Wednesday, April 27, 2011


It looms for sure, but the anticipated changing of the guard in the NBA has not quite come full circle. The Lakers saw to that last night by dismissing upstart New Orleans. With Kobe limping, no answer for Chris Paul, the buzz was both top seeds in the West might fall and the face of the playoffs would be altered. The issue is we went down this road a year ago when LA split the 1st four with Oklahoma City then put the thing on ice. The champs applied the defensive pressure and destroyed them on the glass 42-25 and they used a lethal balanced offense which produced 6 scorers in double figures. Kobe had his flashback moment dunks but he played smart, only took 13 shots, got his mates involved and they won it easy. Remember, if San Antonio in fact falls to Memphis the Lakers own home court edge through the rest of the West playoffs.
If you're a fan of the Magic don't you wonder where the heck they were keeping that performance? They live to play a 6th game, at Atlanta. The top gun in the East, Chicago rolled Indy to advance. They lie in wait for the winner of that Orlando/Hawks set. The Heat, Griz and Thunder all go for the clinchers this evening. Think about that! For some of the older fans, those are the newer kids on the block who all could grab a spot in the Association's Elite 8.
I know Eugene isn't hockey central, but it was quite the Tuesday which gives way to an amazing Wednesday. Vancouver avoids "that" list. Teams who have blown 3 nothing series leads by beating the defending Cup champion Blackhawks in overtime of game 7. Philly blewout Buffalo in a game 7 while Montreal forced a game 7 at Boston with a scintillating 2-1 win. Tonight, it's dueling game sevens from Beantown and that fantastic Tampa Bay/Pittsburg set. Sweet!

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