Celts dump Heat, Devils/Kings Game IV, MLB and NFL News + Free Plays for Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bosh back for Heat not enough

Chris Bosh returned to the Miami Heat lineup after missing nine games with a lower abdominal strain but it wasn’t enough as the Celtics beat the Heat 94-90 in Miami to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff final. Bosh had 9 points and 7 rebounds in 14 minutes but 9/6 of that came in the first half. Bosh played just four minutes in the second half and sat out the fourth quarter. The Heat were -13 with Bosh on the floor.

The real story of the game was Boston weathering a first half Miami storm that saw the Celtics down 13 points just two minutes into the second quarter and and clutch outside shooting by Mickael Pietrus and Paul Pierce whose dagger with 54 seconds left killed any hope of a Miami come back. Boston hit their final nine foul shots to seal the deal for the visitors. Game Six is Thursday night at TD Arena in Boston, Miami is a two-point favorite and the total has held steady at 179 1/2.

Celtics/Heat Game Five highlights

Just four games after a run of 20 straight wins, the San Antonio Spurs face elimination tonight in Oklahoma City. The Thunder are favored by five points and the total is holding steady at 202 flat. The numbers are not encouraging for the Spurs. Oklahoma City is unbeaten on their home floor in the playoffs and San Antonio is just 2-7 in road elimination games during the Tim Duncan era.

Kings can hoist the Cup tonight

The Los Angeles Kings can hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history with a win tonight on home ice. The Kings are -190 and the total is 4 1/2 with the under -115. After playing the Kings dead even in Games One and Two, the Devils were completely dominating in Monday’s 4-0 spanking. The Devils are 0-13 on the power-play. A ray of hope for New Jersey is that LA’s only two losses during the playoffs came if Game Fours vs Vancouver and Phoenix, two desperate teams looking to avoid getting swept.

MLB Diamond Dust

It’s June 6th and the Phiadelphia Phillies $22 million-dollar man Cliff Lee is yet to win a games in 2012. He’s 0-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 64 innings, not bad but last night deserved a better fate. Lee was dominant for seven shutout innings, striking out 12 Dodgers, before getting nicked for two runs in the eighth in a 2-1 loss. Lee threw 122 pitches, 92 for strikes.

Andy Pettitte bounced back from his worst start of the season with 7 1/3 shutout innings as the New York Yankees blanked Tampa Bay 7-0 at The Stadium. Russell Martin had the big blow for the Bronx Bombers with a fourth-inning grand slam. The Rays were behind the eight ball from the start going down 2-0 thanks to some shoddy fielding in the opening frame. The Rays committed three errors during the game.

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Tommy Lasorda OK after mild heart attack

Tomy Lasorda is apparently well enough to travel and will return to Los Angeles after suffering a milld heart attack in New York while there for the MLB draft. Lasorda had a stent procedure to clear a blocked artery. Lasorda, apparently in good spirits, released a statement through the team saying that, “doctors have confirmed that I bleed Dodger blue.”

Djokovic wins 26th straight Grand Slam match

The Joker slam is still alive as Novak Djokovic staved off four match points to beat Joe Willie Tsonga 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-1 to set up a French Open rematch against 16-time major champion Roger Federer. It was Djokovic’s 26th straight win in a grand slam match. If Djokovic was to win the French he would hold all four Grand Slam title although they weren’t won in the same year. Rafael Nadal may have something to say about that.

Seahawks docked two OTAs for violating live contact rule

The Seattle Seahawks have been docked two OTA practices for violating rules on offseason contact. In a statement released by the NFL:

The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have determined that the Seattle Seahawks violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s offseason workout rules on the prohibition of live contact during one of the club’s organized team activity days (“OTA days”).

As a result, the Seahawks will forfeit two of their scheduled OTA practices (June 6 and 7) as well as an additional offseason workout day on Friday, June 8. Seahawks’ players are not permitted to be at the facility on those days, but will be paid for the sessions. The club cannot reschedule the cancelled days.

Alabama forces WCWS Game Three

Free Plays

(NHL) Devils/KIngs Under 4.5 -115

(MLB) LA Dodgers (Capuano) +113 over Philadelphia (Kendrick)

(MLB) Milwaukee (Greinke) -1.5 over ChiCubs (Maholm)

(MLB) Toronto (Morrow)/ChiSox (Quintana) Under 8.5 -120