- Miami 93, Boston 79 - The Heat won the opening quarter 21-11 and never looked back. Lebron James was very aggressive throughout, moving off-the-ball and attacking the rim all night as he finished with 32 points (on 13 of 22) and 13 rebounds in 44 minutes. Wade also played pretty well with 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting, and Shane Battier was everywhere doing Shane Battier things and finishing with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. The big keys (other than Lebron) however? The Heat dominated the glass by a 48-33 margin and held the Celtics to just 39% shooting on the night. Those two numbers combined with 4 of 14 from three and a ghastly 11 of 21 from the line for Boston spelled doom. For the C's, Rajon Rondo was aggressive offensively, but shot just 8 of 20, and with Pierce (5 of 18) and Allen (1 of 7) scuffling as well, Kevin Garnett was the only Celtic star to play particularly well last night. KG finished with 23 and 10, but Miami continually attacked and finished at the rim against the undersized Celtics, and this could be an issue that continues going forward.
- The Braves have lost 8 games in a row. I was in the building yesterday to witness another pitching meltdown, and more silent bats. Tommy Hanson somehow escaped severe trouble in each of the first two innings, but the flood gates opened in the 3rd inning as he allowed 4 runs including a 3-run Daniel Descalso home run and that was enough against the struggling Atlanta lineup. No Braves regular had more than 1 hit on the day, and the last time the Braves scored 5-or-more runs was Friday May 18th. No, that's not a joke. I'm not in panic mode because I believe that the "real" Braves are somewhere in between this monstrosity and the team that was leading the NL in runs 2 weeks ago, but I'd like for the balance-out to come soon.
What to watch for on Tuesday...
- MLB - Cardinals @ Braves - SportSouth 7:00 - Westbrook vs. Delgado - The above-mentioned 8 game streak is on the line and Randall Delgado gets the ball. Needless to say, not the guy I'd prefer.
- MLB - Tigers @ Red Sox - ESPN 7:00 - Verlander vs. Bard - Watch for no other reason than to see the best pitcher in the game in Verlander against that powerful Boston lineup.
- NBA - West Finals Game 2 - Thunder @ Spurs - 9:00 TNT - OKC could really use a split here if they want to win this series, and with as poorly as San Antonio played for 3 quarters in Game 1, I'd fear that they missed that window.