Didn’t watch last night’s marquee NBA matchup, Heat-Clippers in L.A.? Well… honestly, if you’re on the east coast, we can’t totally blame you, because the game started at 10:30 Eastern time. But if you’re out west? And if you missed everything else last night? NO EXCUSE. But we at SportsGrid are a giving lot, and we take pity on you, so now, as we do every morning, we present you with a brief recap of last night’s sports happenings, so you may go forth a less ignorant soul. As always, you’re welcome.
Clippers beat the Heat, look legit.
If you thought adding Ray Allen to a championship team meant the Heat would storm through the rest of the NBA almost untouched (and honestly, who could have blamed you for predicting that?), well… not quite. Sure, they’re still 6-3 following last night’s 107-100 loss to the Clippers at the Staples Center, a score only made that close by a late and ultimately meaningless rally, but they’re only 2-3 on the road. In addition, two of those wins have come by just three points each. It’s early, and the Heat should still be right in the thick of the championship race when all’s said and done, but I did receive these Gchats from a Heat fan friend this morning, unprompted:
Fuckin Heat can’t play D
Well, they really need to figure that out then.
As for the Clippers: this team is dangerous. They’re 6-2, and the Paul-to-Griffin connection is as lethal as ever. And if Jamal Crawford keeps being on fire (22 points in 24 minutes last night), having him around could make the Clips downright deadly. And who ever thought they’d ever hear something like that?
Around the Association…
Hey, the Pistons did something right! Specifically, they beat the Sixers 94-76 to move to 1-8 on the year. Sure, it’s probably impossible for a team of professional basketball players to even seriously threaten going 0-82, but knowing you won’t still has to be a bit of a relief. And speaking of teams that have been a threat to go winless in the past: the Bobcats are an above-.500 team (for now)! That’s thanks to an 89-87 win in Minnesota last night, the Bobcats’ first road win of the season. Sure, the T-Wolves are dealing with about 256 different injuries, but last season’s Bobcats still probably would have lost this game by 20.
Elsewhere, the Grizzlies, wo are shaping up as a serious contender in the West, beat the Thunder on the road, and the Wizards stayed winless with a 107-101 loss to the Mavericks. And more: check here for the full slate of scores from last night.
College basketball upset watch:
Nothing to speak of last night, really. Three top 25 teams played, and two of them squared off against each other. In that matchup, No. 10 Florida topped No. 22 Wisconsin 74-56, while No. 15 Creighton turned back UAB 77-60 with a second-half surge. Things were a bit more interesting on the women’s side, as three top 25 teams fell to non-top-25 opponents: Oklahoma (to UCLA), Delaware (to Duquesne), and Georgetown (to UNC). But since Delaware was without all-world superstar Elena Delle Donne, is that one even really much of an upset?
Finally, the best college football player you’ve probably never heard of.
That’s Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch. Following last night’s 31-24 win over Toledo, Lynch has thrown for 2,582 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, against just four interceptions – all for a 10-1 Huskies team. Pretty impressive, right? Well, what if I then told you that he’s also run for 1,504 yards (he’s only run for fewer than 100 yards in one game all season) and 16 more scores? Now you’ve gotta know more about this guy, right? Well, here are this game-by-game stats from this year.
Feast your eyes on those numbers: Lynch’s 2012 is shaping up as one of the greatest statistical years a college quarterback’s ever had. And Lynch is only a junior, so he could do it all again. This is his first year as a starter. Who doesn’t love an out-of-nowhere story like that?
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