Saturday, April 28, 2012
The NBA Playoffs tipped off on Saturday, but apparently nobody told the New York Knicks. The Knicks had 47 points at the start of the 4th quarter, compared to the Heat's 47 points at the end of the 2nd. Carmelo Anthony has played well in recent weeks, but paid a visit to brick city on Saturday afternoon going 3-15 from the field, and totaling 11 points. Amare Stoudemire only had 9 points on 2-7 shooting, both Amare and Carmelo barely even played in the fourth quarter. The Knicks will have no shot at winning a game let alone the series if their big 2 combine for a measly 20 points. J.R. Smith led the team with 17 points. On top of getting crushed, the Knicks may have lost their best perimeter defender in Iman Shumpert as he crumpled to the floor with a knee injury. Tyson Chandler was under the weather with flu like symptoms, and had zero points and 7 turnovers in 21 minutes. The Knicks had a total of 24 turnovers to the Heat's 14. The Miami Heat dominated from start to finish with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade going for 32 and 19 respectively. With Derrick Rose out for the playoffs, the Miami Heat are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Game 2 is Monday at 7PM.
Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose tore his ACL and/or MCL during the final minutes of today's game against the Sixers. He will obviously miss the rest of the playoffs and will most likely miss the start of training camp. This is a devastating blow to the Bulls especially considering they had the game won and D-Rose could have been sitting on the bench. Stay tuned for more updates.
***UPDATE*** Derrick Rose has a torn ACL and will (obviously) miss the playoffs. I doubt he will be ready for the regular season opener, but D-Rose is a warrior, so we'll see what happens.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
This can't look good for GM Brian Cashman. Cash didn't have the balls to go out and get Yu Darvish (who shut out the Yankees yesterday) due to his prior free agent miscues involving Japanese pitchers (Irabu, Igawa, etc). Pineda began to tire out during the second half of last season and his velocity dropped off, but Cash claims his MRI was "clean" coming into spring training. I really hope that's true, considering he shipped out his top prospect for what looks to be damaged goods.
No worries though Yankee fans. The Yanks had no depth in the rotation last year whatsoever, so I don't think this will be a problem. As long as C.C. can win 20 games and Nova can somewhat replicate last year's season, the Yanks pitching staff will be be fine.
Carl Crawford is consulting with Dr. James Andrews about soreness in his elbow. When any injured player is sent to James Andrews, it usually means trouble. Andrews is THE guy for all major sports injuries, ACL, Tommy John, whatever it is Andrews is the best guy for the surgery. For Crawford to be sent to Andrews is the worst news for the Boston Red Sox. Crawford, who is trying to work his way back from off season wrist surgery, has not played the field in any extended spring training game. While Tommy John surgery is unusual for a position player, it has been done before, and that is the worst case scenario for Crawford and the Red Sox. Boston is currently without all star center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury with a dislocated shoulder, and they were expecting Crawford back as early as next week until the elbow issue surfaced. We will keep you updated on Crawford's elbow.
** Update 4/26 - Crawford will miss 3 months trying to rehab his elbow instead of surgery. This is a risky move because if after 3 months the elbow is still not better, then Crawford will have to have Tommy John Surgery
***UPDATE*** 4/25/12 10:30 AM ET: I have just received word that the Falcons are simply in the process of finalizing this deal. Philly will get a 7th-rounder in return for Asante.
***UPDATE*** 4/25/12 1:30 PM ET: Asante reportedly reached an agreement w/ ATL worth $18.5 million over the next three seasons, thus the trade will go through.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
***UPDATE*** Artest has been suspended for 7 games. The Lakers have one regular season game remaining, so basically he will be out for 6 playoffs games.