Pacers Are in Driver’s Seat Against Heat

The Indiana Pacers may be down 2-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, but they are still in the driver’s seat.

Why? Because LeBron James appears to be all that Miami has going for it right know. Chris Anderson is suspended for Game 6, Dwane Wade is shooting 47% from the field in this series and Chris Bosh has shrunk while guarding Roy Hibbert.

Wade is listed as day-to-day and it’s clear that his knee is giving him more problems than he has been willing to admit. He admitted to having to tape his knee up to play games and his eight field goal attempts in Game 5 shows that he’s not comfortable on the court right now.

The only players who have really stepped up for Miami besides James have been Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem. However, both are role players and their impact isn’t enough to swing this series in the favor of Miami.

I’m not a big gambler, but I’m tempted to check out on line gambling from Will Hill and throw down some money on Indiana winning the game tonight and even winning the series.

Roy Hibbert has been a complete beast in this series. Besides making a 6’10 all-star look invisible, Hibbert has averaged 22.6 points and 10.8 boards in this series. He’s had some problems at time adjusting to Haslem and Chris Anderson sticking jumpers, but besides that, he’s been the MVP of this series.

Yes, even ahead of James.

The other interesting factor is the play of Paul George. Indiana’s current all-star has had a bit of a rollercoaster of a series, but Game 5 showed that he’s capable of making a big difference in this series. He hit five three-pointers and scored a team-high 27 points.

Are the Pacers a lock to upset the Heat? Far from it. However, based on how things have played out so far, it looks like Indiana is in a good place to steal this series and advance to the NBA Finals.

Benefits of Whey Protein Isolate Supplements for Basketball Players

Protein is an important nutrient for the human body. Its value is far reaching in building and maintaining good health. Therefore, it is of little surprise that this nutrient is even more valuable to basketball players who put their body through a great deal of stress during their games. There are many different kinds of protein that you can find on many shops like Maxishop for example. The best choice would be forms of whey protein as this is the only complete protein.

Basketball players who are using other forms of protein or not using supplements at all, should consider adding whey protein supplements to their training regimen.

Whey protein is a byproduct of the process used to make cheese. Whey is one of the best forms of soluble protein. This means it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream with little wasted. Whey protein does come in some different forms. Of these forms, whey protein isolate is the best. It comes with the least amount of fat and lactose. This is important as many basketball players do not want to gain fat. Whey protein isolate also has the largest amount of protein in comparison to other types of protein as well as other forms of whey protein.

The bodies of basketball players do receive rather rough treatments. This perhaps may be putting it mildly! Protein is important for the body to withstand this treatment. Whey protein isolate is able to help maintain as well as repair muscle tissue. Whey protein isolate, like all whey protein, does contain the essential amino acids. Therefore, whey protein isolate can help to synthesis the protein to create muscle.

Stamina is also improved from using whey protein isolate supplements. Basketball players benefit greatly from this type of consumption. Muscle soreness is able to be reduced. Also, the body recovers much quicker from the match or workout.

Bwin ’10 Minute Madness’

Bwin, the largest sports book company in Europe and the sponsor of Euroleague Basketball has announced the launch of a new interactive game called ‘10 Minute Madness‘. This digital game has the potential to change the way people passively watch basketball into a game in which they interact in real time. The game adds an entirely new dimension to the Euroleague as basketball fans use this social gaming platform in order to make real time predictions about what will happen in the game, and then sit back and see if they are correct. The game makes use of new innovative second screen technology.

The game is free to play and can be used on a number of alterative platforms which include Apple iOS iPhones and iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, along with more traditional web browsers. The game is played on a quarter by quarter basis and each quarter they make predictions on the winner, the actual scores, the scorers and other game events. Each time that they make a correct prediction they receive game points along with an opportunity to win a number of prizes including basketball merchandise, match tickets and highly coveted tickets to the London Euroleague Final Four including a VIP Courtside pass.

Players can interact socially on twitter via #Makeyourplay and share their thoughts and experiences on the game.
Daniele Sano, the bwin lead on Sponsorship & Events explained that the aim of ‘10 Minute Madness’ of was to bring to our living rooms the thrill of Euroleague in such a way that basketball fans are involved in the action constantly adding that “our approach is to bring real added value to our partnership with Euroleague and make a meaningful and longstanding connection with fans”.

The Euroleague Basketball Business Development Officer Roser Queraltó concurred adding that “This is another great example of Bwin bringing something new to the Euroleague experience, enhancing the action for dedicated fans everywhere.”