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The NBA has officially hit the home stretch of its season with All-Star Weekend coming to a close. The three days of prescribed fun have finished and now teams are gearing up to make the final push toward the postseason. The playoff picture in both conferences is far from clear, with singular wins and losses separating seeds one through eight in the East and the West. This article will address the biggest things to focus on in both conferences as we march towards the NBA Playoffs.
The ever important trade deadline, the NBA’s unofficial midseason mark, finally came to a head this past week. After weeks of rumors about the future destination of perennial All-Star Anthony Davis, cries of tampering from the New Orleans Pelicans against the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar LeBron James and questions about what moves the top contenders would make to place themselves in position to make a deep postseason run, it was finally time to lay the cards on the table. This article’s purpose is to highlight the most important moves that occurred before the 3 p.m. deadline.
This past Saturday, the Hopkins men’s basketball team traveled up to Allentown, Pa. to face the Muhlenberg Mules in a pivotal Centennial Conference matchup. In their previous battle on Jan. 8, the Mules made their way down to Baltimore and escaped with a four-point victory. After the Jays handled McDaniel College by the score of 70-57, they looked to ride the momentum towards another Conference victory.
Saturday was another successful day for the Blue Jays in Goldfarb Gymnasium. The women’s basketball team defended their home court against the Washington College Shorewomen, defeating them by a score of 50-37. It was a matchup characterized by a staunch defensive effort by the Jays, who neutralized their opponents’ offensive efforts for much of the game.
The biggest story of the NBA season so far has come from the best possible place. No, it isn’t that 76ers former No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz is now seemingly unable to make free throws. No, it is not that forward Kawhi Leonard has returned to his former glory and has established himself as a top three two-way player once again. And it definitely is not that the Los Angeles Clippers are currently leading the Western Conference as I am writing this.
Well, there was finally a resolution to the Jimmy Butler saga, and I don’t think that it was the resolution that anyone expected. Or wanted, for that matter. I believe from a purely entertainment standpoint, we would have loved to continue to hear stories about Butler mentally breaking Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns or how the Timberwolves rejected another tantalizing trade offer.
Don’t worry everyone, we made it. The NBA season is finally upon us. No longer do we have to keep rewatching House of Highlights clips on Instagram of our various favorite NBA stars. There will no longer be tired conversations of last year’s regular season, playoffs or Finals. Another glorious 1,230 NBA games are on tap to begin this week, and there are a ridiculous number of reasons to be excited.
Women’s soccer continued their hot run, winning both of their matchups last week. This past Saturday, they defeated the Washington College Shorewomen by way of 4-1. The victory pushed the Jays’ win streak to five games, as they have not lost since they played Messiah College on Sept. 5.
Women’s soccer got off to a blazing start in Centennial Conference play this past weekend, beating the Bryn Mawr College Owls by a ridiculous margin. The Jays went out and beat the Owls on their own turf by a score of 12-0, which was good enough to become the program record for goals in a game. Hopkins’ record improved to 5-1 and 1-0 in Conference.
With the MLB finally reaching the home stretch of its schedule, it seems like it is finally the appropriate time to start the obligatory recap of the full season. This season has contained a whirlwind of excitement and has entertained fans for seven months.
Baseball has always been a sport based in years and years of tradition. As the oldest major professional sport in North America, and the second-oldest sport only to lacrosse, there is so much history behind every facet of the game. It is understandable for a sport that started in the mid-1800s to be entrenched in certain values and customs.
The greatest time in the sports universe has finally returned: the NBA playoffs. No longer do we have to suffer through the awful NFL offseason fodder about the broken NFL draft and its skewed morals that permeate the sports world. No more do we have to pretend that we care about the NHL playoffs. The pinnacle of the sports world is back.
The most important day in sports has come and gone. Opening Day, the de facto national holiday for millions of Americans, has once again allowed the MLB to explode back onto the sports scene, inserting itself into the daily news cycle once more. With the emergence of the opening weekend, we were afforded our first look at the predicted contenders and stars of 2018.
The women’s lacrosse team took care of business this past week with two strong showings on Homewood Field. The friendly confines of the home field proved to be too much for visiting programs, as the Jays were able to beat the Boston University Terriers 18-11 last Wednesday and the Hofstra University Pride 15-6 last Saturday afternoon.
Within the past couple of weeks, another scandal that the NCAA is all too familiar with reared its head again. A recent FBI investigation into the NCAA and its basketball coaches produced alleged evidence of Arizona University Wildcats coach Sean Miller discussing payment for star freshman forward DeAndre Ayton to land at the school.
The NBA, as one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States, has come to be of cultural importance to this nation. The League has been experiencing a rise in popularity due to its overabundance of talented players, who often transcend the boundaries of the court.
It was business as usual for the men’s basketball team this past week, as they rounded out the regular season with two wins against Centennial Conference opponents Washington College and Haverford College.
The friend zone. The proverbial Sunken Place in which people hate to be caught. For some, it could be the worst possible thing that could ever happen.
The NBA trade deadline can be compared to the opening of Pandora’s Box. It creates a whirlwind of activity that can turn a professional league on its ear, changing the dynamic of multiple teams.