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- Angela Sun at Yahoo Sports Minute1 day ago
Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge had never scored 40 or more points in 298 career road games (including playoffs) prior to his 46-point effort in the Blazers' 122-20 Game 1 victory over the Rockets in their first-round series. Now, the three-time NBA All-Star has done it in consecutive games — thanks to a 43-point night in Portland's 112-105 win in Game 2.
Aldridge also joined some pretty elite company with the effort that helped the Blazers go up 2-0 on the No. 4 seed out West.
LaMarcus Aldridge is first player with 80+ points and 15+ rebounds in team's first 2 playoff games since Michael Jordan (April 25-27, 1997).
LaMarcus Aldridge's 89 points in 1st 2 playoff games are fewer than only Michael Jordan (1986, 1988) and Jerry West (1965) in last 50 years.Fri, Apr 257:30 PM PDTHouston at PortlandPreview Game
- Angela Sun at Yahoo Sports Minute2 days agoFri, Apr 254:07 PM PDTBoston at TorontoPreview Game
- Angela Sun at Yahoo Sports Minute3 days ago
Cleveland Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi made his 2014 season debut Monday night after missing the first 18 games of the season with a broken rib. The 20-year big league veteran went 0-for-4 against Kansas City — and a big reason why was Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.
During the sixth inning with two outs and a runner on first and the Indians up 4-3, Giambi faced a defensive shift. Escobar started the play fielded as if he were a runner taking a lead off second base. The Cleveland DH popped one up near the third-base dugout that looked like it would drop for a harmless strike. Instead, Escobar showed incredible range and made a sliding catch. The play drew raves on Twitter.Fri, Apr 257:15 PM PDTCleveland at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Angela Sun at Yahoo Sports Minute4 days ago
Just over two years ago, something called Linsanity was gripping the NBA. Now playing key minutes off the bench for the Houston Rockets, Jeremy Lin is a long way from the phenomenon that spawned a documentary — but he's still a vital part of the playoff team's rotation. Alas, there was a moment during the squad's heartbreaking 122-120 overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday night that many Rockets fans are still wondering about. Guarded closely by Nicolas Batum in the second quarter with Houston up 44-35, Lin put up a fadeway jumper from nine feet away. Not only did the ball not draw iron or touch the backboard, it went over the backboard . The errant shot appeared to baffle Rockets head coach Kevin McHale. Lin finished with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field — but, oh, that miss.
- Angela Sun at Yahoo Sports Minute6 days ago
There's a long history of first pitch fails in baseball. Thankfully, former heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson didn't join the list prior to Thursday night's game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates. But he did provide a moment of comedy after the toss. In the Steel City to promote an event on Friday, Iron Mike's pitch may have looked awkward — but thanks to catcher Tony Sanchez's frame job, it was a strike. However, when Tyson posed for a photo with Sanchez following the throw, he acted as if he was going to bite the backstop's ear — a reference to the fighter's infamous bout with Evander Holyfield in 1997. Sanchez appeared to still be caught off-guard by the move before the game when retracing what had happened to his teammates. At least, now he'll have a great story.
I got your backFri, Apr 255:10 PM PDTChi Cubs at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Angela Sun at Yahoo Sports Minute Blog6 days ago
When it comes to players who look cool on the baseball field, Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is near the top of the list. How many big leaguers have a WWE doppelgänger? And even though Washington was getting blanked by Adam Wainwright with the St. Louis Cardinals in town Thursday night, Werth still managed to make a blooper look effortless. With one out in the top of the eighth and the Nats already down 8-0, Cards catcher Yadier Molina lofted a fairly routine fly ball to shallow right field. That's when Werth simply lost the ball in the lights. The ball landed past Werth's outstretched glove and Molina wound up on second base after the error. But what made the move stand out was how casually the former All-Star played it off.
O boyFri, Apr 254:05 PM PDTSan Diego at WashingtonPreview Game
- Angela Sun at Yahoo Sports Minute7 days ago
LeBron James all but conceded league MVP honors to Kevin Durant last week. But as losers of its last two and in danger of dropping down to the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoff standings, the Oklahoma City Thunder were put in a must-win situation against the lowly Detroit Pistons if Durant and Co. wanted to avoid the always upset-minded Golden State Warriors in the first round. Thanks to a 42-point effort from KD (punctuated by dunks like the one above), OKC prevailed 112-111. But the Thunder still needed one last slam by its star player (who also clinched his fourth scoring title in five years Wednesday) to come out on top. The Durantula came through as Oklahoma City finished with a 59-23 regular season record — and earned that No. 2 seed. Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies is Saturday.
- Angela Sun at Yahoo Sports Minute Blog8 days ago
Once upon a time, Shaquille O'Neal was a budding thespian of sorts. The former NBA great starred in such cinematic "masterpieces" as Kazaam and Steel. Of course, it was this wanderlust with the film industry that led many to speculate if O'Neal would ever fulfill his massive potential on the court (it was also a factor in Kobe Bryant's myriad frustrations with the gregarious big man). Thankfully, O'Neal stepped away from motion pictures and eventually won four titles. An analyst on TNT since 2011, Shaq is clearly still a ham though. Watch the bit he carried out Tuesday night with fellow commentator Brent Barry: If that guitar-smashing looks familiar, you might remember John Belushi's turn as John "Bluto" Blutarsky in the 1978 comedy classic "Animal House": We prefer the original. But The Big Diesel is still pretty funny.
- Angela Sun at Yahoo Sports Minute9 days ago
One has received notoriety this season for a strange ending to his time with the Denver Nuggets. The other may have suffered from Pierce-itis. But Washington Wizards guard Andre Miller and Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love made positive headlines Monday night for bringing back a lost art in the NBA: the outlet pass. First, we look at Miller's long bomb. During the second quarter of an eventual 114-93 victory over Miami, Miller rebounded a three-point attempt by Mario Chalmers and threw it — flat-footed — to Bradley Beal for an easy layup. Impressive. But Love's toss may have been even more impressive. In the opening quarter of Golden State's 130-120 win over Minnesota, the rebounding machine scooped up the rock after David Lee converted a bucket and heaved it to Corey Brewer at the other end of the court. What made Love's launch truly ridiculous was he made the move all in one motion and completed the pass on one foot.Fri, Apr 255:00 PM PDTChicago at WashingtonPreview Game
- Angela Sun at Yahoo Sports Minute10 days ago
The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees has not only been the biggest in baseball over the years — it's been one of the biggest in all of sport. Spanning decades and featuring names like Bucky Dent, Aaron Boone and, of course, Babe Ruth, the pair of historic franchises have traded countless moments. Perhaps someone should have reminded this guy about that history:
— MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) April 14, 2014
— MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) April 14, 2014Fri, Apr 254:05 PM PDTLA Angels at NY YankeesPreview Game