Fun Fact of the Day: Golden State Warriors Steph Curry is expected to win his 2nd consecutive MVP award. This season Curry shot 50% from the field, 45% from 3-point range, and 90% from the free throw line. Only 2 other plays have had stats that impressive for a season: Steve Nash (2007-08) and Steve Kerr (1995-96).
He’s BACK! Golden State Warriors superstar 2x league MVP Steph Curry returned to the court in last night’s overtime victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (132-125). He was a little rusty after sitting out 3 weeks with a sprained MCL, including missing his first nine 3-point attempts. But he got back into the swing of things when it mattered, scoring an NBA-record high 17-points in overtime to help them take home the win. The Warriors now lead the series 3-1. Meanwhile in the East. The Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat are tied at 2 wins a piece, after the Heat beat the Raptors last night in overtime (94-87).
Someone else back in action. The Sacramento Kings have hired coach Dave Joerger, just days after he was fired by the Memphis Grizzlies. Joerger led the Grizzlies to the highest winning percentage of any coach in franchise history and took them to the playoffs each of his 3 seasons with the team. Despite all the success, Joerger and the Grizz management could not play nice, so they sent Joerger packing. Welcome to the revolving door. Joerger will be the 10th Kings head coach since 2006 and it shows; the Kings haven’t made the playoffs in the past 10 years.
Putting up a fight. Neither the St. Louis Blues nor the San Jose Sharks were able to close out their series last night, instead they are both are headed to Game 7! We’ll have to wait to find out who will meet in the Western Conference final, until after the Blues next take on the Dallas Stars in Dallas and the Sharks take on the Nashville Predators in San Jose.
A big deal and a big win. Instead of entering free agency at the end of the season, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has signed a big-time 7-year $175M contract extension. Strasburg is a dominant pitcher when he’s healthy, but unfortunately he’s only had 1 full season pitching 200+ innings in his career. Talk about bad timing. In last night’s 5-4 win against the Detroit Tigers, Strasburg had only an OK game, allowing 6 hits. Lucky for him, his performance was overshadowed by his teammates: Bryce Harper was ejected from the game for yelling at the ump and Clint Robinson brought home victory with a game-ending homer.
A forgiving crowd. Last night N.Y. Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman played his first game after completing a 30-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. He was greeted by adoring fans, despite the messy domestic dispute with his girlfriend last fall. The Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals (6-3).
Seen and Heard
Hey baby, I was wrong to leave you. Yesterday QB Sam Bradford decided to return to the Philadelphia Eagles. Just 2 weeks ago, he tried to play the field by demanding a trade to another team. Why? He was feeling insecure and underappreciated, because the Eagles were checking out hot new QBs, including trading up to select Carson Wentz in the NFL draft. Then everyone swiped left. When no one came knocking on Bradford’s door, he came crawling back. Now, Bradford says he’s excited to be back and this time he’s really committed to the team.
Ugly revelations. Penn State has paid millions of dollars to settle civil sexual assault claims brought by the victims of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Now, a recent settlement between Penn State and their insurance company shows that Sandusky was sexually abusing children all the way back in 1971—not 1994 as was earlier alleged in court documents. Based on the new revelations, a 15-year-old rape victim may have notified Penn State head coach Joe Paterno as early as 1976. Additionally, as many as 6 assistant coaches may have witnessed inappropriate behavior by Sandusky in the 1970s and 90s.
Round 2 of the NBA playoffs continue!
- Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs—the series is tied at 2-2. 8pm ET on TNT
Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue!
- Washington Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins—the Penguins lead the series 3-2. 8pm ET on NBCSN