The NBA regular season ends on May 16th and, like any good group project,
they procrastinated. Between now and then, teams have to run through a
gauntlet of ~13 games.
Players, coaches, and owners are not happy.
Knicks’ coach Tom Thibodeau considered taking
his team’s key cards on their off day so they couldn’t sneak into
the facility. Mavs’ owner Mark Cuban said, “This is a season where we have
to rest high-usage players. We have no choice.”
Notable Injuries: To Cuban’s point, several of the
league’s top players, including eight of the ten All-Star starters, have
missed at least 10% of the games this year.
Anthony Davis - 35 games
Kevin Durant - 32 games
LeBron James - 18 games
Joel Embiid - 18 games
Over the last week, a slew of young stars went down, too.
Jamal Murray - ACL, out for season
Donovan Mitchell - ankle, will return soon
Trae Young - ankle, will return soon
Before the playoffs, the 7th - 10th seeds in each conference will play in a
three-game play in
tournament. Suddenly, the 6th seed looks a lot more valuable.
Philadelphia 76ers (39-20)
Brooklyn Nets (39-20)
Milwaukee Bucks (36-22)
New York Knicks (33-27)
Atlanta Hawks (32-27)
Boston Celtics (32-27)
Miami Heat (31-28)
Charlotte Hornets (28-30)
Indiana Pacers (27-31)
Washington Wizards (25-33)
Utah Jazz (44-15)
Phoenix Suns (42-17)
LA Clippers (42-19)
Denver Nuggets (38-20)
LA Lakers (35-23)
Portland Trail Blazers (32-26)
Dallas Mavericks (31-26)
Memphis Grizzlies (29-28)
San Antonio Spurs (29-29)
Golden State Warriors (29-30)
Zoom out: Between the compressed schedule and the
play in tournament, higher ranked seeds have a massive advantage entering
the season’s final stretch. They can rest their players while also playing
fewer games, setting themselves up for a fully healthy playoff run.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
(36-22) Milwaukee Bucks 124 vs. (39-20) Philadelphia 76ers 117
Giannis (27 pts, 16 reb, 6 ast) powered the Bucks past the East’s
(32-26) Dallas Mavericks 115 vs. (35-24) LA Lakers 110
In Anthony Davis’ first game back from injury, Luka (30 pts, 9 reb,
8 ast) did just enough for the Mavs to pull it out.
(9-10) Arizona Diamondbacks 14 vs. (9-9) Cincinnati Reds 11
In his first game back from suspension, Reds’ Nick Castellanos
smashed his sixth homer of the year, but it wasn’t enough for the
suddenly cold Reds.
(30-13-4) Washington Capitals 1 vs. (29-13-5) New York Islanders 0 -
After a 0-0 nail biter in regulation, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the
deciding goal, lifting the Caps into sole possession of first place
in the division.
(59 pts) Leicester 3
vs. (24 pts) West Brom 0
Leicester inched closer to securing a top four spot and a UCL
qualification after the 17 shot performance.
Quote: “It’s hard to talk about a basketball
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens spoke
about the passing of Kentucky freshman Terrence Clarke, who was from
Boston. Clarke passed away yesterday following a car accident in Los
Angeles. The 19 year old was a likely lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
His mom was at his side.
⛳ Dave Portnoy and Brooks Koepka will play a 1 v 1 golf match with the
loser donating $250k to the winner’s charity of choice. To make it
semi-fair, Koepka will play left handed. We’re taking Koepka, who’s lefty
swing puts our regular ones to shame.
🏎 Formula 1 released a virtual
lap simulation of the new Miami track with a view from the driver’s
seat. The top speed, 198 mph.
Golden State Warriors (29-30) vs. Denver Nuggets (38-20) - Fri. 10:00 ET on
Philadelphia 76ers (39-20) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (36-22) - Sat. 3:30 ET on
LA Lakers (35-24) vs. Dallas Mavericks (32-26) - Sat. 8:30 ET on ABC
Brooklyn Nets (39-20) vs. Phoenix Suns (42-17) - Sun. 3:30 ET on ESPN
New York Yankees (7-11) vs. Cleveland Indians (8-9) - Fri. 7:10 ET on ESPN+
Washington Nationals (7-9) vs. New York Mets (7-7) - Sat. 4:05 ET on FS1
Colorado Avalanche (31-9-4) vs. St. Louis Blues (19-19-6) - Sat. 3:00 ET on
Boston Bruins (27-12-6) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (30-14-3) - Sun. 3:00 ET on
(3 pts) LA FC vs. (3 pts) Seattle Sounders - Sat. 6:00 ET on ESPN
C. Bird drove a garbage truck and enjoyed the work
cleaning up his town while supporting his young daughter, until Indiana
State University’s head basketball coach Bill Hodges convinced him to play
at the collegiate level.
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