Celtics and Rockets stay alive, Pacers spank Hawks
The Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets both went on the road Wednesday night down 3-1 in their respective series. Both teams lived to fight another day with wins. Boston got 16/18/5 from Kevin Garnett and ratcheted up the defense on the Knicks in the 92-86 win. The Celtics went 11-22 from downtown and hit all 17 of their foul shots. At Oklahoma City, James Harden brushed off a tough Game IV to score 31 points including 7 treys. Kevin Durant went for 36-7-7 but the Thunder were never in the game. In this year’s first-round home team series, the Pacers took a 3-2 lead in their series with a 106-83 blowout of the Hawks. The home team in this series has won all five games by double-digits.
In tonight’s NBA action, the Nets look to even their series with the Bulls at the United Center. Chicago is a short -1.5 point favorite with the total unmoved at 184. The Bulls lead the series 3-2. This one tips at 8:05 PM EST. Kirk Heinrich is a gametime decision for Chicago. In the late game, Golden State is -1.5 (213) to eliminate Denver. The Warriors lead the series 3-2.
Other NBA news
The Portland Trailblazer’s Damian Lillard was the unanimous choice as the NBA Rookie of the Year. The 6’3″ guard out of Weber State averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds. Lillard joins Ralph Sampson, David Robinson, and Blake Griffin as a unanimous winner.
The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Jim Boylan after the team was swept out of the playoffs by the Miami Heat. Boylan went 22-28 after replacing Scott Skyles mid-season and then 0-4 in the playoffs. Boylan had served some capacity in the Buck organization for more than five years. Kelvin Sampson is thought to head the list to replace Boylan.
Kobe Bryant had the stitches removed from his surgically repaired achilles tendon on Wednesday, just 17 days after the procedure. Bryant tore his achilles on April 13th and hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season.
MLB News and Notes
Bryce Harper left in the sixth inning of the Nats 2-0 win over the Braves with an apparent rib injury. Harper bruised the ribs hitting the wall on Tuesday night and aggravated the injury grounding out.
Cardinal pitcher Lance Lynn won his tenth straight decision. Lynn pitched seven innings of five-hit one-run ball to improve to 5-0 this year in St Louis’ 4-2 win over the Reds.
Pens hammer Islanders in NHL playoffs
The Toronto Maple leafs and New York Islanders haven’t been in the playoffs in a while. Both teams showed rink rust in their respective Game I’s at Pittsburgh spanked the Islander 5-0 while Boston cruised 4-1 over Toronto. San Jose won 3-1 at Vancouver in the nightcap.
There are four games on tap in the NHL playoffs for Thursday, two openers and two Game IIs. At 7:05 PM EST, Montreal is a -165 favorite over Ottawa. The total is 5 and shaded 35 cents to the under. At 7:35 PM EST, Washington entertains the Rangers. The Caps are -130 with the total 5 -130. St Louis looks to go up 2-0 in their series with the Kings. The Blues are -140 with the under five costing you 40 cents. St Louis leads the series 1-0 off a 2-1 OT win on Tuesday. The Ducks square of against the Detroit Red Wings sporting a 1-0 lead in the series. Anaheim is -135 at the Pond with the high/low 5 with the under costing 40 cents in juice.
Here is the official draw for the 2013 Kentucky Derby
Orb has been installed as the 7/2 morning line favorite
Saturday’s Run for the Roses looks like this …..
1. Black Onyx
4. Golden Soul
5. Normandy Invasion
7. Giant Finish
10. Palace Malice
11. Lines Of Battle
13. Falling Sky
15. Charming Kitten
17. Will Take Charge
18. Frac Daddy
19. Java’s War
Bayern drubs Barca 3-0 to set up all-German UCL final
Down 4-0 after the away leg in Munich, Barcelona virtually conceded the home leg in a 3-0 to Bayern Munich. The world’s best player Lionel Messi (nursing a bad hamstring) never saw the field and the Blaugrana threatened the German goal just once. It was scoreless at the half before Bayern got in gear with three goals in the final 45 minutes setting up an all-German showdown with Dortmund for the Champion’League final on March 25th at Wembley.
(MLB) Atlanta (Medlen) -165 over Washington (Haren) (Thursday, May 2, 7:05 PM EST )