Fun Fact of the Day: Last night, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper hit his 2nd career grand slam against the Miami Marlins. He hit his 1st career grand slam just this past Thursday. Yep he’s had a great start to the season.
Round 1 of the NBA playoffs roll on. Both of last night’s games were historically bad blowouts and the victors are now up 2-0 in their series! Here are the highlights:
- The Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics (89-72) to lead the series 2-0. The game was essentially over by the end of the 1st quarter, when the Celtics were held to only 7 points—the lowest scoring 1st quarter in NBA playoff history.
- The San Antonio Spurs trounced the Memphis Grizzlies (94-68) to lead the series 2-0. The Spurs’ defense held the Grizzlies to a new playoffs franchise-low of 68 points. Can the Grizz turn this thing around? The outlook is pretty bleak without the Grizzlies 2 best players Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, who were both injured late in the regular season.
Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs action continues. Here are your highlights from last night’s games:
- The St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks (4-3) to lead the series 3-1. The Blues have made early exits in the playoffs for the past 3 years, but now they are just 1 game away from advancing to the next round. Ugliness on the ice. Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was spotted yelling a gay slur when he was called for a penalty in the 3rd period. An NHL gay rights group is planning to assist with the appropriate response.
- The Anaheim Ducks shutout the Nashville Predators (3-0), but the Predators still lead the series 2-1. Ducks goalie Frederik Anderson took a slap shot right to the head, but he was able to stay in the game and made 27 saves to help bring home this victory.
- The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings (3-2) to lead the series 3-1. The Lightning’s Ondrej Palat scored the game-winning goal with less than 3 minutes left in the period.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the NY Rangers (3-1) thanks to a 3rd period goal by 39-year-old Matt Cullen. The Penguins now lead the series 2-1. Penguins goalie Matt Murray returned to the ice to make 16 saves, after sitting out the first 2 games of the series with injury.
Seen and Heard
At least he thanked us for the cheese!? Yesterday, Irishman Conor McGregor posted to Twitter that he’s decided to “retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.” Huh? “Retire young” as in right now? Fans reacted with a mix of shock and disbelief. McGregor is one of the most popular fighters in the UFC and he is ranked as the #1 featherweight. He’s also known for his aggressive trash-talking abilities, but most recently he had to eat his words when he lost his first UFC fight to Nate Diaz in March. Did anyone see this coming? Definitely not, McGregor was scheduled for a highly anticipated rematch against Diaz in July, but now he has withdrawn from the fight. Some speculate that this could be McGregor reevaluating his career after the death of fellow fighter Joao Carvalho earlier this month. Stay tuned to find out if McGregor is just punking us all.
All by myself… Yesterday sports agent Drew Rosenhaus officially ended his representation of former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel, after Johnny failed to seek treatment for his unruly partying habits. Downward spiral. In the past 2 months, Manziel has been dropped by Nike, 2 agents, and the Browns because of his nonstop partying, distracting behavior, and an alleged assault. Manziel says that he’s hoping to take care of the issues in front of him, so he can play next season. We hope he does, too.
Off the bench. Yesterday, L.A. Clippers Jamal Crawford won the 6th man award (psst—it’s awarded to the best player who has come off the bench in more games than he has started). A third and a first. Crawford is the only player to win the award 3 times and at age 36, he’s also the oldest to win it. This year his team really leaned on him because teammate Blake Griffin sat out for much of the season with injuries and a brief suspension. Crawford was the team’s 3rd leading scorer during that time. And he’s clutch. Crawford scored more 4th quarter points than any other Clippers player this season.
The NBA playoffs continue! Here’s your programming guide for tonight’s games:
- Charlotte Hornets @ Miami Heat—the Heat lead the series 1-0, 7pm NBATV
- Detroit Pistons @ Cleveland Cavaliers—the Cavs lead the series 1-0, 8pm TNT
- Portland Trail Blazers @ Los Angeles Clippers—the Clippers lead the series 1-0, 10:30pm 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.
- Washington Capitals @ Philadelphia Flyers—the Caps lead the series 3-0, 7pm NBCSN
- Florida Panthers @ New York Islanders—the Islanders lead the series 2-1, 8pm ET USA
- Dallas Stars @ Minnesota Wild—the Stars lead the series 2-1, 9:30pm ET NBCSN
- L.A. Kings @ San Jose Sharks—the Sharks lead the series 2-1, 10:30pm ET USA