Fun Fact of the Day: Last night, Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul exited the game with a broken hand, which makes the Clips’ playoff future look bleak. During the regular season, the Clips outscored opponents by 553 with Paul on the floor and were outscored by 202 with him off the floor.
NBA: Round 1 of the NBA playoffs roll on.
Did someone ask for a superstar? Last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Dallas Mavericks (118-104) to advance to Round 2 where they will play the San Antonio Spurs! Before the game, Mavs owner and ‘Shark Tank’ investor Mark Cuban called Kevin Durant the only superstar on the Thunder, jilting point guard Russell Westbrook. Pardon me, while I dunk this ball. Westbrook responded with a stellar performance, including 36 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. After the game, Durant leapt to Westbrook’s defense and called Cuban an idiot.
The other 2 series from last night are all tied up at 2-2: with the Charlotte Hornets beating the Miami Heat (89-85) and the Portland Trail Blazers beating the Los Angeles Clippers (98-84). Injuries left and right. The Clips star point guard Chris Paul exited the game with a broken hand and teammate Blake Griffin aggravated his old quad injury.
NHL: Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs action continues.
Breaking out to Round 2. Last night, the St. Louis Blues defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks (3-2) to advance to the next round! The Blues have been plagued with early playoffs exits for the past 3 seasons, but are cursed-no-more thanks to a go-ahead goal by Troy Brouwer, who once upon a time won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010. Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks (3-1), to tie up their series at 3-3.
Seen and Heard
No, we knee-d you! MRI results confirm that Golden State Warriors superstar and reigning league MVP Steph Curry sprained his right MCL. What happened? In game 4 against the Houston Rockets this past weekend, Curry slipped on a wet spot on the court. It was his first game back, after sitting out 2 games with a sprained ankle. What does this mean for the Warriors? They’ll need to do their best without him. Curry will be reevaluated in 2 weeks, which means at the very least he will miss the end of the 1st round, all of the 2nd round (the Warriors will likely play the winner of the L.A. Clippers / Portland Trail Blazers series), and the start of the semifinals.
Get ready for some angry Pats fans. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a 4-game suspension for New England’s Patriots’ QB Tom Brady, because of his involvement in 2015’s Deflategate. What convinced the judges? The court ruled that the players’ collective bargaining agreement gives “sweeping authority” to NFL Commissioner Goodell. Under it, he can decide whatever punishment strikes his fancy… so a 4 game suspension it is! Is this finally the end of Deflategate? Pretty please? Probably. The NFL players association says they are evaluating their options, including petitioning for a re-hearing or appealing all the way up the U.S. Supreme Court, but legal experts say don’t hold your breath.
Be careful what you wish for… Yesterday, Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford requested to be traded to another team. Nobody puts baby in a corner. Bradford is all worked up, because the Eagles plan to get another QB with their #2 pick in the NFL draft. Even though the Eagles said Bradford will be their starter this season, Bradford probably doesn’t appreciate being treated like a stopgap until they can train up a hot new QB. Cry me a river. Critics will tell Bradford to settle down, because he already has a big time $35M 2-year contract with Philly, despite a mediocre track record on the field.
Round 1 of the NBA playoffs continue! Here’s your schedule for tonight’s games:
- Indiana Pacers @ Toronto Raptors—the series is tied at 2-2, 6pm ET on TNT
- Boston Celtics @ Atlanta Hawks—the series is tied at 2-2, 8:30pm ET on TNT