Wednesday, March 27, 2013

3/27: Quick Hits!

Greetings! Today will be short, as I'm posting a 2,500+ word Braves preview mid-day. Let's go!

  • I normally would never lead with US Soccer, but it seems to be a massive story that they tied with Mexico at Azteca last night. I have no analysis (whatsoever), but it's good for all involved if the national team is good, and I'm not anti-soccer. U-S-A.
  • NBA Roundup - The Knicks got 32 bench points from JR Smith (on 24 shots lol) to key a 100-85 road win over the KG-less Celtics. Boston turned the ball over 19 times in the game (to just 8 for NY) and that was the key in the game. Also, NYK won despite 10-30 shooting from Carmelo, and that's impressive in itself. And in the late game, Dallas squeaked out a 109-102 OT win over the Clippers to pull even with Utah for 9th in the West, just one game behind LA for the 8th spot. Dirk had a "Dirk" game with 33 points and 9 rebounds, while the Mavs had five additional guys in double-figures. CP3 was awesome for LA (33 points on 12-15 FG), but Blake Griffin disappeared and they stalled late. 
  • We have our first major NCAA tournament injury. Miami's Reggie Johnson had knee surgery and will miss this weekend, starting with the Marquette game in the Sweet 16. The 6'10 Johnson was Miami's leading rebounder, and it weakens their depth inside. Great for my bracket as I had Marquette already...
What to watch for on Wednesday...
  • 1:00 - MLB - Phillies @ Tigers (ESPN) - The days are numbered in Spring Training, and that's a good thing. 
  • 7:00 - NBA - Hawks @ Raptors (SportSouth) - Toronto is awful, but the Hawks completely no-showed for 3 quarters in Indy, so anything is possible. 
  • 8:00 - NBA - Heat @ Bulls (ESPN) - One of the tougher tests during the Heat's ridiculous winning streak, and if the Bulls can score (at all), they'll compete. 
  • 10:30 - NBA - Nets @ Blazers (ESPN) - Portland is the favorite here because it's at home, and the Williams/Lillard match-up is a good one. 

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