Kawhi Puts On Show In Raptors Game 5 Win, All-NBA Teams Announced

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Kawhi Leonard put on a show Thursday night in game five of the Eastern Conference final. He scored a game-high 35 points and a career-high nine assists to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 105-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Raptors now lead the series 3-2 with game 6 on May 25th.

The All-NBA team selections were announced on Thursday. Players care about making one of the three All-NBA teams as they can be eligible for what’s called a “supermax” which helps determine how much they’ll make on their contracts. Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Paul George, and Nikola Jokic made the First Team. Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Joel Embiid comprise the Second Team, while LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kemba Walker, Blake Griffin, and Rudy Gobert round out the Third Team. Unfortunately for Klay Thompson, he wasn’t selected to an all-NBA team, so he’s not eligible for a five-year $221 million supermax contract in free agency.

 

 

 

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NFL TV Changes, Rajai’s Amazing Day With Mets, Michigan Hires Juwan Howard

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The NFL made a few changes to their TV schedule heading into the new season. The most significant for anyone living in two-team markets like New York, LA, Bay Area, and Washington/Baltimore, is the modification to what’s called the single-header. The single-header rule previously only allowed these two-team markets to watch their home teams on a Sunday afternoon. With the new rule, there will three Sunday afternoon games (in addition to a Sunday evening game)  in every market.

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In a scene that could be right out of a movie, 38-year-old Rajai Davis was called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday around 5:00 pm to join the NY Mets in the 3rd inning of their game against the Washington Nationals. Davis thought his manager was joking when he got the call, but then realized it was happening and jumped in an Uber which took him 2 hours to get to the stadium. Davis proceeded to hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat to help propel the Mets to a 6-1 win. Davis thanked his Uber driver after the game and said, “Me and Jason, we got to know each other.” According to Mets manager Mickey Callaway, “I think I saw him in the fifth or the sixth for the first time. He got here about the third. He Ubered over, got ready, came out, hit a homer, came inside, didn’t know where the clubhouse was, how to get back in, had to ask some people, ‘Which way do I go to get back in the clubhouse?’ And just slapped high-fives going into the line. Yeah, whirlwind day for Raj; great at-bat.”

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The University of Michigan hired former star Juwan Howard as their new head coach. Howard was part of the 1991 legendary Michigan Fab Five which included Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. After helping the Wolverines to two national championships, Howard played for 19 seasons in the NBA. In 2013, he joined the Miami Heat as an assistant coach, where he’s been for the past 6 years. Howard replaces John Beilein, who was recently hired as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

 

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Raptors Even Series, Ibaka Speaks Multiple Languages, Draymond Promises Plane Ticket, Blues Heading To Stanley Cup Finals

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The Toronto Raptors rallied to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 to even the Eastern Conference final series 2-2. Kyle Lowry led the charge with 25 points and Serge Ibaka added 17. Ibaka amused the reporters in his post-game interview by answering questions in English, French and Spanish and even offered to speak Italian and Portuguese. The Bucks and Raptors play game 5 on Thursday night.

In a post-game interview after the Golden State Warriors wrapped up the Western Conference final, Draymond Green promised one of the reporters he’d buy him a ticket to the Finals. He told the reporter he was good luck, and he was “gonna buy his flight to the Finals”, but added, “I ain’t paying for your hotel though”.

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The St. Louis Blues finished off the San Jose Sharks 4 games to 2 to earn a ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. It will be their first appearance in the finals since 1970. The Blues will take on the Boston Bruins in a best of 7 series beginning on May 27th.

 

 

 

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Warriors Heading To NBA Finals, Manning Not Interested In Jets GM Job

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The Golden State Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazer in the Western Conference finals and earned their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals. The Warriors came back from a 17-point deficit and forced overtime on Monday night to secure a 119-117 victory. Steph Curry was on fire again racking up a triple-double with 37 points, his fifth straight postseason game scoring at least 30 points. The Warriors are the first team since the 1957 Celtics to reach the NBA Finals five years in a row. The Celtics had 10 straight appearances from 1957 to 1966. Head coach Steve Kerr had this to say after the game, “I hope it doesn’t go unnoticed or underrated. It hasn’t been done (since then) for a reason, it is really, really difficult. I can’t say enough about the competitive desire and the group of the players and the culture they have built together. The group have a fiber to them. When guys go down they find a way to come together and compete and win. I just think the experience of winning titles helps you in these moments.” The Warriors will play the winner of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks lead the best of seven series 2-1.

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Rumors are flying around the NY Jets are interested in hiring Peyton Manning to run their football operations. Jets CEO Christopher Johnson announced he wants a “great strategic thinker” for the position. According to reports, even if Manning is at the top of the list, he’s not interested.

 

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Warriors Up 3-0, Raptors Fight In Double Overtime Win, War Of Will Wins Preakness, Jockey-less Bodexpress

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In the Western Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs, the Golden State Warriors cruised to an easy win over the Portland Trail Blazers to take a 3-0 series lead. Steph Curry added 36 points, and Draymond Green recorded his seventh career post-season triple-double. If the Warriors win game 4 on Monday, they will be heading to the NBA Finals for the 5th straight year. Warriors 110, Trail Blazers 99

In the Eastern Conference Finals, despite guards Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell fouling out, and the team squandering an opportunity to finish off the game in regulation, the Toronto Raptors fought hard to take a crucial game 3 from the Milwaukee Bucks in double overtime. The Bucks lead the series 2-1 with game 4 on Wednesday. Raptors 118, Bucks 112

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War of Will won the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown series. All anyone could talk about, however, was another horse, Bodexpress, running the entire race without his jockey John Velazquez, who fell off the horse when the race began. A jockey-less horse is automatically disqualified, but fans loved the enthusiasm of Bodexpress trying to outrun his fellow horses.

 

 

 

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Warriors Take Game 2, Durant Out For Series, Bruins Advance To Stanley Cup

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The Golden State Warriors came back strong to erase a 15-point deficit and beat the Portland Trail Blazers in game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Steph Curry scored 37 points while battling it out with his little brother, Portland guard Seth Curry. The parents of Steph and Seth, Dell and Sonya Curry, have been wearing alternate Trail Blazer and Warrior jerseys to each game so as not to play favorites. The Warriors are up 2-0 with game 3 on Saturday night in Portland. Golden State 114, Portland 111

Golden State’s Kevin Durant will likely miss games 3 and 4 of the series due to a strained calf, but could return by the Finals if the Warriors advance.

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In the NHL playoffs, the Boston Bruins advance to the Stanley Cup by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes. This will be their third trip to the finals since 2011. The Bruins will take on either the San Jose Sharks or the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks lead the series 2-1.

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Bucks Take Game 1, Jets Fire GM

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Through three quarters, the Toronto Raptors led the Milwaukee Bucks and looked like they would take game one of the Eastern Conference Final. Kyle Lowry scored 30 points for the Raptors, but the team couldn’t hold on, and the Bucks’ Brook Lopez took control in the fourth quarter for a 108-100 win.

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The New York Jets fired General Manager Mike Maccagnan and VP of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger. The timing of the firing seemed odd. Maccagnan had two years left on his contract, and he had just signed running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley in free agency. Coach Adam Gase will act as interim GM while the team searches for his replacement.

 

 

 

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Pelicans Win First Pick In NBA Draft Lottery, Steph Curry Unstoppable In Warriors Game 1 Win

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New Orleans fans are celebrating today as the Pelicans won the first pick in the NBA draft lottery. The Pelicans only had a 6% chance to win the lottery. The team will now almost certainly take the most celebrated basketball player in years, Duke’s Zion Williamson, in next month’s draft. The Memphis Grizzlies will have the second pick with New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers choosing at #3, #4, and #5.

Steph Curry looked unstoppable in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. With 7 of 9 uncontested 3’s from Steph and 36 points overall, the Golden State Warriors rolled over the Trail Blazers 116-94. Portland will need to work on ball control in game 2, as they had 31 points scored on turnovers, tying the most points scored on turnovers in a playoff game in the last three years.

 

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Tiger And Girlfriend Face Wrongful Death Lawsuit, Sixers Coach Brett Brown To Return

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Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, the general manager of his restaurant called The Woods, face a wrongful death lawsuit by the parents of one of the bartenders at the restaurant.  Nicholas Immesberger died from a car accident caused by a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, and the lawsuit claims Immesberger was overserved even though “Tiger knew, or reasonably should have known, that Immesberger was habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages, and/or was a habitual drunkard.” Woods is playing in the PGA Championship in Farmingdale, NY this week.

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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown will continue to coach the team next season. Reports had circulated that if the Sixers did not advance to the Conference Finals, Brown would be fired. The Sixers managing partner, Josh Harris, confirmed with ESPN that Brown will return even though the team lost a devastating game 7 to the Toronto Raptors (thanks to a historic buzzer beater). According to the Sixers star center Joel Embiid, “I don’t think he should have anything to worry about. He’s an amazing coach, a better person, and obviously, I’ve got a lot of love for him. If there is someone to blame, put it all on me.”

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Crazy Shot, Raptors & Trail Blazers Take Game 7, Curry Brothers, Rodgers Cameo GOT

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It’s called the shot heard round the world! With Philadelphia and Toronto’s game 7 Eastern Conference Semifinal tied, the Raptors Kawhi Leonard launched a shot at the buzzer that literally bounced around the rim four times before falling in for the win. Leonard’s shot will go down in history as the first winning game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA history. With the 92-90 win, the Raptors head to the Eastern Conference Final against the Milwaukee Bucks.

In Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals, the Portland Trail Blazers finished off the Denver Nuggets 100-96 and will head to their first conference championship in 19 years. The Trail Blazers will take on the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday where Portland’s Seth Curry will play against his older brother, Steph Curry.

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In Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, Green Bay quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, had a small cameo. Rodgers is a huge GOT fan and last year had hinted an appearance was in the works.

 

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