BOSTON CELTICS HAND CLEVELAND’S FIRST LOSS
Cleveland has been undefeated through this playoffs—until Boston Celtics ended their winning streak with an 111-108 win in Game 3. At halftime, Cleveland seemed like they were going to be winning this game too, with a 15-point lead. But Celtics closed the a21-point spread to five into the fourth. Then Avery Bradley’s buzzer-beating three-pointer gave the Celtics their first win in the series. Celtics have to win the next four games to head to the Championships. Money is still on a Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers match-up.
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The night sure feels golden for the Warriors. The Golden State Warriors swept the San Antonio Spurs, making it their third consecutive appearance in the NBA Championships the game away from sweeping the Spurs. Golden State Warriors beat the Spurs 129-115 and 120-108 in Game 3. Unfortunately for the Spurs, their injured list grew to three after David Lee exited Game 5 in a wheelchair. Lee is suffering from a knee injury. Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard exited postseason early after a knee injury and left sprained ankle. Boston Celtic’s Isaiah Thomas is out for the rest of the postseason. Thomas is suffering from an injured hip.
PENGUINS DEMOLISH SENATORS
Penguins sure know how to make a comeback. Pittsburgh Penguins took the series lead after 7-0 win against the Ottawa Senators. Unfortunately, Senators’ goalie Craig Anderson was presented with four goals in just the first period. This is the Senator’s worst loss in team history. They lost 6-1 to Washington in 1998.
The Penguins have looked out of gas for weeks. Suddenly, they look alive and well. What a period that was.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) May 21, 2017
DUCK, DUCK, YOU’VE BEEN FINED
Anaheim Ducks won Game Four against the Nashville Predators but Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf definitely lost that game. Getzalf has been fined $10,000 for a homophobic slur he said on the ice during Game 4. The hefty fine is the maximum penalty for an obscene or inappropriate comment. The Duck's post season is over after the Predators won their first bid at the Stanley Cup, so Getzlaf won't have to sit out a game. Last year, Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw was fined $5,000 and suspended one postseason game.
A 90’S KID WINS A MASTERS
Those dang millennials! Well, a dang millennial just became the first 90s born athlete to win the Rome Masters. Alexander Zverev beat a 12-time major winner Novak Djokovic. Zverev replaces Djokovic as the youngest Masters event champion. The German 20-year-old will move to a top 10 spot from number 17.
MARIA TRIES FOR WIMBLEDON
After ranking too low in the French Open, Maria Sharapova’s return from her 15-month doping ban was short lived in France. Since her wildcard was denied, she is scheduled to play for spot at Wimbledon. The catch? She has to play at Wimbledon for two years.
Imagine Sharapova either guessed or was advised that Wimbledon would not be giving her a wild card ...— DavidLaw (@DavidLawTennis) May 19, 2017
RIO GAMES STILL FALLING APART
The Rio games were remarkable not just for the athletic feats, but for the amount of infrastructure that seemed to be less than stellar. Well, the medals are no different. Nine months later, over 100 hundred medals are being sent back to the manufacturer for defects, chipping and rusting.