Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 29, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With nine games left in their regular season the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Now the Cavaliers trail the Boston Celtics by just a 1/2 game for the #1 seed, but when was the last time a team with LeBron James hasn’t controlled the top spot. After winning last seasons championship and making the trip to the finals in 2015; the Cavaliers have played a lot of basketball. Also don’t forget that this is LeBron James’ 6th straight trip to the NBA finals. There are a lot of questions surrounding this Cleveland team and you have to wonder if this is the year that they don’t get out of the Eastern Conference and make the NBA Finals. Now even with all of the complaining he does you have to figure that James will find an extra gear and get the Cavaliers into the finals again, but you never know. Who could be the Cavaliers toughest challenger.

Right now the Cavaliers would get a 1st round match up against the Indiana Pacers. It would be difficult to see Indiana or any of the bottom tier teams who will make the Eastern Conference playoffs beating the Cavaliers in a 7 game series. Now if the Cavaliers are the #2 seed they could draw a very tough match up against the Washington Wizards in the 2nd round. Now even though the Celtics are the team with the better record I believe that the Wizards are the team that could be able to knock the Cavaliers off. Washington has one of the best back courts in the NBA with John Wall at point guard and Bradley Beal as the shooting guard. They have a couple of solid bug men in Center Marcin Gortat and Forward Markieff Morris. The Wizards other starter is Otto Porter Jr. who is currently the 3rd best 3-point shooter in the NBA; percentage wise. Now Wall can be that classic get to the basket type of point guard and it seems as though the Cavaliers haven’t found a rim protector to stop a driving point guard. Are the Wizards built to beat the Cavaliers and possible represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.

So say the Cavaliers get into the Eastern Conference finals where they meet the Boston Celtics. Could the Celtics be the team to knock the Cavaliers out of the playoffs? The biggest thing I’ve heard the expert say about the Celtics is they can’t win because their best player is their point guard Isaiah Thomas. Now Thomas is clearly the Celtics best player and averages 13 more points per game then any of player on the team, but there are some solid pieces around Thomas. The NBA has shifted away from dominant big men, but Al Horford is still a solid NBA player and has added a 3-point shot to his game. Horford makes 35.5% from behind the 3-point line. Now a healthy Avery Bradley would be a big, big plus for the Celtics not only against the Cavaliers, but for the entire playoffs. Bradley has played in just 49 games for the Celtics this season. Bradley did play 31 minutes on Sunday in the Celtics 112-108 win over the Miami Heat. The Celtics face the Milwaukee Bucks tonight, so we’ll have to see if or how many minutes Bradley plays tonight. Could you see the Celtics beating the Cavaliers ion a playoff series?

Now over in the Western Conference it appears to be a three team race to the NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors have the #1 seed with the San Antonio Spurs 2 1/2 games behind them in the standings; then there’s the Houston Rockets in 3rd nine games behind the Warriors. Golden State would get the Portland Trailblazers in the 1st round. San Antonio would face the Memphis Grizzlies in the 1st round while Houston would draw the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 1st round. Do you have an upset in one of these three possible opening round playoff series? If all three teams where to advance the Warriors would gat the Jazz or the Clippers in the 2nd round while the Spurs and the Rockets would face off against each other in the 2nd round. So who would be the better match up for Golden State in the Western Conference finals; the Spurs or the Rockets? It’s a tough call to make, but do you have either the Spurs or the Rockets getting past the Warriors in a Western Conference finals match up. The Warriors have also been to back to back NBA Finals; so they’ve played a lot of basketball. Remember though the Warriors are expecting Kevin Durant to return from his injury for the playoffs. Will Durant be the spark Golden State needs to return to a 3rd consecutive NBA Finals.

I have a feeling that the NBA wants to see Golden State against Cleveland for the third year in a row. Now I’m not going to say it, but I think we all know that the NBA has a way of getting the teams they want in the finals.

The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 last night in the NHL. Now most people might look at this and think it’s just another NHL game and maybe it was, but with this loss the Red Wings where eliminated from the playoffs with this loss. This will be the first time since the 1989-90 season that the Red Wings won’t be taking part in the NHL playoffs; ending a 25 year run. The 25 season streak had been the longest active playoff streak in sports. Now that the Red Wings streak is over the San Antonio Spurs have the longest active playoff streak at  seasons. The Boston Bruins hold the record for most consecutive seasons of making the playoffs at 29. The Bruins made the playoffs from 1967 to 1996. The Chicago Blackhawks had a streak of 28 consecutive seasons of making the playoffs from 1969 to 1997. The Red Wings streak of making the playoffs 25 seasons in a row in tied for 3rd best with the St Louis Blues. The Blues made the playoffs from 1979 to 2004. Will have to see if this is just a one year absence from the playoffs for the Red Wings or if will take them some time to return.

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Chicago Bulls 109 Milwaukee Bucks 94

Posted: March 26, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Coming into Sunday afternoons game against the Chicago Bulls the Milwaukee Bucks where two games over .500 on the season and four games over .500 at home. Of course with the way the Bulls season has went they should be favorite against any team over .500. Now the Bulls did get down 12 points early in the game to the Bucks, but they came all the way back to pick up a 15 point victory 109-94.

There where nine lead changes as well as nine ties in the 1st quarter. Milwaukee had the biggest lead of the quarter at four points. The biggest scoring run either team go on was when the Buck scored 5 of the first seven points in the game. As I’m sure you’ve guessed it was a very even 1st quarter that ended with Milwaukee ahead 31-29.

Milwaukee started the 2nd quarter on a 12 to 2 run that saw them take a 12 point lead 43-31 with 9:00 minutes left in the quarter. The Bulls struggled to get the Bucks lead under 10 points. With 4:35 left in the quarter Milwaukee still had a 10 point lead at 49-39. The Bulls finished the quarter on a 17 to 6 run to go into halftime with a one point lead 56-55.

Milwaukee went right back to the lead at the start of the 3rd quarter and while they where never able to extend that lead to more than three points they held it until Rajon Rondo put the Bulls back ahead 62-61 with 9:35 left in the quarter. Milwaukee was able to tie the game one more time, but never got the lead back. The Bulls slowly built their lead and with 2:35 left in the quarter they took their first double digit lead of the game at 87-76. Chicago added one more point to that lead and they headed into the 4th quarter ahead 91-79.

Both teams had offensive struggles in the 4th quarter as they combined to score 33 points in the quarter. The Bucks never reduced the Bulls lead to under 11 points and when Joffrey Lauvergne put back an offensive rebound the Bulls had a 20 point lead 104-84 with 6:58 left in the game. Milwaukee did manage to outscore the Bulls 10 to 5 from that point on, but all that did was make it a 15 point victory for the Bulls 109-94.

All five of the Bulls starters scored in double figures led by Nikola Mirotic who was the games high scorer with 28 points. Jimmy Butler had a double-double with 20 points and a game high 14 assists. Rajon Rondo and Robin Lopez each scored 18 points and Rondo grabbed a game high 9 rebounds. Paul Zipser was the other Bulls starter in double figures with 10 points.

Milwaukee was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 20 points; he also grabbed a team high 8 rebounds. Greg Monroe came off the Bucks bench to score 16 points while Khris Middleton and Malcom Brogdon each had 14 points. Antetokounmpo, Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova all tied for the team lead in assists with 4 each.

The Bulls improve to 35-39 with the win and keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Bulls will now get three days off before they host the Eastern Conference leading 47-25 Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. Milwaukee drops to 37-36 with the loss and will get a day off before they travel to Charlotte to face the 33-40 Hornets on Tuesday night.

How was your week

Posted: March 25, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, fantasy, sports, Uncategorized

What do Wilt Chamberlain, David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant and Devin Booker all have in common? Well if you where paying attention to last nights Phoenix Suns game you know that all of these players have scored 70 points in an NBA game. Booker joined this list of Hall of Fame players and of course future Hall of Fame player in Bryant’s case when he scored 70 points on the nose against the Boston Celtics on Friday night. It was the 11th 70 point game in NBA history.

Even with the 70 point effort by Booker the Suns still lost to the Celtics 130-120. Phoenix is 22-51 on the season and are just one game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for last place in the Western Conference standings. While the Suns are obviously in rebuild mode Booker has to be one of the bright spots I a down season. Booker is in his 2nd season in the NBA and is the Suns leading scorer averaging 21.6 points per game. Eric Bledsoe is right behind Booker in scoring average at 21.1 points per game. Bledsoe is 27 years old while the Suns 3rd leading scorer is 23 year old T.J. Warren who is averaging 13.8 points per game. So the Suns have a young core of players to try and build around.

Booker played 45 minutes on Friday night to get his 70 points. He was 21 of 40 overall from the field going 4 of 11 from behind the 3-point line. He was however 24 of 26 from the free throw line. Along with his 70 points Booker grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 6 assists.

Now throughout the 4th quarter Suns coach Earl Watson used his timeouts and had his players intentionally foul which aided Booker’s quest to reach that 70 point total. The fans at TD Garden didn’t seem to mind as they cheered Booker’s scoring outburst and it was almost as they where embracing what he was trying to do. Of course it was much, much easier for the Celtics fans to do with their team ahead by double digits. On the other hand the Boston players seemed less than enthusiastic about the way the Suns ran up Booker’s scoring total. Booker scored 28 of his 70 points in the 4th quarter.

Now no matter which side of this you might come down on it’s still a great accomplishment for a player to do.

We are just eight days away from the start of the Major League Baseball season. On Sunday April 2nd ESPN will televise three games to get the season started. At Noon the New York Yankees are at the Tampa Bay Rays. Masahiro Tanaka gets he opening day start for the Yankees while Chris Archer will get the honor for Tampa Bay. The second game scheduled to start around 3:00 p.m. will feature the San Francisco Giants at the Arizona Diamondbacks. Madison Bumgarner will make the start for the Giants while Zack Greinke will be the Diamondbacks starter. Opening day wraps up with an 7:30 p.m. game that has the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at the St. Louis Cardinals. Jon Lester will get the start for the Cubs while Carlos Martinez is the Cardinals starter.

Now as opening day draws closer and closer that means it’s time for our two fantasy drafts. There are 20 teams on both of our leagues. One league is just your standard snake draft style league while the other league we have is an auction style draft. While I still enjoy the snake style draft more than the auction draft the last few seasons my auction draft team has done better in the standings.

Now there’s a lot that goes into drafting your fantasy team. The way your league is set up and which stats are important to your league. Both of our leagues are category leagues; so you can look for all around players or you can try and get players who produce big numbers in a category or two. Now as anyone who’s been in a fantasy league before knows how difficult it is to find players who can put up stats in every category. Start thinking; how many players are out their that combine power and speed and still hit for a high batting average. When you’re trying to come up with these players; what is your acceptable stolen base total for these players. Remember there where just nine players who had more than 30 stolen bases last season. Of course in total there where 72 players who had 10 or more stolen bases. Now in most cases fantasy owners will trade 47 home runs or 133 RBI’s for a single digit stolen base total. Now it’s very easy to sit at the top of your fantasy draft and find the right player. What will win your fantasy league is finding that player or pitcher who will give you numbers in the categories you need help in. That’s why the best thing you can do is look at your league settings and use that to your advantage in the later rounds of your draft. I don’t remember how long ago it was, but when we started playing fantasy baseball Mr. Fantasy use to make fun of me because I would always pick Livan Hernandez in the late rounds of our drafts. Now Hernandez was past his prime and was no longer a top pitcher, but he was an innings eater and we have a minimum numbers of innings are pitchers have to throw a week. Finally last season Mr. Fantasy came around to my way of thinking as he selected R.A. Dicky late in our draft. With the way pitchers are handled in baseball today it’s tough to find a pitcher that will log a lot of innings for you; so if your league has a minimum number of innings you need to pitch a week don’t be afraid to take an innings eater late in your draft. That’s really the best advice I can give not knowing what your league settings are. If you’ve had your draft please let me know how you did, but if your draft is coming up feel free to share your strategy that you use in your league. Good luck!

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Even though the Philadelphia 76ers where playing without Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor they still managed a double digit victory 117-107 over the Chicago Bulls. This was just another in a line of confusing losses to teams under .500 by the Bulls this season. Luckily for the Bulls the loss didn’t cost them anything in the standings as the Detroit Pistons also lost Friday night.

The Bulls where able to jump out to a double digit lead 16-6 lead early in the 1st quarter. The 76ers cut the lead to four before the Bulls where able to rebuild it to eight at 26-18 with 2:12 left in the quarter. Philadelphia scored six of the last eight points in the quarter to cut the Bulls lead to four points at 28-24 after one quarter.

The Bulls where able to hold onto their four point lead for the first couple minutes of the 2nd quarter. With the Bulls ahead 32-28 Philadelphia went on a 10 to 0 run to take a 38-32 lead. The Bulls never got closer than that four point deficit as their offense managed just 18 points in the 2nd quarter, The 76ers where able to take their first double digit lead of the game (35-25) with 3:05 left in the 2nd quarter. The 76ers where able to build that lead to 13 points going into halftime ahead 59-46.

Philadelphia started out the 3rd quarter on a 8 to 1 run and found themselves ahead by 20 points at 67-47 early in the 3rd quarter. The biggest lead the 76ers had in the 3rd quarter was 26 points and they did that twice. The Bulls where never able to get the 76ers lead under the 20 point margin. Philadelphia took a 93-71 lead heading into the final quarter.

With a 22 point lead the outcome of the game was pretty much decided, but the Bulls offense did have a better performance in the 4th quarter scoring 36 points. While the Bulls did manage to cut 12 points off of the 76ers lead it was just a case of two little too late. Denzel Valentine hit a 3-pointer for Chicago with :03 seconds left to make the final score 117-107 Philadelphia.

Dario Saric led the 76ers with 32 points. Saric also had a team high 10 rebounds. T.J. Connell was the other Philadelphia starter to score in double figures with 10 points and a team high 8 assists. Shawn Long, Gerald Henderson and Sergio Rodriguez all scored in double figures off the Philadelphia bench. Long had 18 points, Henderson had 14 points while Rodriguez added 12 points.

Jimmy Butler was the games leading scorer with 36 points and also handed out a game high 11 assists. Nikola Mirotic had 15 points. Bobby Portis came off the Bulls bench to post a double-double. Portis had 17 points and a game high 11 rebounds. Anthony Morrow also added 10 points off the Bulls bench.

With the win Philadelphia improves to 27-45 on the season. The 76ers will get a day off before they head to Indiana to face the 36-36 Pacers Saturday night. Chicago falls to 34-39 with the loss. The Bulls will head to Milwaukee for  game Saturday night against the 37-35 Bucks.

Chicago Bulls 117 Detroit Pistons 95

Posted: March 23, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Chicago Bulls kept their playoff hopes alive Wednesday night as they sent the Detroit Pistons to their 5th loss in there last 6 games with a 117-95 victory. The win by the Bulls also evens their record with the Pistons at 34-38. The Bulls and the Pistons are tied for 10th place in the Eastern Conference and are 1 1/2 games behind the Miami Heat for that final playoff spot.

The Bulls got off to a quick start scoring six of the games first eight points to take a 6-2 lead. Detroit then scored five straight points to take a 7-6 lead. The teams traded the lead four more times before the Bulls took the lead for good at 14-13 with 5:31 left in the quarter. The Bulls went on a 13-0 run to take their first double digit lead of the game at 25-13. The Pistons got to within four points 25-21 with 1:24 left in the quarter, but the Bulls finished the quarter on a 7-2 run to take a 32-23 lead after one quarter.

The Bulls got their double digit lead back early in the 2nd quarter and built that lead to 13 points. Detroit was able to cut the lead to eight points, but the Bulls quickly pushed it back to a 12 point lead at 43-31. Detroit went on a 10 to 2 run to get the lead down to four points at 45-41 with 4:18 left in the quarter. Detroit was able to get the lead won to just two points when Ish Smith made a lay up with 1:01 left in the quarter. The Bulls where able to score the final four points of the quarter to take a 59-53 lead at halftime.

The Bulls where really able to put some distance between themselves and the Pistons inn the 3rd quarter. Chicago took their double digit lead back when Nikola Mirotic hit a 3-pointer with 10;41 left in the quarter to put the Bulls up 65-55. Detroit was unable to cut the Bulls lead under double digits and had a difficult time keeping the lead under 20 points. The Pistons themselves managed just 20 points in the 3rd quarter and the Bulls puled away to a 18 point lead at 91-73 heading into the 4th quarter.

The 4th quarter didn’t go much better for the Pistons offensively as they managed just 22 points in the quarter. Detroit never got closer than 15 points in the 4th quarter. Marcus Morris completed a three point play to cut the Bulls lead to 15 points at 98-83 with 5:20 left in the game. The Bulls then went on a 16 to 1 run to extend the lead to 25 points at 114-89. The Pistons did knock a couple of points off the Bulls lead, but the outcome of the game was determined by then with the Bulls taking a 117-95 victory.

Nikola Mirotic got a rare start for the Bulls and responded by being the games top scorer with 28 points. Joffrey Lauvergne was also in the starting line up for the suspended Robin Lopez and scored 17 points and a team high 7 rebounds. Jimmy Butler had a double-double with 16 points and a game high 12 assists. Paul Zipser added 15 points while Bobby Portis came off the Bulls bench to add 12 points.

Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris led the Pistons in scoring as they each had 14 points. Jon Leuer (off the bench) had 13 points while Stanley Johnson (off the bench) added 12 points. Ish Smith was the teams leader in assists with 7 while Andre Drummond grabbed a game high 17 rebounds.

After back to back games the Bulls get a night off before they host the 26-45 Philadelphia 76ers Friday night. The Pistons stay on the road as they’ll try to break their two game losing streak Friday night against the 26-46 Orlando Magic.

It took overtime, but the Toronto Raptors finally ended their 11 game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls 122-120 on Tuesday night. The Bulls had a double digit lead as late as the 3rd quarter before the Raptors went on a run. In the end it was Toronto who picked up the victory and at this point in their season you have to wonder if the Bulls are better off missing out on the playoffs and going into the draft lottery.

The Bulls took a very quick five point lead at 7-2 with Rajon Rondo scoring five of the Bulls first seven points. Jimmy Butler gave the Bulls a nine point lead at 15-6 with 7:16 left in the quarter. Chicago kept the lead at or around nine points until the Raptors went on an 8 to 2 run to make the score 27-25 with 1:46 left in the quarter. The teams traded baskets before Jimmy Butler hit two free throws to give the Bulls a 31-27 lead after one quarter.

Chicago was able to push it’s lead to 10 points 39-29 when Denzel Valentine hit a 3-pointer with 10:03 left in the quarter. A Paul Zipser 3-pointer gave the Bulls their biggest lead of the quarter at 49-33 with 6:50 left in the quarter. Toronto scored seven straight points to get the Bulls lead under double digits at 49-40. The Bulls where able to held onto their lead going into halftime, but DeMar DeRozen hit a 3-pointer with :02 seconds left to cut the lead to five at 59-54 going into halftime.

The 3rd quarter looked like it was going to be a very even quarter as the teams just seemed to be trading baskets. Rajon Rondo then hit a 3-pointer with 5:47 left in the quarter and that started a run of 13 to 2 to take a 16 point lead at 88-72. With 3:58 left in the quarter Serge Ibaka of the Raptors and Robin Lopez of the Bulls got into it after Lopez knocked the ball out of Ibaka’s hands. Unlike most NBA fights both men threw punches and where ejected from the game with 3:58 left in the quarter. There was a long review of the altercations before the ejections where made. After both players where tossed from the game Toronto was able to knock one more point off the Bulls lead. Chicago took a 94-79 lead heading into the final quarter.

The 4th quarter started off looking like the Bulls would pick up another victory over the Raptors. With 6:39 left in the game Paul Zipser hit a 3-pointer to give the Bulls a 15 point lead at 109-94. In stead of cruising to a victory the Bulls saw the Raptors go on a 15 to 0 run and tie the game at 109 all. The Bulls then scored four points in a row only to see the Raptors come back and tie the game again to send it into overtime at 113 all.

The Bulls scored first in overtime, but Toronto then scored the next eight points in a row to take a 121-115 lead. While Jimmy Butler did hit the final basket of the game with just :02 seconds left it wasn’t enough as the Raptors broke their 11 game losing streak to the Bulls 122-120.

DeMar DeRozen was the Raptors and the games high scorer with 42 points. DeRozen also had 8 assists which tied for the game high in that category. Corey Joseph had 19 points while Serge Ibaka had 16 points before being ejected. P.J. Tucker grabbed a game high 12 rebounds for Toronto.

Jimmy Butler was the Bulls leading scorer with 37 points. Butler also grabbed a team high 10 rebounds for Chicago. Rajon Rondo added 24 points and tied for the games top assists honors with 8. Paul Zipser and Robin Lopez (before his ejection) each scored 12 points for the Bulls.

With the win the Raptors improve to 42-29. The loss drops the Bulls record to 33-38. This was the first of back to back games for both teams. Toronto will head to Miami to face the 35-36 Heat tonight. Chicago will head home to face the 34-37 Detroit Pistons tonight.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 22, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the NBA regular season almost wrapping up the talk has turned to allowing players to sit out games. This started quite a few years ago when the San Antonio Spurs would let their stars take a game off. I believe pretty much every NBA team has know taken to doing this with their top players. It’s a difficult situation for commissioner Adam Silver to try and navigate, but I remember San Antonio being fined for doing this for a nationally televised game. I don’t truly believe these guys need games off, but there’s no rule against or probably even a way to make a rule against it. This is going to become an issue when it’s starts to hit the NBA in the pocket book. Now they just signed there new television contract about a year ago; so they won’t have to deal with that for a little while, but they will have to deal with the companies that buy their commercial time. On Saturday the nationally televised game was the Los Angeles Clippers hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers. This was the first of back to back games for the Cavaliers as they where facing the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Cavaliers coach Tyron Lue decided that LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love needed the night off against the Clippers; so they would be rested to face the worst team in the Western Conference the Lakers. What I’m always confused by when teams do this is why do they all have to sit out the same game? Couldn’t one or maybe two of them sat out Saturday’s game against the Clippers and then the ones that played Saturday could sit out Sunday’s game. Now the Cavaliers aren’t the only team to do this, but they’re the latest team and it seems as someone may have finally noticed. Now some how the NBA got ESPN along with TNT to greatly over pay for the rights to broadcast their games in this last contract. If you’re building your primetime line up around an NBA game your going to need those top players who are healthy to be in uniform and play. If the television provider isn’t happy and then the ratings drop and the advertisers aren’t happy; what do you think this is going to lead to? If the money from the television contract comes way down the next time the deal comes up and if the advertising revenues come down do to the ratings dropping; how do you think the players will feel about smaller salaries? The NBA salary cap took a huge jump this season because of that new television deal; so it could just as easily come down if the next television deal isn’t so lucrative. It will be interesting to see if the commissioner will be able to work with the owners and the players union to come up with a solution for this issue. Teams aren’t doing anything against the rules by keeping these players out, but if a fan from a non-playoff team has bought a ticket to see one of these top guys play and they sit out because they’re resting it’s a huge disappointment for that fan and there’s a chance you’ve just lost a ticket buyer. Now a team can easily cover this by saying the player has a minor injury and he’s taking that game off, but I think a fan would rather hear that then dealing with a millionaire not playing because he needs his rest. To me it’s a bit of a joke that these guys can’t play because they need rest. It’s an game season and players can’t seem to handle that. You would think there are plenty of blow outs during an NBA season where you can find the time to give these players the rest they need. Maybe I’m just to old to understand how guys who get to play a game for a living and are very, very well paid to do it can’t handle an 82 game schedule. What would these players do if they actually had to work five days a week like most of the fans who go to their games and watch them on television do. Maybe there’s someone out there who can this explain this to me. If you can please feel free to leave it in the comments; I need the help.

During the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres last night Sidney Crosby came up behind Ryan O’Reilly and put his stick between his legs and pulled it up. It was an incredibly dirty play and while the cameras caught it the referees didn’t and there was no penalty called. Now Crosby is one of the NHL’s top stars, but after this play you have to ask the question; should he be suspended? The video is already online; so you can take a look at it and judge for yourself, but I think I’d like to see the NHL give him a one game suspension. I don’t think that’s over reacting and on the other side of it if the NHL does nothing will people see this as favoritism because of the name involved. I’ve heard different experts and writers weigh in on this and the majority of then believe there should be no penalty at all for Crosby’s actions. I wonder how they would be feeling this morning if it was O’Reilly who did that to Crosby. The Penguins have 10 games left in the regular season. Pittsburgh also has 101 points and have clinched a playoff spot. If the NHL did decide to suspend Crosby for just one game they might actually be doing Pittsburgh a favor by giving Crosby a day off before the Penguins try to defend their Stanley Cup championship. Go out and hunt the video down online and take a look at it. Then please feel free to leave your opinion in the comments. Do you think Crosby should be suspended or should the NHL just fine him or is just letting this go the right thing to do.

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Chicago Bulls 95 Utah Jazz 86

Posted: March 19, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Chicago Bulls picked up just their 2nd win in their last nine games as they beat the Utah Jazz 95-86 Saturday night. It was another win for the Bulls against a team over .500 which for some reason they seem to play well against.

The Jazz jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and it looked as it might be a long night for the Bulls as their offense managed just 16 points in the 1st quarter. The Jazz had a 12 point lead at one point in the quarter, but the Bulls where able to cut into the lead. The Bulls got the lead down to six points, but Joe Ingles split a pair of free throws at the end of the quarter to give Utah a 23-16 lead.

The Bulls started the quarter with a eight to five run to cut the Jazz lead to four points at 28-24. Utah was able to push the lead back to seven, but this time the Bulls came back and got to within two points at 33-31 with 4:56 left in the quarter. The Jazz got the lead back to eight points, but by the end of the quarter the Bulls had it down to four 44-40 going into halftime.

Chicago was finally able to take a lead in the game at 49-48 when Rajon Rondo scored with 8:40 left in the quarter. The Bulls built their lead to five points at 55-50, but Utah scored 9 of the next 11 points in the game to take a 59-57 lead. The teams where tied one more time in the quarter, but Utah was able to take the lead back and went into the 4th quarter with a 64-61 lead.

Utah built a five point lead and they where able to hold the lead until Denzel Valentine hit a 3-pointer with 7:20 left in the game to give the Bulls a 75-73 lead. It was a lead the Bulls would never lose. The Bulls had a six point lead 85-79 with 3:58 left to play, but the Jazz cut the lead right back to two points at 85-83 with 2:57 left to play. That was as close as the Jazz would get as the Bulls finished the game on a 10 to 3 run to take a nine point victory 95-86.

Jimmy Butler was the Bulls and the games leading scorer with 23 points. Butler also handed out a game high 7 assists. Bobby Portis came off the Bulls bench to score 22 points while Robin Lopez added 14 points. Denzel Valentine posted a double-double coming off the bench scoring 11 points and grabbing a team high 12 rebounds.

Utah was led by George Hill with 18 points. Gordon Hayward had 14 points while Rudy Gobert scored 13 points and grabbed a game high 13 rebounds. Joe Ingles and Alec Burks (off the bench) each scored 10 points while Ingles handed out a team high 5 assists.

Chicago improved to 33-37 with the win and find themselves just 1 1/2 games out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern conference. Utah dropped to 43-27 with the loss, but are still holding onto the 4th seed in the Western conference. This was the second of back to back games for the Bulls; so they’ll get a couple of days off before they head out on the road to face the 40-29 Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. The Jazz have now dropped two games in a row and they’ll wrap up their four game road trip on Monday night when they face the 35-33 Indiana Pacers.

How was your week

Posted: March 18, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in Auto Racing, basketball, College Basketball, football, NASCAR, sports

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge college basketball fan, but it seems like this time of year you almost have no choice. With the NCAA tournament under way it seems like there are no other sports on television to watch. It’s always more interesting when there’s a local team in the tournament and in my area we have the Northwestern Wildcats. It was the first time they’ve ever made the tournament and they won their 1st round game against Vanderbilt on Thursday. In the 2nd round they play the #1 seeded team in their region Gonzaga. It was a big plus that they made the tournament and then it’s cool that they won a game. I’m not sure how many people expected them to beat Gonzaga today, but I do know quite a few people who picked Northwestern to get a win in their bracket. I picked Gonzaga to win this game, but I don’t think it will be a blow out. Do you have a local team in the tournament that you’re rooting for?

While we’re talking about the tournament; how did your bracket end up after the 1st round? I managed to get through the 1st round losing just four teams, but none of the teams that I lost in my bracket I had going to the Sweet 16. I lost two teams in the  Midwest bracket and two teams in the East bracket. I had Creighton over Rhode Island and Nevada over Iowa St. in the Midwest and I had UNC Wilmington over Virginia and SMU over USC in the East. I thought losing just four teams in the 1st round was pretty good, but I don’t really know. How did you do in the 1st round?

Now not only did UNC Wilmington lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but after the game they also lost their coach. On Friday it was announced that Kevin Keatts would be moving from UNC Wilmington to take the head coaching job at North Carolina State. Keatts was 72-28 in three seasons at UNC Wilmington and the last two years they went t the NCAA tournament. The team won CAA regular season titles all three seasons under Keatts, who became the first coach in conference history to win back to back Coach of the Year accolades. The team also set a new season high in wins with 29 this season. He will replace Mark Gottfried, who was fired after six seasons in Raleigh. Gottfried took the Wolfpack to the NCAA tournament in each of his first four seasons, but the program failed to live up to expectations the past two years and finished 13th in the ACC each season.

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers last night 107-103, , but more interestingly there was a bit of a shoving match that ended with three players being ejected. With :36 seconds left in the 3rd quarter Malcolm Brogdon fouled Nick Young a little on the hard side. Young didn’t appreciate the foul and shoved Brogdon. Gregg Monroe quickly jumped in and shoved Young, That in turn brought D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram into the fray as they engaged Monroe. The referees quickly jumped in and accessed double technical to Russell and Monroe; so they where ejected. Young had picked up a technical foul earlier in the game; so when he was given another one by the officiating crew he was ejected as well. Young and Russell addressed the media after the game, but Monroe left without speaking to reporters. The players will now have to wait and see how the NBA rules on this incident and if there will be any suspensions or fines from it.

Now the loss by the Lakers did eliminate them officially from the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. This is the longest stretch that the Lakers have went without making the playoffs. Before this stretch the longest the Lakers had been without making the playoffs was two consecutive seasons.

Latavius Murray signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent this week. Murray was with the Oakland Raiders last season and his departure leaves the raiders with a need at the running back position. Adrian Peterson is still out on the free agent markets, but there are reports that the Raiders would like to acquire retired running back Marshawn Lynch from the Seattle Seahawks. Since Lynch is still under a contract with the Seahawks the Raiders would either have to workout a trade with Seattle or just hope they would release Lynch; so they could sign him. Under Lynch’s contract he has a $9 million dollar salary for the 2017 season with a salary cap hit of $9 million dollars as well. For the 2018 season Lynch’s salary is $7 million dollars, but there is also a $3 million dollar roster bonus he would be due. Now Lynch is from Oakland; so would playing for his hometown team be enough to get hi to return to the NFL. Lynch also has a “Beast Mode” apparel store in Oakland. Lynch will turn 31 in April.

Lynch spent nine seasons in the NFL. Lynch spent three plus seasons with the Buffalo Bills before being traded to the Seahawks after the fourth game of the 2010 season. Lynch has 9112 career rushing yards and has rushed for more than a 1000 yards in a season six times. Lynch led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 2014 and 2015. If the Seahawks decide to trade Lynch to Oakland would his season off hurt him in his return? If there is a trade what would the Raiders have to give the Seahawks for Lynch?

NASCAR is entering the third week of their season as they heads to Phoenix International raceway for the Camping World 500 on Sunday. Joey Logano took the pole for Sunday’s race with a speed of 137.321 m.p.h. Ryan Blaney will start 2nd with Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3rd. Kyle Larson (4th) and Jamie McMurray (5th) will round out the Top 5. While Logano took the pole after his run in with Kyle Busch last week; Busch will start 9th on Sunday.

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The Chicago Bulls made the game a lot closer than it looked early on as they came back from double digits only to lose 112-107 to the Washington Wizards. It was the Bulls seventh loss in their last eight games. It was also the first game the Bulls played without Dwayne Wade. Wade is done for the regular season with a fractured right elbow.

Both teams took a little while to get going as they combined to miss the first seven shots in the game. Jimmy Butler broke the scoring drought with a lay up with 10:18 left in the quarter. The  Bulls held the lead early in the quarter, but the Wizards came back and outscored the Bulls 29-23 in the quarter to take a six point lead into the 2nd quarter.

The Bulls had some offensive issues in the 2nd quarter as they managed to score just 17 points. The Wizards took double digit leads on four different occasions in the quarter only to have the Bulls manage to bring the score back under 10 points. The Bulls did manage to cut the Wizards lead to seven points on a few different occasions before Washington was able to pull away. Washington scored the last 10 points of the quarter to take a 19 point lead 59-40 at halftime.

Previously when the Bulls have had offensive troubles early in the game they’ve carried over through the rest of the game, but tonight was different. While Washington was able to hold onto their double digit lead through the 3rd quarter the Bulls did outscore the Wizards  32-25 in the quarter to knock the lead down to 12 points 84-72 heading into the final quarter.

The Bulls had another good offensive quarter in the 4th putting up 35 points to the Wizards 28 points. While it took the Bulls the majority of the quarter when Nikola Mirotic hit a 3-pointer with 1:23 left in the game the Bulls found themselves down just two points 104-102. Washington pushed the lead back to four points, but then Jimmy Butler hit a 3-pointer with   :39 seconds left and the Bulls where down just one point at 108-107. That was as close as the Bulls could get as the Wizards went four for four on their free throws down the stretch to get a 112-107 win.

Bradley Beal was the Wizards leading scorer with 24 points. Jason Smith scored 17 points while John Wall and Otto Porter Jr. each had 14 points. Wall also had a game high 20 assists. Ian Mahinmi (16 points) and Bojan Bogdanovic (12 points) also scored in double figures. Marcin Gortat and Porter Jr. tied for the team lead in rebounds with 8.

Jimmy Butler was the Bulls and the games high scorer with 28 points. Robin Lopez was the other Bulls starter to score in double figures with 25 points. Lopez also grabbed a game high 12 rebounds. Off the Bulls bench Nikola Mirotic had 15 points and Denzel Valentine add 11 points. Rajon Rondo was the Bulls team leader in assists handing out 11.

Washington improved to 42-26 with the win while the Bulls fell to 32-37 on the season. This was the first of back to back games for both teams. Washington will head to Charlotte to face the 29-39 Hornets on Saturday night while the Bulls head home to host the 43-26 Utah Jazz tomorrow night.