The Heat defeated the Pacers 103-102 in overtime to take a 1-0 series in the Eastern Conference Finals. Last night's game winning layup was just another play by Lebron James. James, who finished with a triple-double, was the closer, scoring the game-winner at the buzzer after getting by Paul George for a clear path to the bucket. The play came out of a timeout with 2.2 seconds left. James finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Roy Hibbert not on the floor at the end, George, an elite defender made a big mistake over committing on James. The assumption is George is not going to allow James go right by him and a layup is the last thing a good defensive team is going to give up. But the Pacers should of have had their 7'2 shot blocker on the floor to contest James in the lane.
Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel chose to put Hibbert on the court because of Chris Bosh’s ability to hit jump shots. Really? You can live with Bosh hitting a 20 footer.
The Heat finished with 40 points in the lane. The Pacers did outrebound Miami 43-38, but committed 20 turnovers, leading to 22 Heat points. The Pacers miss a golden opportunity to steal a game in Miami. As for Lebron, two years ago he couldn't a close, last night he reminded all of us why he is compared to Michael Jordan.
Once upon a time the Rochester Rhinos owned the sports entertainment scene. The Rhinos were winning A-League and U.S. Open Cup titles while packing Frontier Field night after night.
The players were viewed as rock stars in the community. Being scene at a Rhinos match was a big deal. However, those days are long gone.
The last time the Rhinos average averaged 10-thousand plus fans per match was in 2006, the last time they played for a title. That was also the year Sahlen Stadium opened.
This week the Rhinos replaced coach Jessie Myers with president and COO Pat Ercoli, the man who guided the franchise to three A-League championships. Due to their success then the Rhinos were considered a candidate to be an expansion team in MLS.
Now there lucky to draw 2-thousand fans. The franchise has hit and all-time low. Attendance and buzz has never been worse.
Is it because of where Sahlen Stadium is located? Perhaps. The overall talent on the team is a step below those great teams of the late 1990's and early 2000's.
I believe even the true Rhinos fan could not name five players on the team. Which begs me to ask where has the Rhino fan gone? Or is the soccer fan overrated in this town.
Even the Western NY Flash with Abby Wambach is not drawing big numbers at the gate.
More off the field drama/issues for Mario Williams. The Buffalo Bills defensive end denied on Monday they he ever contemplated suicide and says private comments he made in text messages are taken out of context. As part of that lawsuit, his ex-fiancée released text messages in which Williams discusses taking prescription painkillers and having thoughts of suicide.
When asked about the controversy, Williams says that when he mentioned “suicidal thoughts” in a text message, he was “just venting.” Asked about the suicides of Junior Seau and Jovan Belcher, Williams was quick to answer, “Dude, I’m nowhere near that position.”
Another text has Williams revealing that he took three hydrocodones that morning, the day of Buffalo's game at New England. And he planned to take two more on the plane home. Hydrocodone is classified as a narcotic, and prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain. Williams explained that any painkillers he took were prescribed by the team
Everyone has skeletons or dirty laundry that is meant to be private. I can't comment on how Williams is feeling or what state of mind he is currently in. Maybe it’s the principle of the matter for him to get the ring back. Let hope for his sake their is resolution soon and that Williams is the right frame of mind by the time camp gets here in Rochester come July.