Sports Agenda for Tuesday (5/1/12)
The Heat are on cruise control after another playoff victory; the Marlins are REALLY thankful April has finally ended; and the Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire will see his name become a verb after doing something that will go down in the annals of dumb sports injuries.
Miami Heat: (off until Thursday for Game 3)
Hmm, New York played their best basketball and still never truly threatened the Heat last night.
For the Knicks, Carmelo got 30, Amar’e got 18 and Tyson Chandler got 13, but it still wasn’t enough.
For the Heat, LeBron got 19, 7 & 9, Chris Bosh had 21, 4 & 4, and D-Wade had 25, 4 & 4. (FYI: that means 25 points, four rebounds, and 4 assists)
But watching the game, it really looked to me like the Heat were almost just toying with the Knicks at times.
Battier and Miller contributed 11 apiece and it was just a total team effort for the Heat.
The best parts were having 28 assists and only turning the ball over 8 times.
Not bad…not too bad at all.
Course it also helps when you shoot 52.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the three-point line.
As the game ended, you could tell New York was defeated, dejected, and looking like they were ready to give up.
The team had to rely on Mike Bibby and as any Heat fan will tell you, at this point in Bibby’s career, that is a recipe for disaster.
I still love keeping Bosh at Center even if Udonis Haslem only has one point.
It’s working to perfection and until someone stops it, don’t change it.
But as much fun as the Heat’s victory was, it’s what happened after the game that truly took the humor next-level.
As the Knicks were licking their wounds from another Heat defeat, the fifth or in a row for the Heat this season, Amar’e needed to get his frustration out.
So he did what any normal person would do….
He punched through the glass of a fire extinguisher cabinet and cut his hand pretty bad.
Stoudemire would apologize on Twitter for what he did, but his teammates are pretty much resigned to the fact that he will miss at least the next game.
I don’t want to say this is one of the dumbest sports injuries of all time, but c’mon man.
Your team is down 2-0 and you do something that, for lack of better words, stupid?
But it made me think of some of the dumbest injuries in sports history, so here’s what I came up with.
Ken Griffey, Jr. missed a game in 2006 because he pinched himself with his protective cup
Gus Frerotte headbutted a wall in the end zone after a touchdown…the wall won.
Sammy Sosa strained his back while sneezing and missed the next game.
Manchester United coach Alex Stepney in 1975 screamed so loud at his team that he broke his jaw
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Steve Sparks dislocated his left shoulder trying to tear a phone book in half in 2004
Bill Gramatica tore his ACL while jumping around after a field goal…in the first quarter.
Brandon Marshall slipped on a hamburger wrapper and as he was falling put his hand through a glass home entertainment center.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was poked in the eye in an exhibition game and punched the post supporting backboard…suffered a broken hand
Fun, fun stuff.
Now you can say you got Stoudemired if you hurt your hand in a dumb way.
So he’s got that going for him.
Marlins: (@ San Francisco Giants, 10:15 p.m., Fox Sports Florida)
The Marlins are completely wretched at this point.
How bad are the Marlins’ hitters?
Giancarlo Stanton is leading the team in hitting….with a .247 average!!!!
Are you kidding me?!?!!?
Leadoff man Jose Reyes is batting a stellar .220, yikes.
It also doesn’t help when you make more errors than Fox & Friends.
Buehrle pitched well enough to win, but when you make three errors in a game, it’s tough to win.
And I don’t want to say Heath Bell is overrated, but when your ERA is north of 10 and you’re a closing pitcher….yeah, you’re stinking the joint up.
It’s easy to pile on Ozzie Guillen, but he can’t hit for these guys.
They’re in a fun and if they keep it up, they’ll be out of the pennant chase by the end of May.
So now they head to the West Coast to face the Giants.
If you remember back to last year, one of the Marlins crashed into Giants catcher Buster Posey, leaving him injured and out for the season.
Something tells me the Giants still remember, even if they have played since then.
But we’ll see.
The back end of the rotation has pitched better than the front end, so we’ll see if they can squeeze out a victory tonight.