WATERCOOLER CHAT: NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE, TONY GONZALEZ LEAVES FOR ATLANTA, DELHOMME STAYS IN CAROLINA

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Many were expecting this Boston/Chicago series to be classic.  Both Game 1 & Game 2 came down to the wire, and this match-up was quickly becoming a favorite.  Thus, Game 3 was on everybody’s radar with the Bulls back in Chi-Town with home court advantage.  Ben Gordon and John Salmons, Chicago’s scoring tandem, did what they could do for the Bulls, scoring 15 and 14 points respectively.  However, this game was just all Celtics from the get-go.  Paul Pierce led the way for Boston with 24 points, as the Celts simply routed the Bulls.  Home court advantage meant nothing to Boston, and hopefully the Bulls can get their act back in gear for Game 4.  Boston 107, Chicago 86.

Next up it was the San Antonio Spurs traveling to Dallas, with the series knotted at 1.  Even though the Spurs are the #3 seed, they might have just run out of gas.  This does not look like a very threatening Spurs team, and one of their key scorers, Manu Ginobili, is out for the playoffs.  Well, they put up a pitiful scoring effort last night, posting just 67 points.  The Mavericks, however, look to be jelling at just the right time.  Dirk Nowitzki lit up for the Mavs with 20 points, and the Mavs look like they just might take this series.  Dallas 88, San Antonio 67.

NFL

Tony GonzalezA big trade involving the Kansas City Chiefs.  Chiefs Pro-Bowl Tight End, Tony Gonzalez, had stated he wanted out of KC.  He expects his career won’t last much longer, and he’d like to play for a contender during that stretch.  Well, yesterday, he got his wish.  The Chiefs traded Gonzalez to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 2nd round draft pick in 2010.  This is great news for Falcons fans, as their offense is starting to look superb.  They’ve got an amazing 2nd year quarterback in Matt Ryan, stud receivers in Roddy White and Harry Douglas, a fierce running-back in Michael Turner.  And now, throw Gonzalez into the mix, and this offense looks truly lethal.  Watch out for the Falcons next season.

The  Carolina Panthers have signed their starting quarterback, Jake Delhomme to a 5 year extension.  This is a risky move for the Panthers considering Delhomme is getting older and is injury prone, but he played fantastic in ’08, and the Panthers organization thinks he can lead them back to a Super Bowl.  It’s also a surprise because in Delhomme’s first and only playoff game last year, he absolutely stunk — throwing for 5 interceptions, and even fumbling the ball.  Getting a 5-year extention after that poor performance must mean they truly believe in him.

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