Fun Fact of the Day: The Golden State Warriors don’t win everything. Yesterday, San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard won Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row, beating out the Warriors Draymond Green.
Round 1 of the NBA playoffs roll on. Here are your highlights from last night’s games:
- The Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets (115-106) and lead the series 2-0. Superstar Steph Curry sat out the game with a tweaked ankle, so the Warriors relied on Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and their deep supporting cast.
- The Dallas Mavericks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (85-84) to tie up the series 1-1. The Thunder’s Steven Adams made a basket that nearly won them the game, but he let go of the ball just a hair too late. An off night. Thunder superstar Kevin Durant missed a career-high 26 shots. Messed up juju? Maybe the Thunder lost was because a couple of Mavs players interrupted their pre-game hype-up dance?
- The Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers (98-87) to tie up the series 1-1. The Raptors are breathing a huge sigh of relief that they won a playoff game and won’t get completely swept in the first round like last year.
Stanley Cup playoffs action continues. Here are your highlights from last night’s games:
- The Washington Capitals trounced the Philadelphia Flyers (6-1) last night and now lead the series 3-0. This is the first time in franchise history that the Caps have been up 3-0 in a playoff series! Let’s keep it classy. The Philly home crowd got pretty frustrated and threw Flyers wristbands onto the ice, causing a delay of game penalty. The Flyers PA announcer took to the airwaves to voice his disappointment to the fans.
- The Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars (5-3), but the Stars still lead the series 2-1. The Wild took home the win thanks to a stellar performance from Jason Pominville, who scored twice and had an assist.
- The L.A. Kings beat the San Jose Sharks (2-1) thanks to a goal in overtime by Tanner Pearson, but the Sharks still lead the series 2-1.
Celebrating Patriot Day. Yesterday was the first time that Ethiopians won both the men’s and women’s races in the Boston Marathon! One impressive youngster. The men’s race winner Lemi Berhanu Hayle is only 21-years-old, making him the youngest Boston Marathon winner since 1951. Inspirational strength. 21 survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings also competed in this year’s race. Survivors were also honored at the past several Red Sox games.
A matter settled. A federal appeals court affirmed a $1B settlement by the NFL to more than 20,000 retired players that are reportedly suffering from CTE (a degenerative brain disease that comes from repeated brain trauma). Why the legal drama? Critics of the settlement argued that it would not be big enough to cover all the former players’ CTE effects for decades to come. The judges agreed that the deal wasn’t perfect, but they decided it was fair enough. This isn’t the last of CTE… This lawsuit did not include current NFL players and the league is still researching the disease, so you can bet you’ll be hearing a lot more about CTE in the future.
Let’s take this party on the road. Former Cleveland Browns teammates Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon were last spotted at the Coachella music festival taking a sweet Instagram pic with Drake’s dad. Leaving mass destruction in their wake. These 2 peas in a pod have been partying nonstop during the past several weeks, including a hit-and-run car accident and $32,000 worth of damage to their rental home in L.A. An ultimatum. In the past few months, Manziel was dropped by his agent and the Browns because of his unruly behavior and an alleged assault. Now, even Manziel’s new agent has had enough and has given Manziel 5 days to enter treatment before he’s out the door, too.
The NBA playoffs continue! Here’s your programming guide for tonight’s games:
- Boston Celtics @ Atlanta Hawks —the Hawks lead the series 1-0, 7pm ET TNT
- Memphis Grizzlies @ San Antonio Spurs—the Spurs lead the series 1-0, 9:30pm ET TNT
The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue! Check out these playoff games tonight! Need to fake a hockey conversation in a hurry? We’ve got you covered with our Stanley Cup Playoffs Survival Guide.
- Pittsburgh Penguins @ NY Rangers—the teams are tied 1-1, 7pm ET USA
- Tampa Bay Lightning @ Detroit Red Wings—the Lightning lead the series 2-1, 7pm ET NBCSN
- St. Louis Blues @ Chicago Blackhawks—the Blues lead the series 2-1, 9:30pm ET NBCSN
- Anaheim Ducks @ Nashville Predators—the Predators lead the series 2-0, 9:30pm ET USA