Last Week in Sports (4/30 – 5/6)
The playoffs heat up as LeBron knocks down a brutal game winner and Marc-André Fleury saves the day for the Golden Knights in this epic last week in sports.
The Vegas Golden Knights advance behind an incredible display from Marc-André Fleury, who had 28 saves in another playoff shutout. The last expansion team to win the Stanley Cup in its inaugural season was the St. Louis Blues in 1918, and the Golden Knights look primed to make history as they head into the conference finals.
In Tampa, the Lightning sealed the deal to advance in a gentleman’s sweep, and both the Capitals/Penguins and Predators/Jets play tonight in what could be the final game for the Penguins and the Predators.
The Toronto Raptors are basically left to prepare for the offseason now that they’re down 3-0 to the King’s Cavaliers. After taking the first two games of the series in Toronto, LeBron hit a devastating buzzer-beater in Cleveland to steal the night on Saturday as well. Over the last ten games, James has scored 40 points four times, recorded two triple doubles, and notched two walk-off buzzer-beaters to boot.
Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr went with the Hamptons 5 lineup to start the game on Sunday – that’s the crew that recruited Kevin Durant to the team – which created mismatches left and right for the Pelicans. Behind KD’s 38 points, the Pels fell for a third game to go down 3-1 in the series.
In the Jazz/Rockets series, Donovan Mitchell’s 25 points weren’t enough as Chris Paul and James Harden combined for 51 in the win. The Rockets take a 3-1 series lead and are expected to down Utah in Houston on Tuesday.
The Celtics shocked the NBA world on Saturday when they toppled the Sixers in Philadelphia to take a 3-0 lead in the series. Despite missing their two best players in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, Boston’s next man up style has seen Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford take turns leading the offense while the whole team continues to dominate opponents defensively. Philly’s Ben Simmons has been held to surprisingly low point totals over the three games, averaging only 11 points a game and turning the ball over 16 times.
It’s Jason’s Day
Despite admitting he was “burned out” from holding the number 1 spot in pro golf, Jason Day took home a two-shot win at the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday. After dropping a potential three-shot lead, Day hit back to back birdies on the 16th and 17th holes, including a very near hole-in-one. The Australian pro heads to Sawgrass this weekend with hopes he can turn this hot streak into another win.
Tiger Woods ended at 55th after failing to birdie even once.
Mayfield Under Center
The Browns’ number one draft pick in Baker Mayfield has had an awful lot of practice over the last week. He has reportedly taken thousands of snaps under center since joining the team, after the Heisman winner spent much of his college career passing from the shotgun. As an undersized QB, the challenge of working from right behind the offensive line is an obstacle that Mayfield will have to prove he can hurdle if he wants to be an elite NFL quarterback.