15 points makes you a super-scorer? When the teams combine to score a record-low 62 in the first half, yes. Prince also had 10 rebounds and five assists.
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Two Words For You:
"What I must do is all that concerns me,
not what the people think." -- Ralph Waldo
Emerson, Self-Reliance, from the program at Pat
Tillman's memorial service Monday.
Those who knew Pat Tillman best -- his loving family,
his closest friends -- did the most wonderful service
to the man with their heartfelt messages... and the
most valuable service for a nation of viewers
following along live to get to know him
Those family and friends would likely have been
disappointed to know that their words were often muted
out for swear words. However crass their language
might have been, it was real -- and expressed very
real grief that any viewer might relate to, rather
than find offensive.
This was not some staged obscenity that has the FCC in
such an uproar. The eulogies deserved to be heard
unfiltered, because it was the way Tillman's family
and friends wanted to be heard, what they felt they
must do -- to mourn.
Pistons 78, Nets 56
Pick your poison:
Miserably low scoring...
...or a 22-point blowout loss?
The Nets' 56-point "effort" last night
foreshadows an ugly series to come. Reading down the
list of records set for offensive brutality, it
registered that the Nets may have set more marks for
futility than they made field goals. It's
From a scoring standpoint, the best news for Jersey is
that it can't possibly get worse that this. Now, about
that blowout ...
T'wolves in Trouble?
Choose your own pop theory
to justify a prediction that Minnesota won't get past
the Kings in their Western Conference semifinal
series, starting tonight in Minneapolis:
(a) Just Happy to Be Here
Getting out of the first round was the big
psychological hurdle; hadn't really given much thought
to what comes next.
Ex.: Knicks-Spurs '99 Finals
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(b) Haven't Been Here Before
Can't advance in the NBA playoffs until you've lost at
least one series in the round you would like to get
Ex.: Bulls vs. Bad Boys
NBA P'offs: Game 7!
Let's downplay that it's the Hornets
and the Heat, and simply enjoy that we've reached this
postseason's first moment where both teams face a
Flames Bounce Wings
It's a 2-step hop onto the Calgary
bandwagon. Dumping Detroit in six games, last night
the Flames earned their first trip to the Stanley Cup
conference finals since '89:
(1) Bandwagon interest increases in direct
proportion to number of years since a team has reached
a certain playoffs tier.
(2) Who they beat matters, too; it's
easy to love a good spoiler (and the Red Wings were
the pre-tournament favorites).
Sure, it's a shame when prep hoopsters
go pro and don't get drafted, but it takes a lot of
the hot air out of the "preps-ruining-NBA" argument
when they are talented enough to be first-round locks,
as Monday's prep-to-pro trio are:
Shaun Livingston, 6-7, PG
As Top 10 pick, no less.
JR Smith, 6-5, SG:
Late lottery, mid-first.
Al Jefferson, 6-9, PF:
Wide-body is late first-ish.
Actually, the most hyped of all the preps -- PG
Sebastian Telfair, who is declaring today at ESPN Zone
in NYC -- is probably the least worthy. But come on:
Would you have turned down a multi-million dollar
sneaker deal? Someone will take him in the first round
on star appeal alone.
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Lost fourth straight last night. Let's read WAY to much into a fragment of a Johnny Damon quote: "There is something terribly wrong."
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"Yea/nay" or "No way": Celtics dispute report that Doc
Rivers has a contract clause for veto power over
Roger Clemens was picked as NL Pitcher of the Month;
is it the first step toward the ultimate -- a
post-retirement Cy Young?...
Smarty Jones doesn't need to run at Preakness; he
wasn't going to be earning the "Win" prediction
With all the pub for the preps, still waiting on an
NBA decision from bonafide NBA-quality PG Devin Harris
Given last night, if a third Net (Kenyon Martin) joins
the Olympic hoops roster, Team USA might not break 70