Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Brewers at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Thunder, 9 p.m. (TNT)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Wally Szczerbiak, who played six-plus seasons with Kevin Garnett on the Timberwolves and briefly played for the Celtics as part of his 10-year career, did not pull any punches in his criticism of the Big Ticket on Wednesday night. Despite Garnett’s stellar performance this postseason — including 18 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday night’s Game 2 loss — Szczerbiak, now a CBS Sports analyst, pointed to Garnett’s late-game struggles in a series of tweets.
Wrote Szczerbiak as Garnett was missing five of his last six shots: KG is another one who lacks the #clutchgene always has!
Late in the game he added: KG never takes big shot for #Celtics now he’s fourth in line behind Pierce Allen and Rondo to take clutch shot. Warrior all game though!!
And following the game: KG was a warrior all game but in OT he was horrible on both ends of the floor tonight!!
♦ Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is on the disabled list after breaking his hand when his wife moved a suitcase that fell on him. Since the circumstances behind the bizarre injury were revealed, Lucroy said his wife has been the target of hate messages.
“It’s tough for me, because this is already a freak thing as it is,” Lucroy told Milwaukee radio station WSSP-AM. “My wife has been getting hate mail on her Facebook, like, messages and stuff. It’s really sad that these kinds of things happen from a freak thing. I mean, she didn’t do it on purpose. It was an accident. Stranger things have happened.
“It’s been a battle for me, personally, because there’s no one to blame, and my wife is getting killed by this. It’s not like she’s not hurt enough already, not feeling guilty enough already. I really wish people would just leave her alone, leave us alone, just let us try to move forward, and get this behind us, because this has been a brutal couple of days.”
Lucroy, batting a league-best .514 with runners in scoring position, is scheduled for surgery Thursday and is expected to miss six weeks.
♦ Former Blue Jays catcher Charlie O’Brien bolstered Roger Clemens‘ case in his perjury trial when he took the stand Wednesday and said he remembered seeing preloaded syringes of vitamin B12 in the clubhouse.
The prosecution challenged O’Brien’s assertion that he knew what was in the syringes, and also questioned how he prepared for his appearance on the stand.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 31, 1984, Celtics guard Gerald Henderson stole a crosscourt pass and hit a layup with 13 seconds remaining to tie Game 2 of the NBA finals against the Lakers. The Celtics went on to win the game in overtime and win the series in seven games. Which Laker threw the fateful pass?