Boston lost , as expected , to Lebron and the Cav’s 135 to 103 in game 5 of the semi-finals…
The first of the finals series games is June 1st @ 9:00PM on ABC….
The Celtics started this season with hope and optimism and a belief they would be capable of joining the league’s elite. They returned most of the young core from last year’s 48-win team and then added four-time All-Star Al Horford and the draft’s No. 3 overall pick, Jaylen Brown.
And, in a sense, they did ascend to the top tier. They won 53 games, secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and then surged into the conference finals with home-court advantage against the Cavaliers.
But then this series served as a cold, hard reminder that there is still a sizable gap between the Celtics and the top.
Cleveland obliterated Boston in the first two games at TD Garden, and even though the Celtics were able to steal a win in Cleveland, the Cavaliers treated it more as a hiccup than a reason for concern.
In Game 5 on Thursday, the Cavaliers stomped on the Celtics early and did not lift their feet until they felt like it, as they coasted to a 135-102 win that was just as thorough as it appears….
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Sport Sailing will begin around the beautiful island of Bermuda….
The Cleveland Fav’s lost to the Boston Celtic last night….
The odds of this happening I heard was 45 to 1 in Vegas …
Lebron James just didn’t have it….
Boston pulled the rabbit of the hat in the last minute of the game to win by a 3 pointer….
Anybody think tomorrows game will play the same way?
The Boston Celtics’ best player was unable to take the floor, and the Cleveland Cavaliers just needed theirs to show up.
With point guard Isaiah Thomas out with a hip injury, the Celtics’ 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals seemed ever deeper heading into Sunday’s Game 3, especially in Northeast Ohio. With LeBron Jamesenjoying perhaps his greatest statistical postseason, a third straight sweep for the Cavs seemed inevitable.
But then the Cavs stepped off the gas.
Boston overcame a 21-point deficit in a 111-108 victory when Avery Bradley sunk a decisive three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left. It not only marked Cleveland’s first postseason loss, but the first time in 50 games James has blown a 20-point lead in the playoffs.
In 23 second-half minutes, James registered just three points, one rebound and one assist. He shot 1-of-8 from the floor, including 0-of-2 from deep. But it wasn’t his poor shooting that was surprising. It was the lack of killer instinct.
“I had a tough game, period,” James said as he finished with just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in 45 minutes….
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The Nike Air Max 1 Jewel is an interesting shoe, much like new versions of the Air Force 1 of the same moniker. The Jewel Swoosh, although an elder design element of the 80s centric silhouette, is as modern-day as it gets. Due largely to the fact that these 90s style aesthetics where far ahead of their time, the Nike Air Max 1 Jewel retro is as timely as any release today.
Originally debuted back in 1996, this White/Red colorway looks to be the first Jewel enthused Air Max 1 due in stores this summer….Share on Facebook
Lot of people are rating eyebrows…
They had no idea that Brady was getting his bell rang so much….
Props to the lady who is worried about her man after the bright lights are gone…..
Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, says the New England Patriots quarterback has a history of concussions, including one suffered last season when he took his team to victory in the Super Bowl.
“He had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much every … I mean, we don’t talk about it. He does have concussions,” Bundchen said on CBS’s This Morning on Wednesday. “I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for a body to go through that kind of aggression all the time. That could not be healthy for you.”
Brady, who will turn 40 in August, plans to play for at least another five years, although in February he said Bundchen wants him to retire from the game: “If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today. She told me that last night three times.” Bundchen reiterated that sentiment on Wednesday: “I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope,” she said.
Bundchen did not say whether Brady’s concussion had been medically diagnosed. According to Stat Pass, the Patriots have never reported Brady as suffering a concussion and they have yet to respond to Bundchen’s comments….
image…. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen celebrate the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory in February. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
NBA East finals Wednesday May 17th….
“Kelly! Kelly! Kelly!”
Isaiah Thomas talked for the previous 72 hours about how legends were born in Game 7. But on a night that both Thomas and Bradley Beal were spectacular, it was Boston’s 7-foot backup center who somehow stole the show.
Olynyk scored 12 of his career playoff high 26 points over a three-and-a-half-minute stretch of the fourth quarter as the Celtics emerged with a 115-105 triumphover the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series at TD Garden.
Boston is headed back to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2012. The top-seeded Celtics host the second-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday night at TD Garden….
I REALLY see Cleveland playing the Warriors for the championship rings my self…Share on Facebook
I’m a NY Mets fan, but Jeter deserves the day for his selfless time with the NY Yankees and his ability to help the team win during his time with them….Jeter was wildly popular during his playing days…And the team picked Mothers Day to retire the guys mother and have him honor her…
Except, perhaps, for Derek Jeter’s mother, Maureen Zusi was the happiest mom in the place.
To celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, Zusi’s daughter, Meghan, took her to Yankee Stadium to see the Bronx Bombers retire Jeter’s number. Zusi, 59, said she was moved by Jeter’s decision to honor his mother by having the ceremony on Mother’s Day.
“He’s a classy guy, he’s a great ballplayer, he’s a fine son,” Zusi said. “I mean, he picked today, Mother’s Day, to honor his mother. How do you go wrong with that?”
Zusi, of Union, N.J., said she was also in the Bronx with her daughter to see Jeter’s final Yankee Stadium at-bat in 2014, when he hit a walk-off single against the Baltimore Orioles to win the game.
“I have never felt the Stadium rock like it did that night,” Zusi said. “The amount of love in the Stadium that night for him. The guys today, they just play the game. He honors the game, it means so much to him.”
Fans cheered like Jeter had just hit a grand slam when the retired shortstop unveiled his pinstripe plaque in Monument Park….Share on Facebook
…from the NY Times….
“To push these girls, we felt they had to play against boys because you need strong opponents to make real progress,” said José María Salmerón, the club’s general director. AEM took advantage of a Spanish soccer federation rule that allows clubs to field players of any sex — including mixed teams that combine boys and girls — for junior league competitions until age 14.
Back then, not everyone was convinced the decision was a wise one.
“A few parents called us crazy when we registered the team,” said Sergio González, AEM’s president. “If this had gone very wrong, we would have been held responsible for humiliating the girls.”
The transition was not easy. The girls finished 12th in an 18-team league in their debut season. But as the team improved, and began to beat boys’ teams with more regularity, its progress generated unpleasant reactions.
“It’s really been more a problem for parents rather than their boys,” Salmerón said of comments directed at the team during matches. “It’s strange, but most of the macho comments and insults have come from the mothers of some of the boys we play.”….Share on Facebook
The goal for elite runners is just about in reach….
Nike sneakers is helping for the record and of course the sales….
Some people aren’t happy with HOW this latest effort at the 2 hour record was done…
Even in a highly controlled environment, the sub-two-hour marathon remains elusive — just barely.
Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, 32, the reigning Olympic marathon champion, covered 26.2 miles in 2 hours 25 seconds early on Saturday in an extremely managed setting of pacing and drafting on a Formula One racecourse in Monza, Italy, outside Milan.
It was the fastest marathon ever run, more than two and a half minutes quicker than the official world record, 2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya at the 2014 Berlin Marathon. But Kipchoge’s time will not be ratified for record purposes, mainly because of rules regarding pace-setting.
The attempt, called Breaking2, was as much a Nike marketing play and a laboratory experiment as a sports competition. Even so, Kipchoge shaved a remarkable amount of time off his best official finish: 2:03:05 at the 2016 London Marathon.
Saturday’s attempt was viewed by some critics as a publicity stunt rather than a valid sporting contest, emphasizing audacious performance over competition. It came weeks before Nike was set to roll out a new line of running shoes.
“I believe that this has everything to do with shoe sales and very little to do with marathoning,” Kevin Hanson, a top American marathon coach, told Runner’s World this week.
Others were intrigued by the attempt — albeit greatly orchestrated — to redefine the limits of human endurance. There was plenty of curiosity about whether the latest advances in sports science and technology could help a runner break the barrier years or decades earlier than many had predicted….
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Jones’ agent, Nez Balelo, released a statement to Fox Sports on Wednesday, two days after Jones heard racial taunts during the Orioles’ game in Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.
“We are not going to let up on this one until we see implemented policies put in place in every city to protect these players and stop this type of reckless behavior,” Balelo said in his statement….
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The first day of the million dollar men sweepstakes in Philly surprised the sports pundits…
The Bears went all-in for a quarterback. The Chiefs went all-in for a quarterback. The Texans went all-in for a quarterback.
And the Browns passed. Three times.
The first round of the NFL Draft proved once again Thursday night why it is the best reality show on TV. None of the draft experts had the quarterbacks ranked with first-round grades back when the process began in January, but three signal-callers went in the top 12 picks in the first round, with all of their teams making big plays to trade up and snag their future franchise quarterbacks.
The Bears got the party started, trading up from No. 3 to No. 2 to snag North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky. The Bears, needing to make a bold move at quarterback after failing to find a quarterback for the better part of the last 30 years, gave up picks in the first round (third overall), third round (67th), and fourth round (11th), as well as next year’s third-rounder to San Francisco for the right to draft Trubisky, the draft’s most accurate passer who also started just 13 games in college.
The Chiefs made the next big move of the night, trading picks 1-27, 3-91, and next year’s first-rounder to the Bills for the 10th overall pick, which they used on Texas Tech gunslinger Patrick Mahomes. The book on Mahomes: He has a big arm, a cocky demeanor, and likes to make risky throws. Sounds a lot like a guy that Chiefs Andy Reid coached for seven years in Green Bay, including two as quarterbacks coach: Brett Favre.
And with two quarterbacks off the board, the Texans knew they had to strike quickly to find their next QB. They traded picks 1-25 and next year’s first-rounder to Cleveland for the 12th pick and the rights to draft Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, the national championship game hero who has the best chance of the top three quarterbacks to start as a rookie. While Trubisky will almost certainly sit behind Mike Glennon for a year, and Mahomes will do the same ….
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He just ran of gas last night….
Thatb he lasted as long as he has is a miracle in itself….
I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to swear off basketball forever after watching the fourth quarter of Game 5 between the Rockets and Thunder, which was defined by ill-advised foul calls and ill-advised shots, most of them coming from the Thunder’s star player, Russell Westbrook.
It would be a total misread, though, to see Westbrook’s fourth-quarter bricklaying as the result of some egotistical spasming. Westbrook was only doing what he’d been doing all throughout the regular season, in which he became the best clutch player in the league and singlehandedly won almost too many games to count. Sponging up as many fourth-quarter possessions as possible is precisely how Westbrook got his team 47 wins and a sixth seed.
The reason Westbrook’s formula worked in the regular season but yielded failure in the postseason isn’t all that hard to explain….Share on Facebook
While some local hockey fans have talked about the Islanders Hockey team coming back from Brooklyn to the renovated Nassau Coliseum?…..
THAT is unlikely….
The Nassau Coliseum just isn’t where the team wants to return to…
The team owners are moving ahead with submitting plans to have a new stadium built on New York State property at the Belmont park southern parking lot that currently is being used to park hundreds of new cars for island car dealers…
The property is state property and would NOT need ok’s from local Republican politicians who have their own problems….
Building a new stadium would allow the Islanders to have a stadium that would have amenities that could provide them more revenue than the Coliseum would….It would also be built as bigger faculty, more in line with new venues being constructed for the National Hockey League teams…The site has major highway access and train access, something the Coliseum does NOT have even though it sits next to parts of eastern Queens that has few if any hockey fans…But neither did Brooklyn….
New York Governor Cuomo is running for re-election next year and probably will make a try for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination…
He ‘s been going around the state starting construction (Read Jobs) projects …Bringing the Islanders back the Nassau County at Belmont wouldn’t hurt his efforts one bit….
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed on Friday that the Islanders’ owners plan to officially submit a bid to New York state officials with the hope of building a new arena for the hockey team at the Belmont Park racetrack site.
Speaking to a group from The Associated Press Sports Editors at the league’s midtown office, Bettman added that Isles owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin still are “reviewing their options” to procure a new local arena for the Islanders, who have encountered numerous problems in their two seasons at Barclays Center in Brooklyn since leaving Nassau Coliseum in 2015.
“Yes, there is an RFP (request for proposal) for Belmont and I know they are going to participate in that,” Bettman said. “I believe that everyone thinks there is a terrific opportunity there, if not at Willets Point (in Queens), to create a more hockey friendly environment for the Islanders, which is something Scott (Malkin) is committed to do.”
Bettman also reiterated that the renovated Coliseum, which reopened earlier this month, is “not a long-term option” for the Isles….
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