Not even an injured LeBron James could slow down the Miami Heat. Despite a 40-plus point playoff record from OKC guard Russell Westbrook, the Heat defeated the Thunder 104-98 now just one win away from winning their first championship in the LeBron James era. Westbrook played one of the most memorable NBA Finals performances with 43 points 7 rebounds and five assists but made a bad foul when he injured Mario Chalmers following a game deciding jump ball. After a three point basket from a limping James, Heat guard Mario Chalmers kept his team in the game with a total of 25 points. Miami play again at the American Airlines arena on Thursday night in what can be the day Lebron has been chasing for nine seasons.
In the MTV News Hip-Hop Finals Eminem continues to dominated in the now lopsided match against Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group. From the gate Maybach has been dealt a severe blow from Shady and has yet to recover. Shady 2.0 now leads MMG with 94% of the votes.
Two months of non-stop hip-hop action between some of the biggest and the best rap crews out culminated in the ultimate showdown between Eminem’s Shady 2.0 and Rick Ross’ budding Maybach Music Group empire. It was a hard fought battle on the road to the MTV News Hip-Hop Finals but the two respective crews managed to sustain the wraths of powerhouse rap crews including Roc Nation, TDE, G.O.O.D. Music, Diplomats, G-Unit, Taylor Gang, Odd Future, Grand Hustle and more.
The NBA Playoffs is expected to be a historical one with the Finals kicking off tonight between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Commissioner David Stern couldn’t ask for a better NBA Finals with the leagues MVP Lebron James and 2011-2012 scoring champ Kevin Durant. Outside of the two superstars, marquee guards Dwyane Wade and OKC’s Russell Westbrook are expected to have a legendary match of their own. And lets not forget about the third tier players, Chris Bosh and the bearded James Harden.
We examined the past year in hip-hop and identified the game’s 16 most dominant crews. Then we split them up into our either our Swagged-Out Conference or Baller Conference and created match-ups where you the fan can determine the winner based on your, votes. So while the NBA sets forth to determine who the best ball team of the year is, RapFix is on a mission to find out who the best team in rap in our MTV News Hip-Hop Playoffs!
A championship team is only as good as its weakest link, so we analyzed talent, sales success and overall influence to determine our 16 rap teams and come up with the proper seeding.
It’s not up to us, it’s up to you guys. Fans get to vote in order to determine who hip-hop’s ultimate crew of 2012 will be?
Be sure to check back with our RapFix blog daily as we update you on who will walk away with the hip-hop crown. Game On!
Voting is open now for the finals! Be sure to use the hashtag #hiphopplayoffs