Lynx Making Roster Changes
The Lynx have made a few moves over the past week, including announcing that center Janel McCarville will sit out the 2015 season. Although the original report did not disclose a reason for McCarville's decision, her agent stated Thursday that McCarville needs time to physically recuperate.
"The basic thing is her body is a little broken down," Mike Cound said. "She didn't think she could take the wear and tear this summer. She's going to take time, get her body back, see if she can play overseas [this fall]. She's not certain about that."
In addition to signing center Asjha Jones as an anticipated replacement for McCarville, the Lynx also signed UCLA guard Darxia Morris. Morris played last season with Los Angeles, during which she averaged 1.5 points in only four games. The guard also played with Artego Bydgoszcz (Poland BLK) and averaged 13.8 points and 1.2 assists in 25 games.
As a senior at UCLA in 2011, Morris averaged 12.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals.
The second round of the Playoffs has proved much more entertaining than the first, as all four match-ups made it to Game 6.
Last night, Cleveland took one step closer to the Finals when LeBron and Co. defeated the Bulls 94-73 to win the series 4-2. In the late game, the Clippers also looked like they would take home the series after dominating the first three quarters and leading by 19 points. Josh Smith and former Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer led a fourth-quarter campaign that shocked everyone, however, and the Rockets won 119-107 to force a Game 7 back in Houston.
Rockets were 0-49 in the playoffs when trailing by double digits in the fourth quarter until tonight. Wow.— Jeff Balke (@jeffbalke) May 15, 2015
In the final 14+ mins the Rox outscored the Clips 49-18. They used an 18-0 4th Q run & went 25-5 over the final 6:47 as LA missed 14st shots— Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) May 15, 2015
Matthew Dellevadova, Josh Smith and Corey Brewer the stars of Thursday night, as everyone expected.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) May 15, 2015
The Hawks and Warriors will each have the chance to grab a fourth win tonight. Atlanta/Washington will tipoff at 6 p.m. (CST), and Golden State/Memphis will follow at 8:30 p.m. (CST).
It's hard to pick a favorite series, but I've been loving the Hawks/Wizards rivalry. Atlanta won in a nail-biting finish Wednesday, despite Paul Pierce making a bucket to put the Wizards ahead with just eight seconds remaining. View the exciting play here:
Other Basketball News
- NBA Draft Lottery 2015 Team Representatives Revealed. On Wednesday, the NBA announced the list of individuals that will represent franchises at the NBA Draft lottery. Several current players, including Russell Westbrook, will act on behalf of their teams, as well as former players or current executives and coaches. Minnesota's representative will be owner Glen Taylor's wife.
- NBA Combine 2015. This year's NBA Draft Combine is taking place in Chicago, and the festivities are well underway. The Combine is often criticized for its relevancy and effectiveness, and one of the more respected events is the 5-on-5 piece. Thirty-six players will participate in 5-on-5 this year, although most of the big-name prospects are not on the list. You can see the full rundown of participants here.
- You can watch the action at the Combine on ESPN3 starting at 2:00 pm CDT.
- Meanwhile, Naylor summed up the Wolves interviewees that we know about thus:
Interview list: Russell, Vaughn, Jones, Looney, Kaminsky, Wood, Rozier, Harvey, Young, Dekker. That's 10 of 18. I miss any, @DWolfsonKSTP?— David Naylor (@ProfCedar) May 15, 2015
- Also on ESPN3, beginning at 11 am CDT are the Euroleague semifinals. First is CSKA Moscow vs. Olympiacos, then Fenerbahce Ulker vs. Real Madrid.
Lindsey's Friday Flick Recommendation
I'm going with a more recent film this weekend. If you enjoy more intellectual movies, don't waste another minute without seeing this one!
The Imitation Game
Based on a true story, this film is thought provoking without being overly complicated. The movie takes place during World War II and is the layered story of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing, who was credited with cracking the "unbreakable" codes of Germany's Enigma machine.
The film is very well cast, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Turing and Kiera Knightly co-starring.
View the trailer below, and happy weekending!