“You’ve got two teams with a bunch of dogs in the clubhouse. No one is afraid,” McCullers said.
Two nights after a 13-12, 10-inning slugfest under the roof at Minute Maid Park, pitching dominated.
Well, now they have 16 points in 12 games with an absolutely pathetic power play that’s clicking at 8.6 percent, by far the worst in the NHL. Meanwhile, the Jackets are sixth in 5-on-5 goals with 28, after finishing sixth last season (168). They lead the NHL in expected goals scored at 5-on-5 (26.75) and are fourth in Corsi percentage (54.27). So when the power play trends up, watch out, as their underlying even strength numbers are solid.
“I’m fine,” James said after finishing with 18 points, eight assists and five rebounds while filling in at point guard again as Derrick Rose continues to be sidelined with a sprained left ankle. “I’m fine, and we’re fine. It’s a long season. It’s way too [early to judge].”
It’s the early portion of games that have been the most problematic. The Cavs have been outscored by 44 points combined in the first quarter of their past four games, allowing their opponents to score an average of 33.8 points in the period.
The most-discussed play from last night’s Game 5 occurred in the stands, when an Astros fan caught Yasiel Puig’s ninth-inning home run, only to have the guy two seats over steal it and toss it back onto the field. Turns out that guy is her brother-in-law and he’s not as evil as the internet is making him out to be.