Spurs sweep, Coyotes advance, Saint players appeal + Free Plays for Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Clippers survive Grizz in OT

Saturday, the Clippers tried to give Game III away by going 13-30 from the foul line. Monday they tried to give away Game IV by blowing a double-digit lead with less than 4:00 left. Somehow, the Clippers survived five extra minutes for a 101-97 win over Memphis and take a 3-1 lead in that Western Conference opening round series. Chris Paul had 29/7/7 for the winners. Blake Griffin chipped in with 30 points before fouling out in OT. Mike Conley had 25/8/7 for the Grizz who outrebounded the Clippers 48-36 but committed 16 turnovers.

The Spurs opened up an eight point halftime lead and cruised to an 87-81 win over the Jazz and sweeping Utah 4-0. The difference in the game was outside shooting. The Spurs shot 10-22 from beyond the arc while the Jazz were 0-13. Ticket holders on San Antonio got backdoored when DeMarre Carroll put back a Paul Milsap missed three at the buzzer to make Jazz backers happy.

Tuesday features four eliminations games in “The Association”. Orlando and Indiana tip things off at 7:05 PM EST with the Pacers -10 1/2 and the total 179. Indiana leads 3-1. At 8:05 PM EST, the Hawks host Boston. Atlanta is a 1 1/2 point favorite, the total 174. The Celtics can close out the series with a road win. The Bulls need a home win to force a Game Six in their series with Philadelphia. Chicago is a five point favorite and the total 172 in the 9:35 PM EST start. Joakim Noah is a game-time decision for the Bulls. The Lakers are -6 in tonight’s 10:35 PM EST finale against the Nuggets. The total is 198 1/2 and a win would send LA to the Western semis and a date with Oklahoma City.

Rangers get miracle on 34th Street

Highlights of the Rangers improbable comeback

With 10 seconds left in the game, it looked like the NY Rangers would go down 3-2 to the Caps headed back to Washington for Game Six. Then …. Brad Richards scored on a tip-in after a scramble in front of the Capital net to force overtime and Marc Staal ripped a shot from the point just 1:35 into OT for the winner as New York heads back to Washington with a one game lead instead of facing elimination.

The Phoenix Coyotes advanced to their first conference finals since entering the league in 1979 with a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators, closing out that series four games to one. Phoenix got two goals in the second period and Yote goalie Mike Smith made it hold up with 31 saves. Nashville scored just one goal in the last nine periods of the series. Phoenix moves on to meet the kings in the Western Conference finals.

MLB Diamond Dust

Since throwing his perfect game on April 21st, the WSox’s Phil Humber is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA. Last night Jered Weaver made his first start since his no-hitter and toyed with the Twins again in an 8-3 Halos victory. Weaver pitched six innings of one-run three-hit ball for his fifth win against no losses.

Going into Sunday’s ESPN game against the Phillies, the Washington Nationals starting pitching had a combined ERA of 2.09, a full run less than the Dodgers, the MLBs second ranked starting five ERA. The Nats starting five’s combined salary is $22 million. Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee wil make $22.5 million himself in 2012.

Saints players file appeals

The Saints suspended in the Bountygate scandal had until the end of business on Monday to file their appeals. By the end of business on Monday …. Jonathon Vilma (1 year), Anthony Hargrove (8 games), Will Smith (4 games), and Scott Fujita (3 games) all had filed appeals. Commission Roger Goodell who imposed the suspensions will also hear the appeals which has predictable raised the ire of the NFLPA. Sportsbetting3 will be keeping a close eye on the appeal and all the concussion related news in the upcoming weeks.

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Bad news for the Knick Baron Davis who went down with a right knee injury on Sunday. An MRI revealed a partial tear of the patellar tendon and complete tears of the ACL and MCL ligaments. Davis is 33-years-old and the injury is considered career threatening.

Baron Davis gruesome knee injury against the Miami Heat

Cole Hamels was suspended five games for intentionally hitting 19YO Washington Nat phenom Bryce Harper. Hamels took it upon himself to welcome Harper “old school” by hitting him in the back on the first pitch with two-out in the first inning. Harper the went first-to-third on a single and then stole home. Philadelphia won the game 9-3. Hamels fine for the unpaid suspension comes out to $409,000. Yowza.

Free Plays

(NBA) Boston +1.5 over Atlanta

(NBA) Denver/Lakers Under 199

(MLB) Washington (Jackson) -120 over Pittsburg (Burnett)

(MLB) Detroit (Verlander)/Seattle (Millwood) over 6.5 -115