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In today's Sprint:
🏀  Midseason form
⚽️  Late-game heroics
⚾️  Benchwarmer vibes
Trivia: Which NBA franchise has the most MVP awards in history?
  1. Chicago Bulls
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. LA Lakers
  4. Philadelphia 76ers

Halfway There
Recovering from an achilles tear may be the toughest comeback in all of sports. And yet, a year and a half later, Kevin Durant is making it look easy. He's averaging 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.
Let’s give credit where credit is due - to Durant for an incredible rehab and the Brooklyn Nets for signing him just days after the injury.
While Durant’s not going to win the MVP (he’s missed too many games), what he’s doing after suffering the most feared injury in basketball is nothing short of remarkable.
  • Favorites: Nikola Jokic (Nuggets), Joel Embiid (76ers) - either would be the first true Center to win the MVP since Shaq in 2000
  • Dark Horses: LeBron James (Lakers), James Harden (Nets)
Coach of the Year
  • Favorite: Quin Snyder has led the Utah Utah to an NBA best 27 wins
  • Dark Horses: Doc Rivers (76ers), Steve Nash (Nets)
Rookie of the Year
  • Favorite: LaMelo Ball (Hornets) is one of eight rookies to ever average more than 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game
  • Dark Horses: Dark Horses: Tyrese Haliburton (Kings), Anthony Edwards (Timberwolves)
Biggest surprise
  • The Phoenix Suns: Behind the elite backcourt of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, the Suns own the second seed in the West
Finals prediction
  • Brooklyn Nets vs. LA Lakers
Overall, the league and players should be commended for their handling of the pandemic. Of 500 scheduled games, only ~30 have been postponed.

The Big Aristotle
Shaq (aka “The Big Aristotle”) debuted with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and, as you might expect, put on quite the show. The former NBA MVP power bombed his opponent moments before being body slammed into a table.
Now, to the games:
(24-13) Brooklyn Nets 132 vs. (11-23) Houston Rockets 114
  • James Harden (29 pts, 10 reb, 14 ast) secured his triple-double in the third quarter as the Nets cruised past his former team.
(24-12) Philadelphia 76ers 131 vs. (27-9) Utah Jazz 123
  • The matchup between the best in the East and the best in the West did not disappoint. Philly big man Joel Embiid (40 pts, 19 reb) hit a clutch 3-pointer to send the game to OT where the 76ers pulled away.
  • Donovan Mitchell will likely have to pay up after ripping the refs during his postgame presser.
(20-14) Portland Trail Blazers 108 vs. (19-17) Golden State Warriors 106
  • Steph Curry (35 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast) did all he could, but you don’t bet against Dame Lilliard (22 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast) late in games.
Standout performer: T.J. McConnell (16 pts, 13 ast, 10 stl) pulled off the rare triple-double with steals.
(16-4) #10 Villanova 72 vs. (17-7) #14 Creighton 60
  • Villanova won the Big East regular season crown, but at a huge cost. Star point guard Collin Gillespie left the game with a serious knee injury.
(13-5-4) Washington Capitals 2 vs. (12-5-3) Boston Bruins 1 - OT
  • In the penalty shootout, Caps’ goalie Vitek Vanecek didn’t allow a single goal.
Copa del Ray
Barcelona 3 vs. Sevilla FC 0
  • After losing the first leg 0-2, Barcelona came back to beat Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate. Gerard Pique scored a heroic goal in the 94’ to force extra time where Martin Braithwaite scored the winning goal to push Barca through to the Finals of the Copa del Rey.

#3 Baylor (19-1) vs. #17 Oklahoma State (17-6) - 7:00 ET on ESPN2
#2 Michigan (18-2) vs. Michigan State (14-10) - 7:00 ET on ESPN
#15 Texas (15-7) vs. #16 Oklahoma (14-8) - 9:00 ET on ESPN
Miami Heat (17-18) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (15-20) - 8:30 ET on TNT
Philadelphia Flyers (11-5-3) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (12-8-1) - 7:00 ET on ESPN+
Tampa Bay Lightning (15-4-1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (12-7-4) - 8:00 ET on ESPN+
Premier League
(43 pts) Liverpool vs. (43 pts) Chelsea - 3:15 PM ET on NBCSN

⚾️  While on the Dan Le Batard Show, a former MLB executive accused Albert Pujols of being older than he claims. Huge Benchwarmers “I am 12” vibes.
⛳️  The LA County Sheriff’s department executed a search warrant to determine the cause of Tiger Woods’ car crash last week. Warrants are only issued when there is probable cause of a crime.
🏒  Brayden Point stopped fighting mid boxing match to make sure Andrew Cogliano actually wanted to fight.
🏈  Amazon is in talks to carry Thursday Night Football exclusively on Prime Video. Strategically, the NFL has to get into streaming and it appears Amazon is the answer.
🏅  Looks like Japan wants a home field advantage. Foreign fans are unlikely to be allowed at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. For a full breakdown of the Olympics situation, check out yesterday's newsletter.

B. The Celtics lead the league with 10 MVPs (thanks mostly to Bill Russel and Larry Bird), while the Lakers (8), 76ers (6), and Bulls (6) are close behind.