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NBA-Monday night-9 games on track, guess who’s back ???

Game of the Night – Utah at Golden State, (NBC-Bay Area, 10:35 ET)For the first time since Feb. 28, when Kevin Durant hobbled off the court at Washington’s Verizon Center just 1:33 in, the Warriors will have their Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry on the floor together.Incorporating all four All-Stars will have to wait until the regular-season finale on Wednesday against the Lakers since Klay Thompson is expected to be given Monday night off.Durant left the court in D.C. to audible gasps and visual angst when center Zaza Pachulia fell into his knee. There was fear he’d be done for the rest of the way, ending this season’s top story line. It’s come out last week on Bill Simmons’ podcast that Durant initially did get the diagnosis that he was done for six months, having fractured his left tibia. He admitted to crying and losing it. Fortunately, a CT scan Read More

2017-NCAAB-March Madness-Gonzaga defeated in the finals,North Carolina are the new champions

Gonzaga broke through its Final Four ceiling, added to it by reaching the national championship game. The Zags figured while they’re here, might as well win the whole thing. A flurry of whistles and missed shots left them one step short. Plagued by foul trouble and an inability to hit shots in a foul-filled second half, Gonzaga lost its bid for the program’s first national championship in an ugly 71-65 loss to North Carolina on Monday night. ”I don’t think any of us think we played our absolute best game and that hurts,” Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss said. The Zags reached the big stage with the best team in Mark Few’s 18 seasons, a mix of established players, talented transfers and a sterling recruiting class. Gonzaga was efficient on offense, as it always seems to be, and added a dash of gritty defense, the piece that had always been Read More

2017-NCAAB-March Madness-NC and Gonzaga to battle for the NCAA title

North Carolina and Gonzaga play Monday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. Tipoff is set for about 6:20 p.m. local time, 9:20 p.m. EDT. The final pits two of the most elite teams in college hoops against one another: both the Tar Heels and the Bulldogs boast top-level coaches, guards and interior players. Down low, Gonzaga’s 7-foot-1, 300-pound Przemek Karnowski faces North Carolina’s 6-10, 260-pound Kennedy Meeks. Meeks had a career game in the Final Four against Oregon with 25 points. Gonzaga also has Zach Collins, a 7-foot freshman who could be a one-and-done player. North Carolina coach Roy Williams is chasing a third title is his fourth championship game. Gonzaga coach Mark Few had never made the Final Four before this season, but has taken the Zags in all 18 years he’s led.

2017-NBA-Friday night-Houston seeks a revenge at Oakland in the game of the night

Game of the Night – Rockets at Warriors – 10:30 PM EST – ESPN For the second time in four nights, Golden State and Houston hook up as the Warriors seek their 10th consecutive victory. The Warriors (61-14 SU, 35-38-2 ATS) are coming off probably their most impressive win of the season on Wednesday at San Antonio by overcoming a 22-point deficit in a 110-98 triumph as 4 ½-point underdogs. Golden State fell into an early 23-3 hole, but the Warriors rallied behind the “Splash Brothers” as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to score 52 points. Houston (51-24 SU, 42-33 ATS) heads down to Oakland following Thursday’s 117-101 defeat at Portland. James Harden knocked down only 2-of-13 attempts from long distance for Houston, but still managed a team-high 30 points. The Rockets own a dynamic 13-1 SU and 10-4 ATS record with no rest this season, as eight of Read More

2017-NBA-Wednesday night-Season nearing the end, battle of the giants at Texas

Game of the Night – Warriors at Spurs – 9:35 PM EST – ESPN The last time these teams met up in San Antonio on March 11, many of the key players involved watched from the bench the Spurs manhandle the Warriors, 107-85. San Antonio easily cashed as 10 ½-point favorites in spite of star Kawhi Leonard sitting out, but Golden State mailed it in before the tip-off as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala all took the night off. The Warriors (60-14 SU, 34-38-2 ATS) head to San Antonio with no rest following Tuesday’s 113-106 victory at Houston, as Steve Kerr’s club was listed as an underdog for only the second time this season. Not only did the Warriors extend their winning streak to eight, but also finished UNDER the total for the 11th consecutive contest. Golden State has performed well with no rest this season Read More

2017-NBA-Sunday night-Memphis at Golden State in the game of the night

The Warriors (58-14), whose 30-4 home record is the best in the league, are battling the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the NBA and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The clubs meet one final time Wednesday in San Antonio, with the Spurs having clinched the season series by winning both previous meetings this season. One of those wins came in Oakland, where the Grizzlies used a late rally to force overtime en route to a stunning 128-119 win of their own on Jan. 6. A third team that has beaten the Warriors on their home floor, the Houston Rockets, gets two cracks at Golden State in the next six days, including a Friday rematch in Oakland of a double-overtime victory in December. The rugged four-game sequence — at home against Memphis, at Houston and San Antonio on a back-to-back, then back home against Houston — should go Read More

2017-NCAAB-March Madness- USA expects the final 4 teams to finish the madness

South Regional Final No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (-2 ½) vs. No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats (159 ½) Venue: FedEx ForumLocation: Memphis, TennesseeTV-Time: CBS, 5:05 p.m. ET In a year when many surprising guests have invaded the Elite Eight, there’s nothing shocking about the schools that’ll square off Sunday in the South Region finals at FedEx Forum in Memphis. That would be North Carolina and Kentucky. UK is in its 57th NCAA Tournament and is looking to make its 18th Final Four appearance. Meanwhile, UNC is in its 48th Tourney, hoping to go to its 20th Final Four. As of late Saturday night, most books had North Carolina installed as a 2.5-point favorite with the total in the 159-160 range. The Wildcats were available on the money line for a +125 return (risk $100 to win $125). These storied programs have only met three times in the NCAA Tournament, but all Read More

2017-NBA-Monday night-OKC host Warriors and Durant in try to avoid a season sweep

Game of the Night – Golden State at Oklahoma City (TNT, 8:05 p.m. ET) The Warriors (55-14 SU, 31-36-2 ATS) and Thunder (40-29 SU, 39-29-1 ATS) will meet for fourth and final time this season on Monday from the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The last meeting at this venue didn’t turn out so well for the Oklahoma City, who were blasted 130-114 by Golden State on Feb. 11. Including that win, the Warriors have and covered all three games this season versus the Thunder by an average of 21 points per game. The big difference for this matchup is the status of Golden State forward Kevin Durant, who is still ‘out’ with a knee injury. In the three games against his former team this season, the All-Star posted 37.7 PPG and 9.3 rebounds while connecting on 63 percent of his shots from 3-point land. You can make a case that Golden Read More

2017-NCAAB-March Madness-Sunday night games

The Gamecocks sure picked the right time for their most prolific offensive game of the season. After being held to 53 points by Alabama to flame out in the SEC Tournament, they beat that mark by 40 in a 93-73 rout of Marquette that helped pick up the program’s first NCAA Tournament win since 1973. This is a program that lost as a No. 2 seed in ’97, only the third time that had happened, before falling as a No. 3 the next season. The crowning moment in program history would be winning an NIT title. So, yes, eliminating Duke in an NCAA Tournament would indeed become South Carolina basketball’s crowning achievement. Can they do it? Well, the location definitely helps. Greenville is just 100 miles form Columbia and will also be filled with Tar Heels eager to join in on wishing rival Duke the worst possible outccome. Whether UNC Read More

2017-NCAAB-March Madness-Full preview before the showtime

The four No. 1 seeds are Gonzaga (West Region), Kansas (Midwest), Villanova (East) and North Carolina (South). The picks of the Bulldogs, Jayhawks and Wildcats were no-brainers, but some felt that Arizona and Duke had cases to be ahead of the Tar Heels, who lost to Duke twice, including Saturday’s setback in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Meanwhile, Sean Miller’s team beat Oregon on Saturday night to win the Pac-12 Tournament. Speaking of the Ducks, they lost starting center Chris Boucher to a torn ACL in Las Vegas this past weekend. That fact prompted the Selection Committee to drop Oregon to a No. 3 seed when it was probably slated for a No. 2 seed before the injury. Boucher was averaging 11.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Villanova is a top seed for the third time in school history. The Wildcats are looking to repeat as national champions Read More