Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Annual NHL/NBA Playoffs Marquee Night 2012

By Adam Maher

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To say the least, the NHL and NBA Playoffs have once again simultaneously provided American sports fanz with some breathtaking moments this spring. With slow builds out West by the L.A. Kings and San Antonio Spurs beginning to boil, the devastating NBA injuries in the Eastern Conference taking their tolls, and an NHL team from the desert paving its first ever path to Stanley Cup Playoff prowess, it's hard to keep your eyes off the tube in 2012.

And that's just the half of it.

Usually, every year, there is one marquee night where both Leagues have one incredible, defining moment at the same time, making for the best night of the Playoffs. From that night on, potential for all hell to break lose is a daily occurrence until the two championz are crowned with snap backs.

Last night was that night.

The Boston Celtics kicked things off with a win for the ages. Their Big 3, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, most likely are playing for their last chance to win a Championship.

The crazy part? With all the injuries happening out East - they actually have a shot at winning this thing. Even more crazy? They're older than everyone who's gotten hurt - the Celtics were the ones who were supposed to be getting injured!

First, Dwight Howard went down, then, Derrick Rose's season ended, and now, the Celtics most likely will see a team next round (if they beat Philly this round) that they match up well with due to injury (Chris Bosh).

Pierce and Rondo got the credit last night on Sports Center, but in my opinion, this playoffs has been all about KG for Boston, who led the way last night with 27 points.

The Kid is in good shape. I don't see him wearing down anytime soon.

After Boston crushed the 76ers, we saw the NHL's story of the millennium take center stage.

The NJ Devils down one game to none, last night was a must win against the Rangers, and 40-year-old goaltender Martin Brodeur was up to the task of backing his boys up front.

Looking like the Human Scorpion, Marty!

It had been 18 years since the Devils lost to the Rangers in the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals. Chris Kreider was a toddler then, and Marty was in net. Had the Rangers won last night, this series might be headed for a sweep, but no, the Devils wouldn't be having it.

NHL management rejoice.

"The mother of all redirects," Barry Melrose called David Clarkson's 3rd period game winner.

Last but certainly not least, was the OKC Thunder/L.A. Lakers Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal match up. After getting handled in the first game, the Lakers came out looking poised for revenge. But with two minutes left in the 4th quarter, Kevin Durant became legendary, leading the Thunder to a 9-0 run and a two-point victory in front of what was a chillingly awesome looking home crowd.

Kudos to OKC for their 60th straight sellout at home. Let's talk again when you hit 400.

Last night was certainly a marquee night in American Sports. Moving forward, the NBA Championship and the Stanley Cup are both up for grabs. It's going to make for some great games.

Tonight the Kings look to push their lead to three games over Mike Smith and the Coyotes, while Chris Paul seeks to even the Clippers/Spurs series and the Pacers look to go up a game at home against the dishevelled Miami Heat.

So grab a seat! We're in for one hell of a ride.

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