How was your week

Posted: June 25, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The NBA draft was held on Thursday night and while there was no clear cut #1 pick there are forecasted to be players throughout this draft that will be able to help teams.

There were three players whose name was associated with being the first player drafted, but in the end the Orlando magic decided to select Paolo Banchero of Duke with the #1 pick. With the 2nd pick the Oklahoma City Thunder selected Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga and that left the Houston Rockets to select Jabari Smith of Auburn.

In days leading up to the draft it appeared as though that Magic would take either Holmgren or Smith, but early in the day on Thursday there was more and more talk that Banchero was moving up teams’ draft boards. In the end that’s the route the Magic went with their pick.

Now the team that seemed to draw the most interest during the draft was the New York Knicks, but not for the players they drafted, but for the trades they seem to just keep making.

The Knicks used the 11th pick in the 1st round to select Ousmane Dieng. Now in the NBA you can’t trade the actually draft picks, so you have to select the player and then deal. That’s what the Knicks did here as Dieng went to Oklahoma City for for three 2013 protected 1st round picks. The Knicks where then involved in a three team deal where they didn’t receive anything, but they were able to move Kemba Walker and his salary to the Detroit Pistons. In this deal the Pistons also received Jalen Duran while the Charlotte Hornets picked up a 2025 1st round draft pick that was originally property of the Portland Trailblazers.

These were some very odd moves by the Knicks, but being able to move Walker’s salary from their books might open up something in free agency for them. There are quite a few rumors out there that the Knicks are going to target Jalen Brunson when free agency starts at the end of the month.

Interestingly Brunson’s father is currently an assistant coach with the Knicks and Brunson’s agent is related to Knicks President Leon Rose. I’m not sure if this will give the Knicks an inside track to signing Brunson, but it makes for an interesting set up for it to happen.

Since this was supposed to be filled with a lot of quality players it will be interesting to see if one of the players who was selected later in the 1st round or maybe even a player who was picked in the 2nd round end up being one of the players who breaks out from this draft class.

As I mentioned free agency starts for the NBA at the end of the month and there are quite a few players who will have to decide if they’re going to accept their player option and stay with the team they’re currently on or if they’ll go out into the free agent market and see what kind of deal they can get.

It’s possible that James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Bradley Beal could be free agents if they all choose to decline their player options, but it’s very doubtful that any of them will.

Even though the NBA has moved away from pounding the basketball inside to the big man there are a couple of young big man free agents out there. Mo Bamba and Deandre Ayton are both just 23 years old and seemed to bright NBA futures. There’s also 22-year-old Bol Bol whose career hasn’t quite went the way a lot of people thought it would, but if he signs with the right team maybe he gets back on that track.

Once the end of the month gets here will start to see who signs where, but before free agency starts will know if any players have opted out of their player option and are headed into free agency.

Now when it comes to signing free agent the Pistons have the most cap room and you have to wonder if they’ll try to sign a veteran or two to go along with the young core of players, they’ve put together from the last two drafts.

After the Pistons it’s the Magic, Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs and the Trailblazers with the most cap room among NBA teams.

Do you think that any of these teams will spend money and sign a top name free agent?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 22, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now it’s not even the end of June yet, but since the New York Yankees happen to have the best record in the American League and the New York Mets just so happen to have the best record in the National League there are already people saying will have an all–New York World Series.

Now it’s possible that these people saying this are right. The Yankees appear to be a very good team and should be a player in the American League come playoff time, but it’s actually the Mets that might have the better chance of getting to the World Series.

Now the Yankees have the best record in baseball at 50-18 while the Mets have the second-best record at 45-25. You’d think with the Yankees being about five games ahead of the Mets for the best record that they’d be the odds-on favorite to make the World series, but I’m not sure about that.

While the Yankees have had a couple of injuries in their bullpen, they’ve had a full complement of starting pitchers going out and taken their regular turns in the rotation. The Mets on the other hand haven’t been that lucky with their starting pitchers, but they’re still finding ways to win.

The Mets have built their record without a start from one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, Jacob deGroom and they’ve only gotten 8 starts out of another of baseball’s top starting pitchers Max Scherzer. I’m not sure how many teams could lose their top two starting pitchers for long periods of time and still find themselves in 1st place.

Now this could play out well for the Mets. Scherzer is expected to make a minor league rehab start on Friday and if all goes well could be back in the Mets starting rotation by the end of next week. deGroom is expected back after the All-Star break which would give him plenty of time to build up his arm strength for a playoff run.

Getting Scherzer back and then adding deGroom into the starting rotation would give the Mets one of if not the best starting rotation in baseball. Of course, if both deGroom and Scherzer are healthy heading into the playoffs it would be the best 1-2 punch of any playoff team.

Of course, you can’t predict injuries, so you never know what a team is going to have to deal with down the road or how they’ll react to it. As we stand now though I think it’s the Mets that should be looked at as the New York team that has a better chance at making the World Series.

The NBA off season is up and running. The NBA Draft is tomorrow and then NBA free agency starts at the end of the month, but a lot of free agent talk has already started.

One of the biggest possible free agent stories revolves around Kyrie Irving. Now, Irving has a $36.5 million dollar player option for the 2022-23 season, but he wants a long-term deal. It’s clear that Irving is a good player, but the issue of course is how much will he actually play?

Irving played just 29 regular season games for the Brooklyn Nets last season. Irving refused to be vaccinated for Covid-19 and had to sit out games in New York due to their law. The season before Irving sat out quite a few games for personal reasons. Brooklyn is already in an odd spot after trading for Ben Simmons last season and then not having him play a game. Can the Nets afford to have two players that seem to have some type of mental issues on their roster?

It’s also been mentioned that Irving might opt-in and then be traded by the Nets, but what team would want him? Humorously it’s been mentioned that the Los Angeles Lakers might be a landing spot for Irving if he’s dealt. Oddly if that deal happened it would probably involve Russell Westbrook coming to Brooklyn. That would mean Irving would reunite with LeBron James while Westbrook would be reunited with Kevin Durant.

So let me know what you think. What do you see Irving doing? Does he stay in Brooklyn? Or do you see him possibly entering free agency. Or will we get a sign and trade deal with him? If you think Irving will be traded, where do you think he ends up?

How was your week

Posted: June 18, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

For the first time since 2018 and the 4th time in 8 years the Golden State Warriors are NBA champions. Golden State closed out their series against the Boston Celtics on Thursday with a 103-90 victory and a 4-2 win in the series.

Now any time a team wins a championship there is a lot of discussion about where they fit all-time. Now it’s clear that this Golden State team that has featured Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green is a dynasty. They’ll go down as one of the best teams of all-time, but where do their players fit in?

While Curry just won his first finals MVP it’s kind of unclear where he’d place among the greatest players of all-time.

Just from watching we all know Curry can shoot and he is probably the best pure shooter to ever play, but in all honestly, I don’t think he’s in the Top 10 players of all-time.

When you start talking about players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and others it’s difficult to find room for Curry in the Top 10. I didn’t even mention some of the great big men like Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Wilt Chamberlain. I’d have all of these players ranked ahead of Curry as well as players like Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Pete Maravich. That means the highest I could rank Curry would be 10th and there are still players I haven’t brought up that I would put ahead of him. It’s not that Curry isn’t a great player, but there have been many, many great players that have graced the NBA.

While we’re on the topic I’d like to know where you think Curry fits among the all-time greats of the NBA. Would you have him in your Top 10?

Not only did Curry win his 4th NBA title and his first finals MVP award, but yesterday it was announced by Davidson’s athletic director Chris Clune that the school will retires Curry’s #30 on August 31st. Curry will be the first Davison athlete ever to have a number retired.

Not only will Curry have his number retired, but he will also receive his bachelor’s degree. Curry completed his Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology in May but could not attend the commencement ceremony during the NBA playoffs.

There’s also one more award for Curry coming from Davidson. Curry will also be placed in the Davidson athletic Hall of Fame.

Curry is Davidson’s all-time leader in points scored, 3-pointers, free throws, field goals and steals. Curry played at Davidson from 2006 to 2009 and led the Wildcats to an Elite Eight appearance in the 2008 NCAA tournament.

To be fair Davidson has retired six other men’s basketball numbers before Curry’s, but what makes Curry number retirement special is that the school will never allow another player to wear that #30 again.

One of the conditions Curry had to meet to have his number retired by Davidson was to graduate. Davidson only retires number and jerseys of players who have completed their degrees.

It appears as though August 31st will be an exciting day for Curry at his Alma Mata.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 15, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

It’s a big of an odd post season because for the time in I think ever the NHL playoffs are going to run longer than the NBA playoffs. Now of course due to Covid-19 the NHL regular season started later than normal which is the reason that the playoffs are going later than they would normally.

Tonight, the NHL drops the puck as the NHL Stanley Cup finals start. The Colorado Avalanche will host the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lighting.

The Avalanche reached the Stanley Cup finals by beating the Nashville Predators in the 1st round, the St. Louis Blues in the 2nd round and the Edmonton Oilers in the Western conference finals. The Lighting got here again by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1st round, the Florida Panthers in the 2nd round and the New York Rangers in the Eastern conference finals.

Both teams come into the Stanley Cup finals on four game winning streaks even though they went about it in different ways. Colorado swept their series against Edmonton while Tampa Bay lost their first two games to the Rangers before running off four consecutive wins.

The Avalanche had 119 points and 56 wins in the regular season which got them the #1 seed in the Western conference. In the regular season the Lighting racked up 110 points and 51 wins which placed them as the 5th seed in the Eastern conference.

Generally, in the playoffs scoring is down, but Colorado is averaging just over 4 goals a game while Tampa Bay has been scoring just over 3 goals a game. Will we see a little more offense in these Stanley Cup finals than we’re used to?

A lot of time in the NHL playoffs the team that wins a series is the team with the hot goaltender, but since both teams are on winning streaks which goaltender is considered hot? I’m guessing you’d lean towards Tampa Bay when it comes to goaltending. Andrei Vasilevskiy has been in goal as the Lighting won the last two Stanley Cups, so that’s a pretty solid advantage. Colorado has used two goalies through these playoffs as Darcy Kuemper suffered an upper body injury in Gam 1 of the Western conference finals, but he did return for Game 4. In Kuemper’s absence Pavel Francouz filled in.

Colorado hasn’t announced who will be in goal tonight, but it appears as though Francouz has the hot hand even though Kuemper has been the #1 goaltender.

There is quite a bit of star power in this series, so it will be interesting to see who steps up and leads their team to the Stanley Cup. Will we see Colorado win their first Stanley Cup since 2001 or will Tampa Bay win the 3rd Stanley Cup in a row?

This is a tough one to pick, but I’m going to go with the Avalanche to unseat the defending champions, but I think it’s going to take them seven games to do it. Of course, I want to know what you’re thinking. Who do you have winning the Stanley Cup and how many games will it take them to do it?

How was your week

Posted: June 11, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

From 1986 until 2007 Tony LaRussa was considered one of if not the best manager in Major League Baseball.

LaRussa managed the Oakland A’s from 1986 until 1995 before moving to the St. Louis cardinals in 1996 and staying their until 2007. While managing the A’s LaRussa took them to three consecutive World Series appearances in 1988, 1989 and 1990 winning one. LaRussa also managed the Cardinals to three World Series appearances winning two of those.

Before managing the A’s and the Cardinals LaRussa managed the Chicago White Sox starting with the final 54 games of the 1979 season and managing until he was fired 64 games into the 1986 season. The White Sox made one playoff appearance with LaRussa as their manager in this stint.

After not managing for ten years LaRussa came back to take over the White Sox last season and led them to an American League Central title and a playoff appearance. The White Sox were eliminated from the playoffs by the Houston Astros 3 games to 1 in the American League Divisional Series.

The White Sox have had their issues to start the 2022 season. The White are currently in 3rd place in the American League Centra with a record of 27-29 which puts them 5 games behind the 1st place Minnesota Twins and game behind the 2nd place Cleveland Guardians. Now just 56 games into a 162-game season it’s not quite time for the White Sox to panic, but there might be some questions about LaRussa’s managerial ability.

This week during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers LaRussa ordered and intentional walk to Trea Turner. Now there’s nothing odd about intentionally walking a batter, but at the time LaRussa ordered this intentional walk Turner had a 1 ball 2 strike count on him. I honestly don’t remember the last time I saw a batter intentionally walked when he had two strikes on them.

Obviously after the game the media had some questions about this especially since the batter behind Turner Max Muncy hit a 3-run home run.

During his interview LaRussa brought up an odd point about how Turner had a certain average with two strikes on him compared to Muncy’s average with two strikes on him. It was almost like LaRussa thought that the count Turner had would carry over to Muncy’s at bat after the intentional walk. Didn’t he realize that Muncy wouldn’t start the at bat with two strikes on him?

You may remember last season that LaRussa didn’t understand the runner starting on 2nd base rule and actually had closer Liam Hendricks start the inning on 2nd base because the White Sox had lost their designated hitter due to some lineup changes.

When Ken “Hawk” Harrelson was the White Sox broadcaster he used to say that a good manager would get his team five extra wins a season while a bad manager would cost his team five games a season. At this point in his managerial career, it looks like LaRussa might be costing the White Sox five game or more this season. With the way things are going for the White Sox LaRussa’s managing may even cost them a playoff spot.

Now this season we’ve already seen two well-known well-established managers fired. First the Philadelphia Phillies fired Joe Girardi and then the Los Angeles Angels followed suit and canned Joe Maddon. Would the White Sox actually consider firing LaRussa?

What may be unfortunate for White Sox fans is there’s no chance that LaRussa would be fired by the White Sox. LaRussa and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf are very close friends, so a firing isn’t going to happen. About the best that the White Sox fans could hope for is that LaRussa sees the writing on the wall and that the game has passed him by, and he resigns, but I doubt that would happen either. I do think that LaRussa would walk away from the White Sox managers position of the team won a World Series, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this season.

As always, I’m interested in your opinion on this. What did you think of the two-strike intentional walk? What are the chances that the White Sox would actually fire LaRussa?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 8, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Yesterday I heard an interesting debate and I’d like to get everyone’s opinion on this question. Is Frank Gore a Hall of Famer?

Now just looking at Gore’s stats you’d think he’d easily be a Hall of Famer, but there are some questions with him. Gore is 3rd all-time in rushing with 16,000 yards. Gore trails only Emmitt Smith whose 1st and Walter Payton whose 2nd and if Gore would’ve played one more season, he may have been able to go past Payton as he trails him by just 726 yards.

One of the biggest questions is did Gore just accumulate stats by playing as long as he did. Gore played 16 seasons in the NFL which is amazing for a running back. Gore had nine 1000 yards seasons in his career, but never led the NFL in rushing for a single season. Gore’s best year was 2006 his second year in the NFL when he rushed for 1695 yards. Gore only had one season when he rushed for 10 touchdowns. He had exactly 10 rushing touchdowns in 2009 and has 81 career rushing touchdowns which puts him tied for 19th in NFL history with Otis Anderson.

Just to put it in perspective Emmitt Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading in rushing touchdowns with 164, so Gore is 83 rushing touchdowns behind Smith.

Gore was a solid receiver out of the backfield and caught 484 passes in his career and scored 18 receiving touchdowns in his career. Gore’s best season catching the football was also 2006 when he caught 61 passes, but he scored his most receiving touchdowns in a season 4 in 2016.

Gore was voted to 5 Pro Bowls as well as being selected for the All 2010’s team. Gore was also the 2006 Pro Football Writers most improved player, but not only did he never play on a Super Bowl team, but he actually never played in a playoff game.

Gore clearly has the numbers to go into the Hall of Fame, but the question that keeps coming up is about how he tallied those numbers. Was it really just a matter of longevity that allowed Gore to put up the numbers he did? Or was he a top running back who just never played on a playoff team?

If I actually had a Hall of Fame vote I would vote for Gore, but that’s me. So, how do you feel? Are you putting Frank Gore in the Hall of Fame?

Yesterday we saw our second manager fired as the Los Angeles Angels decided to move on from Joe Maddon after the team lost 12 games in a row.

Maddon was very successful before arriving in Los Angeles. Maddon spent nine years managing the Tampa Bay Rays and had a record of 754-705 while making four playoff appearances getting to one World Series. After Tampa Bay Maddon moved onto the Chicago Cubs. Maddon went 471-339 in the in the five years he managed the Cubs. The Cubs went to the playoffs in four of the five seasons Maddon was their manager and won the World Series in 2016. Maddon was in his third season as Angels manager and had a record of 130-148.

Despite having the best player in baseball in Mike Trout and the phenom that is Shohei Ohtani the Angels finished in 4th place in both of Maddon’s two seasons.

Maddon hadn’t won a game as Angels manager since May 24th and after the team lost its 12th straight 1-0 to the Boston Red Sox on Monday night Maddon was relieved of his managerial duties. Phil Nevin was named the Angels interim manager.

Maddon is 68 years old and it’s unclear if he’s interested in managing again and after the lack of success with the Angels you have to wonder if there’s a team out there that would have interest in him.

How was your week

Posted: June 4, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

We’re a little over 50 games into the Major League Baseball season and out of the 30 teams there are only 11 of them that are over .500 going into today’s games. I’m not sure if it’s parity in baseball or if it’s something else, but at this point it’s possible that we might see a team with a losing record in one of the wild card play off spots.

There could be a variety of reasons why there are so many teams below .500. I’m sure a lot of people will point to the late start and missed month of spring training due to the lockout. There are also quite a few teams that have had to deal with multiple injuries to top players and that can have an effect. It’s also possible that teams that were thought to be good just aren’t.

This wouldn’t be the first and I doubt it will be the last were a team is looked at and thought that they had a chance to make it into the playoffs and possibly go to the World Series and they don’t even make the playoffs.

Now since there are still well over 100 games left in the regular season there’s plenty of time for teams to get on the right track and get back over .500 and back into the playoff race. Of course, that also means there’s a chance that it’s just going to be a down season for certain teams and their slide will continue. I guess will have to keep paying attention and see if there are any teams that can get back on track and make a run.

Now, the Philadelphia Phillies are one of the teams that have gotten off to a disappointing start to the season. Even with their win last night the Phillies are 23-29 and find themselves 11 games behind the New York Mets in the National League East.

After the start they had the Phillies decided it was time to make a change, so they fired manager Joe Girardi. This was Girardi’s 3rd season as the Phillies manager. He had a record of 132-141. Girardi’s first season with the Phillies was the Covid-19 shortened season, but in his first full season 2021 Philadelphia went 82-80 and finished eight games out of the playoffs.

Before taking the Phillies job it had been three years since Girardi managed, but he was coming off a successful run as manager of the New York Yankees. Girardi spent 10 seasons as the Yankees manager. He compiled a record of 910-710 while making six playoff appearances and winning one World Series.

With Girardi out as manager Rob Thomson takes over on an interim basis as manager. Philadelphia did announce that Thomson will manage the team the rest of the season.

What do you think of the Girardi firing? Philadelphia did win their first game with Thomson as manager. Will the change give the Phillies a little boost?

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 1, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Just like everyone else I like to make predictions at the start of ever season no matter which sport it is. I think the thing that I always laugh at is when people start to back away from their predictions or when they try to jump on a bandwagon after they wrote a team off to start the season. Humorously when you jump on a bandwagon it can blow up in your face and sometimes it happens very fast. This was the case just last week.

Last week the Los Angeles Angels where rolling and I heard quite a few people talk about how they were the American League favorites to make the World Series and that we’d finally get to see Mike Trout in the playoffs. While it would be great to see the best player in baseball finally get a chance to show his skills on a bigger stage the people pushing the Angels may have put the cart before the horse as they say.

Now the Angels are 27-23 and in 2nd place right now in the American League West. The issue is the fact that last week they were 27-16 and in 1st place in the A.L. West. The Angels have stumbled on their recently having lost the final game of their series with the Texas Rangers and then dropping four in a row to the Toronto Blue Jays before losing last night’s opening game in their series with the New York Yankees 9-1.

Noah Syndergaard lasted just 2 1/3rd innings last night. Syndergaard gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and walked 1 before being removed from the game last night. Syndergaard has made 8 starts for the Angels this season and two of the last three have been rough. While I don’t think it’s time to panic with Syndergaard you do have to remember that he is coming off an injury and had only pitched a total of 2 innings over the 2020 and 2021 season combined.

Now, baseball is a sport that ebbs and flows and the Angels could just as easily win their next six games, but if they’re going to start a new winning streak tonight, they’ll have to do it against what has probably been the best pitcher in baseball so far.

Nestor Cortes is scheduled to make the start for the Yankees tonight. This will be Cortes 10th start of the season. He has a 4-1 record with an ERA of 1.70 over his first 9 starts this season. Cortes has pitched 53 innings in those 9 starts and has struck out 61 batters while walking 12.

Reid Detmers is the Angels scheduled starting pitcher tonight and will be tasked with matching up with Cortes. Four starts ago Detmers no-hit the Tampa Bay Rays, but in his four starts since the no-hitter he is 1-1 with two no decisions and hasn’t pitched more than 5 innings in any of those four starts. Detmers is doesn’t turn 23 years old until next month and the shorter starts may just be the Angels protecting him after allowing him to go the distance in his no-hitter, so will have to see how he’s handled tonight against the Yankees.

If you happen to rad the blog before this game start let me know if you think the Angels will break their losing streak tonight or if Cortes continues to pitch like he has all season and hands the Angels, their 7th loss in a row.

I believe that I’ve mentioned here before that I play FanDuel. Now I haven’t played that much this season since I’m not watching baseball, but I do get a weekly NASCAR line up in as well as playing some other games here and there. Well, this week I ran into some really bad luck with my NASCAR FanDuel line up.

On Sunday NASCAR ran the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charolotte Motor Speedway. I made sure to get my line up in and coming down to the final laps I was looking like I was going to manage to win some money, but then there was an accident, and the race went into overtime. That changed everything for me.

As overtime started, my line up looked really good. I had Kyle Larson in 1st, Ross Chastain in 2nd, joey Logano in 3rd, Aric Almirola in 15th. My fifth driver was Kurt Busch, and he was involved in an accident earlier and finished 31st. So, I was set up to have a decent finish.

Then overtime started and Austin Dillion got a big run and made a move for the lead. Dillion managed to get to the front but couldn’t hold his line and started to spin out. Dillion ended up wrecking and he collected all Larson, Chastain and Logano while he was wrecking. Needless to say, my chances of winning anything went away with that accident.

In the end Larson finished 9th with Chastain 15th and Logano 20th. Almirola wasn’t involved in that overtime accident and ended up 17th.

I actually turned the race off after that all three of my drivers where wrecked at the front of the field and I didn’t even know that Denny Hamlin ended up winning until the next day. Oh well, it happens.

How was your week

Posted: May 28, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Last night in the NBA’s Eastern conference finals was another example of why it’s a good thing that I don’t gamble for a living. I honestly thought that the Boston Celtics would close out their series with the Miami Heat at home especially with all of the injuries that the Heat were dealing with. Well Miami won Game 6 in Boston last night 111-103 to tie the series at 3 games apiece. Since Miami was the #1 seed in the Eastern conference, they’ll host Game 7 Sunday. ESPN is televising the game which is scheduled for tip-off at the FTX Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Miami has been dealing with various injuries throughout this series, but last night Tyler Herro was the only one of the Heat players who has been injured hat didn’t play last night. Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, P.J. Tucker and Max Strus all returned to play major minutes for Miami.

Butler played 46 minutes and was the game’s leading scorer with 47 points. Lowry posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists in 37 minutes. Strus added 13 points in 34 minutes while Tucker played 25 minutes and scored 11 points. Butler was just one rebound and two assists short of posting a triple-double.

Boston was led by Jason Tatum with 30 points. Derrick White came off the Celtics bench and was their second leader scorer in the game with 22 points. Jaylen Brown added 20 points while Marcus Smart (14 points) and Robert Williams III (12 points) each scored in double figures.

With the series now tied at three games apiece and the series headed back to Miami you’d have to think that the Heat would be the favorite to advance to the NBA finals and face the Golden State Warriors, but both teams have won on the road in this series, so I’m not sure you can count the Celtics out.

Now I can’t say that I’m really leaning one way or another as to who might win. Of course, if I was it would be easy for you to just select the opposite of me and that would probably work out for you, but since I don’t really have a pick, you’re going to have to let me know who you think is going to win Game 7 and advance to the NBA finals.

I heard it mentioned a couple of ties this week that there haven’t really been very many close games in the NBA playoffs. I looked back at the conference finals and in the Western conference every game was won by 10 points or more except one. In the Eastern conference there have been two games that were decided by less than 10 points last night’s game was an 8-point win for Miami and Miami also won Game 3 by 6 points.

I haven’t heard too many reasons for the lack of close games, but I did get to hear Kendrick Perkins take on this and I thought it was interesting. Perkins believes that the biggest reasons for the lack of close playoff games is analytics. Perkins pointed out that multiple times he’s seen player pass up on a lay-up and move the basketball to a player at the three-point line who missed the shot. In essence that means a team just gave up what would’ve almost been a sure two points for no points and if that team is trailing then they could’ve put themselves in a bigger whole if the other team went down and scored.

As you’ve read my takes on analytics in baseball here before I’m sure you can guess that I agree pretty much 100% with hat Kendrick Perkins pointed out. Of course, this isn’t going to change anything even though a former NBA player like Perkins has now pointed it out and that’s kind of sad.

I don’t understand how it make sense for an NBA team to give up a certain two points just for the opportunity to shoot a three-point shot. It’s not like Perkins was talking about the difference between a player taking a 20-foot jump shot and a three-point shot, he was talking about a player passing up on a lay-up. What do you think an NBA player shoots percentage wise on lay-ups? While I know it’s not 100% because we’ve seen bloopers with NBA players missing them, but you’d have to think that they make at least 99% of their lay-ups.

Now I understand that three pints is better than two points, but isn’t two points better than no points? Or is there something in the analytic math that overrides that?

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: May 25, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

It was just a few weeks ago that people where writing off the Boston Red Sox as a playoff team. Well, the Red Sox are currently tied for the longest winning streak in Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins. Each team has won six games in a row and the Red Sox got their 6th win last night with a 16-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.

This Red Sox hot streak also coincides with Trevor Story getting hot as well. Over his last five games Story is 8 for 21 with 6 home runs and 17 RBI’s. When the Red Sox where struggling there was quite a bit of concern about the fact that Story hadn’t hit for power. Well, Story now is second on the Red Sox with 8 home runs. Story is only trailing Rafael Devers who leads the team with 10 home runs.

Now even with this current winning streak the Red Sox are still two games under .500 at 20-22 and are still in 4th place in the American League East, but they’re in a much better position now than they were a couple of weeks ago when we were talking about them.

Now even with the extra playoff spot that was added it’s still going to be difficult for the Red Sox to find their way into the playoffs, but the biggest thing they can do for themselves is to win those games against the other teams in their division. Boston may be in the toughest division in baseball, but one of the easiest ways to make up ground is to beat those teams that are in your division.

Now after this series with the White Sox Boston will have a chance to face a team within its division as they play a wrap around five game series against the last place Baltimore Orioles. After the series with the Orioles wraps up on May 30th the Red Sox will go almost a full month without playing a team in their division. Boston won’t face an A.L. East team until June 27th when they’re in Toronto for a three-game series against the Blue Jays.

That’s a very big gap in between division games, but by the time the Red Sox get to Toronto for that series they’ll have a very good idea where they stand.

The Red Sox still have issues with who is closing games for them. Boston doesn’t really have a set guy to close games and currently have six different pitchers that have a save this season. We’ve never really seen the closer by committee set up work and it’s doubtful that the Red Sox will be the first team to make it work, but there could be an answer for the back end of the bullpen if it’s something that Boston would like to try.

Is it possible that Chris Sale could be the Red Sox closer when he returns from injury? Sale started his career as a reliever and actually has 12 career saves.

Sale has only pitched 42 2/3rds innings the last three seasons. He didn’t pitch in 2020 due to injury and he’s yet to pitch this season as he’s injured again. It’s possible that a move to the bullpen may help Sale as he makes his way back. As a closer Sale would only be asked to get three outs and that could help him build his arm strength. I think the only issue with making a move like this is, would Sale be available to pitch in back-to-back games.

Moving Sale into the closer’s role wouldn’t have to be a permanent thing for him or the Red Sox and I understand that he’s being paid as a starting pitcher, but at this point isn’t what’s best for the team the thing to do here?

Now there hasn’t been any type of timetable for Sale’s return and it’ unclear if he’s even begun to throw, but when he returns, he’ll need a role to fill with this Red Sox pitching staff and closer could be it.

So now that the Red Sox are playing better, how do you feel about them finding their way into the playoffs? I’d also like to know what you think about Sale taking over Boston’s closing role once he returns from injury?

So, I decided to leave you laughing, well unless you do this as well. I have Joc Pedersen on one of my fantasy teams. He hit three home runs and was 4 for 6 with I believe 7 RBI’s last night. Well, I didn’t have him in my lineup.