Bulls get a split, Clippers edge Grizz
After a dominant weekend by the home teams that saw the hosts go 8-0 straight up and 6-2 against the points, a road team has broken through and the dogs were barking. After getting blown out on Saturday, the Bulls gained a split in Brooklyn with a 90-82 win over the Nets. Luol Deng led balanced scoring by Chicago with 15 points. Brook Lopez had 21 in defeat for Brooklyn. In the nightcap, Chris Paul’s close in jumper with one second left on the clock gave the Los Angeles Clippers a 93-91 over Memphis and a 2-0 lead in their first round best-of-seven.
Three games on tap for Tuesday starting at 7:30 PM EST with the Miami Heat -14 over Milwaukee, the total is set at 197. At 8:00 P EST, the Knicks are -6.5 over Boston with the high/low opening at 185. In the late game, Denver is -8 over Golden State with the over/under 207. Note that the Warriors will be without power forward/center David lee who is out for the rest of the playoffs with a torn hip flexor. Lee led the NBA in double-doubles this year with 56.
JR Smith wins Sixth Man, Mark Gasol Defensive POY
The New York Knick’s J.R. Smith has been named the winner of the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. Smith averaged 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists on 42 percent shooting and 36 percent shooting from beyond the arc this season and really came on in the final two months of the regular season. Jamal Crawford finished second with Jarrett Jack third.
Reports are circulating that the Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol will be named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday.
King Felix gets win No.100
After Randy Johnson retired in 2009 with 303 wins, real baseball fans were asking themselves if there would ever be another member of the 300 win club. If there is, it will most likely be “King” Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners who picked up his 100th career victory last night at the age of 27. Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings of five hit ball in the 7-1 Mariners win to even his record at 2-2. Realistically, the “King” would easily have another 20-30 wins with any other organization. One can only hope that this immense talent can stay healthy and that Seattle can provide him with some offense to get him the runs that he needs.
Tony Siragusa is pitching “Depends” for men
Athletes have pitched some pretty crazy stuff over the years. Add to the list Tony “The Goose” Siragusa as the new face of light male bladder leakage. Actually, this is a pretty good commercial that is somewhat funny and tastefully done. Check it out.
Manchester United clinches Premier League
Ahead by 13 points with just five games to play, Manchester United’s 13th Premiership title in the last 21 years was just a formality. The Reds clinched Monday with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa courtesy of a natural hat trick by Robin van Persie in the first 24 minutes. Van Persie leads the EPL in scoring with 24 goals. Man U is champ with nearly a month left in the season, the earliest EPL clinching since 2001.
Denny Hamlin eyes return this week at Richmond
Denny Hamlin could be back in his No.11 car this week at his home track of Richmond if his MRI on Tuesday is positive and he gets clearance from his doctors. Hamlin sustained a compression fracture in his lower back in a March 24th wreck at Fontana. Hamlin was expected to miss six weeks but has responded well to treatment prompting a possible early return.
(NBA) Knicks -6 over Boston (Tuesday, April 23, 8:00 PM EST )