Tonight Tyler Herro gets another opportunity to prove he’s the most terrific rookie to ever play in the NBA Finals. Jimmy Butler put the team on his back Sunday night, while Herro shared the snarl seen round the world.
Butler’s clutch performance gave the Heat a chance to climb out of a 2-0 hole, and maybe more importantly, bought time for Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic to return from injury. Asking Butler to continually replicate that performance is out of the question, but that performance may have gotten him enough help to put the Lakers on the ropes. Adebayo is listed as questionable ahead of tonight’s game.
In a series that features a pair of Wildcats on each team, the BBN can’t lose. So far, we haven’t been given a whole lot of entertaining basketball to watch. Almost every game has been pretty lopsided one way or the other. I have a feeling tonight’s will go down to the wire and ultimately decide if this series is finished in five or is just getting started. Tip-off is set for 9 pm ET on ABC.
SportsCenter shared this video of Herro from a UK practice in 2018 that’s picking up plenty of steam online. As much joy as it brings me to see the enthusiasm at the Joe Craft Center, it pains me to think Bryce Freaking Brown, Bruce Pearl and one stinking overtime kept this team from a Final Four. Sorry to bring that up and potentially start your day on a sour note; just enjoy the excitement from the court.
In 2018, John Calipari told Tyler Herro that if he made six threes in a row, he’d end practice early. ??
Baby Goat came through.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 6, 2020
The Finals aren’t the only postseason professional sport in action. Major League Baseball’s Divisional Series began Monday with the Astros taking a 10-5 win game one win and the Yankees storming out to a 9-3 victory. Today there are four games in action, beginning with the Braves and Marlins at 2 pm on FS1. The A’s and the Astros return to the hump at 4:30 pm on TBS, followed by the Yankees and Rays at 8 pm. The Dodgers and the Padres will serve the nightcap in the best-of-five series at 9:30 pm on FS1.
Smoke is Out
You will not see Kavosiey Smoke in a Kentucky football uniform for a few weeks. The explosive running back fractured ribs after he was taken down from behind near the UK sideline against Ole Miss. Mark Stoops did not give a specific timeline for his return, but it will mostly be determined on how he can manage pain. In the middle of a deep running back room, a conservative approach would put Smoke back in the lineup after the bye week, giving him more than a month to recover.
Hill is In
Kentucky lost a running back. Mississippi State’s best running back will return to action. Kylin Hill did not play beyond the first quarter of a 21-14 loss to Arkansas. The All-SEC running back had apparent concussion symptoms after taking a big hit. Mike Leach said on Monday that he expects Miss. State’s most explosive playmaker to be active and in the lineup against UK.
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A New KSR Football Podcast
The gang couldn’t wait until Monday afternoon to get some things off our chest, so we hopped on a Sunday night Zoom to get all of the bad from Ole Miss out of our system. Hopefully when you listen it will be therapeutic, allowing you to get the stink off one Egg Bowl team before another comes to town on Saturday. Need more UK football podcasts? Subscribe to 11 Personnel and you’ll be the first to get a new episode that could drop late tonight.
Madison County Reunion on MNF
There was extra aKentucky flavor on Monday Night Football. Before Za’Darius Smith had three sacks for the Green Bay Packers, the New England Patriots called in backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham. With the help of Damien Harris, the former Auburn quarterback marched down the football field and threw his first career touchdown pass to cut the Kansas City lead to three.
A little more than ten years prior, Harris and Stidham were making plays on the pee wee football field in Madison County, Ky. The former 49ers teammates eventually became rivals in the Iron Bowl. Last night they almost pulled off an improbable comeback in Kansas City, until a ball went through Julian Edelman’s hands and into the belly of Tyrann Mathieu for a pick six.
Thoughts and Prayers
Yesterday we received a stark reminder of the unforgiving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the world is slowly returning to normal, we’re far from out of the woods. Many of you may have read sports reports and columns from Keith Taylor in small newspapers around central Kentucky. Monday afternoon his mother lost her fight with COVID-19. This morning I hope you’ll join me by taking a few extra moments to share a prayer for Keith’s family and the hundreds of thousands of others that have lost loved ones during this devastating pandemic that’s plagued our nation.