During Tuesday's 76-75 loss to the Pacers in game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Lebron James put forth an MVP like performance. And by MVP like performance I mean he missed several clutch free throws and hid in the corner in the games final seconds so Mario Chalmers could take the final shot.
Once again in a close playoff game Lebron has not come through when his team needed him most, in fact he hasn't done so since the 2008 season against the Celtics. In 2009 he hid in the corner against the Magic, he did it against the Celtics in 2010 and against the Mavericks in the finals last season. The Heat will probably beat the Pacers, but they are going to need Lebron to be the MVP if they want to win the finals, and in the playoffs he just hasn't been that player as of late.
Former Celtics great and current Pacers GM Larry Bird was named NBA Executive of the Year Wednesday. Bird is now the only man in the history of the league to win an MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year award.
Bird has done a masterful job making the Pacers a contender despite the fact that the team has no bona fide superstar.
For the sake of the game
I can't stand the New York Rangers. Never liked them going all the way back to the Mark Messier days, can't pinpoint exactly where the dislike comes from but it's there. With that said I'm a hockey fan first, and for the sake of the sport I can't help but root for them to beat the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Not only are the Devils as mediocre as it gets, their boring style has already nearly killed the league once, and the thought of them playing for another Stanley Cup is vomit inducing. At this point there is one intriguing Stanley Cup matchup left on the table and it's Rangers vs. Kings. I'm going to have to put my dislike for the Rangers on the back burner for a week or so and hope we get the best possible championship matchup.
-Compiled by Nick Curcuru