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The Week that Was: Celtics Up 3-2, Strasburg-mania, World Cup Kicks Off

1ablog-natebigbabyx-inset-communityLast week was a huge week in sports. The Finals shifted back to Boston, where the series took another turn; the most hyped phenom in baseball made his debut a thing to remember and the biggest event of the world's most popular game kicked off in South Africa. Here's a look back at the week that was.

NBA Finals: Celtics-Lakers
As it stands now: Celtics up 3-2

Paul Pierce was heard at the end of a Celtics win in L.A. saying that the Celtics wouldn't come back there-meaning Boston would win the next three at home to take the series. Game 3 took care of that notion as the Lakers played inspired basketball, led by Derek Fisher's huge 4th quarter. Boston turned up the defensive intensity in Game 4 and got big bench games from Glen 'Big Baby' Davis and Nate Robinson to pull even. Last night, Kobe Bryant exploded for 38 points in the 2nd half, but the Celtics put the clamps on the rest of the Lakers and held on for a gritty win in Game 5. The series shifts back to L.A. and if the Lakers have any chance, they have got to get production out of their role players. There is no way, even at home, that the Lakers will win from an average of 35 points from Bryant and 10-15 points from Gasol. Artest, Odom, Fisher and Bynum must all step up. I'll go out on a limb and state that the winner of Game 6 will win the series. Not hardly a leap, but I think if the Lakers can pull it out tomorrow night, they will win Game 7 at home.

Lakers, Celtics Appear to Be On-Course

Lakers & Celtics At It Again (Photo-USA Today)Haven't we seen this movie before? Like 13 times?

The Celtics-Lakers blockbuster epic is like The Godfather saga. Not matter how old it gets, the theater is always classic and riveting. The long-time NBA foes that have met for the NBA title 13 previous times (Boston leads 11-2) and have combined to win more than half of the leagues championships in its history (Boston 17, Los Angeles 15), seem to be on a crash course for a 14th meeting should all indications play out from recent events. Both up 2-0 in the conference finals, the Lakers and Celtics are playing out in true championship form, putting on masterful performances through the first two games that suggest that this movie will be coming back to the theatres yet again. The road hasn't been easy for either of the NBAs flagship franchises, but the struggle that has emerged will make the match-up, should it happen, much more enticing.

The Troubles of Lebron James

Lebron James Eastern Conference Finals. As he sits and watches like most of America the conclusion to the NBA playoffs, all signs point towards the ominous date of July 1, where James is expected to be the marquee name of among a gigantic class of free agents on the market. This only adds another chapter to a the career of an athlete who has been from the valley to the mountaintop and everywhere in between at the ripe old age of 25 and who has burdened the hope of so much since he was at the age where most people would be concerned with SAT scores and prom.

Lebron James was given the world before he even entered the summer of his senior season at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Ohio. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, anointed as the next coming of Michael Jordan, and was scheduled to be on national television for the all witnesses to bear full faith and testimony to his greatness. After destroying an Oak Hill Academy super team with five starters that had Division I scholarships on ESPN, the greater American public was ready to believe. As destiny had it, the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers were abysmal with a league-worst 19-63 record and lucked up in the lottery that was called “The Lebron James Sweepstakes”. The phenom from nearby Akron, who was deemed “Next” by everyone in the basketball universe, would be virtually playing at home.

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