Daily Noontime – February 23, 2012

Kevin Durant proved to be too much for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday! (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines and news from the Boston/New England sports world, enjoy.

* Oklahoma City proved to be too much for the Boston Celtics, as the Thunder prevailed, 119-104. Boston managed to outscore Oklahoma City in the third frame, but struggled to contain Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, who combined for 59 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and five steals. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 23 points each. Boston will enjoy a few days off until they return to the court next week, as they travel to Cleveland for 7:00pm tip on Feb. 28.

* The Boston Bruins regrouped on Wednesday, and earned an important 4-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues. Brad Marchand netted two of the teams goals, while Tim Thomas deflected 30 shots between the pipes. The Black and Gold will continue their six-game swing on Friday, Feb. 24, when they travel to Buffalo for a 7:30pm face-off.

* The Boston Red Sox will conduct their first positional players workout on Thursday, which according to some sources is anticlimactic, especially since a majority of them showed up earlier this week. However, reports have confirmed that Roy Oswalt is expected to make an announcement on Thursday about his plans for the upcoming season. It’s uncertain if he’ll elect to join the Sox for the upcoming year or what he’ll do, but again, this long awaited free agent saga should come to an end soon.

NBA Playoffs: First Round Predictions

By Matt Noonan

The NBA playoffs begin Saturday, so with that being said, here are Matt Noonan’s  predictions for the first round. 

Eastern Conference – First Round Predictions: 

(1) Chicago Bulls  vs. (8) Indiana Pacers – It is a great story to see the Indiana Pacers back in the NBA playoffs, but the Chicago Bulls are too talented of a team to lose this series. The Bulls finished with the best record in basketball, so expect their winning ways to continue. Chicago win the series, 4-1. 

(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers – Finally, the “Big-3″ will get to play in their first playoff game together, but hopefully there won’t be any tears in the locker room, but who knows? Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra should have no problem leading his team past an up and coming 76ers squad coached by the great Doug Collins. Also, expect LeBron James to say to his teammates prior to tip-off, “give me the ball if you want to win at least one series.” James and the Heat will win this series. Miami wins the series, 4-2. 

(3) Boston Celtics vs. (6) New York Knicks – No Kendrick Perkins, no problem. The Celtics will hopefully find themselves in this series, but expect this matchup to possibly go six or seven games. Amare Stoudemire told the New York media last summer that the Knicks were beginning a “new era.” Sadly, this “new era” should end with a playoff loss, but at least the Knicks are headed in the right direction. Boston wins the series, 4-2. 

(4) Orlando Magic vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks – Why does it seem that every year these two teams always meet in the playoffs? How much do you want to bet that both the Hawks and Magic have dinner, practice and hang out together too? Would Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy even allow that to happen? I doubt it!  Orlando wins the series, 4-2. 

Western Conference – First Round Predictions: 

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies – San Antonio has clearly been one of the better teams all season, but now the age factor is catching up with them, but against the Grizzlies, consider this an easy first round series. San Antonio wins the series, 4-0. 

(2) Los Angles Lakers vs. (7) New Orleans Hornets – After winning the 2010 NBA Championship, the Lakers were picked to repeat and face the Boston Celtics again.Boring! However, both teams have struggled, but with Andrew Bynum somewhat banged up and Los Angles’s age becoming a factor, expect the Hornets to challenge the old men, but in the end, the men who wear the purple and gold jerseys should win. Los Angles wins the series, 4-2. 

(3) Dallas Mavericks vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers – Talk about a true toss-up, either team could win this series. The Trail Blazers have had their moments all season, while the Mavericks looked like a pretty good team at times. However, after watching Dirk Nowitzki dance on YouTube, I may have to go with the underdog to win this series. Portland wins the series, 4-3. 

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Denver Nuggets – Denver is an absolute mess these days and after trading away half their team to New York, it seems they imitated the Boston Celtics of 2010, who see-sawed their way to the finish line last year. Kevin Durant will shine in this series, as well as lead Oklahoma past Denver, so get excited Thunder fans. Maybe Denver should focus on the Colorado Rockies, who are playing quite well these days. Oklahoma wins the series, 4-2. 

Daily Noontime – January 27, 2011

Happy Thursday to everyone and for all of us in the Northeast, welcome to yet another snowy day! Despite the bad weather or winter, Noontime Sports keeps rolling on and so does the Daily Noontime too. Here are our headlines, games to watch and of course, an awesome video of the day!

Headlines:

* The NFL is still trying to work on a new CBA for the upcoming 2011 season, but what makes this story so interesting, higher executives are willing to cut their pay too!

* The New York Jets will need to open their checkbooks if they plan to keep Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie next season.

* Its official, the women in Pittsburgh love Troy Polamalu‘s jersey and surely, we can expect many of them wearing that particular shirt in Dallas at the Super Bowl.

* You choose, Kevin Durant or Kevin Love? Both great players and true NBA studs, but on Wednesday, Durant scored 47-points in overtime. Can we say that he is indeed the next MJ?

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer to advance to the Australian Open final, should be exciting!

* Apparently the New York Knicks are atop the NBA’s most  valuable franchises and is right above the Los Angles Lakers.

Games to Watch:

* Miami at New York (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* Boston at Portland (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

This might hurt! Never do this when playing organized tennis!


Daily Noontime – September 13, 2010

Are you ready for the Jets first game of the 2010 season?

Good day to everyone and welcome to a brand new work week! Below is our Daily Noontime for Monday September 13, 2010. Have a wonderful day!

Headlines:

* Dallas Cowboys right tackle Alex Barron refused to comment after costing his team their first game of the 2010 NFL season. The Cowboys lost to the Redskins, 13-7.

* New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss sounded off to the extreme. Does he want to remain a Patriot? You decide!

* Kevin Durant led Team USA to win the FIBA championship against Turkey on Sunday.

* Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick may have started a controversy in the city of “Brotherly Love.”

* Should MLB fans “hate” the Los Angles Dodgers? Why use the word “hate?”

* Did Brett Favre have an enormous hankering for some pizza after Thursday’s season opener against the Saints?

* The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Red Wings on Sunday after a 16-round shoot out.

Games to Watch:

* Baltimore at New York Jets (NFL) – 7:00pm

* San Diego at Colorado (MLB) – 8:40pm

* San Diego at Kansas City (NFL) – 10:15pm

Video of the Day:

Randy Moss sounds off at the media after the Patriots defeated the Bengals, 38-24 on Sunday.