OKC punches ticket, Kings have to wait, Belmont PPs + Free Plays for Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thunder come from 18 down to eliminate Spurs

Down 34-20 after the first quarter and down 15 at the half, it looked like the Oklahoma City Thunder would be headed back to San Antonio for a decisive Game Seven in their Western Conference Final. The Thunder would have none of it outscoring the Spurs 59-36 in the second half to post a 107-99 win and punch their ticket to the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant had 34 points and 14 rebounds while Russel Westbrook added 25/8/5 for the winners. Tim Duncan 25 and 14 for the Spurs. Tony Parker led San Antonio in scoring with 29 points and 12 assists but 21 points and 10 helpers came in the first half. Oklahoma City will now wait of the winner of the Celtics/Heat Eastern Conference final.

Westbrook, Brooks, and Durant talk about win over the Spurs

Video: Thunder reach NBA Finals

Miami and it’s big three have their backs against the wall in tonight’s Game Six elimination game at TD Garden Arena in Boston. The Heat are two point favorites, the total has dropped a half point to 179. It’s all hands on deck tonight for Miami and Chris Bosh is expected to more time than the 14 minutes he played in Game Five. The key for the Heat is to contain Rondo who has 84 points and 48 assists in the last four games for Boston. The Heat MUST play better defense to win.

Devils send Kings back to Jersey for Game Five

Put the champagne back on ice. The Devils staved off elimination for the third time in the playoffs with a 3-1 win at LA send the Stanley Cup Final series back to New Jersey for a Game Five. Patrik Elias broke through at 7:56 on the backhand but Drew Doughty tied it exactly 60 seconds later on the power-play after a questionable Devil boarding call. New Jersey’s Mr Clutch, Adam Henrique, notched the winner on a wrist shot at 15:29 and Ilya Kovalchuk added an empty-netter. The teams have three days to regroup before Saturday’s Game Five at the prudential Center.

MLB Diamond Dust

The Baltimore Orioles took over first place in the AL East with a 2-1 win at Boston, their franchise record seventh-straight win at Fenway Park. Baltimore has beaten the Red Soz in 12 of their L15 meetings overall. The O’s touched Josh Beckett for two runs in the sixth and Wi-Yie Chen and two relievers made it them stand up.

Belmont Stakes Post Positions

Here are the post positions, horses, odds, trainers and jockeys for the race:

1. Street Life (12-1) Chad Brown – Jose Lezcano
2. Unstoppable U (30-1) Ken McPeek – Junior Alvarado
3. Union Rags (6-1) Michael Matz – John Velazquez
4. Atigun (30-1) Ken McPeek – Julien Leparoux
5. Dullahan (5-1) Dale Romans – Javier Castellano
6. Ravelo’s Boy (50-1) Manny Azpurua – Alex Solis
7. Five Sixteen (50-1) Dominick Schettino – Rosie Napravnik
8. Guyana Star Dweej (50-1) Doodnauth Shivmangal – Kent Desormeaux
9. Paynter (8-1) Bob Baffert – Mike Smith
10. Optimizer (20-1) D. Wayne Lukas – Corey Nakatani
11. I’ll Have Another (4-5) Doug O’Neill – Mario Gutierrez
12. My Adonis (20-1) Kelly Breen – Ramon Dominguez

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Coughlin gets 2-year contact extension

The New York Giants have extended the contact of HC Tom Coughlin effectively locking him up through 2014.

Statement from Coughlin:

“It has always been my belief that it is an honor and a privilege to be the head coach of the New York Giants,” said Coughlin. “I’m thankful to [co-owners] John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for their support and the recognition of what our players and coaches have accomplished. And I’m grateful for the working relationship Jerry Reese and I have. We’ve got a lot of work left to do.”

Overall, Coughlin is 82-57 with the Giants. He also went 72-64 in eight seasons with Jacksonville, an expansion team he helped build from scratch. Coughlin became the oldest coach with a Super Bowl title this year, and also took the Giants to the 2007 title. New York beat New England in the Super Bowl both times.

Raptors looking to move draft pick, eye Iguodala or Rudy Gay

The Toronto Raptors are looking for an established elite small forward and are willing to give up their top draft pick (eighth overall) to get one. Drafting in the upper end of the lottery the past five years, Toronto has accumulated some useful players but no genuine impact players. Rudy Gay and Andre Iguodala are on the radar for the Raptors.

Free Plays

(NBA) Boston +1.5 over Miami

(MLB) NY Mets (Dickey) -125 over Washington (Wang) 1:10 PM EST

(MLB) San Francisco (Cain) -145 over San Diego (Marquis)

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Price)/NY Yankees (Sabathia) Over 7.5