Sports Update with Randy Adams, Tuesday, April 30th

Wynne Broadcasting’s Randy Adams has been covering local Klamath Basin sports for 40 years and is the voice of the Henley Hornets and Mazama Vikings on radio at 106.5 / 1240AM The Winner CBS Sports Radio and 102.5 / 1450AM KFLS. Hear his daily morning show on Sunny 107!

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It was game one  of the second round NBA semifinals for the Portland Trail Blazers who were outmatched in Denver, losing last night 121-113.

The Nuggets took a 58-55 lead heading into halftime and the game was relatively close throughout, but Denver kept the lead and controlled the tempo for most of the night.  Nikola Jokic continued some big postseason debut by leading the way with 37 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Nuggets.

As expected however, the Blazers’ Damian Lillard put on a superhuman performance with 39 points, but it wasn’t enough to offset the Nuggets’ trio in the opening game of this series.

Lillard, after the game knew they had let this one get away from them:

“I think it was a little bit more of that, probably more than we needed,” he said. “Maybe we needed to not say as much. Any time you see guys wanting it that bad, you’re going to say stuff sometimes, but we might’ve had a little too much of that tonight.”

The Denver crowd at the Pepsi Center saw both teams shoot better than 50 percent from the field and combining for 234 points.

But with both sides dialed in on the offensive end, the game came down to which team made the most mistakes. And as is often the case, that inauspicious honor went to the road team.

Portland turned the ball over 18 times, which Denver converted into 23 points to take Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

“There’s no question that the turnovers, they hurt us,” said Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. “It was a good offensive game, but I thought the turnovers really made a difference.”

The Blazers will workout and be ready in Denver for game two, Wednesday night, a game you can see on TNT and hear on Wynne Broadcasting’s The Winner Sports Radio 106.5FM and 1240AM, at 6pm.

On Monday afternoon, safety Myles Slusher announced his commitment to Oregon over fellow finalists Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas A&M.

The commitment to Oregon is considered to be huge, according to Duck coaches.

The 6-foot, 181-pound defensive back, out of Broken Arrow High School (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma), is rated the nation’s No. 3 safety (No. 59 prospect overall) and has been selected to participate in the All-American Bowl.

Kyle Lewis

While the Mariners open a two game set at home tonight against the Chicago Cubs, one of their star minor leaguers is tearing it up in class AA.

Kyle Lewis hit his third homer of the year, a three-run blast, in the fourth inning of Arkansas’ 9-6 win over Amarillo.

Lewis, 23, is hitting .241 through 22 games this season, and most importantly, he’s staying healthy. Injuries have been a constant struggle for Lewis since the Mariners selected him in the first round of the 2016 Draft.

He had several starts and at-bats for the Mariners big club in spring training.

MLB Scores (from Monday, April 29)

San Diego Padres1Final
Atlanta Braves3
WMike Soroka (2-1)
LNick Margevicius (2-3)
SJacob Webb (1)
Oakland Athletics4Final
Boston Red Sox9
WRyan Brasier (1-0)
LFrankie Montas (4-2)
SMatt Barnes (2)
Baltimore Orioles3Final
Chicago White Sox5
WManny Banuelos (2-0)
LJohn Means (3-3)
SAlex Colome (6)
Tampa Bay Rays8Final
Kansas City Royals5
WYonny Chirinos (4-0)
LBrad Keller (2-3)
Colorado Rockies1Final
Milwaukee Brewers5
WZach Davies (3-0)
LKyle Freeland (2-4)
Houston Astros0Final
Minnesota Twins1
WJake Odorizzi (3-2)
LJustin Verlander (4-1)
SBlake Parker (6)
Cincinnati Reds5Final
New York Mets4
WRaisel Iglesias (1-3)
LEdwin Diaz (0-1)
Los Angeles Dodgers2Final
San Francisco Giants3
WSam Dyson (1-0)
LRoss Stripling (1-2)
SWill Smith (7)
St. Louis Cardinals6Final
Washington Nationals3
WMichael Wacha (2-0)
LPatrick Corbin (2-1)
SJordan Hicks (9)

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