Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 4.28.15 #KevinLove #ShaneRay #NBAPlayoffs #Indians

By @cleeverizon

Cavs forward Kevin Love has been ruled out for the Eastern Conference semifinals against the winner of the Bulls/Bucks series after suffering a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum.

The Cavs released the following statement last night:

The NBA has suspended Boston center Kelly Olynyk one game for the arm bar that caused Love's injury. Olynyk's suspension will be served during the 2015-2016 season since the Celtics are out of the playoffs.

Cleveland guard J.R. Smith also has been suspended two games for the hit he issued to Jae Crowder. That swing earned Smith a flagrant 2 by the refs and automatic ejection from the game. Also, Cavs reserve big man and enforcer Kendrick Perkins was issued a $15K.

- Another start for Corey Kluber, another loss for the Indians. Kluber relinquished 10 hits and 6 runs, 4 earned, through 6.1 innings in the Tribe’s 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday. The lone “highlight” of the game was Mike Aviles 2 run homer in the 5th to tie the game before the Royals poured in 4 more runs in the 6th and 7th innings. The Indians will give it another try tonight at 6pm as Trevor Bauer takes the bump against Jeremy Guthrie.

- Indians outfielder Nick Swisher is one step closer to returning to the big club. Swisher will join Class AAA Columbus in Rochester, N.Y. to continue his recovery from double knee surgery. Swisher will DH Tuesday and play right field Wednesday. He'll take Thursday off and play right field on consecutive days Friday and Saturday. Swisher is expected to return to the Tribe next week.

-The Texas Rangers acquired outfielder Josh Hamilton from the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash. Hamilton, who turns 34 next month, struggled in two seasons after signing a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels, who then sought to cut him loose after he admitted to a drug relapse in a February meeting with Major League Baseball officials.

-UFC fighter Jon "Bones" Jones has officially been named a suspect in a hit-and-run investigation. There were previous rumors of cocaine being found, which have been stated as false. A marijuana pipe, however, was found in Mr. Jones rental car involved in the investigation. Over the weekend, a woman was struck in a hit-and-run accident, and Jon Jones was identified by a police officer fleeing from the scene on foot. Jones is reportedly expected to be charged with a felony in connection with the hit-and-run.

- The Browns have reportedly have had talks with Washington over the past week about potentially moving up to the 5th pick. They’ve touched base with most Top 10 teams in this years draft.                  

- University of Central Florida Breshad Perriman had dinner last night in Orlando with General Manager Ray Farmer and other Browns executives. Perriman is 6’2” 215lbs and runs a 4.26 40 yard dash. In addition to visits Devante Parker and Amare Cooper and dinner with Breshad Perriman in Orlando, the Browns met with West Virginia receiver Kevin White the night before his pro day.

- Missouri Defensive lineman/outside linebacker Shane Ray was arrested for marijuana possession. The projected top 10 pick in this week’s NFL Draft was speeding in Cooper County. The Missouri State Trooper smelled the odor of marijuana (not burning) and some was found during a search. Ray was cooperative with the trooper and was released on a signature summons. He was given a warning for the speeding charge. His court date is set for June 30th. Ray racked up 22.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks this past season for Mizzou. 

- The Brooklyn Nets tied up their series with the Atlanta Hawks at 2 games apiece after their 120-115 win in overtime. Deron Williams scored 16 points in the 4th quarter for the Nets and finished with 35 for the game. Brook Lopez added 26 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Teague and Demarre Carroll each scored 20 points and recorded 11 and 9 rebounds respectfully for the Hawks. Kyle Korver had an off night, going 6/16 shooting and 4/13 on 3 pointers. Game 5 will be Wednesday in Atlanta.

-The Milwaukee Bucks upset the Chicago Bulls 94-88. Michael Carter-Williams scored 22 points, with 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Khris Middleton added 21 points for the Bucks. Derrick Rose had a poor shooting night going 5/20 for 13 points. The Bulls were led in scoring by Pau Gasol who had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Jimmy Butler went a dismal 5/21 for 20 points. The Bucks forced the Bulls to turn the ball over with their stifling defense 13 times, scoring 24 points off of them. The Bulls lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 on Thursday night in Milwaukee.

- The Portland Trail Blazers also staved off elimination, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 99-92 behind Damian Lillard’s 32 points on 12/23 shooting (12 points in the 4th quarter) and 7 assists. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds, with Meyers Leonard adding 13 points, 13 rebounds. On the Memphis side of things, Marc Gasol has 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Point guard Mike Conley missed the game due to facial surgery. Game 5 of this series will be Wednesday night, as Memphis tries to close out the series.

- The NCAA is considering changing the game shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds. It's a minor step in improving gameplay, but definitely a step in the right direction.

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