SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017
FROM THE SCOREBOARD
*DODGERS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 2: The Dbacks quest for a series sweep fell short thanks to a six-run fifth inning that started with Shelby Miller walking opposing pitcher Brandon McCarthy and later included bad defense by Nick Ahmed and Chris Herrmnann (playing left field) plus Miller leaving because of right forearm tightness. Miller will be receiver an MRI on Monday … STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – Miller retired just 12 of the 20 batters he faced, throwing 43 strikes and 36 balls while clearly bothered by the calls of home plate umpire Mike Winters … THE BOTTOM LINE – The Diamondbacks dropped to 8-2 at home.
*NBA PLAYOFFS: LeBron James still hasn’t lost a first-round playoff game since May 6, 2012 and Tyron Lue is 21-5 in playoff games after the Cavaliers 106-102 win and sweep of the Pacers. Paul George finished five of 21, including a three-point attempt on their final possession that was all glass and no rim with his team down 105-102 … The Rockets are heading back to Houston with a chance to clinch after rallying from 14 down in the second half to win 113-109 at Oklahoma City. Mike D’Antoni won the fourth-quarter coaching battle over Billy Donovan whose substitution pattern was confusing … The Celtics-Bulls road team is 4-0 after former Suns Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green scored 33 and 19 points, respectively, in a 104-95 win at United Center. Over the past two games, Brad Stevens has made all the right moves while Fred Hoiberg has not been able to compensate for losing the injured Rajon Rondo … The Jazz, without the ill Gordan Hayward in the second half, used the scoring and playmaking of former Sun Joe Johnson to deadlock their series with a 102-96 win over the Clippers, who are without Blake Griffin (toe) for the remainder of the playoffs. Rudy Gobert, back from his Game One knee injury, contributed 15 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes.
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*KEYNOTES: Steve Kerr (back) may miss the remaining of the playoffs, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Mike Brown is the interim coach … Manu Ginoboli is the latest Hall of Fame athlete who stayed too long. He is SCORELESS during THE FIRST FOUR GAMES against the Grizzlies, missing all 15 field goal attempts in 45 minutes.
*LOCAL ROUNDUP: ASU alum Mike Leake moved to 3-1 on the season allowing two runs in six innings and driving in a pair of runs in the Cardinals 4-2 win over the Brewers.
*NATIONAL ROUNDUP: Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley can forget about his second/third round draft projection later this week after being charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking a woman unconscious and reportedly sending her for root canal surgery.
*AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Another day, another injury for the 6-12 Giants – Denard Span (sprained AC joint) is likely headed to the disabled list … The last-place Blue Jays entered today with a 4-13 record and now four key players on the disabled list (Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ).
*AROUND THE NBA: The Blazers Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will not play in Game Four against the Warriors … The league was far too light on fining the injured Rajon Rondo $25,000 for “attempting to trip” Jae Crowder while sitting on the bench during Game Three. A suspension when is he healthy enough to play would have been the proper penalty … The NBA fined Patrick Beverley $25,000 for confronting an Oklahoma City fan (the son of the Thunder minority owner) after Friday’s Game Three.
*AROUND THE NFL: The Colts say they may not have Andrew Luck (shoulder surgery) until Week One meaning that he will not participate in any off-season activities, all of training camp and presumably the pre-season.
*HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: The Pacers could have a completely different look within the next few weeks with front office personnel Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard and head coach Nate McMillan all history and Paul George wanting to be gone. By the way, when George was asked about his future after today’s eliminating loss, he replied with “next question.”
*RANDOM STUFF: The NBA Draft deadline for players without an agent to opt out is June 12.
THE LAS VEGAS ANGLE
(ALL LINES FROM WESTGATE SUPER BOOK)
*LOCAL: Diamondbacks (Miller +142) vs. Dodgers (McCarthy – 9 1/2 total)
*NBA PLAYOFFS: Cavaliers (-4) @ Pacers (214) … Thunder (PK) vs. Rockets (223) … Celtics (-1 1/2) @ Bulls (204) … Jazz (-5) vs. Clippers (195)
*PREDICTIONS: Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 4
Cavaliers 106, Pacers 101 … Thunder 114, Rockets 112 … Bulls 102, Celtics 100 … Jazz 95, Clippers 90
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017
FROM THE SCOREBOARD
*DBACKS 11, DODGERS 5: The Diamondbacks have scored 24 runs the past two days against the Dodgers and beaten them four times over the past seven days after losing the first two games of their four-game set last week in Los Angeles … AT THE PLATE – Yasmany Tomas hit two home runs off Kenta Maeda and David Peralta added a franchise record four doubles … ON THE MOUND – The offense was needed because winning pitcher Robbie Ray struggled, allowing five runs in five and two-third innings. He was pounded for nine hits and two walks while throwing 102 pitches (58 strikes, 54 balls) … SUPER BOOK LINE – Dodgers -122, total 9 … PREDICTION – Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3
*NBA PLAYOFFS: The Warriors rallied to win Game Three for a 119-113 victory with ailing head coach Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant. There are legitimate concerns about Kerr who missed the 42 games last season because of health reasons … Marc Gasol hit the game winning shot with .7 remaining in overtime after Mike Conley (35 points, nine rebounds and eight assists) kept the Grizzlies in the game to deadlock the series at two with a 110-108 victory over the Spurs … Paul Millsap led the way with 29 points and 14 rebounds led 38-20 after one quarter and were never seriously challenged in a 116-94 win over the Wizards … DeMar DeRozan bounced back with 33 points after missing all eight of his field goal attempts in the previous game as the Raptors tied their series with an 87-76 win over the Bucks in game that was frequently difficult to watch.
SUPER BOOK LINES – Toronto (+2 1/2) at Milwaukee (194 1/2) … Washington (+2 1/2) at Atlanta (211) … San Antonio (-5) at Memphis (187) … Golden State 6 at Portland (217)
PREDICTIONS – Milwaukee 99, Toronto 96 … Atlanta 105, Washington 102 … Memphis 95, San Antonio 94 (Dedman out – Allen out) … Golden State 112, Portland 108 (Kerr is ill and will not coach – Durant, Livingston, Barnes out – Nurkic started for Portland)
CAUGHT MY EYE
*KEYNOTES: Blake Griffin’s toe injury will sideline him for the remainder of the post-season which should mean the end of the current Clippers with Griffin and Chris Paul among those eligible for free agency. Also, there is speculation that Doc Rivers could bolt and return to the Magic in some capacity.
*AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: The Cubs have to be concerned about Jake Arrieta whose effectiveness declined during the second half of 2016 and is experiencing a sharp velocity decline the first month of the 2017 season … The Cubs have to be thrilled with the start of Jason Heyward who has hit in 13 of 15 games to go along with his top shelf defense … The Angels moved Garrett Richards from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL with a biceps injury. Richards missed most of last season with a torn UCL by opted against Tommy John surgery.
*AROUND THE NBA: Rajon Rondo, surprisingly the MVP of the Bulls-Celtics series, is out indefinitely with his broken finger) and will be re-examined in 7-10 days … The NBA is reviewing the reported incident between Patrick Beverley and an Oklahoma City fan immediately after Game Three … It was flashback night in Salt Lake City with Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce guarding each other during the second half of the Clippers 15-point rally against the Jazz.
*AROUND THE NFL: The Raiders are expected to sign Derrick Carr to a Andrew Luck type contract extension this off-season … Also, the Raiders will make plenty in jersey sales alone if they sign Oakland native Marshawn Lynch.
*HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: The Bears, currently drafting third, have shown interest in Mitchell Trubisky … Christian McCaffrey may go as high as #8 to the Panthers or #11 to the Saints and almost certainly not past the Eagles at #14 … Patrick Mahomes is a fast riser which has to be disappointing to Andy Reid and the Chiefs at #27 … Joe Mixon is off the draft board of at least half the teams but the Bengals, Saints and Vikings are among those believed to be interested.
*RANDOM STUFF: A Pac 12 player could be the first pick of the NBA Draft, most likely Washington’s Markelle Fultz. Almost incredibly, just two Pac players have ever been the first pick of the draft – Lew Alcindor in 1969 and Bill Walton in 1974.
IN THE TUESDAY 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, OUR PRE-NFL DRAFT DISCUSSION: with Dan Shonka of Ourlads Scouting Services
*AT 11:30, INTERACTIVE TIME WITH PHONE CALLS
*AT 11:45, INTERACTIVE TIME WITH TWEETS … AND A SIX PACK OF NBA TOPICS
*AT THE TOP OF THE NOON HOUR, THE LOCAL ROUNDUP: a Dbacks-Padres rewind with analysis, highlights and post-game sound
*AT 12:15, FROM THE PIPELINE – AROUND THE NBA PLAYOFFS:
*AT 12:30. INTERACTIVE TIME WITH PHONE CALLS
*AT 12:45 INTERACTIVE TIME WITH TWEETS … AND A SIX PACK OF MLB TOPICS
*AT 1:00, THE NATIONAL ROUNDUP: topped by Ripped From The Headlines and a TV Guide of viewing suggestions
*AT 1:15, OUR WEEKLY FANTASY BASEBALL UPDATE: with the award winning Michael Rathburn of Rotowire.com
*AT 1:30, LAST CALL AND THE BOTTOM LINE: the final interactive segment of the show with phone calls and tweets and the host answers the Pipeline questions
*AT 1:45, POLL QUESTION ANSWERS AND FINAL RESULTS … PLUS TODAY IN ROCK HISTORY
AND, INTERACTIVE TIME WITH PHONE CALLS (602-260-10-60) AT 11:30, 12:30 AND 1:30 AND TWEETS (@SPORTS ZONE 1060 OR TWITTER.COM/SPORTS ZONE 1060) AT 11:45, 12:45 AND 1:30