Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Leadoff with Lee 5.7.14
-Kevin Durant was named NBA MVP yesterday. He received 119 of 125 first place votes. The other 6 votes went to Miami Heat star Lebron James. Durant averaged 32 PPG 7 REB and 5.5 AST this season. Kevin Durant also won the scoring title. He is the first player since Allen Iverson to win MVP and the scoring title in the same season. Iverson accomplished his feat in the 2000-2001 season.
-The Golden State Warriors fired head coach Mark Jackson after finishing 51-31 and losing to the LA Clippers in 7 games in the NBA playoffs. Jackson led the Warriors to back to back playoff appearances for the first time in over 20 seasons. Honestly I don't see how a talent like this can be fired after a great season and taking the potential Western Conference Champions to 7 games. I'm not sure if there was conflict in the front office or management wanted to go in another direction. One thing for sure Jackson has two things working for him. Hopefully, find another coaching job or just go back to the television booth where the Clippers hired him from.
-The Cavs, Browns and Indians sin tax won! Voters came out to the polls Tuesday and voted yes on Issue 7, to pass the 20 year extension of the tax that would help towards the improvements of Downtown Cleveland's stadiums, arena and surrounding areas. Naysayers have said the tax should not have been renewed. But the tax payers didn't have to pay any additional money. Opponent's arguments were asking why should they renew the tax, when the leases are over before the tax. Cleveland loves their teams and they won't be going anywhere with the improvements that are sure to come. #goodkarma
- Cleveland starting pitcher Josh Tomlin made his season debut and picked up his first win, in the 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Tomlin went 6.2 innings with 4 strikeouts and only 1 walk. Nick Swisher may have found his bat again, going 2 for 4 from the dish with 1 RBI and a run scored. Bryan Shaw earned his first save of the year.
-The Miami Heat knocked off any rust they might have had immediately in their 107-86 blowout over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1. LeBron James led the way with 22 points on 10-15 shooting from the field. Ray Allen added 19 points off the bench for the Heat. After a long 7 game series with Toronto, the Nets came out looking sluggish and were not in the game at all. Game 2 will be Thursday at 7 PM.
-The San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-92 in Game 1 of their series. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 33 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 for the Blazers. This game also wasn't a contest. San Antonio clearly out matched the Blazers all game. Game 2 will be Thursday in San Antonio at 9:30.