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It wasn’t a good senior night for Miles Plumlee.

Both he and his father could be seen on the verge of tears as he exited the game with little time left on the clock.  It’s interesting that they were so emotional, considering they had most of the game to prepare for the unfortunate end of Miles’ NCAA regular season career.

By halftime, the Blue Devils were already down by 24 points, the score 48-24, and it did not look like things were going to turn around for them.  They couldn’t shoot, they couldn’t get their boards and their defense looked weak at best.

To make matters worse for Coach K’s army, UNC just looked good.

Kendall Marshall, who ended the game as UNC’s scoring leader, fed the ball to Tyler Zeller throughout the first half.  Zeller would end the game one point behind Marshall for a total of 39 combined points.

After the half Duke began to play a little better.  They made fourteen of their first eighteen shots, but were still down by more than twenty points.

If you hadn’t already, this was probably about the time that you turned the game off to catch the second half of “My Cousin Vinny” on cable.

The Blue Devils continued to try to fight back but made little headway.  Though Duke’s offensive effort improved in the second half, UNC’s offense was playing just as well as they were in the first.  By about half way through the second half, both Miles and Mason Plumlee had four fouls each, forcing Coach K to limit their time on the floor.

In the end, Duke’s efforts just weren’t enough to overcome the massive deficit they put themselves in at the beginning of the game, and UNC won 88-70, securing the #1 spot in the ACC.

Since it has been made public that Lakers star Kobe Bryant sustained a concussion in this past weekend’s All-Star game after being fouled by Dwayne Wade, the big question has become whether or not Bryant will be cleared to play in this Sunday’s game against the Miami Heat.

According to NBA guidlines, a player who has suffered a concussion must do the following in order to be cleared to play:

1.  Be free of concussion symptoms

2.  Make it through increasing stages of exertion without problems

3.  Be cleared by an NBA neurologist.

So, the short answer to the question of whether Bryant will play is that we don’t know and probably won’t know until later in the week.  One would think he would rest until today or Thursday to try to keep the symptoms under control and avoid further injury, then begin going through the necessary procedures for clearance by Friday.

Luckily for Kobe and the fans, the neurologist that must clear him is an NBA employee rather than an independent.  I’m not saying this doctor won’t use his best judgment, but it sure doesn’t hurt Kobe’s chances of playing that the doctor evaluating him is being paid by the compan that makes money when Kobe is on the court doing what he does in the fourth quarter.

Especially considering that the cuncussion was ruled as “minor,” I would say it’s a safe bet that you’ll see number 24 on the floor this Sunday.

The game will air this Sunday, March 4th at 3:30 PM (ET) on ABC.

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I don’t think there’s any doubt that the Game of the Week this week will be the Heat (27-7) at the Lakers (20-14) on Sunday at 3:30 PM ET.

It’s the perennial playoff machine trying to climb back to the top against the “Big Three,” the “Threetles,” or the three hottest stars in the NBA right now, whatever you want to call them. 

King James, D-Wade and crew will be trying to keep their defensive minded team sailing through the regular season while Kobe and company will be fighting to show that they are still playoff contenders despite the loss of some key pieces to the Lakers puzzle, not the least of which was mastermind motivator and coach Phil Jackson.

To add some fuel to the fire, Kobe Bryant sustained a broken nose and a minor concussion after being fouled hard by Wade in a rare show of defense in the All-Star game. 

Call me crazy, but I’d watch for a flagrant retalliation by the Lakers against either Lebron or D-Wade during this matchup.

This game is sure to be full of action and with this many headlines in play and this many stars on the court, you won’t want to miss it.

The game airs this Sunday, March 3rd on ABC at 3:30 PM ET.