Monday, June 4, 2012

6/4: East Finals, Tiger, etc.

Greetings! My sincerest apologies on the weekend absence... schedule got out-of-hand, but we're back...

  • Boston 93, Miami 91 - After Rajon Rondo had that 44-point outburst in a Game 2 loss, there was widespread burial of the Celtics. After Boston's win last night, they have a real, live chance in the series. All 5 Boston starters scored in double-figures led by Paul Pierce's 23 points (despite fouling out), Rajon Rondo's 15 points and 15 assists, and Kevin Garnett's 17 points and 14 boards. The key to me, however, was Boston's ability to hold Miami to just 42% shooting including a ghastly 7 of 22 from Dwyane Wade. Lebron James did his part (29 points, 6 boards) but wasn't spectacular and fouled out for the first time since George W. Bush was president. Yep. The series shifts back to Miami and all the pressure on Earth rests on the Heat. On the bright side? It looks like they'll have Chris Bosh for Game 5.
  • Tiger Woods won the Memorial tournament yesterday. This is very interesting for a number of reasons.
    • 1 - This was Tiger's 73rd career win, tying Jack Nicklaus for 2nd place all-time.
    • 2 - The Memorial is Jack Nicklaus' tournament, and he was in the TV broadcast booth for it.
    • 3 - He sank an incredible 50-foot chip shot on 16 to basically win the tournament, while Jack crowned it as one of the greatest shots he'd ever seen.
    • Is he "back"? Too early to tell, but on one Sunday, he showed all kinds of flashes
  • Jacksonville Jaguars 1st-round pick WR Justin Blackmon blew a 0.24 on a breathalyzer and got a DUI over the weekend. In case you are unfamiliar, a .24 is insanely high, and there's no excuse whatsoever. Do better, kids.
  • The Braves got a 3-2 win over Washington yesterday. The biggest moment of the game was Jason Heyward's big-time at-bat in the 5th inning off of a tough lefty in Gio Gonzalez. Heyward battled and battled before sending a 2-run single into left field, and that was the difference in the game. Tommy Hanson was outstanding after allowing back-to-back homers to start the game, as he'd only allow 4 hits and 0 ER over the next 25 hitters he faced before giving way to O'Flaherty and Kimbrel to slam the door. Nice win.
  • MLB Check - Phil Hughes threw a complete game 4-hitter to upstage Justin Verlander and lead the Yankees to a 5-1 win in Detroit. This isn't the type of outing you'd expect from Hughes against a good lineup, but if he's good, it'll be huge for New York. Shout-out to Barry Zito on 8.1 IP of 4-hit, 0 ER baseball in a 2-0 win for the Giants. Texas avoided a sweep in Anaheim by beating the Angels 7-3. Nelson Cruz blasted a 484-foot home run that was the longest recorded homer of the season in the majors. Power, everybody. And finally, the scorching Miami Marlins won 5-1 in Philly behind Carlos Zambrano on the mound and at the plate, as he blasted a home-run to help his own cause. He's crazy, but he's been very good (2.81 ERA) on the season.
What to watch for on Monday...
  • MLB - Cardinals @ Mets - MLB 1:00 - Lohse vs. Gee - Day baseball!
  • MLB - Dodgers @ Phillies - ESPN 7:00 - Kershaw vs. Worley - Clayton Kershaw is an elite pitcher, and there's nobody I can think of that's more fun to watch pitch.
  • NBA - Thunder @ Spurs - TNT 9:00 - Series Tied 2-2 - Pivotal Game 5 matchup in Texas. I'd certainly pick the Spurs, but OKC is playing at an absurdly high level after their Game 4 offensive showing, and they could rise up and win.

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