Fun Fact of the Day: Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook (6’3”) is known for his athleticism and explosive dunks, but he didn’t make his first dunk until halfway through his senior year in high school. That’s probably because he was only 5’9” and 140 lbs throughout high school.
The Thunder beat the Warriors!? That was not a typo. The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors last night (108-102) to lead the series 1-0. This is the first time the Thunder have won on the Warriors’ home turf in 3 years. Thunder superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook rallied from a 13-point deficit at the half to take the lead in the 4th quarter! Warriors fans will grumble about a missed travel call on Westbrook in the last 17 seconds of the game that could have let the Warriors tie up the game.
The Penguins tie things up. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime (3-2) to tie up the series 1-1. After a scoring frenzy in the 1st period, neither team scored again for the rest of game, sending the teams to overtime. Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby scored a goal 40 seconds into overtime, ending his 8-game scoring drought and taking home the victory. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop sat out after getting injured in Game 1, but youngster Andrei Vasilevskiy did an impressive job filling in.
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Bad news for Bills fans. The Buffalo Bills announced that 1st round draft pick defensive end Shaq Lawson may be out for the beginning of the season while he undergoes a preemptive shoulder surgery. And to kick Bills fans while they’re down… They also announced that wide receiver Sammy Watkins broke his foot last month. Fortunately, he’s expected back by the start of the season.
L.A. gets Freaky. Sources say that P Tim Lincecum will be going to the Los Angeles Angels. After sitting out much of last year to recover from hip surgery, Lincecum auditioned for 20 teams to show he’s ready to get back on the field. The Angels couldn’t wait to sign him up because their pitchers are getting injured left and right. What makes him so freaky? Lincecum was nicknamed “the Freak” because of his teeny 5’11”, 170 lb. frame but powerful pitches. In his prime, he was the best in the biz, winning 2 NL Cy Young Awards. He spent 9 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, including winning 3 World Series in 5 years.
The tiny change we need. Nate McMillan has been promoted to Indiana Pacers head coach, after serving for 3 years as the top assistant to previous head coach Frank Vogel. McMillan brings an old school approach and previous coaching experience in Portland and Seattle. Why is Vogel scratching his head? 2 weeks ago, Pacers president and basketball legend Larry Bird said they were letting go of Vogel because the team needed a “new voice” to lead the team. Vogel is probably wondering what’s so “new” about McMillan?
An unimpressive demo. Yesterday, Tiger Woods took 3 swings at the Congressional Country Club and all of them landed in the water. Sooo, needless to say, he’s not quite ready for a comeback, but he says his game is progressing nicely. Tiger has been recovering from 2 back surgeries last year and hasn’t played in a tournament since August.
The Eastern Conference finals begin! Toronto Raptors @ Cleveland Cavaliers, 8:30pm ET on ESPN
The Western Conference finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue! San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues—the Blues lead the series 1-0, 8pm ET on NBCSN