🏀Two Teams Advance to NBA Conference Semifinals
The GIST: Two teams punched their tickets to the NBA conference semifinals and the remaining six slots will be decided this week. It’s time to put Selling Sunset on pause (hard, we know) because there’s some epic basketball coming your way.
Who’s moving on?: After sweeping the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors will now face each other in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Spicy.
What about the rest of the East?: The Miami Heat could break out brooms of their own tonight and advance with a win against the Indiana Pacers. And we expect the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks to eliminate the “hometown” Orlando Magic this week, hopefully without another fist fight.
And what’s going on in the West?: On Sunday, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Dončić (pronounced DON-CHITCH) became the youngest player to record a 40-point (!!!) playoff triple-double. He also scored the game-winner with an incredible overtime (OT) buzzer-beater shot. What a day. The Mavs’ thrilling series against the Los Angeles Clippers now stands at an even 2-2.
- This afternoon’s Game 4 between the star-studded Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder is a must-watch. The Rockets lead the series 2-1, but the Thunder could ride the momentum of their Game 3 OT win and even things up. Check out the latest playoff bracket here.
I also heard something about a lottery?: That’s right. The worst teams in the league were still in on the action, thanks to last Thursday’s NBA Draft lottery. The Minnesota Timberwolves won the lottery and will have the first pick of the NBA Draft on October 16th.
- The Golden State Warriors grabbed the second pick, but it was Steph Curry’s new hairstyle that was the main topic of conversation. Into it.
🏒Results from the First Games of Round Two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs
RThe GIST: Time moves quickly inside the bubble. Without the need for travel and the distraction of women (cue eye roll here), the NHL moved from the first to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in less than 24 hours. Here’s #thegist on the four conference semifinals.
The West: The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche kicked off the second round on Saturday, but, funny enough, it was actually their second meeting of the postseason. They already met during the round-robin seeding tournament a few weeks ago, where the Avs won 4–0, but this time the Stars took Game 1 with a 5–3 win.
- After booting the reigning Stanley Cup champs, the Vancouver Canucks became the only Canadian team and only Western qualifying team to advance to round two. Last night, they started their series against the Vegas Golden Knights, who might be a bit distracted after dealing with some weird AF goalie drama this weekend.
In the East: Despite leading the league during the regular season, the Boston Bruins are the underdogs in their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa beat Boston in their round-robin seeding matchup, as well as in three of their four regular-season games, but Boston came out firing last night, winning Game 1 3–2.
- And last and kind of least, the New York Islanders — the only Eastern Conference team to move on from the qualifiers and the current lowest-seeded team — have something to prove against the No. 1 Philadelphia Flyers. They’ll look to continue their underdog journey when their series starts at 7 p.m. ET tonight.
World No. 304 Wins AIG Women's Open, Taurasi Receives Foul for Inappropriate Language
LPGA: You should always expect the unexpected in golf...but we did not expect this. Yesterday, No. 304 world-ranked Sophia Popov made
history herstory when she won the first LPGA major of the season, the AIG Women’s Open (aka the British Open), making her the first female golfer (and second ever) to win a major from outside of the top 300.
- Not only was it Popov’s first major title, but it was her first ever Tour win too. And it gets better: she entered the tournament on a special-event qualifying pass, and just three weeks ago, Popov caddied in an LPGA event. Now, she’s winning them. Maybe there’s hope for our golf game too.
WNBA: Things are getting heated in the Wubble. WNBA GOAT Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi has been caught using some unsavory language on the court lately, but she may have crossed a line on Friday.
🏒Vegas Golden Knights Advance to Second Round of Stanley Cup Playoffs
The GIST: After the Vegas Golden Knights became the first team to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Tuesday, four teams had the chance to follow their lead yesterday. Only three did.
Who advanced?: We’ll break it down for you real quick. First the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5–4 in overtime, then the Boston Bruins took the Carolina Hurricanes 2–1 and the Colorado Avalanche absolutely embarrassed the Arizona Coyotes with a 7–1 win.
- All three teams won their series 4-1 (eerie) to advance to the second round (which should start early next week), but the Philadelphia Flyers broke the trend, losing to the Montreal Canadiens last night to make the series 3-2.
What’s next?: Four series remain undecided, so every game really counts now. The New York Islanders and Dallas Stars can both advance to round two if they win tonight, and the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks, and the Flyers and Canadiens will all have to hash it out tomorrow.
- Even with so many decided series, the pairings for the second round matchups will be reseeded, so advancing teams won’t know who their opponent will be until this round is over. Check out the full playoff bracket here.
🏀NBA Scores, Standings and Highlights for this Week
The GIST: We heard you love highlights, so we’re bringing you more! Here are a few of our favorite NBA highlights — and lowlights — from the past few days.
Dance it out: Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard can do it all: Score 34 points in a game? Check. Nail three-pointers? Check. Dance? Check. And he did all of it while beating the Western Conference’s best team, the LA Lakers, to lead the series 1-0. Casual.
Spin doctor: Utah Jazz’s Donovan “Spida” Mitchell is a good teammate. Check out this figure-skating inspired assist to Georges Niang as the Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 to even the series.
“What the hell was that?”: The Brooklyn Nets do not know how to play it cool, as you can see from this v. embarrassing game-ender against the Toronto Raptors. The Raps are, unsurprisingly, up 2-0 in this series.
A true lowlight: A newly released bodycam video shows that Deputy Alan Strickland was the aggressor in the courtside altercation with Raptors president Masai Ujiri, just minutes after the Raptors won the NBA Championship last year.
- Strickland still claims he was in the right for his action, but we’re calling it exactly like we see it: a blatant and disgusting act of racial profiling. #BlackLivesMatter