May. 02, 2017
"The Stack" 4-25-17
The Stack is back on this Tuesday with a shorter blog post today, but a good one nonetheless. NBA Playoff talk and more is in store so let’s get right to it and see what is in “the stack” for today, Tuesday, April 25th:
Raptors, Hawks win, Warriors complete sweep
The Toronto Raptors toyed with the Milwaukee Bucks the first few games of the series, but now appear to be fle their muscles. The Raptors destroyed the Bucks 118-93 to take a 3-2 series lead. The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, was the only Milwaukee player who should feel good about his game scoring 30 points. Malcolm Brogdon did score 19 points which was good for the Bucks, but they were no match for the Raptors who jumped on them early with an eleven point lead after the first quarter. The Bucks got it to single digits at halftime and the Raptors said enough was enough and dominated the second half. Every starter scored in double figures. The Bucks can still very easily win game six, but the Raptors have found their groove now. They will win this series. This is a good learning experience for the young Bucks.
We have a series now between the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks. The home team has won every game this series following the Hawks’ 111-101 win to even the series up 2-2. It was really a tale of two quarters. The Wizards won the first and the third and the Hawks won the second and the fourth quarter. They won those quarters by more than the Wizards won theirs. The Wizards trailed at the half, but outscored the Hawks 27-18 in the third quarter to tie the game 77-77 going into the fourth. The Hawks though would take over with guys like Dennis Schroder making big threes and every time the Wizards would creep close the Hawks would respond. This series has seven games written all over it.
Finally the Golden State Warriors look like an unstoppable machine. They cruised out to a 17-3 first quarter lead with Klay Thompson and Steph Curry lighting the Trailblazers up with their three point shooting early. The Warriors scored 45 points in the first quarter and it was pretty much done after that. Kevin Durant played in this game and started scoring ten points in 20 minutes. It was nice for the Warriors to be able to rest him with them up comfortably. The Warriors would go on to win 128-103 to sweep the series from Portland. Head coach Steve Kerr’s status for the postseason remains very much in doubt and that may be fueling the team’s motivation a little more. This team looks like they are going to walk to the NBA Finals.
Adrian Peterson signs with New Orleans
Boy the NFL knew what they were doing when they released the schedule last week and the week one game is New Orleans at Minnesota on Monday Night Football. That game will carry on a whole new meaning now that former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has . It’s a two-year deal which is essentially a one-year deal for $3 million with an option for the second year. Last year was a huge disappointment for Peterson. He got injured in the second game of the season last year and missed the rest of the season apart from the game against the Indianapolis Colts where Peterson had a costly fumble. I don’t know if this is ultimately the best fit for Peterson. The Saints have a great offense and Drew Brees is an elite quarterback, but they already have a running back in Mark Ingram. Peterson doesn’t do well running out of shotgun. He can’t catch the football real well and he has trouble blocking. What is he going to do for them? His mere presence may put another defender in the box which will open up the passing game that much more for Brees, but this move makes the Saints a fringe wild card team this year. Can Peterson stay healthy and avoid costly fumbles? I think he can run for a thousand yards tops this year. It’s going to be an interesting year on Bourbon Street.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. retiring at end of season
NASCAR’s most famous drive will be hanging them up at pretty early age. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring at the . Last year’s concussion has to be the reason why. He has a family now and will want to settle down. I don’t think he is leaving the racing world entirely, but the driving portion of it just isn’t worth his health to him anymore. It’s a bummer for the sport that he is leaving. He is the most liked driver on the circuit. He’s personable. It will be sad to see him go, but he has to be doing this for the right reasons and after last year, I think we all can understand why he wants to be done and focus on other things in his life.
Tuesday’s playoff games
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets 8 PM ET TNT (Rockets lead series 3-1)
Memphis Grizzlies @ San Antonio Spurs 9 PM ET NBA TV (Series tied 2-2)
Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Clippers 10:30 PM ET TNT (Series tied 2-2)
Coming up Wednesday: Tuesday playoff reaction other top stories in sports