Lebron James dominated the Atlanta Hawks last night, almost to the degree that I predicted leading up to the game, when I audaciously said “King James” is going for 40 points. Though he wasn’t 40 point aggressive, he was hawkish, falling just 1 rebound shy of his 12th career playoff triple double. The most impressive aspect of James 30 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists, in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals is, he was without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, who had to sit out with a sore knee. James didn’t allow being short handed as an excuse, but as fuel to his fire to bring a championship to Cleveland, the team that drafted him straight out of high school in Akron Ohio.
The game 2 win guarantees Lebron a spot in the NBA Finals, he’s undefeated, 14-0 when team leads 2 games to nothing. And that will match him up with the other eventual conference champs, the Golden State Warriors, they also hold a 2-0 series lead, and like Cleveland, are also led by a guy from Akron Ohio, the MVP Stephen Curry. He’ s the best shooter I’ve ever seen in my life, this season Curry broke his own record for 3’s made in a season, and is just one 3 away from breaking the playoff 3’s record, most made in a post season. This will be a monumental series, the top two players in the world Curry versus James going head to head for the NBA Championship, and my pick, is Curry and the Warriors.
The most famous player from Cincinnati coming out of spring training, was Billy Hamilton. To me he’s the fastest man in baseball, during his minor league career, he was a criminal,breaking the record for the most steals in a season. But today on opening day, I never saw that blazing speed because he never reached first base. The rookie looked lost to me in his first plate appearance, first pitch, fast ball right over the plate, no swing, that at bat ended up striking out while looking. The rest of the game went that way for him as he finished 0-4, striking out every time up. And The rest of the team can only go as far as their leadoff man, as they were just as unsuccessful, striking out 8 times and leaving 9 runners on base in a 1-0 loss at home on opening day.It’s obvious the way the Reds are built now, they’re not going to the playoffs. This isn’t going to get better for them, they desperately need a guy who can move runners from scoring position. A major trade is a top priority for the Reds.