Monday, March 5, 2012

3/5: Deron Williams, Tiger/Rory, etc.

Greetings everyone... suddenly a lot to get to from Sunday...
  • Deron Williams scored 57 points last night. Yes, it was against Charlotte, and yes, the Nets stink, but 57 is 57. He took 21 free throws and made them all, and he scored 40 points in the second half. That's not a misprint. We often forget that he's an elite player, but hopefully this will remind everyone. Oh, and it's the Nets franchise record for good measure.
  • Tiger Woods fired a blistering 62 yesterday including an eagle on 18 to post the clubhouse lead at -10, but Rory McIlroy held fast and clinched the win at -12 after some steady play down the stretch. It's an absolutely beautiful thing when Tiger has it going like that, and this was his lowest final round ever. Think about that! At any rate, Rory is now the #1 player, but if there's a will, I'd love to see a legit rivalry emerge here.
  • NFL "Bounty-Gate" is getting out of hand here. At last glance, there were 3 separate teams implicated and while all involved Greg Williams, this is getting kind of crazy. I don't think anyone has a real grasp on what the Commish will hand down, but Mr. Williams might get hammered.
  • College Hoops Check! - Kentucky cruised past Florida 74-59 on the strength of 22 points, 12 boards, and 6 blocks from Anthony Davis. The 'Cats finish SEC play unbeaten and are the unanimous #1 overall seed at this moment. Ohio State clips Mich State at the buzzer 72-70 behind William Buford, who canned the game-winner. As a result of that win and Michigan beating Penn State, there was a 3-way tie for the Big Ten Title between OSU, MSU, and Michigan. Go Blue. And finally, Creighton won the Missouri Valley title after a wild game with Illinois State 83-79. Doug McDermott poured in 33 for the Jays and claimed his runner-up trophy in "most underrated player in the country" behind Virginia's Mike Scott (who had 35 and 11 yesterday btw).
  • Marshawn Lynch has re-upped with the Seahawks to $18 million guaranteed on a 4-year deal. He's getting up there in years so I'd imagine he only performs with numbers worthy of it for a year or two, but this doesn't seem extravagant to me, and that entire offense goes through him right now with T-Jax at the helm.
  • NBA Check - Aside from Deron's 57 points, the line of the night most assuredly goes to Rajon Rondo. The C's point guard posted 18 points, 17 rebounds, and 20 assists for the most obscene triple-double I can remember seeing in the recent past, and led the C's to an OT win over the Knicks. Read that stat line again. Kobe Bryant poured in 33 points to lead the Lakers to a home win over Miami yesterday. On the Miami end, LBJ had 25/13/7, but that wasn't enough in a game that saw Wade inexplicably foul out, and with the Heat playing without Bosh, there wasn't enough punch left. Double-doubles for both Bynum and Gasol did the trick as well. Point guards were on full display as the Clippers snuck an OT win in Houston behind Chris Paul's 28 points and 10 assists, and the Bulls got a 96-91 road win in Philly featuring Derrick Rose's 35 points and 8 dimes. Oh, and finally, Ty Lawson posted a near triple double (22 points, 9 boards, 11 dimes) in leading Denver to a win in San Antonio. Manu returned for the Spurs, but was limited to 8 points in 24 minutes, and while Tony Parker had a nice game (25 and 7), Lawson and company (6 guys in double digits) were too much.

What to watch for on Monday...

  • NCAAB - CAA Title Game - VCU vs. Drexel - 7:00 ESPN - These might both be tourney teams anyway, but the Colonial is a league that produces quality hoops all year-round, and this should be a nice game.
  • NBA - Mavs @ Zombies - 8:00 NBA-TV - Always a good time when these two get together. Durant vs. Dirk offensively is something to behold. Oh, and the opportunity to see Jason Kidd try to stay in front of Russ Westbrook is endearing.
  • NCAAB - WCC Title Game - St. Mary's vs. Gonzaga - 9:00 ESPN - This is the flagship matchup of this league, and we get the pleasure of watching it again.


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