courtesy of ESPN.com

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The Wizards are going back to DC with a 2-0 lead over the 3rd seeded Bulls. I think the story of this series will be how the Wizards came back twice in Chicago to win and how they outplayed Chicago on the defensive end. For the rest of this series, I will say if a game reaches the "100 point" mark, chances are the Wizards will win. And what a performance down the straight by Bradley Beal, scoring 10 points in the final 5 minutes of the 4th quarter, helping taking the game into OT. It's always great to see young players grow and mature in the playoffs. The other night we seen Damian Lillard guide his team to a victory and tonight it was Beal's turn. Both are in their 1st postseason. 

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I will be honest and say that I turned this game off at halftime, just because I didn't want to continue to witness the implosion of the Pacers. The Pacers came out a completely different team in the second half, outscoring the Hawks 53-33 in the second half. I guess they finally decided to play as a team and play some defense. What didn't change though was Roy Hibbert ineffectiveness. It is truly amazing and depressing to see him go from league's best to league's worst in a month. Only 6 points and 4 rebounds for the 7'2 Hibbert, which just make me so disappointed, knowing Roy is much better than that. To get back on track Pacers still need to win a game in ATL because the Hawks are still in the driver seat. 

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(courtesy of ESPN.com)

This is definitely becoming one of the better series in the playoffs. Like the Pacers and Bulls, the Raptors desperately needed to win on their home court. Paul Pierce couldn't come through with a dominate 4th quarter and instead finish with 7 points, 2-11 for the field. Demar Derozan on the other hand, went for 30, also playing in first postseason. The story of the game though was the battle on the boards. The Raptors out-rebounded the Nets 52-33, with 19 offensive rebounds. Even though the Nets had 14 steals and the Raptors had 20 turnovers, the rebound differential was just too much. Heading back to Brooklyn, the Nets are still in the driver seat. 

Albert Pujos became the 26th player to hit 500 HRs with a 2 run bomb against the Nationals Tuesday night. Pujos also became the first player to hit homers 499 and 500 in the same game. I see this as a win for the MLB because Pujos is definitely one of the good guys in the league, never once being connected to any kind PEDs investigations. He joins A-Rod as the only active players with 500 HRs but I'm sure the league will celebrate Pujos a lot more than A-Rod.  Pujos is the first player since 2009 to join the Homer Club, Gary Sheffield being the last player before Pujos, Only 34, Pujos still has an opportunity to reach 600 homers, but Hank Aaron record is a sure longshot. Potential Players to join the club are Adam Dunn (443), Jason Giambi (438), Paul Konerko (434), and David Ortiz (434). 

(The Canadian Press)

(The Canadian Press)

The Montreal Canadiens are the first team to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, sweeping the Lightning, thanks to a late game winning goal by Max Pacioretty. The Canadiens built a 3-1 lead going into the 3rd period but the Lightning scored two goals in the first 7 minutes of the period. With 43 seconds remaining, Pacioretty hit the game winner, sealing the series. This is the Canadiens first playoff win since 2010 when they lost to the Flyers in the Conference Finals, 4-1. They will now wait for the winner of the Bruins-Red Wings series, Bruins leading the series 2-1. Canadiens will get a nice break until their next game, which can be a gift and a curse. It's a gift because players like Pacioretty and P.K. Subban who played in the Olympics get some much needed rest time. But on the other hand, they could come out flat from not playing in awhile. 

Chris Johnson played all 6 years of his career in Tennessee, accumulating 7,965 yards and 50 TDs on the ground. (AP photo) 

Chris Johnson played all 6 years of his career in Tennessee, accumulating 7,965 yards and 50 TDs on the ground. (AP photo) 

One of my favorite running backs has found himself a new home. CJ2K and the New York Jets agreed to a 2 year deal worth up to $9 million. The base value of the deal is $8 million and has an extra $1 million in incentives. I think this was a great pickup for the Jets who have already made some major moves this off-season. Even though Chris Johnson is a 2,000 yard rusher, people have seem to forget how good of a running back he is and I blame that on Tennessee. Trying to follow the trend of having a "Franchise QB", the Titans forgot they had a franchise running back in CJ. Since 2008, only Adrian Peterson (8,774 yards) has accumulated more yards on the ground, but CJ has been more effective in the passing game. 

This will be a new beginning for Johnson, who has been on a decline in the past three seasons. Even though he has rushed for a 1,000 yards each of those season, his average yards per carry hit a career low last season, 3.9. You can blame that on the fact that he was the Titans' only offensive threat, with no QB, so teams could easily stack the box on him. Now with Michael Vick under center, a quality receiver in Eric Decker, and Chris Ivory as his spell back, Johnson will not have all the weight on his shoulders. I'm curious to see how many people will have the Jets as their AFC favorite.  


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Well folks, we finally know what the 2014 NBA playoffs will look like. The Grizzlies and Mavericks gave us an appetizer, playing for the 8th and 7th seed in the West. Grizzlies won 106-105 in overtime, claiming the 7th seed. I don't know which team got the better bargain because you either have to deal with Kevin Durant or the Spurs, both of which are on a mission. If I had to choose though I would say the Mavericks are better off with the 8th seed because they match up better with the Spurs than the Thunder. The thing about the Spurs is you have to play perfect team basketball because that's what they are going to do, not to mention defense. I think this will be a very entertaining playoffs none the less. 

Eastern Conference 1st round predictions: 

  • Pacers over Hawks 4-1
  • Heat over Bobcats 4-1 
  • Nets over Raptors 4-2 
  • Bulls over Wizards 4-2

Western Conference 1st round predictions: 

  • Spurs over Mavericks 4-2 
  • Thunder over Grizzlies 4-0 
  • Clippers over Warriors 4-1 
  • Blazers over Rockets 4-3 

If KD don't win the MVP, I think I might be done with the NBA. To cap off a magnificent season, KD dropped 42 points against the Pistons, 21 in the 4th quarter, and the game winning dunk to seal the game and the #2 seed in the West. Let the playoffs begin. 


Tanaka has been nothing short of impressive so far in his inaugural season in the MLB. The 25 year old Japanese pitcher has struck out 28 batters in his first 3 starts, 3rd highest since 1900, Stephen Strausburg has the highest with 32 back in 2010. Tanaka claimed his second win of the season pitching 8 innings against the Cubs, striking out 10 and only giving up 2 hits. Some thought the cold weather in the northeast would effect him, but 43 degree weather with 15 MPH winds did not phase him. The pitch that has batters looking stupid is his split-fingered fastball. 

This is what Cubs manger Rick Renteria had to say

That split is not something you want to sit on. It's not something you're going to be able to handle, but, as it was coming out of the hand, as the guys were coming in, they were saying, `Gosh, it looks like a fastball. It ends up diving."

Tanaka next start will more than likely be Sunday vs. the Rays. 


NHL Playoff results: 

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