The Stack is here today and there are a few things to talk about besides NBA playoff basketball though that is predominantly the top story, so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, April 24:
Warriors run away from Nuggets
In the most amazing performance of the night, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors shot lights out and ran the Denver Nuggets out of the building with a 131-117 victory to even the series up 1-1. Curry led the way with 30 points, but overall the Warriors had four players score at least 20 points. Oh, and they also shot 56 percent from three going 14 for 25 and 64.6% overall. What?!! Did Denver even decide to play defense last night? The Warriors were in the zone, but even in a zone Denver still could play some defense. This was an unbelievable performance by the Warriors who did this by the way without David Lee. Obviously if the Warriors shoot this well they'll win the series, but there is no way you can expect them to shoot this well again. What an an amazing performance by the Warriors. I'm not going to be a prisoner of the moment and say that they are going to win this series now, but they've found something by taking those outside shots. Denver could be in some trouble. This series has a good chance of going the distance and Denver will respond, but last night, wow! What a performance by the Warriors.
Knicks, Heat take 2-0 series lead
Behind one of the worst second half performances we've seen in a long time, the New York Knicks handed the Boston Celtics a second straight defeat in their series, beating the Celtics 87-71. The Knicks offense struggled in the first, but J.R. Smith, sixth man of the year, helped keep the Knicks in it trailing by six at half. Then in the second half the Knicks turned it up a notch on defense, stifling the Celtics offense. 23 points is all the Celtics could muster...in the second half! The Celtics struggled in the second half of game one. Game two was de ja vu. They scored 25 points in the second half in game one. Fact of the matter is that they just do not have the great players to get open shots and make buckets. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are the leaders, but at their age they need some help. With Rajon Rondo out, the Celtics lack a point guard who can get others open shots on a consistent basis. The Celtics can definitely turn this around going back to Boston, but they need others to step up or this series that a lot of people saw going seven could go four or five.
The best team in the NBA had to work a little harder last night, but was able to come out with a win. Thanks to a 12-0 run to open the fourth quarter, the Miami Heat knocked off the Milwuakee Bucks 98-86 to take a 2-0 series lead. The Heat look bored in this series. They're toying with the Bucks. That's why the Bucks have been able to hang around in this series, but when Miami wants to play, wants to try, they'll have no problem with the Bucks. They may already be looking ahead even. The Bucks are giving it their all, but they are just no match for this Heat squad.
Tonight's NBA playoff schedule is as follows...
Houston Rockets @ Oklahoma City Thunder 7 PM ET TNT (Thunder lead series 1-0)
Atlanta Hawks @ Indiana Pacers 7:30 PM ET NBA TV (Pacers lead series 1-0)
L.A. Lakers @ San Antonio Spurs 9:30 PM ET TNT (Spurs lead series 1-0)
College football playoff gets a name
For years college football fans have been begging for a playoff. Playoffs would be way better than the crappy bowls we have to watch right now. Well starting in 2015, fans will get their wish with a playoff, though it will be just four teams. The name of the playoff? "College Football Playoff." Oh how original! Thank goodness the NCAA put in a lot of time and effort into making this decision. It's as though the NCAA is telling fans, "look we got you a playoff that you wanted, but we don't care for it and we're lazy so here you go." Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, has been awarded as the site for the first national championship game. It's going to be a real exciting time for college football, way better than the bowl season which is a lot of garbage. Just wish the NCAA felt the same way.
NFL schedule thoughts
The NFL schedule was released last Thursday and it did not disappoint. From the opening game, Baltimore @ Denver, to the Thanksgiving Day games (Green Bay @ Detroit, Oakland @ Dallas, Pittsburgh @ Baltimore), and everything in between, the NFL did a great job putting this schedule together. There are some fantastic primetime games. Over the next couple of months starting next week, I'll look at each team's schedule and highlight a few interesting facts and notes on the team's schedule. It's an exciting time in the NFL.
Coming up Thursday: NFL Draft preview