The other side of the trade---
We know about pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis and what they’ve come to mean to the Royals. The two players Kansas City gave up in that trade made their major league debuts last night in Boston for the Rays. Will Myers had a hit in seven trips in the double header, while Jake Odorizzi threw into the sixth giving up just one run in the nightcap. It’ll be interesting to see how this deal matures, the Royals only have Shields through next year and Davis has already returned mixed results, Myers and Odorizzi should be productive for years to come. I think most Royal’s fans like the deal their club made, I wonder if they’ll feel that way in two years.
Game six classic---
There were two incredible three pointers in the last minute and a half of regulation last night in Miami--- Tony Parker hitting a step away 23-footer against LeBron James, as the Spurs rallied to lead by five in the last 0:25 seconds, then Ray Allen’s second chancer from the corner to tie it with just over five seconds left. In fact, the Heat got two second chance triples in their last two possessions when Spurs coach Gregg Popovich elected to take out Tim Duncan in both cases---in both cases the Spurs couldn’t get a defensive rebound that would have clinched a title. Instead, we’re going to a game seven on Thursday in Miami.
Popovich could also be questioned about having Duncan and Parker on the bench at the start of the fourth quarter. Miami stormed back from a 13 point deficit with a great start to the fourth, one that was facilitated, in part, by Duncan’s and Parker’s absence.
I’ve been here before---
The only thing better that the facial Kawhi Leonard administered to Mike Miller in the first half last night was his total non-reaction to it. No standing with hands on hips, staring down the vanquished---no chest thumping or attention seeking. Just a guy who acts like he’s been there before as he turns, expressionless and heads down the floor to defend. It was so refreshing.
Nothing Magic at all---
Phelps lands at Mizzou---
Mark Phelps who went 77-86 in five years at Drake before being fired last spring, has joined Frank Haith’s staff at Missouri. Phelps was a longtime assistant under Herb Sendek at North Carolina State and Arizona State, before taking over at Drake after Keno Davis unexpectedly won the Valley in 2008. Davis parlayed that one season in to a few years at Providence, now he’s the head coach at Central Michigan.