As Pacers Head Home for NBA Playoff Games 3 & 4, Ticket Prices Fall

Leading to Game 3, median ticket price for the Pacers/Knicks has dropped by nearly 70% from the most expensive ticket in the league for Games 1 & 2 to the least expensive for Game 3, with a starting price of just $45.

Ranked 26th in attendance but #3 in the conference, starting point guard George Hill made a plea to Pacers fans in March after an incredibly poor at-home showing against the Lakers. Looking for a comeback in Game 3 against the Knicks, who are notorious for traveling well, Pacers fans may consider taking advantage of the cheapest playoff tickets in the league.

I’ll Have Another…Heat Finals Appearance

I had been looking forward to this post all week. Writing and re-writing this entire piece in my head on how I’ll Have Another was the first horse in decades to win the Triple Crown, and then I heard the news. I’ll Have Another would become the third horse in the sport’s history to drop out of the Belmont after winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown. This was a devastating day in sports to say the least.  But then Game 7 of the Boston Miami series started…

After LeBron’s 45 point performance in Game 6, I didn’t know what to expect in Game 7. Let’s just say I was not let down. With the return of Chris Bosh, the “Trio” was finally re-united and put on a great show for their home crowd. Bosh returned with a solid performance of 19 points and 8 rebounds. Wade and James were at it again showing why they are two of the best in the game, scoring a combined 54 points and taking the TicketCity Play of the Week.

The LeBron to Wade to LeBron alley-oop, as its being referred to, could not have come at a better time. The Celtics had taken a quick lead towards the end of the half and looked to be gaining some momentum. With forty seconds left in the half, The King makes an acrobatic steal and it’s LeBron and Wade on the run. While this has become quite customary during a Miami Heat game, this instance in particular showcases the unmatchable chemistry between these two guys.

After the monstrous two-handed jam by LeBron, the crowd depletes any momentum the Celtics thought they had. The Heat would go into the locker room trailing the Celtics at half time, but would pick up right where they left off and come out with a 101-88 win to advance to the Finals for the second year in a row. The Miami Heat will take on the OKC Thunder in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is on June 12 in Oklahoma City at 8:00 pm.

Now for the TicketCity Play of the Week:

Deja Vu for the Devils

Hello again and happy Monday. What an amazing week it was in the world of sports. There is Baxter’s clutch catch to save Santana’s no hitter, a first for both Santana and the New York Mets’ ball club. Then there was the NBA Conference Finals where OKC came back from a 2-0 disadvantage against the Spurs to tie the series and Boston doing the same against Miami. As if this wasn’t enough for one week, Mexico defeated Brazil 2-0 with an amazing chip-shot off the right post and a well deserved penalty kick. We even got to see some vintage Tiger in the Memorial Tournament with his version of the chip-shot that sent him to the top of the leader boards. I could stop here and be completely satisfied with how my weekend of pure sports bliss went, really I could, but there is more.

The Los Angeles Kings are at it again. To recap, the Kings entered the Playoffs as the 8th seed, the last seed. The highly underestimated, as we now know, Kings have only lost two of their 16 playoff games. The first came in round one against the number one seeded Canucks and the second came from Phoenix in round three. Other than that, it’s been nothing but wins. Continuing this winning theme  in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Kings have taken a 2-0 lead, with both of the W’s coming in overtime at the New Jersey Devils’ home rink. I would hate to speak too soon, but with the next two games at home for the Kings in L.A., we could possibly see a Stanley Cup sweep.

Now, the play that topped this spectacular seven days of sports heaven. Almost identical to their win in game one, the Kings scored in overtime again to win game two. Twelve minutes into OT, after a very brief attack by the Devils, the Kings sent the puck up to Drew Doughty at center ice. Doughty makes a game changing back hand pass to a wide open Anze Kopitar, who only has the goalie to beat. Kopitar flies down the ice and in one sweet, swift motion finds the back of the net for the win and deja vu for the Devils.

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Spurs Make History

Welcome back from what I hope was a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Not only was it a three day weekend, but the NBA Conference Finals started and the Stanley Cup Finals start tomorrow. If you have not been keeping up with the NHL Playoffs, the 8th seed Kings have been dominating the competition as they head to Newark for game one of the Finals against the New Jersey Devils. The NBA has been entertaining as well, even though my Lakers were booted out by the Thunder. With that advance, OKC is matched up against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Chris Bosh’s absence from the court has not seemed to cool the Heat too much as they are a game up in the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston.

As the title of this week’s TicketCity Play of the Week implies, I am going black and silver today and giving the Spurs some love. I am not going to single out one specific play this week because what the Spurs have done can not be seen in just one game, or even two. This video is a recap of game one against Oklahoma City Sunday night. The game was your typical conference final game, going back and forth, not ever showing a clear winner until the last seconds of the game. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Spurs came out on top beating the Thunder 101 – 98.

I didn’t just pick this game because it was a game one victory that has set the tone for the rest of the series. I picked this win because it continued the longest winning streak in the franchise history of the Spurs. Nineteen to be exact, eight of which came against the best teams in the NBA as the Spurs swept the Jazz and Clippers in the first two rounds of the Playoffs.

I would love to see the Spurs continue this winning streak all the way to the NBA Finals. If they can continue to keep the streak alive, it will be a true test as OKC, Boston, and Miami are not teams to be taken lightly. But if there is a team that can do it, I think it’s the Spurs. Here’s the Spurs 19th consecutive win and your TicketCity Play of the Week. Go Spurs!