Sidelines: today in sports –
I do not want to invest too much time on the Raptors/Celtics series, as by the time this short article is out Game 5 will be over and one team will be up 3-2, however this has easily been the finest series of the 2nd round so far. Kyle Lowry is genuinely a joy to see; seeing his eyes go wide as a Celtic wing comes flying down the court is a thing of charm as he takes the hit and draws the charge. Mostly thanks to that cushioned caboose of his and his self-described ‘balls of steel’, the Raptors have when again battled back from an 0-2 hole.
Again, as I’m composing this the Heat are only up 3-0, but I’m going to assume the Heat finish the sweep. Monday early morning upgrade: they did not complete the sweep but that’s fine they’ll still win the series. Now as somebody who has actually wagered on a Heat-Clippers finals (prior to the start of the Bucks series I may include so I have +1800 odds instead of the present +340) I am caring what I’m seeing from both sides of that bet. The Heat have as great a seven-man rotation as any team still remaining, Jimmy Butler is an outright killer and Erik Spoelstra has soaked so hard on Mike Budenholzer this series. Maybe selecting Eric Bledsoe over Malcolm Brogdon last summertime was a mistake.
While the Clippers did lay an egg in Video game 2 against Denver, I do not think anyone is really stressing about the series, specifically since Kawhi Leonard has actually continued his streak of ridiculous postseason performances. The Lakers do have the best duo in LeBron and Anthony Davis, but kid is the rest of that team brutal. Rajon Rondo might still be on the Celtics payroll. I think there’s a factor J.R. Smith ran out the league the past 2 years. As excellent as LeBron and ADVERTISEMENT are, does Alex Caruso, Kyle Kuzma and– worst of all– Kentavious Caldwell-Pope seem like a title teams’ supporting cast? It’s pretty impressive to see just how bad guys three through 8 are on that team.
But for whatever factor, the Lakers do appear to show up when they play the Clippers. I still believe the Clippers have a better lineup, a much better coach and a superstar that is at the very least on par with LeBron, if not much better. So let’s go Clippers and let’s go Heat (Unless naturally the Raptors advance to the East Finals).
In Some Way the Toronto Blue Jays are going to make the playoffs. This baseball season has actually been so, so weird. From 7-inning doubleheaders to the ridiculous extra-inning rule and expanded postseasons, however the Jays have actually taken complete advantage of it all. Still, there’s a great deal of face-palms and temple rubbing going on when watching them play. I do not understand what has been worse, the baserunning gaffes or a few of Charlie Montoyo’s choices (it’s certainly the baserunning). Are Blue Jays’ management associated with some illegal activity that only Wilmer Font style learns about? Is that why he hasn’t been DFA ‘d yet? Person’s got an AGE of 9.00 yet is fourth in looks. And leaving Derek Fisher, who had under 20 at-bats under his belt and a sub -.200 average, hit with the video game on the line in a bases loaded, two-out circumstance? According to Montoyo postgame he stated, ‘he thought Fisher could strike a house run,’ so he left Vlad Guerrero on the bench. Fisher chased a slider in the dirt on the first pitch of the at bat. Shockingly he started out and the Jays lost. Ugh.
Also, as I’m composing this, Teoscar Hernandez– who is going to actually get MVP votes this year, crazy– is out with a ribcage injury now. If he needs to go on the IL I think they’ll bring up Jonathan Davis from the Taxi Squad to replace him? Biggio will probably get more time in the outfield too. 2 quick sidebars: one, Cavan Biggio has actually become my favourite gamer on the Jays. I have actually decided. I like watching his ABs. It’s so revitalizing seeing someone so patient at the plate; his at-bats advise me of Jose Bautista’s. Jose was undoubtedly a method better hitter, but just in the sense that neither man chases after, both take a great deal of walks, can spray the ball all over the field and also has an excellent amount of pop. Edwin Encarnacion was a power guy, Jose was a legit remarkable player who had 50-homer power. Ah memories. Anyway, I’m all in on Biggio.