Quickly, the Insidplays team would like to send out our thoughts to Javon Walker and his family after he was found unconscious on the streets of Vegas following a robbery. Talk about a poor guy with Dillon McKay 90210 after the Noxzema Chick dies-kind of luck…after a breakout Pro Bowl season in only his 3rd year with Green Bay, the clouds have darkened for Mr. Walker:
1. After initially tryin' to negotiate a new contract, Favre pleaded for Javon to return w/ the thought another huge year would bring him the coin he desired. Walker finally reported to camp, but proceeded to blow-out his ACL in the opener & missed the remainder of the season.
2. After a long rehab, the Packers traded Javon to Denver in the off-season…which meant going from Brett Favre to Jake Plummer.
3. Following the final game of his 1st season with the Broncos, Javon & teammate Darrent Williams decided to celebrate in downtown Denver. The evening ended with their limo being sprayed w/ bullets resulting in a deceased & bloody Williams landing in Walker’s lap. It turned out a confrontation between the shooter and teammate Brandon Marshall, not Williams & Walker, was the cause of the horrific event.
4. Walker vowed to dedicate his season to Williams only to struggle with knee injuries throughout the year. After the Broncos were unable to find a trading partner for Javon, he was released and ended-up signing w/ the lowly Raiders.
6. And now, following the Vegas incident, he's strugglin' w/ "significant injuries" after he was robbed of cash & jewelry.
Hopefully they’ll be brighter days ahead for Mr. Walker, and more importantly, the madness surrounding many professional athletes can be resolved in the coming years. But particularly in Sin City, I’m shocked these things don’t happen more often...my azz is afraid walking down the strip when I’ve won a couple hundred bucks and a Bellagio buffet voucher.
While I feel bad for Chien-Ming, I have to admit reading the headline "MRI Needed On Wang" made me laugh like a school-girl. As for a Greggy G prediction, the loss of Mr. Wang will surely keep the already starting pitching-depleted Yanks from making their annual trip to the postseason.
For all the bitchin' about what a travesty it was they didn't fire Willie Randolph before having to fly to Anaheim...give me a frickin' break. A chartered flight with gourmet meals and stewardesses like this...what a rough life for a millionaire.
And I agree with my Homeboy Larry the Legend...watching the Mets absolutely choke the end of the 2007 season & sleepwalk through the 1st half of 2008 has been more embarrassing than firing a guy after everyone’s a sleep. Seriously, a chartered flight that’s probably cooler than my house, getting to enjoy a postgame meal that rivals a Sports Bar in Heaven, and not being able to answer questions from the media about how you feel about losing your job…that must suck. With that, enough BS and time to get some ATS Luv...
KEVIN GARNETT (OVA 32.5 points & bounds)
In what KG described as a “garbage” performance in Game 5, the passionate forward still totaled 27 pts & rebs in 33 foul plagued minutes...while only sinking one FT (1-4 from the line). Tonight, especially with Perkins (shoulder) not able to control the glass even if he plays, I expect Garnett to snag at least 16 rebounds and look to attack the basket early n’ often. The Lakers don't have an answer for his combination of size & quickness, and with him riled-up more than normal, I can’t see how they contain him for two straight games…
KG’s final numbers 20 points 17 rebounds
LOS ANGELES LAKERS @ BOSTON CELTICS (UNDA 191.5)
The opening game of the series went unda (186), and following some jetlag & a change of venue in Game 3 we saw another easy unda (168)…which means with only a day of rest, a flight, and a return to the ruckus atmosphere in the Garden we’ll see another point total that goes unda. Especially with the lockdown D the Celtics displayed the final three quarters in games 4 & 5 (LA averaged 20 pts per quarter in the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th) after looking lackadaisical in both opening quarters (LA averaged 37 pts in 1st quarter), Doc will make sure they don’t allow Kobe to explode to start things off tonight. The Lakers did their damage with open looks in transition so expect the Celtics to keep the tempo at a snails past from the onset. In addition, KG claimed he was lousy in Game 5 so look for the Defensive MVP to have even more energy than normal & to avoid the silly fouls that only kept him on the floor for 33 minutes. While the LakeShow bench has the ability to catch fire from deep...
While the LakeShow bench has the ability to catch fire from deep, they struggled near Hollywood to look comfortable and I expect them to be even tighter in-front of the Boston Faithful. The officiating will also assist in the unda prediction as fouls will be at a minimum tonight as the refs won’t any part in a FT discrepancy. And finally, if Perkins plays & is close to 90%, I like the play even more since Gasol & Odom struggle to score against his strength & length when paired with Garnett.
Final Score: Celtics 90 Lakers 84
DETROIT TIGERS (-120) @ SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Krabby Kenny Rodgers has found a rhythm of late that we’ve seen each of the past few seasons and usually lasts a lil ova a month. Over the last 3 weeks (4 starts), Kenny has pitched at least 7 innings in each start has only given up a total of 3 earned runs (29 innings & 20 hits with a 0.93 ERA!). Combine that with a veteran line-up that finally is earning their monstrous paychecks (last 7 games: 41 runs with a .335 average), and I expect the Tigers to start-up another win-streak. As for the Giants ova their last 7 games, they’ve only won twice and are sporting an ERA close to 5 ova that span. While young lefty Jonathan Sanchez (6-3, 4.26) has looked solid this season, it helps when you pitch in the hitting-challenged NL West…and he’s also coming off a 5 inning 7 earned runs performance in his last start. Tigers continue to hit while Krabby Kenny keeps the ball down all night…
Tigers by 3 to 5 runs