Knicks beat Bucks 89-80 in key NBA East matchup
The Knicks won the battle, an 89-80 win over Milwaukee but may have lost the war as Amare Stoudemire will be out indefinitely with a bulging disc in his back. Carmelo Anthony has 28 points and 12 rebounds as the shorthanded Knicks moved 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NBA East. New York was also without Jeremy Lin who is battling knee problems. The Knicks are now 7-1 under Mike Woodson who coached his 500th game.
In other Monday games in “The Association”, the Pacers spanked Miami 105-90 sending the Heat to their second double-digit loss in 24 hours. Danny Granger had 25/9/3 for the winners, Dwayne Wade had 24/5/6 for Miami. The Pistons used a 26-15 fourth quarter to take down the Wiz 79-77. Orlando crushed Toronto 117-101, the Magic shooting 54% from the field and knocking down 15 treys. Boston rolled Charlotte 102-95 behind 36 and 10 from Paul Pierce. Utah opened a 104-85 can of whup ass on New Jersey despite all five starters playing 50+ minutes in the night before’s 4OT loss at Atlanta. Denver, Houston, and the Clippers also won.
Ten days left in the NHL regular season, Red Wings earn 21st straight playoff appearance
With ten days and five to six games per team left in the NHL regular season, almost every game from here on out has playoff implications. On frozen pond, Detroit smoked Columbus 7-2 and will go to the playoffs for the 21st straight year. The streak is the longest in professional sports and 3X longer than the next longest streak in the NHL. Steven Stamkos scored his team record 53rd goal breaking the Lightning single season record of 52 set by Vincent Lecavalier. The Bolts kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 win over the Flyers. Ottawa waxed Winnipeg 6-4. Calgary scored four goals in the second period and then held on to beat Dallas 5-4. Roberto Luongo had 38 saves in Vancouver’s 1-0 shutout of the Kings. San Jose took a one-point lead in the Pacific with a 5-1 win over the Avs.
The NIT semis are tonight at Madison Square Garden
The NIT is down to it’s Final Four as UMass takes on Stanford in the early semifinal while Minnesota faces Washington in the late show. The Minutemen are 7-1 in their L8 and won three road games to get here, Stanford won three home games to advance but the Tree is just 3-6 in their L9 roadies. Stanford is -2.5 and the total is 150. Minnesota also won three road games to get get here and is 5-1 L6 with an OT loss to Michigan the only blemish. UWub is is 0-4 vs the Top 40 but 19-5 in their L24. Thu Huskies shoot just 62% from the foul line, not good when you are trying to close out a game. Washington is favored by a point, the total is 143.
Parcells to coach the Saints ???
Sean Payton has been in discussions with Bill Parcells about becoming the interim coach of the Saints in 2012. Parcells mentored Payton during their time together in Dallas and both men have the same agent. Several things will facor into the decision including the NFL’s view on this being viewed as a way to circumvent Payton’s decsion. Roger Goddell has already said that Payton WILL NOT coach from home. Accepting the job will also set 70-year-old Parcells back five years on the Hall of Fame clock, something that The Big Tuna may not want to do at this point in his life.
Tebow is excited to be a Jet
The signing of a backup quarterback is generally not worthy of a news conference but …. this is Tim Tebow and this is the New York Jets so 40 cameras and 150 reporters were at Tebow’s Gang Green “player made available” presser at the Jets training facility in New Jersey. Tebow is “excited” to be a Jet and said so 46 times in the 35 minute news conference. Tebow said all the right things at the innocuous circus sideshow. Mark Sanchez chimed in later welcoming Tebow and saying that he’s the man and feels no pressure.
Tiger Woods odds to win the Masters were 15-1 prior to his win this week at Bay Hill. Woods is now 3-1 or 4-1 offshore and on The Strip to win his sixth Green Jacket. The US under-23 soccer team was eliminated from the Olympics in London. A terribly soft goal of the US goalies hands in stoppage time sealed the Americans fate in a 3-3 tie with El Salvador. The US finished third in the group and will miss the Olympics for the second time in three years. Frank Martin will move on from Kansas State to South Carolina for about $2.5 million a year. This is a great get for the Gamecocks and crushing loss for the Wildcats.
Free Plays (3-0 yesterday)
(CBB) UMass/Stanford Over 150
(NBA) Philadelphia -9.5 over Cleveland
(NBA) San Antonio/Phoenix Under 203.5