Bob Kemp’s Bottom Line

IN THURSDAY'S SPORTS ZONE

        REACTION TO THE NFL'S LATEST DECISION REGARDING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ... A PREVIEW OF ROCKETS-WARRIORS GAME AND ANALYSIS OF CAVALIERS-WARRIORS GAME FIVE ... A DBACKS-BREWERS REWIND ... AND ALL THE DAILY FEATURES
SEE TENTATIVE SCHEDULE AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
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THE BOTTOM LINE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018

        *CELTICS 96, CAVALIERS 83 (CELTICS LEAD SERIES 3-2): Jayson Tatum scored 24 points to lead five Celtics in double figures in a game that was never in doubt after a 23-7 run to conclude the first quarter ... STATISTICALLY  SPEAKING - The Celtics were plus eight in rebounds (47-39) and plus seven in turnvers (7-15) ... THE BOTTOM LINE - The Celtics moved to 10-0 at home this post-season ... LAS VEGAS WESTGATE LINE - Celtics 1 Cavaliers (205) … PREDICTION - Celtics 107, Cavaliers 103
        *CARDINALS SAFETY REACTS TO ANTHEM EDICT: Veteran Antoine Bethea, when asked to today about the NFL's new national anthem policy, said it was "not really a compromise."
        *KERSHAW PASSES ANOTHER TEST: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw what the team called a successful bullpen session on Wednesday, He is scheduled to pitch a simulated game on Saturday, and if that goes well, could be activated next week.
        *FORMER DBACK FACING A SUSPENSION: Welington Castillo, now with the White Sox, has reportedly been suspended for 80-games for PED use, but he was still playing tonight when news of the suspension leaked which resulted in an awkward situation.
        *HOW BAD WERE THE 2017-18 SUNS? They were just the second team since 2000 to finish dead last in offensive AND defensively efficiency.
        *I DIDN'T REALIZE IT WAS APRIL 1ST: Amar'e Stoudemire said on Wednesday that is considering a return to the NBA. The 35-year old last played in Israel after retiring from the NBA in 2016.

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018

        *BREWERS 1, DIAMONDBACKS 0: The Diamondbacks feeble offense hit a new low managing just three hits and recording four outs on the bases (two low baseball I.Q. decisions from Ketel Marte and caught stealing attempts during the final two innings from Jerrod Dyson and pinch runner Nick Ahmed) ... STATISTICALLY SPEAKING - Paul Goldschmidt was zero for three with three more strikeouts increasing his National League most  total to 67 ... THE BOTTOM LINE - The Diamombacks have lost 12 of 13, two six-game losing streaks with the lone win in between … LAS VEGAS WESTGATE LINE - Brewers -152 Diamondbacks (9) … PREDICTION - Brewers 6, Diamondbacks 3
        *ROCKETS 95, WARRIORS 92: The Rockets finished the game on a 25-10 run to shock the Warriors whose late-game possessions did not resemble a team that won championships in two of the past three seasons ... STATISTICALLY SPEAKING - Chris Paul and James Harden were the two best players on the floor and combined for 57 points ... THE BOTTOM LINE - The Warriors all-time playoff record post-season homecourt winning streak ended at 16 games and it's from SERIES OVER to SERIES ON … LAS VEGAS WESTGATE LINE - Warriors 8 1/2 Rockets (225 1/2) … PREDICTION - Warriors 115, Rockets 109
        *UPDATED NBA ODDS: Prior to Tuesday's game, the Warriors were -350 to win their third NBA championship in four seasons while the Rockets were 7-1, Cavaliers 10/1 and Celtics 25/1.
        *ONE OF THE NAMES I SUGGESTED FOR THE SUNS HEAD COACHING SPOT IS REPORTEDLY ABOARD: Mike Woodson, who has NBA head coaching, apparently will be part of Igor Kokoskov's first staff.
        *THERE MAY BE AN ISSUE IN ATLANTA: Julio Jones is boycotting OTA's apparently because the organization elected to pay his quarterback Matt Ryan first.
        *THE PHILLIES TELEVISION COVERAGE INCLUDES A REGULAR FEATURE THAT EVERY TEAM SHOULD INCLUDE: The Phillies minor league updates include videos in addition to numbers which gives their fans a chance to see the future players instead of just hearing about them.

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018

A SIX PACK OF NEWS OF WITTY ANALYSIS
        *BREWERS 4, DBACKS 2: The Diamondbacks have lost five straight and 11 of 12 after collecting just three hits in their latest loss … STATISTICALLY SPEAKING - Zach Greinke had allowed ... THE BOTTOM LINE - The Diamondbacks will fall to second in the NL West if the Rockies win tonight at Dodger Stadium ... LAS VEGAS WESTGATE LINE: Diamondbacks 140 Brewers (8) … PREDICTION: Brewers 5, Diamondbacks 2
        *CAVALIERS 111, CELTICS 102 (SERIES TIED AT TWO): LeBron scored 11 points on four of four from the field as the Cavaliers raced to 34-18 lead after one quarter and were never in serious danger of losing ... STATISTICALLY SPEAKING - LeBron finished with 44 points, his SIXTH 40-point game of this post-season ... THE BOTTOM LINE - The Celtics are 9-0 in the post-season but just 1-6 on the road ... LAS VEGAS WESTGATE LINE: Cavaliers 6 1/2 Celtics (205) … PREDICTION: Cavaliers 101, Celtics 98
        *HEARD THROUGH THE NBA DRAFT GRAPEVINE: The disappointed Grizzlies are likely to move down from the fourth pick and would be happy with either Mikal Bridges or Miles Bridges while picking up at least an additional pick either this year or next year.
        *THE PHILLIES HAVE AN INTERESTING DUGOUT DYNAMIC: There seems to be little doubt that manager Gabe Kapler has become more of a cheerleader with bench coach Rob Thomson making the strategical decisions.
        *THE BRAVES ARE LOOKING FOR A VETERAN THIRD BASEMAN: If they don't make a deal for the possibly injured Josh Donaldson, the Royals Mike Moustakas would be a likely target.
        *MORE MLB HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: The Red Sox have decided Jackie Bradley Jr. does hit well enough to be any everyday player and would gladly take a good bullpen arm in return ... The Marlins have Kyle Barraclough, a bullpen arm that many teams want.

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IN THURSDAY'S SPORTS ZONE  

(THIS PLAN IS TENTATIVE AND SOMEWHAT SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
        *AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW,  THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PIPELINE
        *AT 11:15,  THE LOCAL ROUNDUP: topped by a Diamondbacks-Brewers rewind   
        *AT 11:30, A MYSTERY SEGMENT 
        *AND IN THE FINAL SEGMENT OF HOUR NUMBER ONE: THE NATIONAL ROUNDUP: a combination of From The Scoreboard, Ripped From The Headline and Heard Through The Grapevine
        *AT THE TOP OF THE NOON HOUR, UPDATED RESULTS OF THE POLL QUESTIONS AND A REPEAT OF TODAY'S PIPELINE
        *AT 12:15, REACTION THE NFL'S LATEST STAND REGARDING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM: with Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report
       *AT 12:30, INTERACTIVE TIME PART TWO: the first segment with phone calls and/or tweets
       *AND IN THE FINAL SEGMENT OF HOUR NUMBER TWO, OUR DAILY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: a combination of From The Scoreboard, Ripped From The Headline and Heard Through The Grapevine
        *AT 1:00, IT’S THE LAST CALL AND BOTTOM LINE
        *AT 1:15, THE FINAL INTERACTIVE ROUND WITH PHONE CALLS AND/OR TWEETS PLUS THE DAILY CAUGHT MY EYE EDITION AND SOME TELEVISION VIEWING SUGGESTIONS  
        *AT 1:30, A ROCKETS-WARRIORS GAME FIVE PREVIEW AND CAVALIERS-CELTICS FIVE REWIND: with Dan Favale of Bleacher Report 
        *AT 1:45, THANK YOU TIME AND TODAY IN ROCK HISTORY
       AND THREE SEGMENTS WITH INTERACTIVE ACTION – TWEETS ONLY AROUND 11:45 AND PHONE CALLS (602-260-10-60) AND/OR TWEETS (@SPORTS ZONE 1060 OR TWITTER.COM/SPORTS ZONE 1060) AT 12:30 AND 1:15

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2018 MLB PREDICTIONS
        *AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST: Boston, New York. Toronto, Baltimore, Tampa
        *AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL: Cleveland, Minnesota, Chicago, Kansas City, Detroit
        *AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST: Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Oakland, Texas
        *AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARDS: New York, Minnesota
        *AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPION: Boston
        *NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST: Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami
        *NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati
        *NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST: Los Angeles, Colorado, Arizona, San Diego, San Francisco
        *NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD CARDS: Milwaukee, Colorado
        *NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION: Washington
         *WORLD SERIES CHAMPION: Washington
        *MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS: J.D. Martinez, Anthony Rizzo
        *CY YOUNG (Kershaw, Kluber, Sale, Scherzer are disqualiied): Carlos Carrasco, Carlos Martinez
        *ROOKIES OF YEAR: Gleyber Torres, Jesse Winker
        *MANAGERS OF THE YEAR: Alex Cora, Dave Martinez
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