Tuesday's blog was short. Then today's blog mysteriously didn't publish. So we'll try it again right now. Let's see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, May 22:
Spurs top Grizzlies in OT
A somewhat boring game turned out to be an overtime thriller...kind of. The San Antonio Spurs let an 18-point third quarter lead slip away, but found a way to stave off the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 to take a 2-0 series lead. Make no mistake about it, this game was not a thing of beauty. Both teams, particularly Memphis missed a ton of shots. Memphis was 33 for 97 from the field or 34%. Awful! Zach Randolph had a better game, but he still wasn't great with just 15 points. He did have 18 rebounds. Tony Parker was magnificent for the Spurs recording a double-double with 15 points and a career high 18 assists. Memphis can bounce back from this 2-0 hole, but it is going to be tough. They have to show that they can make a basket and play with confidence. So far they haven't shown that.
Tonight the eastern conference finals finally start. What took so long?
Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat 8:30 PM ET TNT
Bruins one win away from eastern conference finals, Sharks even series with Kings
That come-from-behind win has clearly done wonders for the Boston Bruins. It was a tough game in New York, but the Bruins beat the Rangers 2-1 to take a stranglehold on the series 3-0. The game-winning goal for the Bruins was particularly interesting. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped the initial shot barely, but couldn't control the rebound and the Bruins went behind the back net and then Daniel Paille got it by Lundqvist on the side of the net. Crazy goal. The Bruins are crazy hot right now. The Rangers had a chance to get right back in the series. Now they have no chance. We've seen 3-0 comebacks before in the NHL playoffs. It's not happening this time.
Acrosss the country, the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings have found out that they are in a dog fight against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks knotted up the series with the Kings 2-2 following their 2-1 win in San Jose. The Sharks were lethal on the power play scoring both of their goals that way. They had to hold on like crazy though as the Kings pushed hard in the third period, but came away with only one goal. The Sharks badly outplayed the Kings in the first period yet only held a 1-0 lead. Normally that comes back to haunt a team. Not last night for the Sharks who really should be up 3-1 in this series had it not been for two powerplay goals by the Kings in a :22 second span in the third period in game 2. The Kings still hold the edge as two of the remaining three games will be played in L.A., but the Sharks are showing a lot of people something. Maybe this isn't the Sharks team of previous playoffs. Then again, maybe it is. We haven't seen that they can come through yet.
One lone NHL playoff game tonight...
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM ET NBCSN
Cleveland Cavaliers win NBA lottery
Maybe it's a token of sympathy after they watch LeBron James win his second NBA championship this year. However you want to look at it, the Cleveland Cavaliers won rights to the first pick in this year's NBA Draft during last night's lottery drawing. They had the third worst record in the league and managed to get first pick. The Orlando Magic had the best chance of getting the number one spot, but failed to get it, obtaining the second pick in the draft. Really though, is this a great year to have the number one overall spot? Andrew Wiggins won't be available until next year. Kentucky's Nerlens Noel is the projected number one pick and he's coming off of a torn ACL. There are a lot of really good players in this draft, but not any real great ones worthy of the number one pick. Some team may try to trade with the Cavaliers and Cleveland would be wise to deal it and get some additional picks, money, players or any combo of the three. The NBA Draft takes place in June.
Vinny Del Negro out as Clippers coach
The Vinny Del Negro era is over in Los Angeles. The Clippers won't renew Del Negro's contract after three years spent with the team, including a franchise best 56 wins this year. Unfortunately for Del Negro, a first round exit to the Grizzlies sealed his fate. Now the real question begins as to who will replace him. The Clippers surely want to keep Chris Paul and keep him happy. What coach will make him happy. Phil Jackson's name will be thrown out there though it is highly doubtful he will take it. He's said he's done coaching. I'm sure there was a wink in there somewhere. Owner Donald Sterling needs to not be such a cheapskate and pay a coach good and keep what he has in L.A. going strong. The Clippers are the best basketball team in L.A. right now, better than the Lakers. Why wreck that? Oh because he's Donald Sterling. That's why.
Mike Trout hits for the cycle
Before we go, congrats to Anaheim Angels outfielder Mike Trout for hitting his first career cycle in last night's 12-0 romp of the Seattle Mariners. In doing so, Trout became the youngest American League player ever to hit for the cycle. The Angels need more of that sort of hitting from Trout and the rest of their offense if they want to get back in the AL West race.
Coming up Thursday: NHL and NBA playoff reaction plus thoughts on Brian Urlacher, Tiger Woods and Sergio, Coach K and more.