It’s election day, so I nominate my dunk of the year winner; it’s Super Bowl week, so time for predictions, and previewing National Signing Day.
When I get dunked on by Blake Griffin, I’m buying the poster.
Heat: (off Tuesday, next game, Wednesday @ Milwaukee)
The Heat polished off the Hornets last night, 109-95 at the AmericanAirlines Arena to finish off a solid month of January.
It was a true team effort last night as six players scored in double figures and no player scored more than 22 points.
LeBron and D-Wade led the way with 22 points, while Bron also chipped in 11 rebounds and 8 assists.
Mike Miller and Noris Cole also added 14 and 12 respectively and the Heat outrebounded the Hornets, 39-25…ouch.
We even had an Eddy Curry sighting when he played four minutes, scored four points, and had three fouls.
The Heat shot 55 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point land, and 81 percent from the line.
Not bad…not bad at all.
The Heat are 8-1 in their last nine games, with the only loss coming at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks, who just so happen to welcome the Heat into town tomorrow night.
Something tells me the Heat may be looking to exact a little revenge.
But the schedule gets tough in February.
Eight of the Heat’s next 10 games are on the road, including visits to Orlando, Indiana, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee twice.
The Heat also play their first back-to-back-to-back when they play Atlanta, Milwaukee, and Indiana in consecutive days on the road. Ouch.
We’ll find out more about the depth on the Heat during February and how quickly the guys can recover each night.
Expect Spoelstra to closely monitor the minutes of the Big Three and if need be sacrifice a win or two to keep them healthy.
Dunk of the night:
Now, if you weren’t watching the Clippers play the Thunder last night, you probably missed this.
Blake Griffin, who has taken the throne once held by Dominique Wilkins, as the Human Highlight Film, decided to take it to the hole against Kendrick Perkins of the Thunder.
Girffin is no slouch at around 6’10; Perkins is pushing 7 feet….oh yeah, you know where this one is going.
If you haven’t seen it, click on the link and watch a poster get made!!!
Even LeBron, who jumped over John Lucas called this the “Dunk of the Year!!”
Well, it’s Super Bowl week, today is actually media day, which is a heckuva lot of fun if you ever get to go to it.
But, the game this weekend will hold some key matchups, but it’s going to break down to something really simple.
Can the Giants get constant pressure on Tom Brady with their front four?
If the Giants can, then Brady will get rattled and it’ll throw him off his game.
If they can’t, Brady will pick them apart like nobody’s business.
Just don’t sell Eli short in this one. Little bro could have more rings than Peyton by the end of the night.
I’m leaning Giants in this one, but I’m still not 100 percent set, give me till Thursday.
National Signing Day:
If you look at the team rankings from Rivals.com, it’s good to be a Florida football team.
All three of the big Florida schools are ranked in the Top 10 for the 2012 recruiting class.
Florida leads the way at number four with 2 five star commitments, 11 four star, and 7 three star commitments. Not bad for a team coming off a couple of bad seasons.
Florida’s class is led by defensive end Jonathan Bullard from North Carolina and offensive lineman D.J. Humphries from Carolina. It’s a pretty balanced class, though you can see some emphasis on defense and a decrease in focus on Florida, to a degree.
FSU’s class is small right now, but could grow on signing day.
It’s led by defense ends Dante Fowler of St. Petersburg and defensive end/tackle Mario Edwards of Texas.
The Noles are also expected to sign the number one quarterback in the country, Jameis Winston from Alabama, though he’s not a solid commit yet.
Finally, Miami has the largest class and really hit the state of Florida hard.
The class’ stud is Randy Johnson from Miami Norland High School.
The 5’9”, 180 pound running back is the number one running back in the country and number six overall player in the state of Florida.
Miami has a total of 32 commitments, so some attrition will have to happen to the current roster and some of the players who have committed may not make the academic cut, among other problems, to allow the school to sign so many players.
And again, if you see me with a giant smile on my face tomorrow morning around 10-1030, it’s because Mizzou will have signed the number one player in the country, Dorial Green-Beckham.
I don’t want to say he’s a beast, but he’s 6’6”, 220, and runs like Randy Moss.
*fingers crossed for Mizzou*
I’ll have more on National Signing Day throughout the day Wednesday as the faxes begin rolling into athletic departments across the state.