The One with Big Playoff Action

Fun Fact of the Day: Yesterday, Lionel Messi broke his 5-game slump by scoring his 500th career goal!  The last time he was held goalless for 5 straight games was way back in April 2010.


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Welcome back Goalposters!  Didn’t have time to watch the 7394823794 playoff games this weekend?  We’ve got you covered with our recap of the biggest games that people will be talking about.

NBA

You’ve been one-upped.  This weekend marked the first games of the NBA playoffs!  Many of the games were a bore because they were decided by 20+ point margins, but here are your highlights from the games you should know about: 

  • The Warriors trounced the Houston Rockets (104-78). This game got a little feisty when both Warriors Steph Curry and Rockets Patrick Beverly got their long limbs all tangled up in the first quarter.  A little personal space, please.  A shoving-match ensued and both players got technical fouls.  That didn’t stop Curry from scoring 24 points in the first half of the game.  Unfortunately, Curry tweaked his ankle just before halftime and now he is listed as questionable for tonight’s Game 2
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Detroit Pistons (106-101) thanks to scoring from the Cavs big three: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love.  Can you feel the Love? Love, in particular, had a game to remember, leading the Cavs with 28 pointsUpset alert!  The Pistons kept up with the Cavs throughout the game.  They were especially hot in the first half, including 10 for 16 scoring from 3-point range.  Whiners aren’t winners.  In an on-court interview at the end of the 1st quarter, Detroit’s coach Stan Van Gundy complained that calls often go LeBron’s way, because… well, he’s LeBron.  After the game, he backtracked saying that the calls eventually evened out.
  • The Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors (100-90) thanks to Paul George’s spectacular 33-point performance, including shooting 10 for 13 in the second half.  The comeback kid.  This has been a remarkable season for George, who was sidelined most of last year with a broken leg.  Try not to panic!  This is the 8th straight time that the Raptors have entered the playoffs with a loss, and last year they were swept out of the playoffs in the first round.
  • The Atlanta Hawks barely beat the Boston Celtics (102-101).  The Celtics came back from a one-time 19-point deficit to make this a serious nail-biter.  

 

NHL

How do you like me now?  The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued over the weekend!  Here is your cheatsheet on the biggest matchups:

  • The Washington Capitals lead the series against the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0.  Your coworkers will be yucking it up over a ridiculous goal by Caps Jason Chimera that went from beyond center ice right through Flyers goalie Steve Mason’s legs.  
  • St. Louis Blues lead the series against the Blackhawks 2-1.  The Blues came back to win game 3 after a devastating loss in game 2 of the series.  They sealed the victory by taking advantage of a high-sticking penalty by Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane.  
  • San Jose Sharks lead the series against the L.A. Kings 2-0.  But the Sharks can’t get complacent yet.  Just two years ago the Kings overcame a 3-0 deficit to kick the Sharks out of the playoffs in 7 games and then went on to win the Stanley Cup!  
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins and NY Rangers are tied 1-1 in their series. The Penguins lost on Saturday despite superstar center Evgeni Malkin getting back on the ice after an upper body injury last month.  
  • The Nashville Predators lead the series against the Anaheim Ducks 2-0.  At the end of the regular season, the Ducks had the best record in the Pacific division, so they probably thought this first series against the Predators would be a breeze.  Not so much…  Instead, they’ve lost their first 2 games at home, and are going to have to try to dig themselves out of this hole on the road in Nashville.  
  • The NY Islanders lead the series against the Florida Panthers 2-1, thanks to last night’s hard fought overtime victory.  The game’s momentum shifted in favor of the Islanders, after an early Panthers goal was overturned.  

 

WORLD SOCCER 

What’s got your anglophile-friend so excited?  Leicester City is still on top of the Premier League standings with only 4 games left to go in the season (psst—it’s the best English professional football league).  What in bloody hell is going on?  This is a huge deal, because the same 5 teams have won the Premier League since it began in 1992, and spoiler alert: Leicester City was not one of them. On Sunday, Leiceister City tied West Ham (2-2), thanks to a penalty kick by Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa in the final minute of stoppage time.  Folks will be angry about controversial officiating, including a penalty that took Leicester’s Jamie Vardy out of the game.  That also means he’ll have to sit out their next match.  He’ll be sorely missed, because he is tied for most goals scored in the Premier League this season. 


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MLB

Bryce’s baseball bounced in the bullpen bathroom.  This past weekend Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper’s hit his 6th home run of the season.  But what made it really something special to behold is that the ball landed right into the bullpen bathroom.  Unfortunately, the Nats went on to lose to the Philladelphia Phillies (3-2), ending the Nats’ 7-game winning streak. 


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NBA

The NBA playoffs continue!  Here’s your programming guide for tonight’s games:

  • Golden State Warriors v. Rockets—the Warriors lead the series 1-0. Tune in to see if Steph Curry plays through his ankle injury, 10:30pm ET TNT
  • Dallas Mavericks v. Oklahoma City Thunder—the Thunder lead the series 1-0, 8pm ET TNT
  • Toronto Raptors v. Indiana Pacers—the Pacers lead the series 1-0, 7pm ET NBATV

 

NHL

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue! Check out these 3 playoff games tonight!  Need to fake a hockey conversation in a hurry?  We’ve got you covered with our Stanley Cup Playoffs Survival Guide.

  • Philadelphia Flyers v. Washington Capitals—the Capitals lead the series 2-0, 7pm ET NBCSN
  • Minnesota Wild v. Dallas Stars—the Stars lead the series 2-0, 8:30pm ET CNBC
  • San Jose Sharks v. L.A. Kings—the Sharks lead the series 2-0, 10:30pm ET NBCSN