Heat Spank Celtics, MLB Diamond Dust+ Memorial Day Recap + Free Plays for Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Heat use 47-33 second half to go one up

When you shoot less than 40% from the field, hit just 11-21 free throws, get five technicals, and get outrebounded 48-33, you are not going to win many games. You definitely will not beat the Miami Heat in an Eastern Conference Final game. That’s why Boston lost 93-79 in South Beach as Lebron James led the way for Miami with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Kevin Garnett had 23/10 and Rondo 16/7/9 for Boston. The Celtics 11-21 from the foul line was the second worst night in Boston’s storied 585 playoff history. Game Two is Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat opened as 7 1/2 point favorites with a total of 177.

Game Two of the Western Conference Finals is tonight in Alamo City with the Spurs riding a 19-game win streak and a 1-0 series lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder. San Antonio is a solid 4 1/2 point favorite and the total has not moved from the 201 opener. The game tips at 9:00 PM EST on TNT.

MLB Diamond Dust

Chris Sale came up with top performance Monday in the MLB, striking out 15 Rays in the White Sox 2-1 win at Tampa Bay. Adam Dunn supplied the offense with a two-run shot, his 16th homer of the year. Dunn had just 11 dingers all of 2011. Sale allowed just three hits in his 7 1/3 innings of work. Eighty of Sale’s 115 pitches were strikes in ringing up his career high 15 Ks.

The Yankees and Angels both were on six-game win streaks so something had to give. In the end, it took a ninth-inning walk-off solo shot from Mark Trumbo off of Corey Wade to give the Halos a 9-8 win over the Bronx Bombers. Angel ace Jared Weaver left the game after 10 pitches with a stabbing pain in his back. Weaver is scheduled for a MRI today. The Angels nine runs and 15 hits were both season highs.

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Is this the greatest game saving catch of all-time ???

During the first round of the NWAACC baseball championships, Lower Columbia College outfielder Derrick Salberg leaps over the fence to make a game-ending catch to rob Everett of a two-run home run and preserve a 4-2 victory. Video courtest of KLTV in Longview, Wash. YOU make the call !!!

American woman rolling in France

Through two days of the French Open, the American women are 10-0. Serena Williams and Janie Hampton play their first round matches today and if they win, the US will advance 12 woman through the first round of the French Open for the first time since 1991.

Roger Federer beat Germany’s Tobias Kemke 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in his first round match in Paris. Not much newsworthy there except that it was Federer’s 233rd win in a Grand Sam tournament tying him for most wins in the Open era with Jimmy Connors. The 16-time Grand Slam champion’s first victim was Michael Chang in the 2000 Australian Open.

Boxer Paul Williams paralyzed in motorcycle crash

More bad news from the world of boxing. Former welterweight champion Paul Williams was paralyzed from the waist down after a motorcycle accident in Marietta, Georgia. Williams severed his spinal cord after he was thrown from his motorcycle trying to avoid an oncoming car Sunday morning. He’s in serious but stable condition in a local hospital and reportedly in good spirits. Williams was scheduled to fight Canelo Alvarez September 15th in Las Vegas.

Lefty joins group to buy Padres

Phil Mickelson is joining a group making a bid to buy the San Diego Padres headed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley. A native of San Diego, Mickelson will reportedly invest a large amount of his own money and be an active part of ownership. Mickelson has turned down prior overtures to become involved in pro sports ownership but likes the idea of being involved with a group that has owned a team before.

Pat Summit to receive Medal of Freedom today

Former University of Tennessee head basketball coach Pat Summit will be among several icons receiving the Medal of Freedom at the White House today. The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. It’s presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, to world peace or to other significant endeavors. Others in this class include astronaut John Glenn, and rock musician Bob Dylan. Summit, with over 1000 wins, is the winningest coach in college basketball history. She stepped down this year after being diagnosed with adult onset dementia.

Free Plays

(NBA) Oklahoma City/San Antonio Under 201

(MLB) Cincinnati (Bailey) -125 over Pittsburg (Morton)

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Shields) -151 over ChiSox (Humber)

(MLB) Detroit (Verlander) -151 over BoSox (Bard)