Celtics Rally To Beat 76ers In Game 2, Another Amazing Game From LeBron, Kentucky Derby Favorites This Weekend

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The Boston Celtics rallied from a 22 point deficit to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier added 21 and 20 points respectively, while the Sixers J.J. Redick and Joel Embiid contributed 23 and 22 points to their team’s efforts. Unfortunately for Philly, their rookie phenom Ben Simmons only scored one point (the first time he hasn’t scored a field goal this entire season). After the game Simmons reflected on his disappointing night saying, “Mentally, just thinking too much. I’m going to have bad games. It happens. Obviously, it’s bad timing.” Celtics are now up 2-0 with game 3 back in Philly on Saturday night.

With an astounding 43 points, 14 assists and 8 rebounds from LeBron James and a big 31 points from Kevin Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Toronto Raptors.

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The Kentucky Derby, often called the greatest two minutes in sports, takes place on Saturday at 6:46 pm ET. The two favorites for Saturday’s Run for the Roses, are Justify and Mendelssohn (both sired byScat Daddy, but for equines, they’re not considered related as they have different Dam’s (Mothers). For a recap of the 20 horses running, click here.

 

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Jazz Even Series, Redick Canceled GMAT, Wade Surprised Shaw On Ellen, Redskin Cheerleaders, Witten Retiring

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The Utah Jazz evened up the series against the Houston Rockets by taking game 2.  The series is now tied 1-1. Jazz 116, Rockets 108.

Back in December, Philadelphia 76ers guard (and Duke alum) JJ Redick made plans to take the GMAT in April, figuring his team wasn’t likely to make the playoffs. Fast forward to the end of the season, and Redick clearly had other priorities forcing him to cancel the test. He said, “We were really bad in December up until Christmas, I think we lost 10 of 12 games during one stretch. And I signed up to take the GMAT on April 21, which was the first Saturday after the regular season ended. Obviously I had to cancel that because I was in Miami for Game 4.” Redick even scored a team-high 24 points in a win over the Heat.

Speaking of the Heat, future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade surprised Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw on the Ellen show. Ellen asked Shaw who his hero was, and when he said Dwyane Wade, Wade walked on stage to greet Shaw. Wade told Shaw he was his hero and handed him a $20,000 check to continue his work on behalf of the victims of the shooting.

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The NFL has faced criticism for how they treat cheerleaders. The complaints range from sexual harassment, gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and low pay for long hours. The New York Times recently reported on a Washington Redskins trip to Costa Rica where big donors watched the cheerleaders nude photo shoot and then mandated some of the women accompany the donors (all men) to a nightclub. According to one of the cheerleaders, “It’s just not right to send cheerleaders out with strange men when some of the girls clearly don’t want to go. But unfortunately, I feel like it won’t change until something terrible happens, like a girl is assaulted in some way, or raped. I think teams will start paying attention to this only when it’s too late.”

In other football news, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten announced he will retire from the Cowboys and will become an ESPN analyst on Monday Night Football.

 

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Curry Puts On Show In Warriors Win, Barkley Wants To Punch Draymond, LeBron Helps Cavs Win In OT

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After more than a month rehabbing his knee and sitting out the first round of the playoffs, Steph Curry came off the bench last night and performed like the champion he is. He scored 28 points and 7 rebounds in only 27 minutes putting on a show to help Golden State grab the victory over the Pelicans. Warriors are now up 2-0 in the series.

The physical and verbal Draymond Green scored 20 points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds and was a major factor in the Warriors win. TNT analyst Charles Barkley is clearly not a fan, however. At halftime on his show, Inside the NBA, he was speaking about Draymond and said,  “I want to punch him in the face so bad”. After the game, Draymond responded by saying, “If you’re not going to punch me in my face when you see me, then shut up. It’s no different than somebody sitting behind a computer screen tweeting, ‘I’ll knock you out,’ and you never seen them in life. But he’s seen me a bunch of times, and he’ll see me again this year. Punch me in the face when you see me, or if not no one cares what you would have done. You old and it is what is. So if you ain’t going to punch me when you see me, then stop talking about it. Period.”

LeBron James recorded his 21st career playoff triple-double as the Cavaliers clawed their way back to beat the Raptors in overtime. The loss for the Raptors was particularly frustrating as they never trailed in regulation and were even up by 14 in the first quarter. Cleveland 113, Toronto 112. Cavs lead the series 1-0.

 

 

 

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Tatum & Rozier Career Highs In Celtics Win, Brady’s Controversial Comment, All-Athlete Cast Of DWTS

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The Boston Celtics took game 1 in the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night. The Celtics first-year forward, Jayson Tatum had a career-high 28 points and Terry Rozier added to the mix with his own career playoff high of 29 points. Rozier walked into the arena with a Drew Bledsoe jersey (saying he’s got love for his man Drew even though they haven’t spoken). It’s also the continuation of a moment he had in the prior series against Milwaukee Bucks Erik Bledsoe (whom he accidentally called Drew).

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Many people were trying to analyze New England QB Tom Brady’s comments on Monday at the Milken Institute when asked if he was appreciated by the Patriots. Brady replied, “I plead the fifth”. Tom Brady smiled then reaffirmed his commitment to the Team. Who knows if this was really a jab or just Brady’s way of having some fun.

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The all athlete cast of the new season of Dancing with the Stars is underway. The show will only air for 4 weeks, but they have an intriguing array of athletic talent including the Hall of Famer and all-time NBA leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the figure skater everyone used to hate, Tonya Harding.

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Weekend NBA Playoff Recap

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In a recap of the weekend NBA playoffs:

Utah Jazz eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night behind the 38 points from Donovan Mitchell and the 13 rebounds from Rudy Gobert. The big question now that the Thunder’s season is over is if Carmelo Anthony will stay with the team. Anthony was traded to the Thunder last September. He could potentially opt out of his contract worth $28 million, but many feel he’ll stay with the team. He said, “I’m not sacrificing no bench role. That’s out the question. … I think everybody knows that I’ve sacrificed kind of damn near everything — family, moving here by myself. Sacrificed my game for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice any and everything in order for this situation to work out.”

On Sunday, the Jazz played the first game of the West semi-finals against the Houston Rockets. With the Rockets’ James Harden’s 41 points, the game was never close and the Jazz are down 0-1.

The Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night and will now match up against their historic rival, the Philadelphia 76ers in the first game of the Eastern Conference semi-finals on Monday night.

A Curry-less Golden State Warriors easily cruised through their first game of the West semi-finals against the New Orleans Pelicans. With Kevin Durant’s 26 points and Draymond Green’s triple-double, the game wasn’t close. The most exciting part of the game was the courtside appearance of Beyonce and Jay-Z. Coach Steve Kerr said Steph Curry will be back for game 2 on Tuesday night.

LeBron James came through again with a huge game 7 and series win over the Indiana Pacers. LeBron kept the Cavaliers series alive with 45 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals, all while suffering leg cramps.

For more NBA playoff news, click here.

 

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Browns Select Mayfield, Giants Grab Barkley, Allen To Bills, Greek Freak Saves Bucks, Curry Questionable

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After months of speculation, we can now rest easy knowing the first round picks in the NFL draft.  The Cleveland Browns shocked many when they selected Heisman trophy winning quarterback from Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield. The New York Giants grabbed running back Saquon Barkley with pick #2.  The New York Jets moved up three spots to take USC quarterback Sam Darnold. The Browns were up with the #4 pick and added Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. Rounding out the top 5, the Denver Broncos contributed to their defense by selecting defensive end, Bradley Chubb. For a full analysis of the first round picks, click here.

After QB Josh Allen spent the day before the draft apologizing for offensive tweets he made when he was in high school, his high draft prospects looked questionable. The Buffalo Bills, however, traded up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to grab Allen with the #7th spot.

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With 31 points and 14 rebounds from the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics and forced a game seven. After Antetokounmpo couldn’t get a table at BelAir Cantina earlier this week, the restaurant chain is offering free tacos today at any of their Wisconsin locations.

Steph Curry participated in his first full practice after sitting out from an ACL injury. If all goes well in practice, coach Steve Kerr said Curry could be back for game one of the Western Conference semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night.

 

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LeBron’s Buzzer Beater, Westbrook Rallies, Josh Allen’s Racist Tweets

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There’s a reason LeBron is called the King! With the Cavs/Pacers game 5 tied a 95-95 Wednesday night, LeBron showed why he’ll go down as one of the greatest players of all time. With three seconds left, he blocked Victor Oladipo’s layup (some say it was goaltending), called time-out then grabbed the ball and shot a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game. After the game, LeBron said, “As a kid, you always have those 3, 2, 1 moments. When you’re a kid and being able to have one of those moments, that’s what it kind of felt like. It felt like I was a kid all over again, just playing basketball at my house. With makeshift hoops and my socks as a basketball and making the noise. So, that’s what it felt like.” If you didn’t see the play, watch the highlight here.

In another exciting game 5, Russell Westbrook rallied in the 3rd quarter, scoring 20 of his 45 points and eliminating the Utah Jazz’s 25 point lead. It didn’t hurt that likely defensive player of the year the Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (the “Stifle Tower”) was benched for his 4th foul, allowing Westbrook and Paul George to do their thing.

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The NFL draft is tonight, and all eyes are on which players get picked in the first round. Particularly of interest, after months of speculation is which player goes #1.  The Cleveland Browns have the #1 pick, and former Wisconsin quarterback Josh Allen was considered a front-runner until racially offensive tweets surfaced from his days in high school. Allen has apologized for the tweets (many of which contain the “n” word) saying he was young and dumb. It will be interesting to see if this has any effect on Allen’s draft status.

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Pelicans, Warriors, 76ers Advance, Wade Praise To Sixers, Curry’s Gone Hollywood

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The New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors, and the Philadelphia 76ers have all advanced to round 2 of the NBA Playoffs.

After the Miami Heat’s loss to the Sixers, 36-year old Dwayne Wade admitted he’s thinking about his future and whether he’s ready to retire. He also gave high praise to the Sixers and said, “You want to see nothing but good things for those guys. This is the future of the NBA. The NBA is in great hands with Ben (Simmons) and Joel (Embiid) and those kind of individuals.” In addition to moving on to the 2nd round (their first playoff series win since 2002), the big hype of the night was welcoming rapper Meek Mill to the arena after his release from prison. Sixers minority owner, Michael Rubin, had been very vocal in trying to secure Meek’s release.

Steph Curry had to sit out the first round of the playoffs due to injury, but he’s planning to be back and in full form in round two against the New Orleans Pelicans. He’s also been busy forming a production company called Unanimous Media. The company will work on TV projects, gaming and virtual reality with a nod to the Curry’s interest in family, faith and sports.  Curry stated,  “I’ve been blessed to have this platform and I want to use it to affect the world positively. Partnering with Sony to share inspiring content with a global audience was a foregone conclusion.”

 

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Romney Taunts Westbrook, Rockets Record 50 Points, News Anchor Steals From Warriors, 49ers May Let Foster Go

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The best part of Monday night’s Utah Jazz 113-96 rout of Oklahoma City Thunder was seeing former Presidential candidate and current Senatorial candidate Mitt Romney taunting Russell Westbrook for his four first half fouls. The Thunder is now down 1-3 in the series.

James Harden and Chris Paul combined to help the Houston Rockets score a franchise playoff record 50 points in the 3rd quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves to propel the Rockets to a 119-100 win. Houston is now up 3-1 in the series.  The only other team to score more points in a quarter was in 1962 when the Los Angeles Lakers scored 51 points in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.

A news anchor who covers the Golden State Warriors, Mike Shumann, has been suspended for stealing a jacket from the director of Warriors’ security. The incident occured at the AT&T center and was caught on video. Shumann, was a former receiver for the San Francisco 49ers.

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With the NFL draft later this week, the 49ers may be looking to fill a spot at linebacker if Reuben Foster is found guilty of domestic abuse. Foster has been charged with three felonies from an incident in February where he’s accused of rupturing the eardrum of his girlfriend. 49ers general manager, John Lynch, said, “We want to be abundantly clear that if Reuben did in fact hit this young lady, he will not be part of the team.” The NFL has been under intense scrutiny over the last few years for how they’ve dealt with domestic abuse so stay tuned for what happens in this case.

 

 

 

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West Technical For Exercise Bike, Antetokounmpo Waits For Tacos, Manaea’s No-Hitter

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The Golden State Warriors lost a disappointing game 4 (now up 3-1) to the Indiana Pacers, but David West is getting all of the attention for getting off the bench and hopping on an exercise bike.  The ref wasn’t amused and gave him a technical foul which comes with a $2000 fine.

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics on Saturday night thanks to 27 points and a thrilling tip-in at the end of the 4th quarter by Giannis Antetokounmpo “the Greek Freak” to give them the 104-102 advantage. After the game, social media lit up when a fan noticed Antetokounmpo waiting for more than 10 minutes for a table then leaving because no one was helping him. The restaurant, BelAir Cantina,  apologized and announced they will give away a free taco (with the purchase of another item) at all their locations if the Bucks win the series Thursday night.

For more weekend NBA highlights, click here.

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The Oakland Athletics Sean Manaea threw a no-hitter (the 12th in franchise history) in Saturday’s win over the Boston Red Sox. Manaea didn’t even realize he was on the verge of a no-hitter until the 8th inning when he looked up at the scoreboard. He told reporters, “Until the eighth, I thought it just like was a one-hitter. I looked up in the eighth and saw there were still zeros and was like, whoa, weird.”

 

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