Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2/12: Bourn, Vick, etc.

Greetings! Let's go.

  • Michael Bourn is a Cleveland Indian. The former Brave inked a 4-year, $48 million deal with incentives to move over to the AL Central. He had gone through a very long free agent process, mostly centering around the fact that the teams who actually wanted to sign him, didn't want to give up a draft pick. Cleveland decided that the benefit outweighed the cost and here we are. A lot of Braves fans are yelling about this, saying that Cleveland is paying Bourn less than Atlanta is paying BJ Upton, and while that's true, it isn't as simple as paying the "better player". Bourn is 30 years old and the absolute definition of a guy who will decline when he loses his legs. His value is almost exclusively defensive and on the base paths, and while he's better than Upton today, the length of the deal evens it out. It's an odd fit in Cleveland (who already had Drew Stubbs and Michael Brantley), but Bourn can play.
  • Michael Vick... is staying in Philly!? Most people people had his Philadelphia obituary written, but Vick inked a 1-year deal to stay with the Eagles and Chip Kelly. The deal is heavily incentive-laden, but I actually like that they'll give him a shot under the new system. It'll either be spectacular or a disaster with no in-between.
  • NBA Check! The Hawks got a 105-101 win in Dallas last night. Josh Smith went for 26 and 13 as well as a dagger (and horrendous) three that helped clinched the result. The real kudos go to Al Horford (21 and 10 on 10-14 FG) and Jeff Teague (20 and 9) for splendid efforts. Chris Paul is lighting up the league (again) post-injury as he led the Clips to a road win last night with 21 points and 11 assists. What else can you say? Boston finally lost without Rajon Rondo as they went down in a 94-91 decision to Charlotte. Eesh. And finally, San Antonio went into Chicago without Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker.... and still dominated the Bulls. I don't know how Pop does it, but the 103-89 win was impressive. They got 26 points from their default best-player in Kawhi Leonard, 18 points from Danny Green, and 16 a piece from Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal. That's real life.
  • In college, Kansas blew out their in-state rival in K-State by a 83-62 margin in Lawrence. Ben McLemore went for 30 points on just 13 shot attempts, and the Jayhawks looked "right" again after that disastrous 3-game slide. Impressive win. In the early game, Georgetown knocked off Marquette 63-55 despite shooting under 40% from the field as a team. Otto Porter is looking more and more like a lottery pick for the Hoyas with 21 points and 7 rebounds.
What to watch for on Tuesday...
  • 7:00 - NCAAB - #25 Kentucky @ #7 Florida (ESPN) - Probably the game of the year in the SEC... for whatever that's worth. 
  • 7:30 - NBA - Blazers @ Heat (NBATV) - Can Lebron keep this pace? Really?
  • 9:00 - NCAAB - #4 Michigan @ #8 Michigan State (ESPN) - Easily the game of the night. This is a really tough spot for my Wolverines, as Sparty is always tough at home and they have a big size edge as Jordan Morgan continues to sit. This will be a barn-burner.
  • 10:30 - NBA - Rockets @ Warriors (NBATV) - The rematch! In the last match-up, Houston was going after a 3-point record (aggressively) and Golden State got their back up. Can't wait for this one.

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