The 2019 NBA Slam Dunk Contest took place Saturday night at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, and should have been the main attraction of NBA All-Star Weekend. We had Hawks forward John Collins, Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr., Hornets wing Miles Bridges, and Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo. Diallo did a couple good dunks and I did appreciate his winning effort. However, the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk Contest has come and gone, and us die hard NBA fans are once again, hurt.
According to a report last week on MLBTradeRumors.com, Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski is looking to add depth to the starting rotation. Initially, this puzzled me because of the obvious. The Red Sox lost two key members of its bullpen from last year. Joe Kelly moved west to Los Angeles and it was reported this morning that free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel was spotted at the Orlando airport to perhaps reunite with his former team, the Atlanta Braves, whose spring training facility is located at the House of Mouse. So why would Dombo look to fortify the starting five instead of shoring up the pen?
The Bruins continued their western California road trip with a stop in Los Angeles Saturday night to take on the Kings. It was only a week ago when the two clubs met for an overtime showdown at TD Garden, a game that went in favor of the home team. Boston looked to close out its season series with LA on top, with a late-night visit to the Staples Center.
NBA All-Star Weekend has arrived and fans are excited for the upcoming clash between team Giannis and team LeBron. With nothing on the line and every player doing their best James Harden impression on defense, I’m always more interested in the events leading up to the game. The skills challenge, the three point contest, and the granddaddy of them all, the slam dunk contest are where the real action is. While the dunk contest has some parallels to the MLB’s home run derby in raw power, I do appreciate the finesse the other events allow the players to show off. Not only do the skills competitions allow players to demonstrate a broader range of abilities, it features players not included on the All-Star team. This elevates the profile players who may not be well-rounded enough to warrant an All-Star nod, but excel at a specific area of the game nonetheless. I’d love to see MLB take a similar approach and add some additional competitions to its All-Star weekend. Here are a few I had in mind:
Led by goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who had 30 saves, the Bruins beat the Ducks 3-0 Friday night. A strong defense led by the physical play of Brandon Carlo also helped, but Halak was very sharp throughout the game against a bad Anaheim Ducks team.
Gordon Hayward answers the call for leadership and fires back at critics against one of the NBA's strongest offenses today in the Philadelphia 76ers.
Looking to build off a pair of thrilling overtime wins the Boston Bruins would try and continue their winning ways against the surprisingly rejuvenated Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago, winners of seven in a row, spent most of their season toiling at the bottom of the standings.
The Red Sox are primed for another deep playoff run in the 2019 season. Almost every player from last year’s 108-win team will try to bring home the hardware in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1915-1916 squads. But in order for the Red Sox to come close to duplicating the success of 2018, they’d like to see a true breakout performance from one Andrew Benintendi. Benintendi had a solid year on paper, and made two of the most monumental catches in Red Sox postseason history last October. But crunching the numbers on Benny’s first full two seasons in the majors, some concerning patterns become evident. Benny needs to gain some consistency, and end the Jekyll and Hyde binaries that may cost him some big numbers statistically and financially in the future.
The up and down Celtics take on the newly revamped Sixers tonight at 8pm Eastern Time. I am declaring this a must-win game. This team is so close to imploding in everyone's eyes, it would be amazing to see them handle this Philly team that has gotten much better since the trade deadline.