We would like to send our condolences to the family of Lacey Holsworth and the Michigan State family for losing their little girl. Lacey had an immediate bond with big man Adreain Payne, who she cut down the nets with after the Spartans won the Big 10 tournament.
Joel Embid has announce that he will forgo his sophomore season and enter the 2014 NBA Draft. It's too early to say where exactly Embid will be drafted but as of today, I would say he is a top 3 pick, just because he is 7'0. Seven footers are hard to come by in the NBA and one of his stature that plays great defense at the rim, will make him a hot commodity. Do I think he is ready for the league? No, and I'm sure MoSports Talk radio host, David Allen, will call me a communist for saying that but its cool. Embid still needs a lot of work on the offense end, no fundamental post game but that is why he is going to the NBA to get better.............and make money.
Before I get into A. Jones classic rant about fans running on the field, I would first like to talk about the Orioles series victory over the all-mighty Yankees. In the final game of the series, the O's scored 2 runs in the 9th, thanks to a Nick Markakis single in the right field gap. Today was also the first time rookie, Masahiro Tanaka, pitched against the O's. He did well, 10 strikeouts in 7 innings, only giving 3 earned runs but also a 2nd inning Home run to Johnathan Scoop. Tuesday. The O's defeated the Yankees 14-5, 3 Oriole players accounted for 4 home runs. Now as far as Adam go, he's right. It don't matter what you're playing, whenever someone interrupts the game, you get very upset. If someone just walked on the basketball court, disrupting the game, all ten players would kindly drag him off the court to continue playing. Anybody that played sports in their life will completely understand his gripe.
Even after losing to the Penguins 4-3, Red Wings fans still had a smile on their face because for the 23rd straight year, there will be playoff hockey in Detroit. The Red Wings have the longest active streak of consecutive years in the playoffs in all 4 North American leagues, followed by the Spurs with 17. Since that streak began in 1991, the Red Wings have 6 conference titles, 6 President Trophies, and 4 Stanley Cups. Surprising, they have only 1 Hart Memorial Trophy winner in that span, Russian centre, Sergei Fedorovin 1993-94. The NHL has also added 9 teams since then, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Columbus Blue Jackets. Its a reason why its called Hockeytown.
April 16th is the last day of the regular season. For some teams that leave 4 games left to make any moves to shake up the seeding.
- The Hawks hold the 8th seed, 2 games over the Knicks. Their next 3 games are against playoff teams, Nets, Heat, and Bobcats.
- Dallas, Memphis, and the Grizzlies, who are 1 game out of the playoffs, all will play each other once before season ends. Who will be the odd team out?
- The Bobcats are going to be a very interesting team to watch. I am very excited to see Kemba Walker in postseason play. Last time he played in a tournament style format was 2011 and we all know how that went for him.
- Nets-Bulls have created a nice little rivalry over the past 2 years. The Bulls did knock the Nets out last postseason but this is a different Brooklyn squad. They have a couple dudes that know how to get it done in the postseason.
- Clippers-Warriors will be a fun series to watch but if the Clippers play defense, I don't think it will be a long series. Clippers are a very deep team with a coach that has postseason success. I don't expect a 1st round exit for the Clippers this year.
- The Rockets and Blazers could be the best series overall. I see this series going 7 games with a few game winners from both teams.
- I don't think no one wants to be the #1 seed in the East. First the Pacers say they need the #1 seed in order to beat the Heat but the starters want a night off in the final stretch of the season. And while the Pacers bench their starters and still beat the Bucks, the Heat lost the #1 seed after losing to the Grizzlies. Neither one of these teams are looking good going into the playoffs.
- As of now, the Spurs and Thunder are the two best teams in the league. Both have been consistent and seems to get better the closer we get to the playoffs. I think Kevin Durant is on a mission, I'm real curious to what we are going to get from him in the playoffs.