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THE TIMES, APRIL 18, 2019 PAGE 8 By JOHN DUCEK Times Columnist series with the Celtics. I still think Boston advanc- es though. Finally, the other series that I'll definitely be keeping an eye on is the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have seemingly come out of the basement of the league over the past cou- ple of seasons. They were Finally, after hundreds upon hundreds of regu- a laughingstock forever, lar season NBA basketball games, the real season just started. Times Sports Columnist John Dudek is find some how, some way to win. Even though the Nuggets are a really good team this year, you will never catch me pick- ing against the Spurs. In my opinion, their coach, Greg Popovich, might just be the best NBA coach of all time. Over in the Eastern conference, the Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics might be the best matchup. The Celtics are coming off of another strong showing in the regular season, and look poised to make a deep run in the postseason. Star free agent acquisi- tion from a couple of years ago, Gordon Heyward, looks like he is finally healthy, after missing all of last year after break- ing his ankle. The addi- tion of Heyward might be enough to push them over the edge, and get them all the way to the conference finals. While the Pacers lack the star power that Boston has, they make up for it with teamwork. Indi- ana has a balanced roster, with enough playmakers to make it an interesting Surprisingly, just two games into it, and the Golden State Warriors have lost a game. They might have also lost their secret weapon this season. Golden State's mercurial, yet uber talented center, Demarcus "Boogie" Cous- ins looks like he may have suffered a season ending injury, again. You might recall that Cousins, a for- mer member of the New Orleans Pelicans, ended his season last year, in a very similar fashion. If Cousins injury is as seri- ous as feared, he could be looking at having to call it quits for his career. Mean- while, his current team, the Warriors, suddenly look beatable. After the in- jury, the Los Angeles Clip- pers just completed the biggest comeback in play- off history. At one point, Golden State was up by a whopping thirty one points. While the series is tied at one game a piece, the Clippers have now sto- len the home court advan- tage. This series resumes this Thursday night. Another series in the Western conference that I have my eyes on, is the San Antonio Spurs, and the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are actually the number two seed, and the . purs are the underdog. I lon't think that has ever Been the case in my life- time. The Nuggets are i erennial also-rans, while .the Spurs have been cham- pionship contenders for as long as I can remember. In the first game of this se- ries, San Antonio did what .they always do, and that The Ponchatoula Times Independence Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L,LC. 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That 145-123 boxscore let everyone know that these teams can both flat out score. There might not be a whole lot of defense, but the scoreboard operator will definitely be busy. Ul- timately, I definitely think that Philadelphia will win the series, and should be considered a real threat to make it all of the way to the finals. Lions a By JOEL RAY Times Sports Editor The Tulane Green Wave defeated the Southeastern Lions 15-14 in midweek baseball action then swept a three game weekend se- ries against the Universi- ty of South Florida (USF) Bulls. Tulane's record is 25- 11 overall and 7-2 in the American Athletic Confer- ence. SLU is 18-18 overall and 10-5 in the Southland Conference. Tulane and Southeast- ern played what ended up being a high scoring game, The Lions took an early 1-0 lead in the first in- ning. The Green Wave re- sponded by scoring seven runs in the second inning to take a 7-1 lead. In later innings Tulane extended its lead. Going into the bottom of the 9th inning Tulane had a six-run 15-9 lead over Southeastern. But the Lions came roar- ing back to score five runs in the bottom of the 9th to make the final score a close one-run victory for the Green Wave. The Lions and Green Wave will play again on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Turchin Stadium on the Tulane campus in New Orleans. The Green Wave de- feated the USF Bulls 9-2 on Friday, April 12 in game one of a three game American Athletic Confer- ence series. In game two of the series on Saturday the Green Wave defeated the Bulls 20-11 in a high scor- ing shootout. Sweeping a team by de- feating them three times in a row is not easy, but Tulane did just that by defeating USF 6-4 in the final game of the se,ries. The Green Wave s next game will be the first of another three game Amer- ican Athletic Conference series against the Univer- sity of Memphis Tigers in Memphis. 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