Heat and Grizz win Game Fives
The Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies have each moved on to their respective conference finals. Wednesday night in South Beach, Miami beat Chicago 94-91 to win that series 4-1. The Heat trailed by eight heading into the fourth quarter but managed to put away a game but undermanned Bulls outfit late. Lebron James had 23/7/8 for the winners while Carlos Boozer had 26/14 in a losing effort for Chicago.
At Oklahoma City, the memphis grizzlies put away the Thunder 4-1 with an 88-84 road win. Zach Randolf had 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizz who effectively put things away with a 32-15 second quarter. Kevin Durant had 21/8/6 (5-21 shooting) in what was pretty much an awful game for the Durantula. The Thunder wound up the year on a 3-6 run after PG Russell Westbrook went down for the season with a knee injury.
Pacers and Spurs can clinch tonight
The Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs can clinch their respective playoff series with wins tonight. At Madison Square Garden, the Knicks are -5 point home favorites over the Pacers with the high/low set at 179. Indiana leads the series three games to one. At 10:35 PM EST on the back end of the ESPN double-header, the San Antonio Spurs are 1 1/2 point road chalk to eliminate the Golden State Warriors. The total here is 195 1/2. San Antonio leads the series 3-2 and would be well served to get a win here to get some extra rest before facing the Memphis Grizzlies.
Blackhawks draw first blood vs the Red Wings
The Chicago Blawkhawks got four goals from four differnt players to open up their series with the Detroit Red Wings with a 4-1 win. Marian Hossa opened the scoring and Corey Crawford was outstanding in goal despite having to make just 20 saves. This was the 800th game between two of the NHL’s original six franchise.
In another battle of the league’s original six, the Boston Bruins are -130 home ice favorites tonight in Game I of their series with the New York Rangers. The teams have not met in the playoffs since 1973.
MLB News and Notes
Zack Greinke made his return to the Dodgers a winning one pitching 5 1/3 inning of five-hit one-run ball in the Bums 3-1 over the Washington Nationals. Greinke was injured in an April 11th brawl with the Padres after hitting Friar cleanup hitter Carlos Quinton.
Angel manager Mike Scioscia was given the dreaded vote of confidence yesterday by owner Arte Moreno. The Halos promptly went out and got bombed 9-5 by Kansas City, a game they trailed 8-0 in the third inning. Scioscia is in his 14th year managing the 15-25 Angels.
Orb draws the rail in Saturday’s Preakness
Kentucky Derby Derby winner Orb has drawn the rail in the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown when he goes to post Saturday as the prohibitive even money morning line favorite in the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes. He’ll have his work cut out for him from inside where only one horse has won (Tabasco Cat 1994) in the last 50 years.
138th PREAKNESS STAKES
Horse Jockey Odds
1 Orb Rosario Even
2 Goldencents Krigger 8-1
3 Titletown Five Leparoux 30-1
4 Departing Hernandez 6-1
5 Mylute Napravnik 5-1
6 Oxbow Stevens 15-1
7 Will Take Charge Smith 12-1
8 Govenor Charlie Garcia 12-1
9 Itsmyluckyday Velazquez 10-1
OJ Simpson takes the stand in hopes for re-trial
O.J. Simpson took the stand in Las Vegas yesterday in a hearing regarding whether or not he will receive a retrial in the case where he was convicted of robbery in a Las Vegas casino and sentenced from 9-34 years. Simpson is claiming ineffective representation and that his then attorney did not bring him a plea bargains deal where he would have done 24-30 months. You can read all about the latest chapter in the OJ story by clicking here.
(NBA) San Antonio -1.5 over Golden State (Thursday, May 16, 10:35 PM PM EST)