Paul Pierce did it again, ladies and gentleman. In a series full of young superstars, Pierce -- as he has throughout his entire career in Boston -- provided yet another dagger in the biggest of playoff games.
For weeks now, the Celtics have given Bostonians every right to root and dream even as national NBA analysts and hometown sports reporters dissected their aches, their age and their weaknesses.
Their win on Sunday night put the pressure back on the Heat and, more importantly, back on LeBron James. Pressure bursts pipes and the Celtics have seen him crack before.
Nationally, while all eyes on Florida, Miami Dade's local elections, which take place in August, are going rarely noticed. This is more than a shame considering the impact these local elections will have on all of us.
It was not supposed to be this close. Boston was not supposed to be this good; Miami, not this vulnerable. Four games through what has already been a grueling Eastern Conference finals, Miami and Boston are dead even at two games apiece.
Although this was his best season statistically there are other players whose individual contributions were more vital to their respective team's success.
Night after night, game after game, on offense and on defense, they are now working together as never before to produce plays that sometimes defy belief.
Not to beat a dead horse because lord knows this horse has gotten his share of wallops, but there is at least one more dynamic that needs to be looked at in the Pacers/Heat matchup -- the refereeing.
In a new segment with Noah Coslov of CineSport, I break down why two-time NBA MVP Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward of all time.
Moving forward minus Bosh, Miami is highly vulnerable. Let us not forget that this was the eighth most efficient half-court offense in basketball this year, and that was with Bosh. In other words, if they cannot get out and run, they can be beaten.
Whether or not Amar'e returns for Game 4 at the Garden, as he proclaimed he will on Wednesday, remains to be seen, but if the Knicks have any chance at prolonging this series, it is with him out of the lineup.
So many extreme athletes and power players do outrageous things outside of their sport or job. Why? Because the thrill of an adrenaline rush is often exceeded by the agony of an adrenaline crash.
It remains to be seen how James will fare should the Heat make it to the Finals, but if his regular season is any indication he may fare much differently than last season.
Like last year's first round series with the Celtics, hopes are high in New York -- despite the fact that every major analyst has told us we aren't going to make it pass the first round, we believe.
In a new segment with Noah Coslov of CineSport, I break down a potential sleeping giant in the Western Conference, and discuss why the Lakers have enjoyed success with the injured Kobe Bryant out of the lineup.
By paying tribute to Trayvon Martin, are the athletes now suggesting they are ready to confront some of this nation's most compelling social disorders, such as poverty, housing, and health care? Should they?