Playing with five fouls, Sheed and his clutch baskets late in the 4th quarter (along with Billups' FTs) won the game and series for the defending champs.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a
Spurs-Pistons NBA Finals.
Call it the Anti-Bandwagon: The hot trend today is to proclaim
how uninterested you are in an NBA Finals between Detroit and
(In fact, I believe it was this column at the start of the conference
finals that said that Spurs-Pistons would be the worst NBA Finals
Finals? No, it's "Whine-als."
Everyone is so quick to love the Patriots, yet here are the two NBA
teams who most resemble the Pats (teamwork, fundamentals, clutch,
smart), and just because it ain't sexy, there's no love.
That's so wrong.
Hate is such a wasted effort. Why bother?
You're going to watch anyway, so why not embrace the
pain and enjoy yourself?
It's like Darth Vader: You think it's all evil, but
like Natalie Portman says, "There's some good left in
It's easy to gripe. It's harder to find the good
things about this Finals series. But it'll be way more
rewarding (and fun) to watch if you do.
(See Big 5 for some ideas.)
Heat: What Next?
The Dwyeam is over. Wade was a riveting 5/6 FG in the
3rd quarter, but then faded in the 4th (0-6 FG). Yes, it was the
The 2005 Playoffs were Wade's breakout into the NBA's Top 5 most
popular players, but that rib will always have Heat fans saying "What
What about Shaq? Despite a personal series-high 27 points, Shaq
was foiled by the Pistons for a second straight June.
Let's hope he's ticked off enough to demand offseason personnel moves
that will nudge the Miami past Detroit.
Why don't regular fans care? Perhaps the delayed
gratification. If NFL draftees spent four years in the minors, the NFL
Draft would suck, too.
Meanwhile, the most interesting thing I read this weekend was a story
in the NY Times about how the conventional (Moneyball) wisdom that
college players are better draft bets than high schoolers is
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StL Cards: Beat Red Sox (they couldn't do it in October?)
Best indicator? Prep sensation Justin Upton (brother of star D-Rays
prospect B.J.) is in the mix for the D'backs' No. 1 overall pick,
along with three college pitchers.
Continuing yesterday's hot office game: Who can make the least
tenuous connection within these so-called interleague
D.C. playing real Moneyball
Furthest rivalry ever?
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Rejected! Supreme Court refuses to hear a Title
IX-related lawsuit from bitter guy wresters.
"Legal analysis": Sorry, guys, but don't hate on the women just
because you chose the wrong sport.
Settled! Clinton Portis will pay ex-teammate Ifeanyi Ohalete
$18K to settle a lawsuit that Portis owed money over a jersey
"Legal analysis": Old wisdom was that jersey numbers are
precious. New wisdom: Changing jersey numbers increases
Interesting topic in Monday's Morning Quickie chat
(9-10 a.m. ET, SportsNation):
How much of the Nats unlikely first-place success can be attributed to
players performing better because of newfound fan support?
SABR folks have long tracked "Ballpark Effect," but "Fan Effect" is
totally unquantifiable, but a decent workplace argument.
Could players be so fragile that a few more fans cheering make them
play better -- or even win more? I'm hopeful, but dubious.
SN: Rosenhaus Chat
It's no Morning Quickie, but be sure to stop by for
today's chat with Drew Rosenhaus, where the best question might
"Do you care that people think you're a source of all evil?"
Queer Eye: Red Sox
As if the Red Sox haven't already become the most
nauseating post-championship collection in sports, here comes Queer
Red Sox Nation must be bursting with Fever Pitch-like pride
that their heroes are starring on Queer Eye for the Straight
By now, mainstream fans nationally have come to loathe the Red Sox
even more than the Yankees. For their part, the Sox have made it too
It's only Red Sox Nation's unshakeable depths of continued
self-loathing that keeps them from looking in the mirror and hating
Rookie sensations aren't supposed to carry their own groceries. Isn't that part of the deal? Can you win NL Rookie of the Year off a good April and May?
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That's right: It's June 7 and the Yankees are one game under .500. For
fans who loathe both the Yanks and Red Sox, today is one of the good