spooky Posts:4255 Followers:300
On 05/06/2013 03:51 PM in NBA

SPOOKY'S MONDAY CHERRY NOIR PLAYS AND THOUGHTS

Monday's Top 15: Wrapping up a sports weekend........

15) It seems almost unfathomable that the two L.A. baseball teams are a combined 24-37.

14) What would you expect a Jewish kid who grew up in Las Vegas to do? Right, score the winning overtime goal for Minnesota against Chicago in the NHL Playoffs. (Jason Zucker.)

13) 121 people vote for the NBA's MVP; 120 of them voted for Lebron James; Kevin Durant finished second in the voting, but didn't get the 121st first place vote- that went to Carmelo Anthony. The NBA won't say who cast that 121st ballot, but hopefully, someone will leak the info. The nitwit deserves to be identified.

12) Tough duty for the Bulls Monday night, playing Game 1 in Miami 48 hours after winning Game 7 in Brooklyn; Luol Deng will be there, but how well can be play after spending a few days in a hospital?

Its not my place to comment, but I will anyway; just can't believe Derrick Rose sits there and watches his teammates bust their butts without at least trying to play. It is understood he would be at less than 100%, but whatever he gives them might be the difference between winning and losing.

11) JR Smith was an awful 4-15 from floor in Knicks' 102-95 loss to the Pacers in Game 1 of that series; in five games this season with Indiana, Smith is 11-36 from floor in Pacers' three wins, 12-21 when the Knicks win.

10) Game 2 is in NYC Tuesday night; for some reason, Game 3 isn't until Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse. Considering that Indiana's bench played a total of only 39 minutes Sunday, the strung-out series schedule could help them more than the older Knicks.

9) Oklahoma City's bench was +26 in their 93-91 win over Memphis in the first game of that series; Kevin Martin came thru with 25 points off the bench to give the Thunder a solid second scoring option.

8) A week ago, Derek Ernst was ranked #1,207 in World Golf Rankings; he was 4th alternate to get into the Wells Fargo event in Charlotte this week, but once he got in, he proved he belonged by winning.

7) Roy Halladay got hammered by the Marlins, is now 2-4, 8.65 and is headed to see a shoulder specialist, not a good sign.

6) Then there is Kevin Slowey, who beat Halladay Sunday, and now has a 1.81 ERA in six starts, albeit only one win. He's headed to the All-Star Game at this rate, and who would've ever thought that back in March?

5) Blue Jays are 11-21, Dodgers 13-17; the winter's big spenders' managers are already on the hot seat, especially Don Mattingly, who is in the last year of his contract. LA's big trade with Boston last summer ain't looking too good right now, but its still fairly early in the season. Fairly early.

4) Within hours of Brooklyn losing game 7 to Chicago, the Nets fired interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

3) Brooklyn Nets dumped interim coach PJ Carlesimo, who went 35-19 as coach of the Nets; they'll go after a big name candidate, then they'll settle for someone similar to Avery Johnson, who they canned last winter.

2) Wild hockey game in Ottawa Sunday, with 236 penalty minutes and nine game misconducts. Senators spanked Montreal 6-1, now lead this series 2-1. Ottawa called a timeout with 0:17 left, which stirred the pot just a little bit more, and makes Game 4 a more interesting game to watch.

1) LeBron James wins his 4th NBA MVP award. He is the fifth player to win 4.

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spooky Posts:4255 Followers:300
05/06/2013 04:03 PM

Here are a few for today that Im playing.

MLB

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

ATLANTA BRAVES

CHICAGO CUBS/TEXAS RANGERS OVER 7.5 RUNS



NBA

SAN ANTONIO SPURS/GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS OVER 202 POINTS

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finance Posts:8345 Followers:223
05/06/2013 04:23 PM

Thanks Spook and good Luck tonight!

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spooky Posts:4255 Followers:300
05/06/2013 05:05 PM

Thanks Finance. Like a couple totals as well in MLB and NBA but will leave that up to everyones imagination.
Have a great night.

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jimmythegreek Posts:10692 Followers:377
05/07/2013 02:36 PM

Another approach hit right on the screws by the express! How long ago did doctors clear Rose to play? Right. 25 games left in the regular season back in late February. So you can't dunk off your left foot. So you can't penetrate with the same explosion when healthy compared to previous years. If you can still play without or through light pain like Joakim Noah could have, it's no excuse to not give it a try even if you are coming off the bench. Perhaps it would have improved your seeding and the Eastern conference Playoff Picture could have turned out a lot different. The way the team has been playing as of late the sky could be the limit in what they're capable of.

Pretty sad the season is overly extended because of TV rights and ratings. You shouldn't expect more than a day of travel in the middle of when these series shift venues. However David Stern, whom most of us won't be sorry to see go next season feels that prime time for these games is over the weekend rather than during the week. These players get paid enough money as it is with plentiful bonuses to boot in the postseason. Crazy how much more incentive they receive with more time to rest in between.

So much for gratitude. So what PJ isn't a big name in the hoops coaching world? Too bad his assistance did not work out in San Antonio alongside Popovich. Now a 35-19 record after Avery could barely muster a .500 mark gets Carlesimo fired? I thought ownership was committed to winning? Sure you can aim for bigger names such as a retired Phil Jackson, who already has obligations of his own as a Detroit Piston adviser in order to find a new head coach. Doc Rivers is still under contract and has his own mess to deal with given the aging Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett while Rajon Rondo prepares for a return next season. Sorry Mikhail, but I think your latest move proved to be a Spassky Bishop Block and checkmate in Brooklyn.

Hard to argue that Kevin Durant did deserve at least one first place vote in the MVP voting. However you can also make a case for Carmelo Anthony, who won the regular season scoring title. Understood that coach Brooks wanted to rest Durant for the postseason, but now seems to be carrying the load on his back scoring wise given the fact that Russell Westbrook is out for the entire postseason. Will be interesting to see who outside Kevin Martin will see increased minutes and scoring. Durant and Martin provided nearly 65% of the offense on Sunday, and likely sent thank you cards to Quincy Pondexter.

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spooky Posts:4255 Followers:300
05/07/2013 03:42 PM

Always well said by the Greek.

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