Archive for May 20th, 2013

WATERCOOLER CHAT: KNICKS OUT OF PLAYOFFS, SAN ANTONIO TAKES GAME 1, NO TRIPLE CROWN WINNER, SERENA AND NADAL DOMINATE

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, the New York Knicks were looking to steal a win on the road in Indiana to drive the series back to New York for a Game 7.  They actually kept the game close for most of the way, and J.R. Smith was even playing a little better.  But in the end, the Pacers exhibited their home court dominance.  In what is now a classic play, Pacers center Roy Hibbert had an amazing block on Carmelo right at the rim that prevented a dunk.  It completely shifted the momentum of the game, and was replayed about 200 times on Sports Center.  After that, the Pacers held on to win the game and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat.  Indiana 106, New York 99.

And on Sunday, it was Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the #5 Memphis Grizzlies and the #2 San Antonio Spurs.  The Grizzlies are red hot right now, and everyone expected a slug fest between these two.  However, we got something quite the contrary.  The Grizzlies oddly came into the game ice cold.  Zach Randolph went 1-8 from the field, only putting up 2 points.  If the Grizzlies expect to win, they need Randolph to be a force of nature.  On top of this, the Spurs were lights out from 3-point land and the Grizz couldn’t do anything about it.  The Spurs easily took Game 1, but Memphis coach Lionel Hollins knows how to adjust strategy, so expect to see something very different come Game 2.  San Antonio 105, Memphis 83.

HORSE RACING

It was the second leg of the Triple Crown:  The Preakness.  Orb, after winning The Kentucky Derby, was the favorite coming into the race, but horse racing is extremely unpredictable.  When it was all over, the winner wasn’t Orb, but Oxbow.  This was a complete upset, but Oxbow had Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens behind the reigns.  Orb actually finished fourth in this race.  With the win, Oxbow will go for another title at the Belmont Stakes.   The stars don’t come out in mass for the Preakness like they do for the Kentucky Derby, but there are some serious horse fans, like Gene Simmons.

TENNIS

We saw some familiar faces winning titles this weekend, as both Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal picked up the championship at the Italian Open.  Nadal beat his rival Roger Federer, while Williams crushed Victoria Azarenka.  These two are easily the most dominant in the sport right now.  Congratulations to them both.

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