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Thursday, April 28, 2005
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
13.3 pts (146), 5.6 apg (62), 3.3 rpg (36), 3.2 spg (35), 2.9 TOpg
FG% .393 (48-122), 3FG% .386 (27-70), FT% .808 (21-26)
Team AXA-BENSON (1-5) L 63-56
20 pts, 7-16 FG, 4-7 3FG, 2-2 FT, 8 asts, 3 rebs, 2 stls, 1 TO
Team AXA-RODD (2-5) L
6 pts, 1-8 FG, 0-5 3FG, 4-4 FT, 10 asts, 2 rebs, 2 stls, 3 TOs
Posted by aloneconformist at 2:05 AM
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
ROCKETS 113, MAVERICKS 111
By Associated Press April 26, 2005
DALLAS -- Yao Ming scored 33 points on 13-of-14 shooting -- with his only miss arguably being more of a turnover -- and Tracy McGrady added 28, but it was their spectacular baskets in the final 1:07 that mattered most in the Houston Rockets' thrilling 113-111 victory over the Dallas Mavericks last night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round NBA playoff series.
The Rockets trailed, 102-95, with 5:36 left, when McGrady hit a jumper that sparked an 11-3 run that gave Houston a 106-105 lead. When the Mavericks tied it at 109, the dynamic duo came through again, with McGrady driving to the rim, then slipping the ball to Yao for an easy dunk with 1:06 left.
Dallas tied it again, though, when Dirk Nowitzki -- who broke out of his series-long slump midway through the fourth quarter -- faked McGrady several times and nailed a jumper from the free throw line with 10.4 seconds left.
McGrady, however, never hesitated. Not even looking to the bench for a possible timeout, he inbounded the ball, got it back right away and went to the top right of the 3-point line. Setting up behind a Yao screen, he buried a long 2-pointer, then made a sneering gesture as the Mavericks called time.
Given one last chance to salvage a split at home, Dallas failed when Michael Finley missed a decent look from near the top of the key.
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Posted by aloneconformist at 6:18 PM
Friday, April 22, 2005
Friday, April 15, 2005
By Scoop Jackson, www.ESPN.com
Let's say there was no color issue; let's say everyone in America was green. Green like the dollar bill. Green with envy.
Now let's say there's a group of people, all green, all American, standing at a bus stop on their way to work. The bus pulls up, driver opens the door and the bus driver says, "Good morning everyone! You all know the drill ... dark green people to the back, light green people sit in the front."
Jermaine O'Neal's taking a lot of heat -- for simply asking questions.
At some point we all knew it would come to this. But it didn't have to come to this. The "R." Racism. The word. Groundhogged it's ugly little head again. This time out of the mouth of Jermaine O'Neal. His words inexact: "Racism is part of the NBA's [David Stern's] reason to implement an age restriction on entering the league." I'm paraphrasing. But the point is out. And once out, it stays out, like the cork on the Verve Cliquot.
Somewhere in Toronto, outside the U.S., Jermaine O'Neal got caught off guard, and caught up. Someone asked him a question. An American question. Unparaphrasing. "Is it because you guys are black that the league is trying to put an age limit on the draft?"
The question demanded an answer. A real one. Not one of those scripted, toeing-the-company-line responses. So Jermaine gave the Charles Barkley answer. The Isiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman-on-Larry Bird answer. He gave the answer that many needed to hear, but hundreds were afraid to say. For lack of misunderstanding and misquotes, O'Neal basically called David Stern's intent to mandate an age requirement for induction into the NBA race related.
Then came the drama.
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Posted by aloneconformist at 12:40 AM