Tag: Playoffs

The Potential of Boston was showcased against the Pelicans

It might have been for one night, against a potential playoff team in the west, but the potential of what this Boston Celtics club can do was on full display against the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night. The Celtics pulled off a wire to wire victory on the road against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans, 124-107, which was perhaps Boston’s best game on the offensive end all season. Five players finished in double digits, with Kyrie Irving leading the way with 26-points and 10 assists.

Frustration boiling up among Players

After another disappointing loss to the Dallas Mavericks over the weekend Marcus Smart and Irving voiced their frustration with the team’s lack of effort coming into games. “It feels like déjà vu all over again,” Smart said. “We keep saying and doing the same thing after every game. It’s getting real annoying.”GettyImages-1062985448

A quarter through the regular season Boston sits in sixth place in the eastern conference, they’ve won six out of eight games in the month of November, three of the six wins came against non-playoff teams in the Suns, Hawks and Bulls.

“Last year, when teams came in, when they played the Celtics, they knew they were in for a fight. This year, teams can’t wait to play us. That’s a problem,” said Smart.

Can the Celtics Mount a Winning Streak

It’s now or never for the Celtics, their next game isn’t until Friday as they return home to host the Cleveland Cavaliers, who they themselves have won a few games against the 76ers and Rockets. With Toronto playing excellent basketball and holding onto the number one spot in the east, Boston’s going to have to make a run to end the 2018 calendar year.

With just six games behind the Raptors the Celtics have a chance to climb up the standings as they enter an easy schedule in December, with games against the Knicks, Bulls, Wizards, Hawks, Pistons and Suns in the next two weeks.

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Quarterfinal Prediction / Take

The First Round just rounded out with some great games were witnessed as teams gave it their all in order to proceed to the next round; taking another step further towards deciding who will be crowned this year’s National Champions.

Prediction Recap

Released earlier in the week, my predictions went 7-1.

The scores were scattered all over the place but the general decisions were more or so correct. Each team in the tourney has a shot of winning the title, making this year’s Quarterfinal a must see.

Saturday, May 19th

#6 Loyola vs. #3 Yale

Both are great teams here. Yale played a great UMASS team and came out the victor as the Bulldogs battled to score on Sean Sconone as he who made 10 saves to keep UMASS in the game.

Loyola kept the pace against Virginia, setting a lead at half 10-5. A late Virginia surge was stopped as Loyola went on to win 14-12.

Loyola’s offense has been great all season. The Loyola defense has to be locked down if they want to beat that dynamic Yale team. I’m going with another close game, but I’ll go with Yale to advance to the Semis. 15-13

Denver vs. #2 Albany

This will be another great game. Denver should be buzzing off their upset against Norte Dame.

If the Pios can find a way to stop that Great Dane offense, they’ll be able to win. However, I don’t think that will be the case.

Albany will also be up against Trevor Baptiste, the best Face-Off player in the country. He will matchup nicely against TD Ierlan, who is widely considered the #2 to Baptiste. It will be a true battle of who will win the face offs considering the legitimacy of both specialists. I’m going with Albany. 13-8

Sunday, May 20th

Cornell vs. #1 Maryland

Cornell is coming off an amazing win at the Dome, knocking off a talented ranked Syracuse team. Cornell played lights out, capitalizing on Syracuse’s mistakes.

Maryland did not have an easy game against Robert Morris University.

Being outplayed by a hungrier team is not something the talented Terps are used too.

RMU took a 6-3 lead to half as the Terps looked shell shocked by the effort RMU had given them, winning on offense and defense against the nationally ranked #1 Maryland team.

Maryland stormed back scoring 6 in the third, out-scoring RMU 6-1. It was all Maryland from that point as they went in to win 14-11, closer than everyone expected. If Maryland comes off lazy against Cornell, we could be looking at another major upset. I don’t think Maryland will come out that flat again. It will be a great game but Maryland should bounce back against a very good Cornell team. Maryland 13-10

If Jeff Teat isn’t contained, the Terps will have a tough matchup ahead.

#5 Johns Hopkins vs #4 Duke

Duke controlled the game against Villanova the entire way, going up 11-4 at half and ultimately winning the contest 17-11.

Hopkins is coming off a tight comeback win against Georgetown in OT. JHU underestimated the firepower that G-town has.

Down 8-3, Johns Hopkins found the will to win to tie it at 9-9, winning it in OT from Shack Stanwick.

Duke is looking real good. I don’t believe Hop has what it takes the beat the juggernaut that is Duke Lacrosse. It’ll be a battle of offenses, but Duke should win this one. I’ll go 14-10

NBA Playoff Picks for April 27th, 2018 / LeBron take

The NBA playoffs have been an absolute rollercoaster keeping fans drawn to the TV

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LeBron’s game winner against the Pacers was epic. No matter what you consider LeBron to be, #1 or #2; he’s an absolute national treasure. Is he supremely cocky? Of course, I would be too if I was rich by the time I graduated high school. Being considered an all time great just fuels the fire as well. LeBron pulling the struggling Cavs team along just proves his dominance as well. We’ll see just how far he can take it..

Washington Home against the Raptors

The Raptors are insanely good at home. They’ve had no problem whatsoever handling the Wizards at home in the series. On the road, it’s a scary sight. Losing by 19 on 4/20 as well by 8 on 4/22.

WIZARDS -1.5

I think since the Wizards are home, roles will reverse just for tonight. I think it’ll be a close game considering the Raptors skill level. They will probably just miss a ton of shots. I can see the Wizards by 4 or 5 let’s find out.

Pacers at home vs. the Cavs

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PACERS -1.5

The Cavs are coming off a nice last minute game winner from LBJ to put them ahead in the series 3-2. It’s a great thing for the Cavs, giving them some breathing room to win the series.

I think they will lose one however, tonight. The Pacers in Cleveland controlled the game in the first half, ultimately losing it in the second half. I think if the Cavs struggle to score, the Pacers will win and tie the series, setting up a pivotal Game 7.

Jazz at home vs. the Thunder

OKC +6.5

The Jazz at home in the playoffs are 7-3 the last 10. The Thunder definitely have the firepower to try and beat this in-form Jazz team, but I still think it won’t be enough to win tonight against the Jazz. I can see the Jazz sending Russ and company home, in a terrible fashion. The Thunder will hopefully keep it close, considering they are facing elimination on the road. Take the points if needed.

Good luck!

Preview: Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway

This weekend, all three NASCAR national touring series will head west to Phoenix Raceway, and for the last time, drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs in each series.

Highlighting the weekend will be the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Eight drivers remain in the playoffs in the series, and for Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex, Jr., they know they will race for a championship in Miami in just over one week’s time. Five other drivers – Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, and Jimmie Johnson – will all clash in battle for the final open spot to compete for a championship.

It would be silly to leave out any of the playoff competitors out of this list of drivers to watch, so you’ll want to watch all eight of them, particularly the five who have not secured spots in the championship-deciding round.

 

CONTENDERS:

 

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick will always be a contender at Phoenix. With eight career wins at Phoenix, including four in a row from 2013 to 2015, Harvick’s team has made the desert track into their personal playground. Knowing that he’s already a part of the finale race at Homestead, Harvick can go for broke this weekend for his third win of the year, and it would certainly give the no. 4 team momentum going into Homestead.

 

Chase Elliott

In 2014, Chase Elliott left Phoenix Raceway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series having clinched the championship. With a win this weekend for the young superstar, he can secure a chance to race for the biggest championship of his life. Without a single career win, Chase Elliott will have to earn his first this weekend at Phoenix, where he finished 12th in the spring. Elliott came so close at Martinsville to winning, a track that requires speed on the straightaways and heavy braking into the corners, very similar to Phoenix. With a win, Elliott would solidify his spot in the championship race of the playoffs.

 

Kyle Busch

It’s been a long time since Kyle Busch saw victory lane at Phoenix – 2005 was his first and only win at the desert track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. However, this year has been a successful year for Busch on tracks which he’s not typically known for winning on, like Pocono. He won Martinsville to lock his spot into the championship four, but with his most recent Phoenix finish of third, Busch won’t just be hungry for M&M’s at this weekend’s event.

 

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

This weekend marks another big event for 14-time most popular driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Of course, this marks his final start at Phoenix Raceway in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series career. It also marks the two-year anniversary of his 26th and most recent win. He had a fast car in the spring practices, but the race was not as good as he had hoped. With very little success at Homestead, this could very well be Earnhardt’s last chance to find victory lane, so expect to see an aggressive strategy from team no. 88.

 

DARK HORSE:

 

Daniel Suarez

Nearly every time Daniel Suarez returns to a track he raced at once before, he betters his previous finish. In the spring, Suarez ran a quiet, but very strong race, ultimately finishing seventh, and there isn’t much room to improve without being a contender for the win. With the Joe Gibbs Racing power under his hood, don’t overlook Suarez to be the fourth first-time winner in the series this season.