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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.

2010 NFL Draft Wrap-Up

NFL draft in 2010So, the 75th edition of the NFL draft in 2010 is over and there is much to hash out over the next few months as draft picks get signed and head into training camps across the league.

As expected, former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Sam Bradford went #1 overall to the St. Louis Rams. He’s expected to be entrenched as the starter for the rebuilding Rams sometime over the next two seasons. What followed the pick at #1 wasn’t so obvious. After much speculation on every football rumor mill website to the

NFL Network and ESPN, the big first round trade within the top 10 didn’t take place. There was some intrigue in the first round and a recurring theme: 18 of the 32 first round picks were defensive players including 9 defensive linemen. Six other picks in the first round were offensive lineman, perhaps signaling a change in the league over the emphasis that strength up front is vital to a team’s success. Here are The Score's key observations:

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