Spinning the #NBA Wheel of Justice

 Look at All These Rumors….

The 2016 NBA trade deadline is Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Last year, Goran Dragic lit a fuse that caused the 2015 trade deadline to deliver what was one of the busiest deadline days the NBA’s ever seen. The end result was 11 completed trades, many of which came right at the 3 p.m. deadline, and a stunning 37 different players changing teams on that day alone. That doesn’t even count the deals that went down prior to the deadline, including Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks, Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers and Jeff Green to the Grizzlies.

This year, the trade deadline is unlikely to be as busy. Teams everywhere are gearing up for the unprecedented salary cap jump that will reach $89 million this summer, giving every team cap space and setting the stage for massive contracts to be thrown around at an admittedly top-heavy class of free agents.

However, the NBA always finds ways to one-up itself. Here are all the important trades and rumors that have happened this season.

COMPLETED TRADES

Feb. 16: Charlotte acquires Courtney Lee from Memphis for P.J. Hairston, second-round picks

Feb. 16: Orlando trades Tobias Harris to Detroit for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova

Nov. 10: Miami trades Mario Chalmers and James Ennis to Memphis for Beno Udrih and Jarnell Stokes

Jan. 22: The Clippers trade Josh Smith back to Houston

RUMORS

Feb. 17: The Kings are interested in Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha.

Feb. 16: The Pelicans and Bucks have gone back and forth on a Greg Monroe deal.

Feb. 16: The Clippers are close to acquiring the Magic’s Channing Frye.

Feb. 16: Doc Rivers attempts to put the rumors to rest, says the Clippers aren’t trading Blake Griffin.

Feb. 16: Wolves have “no ongoing talks” involving Ricky Rubio

Feb. 16: Hornets, Rockets talking Dwight Howard trade, but deal looks unlikely

Feb: 16: Bucks seem ready to move on from Michael Carter-Williams, who they acquire at last year’s trade deadline.

Feb. 16: Pistons are one of many teams with interest in Ryan Andersonand they may be willing to give up a first-round pick to get him.

Feb. 16: Bulls have pitched Raptors on a deal involving Taj Gibson and Patrick Patterson.

Feb. 16: Jazz have had discussions about trading Trey Burke.

Feb. 16: Suns are seeking a young player and first-round pick for Markieff Morris.

Feb. 15: Al Horford may be available, but only for a steep price.

Feb. 15: Cavaliers are willing to part with Iman Shumpert.

Feb. 15: Ben McLemore is working with the Kings to find a new home via trade, possibly with the Cavaliers.

Feb. 15: Knicks selling other teams on Jose Calderon’s leadership abilities

Feb. 15: Nuggets turned down Clippers’ blockbuster offer for Blake Griffin.

Feb. 15: Dwight Howard for Hassan Whiteside deal being discussed, but it’s not feasible.

Feb. 15: Clippers are actively trying to trade Blake Griffin after all

Feb. 15: Cavaliers pursuing Kosta Koufos from Kings

Feb. 15: Ricky Rubio is “readily available,” but an actual trade seems unlikely.

Feb. 13: Carmelo Anthony shoots down wild three-way rumor involving Cavaliers, Celtics, Kevin Love

Feb. 11: Rockets “actively” trying to trade Dwight Howard

Source: Every important 2016 NBA trade rumor in one place

5 Almost Trades That Didn’t Happen

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The Houston Rockets had one major asset in the 1990s – Hakeem Olajuwon. When his agent went public to say that the superstar wasn’t happy with contract negotiations, the first to pick up the phone multiple times was the Miami Heat. At one point Glen Rice and Steve Smith were offered for Olajuwon, but it never came to be.

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The most dominant player of the early 1970s was almost used in a spectacular switch from his beloved Lakers to the Chicago Bulls on the whim of owners Jack Kent Cooke and Arthur Wirtz. LA man Cooke owned both the NBA and NHL franchise which would have involved NHL star Bobby Hull as well – with the upstart ABA and WHA competitions trying to lure the best hockey and basketball talent with higher salaries. The idea was for Chamberlain to help the ailing Bulls and for Hull to come to the Kings. Didn’t happen of course.

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Some trades get complicated – starting a domino effect where one man packs his bags, only to start an avalanche of people in transit. In 2011 Chris Paul was heading to LA with Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and Kevin Martin going to New Orleans. The strange trade also would have seen Pau Gasol go to the Rockets. Team owners got their backs up and it fell through.

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Photo by Mike Powell/Getty ImagesThe mid 1980s was a great time to be a Lakers player. So the potential double trade off between them and the Dallas Mavericks in 1986 which would have seen Byron Scott and James Worthy go one way, with Mark Aguirre and Roy Tarpley go to California, could have changed the complexion of the NBA in that period.

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Of all the trades that could and should have happened – the Houston Rockets passing of Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft has to be up there. They had the number 1 pick and if they sent 1983 Rookie of the Year Ralph Sampson to the Trailblazers, the door was open to snatch Jordan.

Source: 10 More Amazing NBA Trades That Almost Happened

Duke at North Carolina – 9 p.m.(EST) ESPN

Not a lot of fire burning in this rivalry like years’ past, but those pesky devils are coming off their best win (eye-roll) of the season.  The Tar-Heels are coming off of two losses, a super win against BC (winless in ACC, eye-roll), and a win against Pitt.  Sure the Heels have Marcus Paige but does anyone care about the Tar Heels anymore?

Weekend Update: #NBA All Star Edition

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Dunk the Magic-Dragon?!

LAVINE WINS EPIC DUNK CONTEST

“He’s a freak.” It was Saturday morning — about 10 hours before the most exhilarating dunk contest in NBA history finally concluded — when DeMarcus Cousins exhaled, shook his head and declared his prediction for the night’s main event.

“Zach,” he said. “He’s a freak.”

Two years in a row, the main takeaway from NBA All-Star Weekend is that the one person everyone really wants to see isn’t even an All-Star. LaVine isn’t a household name. He’s not even 21 years old and could possibly be the worst defender at his position. But in what’s quickly morphed into one of the most anticipated annual rituals in all of professional sports, the Minnesota Timberwolves guard spends 20 minutes tantalizing millions while at the same time supplying more than any could even imagine to ask for.

Who — or what — is LaVine? Is he “only” the Steph Curry of dunking, next in line on an evolutionary flow chart that connects Connie Hawkins to Julius Erving to Michael Jordan to Vince Carter? Or does he align with Harold Miner and Gerald Green? How much is there to unpack? What else is there to discover?

On Saturday night, LaVine’s epic head-to-head showdown against Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon — who also had some of the greatest dunks in history — somehow obscured those questions while simultaneously nudging them beneath a spotlight. But before I go on to explain, here’s a brief interlude for any who’ve yet to witness one of the most magical things that’s ever happened.

What follows is basically the basketball equivalent of “Apocalypse Now” being co-directed by Spike Jonze and Kanye West, and neither has slept in five days:

Continue Reading: Zach LaVine tops Aaron Gordon in epic slam dunk contest.

Thoughts I Cannot Put Anywhere Else:

  • During pre-game intros, both Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook spurn the bro-hug opp with Canadian Prime Minister Drake. Russ had the best All-Star Game entrance I’ve ever seen (at 2:15 above)
  • Could NBA All-Star Weekend have been more spectacular? It was hands down the best since maybe … forever. No league does exhibition events and games better.
  • Win Butler, an American who happens to be the lead singer in a Canadian band (Arcade Fire), is named MVP in Friday night’s Celebrity Game. Then he gets blocked in the postgame interview by Sage Steele (“So we’re talking about celebrity stuff, not politics.”)
  • That game also featured the NBA commissioner’s brother-in-law.
  • Ernie, Sir Charles, Kenny and Shaq make anything watchable. For example, the Talent Challenge. Subtract their hilarious commentary and answer this: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, what was that?
  • Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine put on arguably the best dunk contest duel since Michael Jordan versus Dominique Wilkins. Gordon loses to LaVine, but his dunk will have  a more lasting legacy.
  • From a sentimental perspective, the Rising Stars Challenge is my favorite event. I love giving the league’s emerging talent a platform to shine. Anyone else agree?
  • Vancouver Island native Steve Nash opens Sunday night’s festivities reminding all that Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian, invented the game.
  • How awesome was the revamped Skills Challenge, featuring the frontcourt versus the backcourt? And the close finish between Isaiah Thomas and Karl-Anthony Towns, with Towns winning, took it waaaay over the top for me.
  • The West scores 196 points in a 196-173 win. We are informed by Marv Albert (who works really, really well with Reggie Miller and Chris Webber) that the Air Canada Center scoreboard is not designed to put up a “2” in that spot.
  • Who knew Kevin Hart, a 5-feet-4 comedian and actor, would become the NBA’s No. 1 pitchman? From commercials to coaching to competing to commentating, he was everywhere.
  • I know it was Kobe Bryant’s final All-Star Game and everything, but were two video montages really necessary?
  • ALSO: Why didn’t we know keeping track of how many times Kobe mentioned “trying to stay loose” would be the unofficial drinking game of the night? #OldManProbs
  • Beyond stating the obvious about the All-Star Game’s halftime performance, Sting and the dancers? Nah.
  • Drake’s “Farewell Mamba” leather jacket: cool or creepy? #TeamCreepy
  • Back-to-back All-Star wins for Russell Westbrook (All-Star Game MVP) and Zach Lavine (Slam Dunk Contest). There’s gotta be a Drake versus Meek Mill joke in there somewhere, right?
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves sure put the basketball world on notice this weekend, didn’t they? They have some serious young talent: No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns, two-time Slam Dunk Contest champ Zach Lavine and 2015 Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins. A bright future awaits them, and the loss of their coach Flip Saunders earlier in the season makes that incredibly bittersweet.
  • During a timeout, a 6’1″ white dude in long pants, Jordan Kilganon, performs a spectacular dunk as if he were inside a bouncy house. We’re still not sure how he did it.
  • Paul George scores 41 points. In the final two minutes the West seems to realize that the Indiana forward is just a bucket away from breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s 54-year old All-Star Game scoring record, so Coach Pop has Draymond Green face guard him.
  • Stephen Curry buries a 42-footer as time expires, but TNT/TBS cameras are too busy focusing on Kobe and miss it.
  • West scores big in NBA All-Star Game – The Western Conference shattered the record for points in an NBA All-Star Game with a 196-173 victory over the East. The previous mark was 163 points, which was set by the Eastern Conference in 2014 and tied by the West last year. Interestingly, a record total of 153 points by the West stood from 1961 until it was surpassed in an overtime game in 1984, and the mark was broken only once more over the next 29 years, also in a game that went to overtime.
  • George continues a recent trend, but Wilt’s mark survives again – Paul George led all players with 41 points. But like Russell Westbrook a year ago, George fell one point short of the All-Star Game record set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. Seven of the 12 highest individual point totals in the NBA All-Star Game have been attained since 2011.
  • Chris Paul, Helper to the Stars – Chris Paul had 16 assists for the winning team, and he became the second player in league history to reach the 100-assist mark in NBA All-Star competition. With 106 assists, Paul trails only Magic Johnson (127). It was the seventh time in eight All-Star Games that Paul assisted on at least 10 field goals, setting a record for ASG’s with double-digit assists. Magic Johnson had six such games.
  • Bryant leaves with an All-Star record – Kobe Bryant was credited with seven assists. Assuming Bryant retires following this season, that will be the highest total in the history of the All-Star Game by a player in his final season in the NBA. The previous record was five by Julius Ervingin 1987.
  • Davis is nearly perfect from the field – Anthony Davis made 12 of 13 shots from the field (92%), which was the highest shooting percentage in an NBA All-Star Game by a player who made at least 10 field goals. The previous mark was 86 percent by Tim Duncan in 2000 (12-for-14), although it must be noted that Hal Greer was 8-for-8 from the floor in the 1968 All-Star Game.

Source: Recapping the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, Sting’s Halftime Show And The Joy Of Russell Westbrook

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Source: Elias Says: Sports Statistics – Stats from the Elias Sports Bureau

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United Stats of America – #NBAAllStarWeekend Edition

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1. United Stats of America

Thomas outduels Paul in Boston

Isaiah Thomas produced 36 points and 11 assists out-dueling Chris Paul, who registered 35 points and 13 assists in the Celtics’ overtime win over the Clippers in Boston on Wednesday night. There have been only two other games in NBA history in which opposing players each produced at least 35 points and 11 assists: Boston’s Larry Bird (49/12) and Portland’s Clyde Drexler (41/11) on March 15, 1992; and New Jersey’s Jason Kidd (38/14) and Phoenix’ Steve Nash (42/13) on December 7, 2006.

nullTowns produces like a veteran in Minnesota’s win

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 35 points, hauled down 11 rebounds and blocked three shots in Minnesota’s 117-112 win over Toronto on Wednesday night. At 20 years, 87 days old, Towns is the second youngest player to record at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a regulation game, trailing only Kevin Durant, who had 41 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks on December 8, 2008 at the age of 20 years, 70 days. LeBron James registered 38 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks at 19 years, 316 days old on November 10, 2004, but that came in an overtime game. (The NBA began recording blocked shots in 1973-74).

nullCousins and Rondo turning out to be a dynamic duo

DeMarcus Cousins recorded 28 points and 12 rebounds and Rajon Rondo chipped in with 15 assists in the Kings’ win over the 76ers on Wednesday night. It marked the seventh time that Cousins has registered at least 25 points and 10 rebounds and Rondo dished out 15 or more assists in the same game. There have been only five other instances of teammates doing that in the same game this season and only one other pair has done it more than once: Minnesota’s Karl -Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio (twice).

nullCurry and Thompson reign threes on the Suns

Stephen Curry made five three-pointers in a 26-point performance and Klay Thompson hit five shots from beyond the arc accounting for 15 of his 24 points in Golden State’s victory on Wednesday. Curry and Thompson have each made at least five three-pointers in the same game 14 times since they became teammates, which is not only the highest total for any pair of teammates since the NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979, it is 10 times more than any other combo has done it. Four pair of teammates each made five three-pointers in a game four times: Steve Nash and Raja Bell; Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen; Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas; Bell and Leandro Barbosa.

Hornets snap losing streak in Indiana with a big win

The Hornets snapped a 12-game road losing streak against the Pacers by posting a 117-95 win in Indiana on Wednesday night. Over the last 20 season, the only other teams to end a road losing streak of 12 or more games against a particular opponent with a 20+ point win are the Pistons at the Bulls (30-point win on March 2, 1999 ending an 18-game losing streak), Nuggets at Jazz (21-point win on January 20, 2004 ending a 14-game losing streak) and Timberwolves at Lakers (23-point win on November 10, 2013 ending a 13-game losing streak).

nullLeonard’s game-winning bucket caps Spurs comeback

Kawhi Leonard scored with 0.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Spurs ahead in a game they would win over the Magic on Wednesday night. Leonard entered the game just 1-for-4 on shots in which he had a chance to give his team the lead with less than five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter or overtime in his career with his only success in that situation coming on February 13, 2013 against the Cavaliers.

The Spurs overcame a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to win in Charlotte. San Antonio was only 3-48 on the road when trailing by double-digits in the fourth quarter over the last five seasons (since 2011-12) prior to Wednesday.

nullJohnson held off the scoreboard

Joe Johnson did not score a single point in 23 minutes of action in the Nets’ loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. It marked the first time Johnson was held off the scoreboard since December 6, 2003. Johnson entered Wednesday’s action having scored in 937 consecutive games, which was the second longest current streak in the NBA behind LeBron James (961 straight games).

nullAnother productive fourth quarter for Barton

Will Barton scored 15 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter leading the Nuggets to a win over the Pistons on Wednesday night. It’s the fifth time that Barton has scored at least 15 points in the fourth quarter this season, which is the most such games for any player in the league.

Holiday leads the way off the bench

Jrue Holiday came off the bench and led the Pelicans with 21 points and nine assists in the team’s win over Utah on Wednesday. It’s the fourth time that Holiday has led his club outright in points and assists while coming off the bench this season. No other NBA player has done that more than twice in 2015-16.

Bulls rocked after a strong start

The Bulls led the Hawks after the first quarter, but were outscored 85-61 over the final three quarters and dropped a 113-90 decision in Chicago on Wednesday night. It marked the largest margin of defeat the Bulls have suffered in a home game in which they led entering the second quarter since October 31, 2001, when they were defeated by a 25-point margin by the Pacers at the United Center.

nullLeBron helps Cavs spoil Kobe’s final appearance in Cleveland

LeBron James scored 29 points and handed out 11 assists to help lead the Cavs to a win over the Lakers in Kobe Bryant‘s last game at Quicken Loans Arena. Bryant scored 17 points in his final appearance in Cleveland. It’s the 21st time that James and Bryant have played against each other during the regular season, and it marked the sixth time that James out-scored Bryant by double-digits in those games. Bryant has produced at least 10 more points than James only once in their head-to-head matchups.

Source: Elias Says: Sports Statistics – Stats from the Elias Sports Bureau

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Tuesday Dregs

Did you know LeBron James finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists, and scored game 3’s last five points over the final 40 seconds as the Cavaliers moved out to a three-games-to none series lead with a 114-111 overtime win over the Hawks on Sunday? No other player has ever reached all of those totals (37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists) in an NBA playoff game.

James earned the 12th triple-double of his playoff career, surpassing Jason Kidd’s total of 11 and moving into second place all-time, behind Magic Johnson, who had 30. James achieved the triple-double with his tenth assist with 3:49 remaining in the third quarter. No NBA player had produced a triple-double within the first three quarters of a playoff game since Chris Paul, playing for the New Orleans Hornets against the Lakers, did that in 2011. No NBA player had earned a triple-double so early in a game since 2009, when Rajon Rondo achieved it with 6:15 to play in the third quarter, playing for the Celtics against the Bulls.

James finished with 37 field-goal attempts, the most he has ever taken in any NBA game, during either the regular season or the playoffs. He missed all nine of his first-quarter field-goal attempts, becoming the first player to take that many shots in the first quarter of a playoff game and to miss them all since Tim Duncan went 0-for-10 from the field in the first quarter of Game 1 of a Western Conference Semifinal series against the Lakers in 2002. LeBron also missed his first shot in the second quarter, becoming the second player in this year’s playoffs to miss his first 10 field-goal attempts of a game. (Isaiah Thomas missed his first 10 shots from the floor in Game 4 of a first-round series against Cleveland.) Among other players who have started past playoff games with double-digit streak of misses: Duncan (twice), Carmelo Anthony (twice), Ray Allen and Tony Parker.

James Harden scored 45 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out five assists as the Rockets avoided a sweep with a 128-112 victory over the Warriors. The 45 points is the third-most ever scored by a player for a team that was down, three-games-to-none, in a playoff series, behind the 51 points scored by the Warriors’ Sleepy Floyd in 1987 against the Lakers and the 46 points scored by Miami’s Dwyane Wade against the Celtics in 2010.

Only one other player scored at least 40 points, grabbed at least nine rebounds and handed out at least five assists in a game for a team that was down, three-games-to-none, in a playoff series: Tom Chambers for the Suns against the Lakers in 1989 (41 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists).

The Warriors (20-for-46) and Rockets (17-for-32) combined for 37 three-point field goals made and 78 three-pointers attempted. The 37 three-pointers made were the most ever in an NBA playoff game, breaking the record of 33 set by the Seattle (20) and Houston (13) in Game 2 in 1996; and the 78 shots from beyond the arc were also the most ever in an NBA playoff game, breaking the mark of 70 by Oklahoma City (35) and Houston (35) in Game 2 in 2013.

The Warriors are only the second team, regular season or playoffs, to lose a game in which they made 20 three-pointers. The Nets lost to the Nuggets on Jan. 11, 2012 despite making 20 shots from beyond the arc. NBA teams that made 20 or more three-pointers are 15-1 in the regular season and now 2-1 in the playoffs.


Ben Bishop posted a 2-0 win over the Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, after giving up five goals in both Game 3 (a 6-5 overtime victory) and Game 4 (a 5-1 loss). Bishop is the only the third goaltender in NHL history to record a playoff shutout after allowing at least five goals in each of the previous two games of the same series. The other goaltenders to do that were the Quebec Nordiques’ Dan Bouchard against the Flyers in 1981 (Game 3) and the Canadiens’Carey Price versus the Bruins in 2008 (Game 7).

Toews heroics are not enough

Jonathan Toews scored a pair of goals in the final two minutes of the third period to tie the score at 4-4 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, but the Blackhawks’ late comeback proved to be in vain as Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime to win the game for the Ducks. It was the fifth time in NHL playoff history that a team tied a game after trailing by two goals in the last two minutes of regulation time, and Toews is the first player to score both the tying goal and the one before that. The last team before Chicago to stage a two-goal tying rally in the final two minutes of the third period was the Bruins in Game 7 of their first-round series against the Maple Leafs in 2013. Milan Lucic scored to get the Bruins within one goal, and Patrice Bergeron netted both the tying goal in regulation and the series-winner in overtime.


Never Before

Francisco Liriano struck out 12 batters and earned the win as the Pirates completed their three-game series sweep of the Mets. Gerrit Cole struck out ten batters in his series-opening win on Friday, as did A.J. Burnett in his victory on Saturday. It is the only time in modern major-league history (1900 to date) that a team’s starting pitchers won three straight games within one series while recording a double-digit strikeout total in each game.

Big Game James? 

The Padres averted being swept in their three-game series at Dodger Stadium behind the pitching of James Shields, who improved his record to 6-0 this season. Shields is the only pitcher who has won as many as six games for his new club after switching major-league teams during the past offseason. Since 2010, spanning his time with the Rays, Royals and Padres, Shields is 7-0 in 11 regular-season starts in games in which his team was in danger of being swept in a series, and each of those seven wins came on the road.

Historic Failure

Jeremy Guthrie gave up four homers and allowed 11 runs while getting only three outs against the Yankees on Monday. Guthrie is the first starting pitcher in major league history to give up at least four homers and allow 11 or more runs in a game in which he recorded no more than three outs.

Still doesn’t play on Sundays

Andre Ethier‘s solo home run in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie and the Dodgers went on to beat the Braves, 6-3, on Monday night. It was career home run #151 for Ethier, 14 of which have been go-ahead homers in the eighth inning or later (9.3 percent).

The only active players with more go-ahead homers than Ethier in the eighth inning or later since 2006 are Albert Pujols (17), Miguel Cabrera (16), Prince Fielder(16) and Chris Young (15). Jose BautistaJustin Morneau and David Ortiz also have 14 such homers since 2006.

Not since…

Prince Fielder went 3-for-5 with a home run in the Rangers’ win over the Indians. Fielder is now batting .365 with nine home runs in 45 games this season. The last Rangers player to have at least nine homers and a batting average of .360 or better over his first 45 games of a season was Josh Hamilton in 2012 (.368 with 20 homers).

Fielder has 11 hits and 12 runs batted in over his last four games. The only other player in Rangers franchise history with that many hits and RBIs over a four-game span is Ivan Rodriguez from July 30 to August 2, 1999. Pudge had 13 hits and 12 RBIs over that four-game span.

Miss me Milwaukee?

Giants’ leadoff batter, Nori Aoki, went 4-for-4 with a home run in their win over the Brewers. Aoki is the fourth Giants player over the last 60 years to go 4-for-4 or better with a home run from the leadoff spot in the batting order. Bobby Bonds, who did it three times (once each in 1971, 1972 and 1973), Marvin Benard (1998) and Randy Winn (twice in 2005) were the other Giants players to do it over that span.

Arenado times two

Nolan Arenado has seven hits and knocked in seven runs over his last two games. Arenado is the first major-league player this season to have that many hits and RBIs over a two-game span and he’s the first Rockies player to do it since Carlos Gonzalez had exactly seven hits and seven RBIs over two games in May 2012.  That is about how long it has been since we have seen anything from CarGo.

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May the DiRT Be With You…and also with you

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Super-Nintendo Punchout summarizes the fight –  from sports grid.

Ah the Romans – it was in full display – the Bread and the Circuses – except it seemed while we got the circus – they forgot our bread.  THE MOST SPECTACULAR FIGHT OF OUR TIME – YOU CANT MISS THIS ONE – TWELVE UNFORGETTABLE ROUNDS FOR ONLY $99.

That is the beautiful thing about pay-per-view sporting events – there are no sell outs, no waiting in line, no standing-room only, no one getting turned away at the gate by small giants and fire marshals for too much booze on your breath – none of that!  As long as you want it – you’ve got a better seat than any celebrity –‘Murica!

But the fight – ughh – it was just like I wrote back in December, #CalledIt.  Want to know what was a better fight than #MayPac?  Jamie Foxx staying in tune.  Clint Eastwood versus a chair.  Bob Barker versus Happy Gilmore.  Jay Z versus Beyonce’s Sister.  Kevin James versus skinny jeans, Deebo versus Craig – we get it!  The build up was Wrestlemania without the drama, The Royals have thrown more punches this year – it made you long for the days you dropped that kind of scratch on a Mike Tyson fight that was over in less than 90 seconds.  Mayweather handed out more hugs to Manny than his own kids.

If this was what people thought was the Fight of the Century – did they mean this actual century or the last 100 years – then Boxing is dead – maybe it survives as some bare-knuckled-quasi blood-sport on late night TV – but there will never be anything great about it ever again.  I preferred to watch a rerun of Hagler v Hearns – it’s what we expected Saturday – or relive the salad days of any of Muhammad Ali’s fights.  With Ali, we were lucky and privileged to live in the same century with him.  He was a true aristocrat of the spirit, I love the man.  He spoke to the best and bravest in us and his fights are priceless.  Floyd will never understand, and it seems he doesn’t care too – he’s just fine being the captain on the Titanic.


NBA Fevah!  Chris Paul was doing his best Steph Curry impression making an incredible shot, that I still don’t know how it went in, to beat the Spurs, 111-109.  This undercard was better than Saturday’s main event.  The Clippers needed all of the 8 for 14 beyond the arc points in the second half, before Paul’s lucky nail in the champ’s coffin.  Does this propel the Clippers to bigger things?  Is this the end of the Spurs as we knew them?  What I do know is; I could watch these two play the rest of the year and it would still live up to expectations.  The question though, is this:  will there be any other series as good as this one for the rest of the playoffs?


There he is, the favorite, American Pharoah.  The first horse to start in position 17 or farther and win the (141st) Kentucky Derby.  I had told you to leave him off because of that (and because they clearly don’t know how to spell Pharaoh) – what is the meaning of statistics if you cant remove the outliers.  Well the outliers win sometimes and sometimes they rough you up pretty good.  The break the horse made from the 18th position to be near the front of the pack and not get boxed in was remarkable.  He was given a clear shot – as was I, or so I thought for most of the race.  It was another lesson I got sloppy with from the harsh school of gambling, that dealt me another quick beating for leaving off the favorite – see I had Dortmund and Firing Line in an Exacta boxBlind spots are fatal – they’ll punish you every time.  So the questions will begin again about the potential of American Pharoah(sic) being the next triple-crown winner – and the answer is no, but I will not leave him off again, just to be safe.


The Houston Firs-tros have won 10 straight and own the American League’s best record at 18-7.  As the Astros celebrate their 50th year, you have to wonder when do they come back to Earth?  In the AL West they may never – the Angels have serious problems, the Rangers are terrible and The A’s and Mariners do not play consistently enough to challenge, so…It’s a long season and Houston is a young team that will have to prove it in the dog-days – but for now, how about dem Astros!

In other weird baseball news – the Rockies still can’t play in SoCal, and the Yankees swept the Red Sox for the first time since 2006.  David Ortiz failed to deliver a bases-loaded, down-by-three, in the bottom of the ninth – either further proving his PED use, or Adam Warren is that good – has not allowed a run in 10 appearances.

Matt Harvey is 5-0 for the 1st place Mets since Tommy John Surgery and it must be an “odd” year, because the Cardinals have the best record in baseball – World Series appearances in 2011 and 2013.


May the 4th be with you!

In honor of Saga and today being May 4th – #StarWarsDay – here is some entertainment:


It’s still fresh!