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

Happy Monday, people. I hope you enjoyed the weekend and at least some of the seven games 7 had to offer.

Let’s get right to it.

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Good morning everyone, but especially…

THE DALLAS MAVERICKS…

Luka Doncić he’s only 23, but his performances in Game 7 are quickly become the stuff of legends. The Suns I found out the hard way last night when Doncic contributed 35 points and he got 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 score was Dallas 57, Phoenix 27. Also Luka Doncic 27, Phoenix 27.
  • spencer dinwiddie had a career-high 30 points in the playoffs, jalen brunson he had 24, and the Mavericks made 19 3-pointers.
  • Dallas’ defense was superb. Phoenix shot 50 percent or better in each of its first eight postseason games (six against New Orleans, the first two against Dallas). He shot below 50 percent in each of the last five games against Dallas.
  • Is he The Mavericks’ second-biggest win in Game 7 history.

The Suns were absolutely abysmal (more on that shortly), but the Mavericks were fantastic. They were locked up defensively with active hands, crisp rotations and tough interior defense. They were in sync offensively with Doncic, Brunson and Dinwiddie taking on the lead roles. With all three playing at a high level, Dallas rolled on all cylinders.

… AND ALSO GOOD MORNING TO THE BOSTON CELTICS

There will be no repeat champion in the NBA. The celts made sure of that emphatically, beating the Bucks 109-81 in Game 7. The Celtics will play the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.

  • grant williams he scored a career-high 27 points (regular or postseason). It’s the first time he’s led Boston in scoring.
  • Williams hit seven 3-pointers and the Celtics overall scored 22. an NBA Game 7 record. Milwaukee only did four (more on that in a bit).
  • Jayson Tatum (23 points), jaylen brown (19), payton pritchard (14) and smart marcus (11) all scored in double figures as well.
  • Is he Celtics’ second-biggest Game 7 win in history.

What struck me about the Celtics was their toughness. We already know how tough they are on the floor: a physical and versatile defense, a selfless and complete offense. But after blowing a big lead in Game 5 at home, the Celtics went to Milwaukee and beat the defending champions on home court, then came home and beat them.

Williams often exemplifies that toughness, whose The running game couldn’t have come at a better time.notes our NBA insider Jack Maloney.

honorable mentions

And not so good morning for…

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THE PHOENIX SUNS…

Much of this season was a dream for the Phoenix Suns. A franchise record and 64 league wins. Some amazing comebacks. Young players taking big steps forward. Role players filled in when the stars were out.

But last night was a nightmare.

The stars were nowhere to be found. The role players couldn’t give them a push. So now a season that seemed so promising a few days ago is over.

For a team that made it through the regular season and then made it 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. It is the fifth time Paul has lost a series in which his team had a 2–0 series leadalmost always, and ultimately that will be a topic of conversation when his legacy is discussed. writes NBA pundit Brad Botkin.

  • Button: “But then again, facts are facts. If we’re going to bow at Luka Doncic’s altar for his rise to chance gene, then the reverse also has to be at least somewhat true. Paul has delivered on you grow.” of great games and moments throughout his career, but there’s no arguing that he, too often, has completely disappeared when it mattered most.”

…AND NOT SO GOOD MORNING TO THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS

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

  • Going into this series, Milwaukee was a perfect 8-0 in close games under mike budenholzer. They were 0-2 in this series.
  • It’s the Bucks’ biggest Game 7 loss in history.
  • milwaukee gone 4 of 33 in triplessecond-worst mark in NBA playoff history (min. 30 attempts).
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo he finished with 25 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists, but shot just 10-of-26 and seemed exhausted, for good reason.
  • Antetokounmpo became the first player in history have 200 points, 100 rebounds and 50 assists in a series.

Without khrismiddleton and with Milwaukee’s best shooters struggling, the Bucks simply ran out of offensive juice. Overall, the Celtics made 53 more 3-pointers than the Bucks in this series, the largest difference in NBA history. That difference was simply too great to overcome.Botkin writes.

  • Button: “When a team that shoots 88 more 3-pointers than their opponent also makes those 3-pointers 10 percent better, that team is almost always going to win. That team was the Celtics. Yeah, Boston had a problem with Giannis. Everybody has a problem with Giannis. But the Bucks had a math problem. And in the end, the numbers were too much to overcome.”

with key players Pat Connaughton Bobby Portis Y wesley matthews potential free agents, the Bucks might have some decisions to make. With Antetokounmpo, junior vacation and a healthy Middleton, the Bucks are well-positioned for longer postseasons, but the supporting cast may need improvement.

Rangers, Flames advance with OT wins; Second round of playoffs ready 🏒

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We had absolute pleasure on the ice this weekend with five games 7. This is how they were:

That means all of our second-round matchups are set:

  • (one) avalanche against (3) Blues
  • (one) calls against (2) oilers
  • (one) panthers against (3) Flash of lightning
  • (one) hurricanes against (2) Forest ranger

You can see summaries of each series. right here.

Reds allow zero hits… but lose anyway ⚾

Welcome to history — a little, something like that — Reds! behind the starter motor green hunter and calming art warrenCincinnati allowed zero hits yesterday … but lost 1-0 to the pirates.

  • The game was scoreless with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, when three straight Pirates walked, and Ke’Bryan Hayesground ball scored rodolfo castro.
  • It’s only the sixth time in the Modern Era (since 1901) that a team didn’t allow 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. (The host Pirates were leading 1-0 after 8 1/2 innings, so they didn’t have to bat in the bottom of the ninth.)

Listen, it’s easy to kick teams when they’re down, and the Reds, 9-26 this season, are really down. But Greene’s outing (7 1/3 innings, nine strikeouts, five walks) was a big positive for them, notes MLB pundit 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. Prior to Sunday’s outing, Greene had thrown no more than 5 1/ 3 innings in a game Greene, a former No. 2 overall pick, has a big fastball and an ace ceiling.”

What we are seeing on Monday 📺

Juventus at Lazio2:45 p.m. on Paramount+

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