Archive for April, 2013


Courtesy of Espn.com

Courtesy of Espn.com

The NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony  is one step closer to moving on to the second round of the playoffs since joining the New York Knicks.

The Knicks who earlier in the season beat the Boston Celtics out of top seed in the Atlantic Division have now put the pressure back on Celtics as the Knicks took game one in New York, 85-78 as the heated rivalry between the two teams continues.  Anthony who averaged a league leading 28.7 points per game during the regular season started out his postseason as he’s done all season exploding for points, 36 to be exact. Anthony also contributed with six rebounds, four steals and one assist.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to know that we got our first win of the series here on our home court, took care of that business, It was real important for us to come out and get this first win,” said Anthony who lead the Knicks to their first 1-0 playoff start since the 200-2001 NBA post season.

If it wasn’t for Anthonys’ quick start to the game and late burst this series could belong to the Celtics, who are without All star point guard Rajon Rondo.

J.R smith was also a key to success for the Knicks as he added 15 points and 5 rebounds.

The Celtics looked to Jeff Green as they kept up with New York for most of the game. Green who lead Boston with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists was helped by team captain Paul Pierce who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 rebounds and a steal.

If Boston wants to win the series, which probably won’t happen they need a better performance from big man Kevin Garentt who played 37 minutes and only scored 8 points. Again the older Celtics are showing their age, they aren’t doing as expected when you compare them to the oldest team in the league, the San Antonio Spurs. This will be an interesting series to watch as the pressure is now on Boston


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this is my first shot at an opinion story

Recent major sports injuries have caused many to contemplate how to prevent these career ending  impairments and whether enough measures are being put into place.

In the recent March Madness Tournament, champion Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware suffered a horrific injury when trying to block a three-point shot by Duke in the Elite Eight. Ware suffered a broken bone in his right leg which protruded six inches out of his skin. It has been released in multiple reports that Ware had a hairline fracture in the leg before breaking it.

From kids in Pee Wee leagues to athletes of professional sports, there is a growing fear on whether enough precautions are being implemented to protect them from injuring themselves . The fact that some student athletes are playing through injuries, is effecting them in the long run as it could prevent them from continuing to the collegiate and even professional level. Ware knew that he had previously suffered a hairline fracture in his leg yet decided to play, and with one land that shouldn’t have done anything to him has now put his future in sports in jeopardy.

Athletes who are looking for a safe and healthy way to remain protected from injury, should listen to doctors orders and get checkups regularly and after any part of the body starts to ache even if it’s minor. A yearly physical should also be done in order to assure that all aspects is checked before entering back into activity.

If athletes are really eager to get back into their sport, they can follow in the steps that some pro basketball players like Lebron James and Dwyane Wade take. Wade and James use hyperbaric chambers to accelerate the healing time.

The cost of suffering an injury often outweighs the benefits of playing with the risk of further injuring them, but in the cases where the athlete can’t pass up the chance to play not only I but doctors suggest the use of protective gear. For example, a type of very useful and protective gear most often used is a padded sleeve. The padding helps absorb the shock of a fall or collision which could make the difference of a broken bone or dislocated bone to being perfectly fine.