Thunder wallop Spurs 102-82, pull within 2-1
By JEFF LATZKE
Posted May 31 2012 11:33PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant scored 22 points, Thabo Sefolosha set playoff career-bests with 19 points and six steals, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped San Antonio’s 20-game winning streak by beating the Spurs 102-82 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.
Oklahoma City closed its series deficit to 2-1 and will host Game 4 on Saturday night.
Sefolosha threw a wrench in the Spurs’ well-oiled offense at the start, getting four steals in the first 3 minutes. The Spurs ended up committing a postseason-worst 21 turnovers and scoring their least points all season.
Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson led the Spurs with 16 points apiece. Tim Duncan had 11 points on 5-for-15 shooting, taking 11 of San Antonio’s first 25 shots as the offense went through the All-Star center instead of Parker.
Rihanna and Nicki Minaj have carved their own fashion lanes as they climb the music charts.
Although most of their looks are quite risky for the girl next door, many women use these pop sensations as fashion inspiration. Who do you think has the best style?
“We tried to get everything solidified but Jive said, ‘Naw.” he explained. “Then I was going to take Dre off and make my own version [of Lookin for Ya], but then I thought, ‘No. F–k that. If he can’t be on it, then I’m not using it.” – Big Boi speaking of issues with Jive Records and Def Jam.
It’s clear that Jive Records nor Def Jam knew what they were doing when they didn’t let ‘Looking For Ya‘ with Big Boi, Andre 3000 and Sleepy Brown make the album cut. Surely the record sales for the critically acclaimed ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot the Son of Chico Dusty’ album, which is far indeed better than a lot of albums coming from some of ‘today’s’ favorite rappers. Does Big Boi have a right to be pissed? Heck yeah he does. Think about it. No Outkast album has sold less anything less than platinum. And if 1 million is flop (speaking of the Idlewild soundtrack) then that’s the best-selliing flop in hip hop history.
Check out ‘Lookin 4 Ya’ by Big Boi featuring Andre 3000 and Sleepy Brown.
Heat overcome Rondo, top Boston 115-111 in Game 2
By TIM REYNOLDS
Posted May 31 2012 4:03AM
MIAMI (AP) Rajon Rondo posted a stat line never before seen in NBA playoff history. He was on the court for every second of a game that finished more than three hours after it started. He scored more points in a single overtime than anyone this season.
His night was called incredible, amazing and unbelievable – and that was by the Miami Heat.
And when it was over, Rondo could only express disappointment that the Boston Celtics needed more.
LeBron James scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored eight of his 23 points in overtime and the Heat took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a 115-111 win over the Celtics on Wednesday night, overcoming what will surely go down as the best game of Rondo’s career to move within six wins of an NBA title.
“We lost,” Rondo said, shrugging off talk of the historical ramifications of his night. “Simple as that.”
Rondo’s final numbers: 44 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds. He scored all 12 of Boston’s overtime points, giving the Celtics the lead three times, only to have the Heat answer each of those. And when he finally missed in the extra session – on a play where Rondo said he got struck in the face by Wade – then and only then could Miami put Boston away.
Game 3 is Friday night in Boston, where the Celtics will try to make this a series. No Celtics team has successfully rallied from an 0-2 hole since 1969.
Parker leads Spurs to 2-0 series lead
By CHRIS DUNCAN
Posted May 30 2012 4:18AM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs are making this look way too easy.
Parker had 34 points and eight assists, Manu Ginobili added 20 points and the Spurs stayed perfect in the playoffs with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night.
So far, the Spurs have turned a hotly anticipated matchup between the league’s top two scoring teams into a lopsided mismatch more befitting of an early round.
Game 3 is Thursday night in Oklahoma City, and the Thunder can only hope that a change of venue throws San Antonio out of its groove. The Spurs put on an offensive clinic for three quarters on Tuesday night, shooting 60 percent and building a 22-point lead.
“We like to play like that,” said Parker, who hit 16 of 21 shots. “That’s the way we play.”
The Spurs set an NBA record with their 20th consecutive victory bridging the regular season and the playoffs. They came in sharing the longest such streak with the 2000-01 Lakers, who won 19 straight before losing to Philadelphia in the first game of the finals.
Those Lakers went on to win the championship and Parker’s performance is yet another reason to think the Spurs will do the same.
“It’s great and it is a great run,” said Tim Duncan, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds. “But we are only worried about the next two wins in this series. That is all that matters, at this point.”
The Thunder made a late surge to get within six points, but Parker, Ginobili and Duncan helped San Antonio finish them off. Oklahoma City is 5-0 at home in the playoffs, but only 14 teams have come back from 2-0 deficits to win a series in NBA playoff history.
Seems that the 7th Day Adventist community critics aren’t quite impressed with or welcoming of actress Meagan Good, soon to be ‘first lady’ and wife of 7th Day Adventist preacher (and movie producer) DeVon Franklin. The 30-year-old actress performed a burlesque dance at the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada amongst family and friends, as she’s gearing up for her nuptial. However, the ‘saints’ aren’t so pleased about that, feeling that Good isn’t quite the fit for a ‘first lady’.
The actress when on TWITTER to defend her Burlesque performance.
“Let’s get something straight … I wasn’t half naked last night … I was actually very covered up,not showing any more than I show when I dress up to go to events and let’s get something else straight .. I’m an actress, there will be many things narrow minded people deem unholy or not 1st lady like. But this is not so it’s about your relationship with God and your personal convictions …if you see footage you will see I was covered up having fun dancing and enjoying my self with my friends and family and absolutely not doing a striptease …smh people are ridiculous .. Can’t a girl enjoy her bachelorette party in peace?”
Check out the video below. Would Jesus be mad?
Saturday morning, I was just arguing with a guy in the barbershop about the Paul Williams/ Saul (Canelo) Alvarez bout and the very next day such a tragic accident happened. I’ve seen Paul Williams fight so many times, I almost feel like I know the man personally. According to NyDailyNews.com, On Sunday May 27th 2012, Williams was traveling 75 miles per hour when the car hit him. Paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, his upcoming fight and his boxing career is not important anymore. His recovery and mental state is what us fans should now be concerned about. He is now going through a tough battle outside the ring and Paul Williams, I salute you as a survivor. Stay strong and much blessings from E-SUN and The Martacard family.
Unfortunately on the same day, boxing great Johnny Tapia was found dead… R.I.P. Johnny Tapia
James scores 32 as Heat run past Celtics in Game 1
By TIM REYNOLDS
Posted May 29 2012 3:46AM
MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade grabbed a rebound, turned and fired a 90-foot pass to LeBron James to set up one of the easiest scores the Miami Heat had all night.
Yes, James and Wade are clicking – at the perfect time.
James scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Wade scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Heat beat the Boston Celtics 93-79 on Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The stars were stars, and the role players more than did their parts as well, with the Heat enjoying a 48-33 edge in rebounds, blocking 11 shots and never trailing.
“One down. And they still have an opportunity in Game 2 to accomplish what they want to,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, referring to how Boston can still grab home-court advantage by winning Game 2. “At times it was a strange game. Some good runs, both teams. We felt we could have played better and I’m sure they felt the same thing.”
Shane Battier had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who wasted an early 11-point first-half lead, then gave up 35 second-quarter points before running away to break a halftime tie – getting going with a 9-2 run early in the third, that Wade-to-James touchdown pass part of the flurry.
“We didn’t play our best game,” James said. “And we want to just try to continue to get better throughout the series.”
Kevin Garnett had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which got 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists from Rajon Rondo and 12 points from Paul Pierce. Ray Allen shot just 1 for 7 from the floor for Boston, which was outscored by 10 in the first quarter and 11 in the third.
“On the road, you can’t have two quarters of lulls,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Miami.
Johnny Tapia, a prizefighter who won world titles in three weight classes in a chaotic life that included jail, struggles with mental illness, suicide attempts and five times being declared clinically dead as a result of drug overdoses, was found dead at his home in Albuquerque on Sunday. He was 45.
After the San Antonio Spurs knock off the Oklahoma City Thunder, I’m going to collect my money asap. My co-worker has been riding with the Thunder all season, but I didn’t give up on my Spurs. In fact, once I get paid, I’m going to place an order for a daybed ensemble at Daybeds.com. I usually don’t spend my money on furniture, but since this was unexpected cash, I’ll try something different. Spurs in six!
Happy Memorial Day
The girls are eager and ready for the camping trip. This is going to be Mya’s first time experiencing the wilderness and she’s very excited. Our team, along with a couple of sponsors generated enough money to buy tents and a few out-door sleeping bags. We are headed to North Georgia and we have a lot of activities planned for the kids. Happy Memorial Day to all of you and a special shout out the the United States troops!!
Spurs get ‘nasty’ to take 1-0 lead over Thunder
By PAUL J. WEBER
Posted May 28 2012 3:35AM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Trailing in the fourth quarter, Gregg Popovich snarled an order in the huddle that the NBA Coach of the Year punctuated with a sharp and angry sweep of his hand.
“I want some nasty!”
But truthfully, Popovich was already getting what he really wanted: the San Antonio Spurs finally in a game they might actually lose.
Popovich’s caught-on-camera “nasty” command in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals is likely coming soon to T-shirts, Internet memes and the lexicon of the NBA playoffs for the foreseeable future. But after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-98 on Sunday night for their 19th win in a row – tying the NBA record for longest winning streak kept alive in the playoffs – Popovich wasn’t flustered by the near-loss.
He was almost grateful for it.
“We wanted it about 15 games ago,” Popovich said. “At least I did.”
Manu Ginobili scored 26 points as the Spurs escaped a tantalizing near-upset for the young Thunder, who came closer than anyone to beating the Spurs for the first time in 46 days. But a nine-point lead didn’t last after the famously mercurial 63-year-old Popovich huddled his lagging team together in the fourth and told them to “get nasty.”
“I said that?” Popovich said afterward.
A nationally television audience heard it.
“The heat of the game, stuff comes up,” Popovich said. “So I talked to them about they’ve got to get a little bit uglier, get a little more nasty, play with more fiber and take it to these guys. Meaning you have to drive it, you have to shoot it.”
And when they did, the Thunder couldn’t keep up.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points. Russell Westbrook had 17, and insisted he was OK after taking a spill that was nasty in its own right – face first, bracing his fall with his hands and sitting under the basket for more than a minute while the entire Thunder bench walked across the court to check on their All-Star point guard.
“I shot good shots, made good passes,” Durant said. “Unfortunately, we lost.”
After being held to just 16 third-quarter points, San Antonio scored 39 in the fourth. Westbrook chalked it up to a defensive breakdown that “got out of hand” but it still left the Thunder in search of the road win they’ll need to in this series to reach the NBA finals for the first time since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2009.
Game 2 is Tuesday night.
We are looking around the city of Atlanta for a nice location for the new studio. We want a nice comfortable, secluded place where we can blast our music without annoying the neighbors. We are leaning towards getting a house this time. The outer banks homes for sale listing has some nice houses for very low prices. There are so many foreclosures available we are having a hard time choosing one.
I went to look for a job this week and it seems like every application asked for permission to perform a personal background check. I felt like if I selected no, I wouldn’t qualify for the job. I am fortunate that my past didn’t come back to haunt me. I’ve done a few things back in the day, but I am one of the lucky ones. Young people, make sure you clean up your act now so you won’t have to pay later.
I Bought my mother a vase for Mother’s Day. Since she’s out of town, I thought it would be a good idea to mail it to her. I used packaging supplies to make sure that her gift would arrive safe and secure. I wish I could have saw her face when she received her gift. In fact, she shared some pictures on Facebook, so I did see it. Thank God for express mail!
In a few weeks, my husband and I are having the Pacquiao vs Bradley fight party. Along with all of the things we purchased, we are very excited about our new 48″ flat screen tv with wall mount. It hangs very nicely just like the pictures on the wall. Now my husband and his friends can watch the fight in style. Oh yeah, Pacquiao in 6!!
Recently my grandma was in a bad car accident. She broke a few bones but luckily she’s still here. While she’s rehabbing her injuries, the doctor recommended a knee walker. It’s the best thing since slice cheese. Make’s it very easy for her to get around on her broken leg. Now she’s mobile again and no longer have to depend on others to take her places. She’s on her own pace again.
Wade scores 41, Heat eliminate Pacers 105-93
By PAUL NEWBERRY
Posted May 24 2012 10:53PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dwyane Wade scored 41 points, LeBron James added 28 and Miami finished off the Indiana Pacers, sending the Heat back to the Eastern Conference finals with a 105-93 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night.
Miami wrapped up the best-of-7 series and will face either Boston or Philadelphia in the next round starting Monday. Nothing less than an NBA title will make for a satisfying summer in South Beach.
Two series down, two to go.
The Heat rallied from an early 11-point deficit, riding the hot hand of Wade in the opening half. He scored 26 points by the break, tying Tim Hardaway’s 16-year-old franchise record for most playoff points in the first two quarters. James hit consecutive baskets with just over a minute remaining to close it out.
Don’t you hate it when you call a business and get a busy signal or no answer at all? That’s not good business! I don’t understand why this company doesn’t have an answering service! Communicating with your customer is very important especially in today’s tough economy. I am currently running promotional campaigns and I’m having a hard time trying to spend money. They better hope I don’t find another company that can get the job done.
At just 17-years-old Diggy Simmons is already well on his way to superstardom. The ex-reality show star turned burgeoning rapper has released a new video for his latest single “4 Letter Word.” In it we see Diggy singing to his love interest before she moves away leaving him heart broken.
Before the younger brother to Angela, Vanessa, and Jo Jo dropped his latest visual, he graced the cover of rollingout magazine. In celebration of our sit-down with the talented teen, we held a cover party offering fans a chance to meet and greet Diggy, and pose for pictures. Click here to check out pictures of our party with the Simmons son.
If you need to catch up on all things Diggy, click through to see his latest videos below.-danielle canada
76ers top Celtics to force Game 7 in East semis
By DAN GELSTON
Posted May 23 2012 11:08PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jrue Holiday scored 20 points, and Elton Brand had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the tough-and-determined Philadelphia 76ers past the Celtics, 82-75 on Wednesday night to send the Eastern Conference semifinals back to Boston for Game 7.
No team has won consecutive games in a series where neither team has played well enough to seize control.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo could be playing their last game together Saturday night if they can’t find a way to hang onto the ball and put away a Sixers team that won’t quit.
Former 76ers All-Star Allen Iverson earned a roaring standing ovation when he presented the game ball. By the end, the fans were on their feet for Holiday, Brand and Andre Iguodala for keeping the eighth-seeded Sixers alive for at least one more game.
The Celtics posted ugly numbers across the board: Blame the loss on the 33 percent shooting, the 17 turnovers or the 3 for 14 3-point shooting. Either way, there’s enough to go around.
Pierce had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Garnett had 20 points and 11 boards.
The Sixers again failed to put up the sparkling numbers in the box score usually required for a deep postseason run. They missed 8 of 9 3-pointers, shot a woeful 17 of 28 from the free throw line and had 12 turnovers.
But when the Sixers really needed that game-changing basket, there was Evan Turner twisting and fighting through defenders down the lane. When the Sixers needed a stop, there was Brand, ripping a rebound away from Boston, even with painful neck and shoulder injuries that keep him awake at night.
The Sixers wrote “Huddle Up and Fight” on their locker room chalkboard.
They did just that and are now one win away from reaching the conference finals for the first time since 2001.
Speaking with Dave Letterman on the Late Show With David Letterman, Hollywood actor Will Smith addressed the incident in which he slapped a Ukrainian reporter for trying to kiss him on the lips at the Moscow premiere of Men in Black III last week.
“I didn’t beat up a guy! No, no. I was in Moscow and … we’re doing an interview and he says, ‘Man …,’ he was a reporter and he says, ‘I’m your biggest fan, can I have a hug, please?’ ” he recalled to Letterman. “So I go to give this joker a hug and he tries to lean in to kiss me, you know? And … it’s just awkward, Dave.” (Late Show With David Letterman)
See the video clip below of Will giving the guy a backhand.
James and Wade lead Heat past Pacers, 115-83
By TIM REYNOLDS
Posted May 23 2012 4:26AM
MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade was bleeding after taking a smack in the head from Tyler Hansbrough, who became the target of a retaliatory shot from Udonis Haslem a few moments later.
When that was over, the Miami Heat kept hitting the Indiana Pacers where it mattered most – the scoreboard.
LeBron James scored 30 points, Wade added 28, and the Heat moved one win away from another trip to the Eastern Conference finals with a 115-83 victory over the hurting Pacers on Tuesday night, when three flagrant fouls added more intrigue to an already-physical series and Indiana watched starting forwards Danny Granger and David West leave with injuries.
“We’re in the flow,” James said. “We’re in a good flow right now. Guys know what it takes out on the floor to help us win and guys are always in position, both offensively and defensively.”
The Heat outscored Indiana 74-45 after Granger sprained his left ankle, and 86-58 after Wade took the shot from Hansbrough early in the second quarter. Miami leads the best-of-seven East semifinals 3-2, with Game 6 in Indianapolis on Thursday night.