Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Heat VS Celtics 2013
I want to start off saying I’m not a Celtics fan despite the pic below, I’m actually a long time Bulls fan who currently is also a fan of the OKC Thunder. I just so happened to have this hat this St. Patrick’s Day weekend and the Celtics play the Heatles at home with a 22 game win streak and bragging rights on the line tonight.
Feeling still in the St. Patty’s Day spirit I’d have some cookies with a little green in em’ I pulled these bad boys out from their hiding place. Tastes so gooood!!! Pistachio and White Chocolate!! Hawhaaat?!!!
I’m watching the first quarter of the much hyped and anticipated game of the week featuring Lebron, DWade, Bosh and Co. against a depleted Celtics team led by Pierce, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, and Brandon Bass as the core starting players tonight.
First quarter so far looks like Heat are experiencing the Celtics push being depleted and hating Ray Allen for joining the Heat. Allen needs to hit his shots and stop thinking about the fan booing him when he touches the ball. So far his shots look rushed and unconfident. Jeff Green has been balling something amazing. Second quarter the Heat are trying to play a bit better but the Jeff Green show is in full effect as he’s the leading scorer and the Celtics offense is running through him. Let’s see how this one turns out. I’ll be back later with my post game take.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Lebron aka King James and playing like it!
Written by T.D Moody
Ok, I finally give in. Not that I didn’t like Lebron, I was with him even up to his collapse against the Mavericks in the finals 2 seasons ago. It was at that point that I felt much like a certain Firsttake Commentator Skip Bayless that Lebron would never get another opportunity to again get the ring. He just collapsed when it mattered most.
I began to think that Durant would surpass him as the game’s best player. Fast forward a year later in the finals and Lebron and Miami give the young Thunder exactly what Dallas gave Miami for Nowitzski’s first and so far only championship. Durant is still deadly but has a bit more improvement to go defensively I feel but he too the sky’s the limit on his game.
I decided to ride with OKC my team to win the title especially the way handled the Lakers and came back and smashed the vaunted Spurs. Part of me still wanted Lebron to get his ring. Even in the face of unrelenting, unmerciful ridicule from fellow sports fan friends of mine about Lebron being Gollum from Lord of the Rings. There was even a caricature of Lebron as Gollum lusting and yearning for the ring while Dirk was portrayed as the Hero with the ring.
I didn’t want to laugh but I did when I saw it. That being said. What a story from his coming out of Akron to 10 seasons into his pro career. He’s a world champ and clearly the game’s best premier player today. His skill set and talents rival that of Jordan and make him in my opinion with his potential the perfect prototype player ever. I say this because in my opinion the best player would be a versatile player who could play physically all 5 positions on the floor with the skill, speed, power, athleticism and intelligence most importantly of the elitist athletes known.
It’s like create a player for virtual basketball games. Every person I know who plays video games when creating a player always tries to fill every category in the attributes section of create a player to the highest level possible. That would make the person pretty much a “God” in the game because he can do everything at the highest level. How can you stop a player like that? You can’t.
He’s not perfect (Lebron) yet but his continually improving game is scary. Clearly the maturation of Lebron’s game to all facets of the game combined with his unique physical talents and ambidextrous playing ability, make him quite simply an “unguardable” player. There are really only a handful of player’s in my opinion who dwell within this realm. Today’s game has maybe 8. Of those 8 I’d estimate maybe three are in that realm consistently. I’ll give you my three. Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony-Dwade tie at 3. Kobe has faded some but is still capable but he’s currently at number 4 on the down turn of his illustrious Hall of Fame worthy career.
Who would you put as the elite 8? Who would be your top 3 and in what order?
Welcome to THEJNSREPORTS Take on the 2012 NBA Playoffs
The remaining teams involved in this years NBA playoffs as of 6/8/2012 are The Boston Celtics, The Miami Heat, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Of the remaining elite teams in the NBA today I look at the team I came to love ever since his rookie season Debut from the University of Texas, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. When looking at the faces of each of the aforementioned elite teams you find a collection of very skilled, supremely talented athletes playing one of the most beautiful games to watch when played at its highest level. Oklahoma has to be the prohibitive favorite in the finals for the simple fact of look at who they beat to get there. They knocked out the defending champs in a sweep (no surprise as that teams roster had changed dramatically and Dirk not the same player as a year ago), they knocked off the Lakers with an emergent Bynum and vintage Kobe, and then they dominated the vaunted Spurs after two shaky first games. Albeit, they did give away game 1 after having a 15 point lead at one point. The Spurs with a rejuvenated Tim Duncan and led by Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker seemed like they were on the verge of sweeping their way to the title until a clutch and Superstar Kevin Durant along with James Harden Serge Ibaka, and Russell Westbrook got their games going and then made the adjustment of switching a bigger and highly skilled defensive stopper in Thabo Sefolosha onto Parker to neutralize that deadly pick n roll that had been killing the Thunder(mainly Russell Westbrook whom I love at the point when he plays it the right way) in the first two games . Now they wait for the winner of the Boston – Miami series. Which leads us to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Last night we were all witnesses to the emergence of a newly focused Lebron James. His will and stamp was put on the game like never before albeit he has had some memorable high scoring playoff games. This was a game for the season and immediate future of the Miami Heat. James started the game off with a look on his face that said all business. He looked like a young Iron Mike Tyson when he walked to the ring and stared down his opponent. Setting the tone from the opening tip Lebron made a statement. He had heard all the criticisms hurled at him. He knew that while he had carried the Heat for the majority of the playoffs and wasn’t getting much help that if he lost he would go out not regretting any moment where he could’ve displayed the all supreme talent he has been blessed with. James played with a passion and focus and fury reminiscent of past greats of the game and completely dominated the game from tip to finish on both sides of the ball.
Defensively they got rebounds and were off to the races and led by effort and all out attack combined with a plethora of shots, James single handedly saved the Heats season for at least another game. If nothing else we know that Game 7 will be an exciting one as winner takes on the Oklahoma City Thunder for the title. Boston for all its glory days and veteran leadership was relegated to an aged team that couldn’t muster the energy and shot making Lebron was doling out at will against them. In the end a 19 point route at home was all the Celtics could think about and the fact that they quite possibly ended their season with last nights lackluster performance. Game 7 from American Airlines Arena should provide plenty of thrills and excitement. Will Lebron and DWade and Bosh show up and be able to turn that Heat team into the Championship caliber team everyone expected to win a title? Only time will tell.