A weekend full of 7 games provided some epic NBA and NHL moments

Happy Monday, folks. Hope you enjoyed the weekend and at least some of the seven game 7s had to offer.

Let’s get straight to the point.

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Good morning everyone, but especially…

THE DALLAS MAVERICKS…

Luka Doncic is only 23 years old, but his performances in Game 7 are quickly becoming the stuff of legends. The suns I found this out the hard way last night when Doncic scored 35 points and had a lot of help when Dallas demolished Phoenix 123-90 in Game 7. Dallas will face Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.

  • At halftime, the scoreboard showed Dallas 57, Phoenix 27. It also said Luka Doncic 27, Phoenix 27.
  • Spencer Dinwiddie had a career-high 30-point playoff, Jalen Brunson was 24, and the Mavericks had 19 threesomes.
  • Dallas’ defense was excellent. Phoenix hit 50% or better in each of the first eight games of the postseason (six against New Orleans, first two against Dallas). He hit less than 50% in each of the final five games against Dallas.
  • And the The Mavericks’ second-biggest Game 7 win of all time.

The suns were absolutely abysmal (we’ll talk about that soon), but the Mavericks were great. They were blocked defensively with active hands, crisp rotations, and tough internal defense. They were in sync offensively with Doncic, Brunson and Dinwiddie taking the lead roles. With all three playing at a high level, Dallas rolled on all cylinders.

…AND ALSO A GOOD MORNING TO THE BOSTON CELTICS

There will be no repeat champions in the NBA. The celts emphatically secured this, beating the Bucks 109-81 in Game 7. The Celtics will play the Warm in the Eastern Conference Finals.

  • Grant Williams scored a career record (regular or postseason) 27 points. It’s the first time he’s led Boston in scoring.
  • Williams hit seven 3-pointers and the Celtics overall hit 22, an NBA Game 7 record. Milwaukee only made four (more on that in a bit).
  • Jayson Tatum (23 points), Jaylen Brown (19), Payton Pritchard (14) and Marcus Smart (11) all punctuated in double digits as well.
  • And the The Celtics’ second-biggest Game 7 win of all time.

What stood out to me the most about the Celtics was their toughness. We already know how tough they are on the court: a defense that is physical and versatile, an offense that is selfless and balanced. But after losing a big game 5 lead at home, the Celtics went to Milwaukee and beat the defending champions at home, then came home and defeated them.

This harshness is often exemplified by Williams, whose Career game couldn’t have come at a better time.notes our NBA expert Jack Maloney.

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And it’s not a good day to…

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THE SONS OF THE PHOENIX…

Much of this season has been a dream for the Phoenix Suns. A franchise record and 64 league wins. Some incredible returns. Young players taking big steps forward. Role players filling in when the stars were out.

But last night was a bad dream.

The stars were nowhere to be found. The actors couldn’t give them a ride. So now, a season that looked so promising just a few days ago is over.

For a team that went through the regular season and then went through the first two games of this series, this is simply a shocking result. The Suns lost the last two games of this series by a combined 60 points. That’s it the fifth time Paul lost a series where his team had a 2-0 series leadmore than ever, and ultimately this will be a talking point when discussing his legacy writes NBA expert Brad Botkin.

  • Botkin: “But then again, facts are facts. If we’re going to bow at the altar of Luka Doncic for his gene of rise to occasion, then the reverse must also be at least somewhat true. Paul delivered plenty of great games and moments throughout.” of his career, but it can’t be disputed that he often disappeared completely when it mattered most.”

…AND ALSO NOT SO GOOD DAY FOR THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS

There’s no shame in losing in seven games to an extremely good Celtics team after playing the entire series without your second-highest All-Star scorer. But the Bucks will mourn the failures – and the missed chances – that sent them home.

  • Coming into this series, Milwaukee was a perfect 8-0 in closing games under Mike Budenholzer. They went 0-2 in this series.
  • It’s the Bucks’ biggest Game 7 loss of all time.
  • Milwaukee was 4 out of 33 in 3 pointssecond-worst record in NBA playoff history (min. 30 attempts).
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 25 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists, but he hit just 10 of 26 and looked exhausted, with good reason.
  • Antetokounmpo became the first player ever have 200 points, 100 rebounds and 50 assists in a series.

Without Khris Middleton and with Milwaukee’s best pitchers struggling, the Bucks simply ran out of offensive energy. Overall, the Celtics made 53 more than the Bucks in this series, the biggest gap in NBA history. This difference was simply too big to overcomewrites Botkin.

  • Botkin: “When a team that hits 88 more 3s than their opponent also makes those 3s in a 10% better clip, that team will almost always win. That team was the Celtics. Yes, Boston had a problem with Giannis Everyone has a Giannis problem. But the Bucks had a math problem. And in the end, the numbers were too much to overcome.”

with key actors Pat ConnaughtonBobby Portis and Wesley Matthews potential free agents, the Bucks may have some decisions to make. With Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday and a healthy Middleton, the Bucks are well positioned for longer seasons in the postseason – but the supporting cast may need some updates.

Rangers, Flames advance with OT wins; second round of playoffs set 🏒

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We have an absolute treat on the ice this weekend with five game 7s. See how they went:

This means that all of our second round matches are set:

  • (1) Avalanche vs (3) Blues
  • (1) flames vs (2) lubricators
  • (1) panthers vs (3) Ray
  • (1) hurricanes vs (2) guards

You can check out the recaps of all the series right here.

Reds allow zero hits… but still lose ⚾

Welcome to the story — half, half — reds! Behind the starter Hunter Greene and reliever art WarrenCincinnati allowed zero hits yesterday… but lost 1-0 to pirates.

  • The game was goalless with one out at the bottom of the eighth inning as three pirates in a row walked, and Ke’Bryan Hayes‘groundout scored Rodolfo Castro.
  • It is only the sixth time in the Modern Era (since 1901) that a team has not allowed a hit and still lost.
  • The Reds don’t even get credit for a no-hitter because they didn’t pitch at least nine innings. (Host pirates led 1-0 after 8 1/2 innings, so they didn’t need to hit the bottom of the ninth.)

Listen, it’s easy to kick teams when they’re down, and the Reds, at 9-26 this season, are really beaten. But Greene’s exit — 7 1/3 innings, nine strikeouts, five walks — was a big positive for them, notes MLB expert Dayn Perry.

  • Perry: “Greene ended up throwing 118 pitches, which is not only the highest total of his young career, but also the highest pitch count of any pitcher this season. of ace.”

What are we going to watch Monday 📺

Juventus in Lazio2:45 pm on Paramount+

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