Monday, June 4, 2012
The Eastern and Western conference finals both got more dramatic as the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Boston Celtics held serve at home. Kevin Durant ended game 4 with 16 points in the last 7 minutes and Rajon Rondo hit a timely floater in overtime to edge past the Heat. Despite the series saving performances the overall outcome will not change. Miami and San Antonio will meet in the finals. The Spurs simply execute too well and the Heat have too much talent. Chris Bosh will be back soon and that spells doom for Boston. Give them their credit though. They are a courageous bunch and make no excuses for their age or their health. Losing to Miami in 6 is nothing to be ashamed about. As for OKC? I don't think Serge Ibaka will go perfect from the floor again in this series plus Timmy and Tony have too much experience to lose a game 7 in San Antonio. No shame in losing to a 4 time NBA champion for the Thunder. Here are some observations over the weekend.
Tiger Woods won the Memorial over the weekend with a blistering 67 in the final round. Not only did he tie Jack Nicklaus for the 2nd most wins in golf history he gave Vegas odds makers an early Christmas present. Tiger is 3-1 favorite to win the US Open, but he's not ready to win a major just yet.
Ichiro read my blog on Friday and was so inspired he went out a crushed two mammoth home runs in the Mariners 10-8 victory over the White Sox. I like to help out where I can.
Sloane Stephens gave a valiant effort at the French Open before losing to the #6 seed Sam Stosur. She will learn from her mistakes and carry the experience of Roland Garros into Wimbledon. Don't be surprised to see her in the quarters at The All England Club.
Justin Blackmon was arrested for an aggravated DUI after blowing three times the legal limit. This may change contract negotiations a bit.
The NFL is set to hire replacement refs after negotiations with the NFL Referees Association broke down. Although refs are an easy target for fans they are the best at what they do. Replacement refs would botch so many calls Bill Belichick might get fined for criticizing them. Please get the real refs back on the field before the season starts!