Wednesday, May 23, 2012

5/23: Miami Cruises...

Greetings... let's go...

  • Miami 115, Indiana 83 - The word annihilation comes to my mind with this one. The Heat got a combined 58 points from James & Wade in just 71 total minutes and absolutely bottled up the Indiana offense to the tune of 33% shooting on the night. The real talking point? The 3 flagrant fouls including a possible suspension for Udonis Haslem for a crucial game 6 in Indy. Also, Danny Granger and David West both went down with injuries (ankle and knee respectively) so that's something to watch going forward. The Heat suddenly look to be in complete control of the series and it all happened in a 48-minute stretch.
  • The LA Kings are in the Stanley Cup Finals. I have no analysis on this at all, but LA won 4-3 in OT last night to advance. The LA/New York finals would be an apparent god-send for the NHL.
  • The Knicks are reportedly close to finalizing a deal with head coach Mike Woodson. This makes me laugh for numerous reasons, but chiefly among them is that I watched Mike Woodson coach for several years in Atlanta. This isn't going to end well for anyone but Carmelo since iso-Melo will now be a term in the NBA lexicon.
  • Reds 4, Braves 3 - Brandon Beachy is human. The Braves hurler allowed 4 earned runs through 7 innings on 3 home runs (2 by Brandon Phillips) and the Braves offense couldn't put up enough against Mat Latos. The weirdest part of the night was easily that Michael Bourn hit 2 home runs... in one game. For perspective, Bourn has 16 career home runs, and hit only 2 in each of the past 2 seasons total. Alas, the Braves now need back-to-back wins for a series split. 
  • MLB Check - Adam Wainwright is back. Well, he's been "back" all year, but after a complete game shut-out with only 4 hits and 9 K's last night, I'd say he's fully back. Speaking of dominant pitching, CJ Wilson of the Angels threw 8 innings of 1-hit shutout ball in dispatching of the A's in Oakland. And finally, Miami knocked off Colorado 7-6 and produced the single weirdest storyline of the night. Ricky Nolasco became the all-time winningest pitcher in Marlins history with 69 wins. Ricky Nolasco!!! I don't want to live in a world where he's a franchise wins leader. 
What to watch for...
  • MLB - Braves @ Reds - 7:00 SportSouth - Hanson vs. Arroyo - Bronson Arroyo stinks.
  • MLB - Nats @ Phillies - 7:00 ESPN2 - Jackson vs. Hamels - The big story line in the media is Hamels vs. Harper, but I'd be talking about Edwin Jackson. The Nats' rotation has been utterly ridiculous and Jackson is no exception.
  • NBA - Celtics @ Sixers - 8:00 ESPN - Celtics Lead 3-2 - Must-win time for Philly. I think they could hold serve here, and Vegas agrees (favored by 2 points at home). That said, would anyone be shocked if Boston closed it out on the road?

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