Ron Glover’s Western Conference Finals Preview and Prediction: (5) Memphis Grizzlies vs. (2) San Antonio Spurs

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

(Sports Illustrated)

We will soon find out if there is enough room in the paint for Zach Randolph and Tim Duncan.

The San Antonio Spurs are headed back to the Western Conference Finals for the second time in as many seasons. The Spurs took care of the upstart Golden State Warriors in six games.

Some are saying the Memphis Grizzlies dodged a bullet against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to the injury to Russell Westbrook. There may be some truth to that statement, but the defense of the Memphis Grizzlies is undeniable. The Grizzlies have knocked off the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers and the top-seeded Thunder to advance to their first conference finals in team history.

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Tip-Off for 5/17/13 (featuring Sugar Ray Leonard): Knicks force a Game 6 with the Pacers; Spurs do away with the up and coming Warriors

Posted in Blogroll on May 17th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Barton Silverman/New York Times)

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks to a Game 5 victory and a return trip to Indiana.

The New York Knicks didn’t shoot the lights out last night, neither did the Indiana Pacers — which ultimately was a good thing. The Knicks held the Pacers to 36 percent shooting from the floor and capitalized on 19 Indiana turnovers as they pulled out Game 5 with a 85-75 victory. Game 6 will be Saturday in Indiana.

The Golden State Warriors postseason run came to an end last night in front of their energized home crowd at Oracle Arena.  The experienced San Antonio Spurs smelled blood in the water and knew better than to risk a possible seventh game against such a streaky team. The Warriors went cold again — shooting less than 40 percent from the field as the San Antonio Spurs move on to the Western Conference Finals with a 94-82 victory in Game 6.

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Tip-Off for 5/16/13 (featuring Janet Jackson): Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies head into NBA Conference Finals with close-out victories over the Bulls and Thunder

Posted in Blogroll on May 16th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

The Grizzlies eliminated the Thunder from the playoffs with a Game 5 win. (Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

The Memphis Grizzlies are embarking on new territory as participants in the Western Conference Finals.

The Miami Heat are headed back to the Eastern Conference Finals after a come from behind victory over the Chicago Bulls in Game 5. The Heat led the Bulls by as many as 18 points in the first half only to trail by five at the start of the fourth quarter. Miami eventually wore down the weary Bulls — who gave a gallant effort, pulling out at 94-91 victory in five games.

The Memphis Grizzles are headed to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in the history of the franchise with a 88-84 victory over the OKC Thunder. The Grizzlies threw a defensive blanket over Kevin Durant — holding him to 5 for 21 shooting from the floor (Durant missed his first six shots). Three other members of the Thunder scored in double-figures but it wasn’t enough.

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Tip-Off for 5/15/13 (featuring Ray Lewis): Pacers defeat Knicks 93-82 to take 3-1 lead; Hot shooting Spurs take 3-2 series lead topping the Warriors 109-91

Posted in Blogroll on May 15th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(NY Daily News)

The Knicks had a front row seat to the latest edition of the Paul George Show.

Even the heroic efforts of Carmelo Anthony were not enough as the New York Knicks season now hangs in the balance. Anthony scored 24 of the Knicks first 48 points. ‘Melo struggled after that point — going scoreless in the final 16 minutes before fouling out with 2:00 remaining. The Pacers finished off the Knicks 93-82. New York is in danger of bowing out if they cannot win Thursday at home as Indiana now holds a 3-2 lead.

The San Antonio Spurs shut down Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, taking a 3-2 lead with a 109-91 victory. Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan were key in San Antonio’s win.

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Windsor sculptor’s heavyweight challenge: Create Phliadelphia’s Joe Frazier statue

Posted in Blogroll, Philadelphia on May 15th, 2013 by Christian Avard

 

Windsor, Vermont sculptor Lawrence Nowlan has been commissioned to create an 8-foot bronze statue of the late boxing legend Joe Frazier. At left, is an 18-inch preliminary model. Nowlan grew up in the Philadelphia area during Frazier’s boxing career and the design seen here is inspired from Frazier’s left-hand hook that knocked down Muhammad Ali in “The Fight of the Century” in 1971. PHOTO PROVIDED


Windsor, Vermont sculptor Lawrence Nowlan has been commissioned to create an 8-foot bronze statue of the late boxing legend Joe Frazier. At left, is an 18-inch preliminary model. Nowlan grew up in the Philadelphia area during Frazier’s boxing career and the design seen here is inspired from Frazier’s left-hand hook that knocked down Muhammad Ali in “The Fight of the Century” in 1971. PHOTO PROVIDED

Republished with permission from the Rutland Herald

WINDSOR, VT — A Windsor sculptor is taking on a heavyweight challenge for the city of Brotherly Love.

Lawrence Nowlan was recently commissioned by the city of Philadelphia to create a life-size statue of the late boxing great Joe Frazier. Nowlan is a renowned sculptor from Merion, Pa., who created bronze statues of former Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas and the Wildland Firefighters National Monument in Boise, Idaho.

A Joe Frazier Statue Committee was launched last summer and Nowlan was among eight sculptors short-listed for the project. Nowlan found out he was selected in late April and said the feeling is “surreal” that he will be re-creating a legendary sports figure he grew up following.

“From a sculptor and fan’s standpoint, it’s a dream come true,” Nowlan said. “Growing up in the Philadelphia area, we were all big Joe Frazier fans. He’s a good representation of what Philadelphia stands for: tough, hard-working and determined.”

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Former New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers great Chuck Muncie passes away

Posted in Blogroll on May 14th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(NBC.com)

Chuck Muncie was an underrated cog in the San Diego Chargers free-wheeling offense of the early 1980’s.

For the second time in as many years, the San Diego Chargers family has lost one of his most beloved players.

Chuck Muncie, the be-goggled running back who was a staple in Don “Air” Coryell’s offense in the early 1980’s has died from a heart attack at age 60.

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Tip-Off for 5/14/13 (featuring Tony Toni Tone): Heat and Grizzlies take 3-1 leads to push the Bulls and Thunder to the brink

Posted in Blogroll on May 14th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

LeBron James and the Miami Heat have sidestepped the aggressive Chicago Bulls thus far.

A poor shooting night was the last thing the Chicago Bulls needed heading into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Trailing 44-33 at the half, the Bulls scored a franchise playoff-low 9 points as they fell to the Miami Heat 88-65. Chicago now trails the series 3-1 and faces elimination Wednesday in Miami.

The Memphis rallied from a 17-point first half deficit to put the Oklahoma City Thunder into a 3-1 hole. The Grizzlies needed overtime for a 103-97 victory. Kevin Durant went o for 5 in the extra period as the Thunder collectively shot 1 for 9. The Thunder will try to extend the series Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

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Tip-Off for 5/13/13 (featuring Stevie Wonder): Rookie Harrison Barnes fuels Golden State Warriors in 97-87 overtime victory over San Antonio Spurs to even series

Posted in Blogroll on May 13th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Getty Images)

The Spurs lost a golden opportunity in Golden State Sunday.   (Getty Images)

Even with a hobbled Steph Curry, Tony Parker and Greg Popovich had no answer for the Warriors in Game 4.

With Steph Curry at less than 100 percent and Klay Thompson with an off day the Golden State Warriors needed to rely on someone, anyone to help them pull even with the San Antonio Spurs.

Enter Harrison Barnes, Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bogut stepped up and over the Spurs in a 97-87 overtime victory to even the series at two games each. The scene shifts back to San Antonio for a pivotal Game five.

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Saturday Morning Suicides: Heat outsmart Bulls in 104-94 Game 2 victory; Tony Parker revives Spurs against Warriors in 102-92 win

Posted in Blogroll on May 11th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(USA Today)

Chicago’s Nazr Mohammed used all six of his fouls on this retaliatory shove to LeBron James.

The Chicago Bulls had a series split in Miami and were heading home with home court advantage and maybe even the support of the officials heading into Game 2. All of the above went out the window when Joakim Noah received a technical foul for an unprovoked shove and Nazr Mohommed was ejected for shoving LeBron James to the floor minutes later. As the Bulls became emotionally unglued the Miami Heat maintained their cool and defeated the Bulls 104-94.

I guess Tony Parker needed to remind us there was another guard in this series who actually has some championship hardware. T-Pain scored 32 points and handed out 5 assists in the Spurs 102-92 Game 3 victory. The Warriors tandem of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson shot a combined 12 for 37.

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Tip-Off for 5/10/13 (featuring Bob Marley): Malcolm Shabazz (El Hajj Malcolm el Shabazz), the grandson of Malcolm X is murdered in Mexico

Posted in Blogroll on May 10th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Before It’s News)

The resemblance between Malcolm Shabazz and his grandfather are strikingly similar.

Malcolm Shabazz, the first male descendant of Malcolm X was killed in what is being called a robbery attempt in Mexico. Details surrounding his death are still unconfirmed. Shabazz was 28.

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Tip-Off for 5/9/13 (featuring EPMD): Heat scorch the Bulls in Game 2 blowout 115-79; Warriors wonder twins help even series with Spurs in 100-91 victory

Posted in Blogroll on May 9th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Sports Illustrated)

You knew it wouldn’t be too long before the intensity picked up in this series.

Things were chippy between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls from the first possession and increased as the game wore on. By the end of the night, there were 51 personal fouls, 9 technical fouls, 1 flagrant foul and Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were sent to the showers early. As for the game itself, the Miami Heat punched the gas in the third quarter and never let up, blasting the Bulls 115-79.

Once again, the San Antonio Spurs trimmed a double-digit lead by the Golden State Warriors to single digits in the fourth quarter. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry weren’t going to let this one get away. Golden State’s sniper back court combined for 56 points as the Warriors held on to even the series at one game each in a 100-91 victory.

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It’s time the Philadelphia 76ers give Aaron McKie a run

Posted in Blogroll on May 8th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(The Sixers Sense)

The 76ers would be foolish not to consider Aaron McKie for the head coaching job.

For five seasons, Aaron McKie has been an assistant on the Philadelphia 76ers coaching staff. He has survived the coaching tenures of Maurice Cheeks, Tony DiLeo, Eddie Jordan and now Doug Collins. McKie has made it from the streets of North Philadelphia to the NBA with determination and hard work.

It’s time the 76ers ownership acknowledges this as well.

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Tip-Off for 5/8/13 (featuring Muhammad Ali): Knicks crush the Pacers 105-79 to even series; Mike Conley and the Grizzlies outrun the Thunder 99-93

Posted in Blogroll on May 8th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Yahoo Sports)

Mike Conley sliced and diced his way to a near triple-double in Memphis’ Game 2 win.

The New York Knicks used a 30-2 run over the third and fourth quarter to defeat the Indiana Pacers 105-79 to even their best of seven series at one game each. The series shifts to Indiana for Game three on Saturday.

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley was one assist shy of a triple-double as he and his mates wrestled home court advantage away from the OKC Thunder with a 99-93 victory in Game 2.

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Tip-Off for 5/7/13 (featuring Reggie Miller): Bulls steal opener from Heat 93-86; Spurs survive double-overtime shootout with Warriors 129-127

Posted in Blogroll on May 7th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(USA Today)

Not even the newly minted NBA MVP could hold down Nate Robinson and the Bulls.

The Chicago Bulls and Nate Robinson continue to amaze in this year’s playoffs. The man blessed with “a lot of heart and no height” stood tall once again when it mattered. Robinson led the Bulls with 27 points and 9 assists in a stunning 93-86 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The loss ended a 12-game winning streak by the Heat.

Manu Ginobili drilled a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining to push the San Antonio Spurs past the visiting Golden State Warriors 129-127. The story of the game was the play of Steph Curry — who made the Spurs literally sick in a 22-point barrage in the 3rd quarter. Tim Duncan left the game late in the 4th quarter, suffering from the after effects of the flu and played sparingly in the two overtimes.

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Ron Glover’s Western Conference Semifinals Preview: (6) Golden State Warriors vs. (2) San Antonio Spurs

Posted in Blogroll on May 7th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Rant Sports)

The veteran Spurs are out to smother the up and coming Steph Curry and the Warriors.

The San Antonio Spurs made quick work of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. The aging Spurs have over a week of rest heading into this series. Tiago Splitter (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Game 1.

Mark Jackson’s Golden State Warriors were all but written off when forward David Lee injured his hip flexor in Game one of their series against the Denver Nuggets. However, it was the Nuggets who were unable to recover from the loss of leading scorer Danilo Gallinari — who was injured prior to the start of the playoffs. Powered by the coming out party of scoring machine Steph Curry, the Warriors knocked out the Nuggets in six games.

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