I know it's still early and anything can happen, but barring some unforeseen catastrophe or heartbreaking injury the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder will play for the NBA championship this year. After watching the Heat come back from a 16 point halftime deficit at the Garden and the Thunder pull out a victory at the Staples Center it's apparent that LeBron and KD can raise their game to a level other players can't reach.
Although New York and Los Angeles kept the games competitive and made their opponents earn the victory they didn't have the extra gear to get it done when it counted. Some have argued that the outcome of regular season games are irrelevant and I would agree with that to a certain extent, but in the case of the Heat and the Thunder it's important to establish a precedence. If you can't step up and defeat the conference champion at home what makes you think things will be different when the lights get brighter and the games more meaningful? The Clippers and the Knicks are very good teams, just not champions. Here are some observations over the weekend.
Gonzaga will get it's first number one ranking in school history this week. I'm impressed with their record (29-2) and their potential number one seed in the tourney, but I'll be honest. I can't name a single player on their team and I doubt they have the talent to win it all. That doesn't take away from the accomplishment however. Way to go Zags!
Sport science named Bo Jackson the greatest athlete ever. Personally I would have voted for Deion Sanders, the only athlete ever to play in a Super Bowl and a World Series game and the only athlete to ever play two professional sports in the same day. Bo was an explosive force of nature, but his career wasn't long enough to receive such a prestigious honor.
#4 Michigan held off #9 Michigan St. 58-57 in dramatic fashion. Sophomore Trey Burke had two key steals in the final seconds to secure the victory and tie the season series. The Big 12 will be very popular on selection Sunday in a few weeks.
Magic Johnson is putting up a cool million to see LeBron James in the slam dunk contest. Not sure what the fascination is with Bron Bron getting a slam dunk title, but if he finds a few more sponsors to match his initial offer we'll be sure to see LeBron in the contest next year. Think he can take Blake "The Barbarian" Griffin in a dunk off?