J.R. Smith Wins NBA 6th Man of the Year Award

One New York Knick wins the NBA Scoring Title, another wins 6th Man, will another win the Best Defensive Player? Finals MVP? All of that is unclear at the moment, but what is certain is that Carmelo Anthony was not the only reason the Knicks finished 2nd in the Eastern Conference.

Credit: Barton Silverman - The New York Times

Credit: Barton Silverman – The New York Times

 

J.R. Smith is one of those unique players – a starter who comes off the bench. He may always start the game with his sweats on (all 80 games played in this season), but for 30+ minutes he is on the court taking over the game. Smith finished the year with averages of: 18.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.2 SPG, and 33.5 MPG. Most of which are up quite a bit compared to his career stats.

In all honesty, it was a simple decision for the sports writers and broadcasters who were honored with filling out the ballot. J.R., and they showed it by giving him almost 50% of the votes alone. He led NBA reserves with the most 30+ and 20+ point games this season, 7 and 29 respectively. He even made history in being the first player in 23 years to score 30 points off the bench in 4 games during the same month (March).

J.R. Smith was not only a huge impact for the Knicks in the sense they were +5.3 on the scoreboard when he was on the court compared to +1.9 when he was off, but also in the “big shot” sense. While Carmelo is an unbelievable talent, he’s no machine. Just like LeBron has Wade, how Kobe has Nash, and Tim Duncan has Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili – every star needs a second star or at least someone willing to take the stage. J.R. Smith provides that role for Melo in preventing him from having to score every “big moment” bucket, including last second shots (which Smith had a few of his own this season). He is one of the most explosive players in the NBA, and it is not surprising one bit that this award belongs to him this season.

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This Week’s Games You Don’t Want to Miss: 4/23-28

Tuesday

Boston Celtics (41-40, 14-27 away) vs. New York Knicks  (54-28, 31-10 home); 8pm TNT

Game 2 First Round

Knicks Lead 1-0

The Boston Celtics will have to forget about its 2nd half offensive meltdown, a half that saw them shoot over 30% worse in comparison to its first half percentage. Their offense was rolling in the first half shooting 52.6%, led by Jeff Green’s 20 points and Avery Bradley’s 11. But Jeff struggled to get open looks in the 2nd half as well as the whole team. The Knicks turned up the defensive intensity and made some defensive changes to win game 1 85-78.

Carmelo Anthony was lights out for the first 5 minutes of game 1. But from then on out it became the Melo Show.

Although the Knicks defense ultimately won them the game, Melo noticeably was trying to do whatever he pleased out there on offense. When he was in isolation situations (pretty much by his own choice), the other four Knicks stood around and watched at times, a concerning issue for stagnant offenses.

Wednesday

Los Angeles Lakers (45-37, 16-25 away) vs. San Antonio Spurs (58-24, 35-6 home); 9:30pm TNT

Game 2 First Round

Spurs Lead 1-0

It’s easy to see the issue with the Lakers in game 1 of this series. The lack of productivity by their bench along with the glaring issue of Steve Blake taking just about the same number of shots as Dwight, Pau, and Steve Nash. Some of his looks have to go to other guys.

Tim  Duncan turned in another solid performance although the duo of Pau/Dwight in the middle clogs up his scoring opportunities. Manu Ginobili was the game changer in game 1 with 18 points off the bench in 19 minutes. The Spainard is a jumpstart for the Spurs off the bench and is more productive than any Laker reserve by far.

Thursday

Colorado Rockies (13-5, 5-4 away) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (10-9, 5-4 home)

Los Angeles Clippers (56-26, 24-17 away) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (56-26, 32-9 home)

It came down to the final possession. Memphis got career games from Mike Conley (28 pts,9 assists) and Tony Allen (16 pts, 10 rebs, 6/9 FGs). Allen is never expected to have such efficient nights on offense and is usually paired against the other team’s best guard. Lionel Hollins made the move to put Allen on Chris Paul for the final possession of the game 2.

I thought Allen did a magnificent job guarding CP3 and even got pushed off by Paul multiple times in that one sequence. In a situation like that you have to tip your hat for making an off balance floater off the glass with a help side defense coming.

If the rest of the series can be like game 2 then this series can go the distance with some home wins by Memphis (32-9 at the Fed Ex Forum this year).

Friday

Atlanta Braves (13-5, 7-3 away) vs. Detroit Tigers (9-9, 4-2 home)

New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics; Game 3

Saturday

Brooklyn Nets @ Chicago Bulls; Game 4  2pm TNT

Los Angeles Clippers @ Memphis Grizlies; Game 4 4:30pm TNT

Indiana Pacers @ Atlanta Hawks; Game 3 7pm ESPN

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets; Game 3 ESPN

Sunday

New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics; Game 4 First Round; 1pm ABC

Miami Heat @ Milwaukee Bucks, Game 4 First Round; 3:30pm ABC

San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Lakers; Game 4 1st Round; 7pm TNT

Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors; Game 4 First Round; 9:30pm TNT

4/22/13 Top Performers: Moore & Roberts, Napoli, van Persie,

Here are your top performers from Monday, April 22nd …

Matt Moore & Ryan Roberts

Thanks to their starting pitcher and second baseman, the Tampa Bay Rays took down the hot New York Yankees by a score of 5-1 on Monday night.

Lefty youngster Matt Moore of the Rays became the first pitcher in franchise history to win his first four starts of the regular season. He was dominant, letting up just two hits (one run) while striking out nine Bronx Bombers.

The offense was fueled by second baseman Ryan Roberts, who had his third career multi-homer game, his first in a Tampa Bay uniform.

I think it's safe to say Matt Moore is enjoying his hot streak. Credit: Getty Images

I think it’s safe to say Matt Moore is enjoying his hot streak. Credit: Getty Images

Mike Napoli

Not much was expected from the Boston Red Sox in 2013. And though it’s early, they’re certainly proving people wrong in the early goings. They currently have the American League’s best record at 10-6.

On Monday night, they continued to give the grieving city something to cheer for, defeating the Oakland A’s, 9-6.

They were led by new acquisition Mike Napoli, who drove in five of the team’s nine runs. His night was highlighted by a grand slam that had many Bostonians smiling, as they deserve to be after such a rough week.

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Napoli couldn’t have been happier to give grieving Boston a happy moment. Credit: The Boston Globe

Robin van Persie

Stepping overseas, we go to England’s Barclay’s Premier League. With a win on Monday, Manchester United would win the league for the 13th time, which is astounding considering no other club has won it more than three times.

They came out firing against Aston Villa, led by striker Robin van Persie. Robin had all three goals in the club’s 3-0 victory.

The three goals give him 24 on the season, now back in the lead over Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and his 23.

Manchester United may have been eliminated from the Champions League recently, but this League win gives them a lot of momentum going forward.

Robin celebrating, and deservingly so. Credit: REUTERS

Robin celebrating, and deservingly so. Credit: REUTERS

4/21/13 Top Performers: Zito, George, Rask, Djokovic

Barry Zito

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

After going into Milwaukee last week and giving up 9 runs in less than 3 innings, the former Cy Young winning showed how to bounce back. Zito went out and shut down the Padres yesterday, throwing 7 innings, allowing 0 ER on 5 hits. The big lefty only caught 4 swinging, but he was more than efficient enough as his Giants were able to put some runs on the board to take the win 5-0.

Besides the bad outing last week, the veteran has looked outstanding on the hump so far in San Francisco, making this his 3rd start of 4 in which he allowed zero earned runs.  We’ll see if Zito’s arm has enough left to keep this up throughout the season.

Paul George

Credit: Brian Spurlock - USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Brian Spurlock – USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis’ emerging star shines bright on Sunday as he lifts the Pacers over the Atlanta Hawks 107-90 to take the first game of the series. George struggled from the field, but was able to knock down 17 of 18 free throws, and contribute to the first triple-double of his playoff career (23 pts, 11 reb, 12 ast).

Many people have talked about this being one of the more boring series of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, which may end up being true as far as a sweep goes. But something tells me the 22-year-old is going to make plenty of Sport Center highlights along the way.

Tuukka Rask

Credit: AFP

Credit: AFP

With 2 of the last 6 games postponed, and losses resulting from the other 4, the Bruins needed a win to bring the life back in themselves and their fans. The tragedies and chaos that has been present in Boston as of late is unthinkable, and sports is one area in which the city can come together once again.

Rask was able to hold strong the entire game, giving up zero goals on 28 shots by the Florida Panthers to seal the 3-0 victory. The win also pulls the Bruins to a tie for 1st in the Northeast Division with Montreal.

Novak Djokovic

It was re-match time in Manoco Sunday afternoon as Rafael Nadal looked to once again defeat Djokovic and win the title for the 9th straight year. However, this time Novak had a different plan. The top-ranked Serbian showed why he holds the #1 spot in the world by ending Nadal’s ATP tournament record win streak.

Credit: Getty Images - Clive Brunskill

Credit: Getty Images – Clive Brunskill

He defeated Rafael in sets of 6-2 and 7-6 to take the Monte Carlo Masters title, the victory also tying up the all-time series between the two competitors at 8-8 in final round matches. Novak Djokovic has definitely earned himself a spot in the tennis greats, now it’ll be interesting to see how much further up the ladder he can climb.

Honorable Mentions

MLB – Dillon Gee (Win): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6 K, Win

MLB – Nelson Cruz (Win): 2-4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI

MLB – Yunel Escobar (Win): 3-4, 1 R, HR, 2 RBI

MLB – Alex Gordon (Win): 3-5, 3 R, HR, 1 RBI

NHL – Joey MacDonald (Win): 34 SV, 1 GA

NHL – Dustin Brown (Win): 2 G, 3 SOG

NHL – Jamie McGinn (Win): 2 G, 1 A, 5 SOG

NBA – LeBron James (Win): 27 pts, 10 reb, 8 ast

Carmelo Anthony Wins NBA Scoring Title

For the first time since the 1984-85 NBA season, a New York Knick has won the league’s scoring title. When Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant decided to sit out Wednesday’s regular season finale, it cemented New York’s Carmelo Anthony as this year’s scoring champion.

Durant would’ve needed 70 points in his final game to surpass Anthony, as he was behind by 0.6 PPG. In the month of April, ‘Melo dominated, averaging 36.9 PPG to raise his season total to 28.7.

'Melo going head to head with KD earlier in the season. Credit: gamedayr.com

‘Melo going head to head with KD earlier in the season. Credit: gamedayr.com

Although winning the league’s scoring title isn’t as big of an honor as it used to be, it still is a great way to honor a phenomenal and well-deserved season in which Carmelo did it all for the Knicks, leading them to their 2nd place finish in the NBA’s Eastern Conference behind only the Miami Heat.

And, in my opinion, it’s great to see someone like ‘Melo win a prestigious award. Frankly, his career deserves some recognition.

Although he hasn’t been able to do much in the playoffs, Carmelo has put together an elite career that is far from over. For the Nuggets and Knicks, he’s averaged 25.0 PPG over his ten-year career, a number that should continue to grow considering the more consistent play we’ve seen from him in the second half of his career thus far.

In fact, with almost 18,000 points to his name already, he could very well finish as one of the top twenty or-so scorers in NBA history, passing names that are already or will soon be in the basketball hall of fame.

Although we may take someone like Carmelo Anthony for granted in the LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant age, we should realize that he too will go down as one of the NBA’s best offensive forces of all-time.

This Week’s Games You Don’t Want to Miss April 16-21st

Tuesday

St Louis Cardinals (8-5, 4-3 Road) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6-7, 4-3 Home)

Jake Westbrook’s last 2 outings have been dominant. Here are his last 2 lines:

Credit: ESPN.com Stats

Credit: ESPN.com Stats

0 Runs given up in 2 starts is a dream for many pitchers to begin a season. Westbrook is a guy that is talented enough to dominate opponents all year. He faced two really good ball clubs in the Reds and Giants and his next opponent is not one to take the day off against. The Pittsburgh Pirates has struggled recently but their pitching has kept them in many games. Westbrook will face off against former Giant Johnathon Sanchez, who will look to rebound from a disappointing start April 10 vs. Arizona.

Wednesday

The final day of the NBA’s regular season.

Washington Wizards (29-52) vs. Chicago Bulls (44-37)

Any game involving the Washington Wizards would normally never make a This Week’s Games You Don’t Want to Miss, but……

1) With a Wizards win over Chicago, the Bulls would solidify their spot in the playoffs as a 6 seed and a potential series against the Indiana Pacers (1-3 this season)

2) with a Bulls win, that would tie them with the Atlanta Hawks for the 5 seed in the playoffs and a MUCH easier series against the Brooklyn Nets (3-1 this season)

Thursday

Columbus Blue Jackets (20-16-7, 47 pts) vs Los Angeles Kings (24-14-4, 52 pts)

The Kings are solidly in this years playoffs but the Blue Jackets, on the other hand, have some work to do. Columbus pulled into a tie with Detroit for the 8th and final spot in the playoffs with a 4-3 OT win over Colorado. The Red Wings have been a .500 team in their last 10 while the Blue Jackets are winners of 7 of their last 9. With 4 games left in the season, Columbus will continue to rely on Sergei Bobrovsky’s shut down goal play to push for the 8 seed.

It’ll be interesting to see how much effort/intensity LA puts forth. They sit at the 4 seed right now and are projected to play San Jose in the playoffs. They can win out for the rest of the season to move up to the 3 seed, but that would put them up in a first round series against Minnesota, a statistically comparable team to San Jose but obviously will force L.A. to travel farther.

Saturday

Boston Celtics (41-39) vs New York Knicks (53-28)

Jeff Green dunks over Utah's Al Jefferson. (Credit: Greg M. Cooper/US Presswire)

Jeff Green dunks over Utah’s Al Jefferson. (Credit: Greg M. Cooper/US Presswire)

This series isn’t officially announced to be played on Saturday as of yet. A 2/7 first round matchup is usually one that heavily favors the 2 seed. Also note that the 2 seed, the Knicks, are 3-1 this season over Boston and have even won 3 in a row. But Jeff Green’s breakout March (17.8 ppg) and an even better April (18.3 ppg). His emergence as another scorer in addition to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in any playoff series makes the Celtics a threat in my opinion.

Carmelo Anthony can single-handedly win the whole series for New York. His switched “en fuego” mode to ON for the last month pouring in 35+ppg to take the lead for the NBA’s scoring title going into the season’s last two days.

Sunday

Houston Rockets (45-36)  vs. Denver Nuggets (56-25)

Note: This is also a series with a date TBA (4/20 or 4/21)

One of the most exciting teams in professional basketball this year is the Denver Nuggets. This is a team that LOVES to play up and down the court with athletic guys like Andre Iguoldala, Kenneth Faried, and JaVale McGee with the break lead by speedy point guard Ty Lawson.

The Rockets offense was the league’s most potent averaging 106.1 ppg. James Harden has proved the doubters wrong and has thrived in Houston with Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons by his side. They must win the rebounding battle over Denver’s agile bigs.

4/14/13 Top Performers: Scott, Upton & Simmons, and Pence

Adam Scott

It was quite the finish last night in Augusta, Georgia especially for Adam Scott.  Scott became the first Australian to ever put on the prestigious green jacket.

Credit: thehindu.com

Credit: thehindu.com

After making his putt on the 18th hole Scott thought that he had it in the bag, but Angel Cabrera matched Scott and both birdied the holet to force a playoff. Scott kept it together and birded the 18th hole for a second time to win The Masters.  Scott was extremely happy and you could see the excitement gleaming from him throughout the entire press conference.  Scott had this to say about his win,

“It’s amazing that it’s my destiny to be the first Australian to win. It’s incredible.”

Justin Upton & Andrelton Simmons

The Braves stomped on the Nationals for the third straight game yesterday in Washington. Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons played a key part in the Braves 9-0 win over the Nationals.

Credit: zimbio.com

Credit: zimbio.com

Upton and Simmons each scored a home run last night and gave the Braves a even bigger cushion and pushed them to their win.

The Braves are starting out the season right and no one can argue that, not even the competition. Nationals pitcher, Gio Gonzalez, made this statement after last nights game,

“The Braves right now are running hot. They’re red hot right now. You got to give them the credit. They’re a tough hitting lineup and a good rotation.”

The “red hot” Braves take on the Kansas City Royals tomorrow night at 7:10.

Hunter Pence

Alright, let’s set the scene. Wrigley Field, Giants verse Cubs, the Cubs are up by one. Hunter Pence is at bat with two outs and two strikes. Does he strike out and give the Cubs the win or does he connect and get on base? Neither. He hits a homer.

Credit: usa today

Credit: usa today

Pence’s homerun couldn’t have come at a better time. His homerun tied the game and caused it to go into extra innings. And the extra innings were in the Giants favor. They ended up taking the leading and beating the Cubs 10-7 in 10 innings.

4/12/13 Top Performers: Day, Curry, Jefferson, Fowler

Jason Day

The best performance at The Masters on Friday came from Aussie Jason Day, who is trying to become the first Australian to ever win the prestigious event.

He fired off an impressive 4-under par 68 to take the lead at 6-under through 36 holes. He has a decent history at Augusta National having finished tied for 2nd place back in 2011. Obviously, there’s a lot of golf left to be played, but Day has been in some very big tournaments throughout his young career, so he’s more experienced than many may think.

Jason Day acknowledging the fans. Credit: The Australian

Jason Day acknowledging the fans. Credit: The Australian

Stephen Curry

Although his Golden State Warriors couldn’t pull off the victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, Stephen Curry had another one of his patented dominant shooting performances, finishing with 47 points on the night.

Curry went 17-31 from the field, including a great 9-for-15 from 3-point range. He’s now sitting comfortably as the 7th leading scorer in the NBA at 22.84 points per contest with only big-name superstars in front of him.

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Al Jefferson

Not too far behind Curry on Friday night was the Utah Jazz’s Al Jefferson, who had 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists in his squad’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Jefferson continues to be one of the NBA’s most underrated players, scoring almost 18 points and grabbing over 9 boards per contest despite there not being a lot else that opposing defenses have to hone in on when playing the Jazz.

If the 28 year-old former 1st round draft pick out of high school could definitely garner more attention, though, if he has big nights like tonight once in a while.

Jefferson standing with his point guard Mo Williams. Credit: NBA.com

Jefferson standing with his point guard Mo Williams. Credit: NBA.com

Dexter Fowler

The Colorado Rockies picked up a win over division foe San Diego Friday night thanks large-in-part to outfielder Dexter Fowler’s two home runs.

His 2nd home run came off of Padres’ closer Huston Street in the 9th inning to give his Rockies the lead, as they went on to win in the bottom half of the inning by a score of 7-5. The 27 year-old with a world of talent looks like he may finally be breaking through, as he’s off to a monstrous start in 2013. Through 10 games played, he’s hitting .325 with 6 home runs and 9 RBI’s.

4/11/13 Top Performers: Robinson, Guan, Leishman & Garcia

Here are your top performers from around the entire world of sports from Thursday, April 11th …

Nate Robinson

Yes, the streak ending continues for the pesky Chicago Bulls, as they knocked off the red hot New York Knicks at the Madhouse on Madison Thursday night.

They were led by their 5’9 point guard, Nate Robinson, who’s still getting extensive minutes with Derrick Rose out and Kirk Hinrich having been in and out of the lineup all year. Robinson scored a season-high 35 points against Carmelo’s (who had a 20/20 game) Knicks, who still look poised to lock up the 2nd seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Robinson now averages over 13 PPG. Credit: ESPN

Robinson now averages over 13 PPG. Credit: ESPN

It was Nate, who Bulls fans have nicknamed ‘Love-Hate Nate,’ who spearheaded Chicago’s 15-point 2nd half comeback and surge in overtime, when Nate scored 8 quick points.

Marc Leishman & Sergio Garcia

The spotlight at the top of The Masters leader board was taken by two foreigners in the legendary tournament’s first round: Marc Leishman and Sergio Garcia.

Garcia, one of the more talked-about golfers throughout the past decade who hasn’t been able to win a major tournament, is playing in The Masters for his 15th time, while Leishman is only making his 2nd appearance. They both posted a very solid 6-under par 66 to propel them into a tie for the lead after 1 day.

It’ll be interesting to see if they can hang on going into the weekend, though, with many talented guys on their tail.

Sergio giving the fans the tip of his cap. Credit: telegraph.co.uk

Sergio giving the fans the tip of his cap. Credit: telegraph.co.uk

Tianlang Guan

He’s fourteen years old and competing at Augusta National in The Masters. That’s right; fourteen years old. Tianlang Guan is the Asian Amateur Champion, which in recent years can get you a bid to compete in The Masters.

After one day, Guan was just one over par, well on track to make Friday’s cut and compete with the best over the weekend.

He’s the youngest amateur to compete in a major PGA tournament, so if he makes the cut, he’ll be the youngest to do so by a couple of years. In just a few hours, Tianlang went from “the 14 year-old kid from China” to “Tianlang Guan: one of the best stories of the 2013 Masters.”

Tianlang staring down one of his drives. Credit: CBS Sports

Tianlang staring down one of his drives. Credit: CBS Sports

4/10/13 Top Performers: Kobe, Vucevic & Harris, Luongo, Westbrook, Pollock

Kobe Bryant

Credit: uproxx.com

Credit: uproxx.com

The Black Momba does it again – refuses lose and wins MVP chants on the road. Kobe dropped a season-high 47 points in Portland last night, keeping the playoff run alive for his Lakers as they take a one game lead over Utah for the 8th spot in the West. Bryant filled up the stat sheet by grabbing 8 boards, dishing 5 assists, and got 3 steals to go along with 4 blocks; oh, and went a perfect 18-18 from the charity strike.

The superstar received help from both bigs however, Howard finishing with 20 & 10, and Pau with 23 & 9. The Rookie of the Year to be, Damian Lillard, added a fantastic game for the Trailblazers dropping 38 points and throwing out 9 assists. The road only gets harder as the Lakers look ahead to their last 3 games, but they are all must-wins if they want to secure a post-season birth.

Nikola Vucevic & Tobias Harris

Tobias Harris stuffing it in the OT win over the Bucks. Credit: AP

Tobias Harris stuffing it in the OT win over the Bucks. Credit: AP

Credit: USA Today Sports

Credit: USA Today Sports

Dwight Howard who?? The front-line for the Orlando Magic proved that “Superman” is not missed in Orlando, combining for 60 points and 39 rebounds to boost their squad past Milwaukee 113-103. It was the 3rd 20/20 game for Vucevic this season, but the first time he ever reached 30 points for a new career-high in scoring. Tobias Harris also had his second strong game in a row dropping 30 points and grabbing 19 boards in Monday night’s contest after getting 26 & 12 on Sunday.

While Orlando is en route to a lottery pick, something no team wishes on themselves as the season starts, their fans can now have strong hope for the near future as these young players start to look like emerging stars. It will be interesting to see who they snag in this year’s NBA Draft, and what impact these kids can have next season.

Roberto Luongo

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It was Robert Luongo’s first start in over 3 weeks, and it couldn’t have gone much better. The veteran stopped 40 shots on the night, only letting one slip past in the 4-1 victory over the Flames.

Vancouver continues its tear winning their 4th in a row and making it 10 out of their last 12. With only 8 games left in the season they we’ll see if they continue to rise in the standings. It is unlikely anyone catches Chicago, but they still have a chance to overtake Anaheim for the number 2 spot in the West.

Jake Westbrook

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

The right-hander came to play yesterday as he threw a 9 inning shutout to earn his first win of the season. After Westbrook lost 1-0 after throwing a gem in his season debut, in which he still did not give up an earned run, his team made sure another win wasn’t wasted.

The Cardinals dropped 4 bombs on the Reds on their way to a 10-0 victory and to take the three game series from the reigning NL Central champions.

A.J. Pollock

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

The young center fielder was determined not to let his team suffer the sweep against the Pirates this week, as he lifted his Diamondbacks to a 10-2 win. Pollock went 3-5 from the plate, homering twice while driving in four teammates and crossing the plate three times.

Starting pitcher Wade Miley also had a fine outing, finishing with five strikeouts and only giving up 2 runs through 6.2 innings for his second win of the season.

Honorable Mentions

NBA – Damian Lillard (Loss): 38 pts, 9 ast, 3 stl

NBA – Andre Iguodala (Win): 12 pts, 13 reb, 10 ast, 3 stl

NBA – Andre Drummond (Win): 29 pts, 11 reb, (career high in pts)

NHL – Gregory Campbell (Win): 2 G, 2 SOG

NHL – Phil Kessel (Loss): 2 G, 5 SOG

NHL – Mike Smith (Win): 29 SV, 1 GA

MLB – Brandon Moss (Win): 3-4, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

MLB – Matt Carpenter (Win): 4-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

MLB – Kelley Shoppach (Loss): 3-3, HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

MLB – Matt Moore (Win): 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5 K, Win

MLB – Barry Zito (WIn): 7 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 4 K, Win

MLB – Wade Davis (Win): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K, Win

MLB – Mike Minor (Win): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 K, Win