PLAYER OF THE DAY

Pascal Siakam (NBA) is a 25-year-old power forward on the Toronto RaptorsSpicy P, as he is nicknamed, was red hot last night, shooting 14 for 17 from the field and scoring a playoff career-high 32 points. Not only did he make shots, he had a serious block on a Draymond Green lay-up with a little over six minutes remaining. That block allowed the Raptors to keep an 11-point lead, and helped the franchise earn a win in their first ever NBA Finals game, as his team beat the Warriors 118-109. The Raptors weren’t sure if Siakam would start in the beginning of the season, but now he is starting and starring in the NBA Finals. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

So the Warriors lost?
Yes, they did.
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Aside from Siakam’s epic performance, Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and Marc Gasol added 20 for the Raptors. This energy was fueled by a Toronto fan base that had been waiting for this moment for 24 years. The Raptors went into the game with the mindset that yes, the Warriors have some incredible players, but they are also humans, and they can compete with humans. DeMarcus Cousins came back from a quad injury to play for the Warriors, but they were skill missing KD, the MVP of the past two finals. Steph Curry scored 34 and Klay Thompson had 21, but that wasn’t enough to take home the win. All four of the last Warriors previous finals wins were against LeBron and the Cavs, so maybe they are just getting used to a new opponent. 

And speaking of new opponent, Raptors global ambassador, Drake, took advantage of the situation and wore a Dell Curry Raptors jersey to the game. Dell is Steph Curry’s dad, who finished his NBA career for the Raptors. Steph wasn’t all that offended, but after the loss, Draymond Green had some words for Drake. It wasn’t necessarily a “scuffle” because no punches were thrown, but there was a little drama for sure

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Drake and Draymond Get Into It After Game 1

Deal or No Deal?
Not the show
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Duke’s freshman star Zion Williamson is more than likely going to be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Williamson signed with CAA Sports yesterday, and will be represented by basketball agent Austin Brown and executive Lisa Joseph-Metelus. Brown represents several top NBA players already, and Joseph-Metelus has worked closely with Dwyane Wade.

Shoe companies and other endorsers have pursued Williamson already, and Williamson is expected to sign one of the largest rookie shoe deals in history. Remember that time his foot busted out of his Nike shoe? Nike just signed likely No 2. pick, Ja Morant, and it would be a cool cinderella story if they could win Williamson over, too.

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You Can’t Spell Awesome Without ME!
But is that word enough of a ‘challenge’?
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The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee took place last night and there were just a few more winners than usual. The event went to a historic 20 rounds, and ended with a consecutive 47 words spelled correctly. The judges had to end the contest not for spelling errors or for a lack of words, but because they would soon run out of “words that would challenge” the remaining contestants. After 17 rounds they made the decision to end at 20, but none of the participants cracked — they all won. The official pronouncer Dr. Jacques Bailly called the co-champions “the most phenomenal assemblage of super-spellers” in competition history. Not even supercalifragilisticexpialidocious could mess these guys up… 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY

49ers PRIDE
What is this?
(NFL) 
This week, the San Francisco 49ers announced a new program, believed to be the first fan community started by an NFL franchise to directly engage and support LGBTQ+ fans and allies. 49ers President, Al Guido, revealed 49ers PRIDE at the LGBTQ+ Activism in Sport Town Hall at Levi’s Stadium. Members of 49ers PRIDE will be invited to watch games, have opportunities to attend philanthropic and social events with likeminded members of the Faithful, engage members on issues within the community, and will have the chance to march with 49ers front office employees at San Francisco Pride. 49ers PRIDE is backed pretty well — Richard Sherman and George Kittle were part of the announcement and Al Guido says the team has an ongoing commitment to support the community. 

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ON THIS DAY

In 1964, the San Francisco Giants played a 23-inning game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. This game alone was seven hours and 23 minutes long, but it was also the second game of what is now, the longest doubleheader in MLB history. In nine hours and 52 minutes, the teams played a cool 32 innings, as the first game ended in just nine. Imagine if you had tickets to both games…

Since there was simply so much baseball going on, it’s slightly less surprising that the Mets pulled off a rare triple play in the 14th inning of the second game. New York still lost 8-6, after falling to the Giants 5-3 in the first game. I’m sure leaving Shea Stadium was enough of a win for the Mets, though..


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