Today in Sports: 4/9/17 Review

The Masters:

Sergio!!!!!! Sergio Garcia finally got the monkey off his back and won a major for the first time in his career. Although it looked as though Sergio may have once again blown his chance when he missed an easy put to win on the 18th hole, he was able to keep his composure and win on the first playoff hole against Justin Rose. Sergio had back-to-back bogies on the 10th and 11th holes and hit a terrible shot to start the 12th hole before miraculously saving par. These three holes put him two shots behind Rose, but he was able to tie him heading into the last hole after Rose bogeyed on 17. Sergio missed an easy put on 18 that would have won him his first career major, but that didn’t end up haunting him. Garcia was able to birdie the first playoff hole to win his first major. Sergio Garcia will no longer have to deal with the label of being one of the world’s greatest golfers without a major.

 

NBA:

Atlanta Hawks defeat Cleveland Cavaliers 126-125 (OT): What a game! The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to struggle heading towards postseason play. They blew a 26 point 4th quarter lead in shocking fashion. Although there were a few questionable calls down the stretch that helped Atlanta send the game into overtime, the Cavaliers shouldn’t have let the game get that close in the first place. The Cavaliers are now tied with the Boston Celtics for the best record in the Eastern Conference with two games remaining. The Cavaliers still control their own destiny because they own the tiebreaker over Boston. The Hawks are still in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Oklahoma City Thunder defeat Denver Nuggets 106-105: Again, what a game! Russell Westbrook recorded his record breaking 42nd triple double of the season in dramatic fashion. Westbrook had 16 rebounds and 10 assists to go along with a game high 50 points. He broke the hearts of Nuggets fans by hitting a deep three at the buzzer to win the game. This loss knocked the Nuggets out of contention for the Western Conference’s last spot in the playoffs. The Portland Trail Blazers will be the eighth seed and will face the Golden State Warriors in the first round.

Today in Sports: 4/9/17 Preview

The Masters:

Sunday’s final round at The Masters should be must-see TV. Will this finally be the major that puts Sergio Garcia over the hump? He’s been one of the world’s best golfers for years but hasn’t been able to shake the major curse. Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth are hot on his heels after both posted back-to-back solid rounds. Sunday’s action should be full of high-pressure moments, and we’ll all be on the edge of our seats wondering who will crack under the pressure.

 

NBA:

Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks (NBATV): This Eastern Conference battle between the Cavaliers and Hawks has major playoff implications. The Cavaliers are currently in first place with a half game lead over the Boston Celtics. The Hawks are in fifth place with a half game lead over the sixth seeded Milwaukee Bucks. With both teams’ recent struggles, the Hawks and Cavaliers want to get some momentum heading into the postseason.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets: This game is extremely important for the Denver Nuggets. The Thunder already clinched the sixth seed in the Western Conference and will face the third seeded Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. Russell Westbrook is going for his record breaking 42nd triple-double this season against a Nuggets team that needs to win. The Nuggets are in ninth place in the Western Conference with three games left on their schedule. They are 1.5 games behind the eighth seeded Portland Trail Blazers. If the Nuggets lose this game, they can kiss their playoff dreams goodbye.