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Today on KSR: NBA postseason play begins, a big football commitment, and other televised sports

Photo: @Lakers

Photo: @Lakers

Friday marked the final regular season game of the NBA’s Orlando bubble down in Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

For several former Wildcats – Anthony Davis, Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro being just a few – their roads to potentially deep postseason runs are just beginning.

For others such as Devin Booker, De’Aaron Fox and Keldon Johnson, their time in Orlando is officially over.

Let’s take a look at what happened during Friday’s final day of games before looking ahead to what’s next.

Cats in the NBA

TOR 117, DEN 109 Jamal Murray (11 PTS, 4-5 FG, 3-3 3P, 1 AST, 1 STL
IND 109, MIA 92 Tyler Herro (16 PTS, 6-16 FG, 3-8 3P, 3 AST, 1 REB)

Bam Adebayo (DNP)

Oklahoma City
LAC 107, OKC 103 (OT) Patrick Patterson (17 PTS, 4-16 FG, 4-11 3P, 14 REB) Hamidou Diallo (27 PTS, 10-22 FG, 4-8 3P, 11 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK)

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (13 PTS, 6-10 FG, 4 REB, 1 STL)

Nerlens Noel (5 PTS, 2-2 FG, 1 REB, 1 BLK)

PHI 134, HOU 96

Play-in game set for this afternoon

With the NBA regular season officially complete, we now move on to the NBA’s first-ever “play-in tournament” to determine the final Western Conference playoff participant.

Starting at 2:30 p.m. ET, the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies are set to face off with a spot in the playoffs on the line. If the eight-seed Trail Blazers win, they will officially keep their spot and move on to face the one-seed Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. If the Grizzlies win, the two teams will face off yet again on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET, with the winner of that game determining the final playoff team.

Wenyen Gabriel will suit up for the Blazers, while Murray State standout Ja Morant will take the floor for the Grizzlies.

ABC is set to host game one this afternoon, followed by ESPN broadcasting game two, if necessary.

Massive commitment at 3:30 p.m.

Switching over to the gridiron, Kentucky football is a finalist for one of the top prospects in the class of 2021l, and we’ll find out where he’s landing this afternoon.

Monkell Goodwine, the No. 27 overall player in Rivals’ recruiting rankings, is set to decide between Alabama, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Arizona State and Clemson at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Not only is Kentucky in the near-five-star prospect’s final five, Goodwine said this past week that the Wildcats were in his “top 2.”

Reading the national predictions for Goodwine, Alabama is seen as the favorite, with four of five Rivals analysts predicting the Crimson Tide over the Aggies, while six of seven experts Alabama to win out over at 247 Sports. Nobody currently forecasts a UK commitment from Goodwine.

The top 10 defensive end from the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) is being recruited by UK defensive coordinator and pass rushing specialist, Brad White. Goodwine had plenty of nice things to say about White shortly after he announced his five finalists.

“Coach White and I have a good relationship,” Goodwine told Rivals. “I really like Kentucky because the communication and relationship with me and coach White is really good. Even if I don’t commit there, there’s still going to be that level of respect between me and him. Friendship goes a long way in life. He’s a good coach and if I did commit to Kentucky there’s probably a good chance I play my freshman year and do well.”

Can Kentucky pull off the major upset?

We’ll find out at 3:30 p.m., with the commitment set to take place at 

Louisville will try to play this fall with fans

The Louisville Cardinals are planning to play college football this fall, and they hope to do so with fans in the stands.

On Friday afternoon, Louisville Director of Athletics Vince Tyra announced that if things hold firm within the ACC Medical Advisory Group, the school will play football this fall.

“As this week comes to a close, I can tell you that the Louisville Cardinals and the ACC are planning to move forward with the plan to play football,” said Tyra. “We do not anticipate this changing unless new information comes forward from the ACC Medical Advisory Group.”

Tyra also noted that the school has submitted a plan to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear about allowing limited fans in the stands at Cardinal Stadium.

“Additionally, we have submitted our plan for fans to be in attendance at home games in a limited capacity to Governor Beshear’s office and we hope to receive an answer from them shortly,” Tyra added. “Once we do, we will reach out to our season ticket holders immediately.”

No word on the University of Kentucky’s end on fans, but the SEC is currently planning to move forward with the fall season as planned.

What other sports are on TV today?

Outside of the NBA’s play-in game at 2:30 p.m. ET (ABC), what do fans have to watch today?

Check out the full slate below:

LPGA: Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open 7:00am GOLF
PGA: Wyndham Championship 1:00pm GOLF
Senior Players Championship 3:00pm GOLF
NY Mets at Philadelphia 6:05pm
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 6:10pm FS1
Cleveland at Detroit 6:10pm
Atlanta at Miami 6:10pm MLBN
Tampa Bay at Toronto 6:37pm
Washington at Baltimore 7:05pm
St. Louis at Chi. White Sox 7:10pm
Seattle at Houston 7:10pm FOX
Kansas City at Minnesota 7:10pm
Boston at NY Yankees 7:15pm FOX
Oakland at San Francisco 7:15pm FOX
San Diego at Arizona 8:10pm
Texas at Colorado 8:10pm
Milwaukee at Chi. Cubs 8:15pm FS1
LA Dodgers at LA Angels 9:40pm MLBN
Motor Sports TIME ET TV
Xfinity: UNOH 188 3:00pm NBCSN
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs TIME ET TV
Boston at Carolina 12:00pm NBC
Colorado at Arizona 3:00pm CNBC
Tampa Bay at Columbus 7:30pm NBCSN
Vegas at Chicago 8:00pm NBC
New York at Minnesota 6:00pm CBSSN

UFC 252 is also set to take place this evening, featuring the heavyweight championship bout as the event headliner.

Here is the entire card, along with the current odds:

Main Card (ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET)

  • Stipe Miocic (+100) (c) vs. Daniel Cormier (-120) – heavyweight championship fight
  • Sean O’Malley (-300) vs. Marlon Vera (+250)
  • Junior Dos Santos (+110) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (-130)
  • Herbert Burns (-265) vs. Daniel Pineda (+225)
  • John Dodson (+210) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (-250)

Prelims (ESPN/ESPN at 8 p.m. ET)

  • Jim Miller (+105) vs. Vinc Pichel (-125)
  • Felice Herrig (+250) vs. Virna Jandiroba (-300)
  • TJ Brown (-150) vs. Danny Chavez (+130)
  • Livinha Souza (-160) vs. Ashley Yoder (+140)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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5 Comments for Today on KSR: NBA postseason play begins, a big football commitment, and other televised sports

  1. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    10:11 am August 15, 2020 Permalink

    NBA ratings are plummeting. Just Google NBA TV ratings. They are dropping because people in general don’t support the racist Black Lives Matter BS. I love the NBA but am not going to watch any of it. They can suck it! Haha.

    • abobicesaevior
      11:57 am August 15, 2020 Permalink

      Overall viewership is up but per game ratings are down because of the increased number of games per day. The ratings have nothing to do with flag idolatry.

  2. runningunnin.454
    11:20 am August 15, 2020 Permalink

    You have to hand it to Jack as the pioneer, the ksr trailblazer tirelessly scouring the www, finding, and posting a picture with the guys actually standing on their own two feet. But what is with those hopelessly mundane t-shirts?

    • UKFanSC
      12:25 pm August 15, 2020 Permalink

      I also noticed that Zack changed his kneeling buffoon shot to something more akin to basketball than a Catholic mass. Sure that was hard for him.

  3. michaelb
    11:53 am August 15, 2020 Permalink