4/23/18 - Weekend Recap
The holiday weekend kicked off with plenty of drama and excitement in the world of sports. The NBA was loaded with drama. The Portland Trail Blazers are the first team to kick the bucket in the NBA Playoffs. LeBron and the Cavs take back homecourt advantage. My Minnesota Timberwolves whooped on the Houston Rockets. But what might have been the biggest story of the weekend, happened in Oakland on Saturday night.
Sean Manaea Throws No-Hitter Against the Boston Red Sox
We almost saw a perfect game with Bartolo Colon last weekend. Now, we have seen the first no-hitter of the 2018 MLB Season. Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics threw a no-hitter en route to a 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox. In a complete nine innings of action, Manaea struck out 10 batters. The 26-year-old pitcher's performance impressed baseball fans everywhere. Manaea wasn't doing this against a team full of scrubs either. He no-hit the hottest team in the MLB, the Boston Red Sox, who were 17-2 and on an eight-game winning streak going into Saturday's game.
The Pacers Win Friday, The Cavs Win Sunday
The Cavs/Pacers series headed to Downtown Indianapolis for the weekend, as the Indiana Pacers hoped to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Everything went as planned for the home team on Friday as the Pacers won 92-90. J.R. Smith threw up a shot at the buzzer for the win that didn't come anywhere close. Everyone and their mom questioned why J.R. Smith of all people threw up the potential game winner in that situation. The only explanation I could think of for this was J.R. Smith had spent the time leading up to the game celebrating 4/20.
Game four was a different story however. The Cavs defeated the Pacers 104-100 after a pretty chippy contest. Lance Stephenson was quite the annoyance for the Cavs as he pestered LeBron James into a technical foul and nearly did the same thing to Jeff Green late in the game. Stephenson's antics were not quite enough as the Cavs evened the series up at two games a piece.
The Pelicans Sweep the Trail Blazers
Before the playoffs started, I expected this series to go seven games. Boy, was I wrong. The sixth-seed New Orleans Pelicans swept the third-seed Portland Trail Blazers with a 131-123 victory on Saturday. Anthony Davis exploded for 47 points and Jrue Holiday added another 41 towards the Pelicans' total. I still don't think this team can make it past the Golden State Warriors in the second round, but you never know what might happen if they keep playing like this!
As for the Trail Blazers, this should hurt. This should be a wake up call to the front office that wasted a ton of cap space on mediocre role players around Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, when they should've been more focused on bringing in another All-NBA talent.
My Timberwolves Aren't Getting Swept!
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been undefeated at home in the playoffs since 2004. They kept this streak alive with an impressive 121-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday. The Wolves looked real nice at home. I would still like to see KAT get some more shots up, but great game three performances from Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Andrew Wiggins, and Derrick Rose helped the Wolves dominate on Saturday. This is great to see going forward, but I still think a series win for the Wolves is unlikely as they would have to win four out of five games against the team with the best record in the NBA. This just makes me wish they would've won game one of the series.
The Bucks Tie The Series Up With the Celtics at 2-2
Milwaukee Bucks fans had a great weekend. Two home victories over the Boston Celtics knot the series up at 2-2. The Bucks dominated in game two on Friday with a 116-92 win. On Sunday, it was looking like the Bucks were well on their way to another landslide, until Boston surged a comeback from down 20. The comeback wasn't quite enough as the Bucks took game four with a 104-102 victory after a game-winning tip-in from Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Raptors Aren't Looking So Great After Hot Playoff Start
John Wall and the Washington Wizards have evened the series up at two games a piece after a 106-98 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. The Raptors got off to a great start to the playoffs with the first two games in this series, but haven't looked too great since. It all started on Friday when the Wizards dropped a 122-103 beat-down on the Raptors when the series went to Washington D.C. This is making to be a competitive series. The Wizards look like they have a little something clicking now. Just a few days ago, they looked like a team that was going to get swept and had no chemistry. Now, they look like they could potentially win this first round series. The Raptors should still be confident though, as they will be home for game five and the potential game seven.
The Jazz Take 2-1 Series Lead Over the Thunder
Ricky Rubio was balling Saturday night, as his 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists led the Utah Jazz to a 115-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. It's looking like the Jazz are taking control of this series as the Thunder's "Big Three" isn't so big and scary after all. In fact, Ricky Rubio, Joe Ingles, and Donovan Mitchell outscored the Westbrook-George-Melo trio by 18 points in Saturday night's game. I'm not saying it's time to press the panic button for Thunder fans, but they should definitely be concerned going forward.