We all know why the Washington Nationals have been covered so heavily by the media recently, but sitting at the top of the NL East certainly helps. Whether or not they're a real contender depends on how they can manage with their recent injuries, but one thing's for sure: Bryce Harper is a talent. After many disappointing years, the Nationals seem to be loaded in talent. From highly talented draft-picks in Stephen Strasburg and Harper to recent acquisitions in Jayson Werth, Gio Gonzalez, and Adam LaRoche; this team can be dangerous for years to come. I'm not sure if they can make a considerable amount of noise this season since they are a pretty young team and Werth is injured, but once the aging Phillies are forced to rebuild, watch out for Washington.
When you're used to winning, it's hard to lose. Or at least you're not gonna lose games without a fight. That's a lesson that the young OKC squad must learn if they want to advance to their first NBA Finals. The old San Antonio Spurs once again showed how important veteran leadership is as they rallied against the Thunder and outscored them 39-27 in the final quarter to take Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.