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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: July 11, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

While there are some players having good seasons I think it’s still pretty clear that Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. With the exception of last season when he finished 4th; Trout had been 1st or 2nd in the MVP voting since his rookie year. Trout is on his way to contending for another MVP awards this season as he’s hitting .314 with 25 home runs and 50 RBI’s. The RBI total is a little low, but remember that Trout generally hits 2nd in the Angels line up; so he has less opportunities to drive in runs early in the game.

No with all of the awards and the numbers he’s put up Trout has only played in 3 post season games.

In baseball unlike some other sports it’s difficult for one player to carry his team. Now a player can get hot and pick up more than his fair share, but over a 162 game season there are about as many highs as there are lows for a player. So don’t expect Trout to be getting the Angels into the playoffs again this season as he needs some help and you wonder if he’ll ever get it there.

The Angels have assembled what should be an impressive young pitching staff, but I’m not sure if they’ve all been healthy at the same time to form a rotation. Tyler Skaggs and Nick Tropeano are currently on the disabled list while Andrew Heaney has actually managed to stay healthy this season. Garrett Richards had made all 15 of his starts going into last nights game and while he did make his 16th start of the season he left that start after just 2 2/3rd innings due to right forearm irritation. Richards is scheduled to start Sunday against the Dodgers, but will have to see if he makes that start.

Richards is 30 years old while Heaney and Tropeano are 27 years old and Skaggs is the youngest at 26 years old. Then the Angels added Shohei Otani to the mix and it looked as though they’d have a starting rotation that could help get Trout into the playoffs, but it doesn’t look like this will be that year.

Otani returned from the disabled list on July 3rd, but only as a hitter. He’s made 9 starts this season and has a good ERA at 3.10, but it’s unclear if he’ll pitch again this season. His bat in the line up is a plus, but the Angels really could’ve used his help in the rotation.

While it’s looking like another season that Trout and the Angels won’t see any post season action they’re actually having a good year. The Angels are over .500 at 47-45. While it’s always good to be over .500 the Angels are still 14 games behind the Houston Astros for 1st place in the American League West. The Angels are currently 10 games behind the Seattle Mariners for the second American League wild card spot. Not only do the Angels have to make up a double digit deficit in games, but they also have to jump the Oakland A’s who are 4 games ahead of them in the standings.

Could we see the Angels go out on the trade market and try to acquire a starter? Even if they did go out and get a top starter would it be enough to get them into the playoffs?

Alex Bregman had the first two home run game of his career last night and got the walk off hit for the Astros as they beat the A’s 6-5 in 11 innings last night. While Bregman hit those two home runs neither of them was the walk off winner.

Here’s how it went down/ Bregman made weak contact with a pitch that was low and outside. It appeared as though the ball would stay foul by home plate, but it ended up rolling into fair territory. A’s catcher Jonathan LuCroy scooped up the baseball and attempted to tag Bregman. As Bregman pulled back from LuCroy’s tag attempt the baseball popped out of his hands and fell to the ground. Bregman took of towards 1st base where he appeared to be an easy out. LuCroy threw the ball to 1st base to get Bregman out the ball ended up glancing off of Bregman’s helmet and going down the rightfield line. While all this madness was going on Kyle Tucker who was on 2nd base when this started scored the game winning run.

Since LuCroy was charged with an error on the throw Bregman doesn’t get credit for an RBI or what would’ve been his fourth walk-off hit of the season. The Astros however do get credit for their sixth walk-off win of the season.

Believe it or not this is the second time this season that Bregman has hit the ball not very far from home plate that ended a game. On April 8th Bregman hit a pop up in front of home plate against the Padres. San Diego 1st baseman Eric Hosmer came running in calling the ball. Hosmer ended up over running the baseball and it dropped behind him as the game winning run scored.

In case you where wondering the umpires did review the mess with Bregman and LuCroy. The review took a little over two minutes and as I’m sure you can guess the call stood.

It looks like the Carmelo Anthony will be playing for someone other than the Oklahoma City Thunder next season. The Thunder has given Anthony permission to meet with other teams.

Early reports are that Anthony and his representatives have met with the Rockets and the Heat. The Lakers along with some other teams have expressed interest in Anthony, but no meetings have been reported.

Now before Anthony can go anywhere the Thunder would have to find a trading partner for him and that’s not going to be easy. Anthony has a no-trade clause, but would be willing to waive it if he’s dealt to a team that would be willing to release him. That’s where the issues start to come in to play. Anthony has a salary of $28 million dollar for next season and there isn’t a team out there that can absorb that type of a cap hit.

If Oklahoma City is unable to find a trade partner for Anthony they may end up buying him out so they can spread the salary cap hit out over a four year period.

Who does Anthony end up playing for next season?

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How was your week

Posted: July 7, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

As we get closer and closer to the July 31st trade deadline it seems like it’s been clear for some time which teams would probably be looking to buy and which teams would be interested in selling. Now there is one team that everyone seems to have in their sellers list that I can’t figure out why they’re there.

Most if not all of the people I’ve seen talk about the trade deadline have the Oakland A’s as sellers. Now Oakland is 8 games over .500 at 48-40, but are in 3rd place in what looks like a tough AL West. Oakland is currently 10 games behind the 1st place Houston Astros and they also find themselves 7 1/2 games behind the 2nd place Seattle Mariners who are currently holding down the final America League wild card spot.

While this is a big deficit for the A’s to make up they do have 74 games left to play this season. Plus the Astros and Mariners have been two of the hottest teams in baseball.

If Oakland does decided to make some deals they have some interesting players they could move.

Jed Lowrie name has been quite popular and with the way he’s played this season that’s understandable. Lowrie is hitting .290 and has shown some power with 14 home runs this season. Lowrie is 34 and is in his 14th season and while he’s played mostly 2nd base this season he recently filled in at 3rd base for the injured Matt Chapman. Lowrie is in the final year of his contract which pays him a total of $6 million dollars. With the numbers Lowrie is putting up and what would be a very affordable contract in today’s game; add in that he can play multiple positions it’s easy to see why they think Lowrie the A’s could trade him.

The other name that seems to come up every time the A’s and trades are mentioned is Blake Treinen. He just turned 30 and it looks as though he might’ve finally figured things out. Treinen has picked up 22 saves this season and has an ERA of 0.84. Treinen has appeared in 35 games covering 42 2/3rd innings. He’s struck out 52 while walking 12 nd has given up just 1 home run this season.

Treinen spent the first three plus years of his career with the Washington Nationals and while he put up solid numbers he never develop into the bullpen piece they thought he would. Any team that would acquire him would have to figure out if he’s actually figured things out or not.

Treinen is making $2.15 million dollars this season and won’t reach free agency until the 2021 season; so any team that deals for him would have him under control for two more seasons.

Oakland has some other veteran players in the final years of their contracts, but I’m not sure how much interest they’d draw on the trade market.

The A’s have veteran pitchers Yusmeiro Petit and Santiago Castilla as well as outfielder Matt Joyce and catcher Jonathan LuCroy in the last year if their contracts. None of them are putting up great stats this season, but maybe since LuCroy is a catcher he might get some interest.

No, I didn’t forget Khris Davis who still has one more year of arbitration left before he’d hit the free agent market in 2020. Oakland has just never shown any interest in trading Davis and there’s been no mention of his name in any trade rumors.

If the A’s decide to make Davis available he could bring a good return from a team looking to add a proven power hitter to their line up. Davis has hit over 40 home runs and driven in over 100 RBI’s the last two seasons and even though he missed some time with an injury he’ll have a chance to get to those numbers again.

Like a lot of the players that could draw some interest from teams Davis has a vey friendly contract as he’s making $10.5 million dollars this season.

Do you have the A’s as buyers or sellers?

When the Chicago Bulls traded their best player Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Justin Patton at the 2017 draft they received guards Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine along with Lauri Markkanen. LaVine was injured at the time of this deal, but the Bulls saw him as a young player they could rebuild around. Well if the Bulls still see LaVine as that guy it’s going to cost them.

LaVine is a restricted free agent this off season meaning he can get offers from teams and the Bulls would have 48 hours to either match that offer or allow LaVine to go to the team that gave him that offer.

Due to his injury LaVine played in just 24 games last season and maybe the Bulls thought that would keep teams from offering him a large deal. If that’s what they where thinking they where very wrong.

The Bulls had some contract talks with LaVine this off season, but couldn’t agree on a new deal. With the window still open the Sacramento Kings stepped in and gave LaVine an offer sheet for 4 years and somewhere between $78 or $80 million dollars. The Kings offer is fully guaranteed with no option years.

The Bulls have already said that they will match the Kings offer sheet to LaVine keeping him with the Bulls. With this new contract LaVine’s salary will count about $19.5 million dollars against the Bulls salary cap.

Do you think it was the right move for the Bulls to match the Kings offer sheet to LaVine? He is just 23 years old, but has had some injury issue. I mentioned that he played just 24 games last season. He was also injured in the 2016-17 season playing in just 48 games. LaVine averaged 16.7 points in his 24 games last season. He also handed out 3 assists per game and grabbed an average of 3.9 rebounds per game. I understand when the NBA signed their new television contract before last season that salaries went through the roof; so this seems like an acceptable contract in today’s game. I guess will have to wait and see if LaVine turns into the player the Bulls think he’ll be or if the should’ve let Sacramento have him.

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How was your week

Posted: June 30, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Even though ever network that covers the NBA reported it as breaking news it came as absolutely no surprise to anyone that LeBron James decided not to opt in to the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even though they’ve been reporting on it for weeks the networks lost their minds when it became official and I don’t understand why. I think before last season even started most people thought this was exactly what was going to happen; so why the over reaction. Also it’s not this is the first time that James has been a free agent.

So now it’s time for the circus to being. It appears right out of the gate that the Los Angeles Laker are the front runner to sign James. The Lakers have the most cap space out of any NBA team this off season and there’s been a lot of talk that James wants to be closer to Hollywood since he owns a production company. The Lakers actually have enough salary cap space to add James and one other big name free agent. The Lakers have also been named as a team that would have major interest in Kawhi Leonard if the San Antonio Spurs decided to trade him and Leonard has said he’d like to play in Los Angeles.

If the Lakers are going to compete with teams like the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets they’ll need to add a “Big 3”, but the question is; who will be that third player?

Paul George has made it clear since he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder before last season that he’d like to play for the Lakers. Is a trio of James, Leonard and George enough to knock off the defending champion Warriors or the team they beat in the Western Conference finals the Rockets? While George is a quality NBA player is he than a Draymond Green or Klay Thompson? George averaged 21.9 points per game last season for Oklahoma City as the second option behind Russell Westbrook. In the playoffs George’s scoring average jumped up to 24.7 point per game, but that didn’t help the Thunder get  out of the 1st round of the playoffs. Oklahoma City lost their 1st round series to the Utah Jazz in six games.

Who else is out their on the free agent market that could possible join the Lakers and be that third guy?

The Lakers spent the #2 overall pick on Lonzo Ball before last season, but would Chris Paul be a big enough upgrade to for the Lakers to try and sign him. There are a lot of people who think that if Paul hadn’t gotten injured it would’ve been the Rockets that Faced the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals instead of the Warriors. Paul is 33 and has missed 20 plus games each of the last two seasons due to injury. Paul may be a better option than George, but could Lakers head coach Luke Walton find enough minutes for Ball in that mix? If the Lakers truly believe that Ball is their future they might pass on Paul.

Don’t forget that Kevin Durant also didn’t opt into the final year of his contract and is a free agent. I’m sure that you all heard the reports that James sent Durant a text attempting to sway him to join him in Los Angeles. I’m not sure if there’s a way to find out if that ever really happened, but it was reported. While James is considered the best player in the NBA with back to back championship and winning the MVP award in both of those championships Durant isn’t far behind James. This would be a huge signing if the Lakers could pull it off and would definitely make them the favorite to win the NBA title, but would Durant leave Golden State for James and the Lakers.

Now even though the NBA game has changed quite a bit and the Center position is almost non-existent it’s still nice to have a big man who can protect the rim and grab a big rebound if needed. With that being said could a player like DeMarcus Cousins or DeAndre Jordan possibly be the Lakers third target.

Jordan is more of a classic NBA big man. He averaged 12 points, 15 rebounds and just under 1 blocked shot per game last season. Jordan didn’t attempt a 3-pointer last season and is a terrible free throw shooter. Jordan actually had his best numbers at the free throw line last season, but he still made just 58% of his free throws. Jordan wouldn’t take shot attempts way from James and Leonard, but could be an interesting third player in the mix.

Cousins has shown he can be a top player in the NBA, but he has to learn to get his emotions under control. Cousins played just 48 games last season due to injury, but averaged 25.2 points per game while also grabbing 12.9 rebounds per game. Cousins attempted 6.1 3-point shots per game last season and hit 35.4% of them. Cousins also had two games last season where he had 40 plus points and 20 plus rebounds. Cousins is recovering from an Achilles injury; so that is something any team looking to sign him would have to look at. If the Lakers where that team they’d have to try and figure out Cousins personality would be a fit with player like James and Leonard. If it did work it could be exactly what the Lakers would need to challenge teams like the Warriors and Rockets, but it’s a 50/50 proposition when it comes to Cousins.

Now a player like James, George, Jordan and Cousins can be offered 5 year deal worth $205 million dollars under the “Bird rights” from the teams they played with last season. The best the Lakers can offer is 4 years at $142 million dollars. Since Durant has only been with Golden State for two seasons he falls under the early Bird rights. That allows the Warriors to offer Durant a four year deal with either a 175% of his salary from last season or 104.5% of the league average salary; whichever is greater.

Do you see the Lakers being able to pull this off? If you believe they will; who are the “Big 3” you’d like to see them out together.

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How was your week

Posted: June 16, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well for a little while the ridiculous Manny Machado trade talk had stopped, but sadly at the end of this week it’s returned.

First off let me remind everyone that the Baltimore Orioles; the team Machado currently plays for haven’t even said they would be interested in trading him. All the trade speculation comes from the fact that Machado is in the final year of his contract and it’s believed that he won’t resign with Baltimore. Now the Orioles normally don’t trade a player of Machado’s status even f they where to lose him this off season as a free agent this off season. I’m sure Baltimore would make Machado a qualifying offer; so they would receive a draft pick if he signed with another team as a free agent in the off season, but since it’s believed that the Orioles would be better off trading him everyone keeps bringing up trade talk.

This time there are some new teams added into the Machado trade mix. For the first time since Machado’s name has came up as a possible trade candidate the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have been mentioned as teams that could be interested in acquiring him. While Machado would be an upgrade for both teams at the shortstop position neither team has a pressing need for him, but since people won’t stop talking about this; let’s take a look at it.

Xander Bogaerts is the Red Sox shortstop and you would think that he would be involved in any deal that would bring Machado to Boston. Bogaerts is hitting .280 this season with 11 home runs and 39 RBI’s. Bogaerts is a solid defender as he’s made just 4 errors this season and has a fielding percentage of .983 this season. Bogaerts is 25 years old and won’t reach free agency until after next season. Bogaerts is making $7.05 million dollars through arbitration this season.

Now I doubt we’d see a straight up trade of Machado for Bogaerts, but the Red Sox have one of the better rated minor league systems in baseball; so who might have to be added to this deal to make it happen?

3rd baseman Michael Chavis is the Red Sox top rated prospect and he is currently serving an 80 game suspension for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug. Because of the suspension Chavis hasn’t played yet this season. Chavis is 22 years old and is currently blocked by Rafael Devers at 3rd base. Would the Red Sox package him as part of a Machado deal?

The Red Sox also have three top rated pitchers in Jay Groome, Tanner Houck and Bryan Mata.  Is it possible the Red Sox would add one of these pitchers to a Machado deal? Now Groome is 19 years old and will miss the entire season do to Tommy John surgery. Houck is 21 years old and is 3-7 with a 5.50 ERA in 12 starts for the Class-A Salem Red Sox. Mata is also pitching for Salem where he is 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA in 11 starts.

The Yankees also have an established shortstop in Did Gregorius and you’d have to think he’d be going to Baltimore in a Machado trade. Gregorius’ batting average is a little down this season at .254, but the power is there with 14 home runs and 39 RBI’s. Gregorius is 28 years old and is making $8.25 million dollars this season through arbitration. He doesn’t reach free agency until after next season.

The Yankees also have a well rated minor league system; so would they add one of their top prospects along with Gregorius to bring Machado to New York?

20 year old outfielder Estevan Flores is the Yankees #1 prospect right now. Flores is hitting .246 in 36 games for the Class-A Tampa Yankees.

Just like the Red Sox the Yankees next three best rated prospects are pitchers Justus Sheffield, Albert Abreu and Chance Adams. Sheffield is just 22 years old and is currently in Tripe-A after making 5 starts in Double. On the season he is 2-4 with an ERA of 2.67 over 12 starts. Abreu is 22 years old and is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.10 over 8 starts for Class-A Tampa. Adams is 23 years old and has made 13 starts in Triple-A; he is 2-2 with a 4.96 ERA.

Did you see anything there that has you thinking Machado may be joining the Red Sox or the Yankees?

Now there where also a couple of teams that we talked about before that are still interested in acquiring Machado in a trade.

The Chicago Cubs are said to be “serious” in their attempts to get a deal done for Machado. The Philadelphia Phillies where also mentioned as being interested in Machado. Now humorously the Phillies did admit they where interested in Machado, but that interest is this off season when he’s a free agent.

Sadly I’m going to have to learn to deal with the Machado trade talk since it’s going to continue until he’s actually traded. I’m sure that more and more teams names will come up as being associated with trading for Machado as he could fit with just bout any contender. I just wish there was a little bit more sustainability to the trade reports instead of just the “sources” that are saying this.

Speaking of those sources they reported yesterday that Kawhi Leonard no longer wants to play with the San Antonio Spurs. The reports have now increased to multiple outlets; so this story has really gotten some legs. Now oddly after all of these stories came out there was another report that Leonard has not yet expressed anything directly to the Spurs and that San Antonio won’t rush Leonard for a decision. Is everyone else out there as confused as I am? I think I got this straight now. I wants out of San Antonio, but he hasn’t mentioned anything to the Spurs as of yet. Does that sound right?

Apparently Leonard would like to play in Los Angeles with the Lakers being his first choice, but the Clippers would also be acceptable. While not in Los Angeles the Sacramento Kings expressed interest almost as soon as Leonard’s name came up. The Kings own the 2nd pick in the upcoming draft.

Leonard miss almost all of last season with an injury which caused some conflict between Leonard’s camo and the Spurs. If these reports are true you have to think this is the main reason Leonard wants out of San Antonio. When healthy Leonard is considered a Top 5 player in the NBA an one of if not the leagues top defender.

Will have to see an eye on this story and see where it goes.

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How was your week

Posted: June 9, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, hockey, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

These past two days we’ve had two sports seasons officially come to an end. Last night the NBA season ended and then the day before that the NHL season came to an end. So who won?

The Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup title in team history on Thursday night when they beat the Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The Capitals came into existence as an expansion team in 1974 and this is only the second time in team history that they’ve made it to the Stanley Cup finals. The other time was the 1997-98 season where they were swept out of the finals by the Detroit Red Wings.

It’s not that the Capitals haven’t been a successful franchise; they’ve just had their issues in the playoffs. The Capitals are in the NHL’s Metropolitan division of the Eastern Conference. Washington ha won that division 11 times. They also been awarded the President’s Trophy three times. The President’s Trophy is awarded to the team that finishes with the most points during the NHL regular season. Washington has also made it into the playoffs in 10 of the last 11 seasons.

The Capitals have had a bit of an issue getting out of the 2nd round of the playoffs though. I the 2014-15 season the New York Rangers knocked the Capitals out in the 2nd round and then in both the 2015-16 season and the 2016-17 season it was the Pittsburgh Penguins who beat the Capital in the 2nd round. Pittsburgh did go on to win the Stanley Cup in both of those seasons.

You had to wonder if this season would be the same. After Washington got by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 1st round they where again matched up with the Penguins in the 2nd round. This time it was the Capitals that came out on top winning a six game series against Pittsburgh. Washington them beat the Tampa Bay Lighting in a seven game Eastern Conference finals series to get to the Stanley Cup finals.

Las Vegas was the home team for this series and they took advantage of it winning Game 1 6-4. With the season the Golden Knights have had as an expansion team I think there where a lot of people rooting for them to win the Stanley Cup, but the Capitals turn the series completely around winning four straight games to take the Stanley Cup. Game 2 was a tight 3-2 win while Game 3 went ended up a 3-1 win. Game 4 may was the only real laugher in the series as the Capitals ended up with an easy 6-2 win, but it took a Lars Eller goal at the 12:23 mark of the 3rd period to put Washington ahead 4-3. The goal held up and the Capitals where Stanley Cup champions.

Alex Ovechkin was named the Conn Smythe trophy winner. Ovechkin scored 15 goals and assisted on 12 other goals during the playoffs. Six of Ovechkin’s 15 goals came on the power play.

The Conn Smythe trophy is awarded to the most valuable player during the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Unlike the awards presented in the NFL,NBA or MLB the Conn Smythe trophy is based on a player’s performance during the entire NHL postseason instead of just the championship game or series.

With the NHL season all wrapped up it was the NBA’s turn to see if their season would come to an end on Friday night in Cleveland.

The Golden State Warriors led the Cleveland Cavaliers in the series three games to none; so they just needed one more win to end it. Now is you’ve read this blog before or have listened to the Sports Time Radio podcast you know I had Golden State winning this series in five games, but I really thought that the Cavaliers would win Game 3. I didn’t think that a team led by LeBron James would get swept in the NBA finals, but that’s exactly what happened.

It doesn’t appear as though the Cavaliers showed up last night as Golden State jumped out to a 34-25 lead after the 1st quarter and that was pretty much. The Cavaliers where unable to outscore the Warriors in any quarter of the game. Golden Sate really pulled away in the 3rd quarter when the Cavaliers only managed to score 13 points in the entire quarter. In the end the Warriors cruised to an easy 108-85 victory.

This was the third time in the last four seasons that the Warriors have won the NBA title. Not only did Golden State win back to back finals, but Kevin Durant won the NBA finals MVP award for the second time in as many years. Durant is the first player to win that award back to back since James himself did it as a member of the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. It’s the 7th time in NBA finals history a player has won back to back MVP awards. The only players to win three NBA finals MVP awards in a row are Shaquille O’Neal who did it with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000, 200 and 2002. Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls did it twice. The first time was in 1991, 1992 and 1993 and he repeated the three-peat in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Could we see Durant join this group next season?

While this is the Warriors third title in four seasons it’s actually the fourth overall for the team itself. I’m sure not many people remember that Golden State won the NBA title back in 1975 when the swept the at the time Washington Bullets; now Wizards in the NBA finals.

Of course when you win three titles in four seasons there has to be talk of a dynasty and there is a good possibility that Golden State will be back here next season. The only major free agent they have is Durant and he has stated publicly that he’d like to return to the Warriors. Golden State does have six other free agents; Nick Young, Zaza Pachulia, David West, JaVale McGee, Kevon Looney and Patrick McCaw. You’d think if the Warriors are interested in bringing any of these players back they’d return willingly for another shot at an NBA title.

I’ll throw the question out to you. With three championships in four seasons and with them looking like they’ll be the favorite coming into next season. Are the Golden State Warriors a dynasty?

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There have been 14 points race this NASCAR season and the combination of Kevin Harvick (5), Kyle Busch (4) and Martin Truex Jr. (2) have won 11 of those 14 races. There are 22 races left this season and you have to wonder if there will be any other drivers to step up and challenge these three. Busch is the current points leader with Harvick right behind him. Truex Jr. is currently 4th in the driver standings as Joey Logano is holding down 3rd place. Logano has one win on the season, but it’s the five Top 5’s and eleven Top 10 finishes that have him sitting this high in the driver standings.

Since Harvick, Busch and Truex Jr. all have their win to get themselves into the NASCAR playoffs there goal win be to get as may playoff points as they can. Right now Harvick and Busch have earned 25 playoff points while Truex Jr. has picked up 13 playoff points. No other driver has double digit playoff points yet.

NASCAR added stage point scoring a season back where drivers can accumulate points by where they finish at different points of a race, which they called stages. The Top 10 drivers in a stage get points. A driver gets 10 points fro winning a stage and then the points drop by one to where the 10th place finisher of the stage gets 1 point.

This season Harvick has the most stage wins with 7 while Busch and Austin Dillon have picked up 5 stage wins. Truex Jr. finds himself a little behind in stage wins as he has just three so far tis season.

Now the NASCAR playoffs are a long way away and when you’re dealing with a sport where any type of mechanical failure could wipe out your championship chances you just never know what might happened, but with the way this season has been going it’s a good bet that either Harvick, Bush or Truex Jr. ends up holding the championship trophy after the November 18th race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The NBA Finals took an extra day off as the series moves across country for Game 3 tonight in Cleveland.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had a great opportunity to steal Game 1 in Oracle Arena, but J.R. Smith made a play that will go down as one of the all-time playoff blunders. Game 2 was a different story as the Golden State Warriors came out and made a statement on their home court to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

When you look at these two teams it’s clear that LeBron James is the best player in the series, but the Warriors are easily the best team in this series. Now when this series was starting I picked Golden State to win it in 5 games and I believe Cleveland will win one of these two games on their home court; possibly tonight.

If you’ve listened to the Sports Time Radio podcast you know that I think there’s a lot of manipulation that goes on through the NBA playoffs and I don’t think the finals are any different. I’m expecting Cleveland to be heavily favored in tonight’s game by the officials. Now the home team normally gets more foul calls and ends up shooting more free throws and I fully expect the breakdown to go like that tonight. You have to remember that ESPN along with TNT greatly overpaid the NBA for the rights to televise games and the NBA wants them to think they got their monies worth.

It’s no real shock that Golden State and Cleveland ended up in the finals against each other again. Cleveland is really the only marketable team in the Eastern Conference; so who else was going to get to the finals? I don’t think that the NBA or the television providers would’ve been upset in the Houston Rockets had found their way into the finals, but you have to think that Golden State was the first choice. Besides the Rockets was their another Western Conference team that you think they wanted to see in the finals?

I’m not going to say that the games are fixed as I believe that they are more manipulate. The right whistle here or there or maybe just the fact tat the whistle didn’t blow could can the out come of a game very easily. I believe that Adam Siler is the smartest out of all the commissioners and he wants to keep the people who give the large amounts of money happy.

Major League Baseball held their draft this week and they are trying very, very hard t make it an must see event like the NFL or NBA draft and it’s just not going to happen for them. It’s understandable that they would want their draft to raw as much interest as the NFL or NBA draft does, but the sport is so different from what the NFL and NBA do that it’s never going to be looked at the same way.

It’s a pretty easy comparison to make. Baker Mayfield as the #1 draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in the NFL draft. Since they haven’t had their draft yet this year will go back to last years where the Philadelphia 76ers selected Markelle Fultz with the #1 pick. No these two players went directly to the teams that drafted them and they get to play at the top level of their respective sport right after the draft. Baseball doesn’t quite work like that.

Let’s look back one year. In 2017 the Minnesota Twins took shortstop Royce Lewis with the #1 pick. Now unlike Mayfield and Fultz Lewis was assigned to the Twins Gulf Coast League. Lewis played 36 games there before being moved up to the Twins Class-A team the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Lewis finished up the 2017 season with Cedar Rapids playing in 18 games. Now after spring training Lewis went right back to Cedar Rapids where he’ll probably send the majority if not the entire season. This year the Detroit Tigers had the #1 pick in the draft and they took pitcher Casey Mize. Now Mize just like Lewis last season will probably report to the Tigers rookie league team and then possible finish out the season in Class-A. Now we should get to see both Mayfield and Fultz play for their teams this season. How long before we’ll get to see either Lewis or Mize play a game in the major leagues?

This is the reason that the MLB draft will never have the same kind of following as the NFL, NBA or even NHL where the top draft pick skate for the team that picked them right away. The waiting period is always going to hold the popularity of the MLB draft back and there’s just no way to change that.

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Do you remember back to the start of the baseball season? Well every team has played close to about 55 games now and things seem to look a little differently than how they started off.

Remember in the NL West where the Arizona Diamondbacks got off to a hot start and a of people who won’t admit it now thought they would run away with the division. Arizona not only came back to the division they fell out of 1st place. Currently the Colorado Rockies hold the top spot in the NL West. The Rockies have a 1 1/2 game lead over the Diamondbacks. A lot of people where very quick to write off the Los Angeles Dodgers and while they aren’t back to .500 yet they are jus 4 1/2 games behind the Rockies and they get Clayton Kershaw back tomorrow. Even the San Francisco Giants with all of their pitching injuries are just 5 games out of 1st place. Madison Bumgarner just made his first rehab start; so he’s not too far away from being back in the Giants starting rotation.

The NL East got off to a different start than a lot of people expected as the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies got off to very good starts. The New York Mets where even playing well for a little while, but which team was struggling? That’s right it was the Washington Nationals and again everyone who won’t admit it now thought he Nationals would just fade away. Guess what, they didn’t. While Atlanta and Philadelphia have both continued to play well the Nationals have some how found a way to get themselves into 2nd place just a 1/2 game behind the Braves with the Phillies in 3rd place 1 game behind Atlanta.

Even the NL Central had an interesting start as the Pittsburgh Pirates got out to an early division lead and people where starting to buy stock in them as a contender. Again you know that those people won’t admit that they ever said anything like that, but they did. The pirates are still over .500 at 28-26, but that’s only good enough for 4th place in the NL Central. The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of if not the hottest team n baseball and currently have the best record in the National League at 35-21. Milwaukee leads the NL Central with the Chicago Cubs 3 1/2 games behind in 2nd place and the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games back in 3rd place. The Pirates by the way are 6 games out of 1st place.

Teams running away with their divisions seemed to be the early theme in the National League, but maybe we should let players and teams settle in before we start handing out playoff spots. I completely understand that a lot of the people who where selling these teams do it for a living and they need things to write about and talk about, but they also have to have some kind of common sense when they do that. Even at the point where we are now in the season it’s too early to start deciding who’s going to meet in the World Series.

Carlos Gomez has always been one of the more entertaining players to watch in baseball, Gomez is now with the Tama Bay Rays and he did something yesterday that I have never seen a player do before.

The Rays where in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum last night to play the Oakland A’s. Gomez was starting in rightfield for Tampa Bay and when he went out to his position in the Bottom of the 1st inning he realized how bright the sun was. Now Gomez didn’t have any eye black on and he wasn’t wearing sunglasses; so instead of going back to the Tampa Bay dugout or have a bat boy bring hi out a pair of sunglasses he did the next best thing. Gomez borrowed a pair of sunglasses from a fan in the stands.

The fan was Matt Welch and he said about the situation. “He needed glasses for the sun which gets bad here around game time and I offered mine to him,” Welch said. “He asked another fan if he could use his, but they were normal sunglasses. Mine are more sporty; so I asked if he wanted to use them. He made two plays with them and gave them back along with the ball he caught for the last out.” Welch also mentioned that Gomez is now one of his favorite non-A’s players.

The Rays did end up winning the game 4-3. Gomez went 0 for 3 with a walk in the game.

Brett Brown’s career record is 127-283, but last season Brown and his Philadelphia 76ers went 52-30 and not only made the playoffs, but won a playoff series. Brown was the 76ers head coach as they struggle to rebuild the franchise and he’s been rewarded for that. The 76ers announced that they’ve signed Brown to a 3-year extension. Brown had one year left on his deal with Philadelphia.

Brown has had an interesting trip to the 76ers head coaching job. Brown’s first head coaching job was in Australia’s NBL. Brown was named NBL Coach of the Year in his first season (1994) as his team the North Melbourne Giants won the league championship. Brown also won an NBL title in 2002 as head coach of the Sydney Kings.

In 2002 Brown joined the San Antonio Spurs as Director of Player Development. In 2007 Brown moved into a assistant coaching role under Greg Popovich. Brown won four NBA championships with the Spurs before the 76ers came calling before the 2013-14 season to take over their team.

Brown guided the 76ers through tough times and with this new three year extension he’ll have an opportunity to turn Philadelphia into an NBA title contender.

The NBA Finals start tomorrow night and for the fourth year in a row it will be the Golden State Warriors and he Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals.

To tell you the truth I have zero interest in this series and I think everyone expected these two teams to be here again.

With the at the playoffs have gone and unless there are some shenanigans Golden State should easily win this series especially if Kevin Love isn’t clear from concussion protocol to play. I’m taking Golden State to win this series in just 5 games.

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Yesterday it was announced that Seattle Mariners 2nd baseman Robinson Cano was suspended for 80 games after failing an off season drug test.

Cano tested positive for Furosemide which is a diuretic and is not considered a banned substance by Major League Baseball. Furosemide however is often used as a masking agent for performance enhancing drugs. It was determined that Cano’s use of Furosemide was as a masking agent and that’s why he was suspended. 

Cano had filed an appeal, but decided to drop the appeal last week.

Cano’s suspension begins immediately even though he is currently on the disabled list with a fractured right hand. Cano had surgery on the hand yesterday and was expected to be out up to 8 weeks, but with the suspension he’ll be away from the team for a longer period of time.

Not only will Cano miss 80 games with this suspension, but he’ll forfeit his salary for those 80 games. Cano will lose just about $12 million dollars over that time. Besides the games and the money Cano will not be eligible for post season play if the Mariners get into the playoffs this season.

This is Cano’s 14th season at the major league level and appeared to be building a Hall of Fame candidacy. How will this suspension affect his Hall of Fame chances?

Cano was off to a solid start with the Mariners this season. In 39 games he was hitting .287 with 4 home runs and 23 RBI’s. Now over his career Cano has amassed 2417 hits and looks to be on track to reach that coveted 3000 hit plateau. Cano has a career batting average of .304 with 305 home runs and 1206 RBI’s. Again though will any of these numbers matter when Cano’s name finally hits the Hall of Fame ballot.

As for the Mariners, they’ll have to figure out how to replace Cano in their line up. Gordon Beckham was promoted from Triple-A to take Cano’s roster spot and is expected to share playing time at 2nd base with Andrew Romine. Of course the Mariners have Dee Gordon on their roster. Gordon has been playing centerfield for Seattle and at first the team said that Gordon wouldn’t be brought back into the infield while Cano was out. Yesterday though there where some reports that the Mariners said Gordon would see “some time” at 2nd base while Cano was out. Gordon would need some time to adjust to being a 2nd baseman again as he hasn’t taken a ground ball in the infield since he was acquired by the Mariners.

The Mariners are currently 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot; so maybe instead of shuffling their own players around they’ll look into the possibility of a trade. Mariners general manager Jerry DiPoto hasn’t been afraid to pull the trigger on deals before; so we’ll have to see if that’s the route the Mariners go.

How do you think the Mariners will do without Robinson Cano for 80 games?

The Boston Celtics took a 2-0 lead in their series with the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 107-94 win in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference finals series last night.

The Celtics may have gotten a Game 2 win, but LeBron James did everything he could to get Cleveland that win James put up a triple-double in the loss scoring 42 points handing out 12 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds. James scored 21 of the Cavaliers 27 1st quarter points. With 21 points in a quarter, James tied his career high for points in a quarter. With those 42 points on the night it was the 5th time this post season that James has score 40 or more points in a game.

James left the game with 3:50 left in the 2nd quarter after a collision with Boston’s Jayson Tatum. There was a foul called on Tatum after the collision and James hit both of the free throws before heading to the Cavaliers locker room for treatment.

After the game James was asked if he had been checked for a concussion as Tatum’s left shoulder hit James jaw and head. James mentioned he was checked for a variety of things and cleared all tests nd was allowed to return to the game.

James went 9 of 15 after the collision with Tatum, but the game really turned the Celtics way after the two players collided. Boston ended up out scoring Cleveland by 24 points after the Tatum/James collision to go on to the 107-9 win and take that 2-0 lead in the series.

The Eastern Conference finals take a couple days off as the series heads to Cleveland for games 3 and 4. Game 3 is scheduled to tip-off at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The NBA also held it’s Draft Lottery last night and a couple of teams where able to improve their draft position.

The Phoenix Suns had the best chance at getting the #1 pick in the draft and they did get the #1 overall pick last night. Now the Sacramento Kings had a 18.3% chance of moving into the Top 3 of the draft, but they managed to move up to the #2 pick. The Atlanta Hawks where already sitting at #4 and had a 42.3% chance to move into the Top 3 ad they did just that. The Hawks where able to jump up one spot and now have the 3rd pick in the draft.

Of course if teams moved up well then teams had to move down. The Memphis Grizzles and the Dallas Mavericks each dropped two spots in the draft. Memphis fell to 4 while Dallas fell to 5. The Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls each lost a spot in the draft order as well. The Magic fell to 6 while the Bulls fell to 7 in the draft order.

Here’s how the Draft Lottery ended up shuffling out.

#1 Phoenix Suns

#2 Sacramento Kings

#3 Atlanta Hawks

#4 Memphis Grizzlies

#5 Dallas Mavericks

#6 Orlando Magic

#7 Chicago Bulls

#8 Cleveland Cavaliers from the Brooklyn Nets

#9 New York Knicks

#10 Philadelphia 76ers from the Los Angeles Lakers

#11 Charlotte Hornets

#12 Los Angeles Clippers from the Detroit Pistons

#13 Los Angeles Clippers

#14 Denver Nuggets

That’s how it shook out; so now all of the mock drafts can start.

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How was your week

Posted: May 12, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Maybe it was the change of teams o the fact tat he doesn’t have the pressure of pitching for a New York team, but Mat Harvey’s first start for the Cincinnati Reds has to be considered a success.

Harvey threw 55 pitches in the 4 innings he worked. While it was a short outing remember that Harvey hasn’t made a start since April 19th; so he’ll have to build up his arm strength and stamina again. In his 4 innings of work Harvey gave up 1 hit that shouldn’t of even been a hit. Scott Schebler lost a fly ball in the lights that turned into a triple for Cody Bellinger. Harvey also struck out 2 in his start.

This was the first start for Harvey that he didn’t give up a run in since his first start of the season. In the four relief appearances Harvey made for the Mets he only had one outing where he didn’t give up a run.

The Mets wanted to send Harvey to Triple-A to try to work out his issues, but he refused the assignment. The Mets ended up designating Harvey for assignment which gave them 10 days to trade or release him. On May 8th the Mets where able to agree to a deal with the Reds that sent Harvey to Cincinnati for catcher Devin Mesoraco and cash.

While Harvey was making his first start for Cincinnati last night Mesoraco was getting his first hit in a Mets uniform. Mesoraco hit a solo home run in the top of the 9th inning as the Mets picked up a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

As for Harvey and the Reds. They went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 last night.

On Wednesday Dwane Casey was named NBA Coach of the Year as voted by the other coaches in the league. On Friday Casey was out of a job as he was fired by the Toronto Raptors after seven seasons as their head coach.

Casey is the most successful coach in Raptors history. He has a career record of 320-238 and Toronto just posted it’s best regular season record in team history at 59-23, but after consecutive seasons of being swept out of the playoffs in the 2nd round by the Cleveland Cavaliers the Raptors decided to make a change.

Casey had one year left on his contract with the Raptors at $6.5 million dollars.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if Casey is hired very quickly by one of the teams still looking for a head coach. The Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic are still looking for a new head coach.

The Bucks are in a similar situation that the Raptors where in when Casey took over that team. Could that be the landing spot for Casey? Milwaukee is the only team out of the four still looking for a had coach that was in the playoffs this season.

As for the Raptors. Reports have come out that former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer is the first candidate they’d like to interview for their current vacancy. Since the Raptors are a little late in looking for a head coach Budenholzer has already interviewed with the Bucks.

A coupe of other names that have came up as people the Raptors would like to interview are Nick Nurse who has been an assistant with the Raptors since 2013. Former NBA player and current coach of the Raptors G-League team Jerry Stackhouse is another name that’s come up as someone Toronto wants to interview.

While neither Nurse or Stackhouse have NBA head coaching experience Budenholzer spent 5 seasons as Atlanta’s head coach. Budenholzer led the Hawks to the playoffs his first four seasons with the team before Atlanta decided to rebuild last season.

No matter who the Raptors decide to hire they’ll be coming into a team that is coming off it’s best regular season in team history, but have only reached the Eastern Conference finals one time.

While we’re in the Eastern Conference the finals will get started tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. as the Boston Celtics will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of their series.

The Cavaliers haven’t played since Monday when they eliminated the Raptors; so they’ll be coming into Game 1 with 5 days off.

The Celtics wrapped their 2nd round series against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday; so they haven’t had quite as much time off as Cleveland as they’ll be coming into Game 1 with 2 days off.

As for the Western Conference finals; well they have to wait until Monday night to tip off their series. The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors both wrapped up their 2nd round series on Tuesday; so they’ll both come into Game 1 with 4 days off.

The playoff scheduling for the NBA has always seemed odd to me. While the Rockets and the Warriors will get one day off between Game 1 and Game 2 the Cavaliers and the Celtics will get 2 days off in between Game 1 and Game 2. Then everybody gets 2 days off before they play Game 3. No wonder why the NBA season doesn’t end until June.

Most of the people believe that even though it’s just the Western Conference finals match u that the winner of the Rockets/Warriors series will be the NBA champion. I’ve even heard this series being called the “actual” NBA finals. Are you on board with this theory? Or do you think which ever Eastern Conference team gets into the NBA finals they have a chance to win a title?

Even though they lost their 2nd round playoff series to the Celtics 76ers guard T.J. McConnell showed his worth to the team. Yesterday the 76ers announced that they will be picking up the option on McConnell’s contract for next season. McConnell’s option is for $1,600,520 making him a steal in today’s NBA.

McConnell is 26 years old and just finished up his 3rd season with the 76ers. Last season  in 76 regular season games this season, he averaged 6.3 points per game, 4.0 assists per game, and 3.0 rebounds per game.

McConnell’s salary for 2018/19 season remains non-guaranteed even after his option is exercised. That shouldn’t be an issue since Philadelphia won’t be waiving him.

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We’ve got a Game 7 in the NHL playoffs tonight. The Nashville Predators will host the Winnipeg Jets tonight after the Predators where able to force a Game 7 with a 4-0 Game 6 victory in Winnipeg on Monday.

This is the only 2nd round series still playing. Tonight’s winner will move on to face the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference finals. In the Eastern Conference the Tampa Bay Lighting will host the Washington Capitals Sunday night in the opener of that series.

Home ice hasn’t meant much in the Predators/Jets series as both teams have won the others ice multiple times in this series.

Nashville was the President’s trophy winner with 117 points this season, but Winnipeg was the next closet team to them with 114 points.

Nashville has is being led in scoring this post season by Filip Forsberg with 15 points. Mark Scheifele has been the Jets leading scorer so far this post season with 14 points. The Predators rely on Pekka Rinne in goal, but back up goaltender Juuse Saros has appeared in 3 games this post season. Rinne has a Goals Against Average of 2.94 this post season, but his record is just 7-5. Rinne does have 2 shutouts in 12 post season games including Game 6 in Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck has manned the net for the Jets this post season. Winnipeg’s back up Steve Mason has made 1 post season appearance. Hellebuyck has a Goals Against Average of 2.36 with a record of 7-4. Hellebuyck has posted 1 shutout this post season.

The Predators where last years Cinderella story making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals before coming up short to the eventual champions the Pittsburgh Penguins. Winnipeg didn’t even get into the playoffs last season. The series has lived up to the hype, but one of these teams has to go home.

The puck should drop for Game 7 in the Bridgestone Arena about 7:00 p.m. Who do you have winning tonight; Nashville or Winnipeg?

For the second time in baseball history a pitcher born in Canada threw a no-hitter and it just so happened that the game was being played in Canada.

Seattle Mariners left hander James Paxton, who’s nickname is Big Maple no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays last night as the Mariners won the game 5-0. Paxton is from Ladner, British Columbia.

Paxton struck out 7, walked 3 and threw just 99 pitches in his no-hitter. Josh Donaldson made the final out hitting a hard ground ball that Mariners 3rd baseman Kyle Seager cut off, throwing Donaldson out at 1st to seal the no-hitter.

With 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning Seager made the defensive play of the game that really saved the no-hitter. Kevin Pillar hit a down the 3rd base line that looked like it had a chance to get down into the leftfield corner. Seager made a full out dive to snag the baseball. Seager made a bit of an off balance throw to first base, but Ryon Healy was able to pick the throw on one hop and record the out.

Russell Martin did lead off the bottom of the 8th inning for the Blue Jays with a long drive to leftfield, but Ben Gamel easily made the catch near he wall for the 1st out of the inning.

Those where really the two closest times that the Blue Jays came close to getting a hit. Paxson was rolling along most of the night and in the 9th inning he got top prospect Anthony Alford to foul out for the 1st out of the inning. Teoscar Hernandez has been one of the hotter players in the Blue Jays line up, but Paxson struck him out for the 2nd out of the 9th inning. That led to the Donaldson ground out that Seager snagged to end the game.

Paxson’s no-hitter was the 6th in Mariners history. The last Seattle no-hitter was on August 12th 2015 when Hisashi Iwakuma threw one against the Baltimore Orioles. ‘The King” Felix Hernandez has the only perfect game in Mariners history. Hernandez threw that on August 15th 2012 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Can you name the other Canadian born pitcher to throw a no-hitter?

If you said Dick Fowler you where correct. Fowler no-hit the St. Louis Browns on September 9th 1945. This was actually Fowler first start of that season. Fowler had been serving in the Canadian military during World War II and had just recently returned to the Philadelphia Athletics.

Fowler spent his entire 10-year career with the Athletics. He did miss all of the 1943 and 1944 season because of his military service. Fowler pitched in 221 career games with 170 of them being starts. Fowler went 66-79 with 4 saves. His career ERA was 4.11.

The Western Conference finals in the NBA where set last night. The Houston Rockets advanced by beating the Utah Jazz 112-102 and winning that series 4 games to 1. The Golden State Warriors moved on with a 113-105 win over the New Orleans Pelicans winning that series 4 games to 1. The Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Toronto Raptors out of the playoffs to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland is waiting to see who’ll they’ll be playing and might find out tonight.

The Boston Celtics host the Philadelphia 76ers I Game 5 of their 2nd round series tonight. Boston is ahead 3 games to 1; so if they get a win tonight they’ll be the team that moves on to face the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. If the 76ers get a win tonight the series will head back to Philadelphia for Game 6 on Friday night.

With the Western Conference 2nd round wrapped up the Rockets and the Warriors will get some time off. The Western Conference finals don’t start until Monday May 14th in Houston.

Most people believe that the Rockets and the Warriors are the two best teams in the NBA and that the winner of this series will be the eventual NBA champions. Are you in this camp? Do you believe that whoever wins this series will win the championship or do you believe that which ever teams coms out of the Eastern Conference has a chance.

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