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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: January 25, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in sports
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I’ve been a sports fan for a long time and I’ve seen great players come and go. What I’m trying to remember is if I’ve ever heard a great player complain as much as LeBron James does. It started with there not being enough time off for the All-Star break. The NBA gave in and made the All-Star break a week long. I think that with this extra time James took a trip to Miami instead of spending that extra time with his family which is what he said when he cried about the break being extended. James also complained about back to back games and playing three games in four days. Now under the new CBA these issues have been address. So expect an even longer NBA season starting next year when the new CBA kicks in. Then earlier this season James  started kicking and screaming that the Cleveland Cavaliers needed a shooter. So Cavaliers general manager David Griffin managed to swing a deal with the Atlanta Hawks for one of the best shooters in the NBA Kyle Korver. When things didn’t turn around right away after they acquired Korver the excuse James gave was that they hadn’t had any practice time together. The Cavaliers have now lost five of there last seven games and you knew that James would have an excuse or at least something to cry about and he didn’t disappoint. James has squarely placed the blame on Griffin and has now said that the Cavaliers need a play maker. James called the current Cavaliers roster “ill-equipped” and then later tried to back pedal on Twitter saying “I not mad or upset at management cause Griff and staff have done a great job, I just feel we still need to improve in order to repeat…if that’s what we wanna want to do”. James posted this in two separate tweets and the spelling is all his; so don’t blame that one on me. James is looking for the Cavaliers to add a back up point guard to lighten the load on himself and Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers do have other point guards on there roster. Cleveland has Kay Felder there 2nd round pick from 2016 as well as DeAndre Liggins who is in his 4th NBA season. Now you have to ask yourself if it’s the general managers fault that James had the Cavaliers over pay his friends and now there in a tight salary cap spot even with the increase the NBA just had. It’s clear that James doesn’t want to see Felder or Liggins on the court; so they’re as good as done with the Cavaliers. Now the Cavaliers are still on top of the Eastern Conference at 30-13, but there lead is down to just three games over the Toronto Raptors. The more you listen to James talk you actually have to wonder if this is just a guy trying to cover his rear end in case the Cavaliers don’t make it to the NBA finals.

So where are the Cavaliers going to get a back up point guard. I’m sure James would love to see Cleveland go out and get his buddy Chris Paul. Paul is currently out after having thumb surgery, but I don’t think that Cleveland could get Paul’s salary under the cap unless Irving is headed the other way in the deal and that doesn’t solve the Cavaliers problem. James’ other buddy Dwayne Wade isn’t a true point guard, but I’m sure the Chicago Bulls would part with Wade’s teammate and true point guard Rajon Rondo. Rickey Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves name has come up in trade rumors; so maybe he could be an option for Cleveland. There could also be a players like Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat or Tim Frazier of the New Orleans Pelicans available. The question is which one if any of these players James would accept as a teammate. Then of course the Cavaliers would have to make sure they could make a deal with the salary cap. Of course with what the Cavaliers are paying in luxury tax penalties now; would a little more even matter?

The Washington Wizards arrived dressed in black funeral wear for what they openly labeled a grudge match against the Boston Celtics Tuesday night. Bradley Beal scored 13 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to help  the Wizards extended their home winning streak to 14 games with a 123-108 victory over Boston. John Wall had 27 points while Markieff Morris register a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. This was a bit of revenge for the Wizards from the Last time these two teams met which ended with a Boston 117-108 victory. That game featured five technical fouls and ended with Wall and Jae Crowder getting into a verbal confrontation that almost started a brawl. That prompted the Wizards to show up to Verizon Center on Tuesday wearing all black, funeral themed clothing. Wall’s apparel consisted of a designer T-shirt beneath a varsity style jacket as he arrived. Beal who came up with the idea showed up wearing an oversized black winter trenchcoat complete with hood and matching scarf. He would later have his best offensive night since that game in Boston. There was no blow up between the teams this game, but there was some action on the Boston bench as Marcus Smart got into an argument with Boston’s assistant coaches in the 4th quarter. Celtics coach Brad Stevens explained that the argument came from Smart wanting to go back into the game, but was on an minute limit for the half.

The rivalry in more interesting between these two teams since they’re both have good seasons. Boston is currently 3rd in the Eastern Conference standings at 26-18 while the Wizards are currently 5th in the Eastern Conference standings at 25-20. Maybe there will end up being a playoff series between these two teams.

Believe it or not we’re getting close to the start of baseball spring training. Pitchers and catchers report starting February 13th with all players being in camp by February 20th. So ready or not it’s almost time for baseball.

 

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John Wall hit a jumper with :05.9 seconds left to lift the Washington Wizards to a 101-99 victory over the short handed Chicago Bulls. The Bulls went into the game without there top two scorers and one of their top bench players. Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic both missed the game because of an illness and Dwayne Wade sat out because this was the second game of a back to back. The win was the Wizards 3rd in a row and got them over the .500 mark at 19-18. The loss drops the Bulls a game under .500 at 19-20.

Chicago went out to a quick five point lead at 10-5, but Washington went on a 14-2 run to take the lead at 19-12. The Bulls really dominated the rest of the quarter as they scored 24 more points in the quarter while holding the Wizards to just 7 more points. The Bulls took a 10 point lead 36-26 after one quarter.

The Bulls scored the first eight points of the 2nd quarter and where out to a 18 point lead at 44-26. The best the Wizards could do in the quarter was cut the Bulls lead to 10 points; which they did twice. The Bulls pushed the lead back to 16 points, but the Wizards scored the last four points of the quarter to cut the Bulls lead to 12 at 61-49 headed into halftime.

The Wizards started to get back into the game and cut the Bulls lead to five points at 65-60, but the Bulls where able to rebuild the lead to double digits at 71-60. It was the Wizards turn to make a run again and this time they came all the way back. The Wizards went on a 17-4 run that game them a 77-75 lead with 1:40 left in the quarter. After the teams traded buckets Marcin Gortat put back a missed shot to give the Wizards a 81-77 lead after three quarters.

It was a tight 4th quarter as the teams traded the lead three times. The biggest lead the Wizards could build was a five point lead early in the quarter. The Bulls did build a seven point lead at 92-85 with 7:27 left in the game after Denzel Valentine hit a 3-pointer. Washington then scored the next 10 points in the game to take a three point lead 95-92. The game was tied three more times in the final 2:08 minutes of the game. It was 99 all with :05 seconds left when John Wall hit a jump shot to give the Wizards a 101-99 win.

All the Wizards starters scored in double figures; led by John Wall who had a game high 26 points. Wall also handed out a game high 14 assists. Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris each had 19 points. Otto Porter Jr. had 11 points while Marcin Gortat scored 10 points and tied for the game high in rebounds with 12.

Denzel Valentine came off the Bulls bench to lead them in scoring with 19 points. Michael Carter-Williams and Robin Lopez each scored 14 points. Bobby Portis had 13 points off the bench while Rajon Rondo came off the Bulls bench for his first game action for the first time since December 30th and scored 12 points. Taj Gibson had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Rondo and Jerian Grant tied for the team lead in assists with 6.

This game was the first of a back to back for the Wizards as they have to travel to Boston to put there three game winning streak on the line against the 25-15 Celtics. This was the Bulls second loss in a row. Chicago will get a day off before they play there third game in four days as the stay on the road to play the 17-21 New York Knicks on Thursday night.

Wednesday nights 107-97 loss by the Chicago Bulls to the Washington Wizards was the Bulls 4th loss in there last 5 games. Also in the Bulls last 3 losses they’ve been beaten by double figures. With the win Washington improves there record to 13-15 while the Bulls fall back to the .500 mark at 14-14.

The teams where pretty even though the first part of the opening quarter. Washington found itself with a one point lead at 13-12, but the Bulls went on a 21 to 9 run the final 6 minutes of the quarter and built an 11 point lead 33-22 by the end of the 1st.

The Bulls where able to keep the lead in double digits and after a Dwayne Wade three point play the Bulls had the largest lead of 13 points at 43-30. The Wizards went on a 10 to 1 run and cut the lead to 4 points at 44-40. Washington came all the way back to take the lead at 53-52, but the Bulls where able to take the lead back going into halftime at 56-55.

Washington was able to tie the game again at 61 all and the Wizards then went on to build a 5 point lead at 71-66 before the Bulls came back. The teams found themselves tied again at 75 all and each team was able to add two more points before the quarter ended with the teams tied again at 77 all.

The teams tie 4 times to start the 4th quarter, but Washington scored 6 straight points to take a 91-85 lead. Chicago never got closer than 3 points again as the Wizards where able to continue to build there lead. It reached double digits for the first time with 1:05 left to play. The Bulls knocked the lead down a few points before Washington got it back to 10 points by the end of the game for a 107-97 win.

John Wall led the Wizards and was the games high scorer with 23 points. Wall also handed out a team high 9 assists. Bradley Beal added 21 points while Marcin Gortat had 14 points. Marcus Thornton added 10 points off the Wizards bench. Gortat and Markieff Morris each had 11 rebounds to tie for game high honors.

The Bulls where led by Jimmy Butler with 20 points. Dwayne Wade had 19 points while Taj Gibson scored 17 points. Nikola Mirotic (11 points) and Doug McDermott (10 points) came off the Bulls bench to score in double figures. Butler and Gibson also tied for game high rebound honors with 11 while Rajon Rondo handed out a game high 10 assists.

Washington has now won 4 of there last 5 games and they’ll get a day off before they wrap up their three game road trip Friday night against the13-14 Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls have a short two game road trip starting Friday night against the 16-13 Charlotte Hornets.