Game two was such a blowout, why not have another in game three? Except this time it was the San Antonio Spurs that put the whooping on the Miami Heat. The Stack is here to talk about all of that and more so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, June 12:
Spurs romp Heat to take 2-1 NBA Finals lead
The San Antonio Spurs responded to the blowout loss they suffered in game two with a blowout of their own in game three against the Miami Heat. Thanks to a shooting barrage from three point land, the Spurs destroyed the Heat 113-77 to take a 2-1 series lead. It's the third largest blowout in NBA Finals history. San Antonio set an NBA Finals record with sixteen three point field goals. They shot 50 percent from three. That's sensational! Danny Green is playing out of his mind. He made seven three pointers on just nine shots. Add to that his five-for-five from three in game two and Green is twelve for his last fourteen from three. At some point you have to think he's going to cool off and when the Spurs need a three point basket either from him or someone else on the team they won't get it. Right now for Green though, the basket looks gigantic and he feels like he can't miss. Whatever he throws in will go down. It was also an especially impressive performance Spurs guard Gary Neal as well. Who you ask? Who indeed. Neal, a little known point guard from Towson who hasn't spent much time in the NBA dropped 24 points, going six for ten from three himself. The Spurs were sensational. If you told anyone that Tony Parker would only score six points and get injured and the Spurs would rout the Heat by 36 points, no one would have believed you. It's just that simple.
The Heat certainly played their part in this blowout or didn't play depending on how you want to look at it. LeBron James in particular was horrible. You expect superstars to step up in the NBA Finals, especially the MVP of the league. James had just fifteen points. He's been held under twenty points in each game of the finals so far. That just won't do. Pretty pathetic performance from James and the Heat in general.
Having said all that, I think the Heat still are in good shape to win this series. The Heat must take the same approach that the Spurs did after they were blown out. Put it behind them and come out angry with something to prove in game four. The first quarter of game four will be most important. I bet we see a different Heat team Thursday night.
Stanley Cup Final preview
A highly anticipated Stanley Cup Finals awaits hockey fans this year in this lockout shortened season. The best team in hockey from the opening puck drop, the Chicago Blackhawks out of the western conference take on the Boston Bruins, the hottest team in hockey right now, out of the eastern conference.
The Blackhawks have great depth. They have star players in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Players can step up at any point in any situation this postseason. Kane hasn't scored very many goals this postseason, yet the team continues to roll. Why? Because of guys like Bryan Bickell. Bickell scored nine goals in the regular season. He has eight alone in the playoffs. He's going to be paid pretty handsomely come the offseason. The Blackhawks also have seen Corey Crawford play fantastic this postseason. He's made some incredible saves and come up big when the team has needed him to.
Boston isn't too shabby themselves. They have terrific skill players in Brad Marchand, who may be the fastest player on either team. David Krejci has played phenominal so far this postseason with nine goals and twelve assists. Plus the large looming presence of defenseman Zdeno Chara makes Boston awfully intimidating. They are fantastic playing even strength, definitely the better of the two teams. Boston's power play isn't great, but it is much better than a couple of years ago when they won the cup. And while they don't have Tim Thomas in net this year, Tuukka Rask has played very well in net with a 1.75 GAA. He's going to have to be good against the Blackhawks and their offensive attack, but pretty sure he can handle it.
As most of you know, I'm not great with picking champions. Have bad luck picking the winners. The Blackhawks are the best team in hockey for a reason. But the Boston Bruins seem like a team of destiny ever since they came back from three goals down with ten minutes to go in the third period of game seven in the first round to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs. They've lost one game since then. Their confidence is sky high. It truly seems like destiny is on their side.
Pick: Bruins in 6
Boston will be lifting Lord Stanley's Cup when it is all said and done. The conference finals were not very exciting. Here's hoping we have a long, great series that goes six or seven games. Game one is tonight at 8 PM ET on NBC.
Other news yesterday includes Tim Tebow practicing for the first time with the New England Patriots. He gave a statement after practice and didn't take any questions. There was a brawl last night between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers that included superstar Yasiel Puig who was ejected. And USA soccer beat Panama 2-0. Big win for them.
Coming up Thursday: Game 1 Stanley Cup Finals recap plus U.S. Open preview