Ron Glover’s Eastern Conference Semifinals Preview: (5) Chicago Bulls vs. (1) Miami Heat

Posted in Blogroll on May 6th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(USA Today)

The Miami Heat are prepared to run right through the banged up Chicago Bulls.

The Miami Heat come into the second round of the playoffs on a full week’s rest prepared to face the hobbled, but inspired Chicago Bulls. The world champions dispatched the 8th seed Milwaukee Bucks in four games — allowing time for rest and treatments.

The Bulls survived a seven game war with the Brooklyn Nets. Nate Robinson continued to carry the offense, but the Bulls defense remains the team’s calling card. Joakim Noah is playing like a man on a mission despite suffering from plantar fasciitis. Injuries to Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich have left the Bulls with major uncertainties going into this series.

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Tip-Off for 5/6/13 (featuring Rubin Carter): Oklahoma City Thunder fight off Memphis Grizzlies 93-91; Indiana Pacers stun NY Knicks 102-95

Posted in Blogroll on May 6th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Times Free Press)

A critical Memphis turnover opened the door for Kevin Durant’s late-game heroics.

Kevin Durant needed all of his game-high 35 points (15 rebounds and 6 assists) to push the OKC Thunder past the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western  Conference Semifinals 93-91. Durant sank a 19-foot jumper with 11.1 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Thunder the lead for good.

The Indiana Pacers shook off a jittery first quarter to dominate the New York Knicks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Lance Stephenson had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the Pacers 102-95 win.

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