Monday, May 19, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 5.19.14

-Terry Francona decided it was time to shake the lineup up by moving Nick Swisher down to the 6th hole and Carlos Santana to the 7th spot in the batting order for the Indians. But the losing streak continued, with the Tribe losing 13-3 to the Athletics in their sweep in the 3 game series. Justin Masterson got the start for the Indians, but was pulled after going 4 1/3 innings giving up 7 runs on 7 hits. To be honest, I'm not gonna talk about the Indians again until they win.

-The Eastern Confernce Finals have started with the Miami Heat traveling to Indiana to face the Pacers. Indiana got off to a fast start, out scoring Miami 17-10 before the Heat were forced to take a timeout to slow the momentum of the Pacers. Indiana went up 30-24 after the first quarter, scoring the most points in the first period than any team in the 2014 playoffs. Indiana didn't stop in the second quarter, scoring 25 points. As a team the Pacers shot 60% from the field with Miami shooting 50%. Lebron James and Dwayne Wade had 26 of Miami's first half points. The Pacers had a more well-rounded scoring attack with Lance Stevenson, George Hill, Roy Hibbert scoring 12, 11 and 8 points respectively. The Pacers stayed aggressive throughout the rest of the game. Miami played a little too aggressive putting the Pacers at the "charity stripe", 37 times hitting 29 free throws. The Pacers had five people score in double figures with Paul George scoring 24. David West and Roy Hibbert both added 19. Dwayne Wade and Lebron James scored 27 and 25, respectfully. Pacers win this one easily 107-96 with Game 2 on Tuesday. Pacers lead the series 1-0.

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