Before Game 4, Paul Pierce told coach Jason Kidd that he wanted to have the duty of checking LeBron. Well, Paul Peirce did check Bronny but it wasn't successful. Bronny started out hot with 25 in the 1st half, then finished with 49 points, shooting 66% from the field. Paul Pierce you're a great player but I think your time has passed. Despite Bronny take over, this was still a close game, that could have went either way. In the final 2 minutes though, the Nets could not buy a bucket while the Heat pulled away, thanks to a big 3 by Chris Bosh. The biggest problem for the Nets is their superstars are not showing up, Williams and Johnson combined going 10-30 from the field. I've been saying it all postseason, the Nets are going to go as far as Joe Johnson and Deron Williams take them, not Paul Pierce and KG. Even though they are facing elimination in Miami Wednesday, Nets shouldn't panic. You can live with Bronny dropping 49 and you only lose by 6, just have to make better plays in the final minutes.
The Blazers refused to let their season end tonight. Spurs have been dominating this series with ease, average margin of victory 19 points in the first 3 games, but not tonight. Damian Lillard made a few spectacular plays, dunking on Timmy D on one of them, but the x-factors were Nicholas Batum and Will Barton. Batum is a very skilled basketball player that can do a lot of things on the court, its weird to see him go under the radar. He finished the night with 14 point 14 boards and 8 dimes, giving the Blazers so much energy on the court. Will Barton, who hasn't played much this postseason. played 30 minutes off the bench and finish with 17 points. Blazers avoided the sweep but I think this series will end in San Antonio, still I tip my hat to the Blazers who have a great young talented squad. Damian Lillard is on his way to the top of the elite PGs list.
Where do you go after you have been fired by a team for the 2nd time? That is a question that Mike Brown will have to answer this summer and I'm sure he doesn't have a clue right now. Brown was fired by the Cavs back in 2010 but returned the beginning of this season to rekindle that magic from 5 years ago. Brown was missing the main ingredient though, LeBron James. Brown is second on the Cavs all-time win list behind hall of famer Lenny Wilkens with a record of 305-187 but even that couldn't keep his job. Brown led the Cavs to a 33-49 record this season which is exactly where they should be. This wasn't a very good team and even with Kyrie and Dion Waiters, I still did't see this team making it to the playoffs. The Cavs need one more piece to put them into the elite of the NBA and that piece should be a big man. As for Brown, I think its time to find an assistant head coaching job.
The Cubs really bought the bats out last night on the Cardinals. What I love about this is that the team apologized to Jeff Samardzjia, who currently holds a 1.45 ERA but is 0-3. In his 8 starts the Cubs have only scored 15 runs, which is less than 2 a game. I don't expect this to be a season changing moment for the Cubs, who hasn't seen the playoffs since 2008, but it shows me that they still care and are playing hard. Great job Cubs.