Monthly Archives: February 2013
By Michael Almonte
The defending-champion Miami Heat are playing like they want to repeat ripping off 12-straight wins that included an exciting double-overtime win over the Sacramento Kings 141-129 Tuesday night in Miami. The Heat finished the month of February going 12-1 led by their dynamic duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. James finished the month averaging 29.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists, shooting 64% from the field, which is the best mark of his career for any month, 80% at the free-throw line and 43% from the three-point line. Wade was spectular as well producing 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, shooting 53% from the field and led the NBA with 104 fourth quarter points. The 12-game winning streak is the second-longest in franchise history as the Heat have separated themselves from the rest of the East showcasing a 41-14 record. They are 23-5 at home and will face two tough challenges in their upcoming games. The Memphis Grizzlies come to Miami Friday night at 8:00 PM EST on ESPN before a Sunday afternoon affair at Madison Square Garden taking on the New York Knicks at 1:00 PM EST on ABC. The Heat dropped their first encounter with the Grizzlies back in early November and were destroyed in two meetings by the Knicks. March Madness is upon the NBA and the Heat are sending a message to the league that the title still goes through South Beach.
With this being the last week in February one of the biggest events in sports is right around the corner. That’s right, this means that March Madness is right around the corner, so let’s review some of the conference leaders.
Though the American East conference is not exactly most known for it’s basketball teams the Stony Brook Seawolves are having a great season. They are on top of the American East with only two games left in the season.
Earlier this month, 15-year NBA veteran, former Phoenix Suns GM, and current TNT analyst Steve Kerr(@SteveKerrTNT) tweeted the following: “Big Ten basketball = SEC football. Best conference in the country and it’s not close.”
That is coming from a former PAC-12 college standout with 5 NBA championship rings, most of those coming while playing alongside a guy named Michael Jordan. This is a man who knows good basketball when he sees it, and like it or not, Big Ten basketball is good basketball again.
By Mike Almonte,
Otto Porter Jr., 6’8, Sophomore, Forward, Georgetown Hoyas
Otto Porter Jr. is establishing himself as another great player in the storied history of Georgetown putting together a great sophomore season averaging 15.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, shooting 49% from the field and 75% at the free-throw line. His great play has helped No. 11 Georgetown to a 20-4 record and 10-3 mark in Big East play. Porter has scored double-figures in 20 games, produced five 20-point games with the Hoyas going 4-1 in those games and recorded six double-doubles. Porter’s NBA Draft stock is rising with the Big East and NCAA Tournament coming up looking to lead the Hoyas to the Final Four for the first time since 2007.
By Michael Almonte,
The NBA received some sad news Monday with the passing of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss who passed away at the age of 80 leaving behind one an incredible legacy. Buss turned the Lakers franchise into one of the most recognizable and popular teams in the world. Buss bought the team in 1979 and the Lakers under him won 19 Pacific Division titles, 16 Western Conference Championships and 10 NBA Championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010) in his 34 seasons. The 10 championships won are the most by any owner in NBA history. Buss turned the game of basketball into an entertainment event at the Great Western Forum in the 1980’s bringing in the Laker girls and having celebrities sitting courtside watching “Showtime” lead the way led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Lakers of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s featured the dynamic duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Buss had a vision and put it into action establishing himself as one of the best owners in all of professional sports He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.