The 2017 NHL Entry Draft lottery takes place on Saturday night, and you might be asking yourself a simple question.
Lottery surprises are not unheard of in the NHL. Winnipeg won second overall in 2016 despite the sixth-best odds (7.8 percent) to jump that high. They picked Patrik Laine, who is a Mitchell And Ness Cheap Jerseys Calder Trophy finalist.
When the Grizzlies seemed to have the game in the bag in overtime, Leonard activated Terminator level 5,000.
First, Leonard hit a triple to bring the game within two points:
Then after Conley missed a free throw on the other end, the MVP candidate hit a corner three to tie the game.
Leonard became the first player in NBA history with more than 40 points, more than five steals and more than five threes made in a playoff game.
And the Spurs lost.
That’s how good Game 4 was. It was an all-out war between two teams that find a way to meet each other almost every season in the playoffs. The series is now tied at two games apiece and it’s headed back to San Antonio, where the Spurs won the first two matches.
But the Grizzlies proved they can beat the Spurs in a variety of ways. And if both Conley and Leonard show up like they did for Game 4, regardless of who wins, the fans will come out on top yet again.
Hockey media may wring its hands over injuries like Crosby’s, but the ranting and fury of men (and, it has to be said, they are always male) reporting hockey is the worst kind of hypocrisy and crocodile tears. These reporters write not out of concern for players health, nor do they write out of a sense of right. These pearl-clutching articles are often written as much to try and expiate their guilt at the damage their promotion of hyper-masculine aggression as an ideal and constant need to compare sport to warfare creates as to report it – even as they say “well, it’s the game, not my bastardized view of it”.