- That was a tremendous performance by Rajon Rondo last night in the Celtics’ 115-111 overtime loss to the Heat in Miami. A notorious poor shooter, Rondo hit jumpers from around the key all night long. In that respect, his points came in a different way than normal. He also scored all 12 of Boston’s points in overtime. Afteward, Magic Johnson called it one of the best NBA playoff performances he had seen.
Alas, Boston still lost. Sticking with my prediction that the Heat will sweep the Celtics. Last night’s loss had to be crushing for Doc Rivers’ team. They complained bitterly after the game about the officials. Paul Pierce fouled out. LeBron James took 24 free throws for Miami.
Doesn’t matter. Miami is the better team, even without Chris Bosh.
- Looking forward tonight to seeing how San Antonio plays at Oklahoma City. The Spurs have put on a clinic so far in the playoffs, especially in the second half of Wednesday night’s win over the Thunder. it could be a different story at Oklahoma City. Nothing against the Thunder, but you have to enjoy the selfless way San Antonio plays basketball.
- So Anthony Davis is going back to New Orleans, where he and his Cats
won both the lost in the SEC Tournament finals to Vanderbilt, then won the NCAA Tournament. Conspiracy theorsits abound, of course, after the league-owned Hornets won last night’s draft lottery. Think Davis will be a terrific NBA player, but not sure he can save a franchise that has sparked little interest in the Crescent City.
Best case scenario: The Hornets eventually pull up stakes and move to Louisville to play in the KFC Yum Center.
- Growing a tad weary of re-hashing the Kentucky-Indiana series dispute. Indiana says it offered a compromise that UK rejected. IU said it would play two neutral site games, if those two were followed by home-and-home on-campus meetings. Kentucky replied by saying that it did not want more than a two-year commitment.
For all the predictable pro-Blue blather about how UK has “moved on” and the Cats no longer need the Hoosiers — and UK fans can’t understand why much of its fan base is perceived as arrogant — the bottom line is John Calipari does not want to go back to Bloomington. That’s fine. Don’t agree with that position. But he’s the coach. He’s in a position to dictate his terms. Just wish he’d say that publicly.
- Wrote this morning on SEC football scheduling under the league’s new 14-team makeup. When I wrote the column yesterday afternoon, it appeared that a 6-1-1 scheduling format would be announced Friday. Now, that doesn’t seem quite so certain. There has been some pushback against that configuration. Reportedly, one coach even complained at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin about the fact that Kentucky and Mississippi State would continue to play each other each season as “permanent” cross-division foes. There has even been some support for a nine-game conference schedule, but I still don’t expect that to happen.
- Has there been a more bizarre run of stories than those recently associated to Aroldis Chapman? In the span of a little over a week, the Reds’ closer has been arrested for driving on a suspended license (after being stopped for going 93 miles per hour), been sued for $18 million for an incident in Cuba, and learned that a woman in his hotel room was tied up and robbed while Chapman was at PNC Park with the Reds for their game with the Pirates.
And Chapman has still not allowed an earned run all season.