PLAYER OF THE DAY

Klay Thompson (NBA) is a shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors. You’ve probably heard of Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, but Klay has proven to be a key asset in the Warriors’ success for the past eight seasons. Klay didn’t play badly in the first three games of the best-of-seven series against the Los Angeles Clippers, but he didn’t play amazing, eitherHe had just 42 points in the first three games combined, which led him to hit the pause button and get some R&R. He headed to the beach to play volleyball and swim, and he attributed his 32 points in Game 4 alone to the Pacific Ocean. Klay spent some of his childhood in Los Angeles, where his father, Mychal Thompson, played five seasons for the Lakers. A small slump is nothing some home cooking and a nice swim can’t fix. The Warriors are up 3-1 in their series, one game away from advancing to the next round.

Klay Thompson discusses how his day at the beach helped fuel his Game 4 performance during the postgame presser

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Not this again…
(NHL) The San Jose Sharks survived elimination again last night, winning Game 6 of their seven-game series against the Vegas Golden Knights in a double overtime thriller. After winning Game 5 (making the series 3-2), forward Tomas Hertlpromised a Game 7, claiming they are the “better team.” Hertl followed through on that promise by scoring a short-handed double-overtime goal, which made him the first player in NHL history to do so in the playoffs. This called for celebration, but after over 91 minutes of play, the Sharks were too exhausted. This win also marks the first time in franchise history that the Sharks forced a Game 7 after being down in the series 3-1. Hertl offered no guarantees for the results of Game 7, but he guarantees they will try their best.

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Tomas Hertl’s short-handed game-winner in double OT to force Game 7

In other NHL playoff news…
There weren’t enough upsets in March Madness in 2019, so it seems the NHL has decided to make up the deficit. The top-seeded teams in both conferences, theTampa Bay Lightning and the Calgary Flames, have been knocked out of the playoffs. It’s the first time in NHL history that the top seeded teams in each conference were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. These underdogs are keeping us on our toes…

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Sweep Central
Should I get my broom?
(NBA) The Boston Celtics completed a sweep in their first round series against the Indiana Pacers last night. This is the Celtics’ first four-game sweep since 2011 and the second since 1987. The Pacers have only been swept in two best-of-seven series’ in franchise history, and both have happened in the last three years. A few key events led to the Celtics’ success this series: 1) “Playoff Kyrie” Irving had 37 points in Game 2, tallying at least 20 points in six of his last nine playoff games; 2) the Celtics have a deep bench, with players stepping up on all ends of the court; 3)Gordon Hayward and the starters have found their grove. Hayward missed last year’s playoffs due to a gruesome season-ending injury he suffered in the first game of the season. He came back swinging this year, though, and had 20 points, shot 7-for-9, and went 3-for-3 from the 3-point range in Game 4. He did all of this just 20 miles from his hometown of Brownsburg, Indiana, and in front of his wife and three daughters. There’s something about these hometowns…

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Gordon Hayward leads the Celtics past his hometown Indiana Pacers in Game 4 to complete the four game sweep in round one

Injuries on Injuries
What happened?
(MLB) The New York Yankees are dropping like flies early on this season. Aaron Judge is the latest and greatest to join the Yankees injured list. He strained his left oblique muscle while hitting a single in their game yesterday. This put him as the 13th player on the current IL and the 14th player this season, both staggering totals just three weeks into the season. The Yankees brought back almost every notable player from last year’s playoffs, but only two from the wild-card game starting lineup are healthy and on the roster. The IL accounts for at least 175 of 267 home-runs last year, 515 of 851 runs, and 515 of their 821 RBIs. The Yanks are strugglin’.

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Here’s the at bat that caused Judge hurt his oblique.

ON THIS DAY

In 1914Babe Ruth played his first professional baseball game as a pitcher. The 6-0 win against Buffalo was so insignificant at the time that the results were at the bottom of the sports page, and there was barely any mention of players. Ruth went on to play 22 MLB seasons and is known as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture — and, of course, one of baseball’s greatest players of all time. While he was an excellent pitcher early in his career, he is better known for his 714 career home runs, a record that stood until 1974 and is still the third-most in MLB history. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its “first five” inaugural members.


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