Westbrook out indefinitely for the Thunder
OKC point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee suffered in Wednesday’s Game II win over the Houston Rockets. The extent of the injury will not be known until the procedure is done. If the meniscus needs to be repaired, the injury generally takes 6-8 weeks to heal. If the meniscus can be trimmed around the tear, the recovery time could be be as little as two weeks much like the injury suffered recently by the Laker’s Metta World Peace. Tonight’s game will be the first game Westbrook has missed in his 439 game career. He’s averaging 23.2/5/7.4 for the top-seeded Thunder this year.
Knicks spank Celtics, Spurs roll Lakers, Warriors edge Nuggets
Friday night on the court, the Celtics and Lakers were crushed at home while Golden State survived a 60-foot heave off the back rim to edge Denver. In Boston, Carmelo Anthony had 26 points as the Knicks pounded the Celtics 90-76 to take a 3-0 lead in that series. In this game, Boston couldn’t score in the first half managing just 31 points in the first 24 minutes. The Spurs pummeled a short-handed Laker bunch 120-89 that was missing their top four guards after Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and Jodie Meeks were unable to go. San Antonio shot 52-81 in the game good for 61% from the field. In the night’s finale, the Golden State Warriors used a 33-18 third quarter to beat Denver behind Steph Curry’s 29 points and 11 assists. Ty Lawson had 35/10 for the Nuggets.
Saturday’s NBA Playoff foursome
In today’s NBA playoff four-pack, Brooklyn and Chicago tip things off at 2:05 PM EST with the Bulls -3 and the total 178. At 4:35 PM EST, Memphis spots the Clippers -3.5 with that total unmoved at 177 1/2. On the 7:05 PM EST night card, Atlanta is a small -2.5 point home choice over Indiana with total 190. In the 9:35 PM EST finale, the Houston Rockets are a pick against OKC who will be missing PG Russell Westbrook as previously mentioned.
Geno Smith to the Jets, Te’o to the Chargers, Eddie Lacy to Packers
Highlights from Friday’s second and third rounds of the NFL draft included …..
The San Diego Chargers traded up to take Te’o Manti with the 33rd pick. The Bolts had some success taking a linebacker of Samoan decent 25 years ago in Junior Seau.
Geno Smith of West Virginia, the top rated quarterback in the draft, was taken by the Jets with the 39th overall pick. Smith may be disappointed in his position but he probably fell into the best possible situation as he will have a chance to beat out Mark Sanchez right out of the gate.
The Packers may have gotten the steal of the draft with RB Eddie Lacy at No.61. The former Alabama stud could be a monster in Green Bay if he is not damaged goods.
Other notables taken on Friday were Wisconsin RN Montee Ball going t No.58 to Denver and the “Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu going at No.69 to Arizona.
Aaron Rodgers gets five-year $110 million dollar extension
The Packers have locked up quarterback Aaron Rodgers for another five years with a deal reported at $110 million. Rodgers will be the highest paid player in NFL history at $22 million per year. The deal is similar to that of Drew Brees in that it is front loaded with Rodgers said to be earning $40 million in the first year.
Anabel Sanchez wiffs 17 in Tigers rut of the Braves
Anabel Sanchez was really dealing last night for the Tigers. Sanchez fanned 17 Braves in Detroit’s 10-0 rout of Atlanta. Sanchez threw 121 pitches (84 strikes) in going eight five-hit shutout innings and setting the Tiger franchise record for strike outs. It was also the MLB record for a pitcher in an interleague game. Since 1916, the first year of complete available data, Sanchez is just the 49th pitcher to strike out 17 or more in a MLB game.
Kenseth wins the pole at Richmond
After a week that saw him win Kansas and then lose 50 driver points and have Nascar dish out stiff penalties to his crew chief and team for a parts infraction, Matt Kenseth went out and won the pole at Richmond. Brian Vickers, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, and Juan Pablo Montoya round out the first three rows for tonight’s Toyota Owners 400.
Jones Vs Sonnen at UFC 159 tonight
Jon “Bones” Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight title tonight against Chael Sonnen tonight at UFC 159. While the matchup has been big on smack with the fighters acting as coaches in the most recent installment of TUF, it remains to be seen if it will be competitive with Jones as a -900 favorite.
(NBA) Indiana +3.5 over Atlanta (Saturday, April 27, 7:05 PM EST )