Friday Tidbits 5/16/08
The Lakers had no answer for Carlos Boozer (27 points, 20 rebounds) in Game 3 as the Jazz made the series 2 Games to 1. The Knicks landed Mike D’Antoni. Dallas opted for Rick Carlisle. Detroit won without Chauncey Billups (hamstring) to take a 3-1 series lead. Rip’s 32 points led the way. Cleveland beat Boston in Game 3. The C’s still have a 2-1 lead. Deron Williams had 29 points and 14 assists as Utah evened the series at 2 vs. the Lakers. Tim Duncan had 22 points and 15 boards as San Antonio evened up with the Hornets. KG, Kobe, Bruce Bowen, Marcus Camby, and Tim Duncan were named First Team NBA All-Defensive Team. Cleveland took Game 4 to even the series with Boston. The C’s just can’t win on the road. Jameer Nelson looked stupid when the Pistons beat Orlando without Chauncey Billups to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Robert Horry set the record for most playoff games. Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Luis Scola, Al Thornton, and Jeff Green were named to the All-NBA Rookie Team. New Orleans blasted the Spurs behind David West’s 38 points and 14 rebounds. Danny Ainge was named Executive of the Year. I’m shocked Kevin McHale didn’t win. KG & Pierce combined for 55 points as the Celtics dumped the Cavs (at home of course) despite a good shooting game from LeBron finally. The Lakers did their thing at home to take a 3-2 series lead. The Spurs drilled the Hornets in Game 6 to even their series.
Joel Quenneville won’t be returning as the Avs Coach next year. Evgeni Malkin had tow goals and an assist as Pittsburgh took Game 1 vs. Philadelphia 4-2. Johan Franzen didn’t play, but Detroit won anyway for a 2-0 series lead. Make it 2-0 for the Penguins as well as they took out the Flyers 4-2. The NHL decided to let Chris Osgood and Mike Ribeiro off with a fine rather than suspensions for their altercation. San Jose fired Ron Wilson. Pavel Datsyuk netted a hat trick as Detroit took a commanding 3-0 series lead vs. Dallas. Boston re-signed F Chuck Kobasew. Marian Hossa netted a couple of goals as Pittsburgh took a 3-0 series lead over Philly in the Keystone State Showdown. Dallas avoided a sweep by beat Detroit in Game 4. The Flyers also avoided a sweep by taking out the Penguins.
Friday: Richie Sexson was suspended six games for charging the mound. Jimmy Rollins returned from the DL. San Diego cut Jim Edmonds. James Shields threw a one-hitter. Saturday: Hanley Ramirez signed a six-year, $70 million deal. Vernon Wells will be out six to eight weeks with a broken wrist. Ben Sheets became Milwaukee’s career strikeout leader. Grady Sizemore went yard twice. Dan Uggla hit a Grand Slam. Jeff Keppinger collected five hits. Greg Maddux finally earned win #350. Sunday: Eric Gagne is out as a closer. His stuff isn’t as nasty without the “stuff”. Dan Uggla, Ryan Braun, and Craig Monroe each hit a pair of HRs. Monday: Asdrubal Cabrera turned an unassisted triple-play. Fausto Carmona fired a Complete Game Shutout. Cliff Lee pitched 9 scoreless Innings to lower his ERA to 0.67. Tuesday: Jeff Keppinger broke his knee cap. Eric Gagne earned a Save. Randy Johnson earned Win #287. Wednesday: Clay Buchholz and Ryan Doumit landed on the DL. Tampa locked up Scott Kazmir for three years at $28.5 million. Let’s see, Carlos Silva got $48 for four years. Well done Rays. Well done. Jim Edmonds signed with the Cubs. Jay Payton, Carlos Quentin and Matt Stairs hit Grand Slams. C.C. Sabathia threw a Complete Game Shutout. Manny Ramirez caught a fly, high-fived a fan, and then doubled off the runner at first. Thursday: Cole Hamels threw a Complete Game Shutout. Milwaukee signed Ryan Braun to a eight-year, $45 million deal. Nice value. Nick Johnson landed on the DL. Brandon Webb improved to 9-0. The Indians finally gave up a run.
Baltimore TE Quinn Sypniewski wil miss the year with a knee injury. The Packers cut Koren Robinson. Robbie Gould signed a five-year, $15.5 million deal with Chicago. Seattle’s Lofa Tatupu got popped for DUI. The Brown cut Kenny Wright. There was plenty of Spygate talk. I’m tired of it, but at the same time ashamed of my Patriots.
UCF CB Johnell Neal was shot in New Orleans. Florida DL Matt Patchan was shot in the shoulder in Tampa. The ACC decided 8 conference games were enough. Former LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux chose Jacksonville State.
There is speculation O.J. Mayo received gifts. Shocker. Duquesne G Kojo Mensah is testing the NBA waters.
Sergio Garcia won The Players Championship.
Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington. Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington.
Annika Sorenstam will retire after the season. Justine Henin will do the same, only immediately.
That concludes the Tidbits. As always feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.
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