It seems like James Harden and the Houston Rockets received the email I sent them about “how to beat Golden State.” Naw, not really. But, I have been preaching that Houston was not going to beat Golden State the way that they played in game-1. Too much one-on-one, and not enough ball movement. That helped, but Golden State not being red-hot will always help too. Whatever the reason, I’m sure the Rockets will take it as they head up to Oakland tied at 1 to play games 3-4 in front of what will surely be a loud and rowdy Oracle Arena crowd full of Warriors fans. All the Rockets need to do is fins a way to win one of the two games in Oakland. If they can manage to do that, this series will get a whole lot more interesting than it already is.
The Rockets were led by James Harden and Eric Gordon last night who both dropped in 27 pts. The Rockets had five players score in double digits last night, including 22 pts by forward PJ Tucker which turned out to be a nice unexpected surprise for the home team. Big man Clint Capela was held to 5 points, but he did snatch 10 rebounds. The Warriors were once again led by Kevin Durant who had 38 pts. Steph Curry had 16. The Warriors didn’t really get much help from anyone else. Let’s be honest here. The Warriors are known to play games like this every now and then. It’s almost like they get bored out there, so they give away a game or two to make it a little interesting. Even with Houston’s big hoe victory last night, I’m not convinced that they can beat Golden State in a seven game series. I’m not sure the Rockets believe it either. I think they were relieved to get this one win under their belts. Maybe I’m wrong. We will see Sunday night in Golden State.
Former Secretary Of State, Rex Tillerson spoke to upcoming graduates of the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA this afternoon. Tillerson seemed to be throwing a few shots at his former boss and the current administration occupying the White House. Tillerson spoke about “leaders concealing the truth” as they attempt to create “alternate realities” that are not “grounded in facts.” If you recall, Tillerson was unceremoniously fired in a disrespectful fashion…….by Tweet. Those facts removes the question of IF Tillerson was taking shots at Trump during this speech. He was. But it does bring up the question……why now? Why didn’t you do anything to help remove him when you were standing alongside the “dangerous” people who are attempting to create “alternate realities” with the lies they tell to the American people? Why try to separate yourself from the pack now? Because you no longer work there, do you now believe that you are no longer included in the swamp that is attempting to bring the American Democracy to its knees? Sorry Rex, too little, too late for me. You should’ve had the heart to speak up when you had the chance. History will not remember you as some hero who did “the right thing.” History will remember you as another swamp monster who tried to sell America to the highest bidder. The only difference between you and the current administration, is that you got fired. If you had not been fired, you would’ve continued to swim in the swamp. And please spare me the bullsh*t line about “you stayed in your position out of fear that he would put someone else there.” Tell that crap to someone else. If you had any shred of decency in your body, you would not have willingly jumped into a basket full of deplorables in the first place! When you play in mud you get dirty. Point blank. So, save the holier-than-thou crap for someone who buys that type of sh*t. I am not one of them. Here’s the video of Rex’s speech:
Video Courtesy: PBS News Hour
HENRY COUNTY, GA
Rapper T.I was arrested while attempting to gain entry into the gated community he lives and owns a home in, during the early hours of Wednesday morning. USA Today (@USATODAY) reports, Henry County Deputy Police Chief, Mike Ireland said a security guard called police to Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, about 30 minutes southeast of Atlanta, around 4am. The security guard said that he’d allegedly been in an argument with T.I, who had lost his key. T.I was attempting to enter the gated community so he could return to the home he owns with his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris and the couples’ children.
When the police arrived, T.I was arrested and charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness. He was booked and released on $2,250 bail. T.I’s lawyer, Steve Sadow said that T.I identified himself to the security guard and phoned his wife, waking her up from her sleep to have her confirm his identity to the security guard.
“The guard continued to refuse entry without justification. Words were exchanged and apparently, the guard and/or supervisor called the police. When the police arrived, they were not interested in hearing Tip’s side of the story and wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting Tip.” T.I’s lawyer, Steve Sadow said in a statement to NBC affiliate 11Alive.
The 2018 NBA draft lottery took place in Chicago before last night’s game-2 Eastern Conference Finals game between the Cleveland Cavs and Boston Celtics. Many teams were hoping for a top-3 draft pick this season after the trash season they had last year, including the host Chicago Bulls. In the end, there can only be one team to snatch that top pick and hopefully grab a young player who will become the new face of the franchise. That team was the Phoenix Suns. Here is the rest of the top 10:
EAST LANSING, MI
$500 million sounds like a lot of money. But when you take a few things into consideration, that number begins to feel a little small. 1) There are at least 332 young women (that we know of) who Larry Nassar raped, molested, or sexually assaulted. All while serving as a doctor for the university and United States Olympics physician. 2) The amounts of money that a University like Michigan State takes in on a yearly basis from tuition, sports ticket sales, donations from alumni and other multi-million dollar donors, and multiple other sources of yearly income, are mind-boggling and surely run up into the billions of dollars on a yearly basis. $500 million is basically nothing to them. 3) Over the years, multiple young women came forward to report sexual assaults against Nassar. The university never made a move against Nassar or fired him, until his dirty deeds were made public…….years after his early assaults were reported to university officials. If you take all of this into consideration, Michigan State is probably feeling pretty damn good after coming up off of a half-a-billi in settlement payments this afternoon. Kind of crazy to think that someone would be happy about paying out $500 million in settlements huh?
The New York Times (@NYTimes) reports, Victims of Larry Nassar will receive $500 million from Michigan State University in a settlement announced on Wednesday. The agreement reached with lawyers representing 332 of Nassar’s victims, was approved on Tuesday by the university’s trustees. Officials said the settlement must still be finalized.
“This historic settlement came about through the bravery of more than 300 women and girls who had the courage to stand up and refused to be silenced. It is the sincere hope of all of the survivors that the legacy of this settlement will be far-reaching institutional reform that will end the threat of sexual assault in sports, schools, and throughout our society.” John Manly (pictured above), one of the lawyers of the victims said on Wednesday.
Nassar currently sits in a federal prison rotting away while serving multiple 100+ year prison sentences for his crimes. Some state, some federal.
The Cleveland Cavs pretty much played the game they had been hoping to play last night in Boston. Lebron James dropped a triple-double. Kevin Love had a nice night. And Cleveland even got a little help from a couple of role players. Boston still beat the Cavs 107-94. The Cavs held a lead for most of the game, but the Celtics fought back. I honestly don’t know if this will get any better for the Cavs back in Cleveland. Boston may be a team of destiny this year. Can you imagine what will happen if the Celtics beat the Cavs and then go on to beat the mighty Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals? The city of Boston will probably go crazy. Climbing up street poles and shit. The national story will be “The underdogs did it! A team full of no-name players, playing without two of its star players won a championship!” Can you even begin to imagine the headlines? A thing like this has never happened in the history of sports!………Oh, wait a minute. This exact thing has already happened. Remember the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl earlier this year, without at least three of its star players? You don’t remember? I do! I always will! That feeling I felt during the Eagles improbable run to a Super Bowl victory, is the same type of feel I’m getting from this Boston Celtics team. Nobody thinks they can beat the Cavs, and even if they do, there is no way they will beat Golden State. The same was said about the Eagles before they smashed the Minnesota Vikings then went on to beat the mighty New England Patriots in Super Bowl five-deuce. So, I ask you……how crazy is it to believe that the Boston Celtics may be the Philadelphia Eagles of the NBA this year??
Lebron James had 19 points in the first quarter to help the Cavs jump out to an early lead. A hot-shooting Kevin Love helped the Cavs hold that lead for most of the game. Then Boston fought back to tie the game. Once Boston got the lead they took control of the game and never let the Cavs back in it. It’s much too early to count the Cavs out of this series. Especially when you consider that they have two straight games coming up at home. Boston took care of business on their home court, just like they were supposed to. If Cleveland does the same, the series will head back to Boston for game-5 right back where it began…..tied. So don’t count a Lebron James-led Cavs team out just yet. But Damn! It’s pretty tough to believe that Cleveland will figure out this Boston defense, suddenly start playing with some hustle and urgency, and play like they care, just because they’re at home for two games. Who knows? Maybe coming home will light a fire under their asses…..maybe not.
Rising young super-star, Jaylen Brown led the way for the home team, dropping in 23 points. Al Horford came up big again with 15 pts and 10 rebounds. And a very important player for the Celtics, who may go unnoticed by some, came up big again last night. Marcus Smart had 11 pts, 9 ast. and 5 steals in 31 minutes of action. That stat line is cool, but Smart’s importance to this Celtics team goes far beyond his stats. If there’s a loose ball on the ground, Smart is there. When you see someone sacrificing their body to take a charge against a player twice his size and weight, it was likely Marcus Smart. And when you see someone never giving up on a play and coming up with a huge steal or rebound, it was probably Marcus Smart who did it. Don’t underestimate how much Marcus Smart being out there on the floor plays into the success of this Boston Celtics team. Bron had a triple double for the Cavs last night 42 pts. 10 reb. 12 ast. Kevin Love had 22 pts and 15 rebs. and Tristan Thompson had 8 pts and 7reb. Kyle Korver dropped in 11 pts. off the bench. Rodney Hood had 2 points in 11 minutes on the floor. Larry Nance Jr. had a donut in 11 minutes of action. Jeff Green had 6 pts. in 28 minutes of action. And sometimey-sharp-shooter, J.R Smith dropped as many points as I did last night in 27 minutes on the floor. Question: WHERE IS JORDAN CLARKSON???