Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:24 AM
THE NBA PLAYOFFS WEEKEND REPORT
THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
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We're getting a pair of NBA Eastern Conference Game 7s for the price of one on Sunday afternoon ... but good luck trying to figure out who has the momentum in these two series!
The Miami Heat forced its Game 7 against 2point favorite Charlotte with Friday night's 9790 road win - Dwayne Wade answered the bell with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists - and thus the Heat snapped an inseries threegame losing skid. Don't see that a whole lot, eh?
Meanwhile, just when you thought the Indiana Pacers were on life support, they rolled over the 1.5point underdog Toronto Raptors 10183 (and it was never that close in the final quarterplus of action) in Game 6 and so if Indy's gonna surviveandadvance to the next round than the Pacers must do what they accomplished to start off this series ... win once again North of the Border (see 10090 triumph in Game 1 as 7.5point pups). Does superstar Paul George (21 points, 11 rebs and 6 assists in Game 6) have another huge statsheet stuffing game in his back pocket?
The weekend gets rollin' on Saturday with Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder (see series preview below) but first this key reminder:
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On Saturday, it's ...
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS -
#3 OKLAHOMA CITY at #2 SAN ANTONIO - 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC
The allknowing Las Vegas oddsmakers have placed the West's secondseeded Spurs as a solid 3to1 betting favorite for this bestofseven set but our quickhitter question is will Gregg Popovich's team be a tad rusty in Game 1 having not played a game since last Sunday?
In short, that should be the "game plan" for the OKC Thunder who likely need to win this series opener if it's gonna pull this conference semi upset - and there's also no question that Okie City desperately needs that "third scorer" in this series after both F Kevin Durant and G Russell Westbrook averaged 26.0 ppg in the fivegame series win against frisky Dallas ... paging big man Enes Kanter (15.2 ppg versus the Mavericks) who might need to go for 20plus points per game here if Billy Donovan's club is gonna survive and advance.
San Antonio's alwaysfierce defense held the undermanned Memphis Grizzlies to a mere 81 ppg in that openinground playoff sweep - we'll go on record to state the Spurs need to hold OKC to 95 points or less per outing here, that should be good enough to win games providing superstar F Kawhi Leonard (21.5 ppg versus Memphis) stays "on point" but what exactly will old hands Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili give San Ant here?
Here's the regularseason meetings between the Thunder and Spurs and note all home teams are in CAPS below:
|1028||OKLA CITY||4||San Antonio||112106|
|312||SAN ANTONIO||9||Okla City||9385|
|326||OKLA CITY||12.5||San Antonio||11192|
|412||SAN ANTONIO||12.5||Okla City||10298 (ot)|
Memo to Miami 2B Dee Gordon - and any/all MajorLeague Baseball players who continue to cheat - and that is take your 80 game (or more) suspension and stop the excuses. Heck, we're just a month into this 2016 season and Gordon and Toronto Blue Jays 1B Chris Colabello already have been caught via drug tests and you just wait: We'll have a "full team" of MLB players that get suspended by the time we hit midseason.
Funny how Gordon got to play the whole fourgame series against the Los Angeles Dodgers - a clean sweep for the Fish - and at some point during this series the Marlins knew Gordon was guilty. Shame on you, Commissioner Manfred.
NOTE: More NBA Playoff Previews in the next edition of Jim Sez.