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Mateo's Hoop Diary: East Finals MVP Jaylen Brown led the Boston Celtics over the Indiana Pacers, punching a ticket to the NBA Finals

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: East Finals MVP Jaylen Brown led the Boston Celtics over the Indiana Pacers, punching a ticket to the NBA Finals

The Pacers tried to prolong the inevitable, but the Celtics locked up the hosts in the last three-and-a-half minutes to sweep the series and advance to the NBA Finals. Gainbridge Fieldhouse was rocking like a madhouse, but most home supporters dispersed, and the cheers of rival fans echoed through the building as Gang Green celebrated ...
Bobrovsky, Tkachuk perfect for Panthers in Game 1

Bobrovsky, Tkachuk perfect for Panthers in Game 1

Under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena, the Florida Panthers walked into the Rangers house and gave them their best display of Panthers hockey. The Rangers have been phenomenal at MSG all season, posting a 30-11-0 record in the regular season and a 4-1-0 home playoff record in the ...
Panthers-Rangers Eastern Conference Final: Florida's keys to the series

Panthers-Rangers Eastern Conference Final: Florida’s keys to the series

Two of the NHL’s best will meet Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Presidents’ Trophy winning New York Rangers (55-23-4) will play hosts to last year’s Eastern Conference champion Florida Panthers (52-24-6).  New York swept the Washington Capitals 4-0 in the first round, then took down ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Diana Taurasi should be suspended for her dirty hit on Cheyenne Parker-Tyus

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Diana Taurasi should be suspended for her dirty hit on Cheyenne Parker-Tyus

It’s taking the WNBA too long to suspend Diana Taurasi for her dangerous late-game hit on Cheyenne Parker-Tyus or, at the very least, fine her. A WNBA spokesperson didn’t respond to an immediate request for comment when asked if the league was looking into the matter. In the last 35 seconds of a tight match, ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Indiana’s hit squad shot up the Knicks

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Indiana’s hit squad shot up the Knicks

The Pacers whacked the hobbled Knickerbockers in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. Vibrations of Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau’s curses could be felt at Central Park. The hosts conceded 67.1% of field goals. And supporters are still stuck with memories of greatness, and a growing number of them didn’t see it live or in person ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: The touring Fever got crushed in the fourth quarter by the Connecticut Sun

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: The touring Fever got crushed in the fourth quarter by the Connecticut Sun

The Fever rolled into Mohegan Sun Arena and got overwhelmed by the opposing outfit late. Caitlin Clark was welcomed to the league by DiJonai Carrington’s two-way play. And Connecticut’s DeWanna Bonner passed Candice Dupree for fifth place in WNBA scoring. At halftime, turnovers had the visitors down 39-49 despite shooting 54.2% from the field and ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Pat Riley’s State of the Heat press conference

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Pat Riley’s State of the Heat press conference

Vintage Pat Riley emerged from his cave for his end-of-the-season presser, criticizing and praising his group. He also rebuked the idea of a rebuild because he thinks a healthy Jimmy Butler can be a 1A player in the Postseason. He started with an indication that there must be a change to the team’s approach to ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: The Timberwolves put the Nuggets in a chokehold, taking a 2-0 lead in the series

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: The Timberwolves put the Nuggets in a chokehold, taking a 2-0 lead in the series

The Timberwolves wiped the floor of Ball Arena with the defending champs so badly that Jamal Murray threw a heating pack on the court while seated on the bench, which should have got him tossed and deserves a suspension. Additionally, Nuggets coach Michael Malone and his staff were disturbed on the sideline, and the hosts’ ...
Mateo’s Hoop Diary: The Heat were gutted by Gang Green and eliminated from the Playoffs

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: The Heat were gutted by Gang Green and eliminated from the Playoffs

The Celtics destroyed the outgunned Heatles at TD Garden, eliminating the visitors from the Playoffs. The Celtics' defense, the disparity on the glass, 56-29, in favor of the hosts, and the Heat’s lack of outside offense sums up this massacre. The Heat was absent Jimmy Butler (knee) and Terry Rozier (neck). Bam Adebayo scored off ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: The Celtics blasted the Heat, going up 3-1 in the series

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: The Celtics blasted the Heat, going up 3-1 in the series

Following the ransacking at the hands of the Celtics on Saturday, the short-handed Heat came out on the game's first play in a helpless zone. Jrue Holiday drew a foul cutting through its heart in 16 seconds, icing two freebies and setting the tone of the evening. The Heat were absent Jimmy Butler (knee) and ...
Dolphins draft class: Grier fills needs while following 2-year approach

Dolphins draft class: Grier fills needs while following 2-year approach

Before the 2024 draft, general manager Chris Grier mentioned that he is always taking a 2-year look into the future on what his team could be. The Miami Dolphins followed this approach as well as addressing immediate needs to improve the team in 2024.  1st Round (21st overall)  EDGE Chop Robinson, Penn State: You can ...
Mateo’s Hoop Diary: WNBA season preview

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: WNBA season preview

The WNBA is almost back (May 14), and excitement is high for the league’s 28th season. In preparation for the upcoming campaign, 2.45 million people tuned in to the Draft on April 15, the most ever viewed in WNBA history. Training camp started on April 28 and the preseason is kicking off May 3. Rosters ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: The Celtics sacked Kaseya Center, taking a 2-1 lead in the series

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: The Celtics sacked Kaseya Center, taking a 2-1 lead in the series

The Celtics smoked the understaffed Heat at Kaseya Center, taking a 2-1 lead in the series. The Heat was absent Jimmy Butler (knee), Delon Wright (personal reasons) and Terry Rozier (neck). The Celtics’ defense blocked the hosts from prosperity, allowing only three points through the first six minutes and then five of 21 attempts in ...
This... is Culture: The Miami Heat like it this way

This… is Culture: The Miami Heat like it this way

Culture is defined as the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group. To the Miami Heat, it means being the hardest-working, best-conditioned, most professional, unselfish, toughest, meanest, and nastiest team in the NBA. Every season, there seems to come a point where basketball fans believe that this ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Michael Porter Jr. = Nuggets difference maker

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Michael Porter Jr. = Nuggets difference maker

A valiant effort wasn’t enough for the Lakers to hold off the defending champions at The Crypt. Anthony Davis and LeBron James were dynamic. But the Nuggets’ fantastic four were overbearing and are now up 3-0 in a best-of-seven series. Nikola Jokić chopped down interior protections. Jamal Murray’s jumper was on target in frames two ...
Mateo's Hoop Diary: Heat upset Celtics in Game 2

Mateo’s Hoop Diary: Heat upset Celtics in Game 2

The outgunned Heat copped one of its finest wins in franchise history, splashing 13 first-half triples to stay within striking distance at halftime, and then the Celtics emerged from the break with even more suspect, three-point protection to close the game. Bam Adebayo outplayed Kristaps Porziņģis. And Tyler Herro had the top showing of his ...