Well after Monday night's fantastically exciting sports night, last night was a bit of a disappointment. The Stack is here to talk about it all though so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, May 15:
Pacers, Spurs one win away from winning series
The New York Knicks are on the brink of elimination following another less than stellar performance against the Indiana Pacers. Indiana won 93-82 and they are now one win away from the eastern conference finals. The final score indicates it was a somewhat close game. It wasn't. The Pacers dominated this game. They cleaned up on the glass, outrebounding the Knicks 54-36. They stifled the Knicks offense with their superb defense. The Knicks are in major trouble. Don't see them winning this series. Indiana is simply the better team.
Golden State is also on the brink of elimination followinig their 109-91 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors trailed by three points at half, but the Spurs went on a couple of runs to pull way. It's kind of sad to see the Warriors look the way they did, particularly Steph Curry. He's injured and it's hurting his game and the Warriors chances of advancing. Tony Parker, injured for much of the season played great last night with 25 points. If he can remain healthy, the Spurs can get by the Memphis Grizzlies (sorry Thunder fans) in the western conference finals and make things interesting for the Miami Heat.
Two potentially series-clinching games tonight...
Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat 7 PM ET TNT (Heat lead series 3-1)
Memphis Grizzlies @ Oklahoma City Thunder 9:30 PM ET TNT (Grizzlies lead series 3-1)
NHL second round playoffs begin
The first night of the NHL conference semi-finals Tuesday night was far less dramatic than what we saw on the ice Monday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins got up early on the Ottawa Senators and paced themselves to a 4-1 victory to take a 1-0 series lead. The power play was the difference in this game. The Penguins scored two power play goals while the Senators were 0 for 5. The Senators need to regroup and I think they will, but the Penguins are by far the better team.
Clearly that long layoff created a bit of rust for the San Jose Sharks. They did not look like themselves in last night's game against the Los Angeles Kings losing 2-0. They got 35 shots on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, but could not get one by him. That's a lot of shots, but it wasn't the type of play they displayed against the Vancouver Canucks in the first round. They should rebound for game two. They have to. Otherwise, they're in for a short series.
Tonight's lone NHL playoff game is...
Detroit Red Wings @ Chicago Blackhawks 8 PM ET NBCSN
Wiggins chooses Kansas
The best college player in a decade, at least the best player in some NBA executive's eyes made his decision Tuesday where he'll go to school (presumably for just one year). Andrew Wiggins (Huntington Prep, WV) is going to Kansas. The decision surprised a few people. Some thought he would go to Florida State, his dad's alma mater. Others thought he might choose Kentucky or North Carolina, but nope, Wiggins chose Kansas and head coach Bill Self must be giddy with joy. He has a terrific class and now it will make people pause before just inserting Kentucky as national champions next year. Kentucky and Kansas are now clearly 1, 2 in college basketball next year. Wiggins is a tremendous talent. He has tremendous athleticism and can fly through the air. He averaged a double-double 23.6 points, 11.7 rebounds and a little over four assists a game last year. Supremely gifted and some people in the NBA say he is the best prospect since LeBron James. High praise for this young man. Unlike James though, Wiggins has to play at least one year of college basketball and I fully expect him to play just the one year. College basketball should enjoy the show while they can. It could be a very special year.
Coming up Thursday: NBA and NHL playoff reaction plus other top stories