The Lakers blow out Celtics to honor Dr Buss
In arguably their best performance of the year, the Lakers beat Boston 113-99 on Wednesday in their first game out of the All-Star break and the first game after the passing of owner Jerry Buss on Monday. Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 boards in leading a balanced Laker attack that featured seven in double-figures. Kobe Bryant had 16-4-7 and several key defensive plays, Steve Nash ran the offense masterfully in finishing with a 14-47 game line. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 26 points 23 coming in the first half where “The Truth” pretty much kept Boston in the game.
NBA Trade Deadline is today
The NBA trade deadline is today at 5=3:00 PM EST and most of the news to this point is on people who will not be traded rather than those on the market or will. There was one minor six player three team deal on Wednesday. The Kings traded 2012 fifth overall pick Thomas Robinson to the Houston Rockets along with Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt and a second-round pick for forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich, Toney Douglas, and cash. The Rockets then sent F Marcus Morris to the Suns for a future second-round pick. Norris will be re-united with his twin brother with whom he played at Kansas. Check back with SB3 on Friday to see if anyone pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal.
Kansas survives Okie State in double-overtime
In last night’s feature college basketball action, No.9 Kansas downed No.14 Okie State in double-overtime. The win assures the Jayhawks at least a piece of the Big 12 title. Travis Releford had 18 for the winners. Markel Brown had 20 points in a losing cause for the Cowboys.
The NFL enacts the “Harbaugh” rule
The NFL is tired of coaches storming out onto the field and will start penalizing and fining coaches that venture outside the coaching box. The parameters had already been established but were only loosely enforced. While not officially called the Jim Harbaugh rule many speculate that the new policy was put into place with the 49er coach in mind.
The Buffalo Sabres fire HC Lindy Ruff
The Longest tenured head coach in the NHL was fired yesterday when the Buffalo Sabres fired Lindy Ruff. The Sabres won their first two games out of the gate but are currently mired in a 4-10-1 slump that included several key home losses. Ruff was 571-432-162 with Buffalo after being hired on July 21, 1997. The league has seen 170 coaching changes since Ruff was hired and only the Spurs Greg Popovich has enjoyed an active longer run with one team.
AC Milan stuns Barcelona 2-0 in Champions League opener
AC Milan got goals 23 minutes apart from Kevin_prince Boateng and Sulley Manteri to shock Barcelona in the first game of their round-of 16 knockout phase. By not getting a key away goal, Barca must now win 3-0 to advance or net a minimum of four goals if Milan is able to find the back of the onion skin. Phenom Lionel Messi was held in check for most of the game. His only two real opportunities came on free kicks and Messi sailed both over the crossbar.
Snow in Arizona halts opening round Match Play
A rare February snowstorm hit Marana, Arizona on Wednesday suspending play in the first round of the Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain. Parts of the course received up to two inches. It was sunny and 70 degrees during the practice rounds on Tuesday. Top seeds and tournament favorites Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy never teed off.
(NBA) Miami -3 over Chicago (Thursday, February 21, 8:05 PM EST )
Free Pick record in February: 6-14