MIKEDROP DAILY – Tuesday Recap

UNITED STATES - JUNE 23: Basketball: NBA Finals, San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan (21) victorious with MVP and Championship trophy after winning game vs Detroit Pistons, Game 7, San Antonio, TX 6/23/2005 (Photo by John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (SetNumber: X73797 TK1)

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Sweet 16 Fun Facts

Be sure to check out the latest MikeDropSports Podcast, featuring Zach Stein and myself as we recap the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament and look ahead to what should be an awesome Sweet 16 and Elite 8

For the first time since 2009, all four 1, 2, 3 seeds are in the Sweet 16. Additionally, 2 of the four 4 seeds have advanced

Of the 16 teams remaining,

  • 10 of them have never won a National Championship (Tennessee, Virginia, Purdue, Virginia Tech, LSU, Texas Tech, Gonzaga, Florida State, Houston Auburn)
  • 4 have never been to the Final Four (Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, Auburn)

North Carolina vs Auburn – one meeting all-time, Tar Heels won in 1985, led by Kenny Smith’s 22 points

Kentucky is 3-1 all-time vs Houston, with the Cougars lone win coming in their most recent matchup in 2007

Tennessee and Purdue have split all four meetings, with the Vols winning the most recent game in the 2017 Battle for Atlantis last season. In that game, Purdue star Carsen Edwards played 38 minutes, leading Purdue with 21 points. For Tennessee, Grant Williams and Admiral Scofield both played 30+ minutes, with Williams scoring 22 points.

Virginia is 2-0 all-time vs Oregon. Current Nets guard Joe Harris was part of both UVA wins, while 2016 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon was part of the 2011 team.

Florida State beat Gonzaga in the 2018 Sweet 16, led by Terrance Mann’s 18 points.

Texas Tech is 2-0 vs Michigan, with wins in 1978 and 1983.

Duke is 29-7 all-time vs Virginia Tech, but Hokies have won 3 of the last 4, including a win over Duke at home in February (without Zion)

LSU and Michigan State have faced off once – lone meeting was 1979 Regional Semis, a game the Spartans won by 16. Magic Johnson went for 24 pts, 12 asts, 5 rebs

NBA Playoffs Without Lebron James

A look back at the NBA landscape during the 2004-05 season, which was the last time Lebron James failed to make the playoffs

  • San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons in 7 games to win NBA title
  • East Standings (1-8) – Heat, Pistons, Celtics, Bulls, Wizards, Pacers, 76ers, NJ Nets
  • West Standings (1-8) – Suns, Spurs, Sonics, Mavs, Rockets, Kings, Nuggets Grizzlies
  • All-NBA First Team – Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Shaq, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash
  • Allen Iverson was the NBA’s leading scorer at 30.7 ppg
  • Seattle Sonics won a playoff series – something they have done more recently than Bucks, Wolves, Hornets, and Kings
  • Speaking of Kings, 2005 was thelast time Sacramento made the playoffs
  • Emeka Okafor was #1 draft pick and Rookie of the Year for the Charlotte Bobcats
  • Steve Nash won MVP, leading the Phoenix Suns to the NBA’s best record at 62-20, with help from Mike D’antoni, the Coach of the Year 
  • Lebron’s current team, the Lakers, finished 34-48 missing the playoffs. Current coach Luke Walton played 61 games, averaging 12 mpg, scoring 3 ppg

Chris Bosh Jersey Ceremony

Chris Bosh’s NBA career sadly ended early due to blood clot issues. Bosh won 2 NBA titles with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. On Wednesday, the Heat rightfully hung his jersey in the rafters, joining Heat legends like Alonzo Mourning and Shaquille O’Neal and oddly other random legends like Michael Jordan (who obviously never played for the Heat) and Dan Marino (who obviously never played basketball).

In the game itself, 22 points for future jersey retirement star Dwayne Wade, was not enough as the Heat lost to the Magic.

The only real drama left in the NBA surrounds the East’s #8 seed which is a battle between these two teams. Magic win put them at 1/2 game up on the Heat. Orlando is 37-38 while the Heat are 36-38. The Hornets are still hanging around at 35-39.

Met$ Did It

As a Mets fan, I was stunned to wake up Tuesday to the breaking news that 2018 Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom and the Mets agreed to a 5 year deal. If anyone was deserving of a new contract, it was deGrom. Which is why I didn’t think it would happen. Mets hardly ever do the right thing, do what the fans want, and more importantly hardly ever spend enough money to be successful. Signing deGrom is a good faith move, giving fans confident in the franchise moving forward and giving players confidence as well, knowing that the team will reward them if they earn it.

Worst Quote of the Day

After 7 mostly unsuccessful seasons, Nebraska fired head coach Tim Miles.

Totally respect coach Miles wanting to spend time with his wife, kids, and dog, but a Coors Light? Really, Tim? That’s how you want to come home after being fired? At least have a Stella…

Worst take of the Day

I could think of quite a few teams that won’t be rooting for Zion in Atlanta, namely the Knicks, Suns, Cavs, Bulls, Grizzlies, Pelicans and every single lottery-bound team in 2019.

Lance, Make ‘Em Dance

So many layers here. Poor Jeff Green (RIP career). Watch the bench reaction! Make sure to watch at around the 27 second mark to see Lance’s post shot celebration, himself. A lot of craziness for a crazy player and a lone humorous spot in an otherwise dreadful season for the Lakers.

Random Notes

NFL approved the use of replay for pass interference calls or no calls (ie what happened in the final minutes of the Saints/Rams NFC Championship game). That’s the right move. As long as the replay isn’t abused. Close calls definitely deserve to be looked at though, to ensure officials get it right and situations like NOLA/LA do not occur again in the future.

I’m not sure that Rob Gronkowski is the greatest Tight End of all-time. He barely played all of 8 seasons. He’s certainly been the most impactful and perhaps influential at the position. The NFL will miss him dearly. Oh and despite whatever nonsense people might spew, first ballot Hall of Fame nomination shouldn’t even be questioned or debated

LA Clippers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night. They are 44-30 and currently 5th place. I must admit, I didn’t think they would hang on. I thought, for sure, that the Kings would overtake the Clippers for 8 once the Lakers faded for good. Good for Doc Rivers who did an outstanding job this season, perhaps his best yet. He didn’t have future Hall of Famers like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce. He didn’t have a PG like Rajon Rondo. He didn’t have Blake Griffin or Chris Paul. Instead, he has Montrezl Harrell, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lou Williams, Danil Gallinari and a bunch of very solid role players who put together a great season thanks to great chemistry, coaching and roster construction. Clippers have cap space for a max (plus) players this summer and should be in position to make a big move (Kawhi?)

Congrats to Chargers QB Philip Rivers, whose wife Tiffany gave berth to their 9th kid. The Rivers family has two options – grow up to become a basketball team, with a solid 4 deep bench or Philip and Tiffany can go for two, and build an entire 11 player offense in football. Interesting decision.

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