Wednesday, January 9, 2013

1/9: RGIII, Hoops, etc.

Greetings! Let's get going...
  • Robert Griffin III has a torn LCL and ACL... at least according to reports. We covered this briefly yesterday, but the new reports have surfaced and I thought I'd reference them. Still nothing confirmed, but it looks like he may miss some serious time.
  • NBA! Minnesota blitzed Atlanta by a score of 108-103 in the Target Center last night. The Wolves built a 16-point halftime lead and hung on for dear life in the final minutes before an errant inbounds pass by Josh Smith (shocking!) clinched the game for Minny. Nikola Pekovic was the story, scoring 25 and grabbing 18 rebounds for the T-Wolves. Miami went down in a heap at the hands of the Pacers by an 87-77 tally. Dwyane Wade had 30 points and Lebron had 22/10, but Paul George's 29 points and the fact that Indy held Miami to just 41% shooting were the bigger factors. Nice win for the Pacers. The Bucks opened their Skiles-free era with a 108-99 win over Phoenix led by Brandon Jennings' 29 points and 9 assists. And finally, Houston blew out LA 125-112 led by a 66-point second half. The Lakers just had no answer inside with Pau and Dwight, and the Houston offense ran rough-shot. 
  • College Hoops was pretty ho-hum last night with four of the top-25 teams in action winning comfortable decisions... and then there was the Pitt/Georgetown game. Pitt went on the road to Georgetown as an unranked team, and beat them 73-45. The Panthers shot 55% from the field to 35% for Georgetown, dominated the glass 27-20, had 16 assists to 5 for GT, and won the turnover battle 16-10. Basically, a domination in every way. Trouble for JTIII and company.
What to watch for on Wednesday (in chronological order)...
  • 7:00 - NBA - Hawks @ Cavs (SportSouth) - Very winnable game for the Hawks and a chance to see the best super-young guard in the game in Kyrie Irving.
  • 7:00 - NCAAB - Nebraska @ #2 Michigan (BTN) - My Wolverines look like a gauntlet right now, and I don't want to jinx it.
  • 7:00 - NCAAB - #3 Louisville @ Seton Hall (ESPN2) - Seton Hall is 12-3 but without any real quality wins, and this is a big test for them.
  • 8:00 - NBA - Lakers @ Spurs (ESPN) - Exactly what the Pau-less, Dwight-less Lakers needed. A visit to San Antonio!
  • 9:00 - NCAAB - #8 Minnesota @ #12 Illinois (BTN) - Randomly, the game of the night belongs on the Big Ten Network as two top-12 teams square off. Illinois has going with Brandon Paul, and I'd pick them at home.
  • 10:00 - NCAAB - #24 UNLV @ #25 New Mexico (CBS College Sports) - I'm fully aware that most people don't have this channel, but if you do, you're treated to a really nice match-up. 
  • 10:30 - NBA - Mavs @ Clippers (ESPN) - It's been a nightmare season for Dallas fans (sorry, David), but at least with Dirk back there is some reason for optimism. Just maybe not in LA tonight.

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