Archive for April 29th, 2015

Grizzlies Win Over Trailblazers, OKC To Hire U Of Florida Head Coach, Draft Night QB Excitement


In the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies finally closed the door on their series against the Portland Trailblazers.  The Grizzlies don’t look as polished as they did to open the season, but they will still give the Golden State Warriors headaches in the second round.  Expect that to be an amazing series.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder have moved on from long-time coach Scott Brooks, and now they’ve found their replacement, and it’s a very interesting choice.  It’s still not official, but apparently they want to sign a multi-year deal with Billy Donovan, head coach of the University of Florida basketball team.  Donovan turned that program completely around, leading Florida to back-to-back championships.  And since then, they have always been competitive both in the regular season and the tournament.  He’s good with young players, and this could be a perfect marriage.  However, it could also fall apart, as Donovan might only be good at the college level.


NFL DraftThursday is the NFL Draft.  The big mystery is whether or not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take a chance and draft QB Jameis Winston with the #1 overall pick.  It’s also a classic nervous case of should they take Winston, the proven guy with behavior issues, or QB Marcus Mariota, the Heisman winner who may be a bit of a project.  Also, the Cleveland Browns are reported to be actively seeking a trade to move up to the 2nd pick to draft Mariota.  That would signal a quick end to the Johnny Manziel era, as they would probably ship him out of town.  It’s going to be a drama filled night, and is definitely worth checking it out.

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Houston Buries Mavs, Spurs Win, Orioles To Play To Empty Stadium


In the NBA, Houston was looking to finally bury their rivals.  The Dallas Mavericks pretty much collapsed and even though they won one game, they still seemed to be on life support.  With the series back in Houston, James Harden came to play in MVP form and put up 28 points to help them cruise past the Mavericks.  The Rockets now await the winner of the Spurs/Clippers series.  Houston 103, Dallas 94.

Speaking of the Spurs/Clippers series, the teams met Tuesday night for a crucial Game 5 clash with the series tied at 2 games a piece.  History says that the team that wins Game 5 of a 7 game series wins the series 82% of the time.  The Clippers came out red hot as they always do,  with power dunks from Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but in the second half, the Clippers seem to have a way of just melting.  The Spurs took advantage of some late game sloppiness, and snuck away from LA with the win.  So they lead 3-2 with the series headed back to San Antonio.  But you can’t count a super talented team like the Clippers out just yet.  San Antonio 111, LA Clippers 107.


5f50819f558055714f961292042d0cc3Finally, in some news out of Baltimore, the Orioles will play the White Sox Wednesday in what will be a first in the history of baseball.  Because of the riots and strife in Baltimore, the two teams will meet at Camden Yards and play a game that is not open to the public.  So they will be playing competitive baseball in a stadium that fits 46,000, but there won’t be a single person in the stands.  So that means no cheering ovations, no boos, not even a peep.  What a strange affair for both teams.

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