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

BASKETBALL

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.

FOOTBALL

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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