Both the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers reached the second round of the NBA playoffs in exciting fashion.
The Nuggets went the distance with the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. The Trail Blazers only needed five games to dispatch the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they punched their ticket to the Western Conference semifinals via a Damian Lillard game-winning buzzer beater.
The Blazers and Nuggets will continue their respective playoff runs Monday night when the two sides meet in the series opener of their best-of-seven set.
Here’s how to watch Trail Blazers vs. Nuggets Game 1 online:
When: Monday, April 29 @ 10:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: TNTdrama.com
Red Sox Utility Star Brock Holt Returned From Rehab For Second Time After Just One Game, Shoulder Soreness This Time
Brock Holt lasted just one rehab game again.
Boston’s utility superstar and the only player in history to hit a cycle in the post-season was officially recalled from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday with what the club is describing as right shoulder inflammation.
He is slated to meet with a doctor on Tuesday for an evaluation.
Holt played in just one rehab game on this assignment with that coming on Friday night in Rochester where the PawSox scored 17 runs. In that game Holt was in the 2-hole as the DH and went 1-3 with 3 walks.
The 30-year-old was originally returned from his rehab assignment after appearing in a game on April 16th with Pawtucket where he went 0-2 with a walk.
Holt landed on the IL back on April 6th with a scratched cornea in his right eye.
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Red Sox Infielder Eduardo Nunez Goes 0-4 In First Rehab Game, Faced 16 Pitches
On Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez went 0-4 in the 2-hole as the DH in a 10-5 PawSox loss to Buffalo.
The weather was a brisk 47 degrees for Nunez who played in his first rehab game after being assigned to the PawSox earlier in the day on Monday.
In his four at-bats he flew out three times and grounded out to short in his final at-bat of the day.
The former New York Yankee undrafted free agent faced a total of 16 pitches in his 4 at-bats, or an average of 4 pitches per plate appearance.
Nunez is on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back sprain retroactive to April 18th.
Before landing on the IL the 31-year-old was batting .159 for Boston in 44 at-bats with a .360 OPS in 17 games.
Per Red Sox manager Alex Cora the goal for Nunez is to get at-bats in and less about the repetition on the field.
Fellow Red Sox rehabber Brock Holt was returned from his rehab assignment on Monday night after getting just one game in, it is the second time Holt was been recalled from rehab after just one game.
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When the Columbus Blue Jackets score, they make sure everyone at Nationwide Arena knows by firing off their signature cannon. It’s a feature that only enhances their home ice advantage, and something teams across the league have grown to despise.
The Boston Bruins will try to avoid the cannon as much as possible when they square off against Columbus in Games 3 and 4 of the second-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series. With the future of their season on the line, the B’s cannot afford to buy into the distraction.
David Pastrnak said wasn’t prepared for it the first time he encountered Columbus on their home turf, per WEEI.com’s Matt Kalman.
“No, definitely not. I had no idea what’s going on,” he after Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena. “I remember (coach) Claude (Julien) back in the day, he said ‘watch out for the cannon.’ But I didn’t know what that means. And then I heard it so yeah … it’s their tradition, every team has one.”
It doesn’t seem to bother head coach Bruce Cassidy too much, either.
“I hope I don’t hear it, obviously. After that, to be honest with you, I never really noticed it much,” Cassidy said. “You know the team scores, it’s loud, I’m pissed off, so that’s it, that’s the routine every time no matter where I am.”
We’ll see just how prepared the Bruins are when they take on the Jackets in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The Boston Celtics will be looking to remain the lone undefeated team in the NBA playoffs when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of their second-round series on Tuesday as 7-point road underdogs on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston marched to a 112-90 upset victory over Milwaukee as an 8-point underdog in the series opener on Sunday, and now sports a perfect 5-0 straight-up record in the postseason going into Tuesday night’s matchup at Fiserv Forum.
The Celtics’ impressive playoff run extends a stretch of strong play that dates back to mid-March, with the team going 11-2 SU in its past 13 outings. Boston has continued its winning ways in the playoffs with stingy defense, surrendering just 91.4 points per game during its perfect playoff run.
That has made the Celtics a reliable bet at the sportsbooks, where they have posted against the spread wins in six straight outings while going 8-1 ATS in their past nine overall, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.
Middling performers away from TD Garden for most of the regular season, which they finished with a 21-20 SU away record, the Celtics have emerged as road warriors of late, tallying SU wins in seven of their past eight games, including outright victories in four contests while listed as road underdogs.
However, despite drawing first blood in their second playoff matchup with Milwaukee in as many years, the Celtics continue to trail on the NBA series prices, where they sit as +105 underdogs.
The Celtics still have work to do to bury their recent stretch of futility when playing in Milwaukee. Sunday’s win marked Boston’s first road win over the Bucks in six meetings, a run that includes a trio of losses at Fiserv Forum while battling to a series win in seven games in the first round of last year’s NBA playoffs.
Boston also faces a Bucks squad that has managed to avoid consecutive SU losses in 56 overall home contests since March 2018, and enters Tuesday’s clash as a -125 wager on the NBA series prices at betting sites. But while the Bucks led the NBA with 33 SU home wins during the regular season, the club has produced uneven results on home hardwood since clinching home-court advantage in the playoffs, going 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS in their past six.
However, their series-opening loss to Boston and shaky stretch run have done little to impact their position on the NBA championship odds, where they remain a solid +700 wager to claim their first NBA title since 1971.
Sunday was not the night to be on social media if you are not a fan of “Game of Thrones,” or are looking to avoid spoilers.
The latest episode of the HBO fantasy epic sent the internet ablaze, with the memes and jokes crossing over into the sports Twitter world.
Here’s where you stop reading if you don’t like spoilers.
The New York Jets thought they would jump in on the fun from Sunday night’s epic battle, which resulted in Arya Stark sticking a Valyrian steel blade through the Night King and (seemingly) ending the war against the army of the dead.
So, the Jets tweeted this hilarious joke on Monday.
We've signed undrafted free agent Arya Stark.
Welcome to New York, Arya! #TakeFlight pic.twitter.com/CsCtmm8XNB
— #TakeFlight (@nyjets) April 29, 2019
Oh man, now that is funny.
But we have a couple of questions.
First of all, who does Arya fight for? The North. And in our universe (the real one, without dragons, wights and White Walkers), who is “The King in the North?”
Thomas Edward Patrick of House Brady, the Second of His Name, The GOAT, King of the Touchdowns, the Passes and First Downs, King of the AFC, Khal of the Great Grass Field, Defender of the Division, King Regent of the Six States, Mover of Chains and the Father of Lombardis. #GoTS8 pic.twitter.com/C3XC8UvZ7j
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 14, 2019
Nice try, Jets, but it seems you just welcomed the North’s most lethal assassin through your front gates. We expect the Little Finger treatment to be dealt out any moment now. The North remembers.
J.D. Martinez returns to the Boston Red Sox lineup Monday night.
The Red Sox slugger missed the team’s last two games due to back spasms, but has been reinserted into the lineup as Boston takes on the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. Boston’s offense sure could use a burst after mustering up three total runs in two-straight losses to the Tampa Bay Rays without Martinez.
NESN’s Tom Caron, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Steve Lyons discuss Martinez’s impact on the Red Sox lineup Monday night. To hear what they had to say, check out the “Red Sox Gameday Live” video above, presented by DCU.
Dustin Pedroia’s long journey toward full health took a couple steps in the right direction on Monday.
The Boston Red Sox second baseman has been sidelined since April 18 with irritation in his surgically repaired left knee. He has played in just nine games over the past two seasons. But the veteran will head out for a rehab assignment Wednesday, and is expected to see action with Double-A Portland on Thursday night according to Alex Cora as the veteran makes his way back from irritation on his surgically repaired left knee.
And there was more encouraging news on Pedroia from Fenway Park on Monday, as the vet was seen taking batting practice and running the bases.
Three members of the medical staff are watching as Pedroia does some infield work taking grounder, turning double plays, ranging left and right
— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) April 29, 2019
Dustin Pedroia just ran the bases and is now hitting off a pitching machine on the field so he can see velocity.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 29, 2019
There absolutely is no quit in Pedroia, who seems determined to contribute in 2019 as the Sox try to bounce back from an abysmal start to the campaign. And Pedroia’s return would be welcomed as Boston’s infield has taken a bit of a hit with Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt also on the shelf with injuries.
If you’ve been around the block once or twice, you know it’s almost never fun to be showered with beer.
But that’s exactly what happened to Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Bruan while attempting to catch a fly ball on the warning track at Citi Field on Sunday. And he has one New York Mets fan to thank for it.
As he approached the left field wall, Braun was suddenly doused in beer by a fan apparently trying to catch the ball in his plastic cup.
Braun didn’t end up making the play but laughed off the incident afterward, anyway.
Check it out:
Beer cup catch gone bad for Ryan Braun pic.twitter.com/Ky9DHLyGWi
— ESPN (@espn) April 29, 2019
The Mets owe that guy a beer. Even Pete Alonso (who hit the fly ball) said so.
Aron Baynes dealt with multiple ankle injuries during the 2018-19 regular season. Unfortunately, the issues have followed him into the postseason.
The Celtics center suffered a sprained left ankle in Boston’s Game 1 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday at Fiserv Forum.
After falling to the base of the hoop in Sunday’s third quarter, Baynes limped off the floor and headed directly to the locker room. He would eventually come back to the bench and was available to return to the game, but Boston wouldn’t need him in the blowout win.
The Celtics officially listed Baynes as questionable for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup with the Bucks on Monday afternoon.
#NEBHInjuryReport for Game 2:
Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) – QUESTIONABLEMarcus Smart (left oblique tear) – OUT
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 29, 2019
The Australian big man spoke about the injury at Monday’s practice, telling reporters in Milwaukee that the new ankle injury is “frustrating” and “unlucky”, while putting his own spin on it.
Aron Baynes on ankle: “It’s sore but it’s alright.”
Is it frustrating to keep having injuries?
“It’s frustrating as hell but it’s also unlucky as hell. … It’s bloody annoying but, at the end of the day, it’s not going to stop me.”
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) April 29, 2019
“Bloody annoying.” We think most Celtics fans would agree with that.
It’s a good sign that Baynes was available to return during Game 1, and an even better sign that he says it’s “not going to stop (him).”
Game 2 between the Celtics and Bucks tip off Tuesday night from Fiserv Forum at 8:00 p.m. ET.