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TheLateShift: Game Recap - Spurs Take Game 1 Over Mavs 90 - 85

Spurs Take Game 1 over Mavs 90-85. Photo credit NBA

Join me for a special edition of TheLateShift live from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas for Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs.

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-85 to keep home-court advantage.

Interviews with Gregg Popovich, Rick Carlisle, Danny Green, and Tim Duncan...

2014 NBA Playoffs First Round Preview Podcast

Join NBA analyst Rodney Fisher for a preview of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. A full preview to both Western Conference and Eastern Conference series.

NBA: The Season Begins - First Round Playoff Schedule

2014 NBA Playoffs first round schedule. Photo credit NBA 
by Rodney Fisher

All 82 games are in the books for the 2013-14 NBA season. Now 16 teams will begin the real season to crown a champion. Here is the full schedule:

UFC on Fox 11 Preview

UFC on Fox 11
by Lance Levan

UFC on Fox 11 is being held in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, April 19th.  The top three (3) fights on this card look to be very action-packed and could move people up in the rankings.  Unlike last week, I do not think that any of these fighters have anything to worry about from the standpoint of being cut from the UFC if they lose.  All six (6) of these fighters “bring the noise” every time they enter the octagon and it is never a dull moment to watch them fight.  I think that whoever wins the Werdum/Browne fight will be next in line for a title shot.

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UFC Fight Night 39 Preview

UFC Fight Night 39 is being held in Abu Dhabi on Friday, April 11th.  In my opinion, 3 of the fighters in the top 2 matches are on the proverbial “chopping block”.  These 3 fighters are getting a little older, they are not winning fights like they should anymore and I think Dana White is whispering to these guys that UFN 39 is “do-or-die” for them.  I am willing to bet that within minutes of Dana cancelling their contract with the UFC, other certain organizations will be offering them a contract.

(#11) Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira (34-8-1, 1NC) vs. (#9) Roy “Big Country” Nelson (20-9-0).
This is going to be a 5 round heavyweight fight between two (2) fairly old guys.  Both of these guys are pushing 40 (37)…and it is going to be a messy fight.  I think both of these fighters are in jeopardy of having their contracts voided by Dana White.  Neither of them has had a winning streak in quite some time.  It’s now or never for these warriors.  Both of these fighters like to stand and trade punches and both of them can take a tremendous amount of punishment.  What I find strange is that they are both very technical Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters but yet, they both like to stand and trade punches.  Both of these guys also like to get their opponent on the ground and inflicting loads of damage via “ground-and-pound”.  I think this fight is going to come down to who has more “heart”.  Both of them are going to inflict lots of damage on the other one…but the one of them who can keep getting up and coming forward through all of the abuse, is the one who is going to win.  When it’s all said and done, there are VERY few people in the world who have more heart than the Nogueira brothers.  Prediction:  Nogueira wins by TKO in the 4th round.

(#9) Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (30-11-0) vs. (#12) Tatsuya “The Crusher” Kawajiri (33-7-2)
When you look at these 2 fighters on paper, this is another fight that is a very VERY close match up.  Guida is a wrestler/brawler, Kawajiri is a kickboxer.  Both of these guys are strikers and they like to throw punches-in-bunches.  Guida is known for his relentless pressure and never-ending stamina.  Guida is the 3rd fighter of the night that, in my opinion, needs to win this fight in spectacular fashion to keep his job.  Rumor has it that recently, Guida has changed his entire fight-style from a buzz-saw predator...to a much more cautious style of fighting.  This will NOT sit well with his fans…or with UFC brass.  He needs to come out swinging and trying to destroy Kawajiri.  Kawajiri needs to hurt Guida early and not try to out-last him in the later rounds.  Kawajiri is dangerous, but I’m not sure he has the same “gas tank” as Clay.  I am a “Clay Guida Fan”….so I am expecting a win.  Prediction:  Guida wins via TKO in the 3rd.

John “Doomsday” Howard (22-8-0) vs. Ryan LaFlare (10-0-0)
This is a welterweight fight of two (2) fighters that are largely unknown.  Howard has nine (9) fights in the UFC and LaFlare has 3.  Both guys have very heavy hands and both of these guys have beaten some very impressive opponents.  Howard beat Uriah Hall back in August 2013 and LaFlare beat Cort McGee in December 2013.  Both of these fighters are on a winning streak….Howard has 4 in a row and LaFlare has an impressive 10-0 record.  Almost half of their fights are KO/TKO fights…so they are going to be throwing a LOT of hard punches.  You are not likely to see either of these fighters sitting back and stalling.  Both of them are going to want to show the UFC that they belong on the roster.  When you look at both of them on paper…LaFlare has the advantage.  He is taller with a longer reach, he lands more punches per minute, and his overall defense seems to be more defined.  Prediction:  LaFlare wins via TKO in the 2nd round.

NBA: Mavs Coach Carlisle Talks Teams Must Win Attitude Before Lakers Game

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle talks about team's attitude
in LA. Photo credit NBA 
by Rodney Fisher

Los Angeles-- Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle addresses the media before big game against Los Angeles Lakers. The Mavericks are in must-win game situations the rest of the season due to a tie for the final playoff spot in the West.
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NBA: 8th Seed in the West Will Go To The Wire

The last playoff spot in the West will come down to the last game. Photo credit NBA 
by Rodney Fisher

Los Angeles-- With roughly 13 days left in the 2013-14 NBA season, three teams are tied for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference. The Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, and Memphis Grizzlies are all square at 44-31.

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