OK, C what had happened was…
I know I’ve said this a million times probably, but it is the golden rule of the NBA, superstars prevail. A superstar has that uncanny ability to will his team from the jaws of defeat, to physically and mentally mop the floor with their opponent and to announce themselves as the alpha dog on the court. However, the growl of the Grizzlies was much more louder and devastating than the crackling of the Thunder.
We can play what if and should’ve, could’ve, would’ve all day long, but the fact of the matter is the Memphis Grizzlies dominated the Oklahoma City without Russell Westbrook. Too many times Thunder players sat idle in the corners waiting to see what Durant would do next, will he make the next shot, should we pass or shoot? While some stepped up in spots here and there, they ultimately didn’t have any other offensive help beside Durant. KD is a legit star in this league, but even he showed he can’t do it all by himself shooting 24% in game 5 going 5-21 from the field and 0-4 from beyond the arc, not to mention 7 turnovers.
OKC will no doubt be in contention next year with a healthy Westbrook, but they must add other scoring threats to compliment their two young stars. And no, I haven’t forgotten about Kevin Martin, he’s just isn’t much to talk about.
I applaud the Bulls for putting up a fight and making the game more interesting. It might have been in the game plan to fall behind early and lull the Heat to sleep, what did they have lose? Down three 3-1 to the defending champs with an assortment of injuries and mid-level talent, the series loss was inevitable.
Bulls fan everywhere are all waiting for the return of Derrick Rose. I’ll be anxious to see how the Bulls compete next year with their star back out on the court. LeBron has won 4 MVPs in 5 years. Who is the other guy sandwiched between LeBron’s incredible streak? Only the youngest MVP in NBA history, Derrick Rose.
Moving right along…
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe predicts he will lead the NFL in touchdown receptions and catches overall.
*The only reason why this could possibly happen is because Andy Reid has proved he will abandon the ground game and air it out 35+ times a game. Although, newly acquired quarterback Alex Smith statistically doesn’t have a great outing when he’s chucking the ball all over the field on the NFL level. Jim Harbaugh did a phenomenal job masquerading Smith’s flaws and completely elevating his play. Maybe Smith’s ascent will transition into a huge year for Bowe. Maybe.
*Only a month ago, the Baltimore Ravens signed the eight overall pick in the 2010 draft to a one-year deal. Well, after being arrested three times since December, the 23-year-old Rolando McClain has announced his retirement. At first glance, I thought this was a bad decision because I felt football was the only structure McClain had in his life. But time away from football to fix his personal life is what he needs to overcome his shortcomings.
Here is a quote McClain told reporters about his decision to retire:
“Quite simply, I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together.”
Hopefully he finds a firm foundation to help him change his life around.
Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers said this to reporters about Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez:
“He sucks.” I wouldn’t let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper bag sandwich.”
Of course, this is not news worthy, but gosh I sure got a laugh out of it.