LeBron Doesn’t Lose Game 2s

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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls 101-86 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series Wednesday night. This isn’t a surprise. Since 2009, LeBron James teams are 8-0 in Game 2s following a Game 1 loss. James averages 27.75 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists in these contests.

Date/Result

Points Rebounds Assists
May 22, 2009-Eastern Conference Finals: Cavaliers 96, Magic 95 35 four five
May 18, 2011-Eastern Conference Finals: Heat 85, Bulls 75 29 10 five
June 14, 2012-NBA Finals: Heat 100, Thunder 96 32 eight five
May 8, 2013-Eastern Conference Semifinals: Heat 115, Bulls 78 19 five nine
June 9, 2013-NBA Finals: Heat 103, Spurs 84 17 eight seven
May 20, 2014-Eastern Conference Finals: Heat 87, Pacers 83 22 seven six
June 8, 2014-NBA Finals: Heat 98, Spurs 96 35 10 three
May 6, 2015-Eastern Conference Semifinals: Cavaliers 106, Bulls 91 33 eight five
Average margin of victory: 11.5 Average: 27.75 Average: 7.5 Average: 5.6

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Bryan Paul’s 2013 Puzzling NFL Predictions: Week 8 (basketball)

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In 1891, Dr. James Naismith, a physical education teacher at the International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School in Springfield, Mass., created a new indoor game. In this game, players dribbled a soccer ball around a court and earned points by shooting the ball into a peach basket. Today, basketball remains one the world’s most popular sports.

Football and basketball are different. Football stadiums are large structures. Basketball arenas are smaller, more intimate facilities. Football players, shielded by helmets, face masks and pads, perform like Roman Empire gladiators. Basketball players wear a simpler uniform consisting of a jersey, shorts and sneakers and display their talents and skills with the same dramatic flair as Broadway actors.

There is less parity in basketball. Since David Stern became commissioner of the National Basketball Association in 1984, eight different franchises have won NBA championships. Fourteen different National Football League teams have won the Super Bowl.

There are similarities. Lucas Oil Stadium, the Georgia Dome and Ford Field have hosted Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four games. NFL players Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Julius Peppers played college basketball. Football and basketball coaches both have a range of interesting characters from the wise Vince Lombardi and Phil Jackson, to the stern Tom Landry and Larry Brown to the zany Jimmy Johnson and Bob Knight.

But can basketball players and teams help predict NFL game winners? In honor of slam dunks, steals, three pointers and technical fouls, the Week 11 predictions theme is basketball.

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Carolina Panthers (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6)-Oct. 24-8:25 p.m.-NFL Network

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The Charlotte Bobcats began play in the NBA in 2004. Since 2004, the Panthers are 6-5 in games played in Florida with all six wins coming in Tampa Bay.

Pick: Carolina

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Miami Dolphins (3-3) at New England Patriots (5-2)-Oct. 27-1 p.m.-CBS

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Michael Jordan bought the Bobcats in 2010, the year LeBron James signed with the Miami Heat. The Dolphins are 23-31 since 2010.

Pick: New England

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Buffalo Bills (3-4) at New Orleans Saints (5-1)-Oct. 27-1 p.m.-CBS

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James made his NBA debut 2003, the year the Syracuse University men’s basketball team defeated the University of Texas and the University of Kansas in the Final Four in New Orleans, La. In years Syracuse has competed in the Final Four, the Bills are 9-6 against NFC teams. Syracuse lost to Michigan in this year’s Final Four.

Pick: Buffalo

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Everything you need to know about the 2013 NBA Finals

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Many basketball fans expect the 2013 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat to be a close and exciting series. Several questions and storylines headline this matchup: Will Tim Duncan become the 26th player in NBA history to win at least five championships? Will LeBron James led Miami to a second straight title and continue to establish himself as one of the game’s greatest players? How much money will David Stern fine Gregg Popovich if the Spurs coach decides to rest any of his star players for a game during the series?

While it’s unclear which team will win, here’s a 10-fact guide for this year’s NBA Finals:

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This will be the fourth time a  Florida-based team has played a Texas-based team in the NBA Finals.

1995-Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic

2006 and 2011-Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat

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 The players on the Spurs and Heat rosters have won 26 championships combined.

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With a victory in this series, the Spurs will become the third franchise in NBA history to win a championship in each of their first five  NBA Finals appearances.

Minneapolis Lakers: 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954

Chicago Bulls: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997

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In 1891, Dr. James Naismith, a physical education teacher at the International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School in Springfield, Mass., created a new indoor game. In this game, players dribbled a soccer ball around a court and earned points by shooting the ball into a peach basket. Today, basketball remains one the world’s most popular sports.

Football and basketball are different. Football stadiums are large structures. Basketball arenas are smaller, more intimate facilities. Football players, shielded by helmets, face masks and pads, perform like Roman Empire gladiators. Basketball players wear a simpler uniform consisting of a jersey, shorts and sneakers and display their talents and skills with the same dramatic flair as Broadway actors.

There is less parity in basketball. Since David Stern became commissioner of the National Basketball Association in 1984, eight different franchises have won NBA championships. Fourteen different National Football League teams have won the Super Bowl.

There are similarities. Lucas Oil Stadium, the Georgia Dome and Ford Field have hosted Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four games. NFL players Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Julius Peppers played college basketball. Football and basketball coaches both have a range of interesting characters from the wise Vince Lombardi and Phil Jackson, to the stern Tom Landry and Larry Brown to the zany Jimmy Johnson and Bob Knight.

In honor of slam dunks, steals, three pointers and technical fouls, the Week 11 predictions theme is basketball.

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Miami Dolphins (4-5) at Buffalo Bills (3-6)-Nov. 15-8:20 p.m.-NFL Network

The Los Angeles Clippers, formally the Buffalo Braves, played in Western New York from 1970-78. Since the Braves moved away, the Bills are 271-294. Imagine, Buffalo sports fans: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin playing at First Niagara Center. Oh well.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: Miami

Pollock’s Pick: Buffalo

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Green Bay Packers (6-3) at Detroit Lions (4-5)-Nov. 18-1 p.m.-Fox

The University of Kentucky won its fifth national championship in 1978. This year, the program won its eighth title. The school’s triumph will doom Green Bay this week. The Packers are 1-6 in Week 11 games in years Kentucky wins the national championship.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: Detroit

Pollock’s Pick: Green Bay

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New York Jets (3-6) at St. Louis Rams (3-5-1)-Nov. 18-1 p.m.-CBS

John Calipari coached this year’s Kentucky national championship team. He has coached four teams that reached the Final Four. The Jets are 6-7 in November games during those seasons. The Rams are 2-11-1. However, the National Collegiate  Athletic Association vacated two of those appearances due to player eligibility and academic issues.

Bryan Paul’s Pick: St. Louis

Pollock’s Pick: St. Louis

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