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NBA’s real season begins…
April 18, 2013
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NBA fans love the regular 82-game season (or in the case of last year, the shortened 66-game season).  However, what makes NBA fans tick is the playoffs, especially if their favorite team(s) or player(s) will be participating. In fine style we saw the Miami Heat win 66 games, the New York Knicks push forward to win 54 games and finish 2nd in the Eastern Conference, we saw the Oklahoma City Thunder overtake San Antonio to win the West with 60 wins, and the Lakers win 8 of their last 10, including their last 5 to secure an improbable 7th position over Houston Rockets who they beat in overtime on the last night’s last day of the regular season.

The Lakers’ achievement was great, considering they lost their leader and prolific scorer, Kobe Bryant in the last 3 mins of the 3rd-to-last game against Golden State Warriors, won that game, then defeated San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets.

This year’s NBA playoffs features the following match-ups:

EASTERN CONFERENCE – FIRST ROUND

(1) Miami [Heat] vs. (8) Milwaukee [Bucks]

Game 1 – Sun April 21, Milwaukee at Miami, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Tue April 23, Milwaukee at Miami, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 – Thu April 25, Miami at Milwaukee, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Sun April 28, Miami at Milwaukee, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Game 5 * Tue April 30, Milwaukee at Miami, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 2, Miami at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 4, Milwaukee at Miami, TBD, TNT

(2) New York [Knicks] vs. (7) Boston [Celtics]

Game 1 – Sat April 20, Boston at New York, 3 p.m., ABC/R
Game 2 – Tue April 23, Boston at New York, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 26, New York at Boston, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 – Sun April 28, New York at Boston, 1 p.m., ABC/R
Game 5 * Wed May 1, Boston at New York, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 3, New York at Boston, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 5, Boston at New York, TBD, TBD

(3) Indiana [Pacers] vs. (6) Atlanta [Hawks]

Game 1 – Sun April 21, Atlanta at Indiana, 1 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Wed April 24, Atlanta at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 – Sat April 27, Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 – Mon April 29, Indiana at Atlanta, TBD, TBD
Game 5 * Wed May 1, Atlanta at Indiana, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 3, Indiana at Atlanta, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 5, Atlanta at Indiana, TBD, TBD

(4) Brooklyn [Nets] vs. (5) Chicago [Bulls]

Game 1 – Sat April 20, Chicago at Brooklyn, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 – Mon April 22, Chicago at Brooklyn, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 25, Brooklyn at Chicago, 8:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4 – Sat April 27, Brooklyn at Chicago, 2 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Mon April 29, Chicago at Brooklyn, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 2, Brooklyn at Chicago, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 4, Chicago at Brooklyn, TBD, TNT

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WESTERN CONFERENCE – FIRST ROUND

(1) Oklahoma City [Thunder] vs. (8) Houston [Rockets]

Game 1 – Sun April 21, Houston at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – Wed April 24, Houston at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Sat April 27, Oklahoma City at Houston, 9:30 p.m., ESPN/R
Game 4 – Mon April 29, Oklahoma City at Houston, TBD, TBD
Game 5 * Wed May 1, Houston at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 3, Oklahoma City at Houston, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 5, Houston at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD

(2) San Antonio [Spurs] vs. (7) Los Angeles [Lakers]

Game 1 – Sun April 21, L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 2 – Wed April 24, L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 26, San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 – Sun April 28, San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 30, L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 2, San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 4, L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, TBD, TNT

(3) Denver [Nuggets] vs. (6) Golden State [Warriors]

Game 1 – Sat April 20, Golden State at Denver, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 – Tue April 23, Golden State at Denver, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 26, Denver at Golden State, 10:30 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4 – Sun April 28, Denver at Golden State, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 30, Golden State at Denver, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 2, Denver at Golden State, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 4, Golden State at Denver, TBD, TNT

(4) Los Angeles [Clippers] vs. (5) Memphis [Grizzlies]

Game 1 – Sat April 20, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 – Mon April 22, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 25, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Sat April 27, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 4:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 30, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 3, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 5, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TBD

Your Predictions?

Tell us what you expect.  Predict who will win and in how many games?

 

Senseless attack at Boston Marathon

It’s with heavy heart that I, on behalf of Yowlink, report that 2 people died & over 100 were injured at the senseless and cowardly blast at the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts, USA. I pray that the families of the slain be comforted, that the injured will fully recover, and that the perpetrator(s) be caught and face the consequences.

The blast happened at the finish line and was on camera because of the large event the Boston Marathon is.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2013/04/15/tsr-boston-marathon-explosion-up-close.cnn.html

Remember, one has the freedom to do good things or bad things like this but everything has consequences.  In the words of Buju Banton, ironically, “There was good and evil. We chose Good“.  That was taken from his song Destiny.

God, I ask that you remember us in the United States of America, though we have wandered far away from home… far away from you.

Please comment people of Caribbean descent who live in or outside the United States.

Under 17 Reggae Boys eliminated by Canada

Jamaica’s under 17 soccer team was eliminated by Canada 4-2, after leading 2-0.  This means the young Reggae Boyz have been eliminated whilst Canada moves on to the Under 17 World Cup.

Congrats to Canada and their team and I hope they represent CONCACAF well.

My suggestions for future Under-17 and Under 20 Caribbean teams are:

Pick a team of best position players who are unselfish.

Pick a coach from a list of the most unselfish under-17/ Under-20 school team.

Have your team play warm-up matches against the country’s best schoolboy teams (4 best).

Have your team play warm-up matches against regional best, making each other better.

Remember that a well-organized, seasoned, team beats a team of just talented players perhaps 9 times out of 10.

Let’s get the region moving forward in soccer instead of playing mediocre ball year over year starting at the Under-17 level.  These may be the players to represent you at the senior CONCACAF tournaments and, hopefully, the World Cup.