After the Chicago Bulls were defeated 106-89 in game one on Satarday where the offense and defense struggled the need to find a way to slow down a hot offense. The Nets made 16 of 20 shots in the second, shooting 60 percent in the first half and opening a 60-35 lead. The Nets finished the season winning six of its final seven games of the regular season. Right now the Bulls are in bad shaped with injuries Derrick Rose still has yet to return and center Joakim Noah played a limited role coming back from his foot injury. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said “The thing is, we’re disappointed. We played poorly and we have to change the mentality. We have to correct the mistakes,” “Brooklyn’s a terrific team. They’ve been playing great down the stretch, they have good momentum going into the playoffs, they’re going to challenge you and we have to be ready to respond.” Game 2 will be played Monday, April 22 in Brooklyn at 8:00 PM ET.
It was announced that New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award. He will have his press conference and recieve the award this afternoon. Smith averaged 18.1 points this year coming off the bench and had 29 games scoring at least 20 points. He became the third player in Knicks history to win the award joining John Starks (96-97) and Anthony Mason (94-95). During the Knicks 13 game winning streak Smith scored 23.2 points per game on 49 percent shooting. Smith also had three straight 30-point games, it was the first time that was done by a bench player since Milwaukee’s Ricky Pierce in 1990. Smith finished strong in the second half of the season and ended the season leading all bench players in points per game (18.1). Jamal Crawford was second with 16.5 points per game.
The New York Jets have agreed to trade Cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tamba Bay Buccaneers for the 13th overall pick in Thursdays draft and a conditional pick in 2014. The Bucs also announced that they have signed Revis to a six year $96 million dollar contract with no guaranteed money. This deal makes him the highest paid defensive back in NFL history and the third highest non-quarterback player in the NFL. Revis was planned to make 6 million in the final year of his contract with the Jets. Having no guaranteed money he is betting on himself being only six months removed from his acl surgery and just cleared to run without any limitations last Monday. In the event that the Bucs decide to cut Revis they will owe him nothing but thar is highly unlikely. After being ranked last in pass defense last year the Bucs added deshawn goldson earlier this offseason and now Revis will help their secondary a lot in a pass heavy NFC south. The Bucs open up the season against the Jets in which Revis says he’ll be healthy enough to play.
The 2013 NFL draft will be held Wednesday, April 25th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Ravens hold the 32nd pick in the first round but they have a history of moving up and down the draft board. In 2010 they moved out of the first round and also did it again last year where they selected Courtney Upshaw with the 35th overall pick. The Ravens moved up to take Joe Flacco in 2008 and moved up again the next year in 2009 to draft tackle Michael Oher. Their biggest need is at safety, Inside linebacker, wide receiver, and left tackle. Here are some possible prospects they can take.
Keenan Allen– 6’2, 206,- He is drawing lots of comparisons to Anquan Bolden. After a great freshman year Allen took his game to another level catching 98 passes for 1,343 yards and six scores, earning First Team All-Pac-12 honors from the conference coaches. He has a long, tapered build with prototypical height for the position. Very good all-around athlete. Good initial quickness, balance and lateral agility.
Matt Elam– 5’10, 208,- A two-year starter as part of the Gators’ secondary, Matt Elam will put forward one of the best highlight reels of any prospect in this class due to his big hits and personality on the field. Plays close to the line of scrimmage or in the box very often. At his best when asked to make a play, either blitzing or one on one on the edge. Frequently assigned to cover the slot receiver.
Kevin Minter– 6’0, 246,- He was a very consistent player over the last two seasons. He led LSU with 111 tackles and 13.5 tackle for losses. Minter disappointed by running a 4.81 40-yard dash at the scouting combine, but he was able to shave that down to the 4.7 range at his pro day.
Jonathan Cyprien– 6’0, 217,- He is one of the best strong safeties in the draft this year. his stock rose on a lot of teams draft board after his strong showing at the Senior Bowl. He is a vocal leader with strong leadership qualities,a physical player, a good athlete, and has very good ball skills.
Rolando McClain signed with the Defending Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens not even two weeks ago and his future with the team is already in jeopardy. McClain was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Decatur, Alabama on Sunday. This is not his first issue with the law while in the NFL. He was involved in a shooting in Alabama in November 2011 in which he missed time with his former team the Oakland Raiders. In May of 2012 McClain was convicted of four misdemeanors; reckless endangerment, menacing, third-degree assault and firing a gun in the city limits, The charges were dropped after appealing the verdict. On January 8th of this year McClain was arrested and charged with violating rules on car window tint and trying to lie to police about his identity. He was also suspended for the first two games of last season for conduct detrimental to the team and loss his starting job midway through the season. In his three year career with Oakland he had tackles 246 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 interception and struggled in pass coverage.
The Miami Heat defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday 110-87. They now lead the series 1-0. Lebron James led the Heat with 27 points 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Ray Allen chipped in with 20 points and Dwayne Wade with 16. The Heat started out hot taking a nine point lead early in the first quarter. Then the Bucks with Brandon Jennings who led them with 26 points, kept it close in the first half only trailing by 7 at halftime. In the 3rd Miami blew the game open as they lead by as many as 25. The Heat had five players in double figures. Game two will be played on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 PM ET in Miami.
The NFL released the schedules for the 2013- 2014 season. The Ravens will open up the season on the road against the Denver Broncos who they defeated in the divisional round of the playoffs last season. They have four primtime games this year two on the road and two at home. They also play at home on Thanksgiving against divison rival the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is the second time in the last three seasons playing the night game at home on Thanksgiving. In week three they will host the Houston Texans and it is also the return of former Ravens Ed Reed who spent his his first eleven years in Baltimore. Week 15 they will play on the road on Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions. In week 16 the Ravens will be at home playing the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. It will be the 5th straight season playing the Patriots and the rematch of the AFC championship game.