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08.03.20 - 08.07.20

August 18, 2020

By Al Ortiz

8/07/20


Rest, relaxation and really good games are on the docket, Uvalde! Here is your Mancave Minute Weekend Sports Lineup.  The Houston Astros, on a two game losing streak, are looking to bounce back on Friday as they take on the Oakland Athletics at 8:10 p.m., take on the A's again on Saturday at 3:10 p.m., then face that same Oakland team on Sunday at 3:10 p.m. again.

The Texas Rangers, meanwhile, are on a three game losing streak, and also have a triple header of their own heading into the weekend. They have a game Friday at 8:05 p.m., Saturday at 6:05 p.m., and Sunday at 1:35 p.m., all against the LA Angels. The pair of triple headers is a sight for baseball fans' sore eyes after the long hiatus, for sure. 


The Houston Rockets, fresh off their big win against the top-seeded LA Lakers on Thursday, have a few days of rest before doing battle at 7 p.m. on Sunday with the Sacramento Kings who are fighting for their playoff lives. The Rockets are currently 4th in the Western Conference. 
The Dallas Mavericks are stinking it up Orlando, having only won one of their four contests in the NBA bubble, but have a chance at redemption starting on Saturday against the Eastern Conference's top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 p.m. in the PRIME TIME slot. THAT is your Mancave Minute Game of the Weekend. 


Rounding out the NBA with the Silver and Black, the San Antonio Spurs, after their hot 2-0 start, followed by a two game skid, take on the Utah Jazz on Friday in a matinee game at the high noon hour. Game can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest. The Spurs then take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday at 2 p.m., also on Fox Sports Southwest. 


Ending this segment on ice, or one THE ice, the Dallas Stars do battle with the St. Louis Blues on Sunday - but game time, oddly enough, is to be determined.   


8/05/20


 The Texas Rangers had a tough outing on Tuesday on the diamond, as they fell 5 to 1 to the Oakland Athletics. But it wasn' the loss itself that was deflating to the Rangers ball club. It was the WAY they lost. In stunning fashion, and with the game tied 1 apiece in the 9th inning, Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty hit a walkoff grand slam to win the game - oddly and impressively it's the Athletic's second walk-off grand slam this year. The Rangers have little time to wallow as they play the A's again on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. 


The Houston Astros had a better night, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 on Tuesday. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa both hit solo home runs and George Spring had a two-run double to give Diamondbacks Pitcher Madison Bumgarner a night to forget. The two teams face off again on Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m. 


The Dallas Mavericks finally won a game inside the NBA Orlando bubble, dethroning the Sacramento Kings in a 114-110 victory. The overtime game also saw a bit of history as well, as Luka Doncic became the youngest player in NBA history to record a 30-point, 20-rebound, 10-assist game for a solid triple double. The Mavs next play second-seeded LA Clippers on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. 


The Houston Rockets hit a bit of a bumpy ride on Wednesday, as the boys from Clutch City lost to the Portland Trail Blazers by a score of 110-102. The Rockets were led by James Harden and his 23 points, but were outmatched by a determined Trail Blazers team fighting for their playoff lives. The Blazers were led by Damian Lillard's 21 points, and a vintage effort from Carmelo Anthony, his 15 points and his clutch play at the end of the game - which included blocking a three-pointer and sinking a three with 54 seconds left to play to put the Blazers up by five. The Rockets have a tough test against the top-seeded LA Lakers at 8 p.m. on Friday. 


Don't miss today's game featuring the San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets! The Spurs are looking to bounce back from their loss to the 76ers, and are still clinging to hope for a postseason berth. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. and can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest.  


8/04/20


The San Antonio Spurs were riding high on a three game overall win streak, and a two game win streak in the Orlando bubble. They could have squeezed out another win on Monday, but squandered a four-point lead in the final minutes - after roaring back from 14 points down - to lose to the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 132 to 130. The Spurs were up by two with seconds left, but 76ers forward Shake Milton drained a three pointer to take the lead. The loss dropped the Spurs to 10th in the Western Conference for now, but they will have a chance to bounce back with a game against possibly their toughest test in Orlando yet, the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. 
Elsewhere in the NBA, the Houston Rockets face the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night at 8 p.m., where the Rockets hope to stay solid in their 4th place slot in the Western Conference, coming off a solid win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. 


The Dallas Mavericks are hoping to shake off a two-loss effort in the bubble so far, as they take on the Sacramento Kings at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday for a matinee game. The Mavericks have clinched a playoff spot, but are hoping to shore up what has been a shaky performance in Florida. 


In baseball news, the Houston Astros have a showdown against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. The Astros are currently sitting on a 5-4 record in the 60-game abbreviated MLB season. Meanwhile the 3-5 Texas Rangers suit up against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, also at 8:10 p.m. If you're in Uvalde, that game can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest. 


Finally, ending with some hockey news, as the Dallas Stars dropped their debut game on the ice, falling to the Las Vegas Knights by a tally of 5-3.   


 8/03/20


The NBA stormed back in a big way during the weekend. MLB is in full swing, and the NHL skated back to the ice. For the first time in a long time, a huge wave of sports came to shore. And sports fans dove on in. 


Starting with the San Antonio Spurs, who essentially needed to win its first two games against teams that were ahead of them in the standings. First on Friday was the Sacramento Kings, who the Spurs defeated in a back and forth game that saw the Kings come back from a 16 point deficit. The Spurs pulled away at the end for a 129-120 victory, jumping up from 12th to 10th in the Western Conference standings. The Spurs then took on the 8th-seeded Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, eeking out a 108 to 106 victory after Memphis big man Jaren Jackson, Jr.'s last second three pointer bounced off the glass and missed the rim entirely. Dejounte Murray led the Spurs in scoring with 21 points, but it was veteran DeMar DeRozen who came through in the final seconds with two clutch free throws to push the Spurs to a last second lead that they would not relinquish. The Spurs are now the 9th seed in the Western Conference and play the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at 7 p.m. 


The Houston Rockets had a WILD opening game - as did the Dallas Mavericks, who were the Rockets' opponent on Friday night. The high scoring contest, which eventually went into overtime - because why not? - ended with the Rockets prevailing in a 153-149 offensive showdown. The game was sent to overtime after James Harden missed his second free throw with 3.3 seconds left in regulation, leaving late-game hero Robert Covington to tip the ball back in to tie the game. The Rockets then finished off the Mavs in overtime behind James Harden's 49 points. The Rockets then dispatched Eastern Conference powerhouse Milwaukee Bucks 120-116, this time with Russell Westbrook leading the way with 31 points. The Mavericks, meanwhile, slipped further into the loss column behind a loss to the lowly Phoenix Suns on Sunday, falling to them by a score of 117-115, despite Luka Doncic's 40-point effort. Next up for the Mavs are the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., and for the Rockets - the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday as well, but at 8 p.m.

 
Some more scores around the sports world: The Houston Astros went 1-1 on the weekend, losing to the Angels 5-4 on Saturday, but bouncing back to beat that same opponent 6-5 on Sunday. 
The Texas Rangers had similar results with a loss on Saturday to the San Francisco Giants, 7-3, then recovering with a 9-5 win on Sunday, again against the Giants.

 
Finally, to the NHL, where the Dallas Stars did NOT have a game during the weekend, but face off against the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in their first action since March. Puck drop and subsequent game can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest.