight of the Warriors Game 2 victory.

The Golden State Warriors shot a blistering 65 percent from the field and 56 percent from beyond the arc in their Game 2 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Denver — who is one of the NBA’s best defensive teams, was torched for 105 points over the final three quarters. The best of seven series is even at one game apiece.

Golden State was without leading rebounder David Lee — who is out for the series. Rookie Harrison Barnes pick up some of the offensive slack — scoring 24 points, including 17 in the second half.

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Tip-Off for 4/23/13 (featuring Maxwell): Chris Paul’s game-winning layup in Game 2 snatches victory from the Memphis Grizzlies 93-91

Posted in Blogroll on April 23rd, 2013 by Ron Glover

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Chris Paul hits floater at buzzer to beat Grizzlies in Game 2.

Chris Paul’s lay up gave the Clippers a 93-91 victory and a 2-0 series lead.

Chris Paul’s floater with :01 seconds remaining in regulation gave the Los Angeles Clippers a 93-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of their first-round series. Memphis trailed by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter before going on a 9-2 run — which tied the game with 1:37 remaining. Chris Paul and Marc Gasol exchanged baskets to even things at 91. Paul’s bucket off the glass sealed the victory for the Clippers.

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Tip-Off for 4/22/13 (featuring Nina Simone): Home teams sweep opening game match-ups; Paul George posts his first playoff Oscar in Pacers win over Hawks 107-90

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

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Andre Miller watches his game-winning shot in the Nuggets Game 1 victory. 

The opening games of the 2013 NBA Playoffs saw the home teams hold serve in impressive fashion. The unheralded and under-appreciated Andre Miller scored a game-high 28 points, including the game-winning layup with 1.2. seconds remaining as the Nuggets held off the upstart Golden State Warriors 97-95 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The Warriors suffered a devastating blow when they lost forward David Lee for the remainder of the playoffs with a hip flexor injury.

Paul George notched the first triple-double by an Indiana Pacer since Mark Jackson in 1998. George was only 3-13 from the field but he converted 17 of 18 free throws. Indiana handled the Atlanta Hawks rather easily in a 107-90 victory.

Here are the results from Sunday’s games.

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Cleveland Gladiators ruin the Philadelphia Soul’s home opener 64-57 in overtime.

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

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Cleveland Gladiators wideout Jamar Howard caught two second half touchdown passes.

The Cleveland Gladiators came into their contest against the American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul winless and in dire need of a break or two. After allowing a score in their first defensive series, the Soul opened up a 14-point lead. In the second half, momentum slowly shifted to Cleveland. The Soul offense was stifled and the Gladiators were able to spoil the Soul home opener 64-57 in overtime.

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Saturday Morning Suicides: Ron Glover’s 2013 NBA Playoff Predictions (First Round)

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

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Fans unfamiliar with Indiana’s Paul George will be in for a treat.

The NBA’s second season begins with some highly anticipated series on tap. In the East the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks continue their heated rivalry for at least another four games. Paul George has assumed the lead role in Indiana and is prepared to introduce himself to the national spotlight against the Atlanta Hawks. Playoffs basketball returns to Brooklyn as the Nets and Chicago Bulls tangle.

In the West, the Denver Nuggets will try to slow down the high-scoring Golden State Warriors. The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to avenge last season’s playoff loss against the Los Angeles Clippers. Finally, can the Los Angeles Lakers pull together without Kobe Bryant and knock off the injury-prone San Antonio Spurs?

Here are my first-round predictions.

 

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Tip-Off for 4/19/13 (featuring Marvin Gaye): Games of note for the 2013 NFL Season

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

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Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3.

The 2013 NFL schedule has been released and fans around the country have circled dates on their calendar. There are grudge matches from last year’s playoffs as well as players and coaches facing their former teams.

Here are the games I have marked as must see T.V.

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