Good morning, Liberty Ballers faithful. Hopefully everyone out there had a lovely Mother’s Day, and didn’t get yelled at when they snuck away to watch the first game of the Western Conference finals.
Here’s what happened over the weekend:
Warriors 113, Spurs 111 - ESPN, Chris Haynes
In classic Warriors fashion, the team overcame a 20-point deficit against the overachieving Spurs to strike first blood in what should inevitably be a very entertaining series. It was the largest comeback in a conference finals game since 2002. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 74 points on 47 shots, while LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for San Antonio with 28 points. Aldridge had an open look on a three with five seconds left that would’ve tied the game at 113, but it did not fall.
Kawhi Leonard injured by Zaza Pachulia, but not intentionally (according to Kawhi) - SB Nation, Matt Ellentuck
Leonard suffered an ankle injury midway through the third quarter after landing on Zaza Pachulia’s foot that ended his night prematurely. Some called into question Pachulia’s motives on the play, as his foot slid into Leonard’s landing space while the Golden State center attempted to contest the shot. Leonard quickly came to Pachulia’s defense, as did his Warriors’ teammate, Kevin Durant. It’s hard to determine intent on a play like that, but the injury is a big blow to San Antonio. Leonard’s left ankle is the same one he hurt in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets. He’s slated to have an MRI tomorrow.
If you somehow missed on tickets when they were available, this is your last chance to snag em. Even if you don’t need tickets, click on the link to see all the festivities planned for the evening.
Charles Barkley’s American Race is not good - Micah Peters, The Ringer
It’s unclear how much research or even prior thought Barkley put into making himself a mediator, let alone a skillful one, but it’s not just that. Barkley’s lack of context leads him to approach prejudice as a disagreement between different groups that can be settled by finding common ground. But common ground isn’t exactly halfway between two competing positions, and these disagreements — which aren’t between equals and therefore aren’t really “disagreements” — have dangerous, structural implications. This is American Race’s fundamental problem: Barkley doesn’t comprehend the basic terms of the conversation he’s trying to lead.
CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Chris Miller with a great takedown of Colin Cowherd’s thoughts towards John Wall
Win or go home: Celtics vs. Wizards, Game 7
The NBA GameTime crew gets you ready for what should be a physical, entertaining Game 7 between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. My brain is telling me the Celtics will win this, but I need more playoff John Wall in my life. Nothing would make me happier than a Wizards victory in TD Garden.