Either way, the Timberwolves get a great shooter with a calm and a poise of a 10-year veteran. If he develops a killer instinct and learns to take over games, I definitely see a resemblance to Paul Pierce in this kid.
Bobalu worked the ground game extremely well and eventually choked out the overmatched Heath after a vicious left-handed strike. Sobral pounds on a fallen Heath and eventually gets him in a choke. He held it a little longer than the crowd felt like he should have, and the crowd let him know about it by booing him. Sobral tossed his hat into the crowd and it was tossed right back by a fan.
Temple vs St Joe’s in the A-10 (6:30 ET), where the Owls are a one-point favorite (114 1/2). Houston vs Memphis in C-USA (4:30 ET) with the Tigers favored by 11 1/2 points (1453 1/2) and UTEP vs UAB (7:00 ET) with the Blazers favored by 4 1/2 points (121). La Tech vs Utah St in the WAC (9:00 ET), where the Aggies are favored by 1 1/2 points (137).
This bracket is tailor-made for the Zags. Xavier is a pushover. Indiana and SDSU can’t hang. If they advance that far, Gonzaga would meet either UCLA or Marquette and we would see about 400 points in either game. I know that they have been a perennial tournament disappointment since bursting onto the scene in the late 1990s as a bracket buster. But if they’re ever going to make a serious move and take their program to the Next Level this might be their best opportunity.
The only other game on Saturday involving top-25 opponents is No. 21 Michigan (ranked for the first time since 1998) at No. 23 Iowa (5:00 ET). The Wolverines and Hawkeyes join Illinois (6-2) in a three-way tie for first place in the Big-10. Iowa is 13-0 at home this year, winning by an average of just over 16 PPG and has already beaten four ranked opponents in Iowa City this season. The Hawkeyes are favored by 3 1/2 points with a total of 130.
Overall, I think it will be back and forth series that comes down to who can make the better adjustments. Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson are both Hall of Fame coaches, now which team is more likely to listen to their coach instead of putting all the pressure on themselves. The answer in my view is the San Antonio Spurs. I am predicting a Spurs victory in seven games to win the Western Conference Finals, this despite a grueling schedule to start Game 1.
Stephen Curry wants to play in New York. New York wants Stephen Curry. Curry is good friends with LeBron James. The Knicks want LeBron to come to New York in 2010. Looks like not only do the Knicks add a perfect piece to D’Antoni’s system, but also a potential key piece in luring LeBron to the Big Apple. Curry will, in my opinion, be a career bench player, but his shooting, basketball IQ and passing will be a great asset as a backup point guard.
The Cavaliers could be a big player in free agency this season with Wally’s $13 million coming off the books. Cleveland prides itself on the defensive side of the ball and Sam Young is a great defender as well as an excellent athlete. He may be a bit on the short side, but he’s got enough bulk and foot speed to still be an effective defender at the professional level.