"Roughing the Passer - A PK Frazier Novel"

My new book, "Offsetting Penalties - A PK Frazier Novel" is the follow-up to "Illegal Procedure" and "Roughing the Passer" and is now available in print and in e-formats at amazon.com, smashwords.com and iBooks. Follow me on twitter @kevinkrest.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

NBA TALK: THUNDER BOUNCE BACK, CAVS SHAKE OFF THE RUST

Oklahoma City Resurrects Title Hopes: Thanks to a cold shooting stretch from the San Antonio Spurs and a late no-call by the officials, OKC, otherwise known as the Durant and Westbrook show, find themselves is a good position in their Western Conference semifinal series. Two days after getting blown out by 32 points in a game that really wasn't even that close, the Thunder did something only one team had done all season: Beat the Spurs on their home court. After taking a comfortable lead, OKC inexplicably left Spurs' guard Danny Green wide open on consecutive plays to give San Antonio some momentum. But Kevin Durant was sharp and the Spurs couldn't take advantage of a stolen inbounds pass in the final 13 seconds. Now the Thunder head back to Oklahoma City, needing to hold serve at home to take the series. Okay, I'm definitely getting ahead of myself, as the Spurs are more than capable of knocking off OKC anywhere they play. But it's interesting how the narrative of this series has changed in the last day. Prior to last night's game, speculation about Durant's landing spot in free agency was starting to build. But with the dramatic win, all of a sudden the conversation may be changing to whether the Thunder can knock off a Warriors team that will be playing with Stephen Curry at less than 100%. Can you say fickle? Well, that's the way it is in sports these days. I can't wait to see what the experts will find to talk about after Friday's Game 3.

Lebron and the Cavaliers Take Care of Business: After waiting more than a week to begin their second round series, the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't show much rust as they took care of the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth consecutive time. Sure, the Hawks were able to grab a one point lead in the second half, but Lebron James quickly put an end to any thoughts Atlanta had of pulling a game one upset, scoring 25 points on the night. Kevin Love wasn't as sharp as he'd been in the Detroit series, but Kyrie Irving contributed 21 points as the Cavs rolled to a 104 - 93 victory. There was a brief scare for the Cavs, who have yet to lose a game in this postseason, when Kevin Love again appeared to injure his shoulder. But he got some help from the training staff and insisted he was fine. Can the Hawks break through against Cleveland? It' doubtful, especially the way the Cavs are moving the ball on offense and giving James, Irving and Love a touch on nearly every half-court possession. I'm going to continue to maintain that they can win it all if they stay healthy and play as a team. With Tristan Thompson grabbing offensive rebounds and keeping possessions alive, J.R. Smith hitting timely threes, Matthew Dellavadova spelling Irving at point guard and other role players like Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye contributing valuable minutes, any team will have to bring it all every night to win four games against this team. Lebron appears to be a man on a mission and just as in Miami, could be poised to bring a championship to his team in his second season with the current lineup. All I can say is I can't bring myself to pick against them, especially without Love and Irving in the lineup, they were still able to take a healthy Warriors team to six games in last year's Finals.

Don't forget to check out my new book, "Offsetting Penalties - A PK Frazier Novel" and my first two, "Illegal Procedure - A PK Frazier Novel" and "Roughing the Passer - A PK Frazier Novel", available in print and e-formats at Amazon.com, iBooks and SmashwordsTune into www.WPFLRADIO.com at 8:40 am EST every Friday for my Beyond the Commentary segment on "Lou in the Morning" with Lou Vickery and Jonathan McMath.