Showing posts with label Mario Chalmers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mario Chalmers. Show all posts

Monday, February 18, 2013

Kansas Blows Out Texas

The Kansas Jayhawks may have turned a corner after a disastrous three-game stretch in which they lost to lowly TCU and appeared to be out of the Big 12 title race. After blowing out Kansas State on Monday, KU turned in another impressive performance on Saturday, embarrassing Texas 73-47.
Due to the NBA All-Star break, many former Kansas greats were on hand to see Mario Chalmers get his jersey retired. The current KU squad didn’t disappoint, stifling Texas from the opening jump ball with a great defensive effort led by center Jeff Withey. Withey’s two blocks gave him 265 for his career, breaking Texas’ Chris Mihm’s Big 12 record. Withey also chipped in 15 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Travis Releford added 15 points in a hot shooting night from beyond the arc, while Ben McLemore added 13 points.
Texas isn’t a good team, but the Longhorns looked downright terrible at times against Kansas nation-leading defense. Texas shot 22 percent from the field and two of 21 from three, while turning the ball over several times in the second half for easy transition baskets for Kansas. McLemore turned one into a 360-degree dunk that wound up being the top play on ESPN’s SportsCenter Saturday night.
Kansas fans have to feel good about how the Jayhawks responded to their three-game losing streak. KU has regained its focus on defense, and the offense finally looks alive. Senior point guard Elijah Johnson has started to playbetter as well, and sophomore Naadir Tharpe has looked impressive in the past couple of games. If the Jayhawks get good production from the point guard position, the team could be primed to make another deep run in the NCAA tournament.
Kansas’ biggest game of the season is coming up, as the Jayhawks travel to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State on Wednesday in a battle for first-place in the Big 12. The Cowboys also won on Saturday, defeating Oklahoma in overtime.
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Dallas Mavericks Win NBA Title

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in game six of the 2011 NBA Finals, 105-95. The win gave Dallas its first title in franchise history, and gave future hall of famers Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd their first championship rings. Miami's Lebron James, hailed by many as the best player in the league, will have to continue his search for a title next season.

All season long, Miami has been the target of criticism, mostly from Lebron James' announcement that he was leaving Cleveland for Miami to how the team was constructed. With the finals over, most of the media again are turning their attention to James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat rather than giving the Mavs their due. Despite the talent on the Heat, Dallas was simply the better team this series. Nowitzki played better than any other player on the court, and his supporting cast gave him all the help he needed to pull off the upset. Give Dallas the credit it has earned - the Mavericks stood toe to toe with the most hyped NBA team in the league's history and played better basketball.

Despite the way the Finals ended, the Heat have to be the favorites to win the title next season. James and Wade are both superstars, and Miami got a big boost in the finals from young guard Mario Chalmers. If Miami can add another asset or two and continue to gel as a team, there is no reason why they can't win several titles in the future. The team got two wins away from the championship this season, and one would think they will be even better next year with more experience playing together.

While the future may belong to Miami, the title this season belongs to Dallas. The Mavs erased a bitter finals defeat to the Heat in 2006 and took down the biggest NBA's most dispised team. A fitting end to a wild and exciting NBA season.


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