An advice column for people who live with people who live for sports
What happened on Thursday, February 19, 2015?
NBA Trade Madness: The NBA trade deadline was yesterday at 3 p.m. Proving the rule that if you leave it to the last minute, it only takes a minute, something like a dozen trades involving 25-30 players and draft picks happened in the hour or two before the deadline. Lots of NBA teams were broken up and reformed. The biggest move was Phoenix’s Goran Dragic going to the Miami Heat. Line: And people thought this was going to be a quiet trade deadline… nope!
Thunder thunder in first game after All-Star break: The Oklahoma City Thunder know what’s expected of them — to make the playoffs — and what they need to do to get there — win two thirds of their remaining games. They started of the last third of their season with a bang, dominating the Dallas Mavericks 104-89. Line: It doesn’t seem like it’s going to be the Thunder’s year, but don’t tell that to them, they’re killing themselves to make it happen.
Frustration growing in Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Penguins lost 2-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets scored the winning goal late in the third period while the Penguins were on a power play. Giving up a short handed goal is always frustrating, giving up a game-winning short handed goal near the end of the game is almost unforgivable. Also of note was a fight that Penguins star, Sidney Crosby got into in the second period with Blue Jacket pest, Brandon Dubinsky. Good for Dubinsky for annoying Crosby to the point that he would risk his talented hands and oft-concussed head just to exchange punches. Line: Not very smart for Crosby to get into a fight.