You Know Nothing About Sports

A few quips about the NBA and NHL Playoffs over the first couple of rounds.

NBA Playoffs

– #8 Memphis Grizzlies comprehensively defeat #1 San Antonio Spurs in 6 games. Only Charles Barkley correctly predicted this amongst the media pundits.

– #8 Memphis Grizzlies beat #4 Oklahoma City Thunder 114-101 in game 1 of 2nd round and have stolen home court thanks to a split in the first 2 games.

– #3 Dallas Mavericks have now blown a 23 point lead (lost) and rallied from a 16 point deficit (won) in the same postseason. That’s probably a first.

NHL Playoffs

– #1 Washington Capitals SWEPT by #5 Tampa Bay Lightning, who have now won 7 straight games after being down 3-1 in their 1st round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

– Philadelphia Flyers have now pulled their goalie 5 out of 10 games thus far (6 if you count game 2 against Boston when Brian Boucher was temporarily pulled due to injury). They were 11th in the league in goals against and a middling but not terrible 10th out of 16 playoff teams. Not all of their troubles are down to goalie problems, but goalies, defense, turnovers, etc. are all leading to Peter Laviolette’s team on the brink of elimination.

– 14 of the last 15 days of NHL action have seen an overtime game.

– Not counting tonight’s in-progress San Jose Sharks @ Detroit Red Wings OT thriller, the road team has won all but one extra-session game in the 2nd round.

Don’t you just love post-season time?

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One thought on “You Know Nothing About Sports

  1. Justin F.

    Flyers goalies also performed above league average in even strength save percentage during the regular season, although that number is certainly well below that for this post-season. On the whole it’s been a team failure and I am not sure that Broad Street Hockey’s Travis Hughes is that far off when he says that the team is just mentally exhausted. From last year’s very long run, to Laviolette’s hard-nosed and tiresome practices, to the season coming down to the last game again, to the Buffalo series, and to registering 54 shots in Game 2 in a losing effort, they are just exhausted. It certainly would explain this game. Look at the first three goals Boston scored in Game 3. The first two were lazy defensive breakdowns where Brian Boucher was helpless and hung out to dry, and the third one was a turnover that led to an odd man rush, where once again, Boucher was helpless and hung out to dry. And by the time Boucher’s soft 4th goal came around (and yes, that one was all Boucher), it really seemed like it did not matter.

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