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What Had Happened Was: 5/16/17

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GAME. BLOUSES.

For Washington, D.C., sports fans, the conference championship game eludes one of the major four professional teams again. It has been 19 years (Washington Capitals in 1998) since a D.C. franchise went to its league’s conference title round.

With the Washington Wizards’ 115-105 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night, D.C. sports fans will have to wait until September for another shot at the promised land. The Wizards forced Game 7 with a butts-glued-to-your-seat Game 6 in which All-Star guard John Wall hit the game-winning shot with 3.5 seconds remaining, but his 18 points (8-of-23 shooting) on Monday weren’t enough to advance to the conference finals.

Although Bradley Beal scored 38 points, and Wall and Otto Porter Jr. combined for an additional 38, Boston role player Kelly Olynyk poured in a game-changing 26 points, along with five rebounds and four assists.

Last week the Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals by the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second year in a row. After battling back from a 3-1 series deficit, the Caps then lost Game 7, 2-0, in the Verizon Center on May 10.

The Celtics will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Game 1 tips off Wednesday in Boston.

BLESSINGS

SOCIAL STATUS

FOR THE CULTURE

Sixty-eight years later, Florida lawmakers said they were โ€œsorryโ€ to the family members of the Groveland Boys.

Clifford Davis was denied admission to the University of Arkansas in 1948 because of racism. Seventy-one years later, he gets an honorary law degree.

Actor Hill Harper buys downtown Detroit coffee shop and home in Boston-Edison neighborhood.

Nicki Minaj is starting a charity to help pay off student loans.

Ninety-two-year-old Detroit artist Charles McGee’s latest project is 11 stories high.

TOP THREE TWEETS

1. NOW WATCH ME WHIP

https://twitter.com/IamAkademiks/status/863850021443260416

2. HANGING WITH YA LIL FRIEND

3. ‘SON, DO YOU KNOW WHY I’M STOPPING YOU FOR?’ CAUSE I’M YOUNG AND I’M BLACK

https://twitter.com/WiseGuy_wes27/status/864156238615126016

ICYMI

PICTURE-PERFECT

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.