“It’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”
Usually, such sentiments are merely vomit-inducing attempts to moralize losing. But, for the first time in a long time, that quote has true symbolism when it relates to the Detroit Red Wings’ playoff expectations in 2014.
Though many will be tempted to expect the injury ravaged Red Wings, fresh off their colossal claw into the 2014 playoffs, to upset the Bruins in the first round, fans should not hold tightly to that expectation prior to this series. Instead, they should appreciate getting there as a fantastic accomplishment in itself. Continue reading
Gary Harris bid farewell to the Michigan State Spartans during a press conference Tuesday, at which he confirmed that he would skip his final two college seasons to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
“It’s like a weight’s off my shoulders, honestly,” Harris said. “I made my decision, I’m happy with the decision I’ve made, and I’m looking forward to get ready for the next step.”
To no one’s surprise, both Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III announced Tuesday that they were entering the 2014 NBA Draft. Flanked by Michigan head coach John Beilein, and with several of their teammates looking on, the two now former Wolverines made official their decisions to bypass their remaining college eligibility.
Though just about all NHL minds readily admit that the Detroit Red Wings may be the most dangerous wild-card team in the playoff field, their matchup with Stanley Cup favorite Boston bodes poorly for their upset chances. Not surprisingly, as the experts’ Round 1 predictions start to trickle in ahead of Wednesday’s postseason openers, the Red Wings are finding no one in their corner.
That said, the prevailing opinion for now seems to be that the Wings at least can make a series of it — most picks have the Bruins advancing in six or seven games.
CBC’s Tim Wharnsby says the matchup will go the distance, with Boston holding serve in the decisive Game 7:
Does [Mike] Babcock have an advantage because [Claude] Julien’s primary responsibility with the Canadian Olympic team was special teams? Or does Julien have the advantage because he knows the kind of overall system Babcock likes to play? Another important development to watch will be whether the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins can handle Detroit’s speed with its influx of youth down the stretch?
Tom Izzo more or less talked about Gary Harris in recent weeks like the guard’s departure for the 2014 NBA Draft was merely a matter of time. Harris may be ready to make that leap official, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman:
It appears that Glenn Robinson III will be the first — though, likely not the last — Michigan Wolverine to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft this offseason. From Jake L. Fischer of the Boston Globe and SLAM:
Even though Joe Dumars was mostly successful as a player and executive, it’s hard to ignore some of the shortcomings his tenure as general manager brought. (zj0933015103, Flickr)
At the conclusion of an elongated tenure for a sports executive, it’s easiest to look back at the positives and gloss over plenty of negative details. While it’s true Joe Dumars has been a positive mainstay for the Detroit Pistons, that shouldn’t absolve his checkered run as general manager.
Dumars did re-instill a winning mentality within Detroit basketball from 2002 until 2008, powerfully embarking on a dramatic sea change which saw the team shift from an embarrassing teal logo back to red, white and blue roots. With regards to personnel, Dumars shook up the team, making a series of bold moves which yielded under-appreciated players that banded together with a hard-working mentality.
In 2004, that work paid off with an NBA championship, and Detroit likely came within a blown assignment by Rasheed Wallace of repeating in 2005. The Pistons continued to operate on top of their game, making the Eastern Conference finals every year from 2006-2008. Prior to taking over in the front office, Dumars himself was a decorated player, winning two titles and an NBA Finals MVP award in 1989. Continue reading
The Detroit Red Wings will take on the top-seeded Boston Bruins in the opening round of the NHL playoffs. Detroit did not clinch a spot until its 80th game of the season, then slipped up with a loss to Carolina, costing itself the No. 7 seed and a meeting with Pittsburgh.
Instead, the Wings drew the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins in Round 1 (* = if necessary):
Game 1, at Boston: Friday, April 18 (7:30 p.m. ET)
Game 2, at Boston: Sunday, April 20 (3 p.m. ET)
Game 3, at Detroit: Tuesday, April 22 (7:30 p.m. ET)
Game 4, at Detroit: Thursday, April 24 (8 p.m. ET)
Game 5*, at Boston: Saturday, April 26 (3 p.m. ET)
Game 6*, at Detroit: Monday, April 28 (Time TBD)
Game 7*, at Boston: Wednesday, April 30 (Time TBD)