The Bulls win Saturday afternoon was bitter-sweet. After soundly beating the Sixers for 40 some minutes, a Derrick Rose drive to the basket may have changed their title chances. Rose injured his left knee and needed to be helped off the court by his teammates. After undergoing an MRI, it was found that he had torn his ACL and will be done for the playoffs. Rose was not only the floor leader for this team but also their best scoring option. Although they still have plenty of weapons to compete and win playoff series, not having him against the Heat could be a crushing blow to their title hopes.
2011-2012 NBA season spent much of the offseason in doubt. While the lockout lingered fans were left to wonder whether the season would ever get off the ground. On December 8th basketball fans received an early holiday gift as both the owners and players ratified a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement, enabling training camps and the free agency period for the 2011-12 season to begin on Friday, December 9th. The agreement officially ended the 161-day lockout and regular season play began on Christmas day. Teams were able to fulfill a 66-game season, a total that didn’t look possible only weeks earlier. As with any major sports season there were thrill and chills, pleasant surprises and major disappointments. Injuries derailed some while new stars were born and history was made. The long 66-game regular season has concluded. The playoffs are here. 16 teams remain with one goal in mind, the opportunity to bring home a championship, a chance to play on the national stage and make a name for one’s self on the sports biggest stage.
It’s time to win or go home…..the 2012 NBA Playoffs have arrived!
(1) Chicago Bulls vs (8) Philadelphia 76ers
Despite being without their start point guard for a portion of the year, the Bulls were able to grab the NBA’s number one seed. The Sixers have been up and down all year, but Doug Collins has done a decent job. The inside presence of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer could be too much for Elton Brand and the combination of Spencer Hawes and Nikola Vucevic. The off-season addition of Richard Hamilton could pay big dividends, as his shots off screens could be an issue for the Sixers defense. The Andre Iguodala-Luol Deng match up will be fun to watch, as Deng has quite a bit of range and Iguodala is one of the best defenders in the league. Both teams have sharp shooters in Kyle Korver and Jodie Meeks off their bench, but Thaddeus Young could be the x-factor for the Sixers.
Bulls in 6
19-year old phenom Bryce Harper is expected to make his major league debut Saturday evening in Dodger Stadium as the Washington Nationals take on the Dodgers. The #1 overall selection in the 2010 June amateur draft has had scouts, teams officials and fans excited for the future of the Washington franchise since his selection. He will make his major debut with Stephen Strasburg on the mound for the Nats. The Washington Nationals hope the combo of Harper-Strasburg will make a major impact on the National League for years to come as they win awards, draw fans and hopefully eventually lead to a championship for the Nationals franchise.
The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have provided excitement over the years and 2012 hasn’t been any different. Series after series we’ve been blessed with tightly contested action packed games. The Conference Semifinals get the 2nd round of playoff action underway tonight. There should be plenty of drama unfolding as rivals collide in the Eastern Conference while new talent finds it way to the top of the Western Conference.
The first round of the draft is complete. After the first two picks were selected, there was quite a bit of wheeling and dealing with teams in the top ten. The Browns and Vikings and Jaguars and Bucs switched spots and Dallas slipped up the draft board,which concluded a very interesting first day in New York City.
1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
The post Peyton era begins with Mr. Luck. Luck is expected to be one of the most ready arms to come into the NFL since Manning, but he will have some challenges with a weak offensive line and a lack of weapons around him.
The Charlotte Bobcats wrapped up their 2011-2012 campaign with a stunning 23-game losing streak. Yikes! Tough times in Charlotte. Needless to say the Bobcats were not and are not very good. They finished the lockout shortened 66-game season with a record of 7-59, good for a .106 winning percentage. Continue reading