This is the first weekend of the NBA playoffs, and we are set for an exciting one. It’s also the Season 8 premiere of Games of Thrones, and if you spent time binge-watching all the episodes, you missed before the premiere. So when you’re done watching that game, let’s look at what other news we have. There is some news about some potential NBA players as the best players in college basketball declares for the draft.
The NHL playoffs are also underway, and we might see a big upset in the first round and even a bit about the Masters.
And then, of course, we have the MLB news that has us all wanting more.
What I forgot to mention in last week’s article was the 12 strikeout game that Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco had in five innings against the Toronto Blue Rays last week.
I also forgot to mention that Minnesota Twins’ Jorge Polanco hit the first cycle of the 2019 MLB season. He went 5 for five on the night as his Twins lost to the U Philadelphia Phillies 10-4. He was the 11th Twins player to hit for the cycle.
But let’s get started with this week.
Woods takes home the Masters:
Did you think that we would be talking about Tiger Woods winning the Masters at the age of 43? I know it’s a special moment for all the Tiger fans and supporters. This is Woods fifth Masters win in his career, and 15th major tournament victory. It’s been 11-years since Woods has won a major tournament, 14 years since last Masters win. It was the ultimate comeback for Woods on both a personal and professional level, and it is well deserved! Woods becomes the second-oldest winner of the Masters; Jack Nicklaus did it at 46. With Woods finally back on top, can you continue to pursue more major titles?
Nets stole Game 1 against 76ers:
Behind a strong performance from D’Angelo Russell, Carl Lavert, Spencer Dinwiddie, and offensive rebounding monster Ed Davis. Russell led the Nets with 26 points, Lavert and Dinwiddie combined for 41 points off the bench, and Davis had 16 rebounds in the crucial time of the game.
A magical moment in Toronto:
Veteran point guard D.J. Augustin led Orlando as the Magic stole game one against Toronto. D.J. Augustin had game-high 25 points including the game-winning three-pointer. Augustin’s opposing PG Kyle Lowry had ZERO points. Lowry is a five-time NBA All-Star, but he showed up for nothing in his first playoff game without DeMar DeRozan.
DeRozan spurred by Denver:
Speaking of DeRozan, he led the San Antonio Spurs to a game one upset against the No. 2 Denver Nuggets. This isn’t as surprising as it may seem. The Spurs currently have the longest active playoff streak with 22 straight years, so we know they know how to win especially with an experienced Coach like Popovich. How far can DeRozan take the Spurs?
KD, Beverly ejected in Game 1:
Late in the 4th quarter of Game 1 of the Warriors-Clippers, things started getting chippy between Warriors’ Kevin Durant and Clippers’ Patrick Beverly and both players were ejected. This isn’t going to be the last of it. These two teams are division rivals, and things are going to be physical all series long. Will the referees let them play through it though?
Irving and Morris led the Celtics past Pacers
The Celtics started slowly as the Pacers jumped ahead fast, but Morris and Irving led the team back with 20 points each as the Celtics take game one without Marcus Smart. Can they continue to dominate the fastbreak?
Blazers tripled their way to a win over OKC
It was three after three after three for Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and the Blazers. The Blazers made seven three in the first quarter and jumped put tp a huge 19 point early halftime lead. Russell Westbrook and Paul George tried to bring the Thunder back late, but Lillard made another shot from long range that put the nail in the coffin for game 1. Can the Thunder figure out a way to get out the first round this year?
Pistons, Jazz took tough game one loss:
The Pistons are helpless without forward Blake Griffin, and it showed in their 121-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Griffin will likely miss the entire first round.
But the Jazz’ don’t have an excuse for why they played so poorly in game 1. The Rockets had their way all night and cruised to a 122-90 win. Can Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert get things back on track for the series?
Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings fired head coach:
After Magic Johnson “stepped down” as President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, their next move was firing head coach Luke Walton. I’ll have more on how I feel about this as a Lakers fan a bit later in the week. But Walton didn’t stay jobless long.
After a 38 win season, Vlade Divac and the Sacramento Kings decided to fire coach David Joerger. Divac made it automatic that he wanted Walton as the new coach and the two sides agreed to terms, so let’s see how successful Walton can be with the young Kings team.
Steph Curry is the all-time leader in 3-points made in the playoffs:
Aside from the warriors dominating the Clippers in game 1, Steph Curry continues to dominate from behind the arc. In 98 playoff games, Curry has made an NBA record 386 three’s passing Ray Allen (385). Curry also added a new playoff career high with 15 rebounds. Can he continue to set amazing records and prove that he’s the greatest shooter of all-time?
- Islanders take a 3-0 series lead over Penguins, will look to close out the series on Tuesday Night
- Capitals are holding onto a 2-0 as the series heads to Carolina.
- Nashville and Dallas are tied at a game apiece
- Boston and Toronto are also tied at a game apiece
- Colorado fought hard in OT in tie series with Calgary.
- The No. 1 overall team in the NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, are down 3-0 in their series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
- Winnipeg avoids 3-0 with a big win over St. Louis in game 3 to cut the series to a 2-1 led.
- Vegas looks to continue to run through San Jose as they won two straight games to take a 2-1 series lead.
Astros hit two grand slams in a 10-6 win over Mariners
The Astros started their season off a little slow, and the Mariners were playing hot until these teams meet for the first time this season. The Astros have won the AL West division in each of the last four seasons while winning one World Series title, and they aren’t ready to give up the division crown just yet.
Astros’ swept the three-game series against the Mariners and Astros’ Jose Altuve, and Yuli Gurriel had a nice series. They both hit grand slams Friday night in their 10-6 win. Altuve hit another homer on Saturday night as the Astros won again. The Astros are now winners of nine in a row. And they don’t look like they’re going to slow down.
Marquez throws 1-hitter, Rockies top SF 4-0, end 8-game skid
The Colorado Rockies were one of the favorites to compete with the Dodgers in the NL West. Unfortunately, they have been bitten by the injury bug, and it’s caused the team in losing eight straight games until Sunday night.
Rockies pitcher German Marquez throws a near perfect game only giving up one hit to San Francisco’s Evan Longoria, and that helped the Rockies stopped an eight-game skid. Marquez struck out nine and walked none while throwing 105 pitches in the first complete game in the majors this season. It was the first-ever complete game for Marquez and the first complete game one-hitter in Rockies’ history.
Royals snap ten games losing streak:
The Kansas City Royals will most likely be one of the worst teams in the league this season, so a 10-game losing streak was expected.
But Alex Gordon got tired of the losing and took matters into his own hands. In a game against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night, Gordon homered, doubled twice and singled as the Royals beat the Indians 8-1.
Players to declare for NBA draft:
- Kentucky’s guards Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson
- Duke’s SG Cam Reddish and SF R.J. Barrett
- Kansas’ G Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson
- Auburn’s G Jared Harper
- Florida State’s F Mfiondu Kabengele
- Arizona State’s G Luguentz Dort
- Stanford’s F KZ Okpala
- Texas’ F Jaxson Hayes
- USC’s G Kevin Porter Jr.
- Oregon’s F Louis Kings