Amare punches locker room fire extinguisher, status unknown
The Heat beat the Knicks 104-94 to take a 2-0 lead in their first round best-of-seven series with New York but the big story was Amare Stoudamire punching a fire extinguisher case in the locker room, severely lacerating his hand and leaving his status up in the air for the rest of the series. Paramedics treated the Knick power forward in the locker room and Stoudamire left American Airlines Arena with his arm in a sling and his hand tightly wrapped.
On the court, Miami’s big three of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh combined for 65 points, 15 rebounds, and 17 assists. The Heat shot 52% from the field and committed just eight turnovers. Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and none rebounds in defeat. Stoudamire had 18 points and seven rebounds. The teams meet again on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks have lost 12 straight playoff games dating back to 2001.
Indiana blew out Orlando with a 30-13 third quarter to turn back the Magic 93-78. The Pacers shot just 2-20 from downtown but saved their own bacon by nailing 25-28 from the FT-line. Orlando led 44-42 at half but were held to just two points on 1-8 shooting over the final 6:50 of the decisive third quarter. Glen “Big Baby” Davis led the visitors with 18 points and 10 rebounds. David West, Danny Granger, and George Hill all had 18 points for the Pacers.
Oklahoma City overcame 31 points for the Mavs Dirk Nowitzki to beat Dallas 102-99. The Thunder lead the series 2-0 as they head to Big D for Thursday’s Game III. Russell Westbrook had 29 points for the Thunder, Kevin Durant added 26 points and 10 rebounds. The difference in the game was OKC connecting on 37-39 foul shots while Dallas could knock down just 5-23 from beyond the arc.
Tuesday night features three Game IIs starting with Boston and Atlanta at 7:35 PM EST. The Hawks are 4.5 point favorites, the total is 173.5 bet up from the 172 opener. The Celtics will be without PG Rajon Rondo who is serving a one-game suspension for bumping a ref. Philadelphia takes on Chicago at 8:00 PM EST with the homies 6.5 and the total 176. The Bulls lead the series 1-0 and will be without last year’s MVP Derrick Rose who tore an ACL in Game I. Chicago was 19-8 in 27 games without Rose during the regular season. The Nuggets and Lakers meet in the 10:35 PM EST finale, the Lake Show five point favorites and the total an even 200.
King still perfect on the road after dominating 5-2 win
The LA Kings took a commanding 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal after a convincing 5-2 win over the homestanding St Louis Blues. LA blitzed the Blues for four first period goals including two from Anze Kopitar, more than enough support for Jonathan Quick who turned back 25 St Louis shots. Alex Ovechkin’s power-play goal at 12:33 of the third period was the winner as the Washington leveled their series with the New York Rangers. Ovechkin had just 16:00 minutes of total ice time as Cap HC Dale Hunter has chosen to use him only in offensive situations.
One game tonight, the Flyers are -150 favorites over the Devils, the total 5.5 with the under -125. Philadelphia leads the series 1-0 after beating the Devils 4-3 in overtime on Saturday.
MLB Diamond Dust
Ryan Braun had the first three-homer game of his career and tied his career best with six RBIs in the Brewers 8-3 win over the Padres. Braun also added a triple and became the first player since 2004 to homer 3X in a game at Petco Park. Tigers outfielder Delmon Young has been suspended by Major League Baseball for seven days without pay. Young was arrested was arrested Friday morning on charges of misdemeanor aggravated harassment in New York, allegedly yelling out anti-Semitic remarks while highly intoxicated.
Statement released by Delmon Young
“I sincerely regret what happened last night. I apologize to everyone I affected, the Ilitch family, the Detroit Tigers’ organization, my teammates, my family, and the great Tigers’ fans that have supported me since day one. I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player.”
Statement released by Young’s attorney Dan Ollen
“I represent Delmon Young with respect to the incident that occurred last night. With this matter now in the legal system, Delmon is unable to make any further statements or discuss this matter in further detail. All future press or investigative inquiries should be directed to me. Let me be clear, there are many false allegations regarding the actions of my client and I am confident that the legal process will separate fact from fiction and discredit these reports.”
Manchester City won the Manchester Darby with Manchester United to close in on their first Premiership championship since 1968. Both teams are tied with 83 points but City has a virtually insurmountable lead in goal (8) differential. City got the only goal of the match just before half with Vincent Kompany burying a header on a cross from David Silva. City needs only to win their final two games to claim their first title in 44 years.
Brett Favre will have to testify about sexually suggestive text messages after a judge in Manhattan refused to dismiss a case filed by massage therapists against the New York Jets and Favre. Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Tolle claim that Favre sent them sexually suggestive text messages and they lost their part-time jobs with the team when they complained to management about Favre’s alleged behavior. The Jets claim that the lawsuit is “completely without merit” however, the Manhattan Supreme Court judge presiding over the case wouldn’t dismiss the case.
Charles Barkley has won a 2012 Sports Emmy award for his work on TNT’s Inside the NBA. Other candidates for the ‘Outstanding Sports Personality Studio Analyst’ award were Cris Collinsworth (HBO/NBC), Jay Bilas (ESPN), Jeff Hammond (FOX) and Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN).
(NBA) Lakers -5.5 over Denver
(NHL) New Jersey/Philadelphia Over 5 +125
(MLB) Cincinnati (Arroyo) -155 over Chicago Cubs (Samardija)
(MLB) San Francisco (Cain) -155 over Miami (Nolasco)