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This man of stature deserves his statue
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 24 May 2011
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers, dethroned and swept out of this year's NBA playoffs, appears to have a lot of fight left in them. Sadly, though, this fight is just against each other.
The ongoing brouhaha betwe Read full story
Mavs take 2-1 series lead in West Finals
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 23 May 2011
After a late-game scare, when their 23-point lead was cut down to 6, the Dallas Mavericks clung to a 93-87 win over rthe Oklahoma City Thunder to take Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
Saturday night's thriller at the Oklaho Read full story
Knock, Knock: What's in the backpack?
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 22 May 2011
Kevin Durant and his backpack are as inseparable as hamburger and French fries.
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Oklahoma City Thunder forward is lighting up the ongoing Western Conference finals with a two-game combined total of 6 Read full story
King James reigns over thorny Rose
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 20 May 2011
GAME 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago wasn't a pretty sight to see, one in which you'd probably enjoy better with your eyes closed.
The match was slow and plodding, marred by a jam Read full story
UNSTOPPABLE AS A WOMAN'S TEARS
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 19 May 2011
DIRK Nowitzki is on fire.
But don't worry, the 9-time All-Star from Wurzburg, Germany is in no peril. He merely lit up for 48 points to lead the Mavericks past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-112, in Game 1 of the Wester Read full story
More like Average Duo than Big Two
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 18 May 2011
DWYANE Wade and Lebron James form part of Miami's dreaded three-headed monster that includes Chris Bosh. But Sunday night at the United Center, the Heat's Big Two was just an average pair who did little as the Chicago Bulls run Read full story
ALL QUIET ON THE LAKERS FRONT
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 18 May 2011
LOS ANGELES. The only major thing to report about the Lakers is that there is nothing to report.
Coach Phil Jackson is off to retirement, counting both his blessings and his money. The Zen Master plans to split his time between fishing in Montana and visiting LA, where four of his five chil Read full story
Oh what fun it is to wtach these Mavs
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 15 May 2011
He doesn't have the rock star appeal of a Kobe Bryant. And he doesn't play for the Los Angeles Lakers, a glitzy franchise jaded with 17 NBA championships.
But I like Dirk Nowitzki just the way he is. A Dallas Maverick.
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The search for LA's next icon
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 15 May 2011
LOS ANGELES -- It's not "American Idol." And it ain't "America's Got Talent."
But it's a search, nonetheless. One that will go far and wide looking for the next bench superstar. Killer vocals are not required. Ditto with dancin Read full story
BULLS GORE HAWKS, THE HEAT IS ON
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 14 May 2011
UP 3-2 in their Eastern Conference semifinals, the Chicago Bulls invaded Philips Arena Thursday night expecting bitter resistance from the pesky 5th-seeded Atlanta Hawks.
It was a false alarm.
Game 6 was over as soon as Read full story
James, Wade conquer Mt. Celtics
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 13 May 2011
FANS inside the American Airlines Arena went nuts Wednesday night. Drowning in euphoria, they got almost unbearably loud and waved white towels with unsuppressed frenzy.
Tears fell, happy tears, And there were oodles and o Read full story
NO LAKERS THIS JUNE: LOOKING AHEAD
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 13 May 2011
LOS ANGELES -- Everytime I flip my calendar and stare at the month of June, I think about blushing brides and happy weddings. I think about sunny days and sweltering summer nights.
I also think about the Lakers playing in Read full story
Cuff him if you can
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 12 May 2011
SHACKLED to a 12-of-32 shooting performance in Game 4, Derrick Rose bounced fabulously well in Tuesday night's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, leading his Bulls to a 95-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Playing wi Read full story
The thorn in Derrick's rose
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 11 May 2011
It was supposed to be a given, the No.1 seed, the Beast in the East who won 62 of 82 regular games, taking on a lowly No.5 seed that barely made the playoffs with 44 wins.
But what was presumed to be a coronation is slowl Read full story
My 2011 NBA Playoffs Odyssey
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 06 May 2011
LOS ANGELES -- A basketball fan for life, I have followed the NBA for as long as I can remember, darting way back to my childhood days in Cebu City, Philippines, where I adored the San Antonio Spurs through a 14-inch low-definition Read full story
Bulls trample Hawks, even series at 1-1
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 06 May 2011
BEFORE Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals tipped-off Wednesday night at the United Center, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose accepted the 2011 NBA MVP trophy from league commissioner David Stern.
Rose, 22, is the yo Read full story
Marvelous Mavs nip Lakers
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 04 May 2011
West Conference Semifinals
LOS ANGELES -- If the Dallas Mavericks want a name change, they should consider the Dallas Marvelous.
Because the Mavericks were simply just that Monday night, marvelous. They edged the Laker Read full story
Hawks swoop Game 1
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 04 May 2011
Eastern Conference Semis
When Joe Johnson was at the cusp of free agency last July, the Bulls, Knicks, Heat and Clippers were among the teams that aggressively pursued him.
The courtship ended abruptly when the Atlan Read full story
Heat burns rusty Celtics, takes Game 1
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 03 May 2011
NBA Playoffs 2011
East Conference Semifinals
The Celtics Big Three remains as one of the NBA's most feared and potent offensive juggernauts. But this great All-Star trio is slowly getting up there in age.
Ray All Read full story
Pricey Lakers experience worth every penny
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 02 May 2011
LOS ANGELES -- Some of the best things in life are free. Like the air you breathe, or the unbottled water that you drink.
But some of life's pleasures are simply priceless. Like your first love, the first innocent kiss, and the su Read full story