The One with Trouble Out West

Fun Fact of the Day:  You probably already knew that the Warriors’ Steph Curry and Klay Thompson had former NBA player dads, but did you know that they both have siblings that are also trying to make it in the professional sports biz?  Steph has a basketball brother Seth (played for the Sacramento Kings) and Klay has 2 sporty bros Trayce (outfielder for the L.A. Dodgers) and Mychel (plays in the NBA D-league).


Today's Rundown

NBA

What record-setting season?  Last night Oklahoma City Thunder trounced the Golden State Warriors (133-105) to lead the series 2-1. The Thunder controlled the game, thanks to superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook who each scored 30+ points.  Tensions are riding high now for the Warriors, who won a NBA record high 73 games during the regular season.  Warriors’ Draymond Green may have been showing some of his frustration when he “accidentally” kicked the Thunder’s Steven Adams in the groin, during the game.

We the North!  The Starks aren’t the only powerhouse in the North.  This past weekend the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers (99-84), to end the Cavaliers 10-game postseason winning streak.  DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring and Bismack Biyombo set a new franchise playoff record by collecting 26 rebounds.  It was a tough night for Cavs superstar LeBron James who got elbowed in the face by his own teammate and mocked by Raptors super-fan Drake on Instagram. The Cavs still lead the series 2-1.

 

NHL

A goalie switcheroo.  This weekend, the St. Louis Blues rebounded after 2 straight shutout losses to the San Jose Sharks.  The Blues changed up their goalie, putting in Jake Allen who saved 31 goals in his first postseason start and helped the Blues win 6-3 and tie up the series 2-2.  And a less successful goalie swap.  The Pittsburgh Penguins took out their stellar rookie goalie Matt Murray for their old starter Marc-Andre Fleury who returned from a concussion.  Fleury made 21 saves but he couldn’t protect the Penguins’ lead, and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime (4-3) to lead the series 3-2.

 

HORSE RACING

Only a single crown.  Exaggerator won the wet and muddy Preakness Stakes this past weekend.  Nyquist was the odds-on favorite to win because he had won his first 8 races, including the Kentucky Derby.  But Exaggerator, who finished 2nd in the Derby, got his revenge and pushed past Nyquist in the final stretch.  Some animals were harmed in the making of this race.  Two horses died before the start of the Preakness’s main race.

 

LACROSSE

What’s got the bros at your office all riled up?  This past weekend was the Lacrosse college quarterfinals, and now the lax field is down to the final four teams.  Next Saturday, unseeded North Carolina will take on #7 Loyola and #1 Maryland will take on #5 Brown.


Hot Read

NBA

The Eastern Conference finals continue!  Cleveland Cavaliers @ Toronto Raptors—the Cavs lead the series 2-1, 8:30pm ET on ESPN

 

NHL 

The Western Conference finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue! San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues —the series is tied 2-2, 8pm ET on NBCSN