Pacers and Spurs roll, Thunder survive Rocket comeback
The Pacers and Spurs cored easy victories over the Hawks and Lakers respectively while the Thunder held off a late Houston rally to edge the Rockets. All three teams lead their first-round series 2-0. At Indy, Paul George had 27 points as the Pacers won every quarter in their 113-98 victory over Atlanta. Devin Harris led the Hawks with 17. In San Antonio, the Spurs were never headed in beating the Lakers 102-91. Tony Parker hit with 28 points to lead the way. Kevin Durant had 28 points including a dagger three in the final minutes as OKC turned back Houston. The Durantula has now scored 20+ points in 28 straight playoff games.
Three game threes slated for Thursday NBA action
All eight NBA playoff series change home courts starting tonight with Miami at Milwaukee, Brooklyn at Chicago and the Clippers at Memphis. The Heat are a -7.5 road favorite at the Bradley Center with the high/low 195. The Bulls are -3.5 over the Nets with the total set at 181 1/2. In the night’s finale, the Grizz are -4.5 with the over/under 179 1/2. Miami and the Clippers lead their series 2-1. Brooklyn and Chicago are tied at a game apiece.
The NFL Draft starts tonight, OT Luke Joekel to go No.1 ???
The first round of the NFL draft goes tonight. Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joekel is considered to be the consensus No.1 pick and projected to go first to Kansas City. This year’s draft is considered the weakest in a decade and heavy with linemen, wide receivers and defensive backs. With no fanchise quarterbacks in the mix and few if any impact players on the board, look for several trades and position movement as teams look to fill needs.
MLB News and Notes from Wednesday
Carlos Quentin hit his first home run of the season and Edinson Volquez went seven strong innings as the Padres snapped the Brewers nine-game win streak with a 2-1 win at Petco Park.
Alex Cobb three-hit the Yankees through 8 1/3 innings in Tampa Bay’s 3-0 win over the Bombers. Andy Pettitte struck out 10 over six innings in a losing effort for New York which is now just 3-13 in their L16 games in Tampa Bay.
The St Louis Cardinals used a three-run first inning to beat Stephen Strasburg and the Nats 4-2. Strasburg’s four game losing streak is the longest of his young career.
The plaque commemorating Barry Bond’s 756th career home run is missing from San Francisco’s AT&T Field. The team is reviewing surveillance tape to to if they can find out what happened to it but as of this writing have no idea what might have happened to it. The plaque is in the process of being replaced. Bond’s broke Hank Aaron’s home run mark on August 7th, 2007.
St Louis nets hat trick to take over NHL scoring lead
The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Martin St Louis scored three goals in the Bolts 5-2 win over Toronto to take over the NHL scoring lead. St Louis now has 58 points to Sidney Crosby’s 56 points with just four days left in the league regular season. Crosby has been out with a broken jaw since March 30th but started skating with the team on Tuesday.
Dortmund routs Real Madrid 4-1
It’s been a big 48 hours for German teams in the Champions League as for the second time in two days, teams from the Bundesliga took down one of the Spanish elite. Robert Lewandowski scored all for goals for Dortmund as the Borussens spanked Real Madrid 4-1. Lewandowski scored on a header in the 8th minute to put the black and yellow in front as the Germans completely dominated their Spanish counterparts for the first 40 minutes. A defensive error in their own end allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to bank a chippie just before the half and the teams went to the half 1-1. Instead of folding, Dortmund came out more fired up and Lewandowski scored on two scrambles in front and on a penalty in the 67th minute to seal the deal. Barring a miracle, it looks like it will be an all German final after Bayern Munich routed Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday.
Doctors tell Hamlin no go
Denny Hamlin will not race this week at his home track of Richmond after not being cleared by doctors. A bone scan taken Tuesday revealed that there was not enough bone growth on his lower back compression fracture to warrant an early return to racing. Hamlin injured his back at Fontana on March 24th when he hit the retaining wall almost head on after contact with Joey Logano. No timetable has been set for Hamlin’s return but he will likely return May 11th at Darlington as originally projected.
(NBA) Clippers +4.5 over Memphis (Thursday, April 25, 9:35 PM EST )