The defending champion Warriors eliminate the Sacramento Kings
The GIST: Behind a record-setting 50-point performancefrom who else but Steph Curry, the reigning champ Western Conference No. 6 Golden State Warriors eliminated the No. 3 Sacramento Kings with yesterday’s thrilling 120–100 Game 7 win.
- And while that put an emphatic wrap on the first round, the conference semis were already tipping off. No time to waste.
Eastern Conference: The No. 8 Miami Heat stormed back to overtake the No. 5 NY Knicks 108–101 in yesterday’s Game 1, but the win came with one serious blow: Heat phenom Jimmy Butler injured his ankle in the fourth quarter and it’s unclear if he’ll be back on the court (or if the Knicks’ Julius Randle will join him) in Game 2 tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET.
- But tonight, it’s all about one of the oldest rivalries in the league, as the No. 2 Boston Celtics take on the No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers at 7:30 p.m. ET. This one’s not without injuries either — Philly’s MVP candidate Joel Embiid is doubtful to suit up. Can everyone stop getting hurt, please?
Western Conference: Stars collided on Saturday, when the No. 1 Denver Nuggets dominated the No. 4 Phoenix Suns 125–107 to take Game 1. The Nugs’ Nikola Jokić got off to a hot start, but it was his teammate Jamal Murray who shined the brightest. Bubble Murray, is that you? Expect more sparks to fly when Game 2 tips off tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
- Then, prep for box office basketball because it’s Curry vs. LeBron James in a postseason battle of the GOATs, with the Warriors and James’ No. 7 LA Lakers duking it out in a sure-to-be electric series, which begins tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET. How lucky are we?