Tip-Off for 5/31/13 (featuring Run DMC): LeBron James spits fire at teammates and rains brimstone on the Indiana Pacers in second half of Miami Heat’s 90-79 victory

Posted in Blogroll on May 31st, 2013 by Ron Glover

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LeBron James saw red at the half and proceeded to push the Indiana Pacers to the brink of elimination.

An infuriated LeBron James tore into his teammates as halftime of Game 5 came to a close. What ensued was a performance worthy of an MVP. Just to back up his words — James outscored the Indiana Pacers 16-13 in a series-altering third quarter. The Miami Heat cruised to a 90-79 victory over the Indiana Pacers and took a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 will be Saturday night in Indiana.

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Tip-Off for 5/30/13 (featuring Gale Sayers): What’s going on at Rutgers University?

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

(Sports Illustrated)

The hiring of Athletic Director Julie Hermann has brought more heat to Rutgers University.

Rutgers University is tucked away in quiet New Brunswick, NJ., but for the last 18 months, the university is making the wrong kind of noise. From a highly publicized student suicide to the hiring of a rogue volleyball coach turned athletic director. The school which produced Paul Robeson is acting out its own drama before our very eyes.

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Tip-Off for 5/29/13 (featuring Carmelo Anthony): Indiana Pacers get home cooking (and calls) in 99-92 victory over Miami Heat to tie series 2-2

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

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Roy Hibbert continues to dominate the paint for the Indiana Pacers.

Two questionable calls down the stretch of Game 4 (one resulting in LeBron James fouling out) allowed the Indiana Pacers to keep momentum in a 99-92 victory over the Miami Heat to even the Eastern Conference Finals at two games each. Calls aside, the Pacers withstood everything the Heat threw at them in a critical Game 4.

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The Diva Debate: Anita Baker vs. Sade

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

The Diva Debate is a segment of The Starting Five where two iconic African-American women from the world of entertainment, sports, etc. are paired — leaving our readers free to debate.

This week’s segment focuses on iconic songsbirds, Anita Baker and Sade.

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Tip-Off for 5/28/13 (featuring Jim Thorpe): The San Antonio Spurs give the Memphis Grizzlies the blues in 93-86 victory to sweep the series and win the West

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

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Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs are the Western Conference Champs.

The San Antonio Spurs passed circles around the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. The Grizzlies struggled from the floor, but only trailed by six points at the half. Tony Parker played the kind of game which made him an MVP candidate in the first half of this season. Zach Randolph struggled once again and the Memphis Grizzlies were swept out of the Western Conference Finals 93-86.

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Tip-Off for 5/27/13 (featuring Denzel Washington): Miami Heat’s bench plays pivotal role in 114-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers to take 2-1 lead

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

(Associated Press)

LeBron James and the Miami Heat ran away and hid from the Indiana Pacers in Game 3.

LeBron James set the table and Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen broke bread. The trio combined for 40 points on 16 for 19 shooting in the Miami Heat’s dominant 114-96 Game 3 victory over the Indiana Pacers. The Heat now hold a 2-1 series lead.

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Will this continue?

Posted in Blogroll on May 27th, 2013 by Jerold Wells Jr.

(Wisconsin Tribune)

Two games in.

What do we know?

Indiana wants no part of the mad May Miami march to the championship. Instead they plan of posing a huge challenge.

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Time to Get Grizzly

Posted in Blogroll on May 25th, 2013 by Jerold Wells Jr.

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Marc Gasol and Mike Conley have to get it together if the Grizzlies want to get back into this series.

The next two games are must wins for Memphis. In order to take control of this series and make a push towards the NBA Finals, Memphis must assert themselves and play the type of game they can win. It’s time to get Grizzly.

 

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Saturday Morning Suicides: Pacers steal Game 2 away from the Heat 97-93

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

(RGJ.com)

“Beretta shots splatter your goose, scatter ya’ feathers.” 

With the bitter taste of Game 1 still on their lips, the Indiana Pacers still flew out of Miami accomplishing what they set out to do. David West poked away two passes from LeBron James in the final seconds to seal a 97-93 victory, evening the series at one game apiece.

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Tip-Off for 5/24/12 (featuring Patti LaBelle) Who is sports’ greatest athlete?

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

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Is Pele on the list of greatest athletes?

The question is simple, but the answer will require much thought? An athlete is described as someone who is skilled in sports or physical activities. It’s been said repeatedly, the greatest athletes in the world are in the NBA. But what about soccer players who need to develop incredible endurance. Maybe it’s a tri-athlete who has to swim, cycle and run a mini-marathon. Athleticism consists of speed, vision, strength, stamina and the ability to think on the fly — most times ahead of the opponent. What athlete in history has exhibited these attributes to the fullest?

Give me your greatest athlete in any sport, past or present. Why are they the world’s greatest. I’ll drop a few names to push it along.

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Tip-Off for 5/23/13 (featuring “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler): LeBron James’ buzzer-beating layup foils Pacers upset bid as Heat prevail 103-102 in Game 1

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

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In the end, it was LeBron James with the game-winner and the Indiana Pacers wondering what just happened.

LeBron James scored on a running layup as time expired to give the Miami Heat a 103-102 victory in overtime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. James recorded his ninth career triple-double in the process. Indiana’s Paul George was fouled by Dwyane Wade on a three-point attempt with 2.2 seconds remaining. George made all three free throws to give the Pacers a 102-101 lead. Ironically, Pacers center Roy Hibbert was on the bench at the time of James’ layup.

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Ron Glover’s Eastern Conference Finals Preview and Prediction: (3) Indiana Pacers vs. (1) Miami Heat

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

(Sports Illustrated).

Paul George faces the stiffest test of his young career as leader of the Indiana Pacers.

The Indiana Pacers come into the Eastern Confidence Finals against the Miami Heat full of confidence. Not only did the Pacers take the New York Knicks out in six games they won two out of three contests this season against the world champions.

The Miami Heat come out of their physical five game series with the Chicago Bulls healthy and rested once again. Faced against a more athletic Pacers team than in recent seasons, the Heat are up for the challenge.

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Tip-Off for 5/22/13 (featuring Heavy D and The Boyz): Spurs take 2-0 series lead with 93-89 win over the Grizzlies in overtime

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

(San Antonio Blog).

Tim Duncan’s play has rendered Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol helplesss.

Tim Duncan scored 6 of his 17 points in overtime as the San Antonio Spurs took a 2-0 lead with a 93-89 victory in overtime against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs maintained home court advantage as the series shifts to Memphis on Saturday.

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Tip-Off for 5/21/13 (featuring Notorious B.I.G.): E.J. Manuel, Geno Smith and Tyrann Mathieu are hit with The Black Tax

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

(Fox Sports)

Dez Bryant can relate with Tyrann Mathieu on the harshness of the media on what should be a drama-free occasion.

I’ll remember the 2013 NFL draft for the over the top analysis and criticism of E.J. Manuel, the booing of Geno Smith and the shaming of Tyrann Mathieu. Many African-American players spend what should be a day of celebration defending their relevance on the field or their second chance to make good.

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Tip-Off for 5/20/13 (featuring Larry Holmes): Spurs stick it to Grizzlies in Game 1 of Western Conference Finals 105-83

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

(Associated Press)

San Antonio Spurs guards Manu Ginobili (20) and Gary Neal (24) fight for a rebound against Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50)

The San Antonio Spurs packed the paint against Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The San Antonio Spurs grew weary of all the talk about the Memphis Grizzlies and their bruising brand of basketball. In Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Greg Popovich implemented a game plan which neutralized Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies interior attack. The Spurs shot  49 percent from beyond the arc, thanks to the hot hand of reserve Matt Bonner. The Spurs made a bold statement in their 105-83 victory over the Grizzlies.

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