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IT’S DAY ONE OF THE NBA PLAYOFFS —
AND WE HAVE SATURDAY’S FOUR MONSTER MATCHUPS … PLUS OUR BASEBALL NOTEBOOK LOOKS AT THE O’S VERSUS RED SOX WRAP-A-ROUND FOUR-GAME SET IN BEANTOWN THIS WEEKEND
By Jim Hurley
Let’s get the show on the road already!
The NBA Playoffs — that two-month grind that separates the men from the boys in the pro hoops world — will tip off North of the Border on Saturday afternoon and where it ends nobody right now knows but you can be sure that there will be thrills galore.
Much is being made of the fact that the NBA Eastern Conference sported just two teams that played better-than-.600 ball in regular-season play (that’s Indiana and Miami, of course) while seven-of-eight NBA Western Conference squads played .600-plus ball and only eighth-seeded Dallas (.598) fell beneath that elite winning percentage.
So, make sure your fridge is stocked, have fresh batteries in your TV remote control and maybe even let those phone calls go to “voice mail” and enjoy what’s gonna be a great NBA Playoffs.
It all starts here…
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Northern Illinois extends Montgomery through 2018|
DeKalb, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Northern Illinois University rewarded men's head basketball coach Mark Montgomery with a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2017-18 season.
4/18/2014 9:35:11 PM
OKC’S BRUTAL NBA PLAYOFF DRAW STARTS SATURDAY NIGHT WITH MEMPHIS
If the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to win the 2014 NBA Championship trophy, it looks like they’ll have to win consecutive series against the physically demanding Memphis Grizzlies, the loaded Los Angeles Clippers, the veteran defending conference champion San Antonio Spurs, and then probably the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
Nobody in the West has it “easy” because there are eight good teams in the brackets. But, nobody has it tougher than Oklahoma City. They didn’t draw the soft defense of Dallas…or the injured Golden State Warriors, or the less-than-playoff savvy Houston Rockets or Portland Trailblazers. They have to open with a Memphis Grizzlies team that’s built for the playoff grind.
That series starts Saturday Night, the last of four games on the opening day of playoff action. Let’s run the numbers ...Read More...
PREPPING FOR THE DERBY - 2014
Volume V...Number 16
TIME TO ANSWER THE ULTIMATE QUESTION...WHICH 3-YEAR-OLDS ARE BEST SUITED TO GET THE KENTUCKY DERBY DISTANCE?
When it comes to isolating the true contenders for the Kentucky Derby...when it comes to separating the contenders from the pretenders there is a long checklist of questions that must be answered. After all, with 20 three-year-olds set to run to glory you are going to have to create a short list of legitimate contenders from which to find the winner and construct your exotic combos.
Obviously that is easily enough stated, but what are those questions to be asked and exactly how are they answered? One question that should be asked and as realistically as possible answered might be the most crucial of all...with none of the Kentucky Derby starters having run 1 ¼ miles...how do you decide which ones are best suited to get the distance?
Get the 1-2-3-4 Finishers in the Kentucky Derby From Jim Hurley's Network