Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Who Will Win This Year's NCAA Title?!?

I'm a huge UNC basketball fan, as anyone reading this site already knows. Cut me open and I just might bleed Tarheel Blue. I'm just kidding, don't cut me open. It ain't that serious.

Nonetheless, it's been difficult watching Coach K's Duke Blue Devils win title after title with One-and-Done players while North Carolina has taken a different, more deliberate route to team building. Duke routinely gets Top 10 recruits, milks them for a year at most, then just restocks the next season with more McDonald's All Americans. North Carolina, of late, has been content bringing in Wendy's All Americans. Guys with limited NBA upside who are more likely to stick around for 3-4 seasons, resulting in a more cohesive, veteran laden squad. You could argue about whether or not this is the best approach.

Duke has won 5 titles, all since the early 1990's, and 3 in this century. UNC also has 5, but only 2 since Roy Williams' arrival in 2003. To the outsider, this probably doesn't seem like a big deal. But the outside probably knows little about how intense this rivalry is. An annual battle of literal blood, sweat, and tears, the rivalry has become less of one in recent years as Duke owns a significant edge over UNC in regular season and ACC tourney wins. As a Carolina fan, this bugs me to no end.

The Tarheels last won in 2009, and have had their chances since. They were a dreaded Kendall Marshall injury away a few years ago, and a Kris Jenkins prayer from taking it all last season. But this year, it seems different. I think this is our year.

The rest of the Final Four is comprises of never beens (Gonzaga, South Carolina) and an undersized Oregon team that UNC should be able to dominate by virtue of going 4 deep up front.

We'll see who punches their tickets to the Championship game Saturday night.

Go Tarheels! The Ceiling Is The Roof!

Weekend NBA Recap and Round Up

This weekend was another exciting one for NBA fans as there were plenty of thrills and spills. Let’s take a look at the highlights and the lowlights of some of the weekend’s games.

Clippers Make It Through To The Playoffs

For the sixth season in a row, the Los Angeles Clippers have made it through to the playoffs. They secured their spot by beating Utah Jazz 108-95, but guard Jamal Crawford says they still need to work on their game if they want to make a deep run.

Crawford scored a total of 28 points in the game that played out at the Staples Centre in L.A, while DeAndre Jordan scored a game-high of 15 rebounds to go with 7 points, sealing a win for the Clippers and a 4th seed spot in the Conference.

LeBron James Injured in Cavaliers Game

For LeBron James the Cleveland Cavaliers game was one of highs and lows. Not only did the team lose 127-115 to the Washington Wizards, LeBron also had to shake off an eye injury and accidental elbow to the base of his neck. The Cavaliers may have lost, but LeBron scored 24 points and now has a career-high 37 double doubles, and sits at 12th place in NBA history.

With their win, the Washington Wizards have made the Eastern Conference race that much tighter, as they are now placed 3rd, trailing Boston Celtics by 2 games and the Cavaliers by 2/12 for 1st place.

Raptors Walk Over Mavericks

In what could be described as an easy win, the Toronto Raptors beat the Dallas Mavericks 94-86 at the American Airlines Centre. The Raptors opened with a 13-2 lead and they simply never looked back, staying ahead at every point in the game.

Anyone who enjoys NBA online betting would do well backing the Raptors, as it was their 44th victory of the season and their 5th win in a row. They’ll now head through to the playoffs, hoping their winning streak holds fast.

Spurs Win 4th Straight Game

The San Antonio Spurs also had a good weekend as the team clinched their 4th consecutive win at the AT&T Centre in New York. The Spurs beat the New York Knicks on their home soil 106-98 and LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol both collected double-doubles.

The Knicks lagged behind for most of the first half and only after intermission did they rush in and outscore the Spurs during the 3rd quarter. This wasn’t enough however, and the Spurs were once again the victors. The Knicks were dealt another blow too, when it was announced that Joakim Noah was suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

Timberwolves Crash for the 5th Time

The Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t having a good season, and lost their 5th game in row. The Portland Trail Blazers beat the 112-100, and they bombed out once again, much to the disappointment of their fans.

Despite sitting out the entire 4th quarter, Trailblazers star Damian Lillard contributed 21 points to the game, while Timberwolves stars Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points and Ricky Rubio and Karl-Anthony Towns each contributed 16 points a piece, but was not enough to seal the deal.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Understanding NBA Trades and How Players are Moved.

In the world of American pro sports, trading is a transaction by a sports league that involves exchanging draft picks or player contracts between different sports clubs. Cash considerations are also part of this trade and may be presented, along with draft picks or contracts, to complete it.

The deadline for the National Basketball Association, or NBA trades, is the 16th Thursday of its season, and usually occurs around the middle of February, at 3 pm Eastern Time. Due to the lockout that took place during the 2011 – 2012 season, that deadline fell on the 15th of March in 2012. Post-deadline trades are prohibited in the NBA, although teams may sign up free agents, and also call D-League players up until the regular season ends.

There were rumours surrounding the following 3 star players, and each has gone on to have their own ups and downs as the season progresses.

Russell Westbrook’s 34th Triple-Double of the Season

Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook had 10 rebounds, 16 assists, and 24 points for this 34th triple-double this season as his team managed to register their 4th successive win in a victory of 123 – 102 against the Raptors on Thursday the 16th of March in the Toronto game. This has brought him closer to the single-season NBA record for triple-doubles, set by Oscar Robertson during the 1961 – 1962 season, of 41.

LeBron Scores 33 Against Jazz

Utah Jazz has not managed its back-to-back game against the NBA defending champions, probably due to the fact that they have had to make do without two of their starters.

LeBron James managed to score 33 points in total, with 17 of these taking place during the 4th quarter of the game, and the Cleveland Cavaliers won with a final score of 91 – 83. Any NBA betting activity that favoured the Cleveland Cavaliers would have seen a win, albeit at less-than excellent odds due to their current champion status.

The big reason to stay on track with all the news of the latest trades made by the NBA is that it will affect any type of betting you are doing –whether you are enjoying a friendly wager with your friends, or take this pastime a little more seriously, knowledge is power, and keeping yourself informed is key.

Utah Jazz was playing their 5th straight game without Derrick Favors, their starting power forward, and also had to do without Rodney Hood, their shooting guard, who had to miss the game because of knee pain.

Dwyane Wade's Injury Puts Him Out of the Game

Dwyane Wade, the 35-year old, 6’44”, 220-pound guard for the Chicago Bulls from Oak Lawn Illinois is out of the game for the rest of the season.

Wade, with 13-years of experience behind him, after being drafted in 2003, and at a salary of US$23 200 000, has been removed from play after an MRI he underwent revealed not only a sprain, but a small fracture in his right elbow as well, the team has announced.

The elbow injury occurred in the game against the Memphis Grizzlies, in which, you will recall, he left during the 3rd quarter after battling Zach Randolph for a rebound. The Chicago Bulls ended up losing the game as well, with a final score of 98 – 91 granting victory to the Grizzlies.

What happens on and off the court may affect trades, and rumours always flow thick and fast when it’s open season, often with some truth behind them. NBA fans will now have to wait until next year to see who is traded, and which teams lose or gain players.