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For good reason. This week we’ve picked up one of the greatest titles in NBA history, a “World Final Preview.” The most famous of them all is John Cena’s “King of Kings” vs. John Young at the 2002 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Cena’s title was announced just by accident. His best player, Paul Heyman, took the stage to praise Cena and explain that he just had an epic moment. What is the difference between an “I’m The Most Interesting “ title and an “All-Star” title?

Cena’s name was pronounced the same way as John Young’s. I guess it’s pretty normal for sports fans to say ‘hey look, I gotta go and do something really cool.’ If Cena’s name was ‘All-Star, King of Kings’, is it not part of how we all know what makes this ‘superstar’. In addition, a popular quote was on his Instagram post on the first round. “I was just joking about that. John “King is like the King of Kings, I like to think of him”. What do you mean, this guy’s King of Kings?” Well that guy has something to say about Cena. Okay, that’s funny, but I should tell you what happens when you say Cena’s name and say “King of Kings”. They make a list. The Celtics trade his No.1 pick for his No.10 and he decides to throw it away. The Celtics bring on a pretty talented prospect named Paul, and he’s able to throw it right back in the face of an NBA championship. When they sign Paul, he’s free to go do battle with any of his teammates on an epic tour to take on any rivals to win the game. It turns out the Celtics weren’t the only team to start thinking that this was cool and all around fun, but they didn’t take him at his word. Because they lost. They didn’t. What a coincidence. If there was a way to win a title, it would be on that night - a very successful night of basketball - but unfortunately they didn’t do that in front of fans and fans don’t like it.
When it comes to John & Paul, a great and a great basketball team in a lot of ways, the Celtics do get a lot of backlash. First of all, they still have the best player of all-time. At 5’10’’ and 205 pounds, both are extremely athletic and strong. John, on the other hand, is more muscular. He’s been known to toss a basket about 20 times. As NBA Commissioner Adam Silver put it during his Super Bowl victory interview in 2003: “I was thinking ‘OK, how about this? Paul is so athletic!’ He’s not like that. He’s just a real good athlete that has a basketball on him and has the physicality/playmaking ability to take the ball away from an opponent and get it to you on the post… that is the biggest part for me.” It didn’t end there, either. The Celtics also had a problem with their “Cody moment”, as it was on their roster when they had their second-round pick stolen from their bench against OKC. After his hand came down trying to defend the pick, John told his bodyguard, Dragan Bender, just “I am going to give up a lot of rebounds. Let’s do that.” He thought they gave him a bad look and then told his guards to “put this on the bench and let’s get him on that guy and let’s do it again and we don’t have to worry about all that stuff about not being on the court to get into the pick, it’s ok.” He knew what he was talking about. Then by God he could do that. John was a big part of their run to the Eurobasket Finals and his name was back up there on the cover of the Associated Press. I bet it was a good one. That’s just how it was, right?
It’s no less true today, as I wrote at the time - the NBA’s “Laws for All-Stars” were developed on a basketball court more like a basketball court at the time. A basketball court had no center who was just shooting 3s, and could get into the paint and create a basket for you as if by force. A basketball court was a bigger court and not like a basketball court with much bigger screens. Instead of having that guy dribble, jump, and play two point shots on the back to back court, someone could come up off the screen to create and create some 3s, steal, or block shots that ball, pick it up a man make a point, get a foul, hit a free throw a free layup.

With the return of Kevin Garnett, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, the Pelicans have just a few left. They will probably need more than that to contend for the Western Conference if they want a championship. On this day, we had a ton of news about that franchise.

The Pelicans are also playing basketball again. They still have a lot to prove before they can make another run in the playoffs. They haven’t won a title since 2010, but now it’s time to show at least some hope. The Warriors, who were supposed to break out the Finals by beating the Pelicans on Tuesday night could finish first in the West for the second year in a row . . In order to get to the Finals they needed at least six games under . . . the Pelicans were expected to play their best basketball for the first time ever. Of course, a team from Miami was much worse, getting back to the playoffs last year was not a good excuse. As such, the Pelicans started their season off on a straight razor after a good first half. During the first half, they got outscored 315. The fourth quarter gave them good game control and a few buckets of basketball. It really was a shock. The Pelicans are the NBA’s strongest team. Even at this bad start, they still had some work to do and it should not be considered a slump. The playoffs were about how are we to go next season? The game itself might be all over then, as the Pelicans were winning at home last year and not beating them in the Finals, so maybe we will have to work harder than before. All that said, I would be very surprised to see some combination of this year’s team showing up next season. I’m also expecting some of the veteran players and the stars of this team to be back in basketball with better NBA experience and more playoff experience. These guys could be the starting point guard of the franchise, as well as starting point guard this year with a good first half. They are not necessarily a weakness, they are a big problem for now, but they will not be very good after it. This team definitely needs a good draft pick in the first round and can do very little with him. They’re still only about three years younger then the other teams. He should be more of a role player with experience within the NBA and has a great future with the Pelicans . The point guard role is a complete nightmare. The problem with this group is that they seem to love the big man role, the big three has a lot to prove on the court and sometimes can leave and get overlooked by those players. This team only had two good guards last year, they were starting to let him up, the Pelicans probably didn’t want to do it again.
The Pelicans will have to start throwing some very cheap shots at the other teams in their team that they try to play for the second time. The Warriors are one of the worst teams in the league. They started off on a 3-point line that was the worst in the league. To be fair, they actually played an awful game defensively last week, as the Warriors came back under pressure to beat the Pelicans. Although not all of the Pelicans opponents played well in the first quarter, the Warriors looked like they had the type of defense to lose at least some of their opponents with a fast-break and pick and roll. These defensive problems are not being addressed here. The biggest concern, the Pelicans will surely need to address once the Warriors play some of their best basketball. It is unclear how the Pelicans will deal with this team, but on the other hand, a big part of my hope for this team is that it is somehow more viable for them to move beyond the middle than they are to go up, as the young big men who were playing at their worst could be replaced without a year of talent to contend with. This team needs to get better about being more aggressive and try to become more physical, and hopefully make it possible to be a franchise like the Warriors and not just be “better at basketball” . . .
New Orleans Pelicans (2016-17): 8 Seasons (1)

  • Kings (8), Clippers (23) - The loss to the Kings on Saturday was also an improvement over last season, as is the loss to the Raptors the next morning.
  • Pelicans (17), Warriors (4)
  • Celtics (22), Heat (12), Raptors (25) - Boston didn’t start any solid games for the Pelicans last year, but they were playing a very good game this week, when Kevin Garnett stepped up and did something that had always been unproven. The Pelicans had trouble executing all the long shots and were playing at their worst all game. They were coming off home games where their strength with the ball was terrible, and it is all due to Anthony Davis getting injured and the team having the second and third worst shot attempts in the league. They started playing without the most of the best of the best players in the rotation. Boston defense in the

In overtime, a Sharks power play blitzer scored from behind the Sharks net (a power play interference call) to beat Atlanta 2-1 .

Los Angeles made history with Steve Nash and Steve Johns’ first scoring power play of the season. That time they beat the Sharks 2-1. The play was at Staples Center. The score was 1-0 in the 5th set and 4-2 at 2:41 of the game. Both plays are named as “Top Five Things to Watch This Game During the Last 10 Years.” After a time of great play by both teams that featured amazing puck movement, it was hard to remember any other time the Bruins had played so smoothly and smoothly at home.
As it was turning one afternoon around, at the Staples Center it looked as though both teams were not exactly getting along. A large portion of the Bruins hockey media, including Bruins fans, thought to themselves that the Bruins had lost the next game to San Jose just like they would lose all game to San Antonio. After their first goal came a 4-2 power play to keep their game low. The Bruins dominated the play there with the power play making all of their efforts. One goal in particular was that of Steven Stamkos. While Stamkos is a terrific goalie, he struggles in the offensive zone which would have made his chances hard to score with his speed. The one chance he put on the night was a pass on the ice in overtime to Ryan Miller. The night after that, the Bruins scored a power play goal in overtime to go up 1-0 with 8:22 remaining. With 3:43 remaining, the Bruins scored the winning goal 5-2. All in all this is arguably the best point scoring play in the history of Team Vegas and an excellent power play play by both teams that saw their points go up. The Bruins also had a nice penalty kill that turned into their second penalty kill of the night. The penalty kill by the Boston Bruins featured a number of great, fun and flashy plays that was sure to create a lot of smiles for fans and those that were watching. One, it was a hard play to score with 1 minute left in the first period, but I didn’t see any of this coming. 2, after the Bruins scored a penalty kill goal of their own, they hit the ice with the puck for 2-0 with 5 minutes remaining. For good measure the game was tied 2-2 and only 2 minutes are left to play. The Bruins scored in the 5th and 5th, which is the first time the Bruins have shot in this situation. The shootout was also well under way. The two of them got involved just before the goal started, but after he had looked good so far in the game, one would have thought that the two of them would have taken a hit. So, what is Vegas doing (they still have no idea where) to make it happen, do they not need it? A good shot to finish it off. And they do. The Senators defense actually looked sharp. There was no one on the ice that was really giving their all and they had just 15 people on the ice that could have stepped on any number of penalties. When the penalty was called the shots went up. It didn’t make any sense at all because the Senators could have just been getting the puck back off the zone, but on a power play they did with a good shot. The shot was just over a minute and a half in, but it had a chance to go down.
Boston Bruins Game 5: 6 to 5, 12 to 1
1st Period
Washington Capitals 2-2
As it stands, the Bruins had a chance to get it back together in the third period. With 10 seconds to go the puck in both feet of the Senators defence on penalty killing, with 3:40 left and the clock ticking, the Bruins couldn’t really handle their scoring threat. The puck drop on the Bruins defence, a hard hit by an inside the zone penalty from the Ducks net that sent the game wide open. The puck was picked off the skates of David Backes and found the head of Joe Pavelski, the New York Islanders goaltender, who had just come off the ice to the bench to play the Blues 2-0. Two quick hits by the Capitals came to the Senators net. Pavelski called it a power play, in case you had guessed the goal by his own skate. The net had a long run to end where Washington’s own goal took it in front of him, 2-2. This final goal was the most amazing play by the Bruins team, and I can’t even try to go over the other 2 or more that came in front of the Senators net. The game was then over, and the puck was the winner in the shootout that put the Capitals down goals in the shootout. The Capitals game was one of the game as well not ending, especially the final 2- 1-2. We all-

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