The NBA defending Champion Milwaukee Bucks routed the Chicago Bulls 116-100 to take the 1st round series in game 5. Giannis Antetokounmpo was on top for the Bucks with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Milwaukee won the last 3 games by an average of 23.3 points despite the fact that they were playing without all-star Khris Middleton. Middleton sprained his MCL in his left knee during the 4th quarter of Game 2. The Bucks will move on to the Eastern Conference semifinals and face the 2nd-seeded Boston Celtics. Game 1 will be Sunday in Boston.
The Golden State Warriors took out the Denver Nuggets 102-98 on Wednesday night and finish this 1st round series in 5 games. Stephen Curry shows up big in his return to the starting lineup with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Nikola Jokic scored 30 points, had 19 rebounds and 8 assists in Denver’s losing effort. The Warriors move on to the Western Conference semifinals and will play the winner of the Memphis Grizzles and Minnesota Timberwolves series.
Thursday Playoff schedule : Philadelphia 76er’s at Toronto Raptors – 7:00pm EST (NBA TV), Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans – 7:30pm EST (TNT), Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz – 10:00pm EST (SportsNet)
After a contentious few days the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets clear their benches in the 8th-inning of Wednesdays game. The final straw was Cardinals star Nolan Arenado taking issue with a high-inside pitch from Mets reliever Yoan Lopez. When the dust settled Arenado was ejected for starting the brawl and St. Louis 1st base coach Stubby Clapp was tossed for tackling Mets 1st baseman Pete Alonso. The Cardinals won the game 10-5
The Chicago White Sox finally snap their 8-game losing streak with a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. White Sox 1st baseman Andrew Vaughn hit a tiebreaking 3-run homer in the 7th-inning and added 1 more run in the 8th-inning. The series finale is Thursday afternoon.
Dylan Lesko, the right-hander out of Buford High School in Georgia and the top pitching prospect in the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft, underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. He is expected to be the 1st pitcher taken in the draft and still go in the 1st round but is not projected to be selected 1st overall since having surgery. The 18-year-old has a fastball in the high 90’s and a remarkable changeup. If Lesko opts out of the draft completely or does not sign he is committed to Vanderbilt.
The Dallas Stars claim the final playoff spot after missing out last season. In turn the Las Vegas Golden Knights have been eliminated from postseason contention for the 1st time in franchise history. Dallas will finish off their regular season against the Anaheim Ducks, while Vegas will cap things off against the St. Louis Blues on Friday.
The Montreal Canadians have secured a last place finish which means Montreal is now guaranteed the best odds at winning the NHL draft lottery, which takes place on May 10.
Juuse Saros, goaltender for the Nashville Predators, will sit out the final 2 regular season games due to a lower-body injury. Saros was hurt late in Nashville’s 5-4 OT loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
As @FriedgeHNIC noted, specifics hard to come by on #preds goaltender Juuse Saros – but sounds like original injury prognosis was less than encouraging. You never know in playoffs, but fair to say there is real doubt as to whether Saros will be available for Round 1. — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) April 27, 2022