Sports have definitely heated up this week and nothing has been hotter than the Miami Heat/ Indiana Pacers series. The Pacers, heading into Game 6, were fighting for their playoffs lives and they certainly played like it. Behind another great defensive effort and some great play by big man Roy Hibbert, the Indiana Pacers won 91-77 and forced a Game 7 in Miami. But not only did the Pacers beat the Heat, they also could have potentially caused some friction. After the game, Dwyane Wade said that he and Bosh need to be more involved in the game. LeBron, on the other hand, acknowledged that Wade and Chris Bosh were struggling and had not figured it out just yet. However you want to read these comments, the truth remains that there are some things that are ruffling the defending champs at the most critical of times. Heading into Game 7, look for the Heat and LeBron James to get his co-stars involved in the offense early and often. But even with that, there is still some doubt as to whether each of them can come through. Both have been mired in slumps this whole series and have bad matchups overall versus the Pacers. In the end, it may take an effort like LeBron James produced in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals for the Heat to win. And that may be enough for the Heat to win this game.
While the Heat and Pacers are busy beating up on each other, the San Antonio Spurs have been resting up, waiting on their potential opponent. They have been clicking on all cylinders and defeated the Grizzlies in four games to advance to the NBA Finals. But who would they like to face in the Finals? The Pacers are a gritty defensive team with two bigs that could cause them problems. But on the opposite side, the Pacers have a backcourt and a bench that have been very inconsistent. As far as the Heat versus the Spurs, the series would not only garner good ratings, but it would also provide the Spurs a stiffer challenge in my opinion. LeBron James is a very tough matchup for them and if Bosh is hitting his shots, he could bring one of the bigs out of the middle and open up the lanes for penetration to the hole. But on the downside for the Heat, the Spurs would maul them on the boards and that would hinder the Heat getting fast break points, which they love to do. Each team presents a different set of challenges for San Antonio, but the Spurs will definitely be up for the challenge.
In Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees have been battling out as usual at the top of the AL East. The Red Sox were totally unexpected to be there, while the Yankees were thought to be cast away with the injuries they suffered before the season. Well, the Yankees did better than we all thought they would, but the momentum of not having their star player has quietly snuck up on New York. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games and are starting to lose ground in the division. Lyle Overbay and others have filled in for a while and they have done a good job doing so. But in the end, they cannot carry the Yankees. The Yankees miss the leadership of Jeter along with some much needed offensive pieces that are sporting injuries right now. If they can right the ship for at least a little while longer, then the Yankees could get those pieces back. But that is a lot to ask from some of these guys because they are playing over their heads.
In the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams was stabbed in the stomach while three people tried to steal his vehicle. Adams had surgery and is expected to recover fully recover from his wounds that did not hit any vital organs. It seems like incidents like this are happening all the time. We don’t know all the details, but it is always a fact that athletes are always targets by people looking to gain off them and this is not exception. It is because of incidents like this that some athletes are very reclusive and do not hang around many people. And who can blame them when incidents like this are happening and putting them in danger. Thank goodness that Adams is ok and I look forward to seeing him on the field this season.
In New York, the Giants are trying to bounce back from a less than spectacular 2012 season. Offseason training is beginning and the team is trying to get their rhythm offensively. But there is two big problems that the Giants have that are distracting that. Starting wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz have been absent from workouts due to perceived contract issues. Both are looking for new deals and both have shown their disappointment with the franchise by not attending OTA’s. It may not seem like a big deal now, but the longer this lingers on, the more frustrations will build between the receivers and the team. And you never know how those emotions can bother the team. Either way, this should be an interesting scenario to watch take place in New York.
These are my thoughts and these are my words. Until next time…….