NBA Nightly Update 3/31/13

Chris Bosh- With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade out for tonight’s game against the Spurs, Chris Bosh became the go to scorer for the Heat. He came up big tonight with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks and the game winning 3 pointer. Bosh hasn’t been needed lately for the Heat to win, but it is nice to see that he can step up when the team really needs him. Here’s the video of Bosh’s game winner.

Iman Shumpert- The Knicks won today 108-89 at home against the Celtics. Shumpert was 3-3 from the field to score 10 points with 4 rebounds and 2 assists. The Knicks are back to winning, which should help carry them through the the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Shell Houston Open Final Round Update

Update: The final round of the tournament is over and Stewart Cink ended at -13 under. He was -2 on the day and was unable to catch the leader, D.A. Points, at -16. Although Cink wasn’t able to win, he had a great weekend and he looks much improved. He is riding a hot streak and looks good heading into the Masters two weeks from now.

Update: Play has been suspended at the Shell Houston Open since thunderstorms have rolled into the area. If they can’t finish the tournament today, then it will resume tomorrow morning. Cink was on the 14th hole when play was suspended.

Update: Stewart Cink has finally started to make a move. After recording pars on the first ten holes, he has recorded two straight birdies. He is now at -13 under and two back of the leader. The field is starting to thin, and Cink has the advantage since he is in the final pairing.

Today is the final round of the Shell Houston Open and Stewart Cink is tied for the lead. It isn’t every day that Cink is in contention on Sunday (he hasn’t won in almost four years), so he has seen more press coverage than usual this week. Here’s a short interview with him before the start of his final round.

There are some people hitting low scores on the course today and there’s a large pack behind him. If he can continue to avoid bogeys like he’s done all week, then he should see success. Phil Mickelson is also charging up the leaderboards right now, so he is a major threat to Cink at the moment. Cink just teed off and he’ll have to keep his drives on the fairway, which he wasn’t able to do on the first hole, if he wants to win today. Here’s a video of his first shot.

Troy Matteson has already finished his day, shooting -1 under and ending at -2 for the tournament. He had a double bogey on the 16th hole, but was able to follow that up with a birdie on the 17th. He has shown some impressive mental toughness this week after a few disastrous double bogeys. Both Cink and Matteson have played well and we’ll see if Cink is able to finally get his 7th PGA Tour win.

NBA Nightly Update 3/30/13

Derrick Favors- The Jazz had a big win against the Nets last night at home, which keeps them in the 8th spot in the West. Favors had a nice night with 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals off the bench. They just need to do their best to ignore the charging Mavericks and the Lakers and I can see them making the playoffs.

Jarrett Jack- The Warriors crushed the Trailblazers at home last night, getting one game closer to locking up the 6th seed. Jack only had 4 points in 28 minutes, but he added 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The team played well when he was running the point, which is good news for the Warriors.

Thaddeus Young- The 76ers got the win last night, even if it was against the Bobcats. They have continued to play well behind the hot shooting of Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young. Young had 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, which was a very impressive all around performance. He has continued to play well even though the team has nothing to really play for.

Shell Houston Open Update

The 3rd round of the Shell Houston Open is over and Stewart Cink had another fantastic round. He made five birdies and one bogey to get to -4 on the day and -11 on the tournament. He is now tied for the lead, which means he will be paired with Bill Haas tomorrow afternoon. Here’s a video of Cink after he finished his round. I love his confidence in the video and you can tell he is enjoying the tournament so far.

As I mentioned earlier, Matteson had a very rough start to the day with two double bogeys. He managed to fight back and go -3 for the rest of the round, which puts him at -1 on the tournament. Considering the start he had, I would say he played pretty well today. He is tied for 61st in the tournament and will start early tomorrow morning. Cink, however, should get tons of media coverage once NBC’s broadcast starts at 3 P.M. Eastern time.

NBA Playoff Update

The end of the NBA season is getting close and teams are fighting to make the playoffs. Some former Tech players have already clinched playoff spots while others are still battling it out for the last few seeds. Here’s an update on the players’ teams who are still in the playoff chase.

Eastern Conference

Chris Bosh- The Heat are obviously in the playoffs and will have home court advantage throughout the postseason. Their win streak certainly helped them distance themselves from the rest of the conference, but I don’t think anyone sees them losing until the Finals (that’s probably a stretch too).

Iman Shumpert- The Knicks are currently in a battle for the second seed in the East with the Pacers, but both teams should be pretty happy they will avoid the Heat until the Conference Finals. Shumpert has been playing well and it should be fun seeing the Knicks on tv in the playoffs. They play exciting basketball and I can see Shumpert making a name for himself this year. Last season he tore his ACL so he’ll be looking to come back strong.

Western Conference

Jarrett Jack- The Warriors are in position to get the 6th seed in the West, which would put them in position to probably play the Clippers or Nuggets. That’s an extremely tough task for them, but Jack should play an important role in that matchup. If he can continue his hot shooting, he’ll be a nice compliment to Curry and can keep them in the game. I’m personally most excited to see the Warriors play since they will have a shootout in their series and us East coasters haven’t gotten to see them play very much.

Derrick Favors- The Jazz have played well lately to get back into the 8th seed position. They are currently tied with the Lakers, but hold the head to head advantage. The Jazz have an easier schedule than the Lakers, since their two toughest games (Nuggets and Thunder) left are at home. They have been playing well and the Lakers haven’t, so their chances are greater than the Lakers of getting that last spot. Favors will need to play well down the stretch for them though, since their biggest strength is interior offense.

Anthony Morrow- The Mavericks are a game and a half behind the Jazz and Lakers, which means they are going to have to win almost every game left on their schedule, which should be pretty difficult given some of the teams they play. They have a game left with the Lakers, however, which should help them gain a game on them if they can pull that out.

 

NBA Nightly Update 3/29/13

Chris Bosh- The Miami Heat were back to their winning ways, beating the Hornets on the road. Bosh had a quiet game with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists, but the Hornets aren’t a very good team so the team didn’t need a big night from him. The Heat’s next game is on the road against the Spurs (the game most people thought would end their streak) and could potentially be an NBA Finals preview.

Derrick Favors- The Jazz are currently finishing up a road contest against Portland and it looks like they are going to get a huge road win. Favors had a nice night off the bench with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists and has continued to show signs of becoming a dominant player. With a win tonight the Jazz move into a tie for the 8th spot in the West with the Lakers. If the playoffs were to start tomorrow, however, they would get the 8th spot over the Lakers since they have more head to head wins.

Iman Shumpert- Shumpert had another nice game with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. This is his second consecutive game where he was able to contribute offensively, which is a very good sign for the Knicks. Although they played the Bobcats (that should always be a win), it is nice to see them winning again and playing well going into the playoffs. Maybe they can give the Heat a run and make them work to win the Eastern Conference.

Thaddeus Young- The 76ers won on the road tonight against the Cavaliers thanks in large part to Thaddeus Young. He was incredibly efficient on offense, going 9-13 from the field and scoring 18 points. He has played great lately and someone is going to pay him in FA this offseason. He’s still a young player and a team in need of a SF (Atlanta Hawks?) will probably lure him out of Philadelphia.

Tashard Choice Is Headed Back to Buffalo

zimbio.com

zimbio.com

According to Tashard Choice’s Twitter, he is returning to Buffalo to play for the Bills. He’s heading back to an interesting situation in Buffalo, where they have a new head coach and don’t currently have a starting QB on their roster. The Bills also have Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller, so Choice may not see very many carries unless Jackson isn’t able to stay healthy. He now gets a chance, however, to play for a franchise he is comfortable with and should get an opportunity in training camp to get more carries. I haven’t seen any numbers for the contract he agreed to, but I would imagine he got a one or two year deal. I’ll let everyone know the specifics when they are released.

Shell Houston Open Round 2- Cink Goes Low

The second round of the Shell Houston Open went remarkably better than most expected for Stewart Cink and Troy Matteson. Cink had the lowest score of the round at -6, shooting a 66 on the par 72 Redstone GC Course. He birdied the 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 13th, and 15th holes and went without a bogey on his scorecard for the second straight day. It’s nice to see Cink towards the top of the leaderboard at -7 (Steve Wheatcroft is at -10) since he’s been quiet on tour for a while.

Troy Matteson was also able to go under on the day, shooting a 71 and ending at -2 for the tournament. He also went without a bogey and birdied the 4th hole. Matteson may not play well enough to qualify for the Masters, but he has played solid golf and made the cut. Both golfers have been impressive this week and need to continue playing with the mentality they did in the first two rounds.

Opening Day Roster Updates

Opening Day is now just two days away, which means nearly all major league rosters are set. Clearly players like Matt Wieters and Mark Teixeira (on DL) made their teams’ rosters, but there were a few other former Yellow Jackets fighting to make their teams.

Charlie Blackmon had an excellent spring for the Rockies, hitting .367 with an OPS of 1.072. He only had 30 ABs, but played well when given the opportunity. He had a lot of competition for the 5th OF spot though, and ultimately lost to Tyler Colvin, who was impressive in the majors last year. This doesn’t mean that Blackmon should have an issue seeing time in the majors though because he may very well get called up if someone in the Rockies OF goes down with an injury (every team deals with injuries).

Mike Nickeas had a chance to crack the Blue Jays roster, but he was unable to impress during Spring Training. He was only able to hit .200 in his 40 ABs, which wasn’t enough to get a roster spot. He may get called up in September when the rosters expand to 40 players, but he needs to perform well in the minors since he hasn’t at the major league level so far.

Blake Wood was placed on the 60 day DL by the Indians a couple weeks back since he had Tommy John Surgery half way through last season. He won’t play for a while, but he should get some appearances late in the summer after he hopefully makes a full recovery.

Now that Teixeira is on the DL and out for quite a while, Matt Wieters is the only active major league player from Georgia Tech. That’s very surprising given the program’s success, but there are a few players in the minors with potential so it won’t be too long before that changes. I’ll also frequently be doing updates for Wieters and any other Tech players who make the majors, so come back to see how everyone is playing. Since Wieters is the only Tech player who will be opening up the season in the majors, does anyone have any predictions for his numbers this season?