Wichita State is 19-1 when they score five or more runs, but are just 5-22 when they score four runs or fewer.
If not now—then when?
The NBA just finished the most competitive opening round of any playoff in any sport--- ever. Five of the eight series went to a seventh game and it would have been six if Portland’s Damian Lillard hadn’t beaten Houston in their game their game with one of the most dramatic last instant shots in post-season history. Oklahoma City and Memphis played in a record four straight overtimes, 23 of the 48 first round games were decided by five points or less. I’m not sure what else the NBA has to do to make a fan of you.
I was glad that Thomas Robinson played well for the Blazers in the series clincher with Houston, beyond eight points and three rebounds he brought good defensive energy to the floor in his 16 minutes. The former KU star, who was the fifth player taken in the first round of the 2012 draft, has largely been a disappointment as he plays for his third team in two years in the league so it was good to see him playing relevant minutes in a big game.
It’s hard to imagine the conference semi-finals being more compelling than the first round—even if it’s supposed to be. The Nets and Heat are interesting in the East, Brooklyn beat Miami all four times in the regular season…but there’s nothing regular about the playoffs. Oklahoma City and the Clippers should be very entertaining, especially with Blake Griffin coming back to play against his home town team and don’t forget---Clipper’s star Chris Paul played for New Orleans the year (2005-06) they relocated to Oklahoma City because of Hurricane Katrina.
Pot calling kettle black---
I give people trouble for not buying into the NBA Playoffs, but I’ve been slow to grab hold of anything in the NHL’s post-season. I know that the Rangers and Penguins are tied at three and that Sidney Crosby (one of maybe--10 hockey players the casual sports fan might be able to name) hasn’t scored a goal in 13 playoff games.
The Royals are a month into what was hoped would be a season defined by a playoff run. It still may be, but they’re two games under .500 and already five back of Detroit which has beaten them in all five meetings this season. Of immediate concern is the club’s history in May—a month where seasons go to die for KC. They’re already 0-4 since May Day this season; they dropped 20 of their last 25 in May last season. In fact, take away last May and the Royals were 22 games over .500 for the year…who says games count more in August and September than they do in April and May?
Still pulling for him---
In his last 162 games, a full complement of games for one season in the Big Leagues, Mike Moustakas has 16 homers, 52 rbi and is hitting .220. Granted, he’s still only 25—but he, obviously, fights himself and hasn’t yet shown the ability to relax at the plate. Normally, you’d look at a guy like him as a candidate for more seasoning at Triple A, but by all accounts he’d fight that too. The Royals have a very interesting… challenge… with Moustakas, one you hope doesn’t end up being a problem.
Back on radio this morning ---
My thanks to Jenn Bates and Grant Meech for handling Sports Daily last week—I’m sure it was a welcome changeup for the listener. Grant is leaving Eyewitness Sports for an opportunity in Colorado Springs and I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s served Kansas well and leaves as a much better-rounded broadcaster, I look forward to following his career.