In the NBA, it was Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Up to this point, the Spurs have won 10 straight playoff games, and intending to do their best against OKC in front of their raucous fans in order to have a perfect playoff record heading into the files. The Spurs seem to have the Thunder’s number right now, but you can’t count out OKC at home. This time around, they had a strategy, contain and stop Manu Ginobili — take him out of the game. And it worked. By making him a mute point, they neutralized San Antonio’s offense. And on the other end, the whole team went off offensively, playing the game at their pace. Durant had 22 points for the Thunder as they completely demolished the Spurs. Spurs head coach Gregg Popavich had to go deep on his bench in a desperate attempt to find a line-up solution, but nothing worked and the Spurs suffered their first playoff loss. This now looks like it could be a fantastic series. OKC 102, San Antonio 82.
And in college football, some controversy at UCLA. This off-season the Bruins football team brought in a high-profile recruit: None other than Justin Combs, son of rap superstar Sean “P.Diddy” Combs. The controversy surrounds the fact that UCLA has offered Combs a full athletic scholarship. Critics say that since P.Diddy is valued at $550 million net worth by Forbes magazine, that this scholarship should be handed down to someone more deserving and more in need. However, critics of that ‘criticism’ ask why this sudden outcry starts with Sean Combs. ESPN’s Michael Wilbon said that rich “white” people have been sending their kids to school on scholarship for years, but nobody ever asked THEM to hand down the money to kids more in need. Anyway, at the end of the day, UCLA is sticking by their decision to offer Combs a scholarship.
And finally, in some pre-Olympics news, Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, disappointed many with his recent poor performance in the Czech Republic. People wondered if he had been slacking off in his training, even though he publicly dumped his girlfriend, saying he had no time for a relationship and needed to focus on the Olympics. Bolt started slow, but still won the race. Thursday, at the Golden Gala track event, Bolt was back to top form boasting a fantastic 9.76 in the 100 meters. This shows that Bolt just had a bad day in the Czech Republic and looks to be fully primed for the Summer Olympics. Expect him to deliver some amazing results later this summer.1 comment