This SQ edition reviews the NBA All-Star Weekend, highlights sportsmanship at Sochi, and talks about which company won social media gold. And while John Wall won the NBA dunk contest, our favorite dunk of the weekend belonged to Jabari Parker!
QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK
All-Star Weekend started Friday with some of that NOLA jazz and on Saturday night ended with a slam. So, what exactly happened Saturday night? All of the contests. So, what are the highlights? Well, John Wall is your new dunk champion. The Washington Wizards All-Star point guard threw down a truly impressive dunk to seal the competition down in New Orleans. While Wall was the clear winner, the contest was not without controversy: the new format that judged contestants by teams instead of by individual performance rocked the boat. In other news, Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs won the 3-point contest while Damion Lillard won the Skills Challenge for the second year in a row.
Sunday night tipped off the 63rd NBA All-Star Game down in New Orleans. The game featured high scoring highlights from each of the league’s best players, with a few special standout performances in a game the Eastern Conference team won 163-155 over the Western Conference team. Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant all had amazing nights but the evening belonged to Kyrie Irving, the game’s MVP.
What do we do now that All-Star Weekend is over and we’ve got NBA fever? Don’t worry, the regular season is back and there’s a lot to talk about. Like what? Much of the talk comes down to predicting who will be this season’s NBA MVP. As of right now, the race is down to Oklahoma City Thunder‘s Kevin Durant and 4-time reigning MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat. Lately, the narrative is shifting towards Durant because of his remarkable offensive numbers this season. It’s too early to tell what will happen — there’s a whole chunk of the season left, but expect these two to put on more amazing performances as the season plays out.
Anything else to watch out for this week? The trades! There might be more than a few teams making moves before the deadline. Talk about excitement.
Syracuse is beginning to look unstoppable. The undefeated #1 team in the nation passed two major tests this week in big back-to-back wins. First, freshman star Tyler Ennis hit an amazing game-winner to defeat #25 Pittsburgh on the road. Then, on Saturday, Syracuse survived another close game and beat N.C. State by one point on their turf after C.J. Fair hit a clutch layup off a steal by Rakeem Christmas. Syracuse is clearly the best team in the nation right now, but do they have enough luck to go undefeated during the regular season? Not if the rest of the ACC has anything to say about it. Syracuse should beat Boston College easily early this week before taking on #8 Duke next Saturday in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Speaking of Duke… Saturday night marked one more game with Maryland as a member of the ACC. The Terrapins are leaving to join the Big Ten Conference next season and the last game between these two couldn’t have been any more exciting. Duke led most of the game until they didn’t anymore, and the game came down to the wire. That is, until freshman star Jabari Parker slammed a ferocious dunk to put the Blue Devils up 1. After a missed shot by Maryland, Duke came away with the win. What’s ahead? This Duke team has a rough week. They travel to Georgia Tech on Tuesday, face UNC in Chapel Hill after last week’s snow storm forced them to reschedule, before returning to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on #1 Syracuse on Saturday. It’s going to be quite the week!
What else happened this weekend? #2 Arizona lost to Arizona State in double overtime in a major upset on Friday while #4 Wichita State keeps beating every team they play and has a real chance to go undefeated during the regular season.
Oshie Oshie Oshie! Get to know the name T.J. Oshie — but really. The St. Louis Blues’ center scored 4 goals for the American ice hockey team to defeat the Russians in a shoot-out on the ice. This was a huge win for Team USA and they couldn’t have done it without the skills of goalie Jonathon Quick and the hot hand of shoot-out specialist T.J. Oshie. This is only the beginning for ice hockey, and these two teams could very well face each other again when the medal rounds begin. Team USA, which won Group A early Sunday against Slovenia with a hat trick from Phil Kessel looks ready to show the rest of the field what they’ve got. USA USA USA!
There are few things more synonymous than Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees, but all good things must come to an end. After 19 seasons, Derek Jeter announced that he will retire following his 20th MLB season in 2014. Without a doubt, he will be remembered as one of the best short stops in the history of baseball.
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