WWE Hall of Famer Virgil Runnels best known as “The American Dream “Dusty Rhodes has passed away at the age of 69.
by Tony A.
This isn’t rocket surgery.
The Cavs have done what they want and dictated how the Warriors play. Delly is bodying Steph Curry like it’s a house party dance floor. Igoudala, Barnes and Green are crying to the refs about LeBron backing them down instead of staying on him. And Bogut is playing the role of Waldo in the middle while Festus is doing his best to learn on the job.
But all is not lost! Steve Kerr can get control of this thing if he can get his players to adjust.
That’s the DO list. Here’s the DON’T:
I’m still not sure where this series is going to go. It’s entirely possible the Cavs run out of gas and give up the next three games. It’s also possible the Warriors might not ‘get it’ and go back to San Francisco down 3-1. One thing’s for sure…..we’ve been treated to an exciting Finals that is filled with moves, countermoves and surprises.
Leadership plays a bigger role for the King
LeBron James has proven in this postseason that he is, without question, the player most capable of LEADING a team to accomplish more than anyone thought possible. His style has defined the Cavs…..in whatever way they’ve needed to be defined to win.
Everyone watching the NBA Playoffs has seen the multitude of ways to win. The Grizzlies brute forced their way in. Atlanta’s throwback TEAM concept warm & fuzzed its way into everyone’s heart. And the Clips slashed and dashed as far as they could. It’s sort of understood that there’s more than one way to skin a cat. (no cats were harmed in the writing of this)
Each series featured teams with different styles and strengths. After losing Kevin Love in the first series, the Cavs held up against the Bulls bigs with Thompson and Mozgov and attacked their lack of depth on the perimeter with LeBron shooting almost 50% from two point range. He and Kyrie got their usual numbers, but JR Smith and Shumpert also started contributing on offense in that series. As they moved on to Atlanta, it was evident that Kyrie wouldn’t be able to play. Once again, the Cavs adjusted and exploited to knock off an opponent. Using Mozgov and Thompson to rule the paint, James shot his highest percentage of the playoffs and averaged over 11 rebounds a game.
In Game 1, LeBron dropped 44 and lost in overtime. Kyrie played well in regulation but when he went down the Cavs weren’t ready to adjust. Game 2 brought a new approach and a new LeBron. He passed more, was more active around the rim and finished with a triple double and a win.
When LeBron passes, gets his teammates involved and goes after rebounds the Cavs win. JR Smith draws on the confidence when James gives him the ball in scoring positions. Shumpert flies around the court and gets open looks. Delly grinds it out on defense and then gets and open look from the arc late in the game. Each pass is like a vote of support. So when LeBron’s supporting cast laces them up this series, they know how much better he makes them. They know that if they follow his direction and come along for the ride, he’ll set them all up for success.
Like a seasoned CEO, LeBron knows he’s only as good as the people around him and will only go as far as the weakest link takes him. Luckily, he’s got awesome COO’s in Mike Miller and James Jones who help convey the message to the young players on the team. Watch the three of them in timeouts and quarter changes. They’re always showing, changing and discussing what moves need to be made…..like good leaders do.
Along with giving his teammates Apple watches and haircuts before the NBA Finals. Lebron James carried his teammates to a 95-93 victory in OT in Game 2 against Golden State Warriors.
With several failed attempts including 18-23 missed shots, Stephen Curry missed the opportuny to keep the Warriors in the lead in the playoffs. Curry said. “I don’t expect to shoot like this. I’ve got to play better, find better shots and be more in a rhythm throughout the course of the game for us to really assert ourselves as a team.”
The Finals are now tied 1-1. Game 3 will be on Tues night at 9pm EST.
What a wild night it was at UFC Fight Night 68 in New Orleans, LA! Tons of finishes is all UFC fans ever ask for and that is exactly what we got at this event. With 10 finishes on record, 6 of which came from the whole main card, it seemed like just about every fighter took the old saying ‘don’t let it go to the judges’ very serious. Before we get to the main event between former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan “Hendo” Henderson and UFC veteran Tim Boetsch, here is a summary of the preliminary card and main card fights leading up to it:
Leonardo Morales vs. Jose Quinonez: Quinonez defeats Morales via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:34 in the first round.
Main event – Dan Henderson vs. Tim Boetsch
Round 1: Boetsch comes out throwing a combination of punches and Henderson counters him with a hard right hand. Boetsch is staggered and Henderson clinches him and lands a left knee. Henderson pushes Boetsch against the cage, lands a right uppercut that drops him, and just keeps punching until the referee pulls him off. The fight is all over.
Henderson defeats Boetsch via KO at 4:33 in the first round. With that win, Dan Henderson now has the fourth most knockouts (14) in UFC/Pride/WEC/Strikeforce history and the second most wins (24) in UFC/Pride/WEC/Strikeforce history. Don’t mention it to him, but he is now the oldest fighter (44) to win via KO/TKO in the octagon.
From a Fight, to an Arrest, a 7 game suspension from the WNBA, A Jumping ofthe broom, then an annoucement of a expecting Glory Johnson.
Now this couple is headed for an Annulment which was previously reported by TMZ , Griner says the marriage to Johnson is based on “fraud and duress” — because Griner was “pressured into marriage under duress by [Johnson’s] threatening statements.”
I have a feeling that this is not the end of the Brittney and Glory saga, this shall be continued…..