Time is a funny commodity. So many times, we do things to try and "save" it, but once it's gone, you can never really catch up. It never has a problem catching up to us though. It doesn't take long either. The Boston Celtics are a perfect example of that.
Remember last year when the Celtics pushed the eventual Champs to the limit in a 7-game series? That sure looks like fool's gold now. The Celtics really are old and tired and look completely out of their element in their series against the Knicks. They have been decimated in 3 straight games, and all that means is that they're going to have to suffer that kind of embarrassment one more time before they can call it a year and maybe try to put something together for next year.
A lot of people will say that things would be much different for the Celts if Rondo was available, and maybe to a certain extent, they'd be right. But that doesn't change the fact that the window of opportunity probably closed on this team a couple of years ago. They were able to hang on and make some noise last season, but that's how quick it happens. Just one short year later, their play on the court makes the C's management look like they held on too long.
THE SHOW (1-1 last night and 12-12 so far for the week)
BUTTA (no play last night and 4-1 so far for the week)
D-BACKS (MILEY -165) over Rockies (Francis) - Miley is a great complement to Ian Kennedy on the Snakes staff. He's got ace stuff, and is especially strong at home. He's also never lost to the Rox (4-0).
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. Reds (Leake -115) over NATIONALS (HAREN) - Dan Haren is the weak link in the Nats chain. He's done nothing to impress so far this year, and it's been a few years since he could be considered as a force. The Reds aren't hitting right now, but the Nats have been struggling a bit on that count as well lately.
2. YANKEES (SABATHIA --170) over Blue Jays (Happ) - C.C. is 13-4 lifetime against the Jays with a 2.98 ERA, and the Yanks are 81-41 in day games over the last 3 seasons. It looks like easy money against J.A. Happ and a punchless Jays offense. Happ has been a whipping boy for me over the last few years, but to his credit, he's 2-0 lifetime against the Bombers. That, and a noticeable drop in Sabathia's velocity so far this season, are enough to keep me off this game.
RUN-(NING) LINES* (8-6 ATS/9-5 SU/7-7 TOTALS last night and 41-41/39-38/47-35 so far for the week)
1. Indians (+1 1/2, U8 1/2) at ROYALS
2. RED SOX (-1 1/2, O9 1/2) over Astros
3. YANKEES (-1 1/2, U8 1/2) over Blue Jays
4. WHITE SOX (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) vs. Rays
5. TWINS (+1 1/2, O8) vs. Rangers
6. Orioles (+1 1/2, U8) at ATHLETICS
7. MARINERS (-1 1/2, U7) vs. Angels
8. TIGERS (+1 1/2, O8) vs. Braves
9. PADRES (+1 1/2, U7) vs. Giants
10. CARDINALS (-1 1/2, U7 1/2) over Pirates
11. NATIONALS (-1 1/2, U8 1/2) over Reds
12. Cubs (-1 1/2, U7 1/2) over MARLINS
13. Rockies (+1 1/2, U9 1/2) at D-BACKS
14. Brewers (+1 1/2, U6) at DODGERS
15. Phillies (+1 1/2, U8) at METS
* - HA! I finally found a kitschy heading that I can live with!
THE NBA (1-2 ATS/0-3 SU/0-3 TOTALS last night and 6-12/10-7/9-9 so far for the week)
BUTTA (no play last night and 2-1 so far for the week)
There won't be anything going on here for me tonight either. The Westbrook injury for the Thunder has seen to that.
ALL THE REST
1. Pacers (+2 1/2, O190) 101, HAWKS 98 - If we're ever going to see it, this should be the game that brings the Hawks best effort. That doesn't guarantee that we will though.
2. Nets (+3, O178) 92, BULLS 91 - The Nets have really backed themselves into a corner with a 2nd straight poor performance in Game 3 of this series. It really is a must win scenario for them tonight, I think.
3. GRIZZLIES (-3 1/2, U177) 86, Clippers 74 - The Griz served notice with a stifling defense in Game 3 that they weren't going anywhere. I expect much of the same from them tonight.
4. Thunder (-1, U208) 102, ROCKETS 92 - The Thunder will eventually feel the loss of Westbrook, but I doubt it will be tonight.
I'm thinking that we might be nearing that time when I need to break out the money management tutorial again. I'm seeing an inordinate amount of buzz lately concerning "multi-unit" plays, and it's beginning to bother me a little bit. I'll save it for a lull in the proceedings, but just know that it's coming soon. Have a great day, be careful out there and I'll talk to you tomorrow.