What Had Happened Was: 5/25/16
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Are we sure Russell Westbrook should have finished fourth in this year’s MVP voting? Like, how sure?
The human lightning bolt dropped his fifth career postseason triple-double Tuesday night — 36 points, 11 boards and 11 assists — in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, allowing us to shout at Stephen Curry: Season on the brink! The actual MVP shot 6-for-20, missed nine of his first 10 attempts and, per ESPN Stats & Information, he finished 2-for-7 on uncontested looks, including o-for-5 on uncontested 3-pointers. Absurd. Something is up, but it might not be injury or even rust, necessarily.
It might just be Kevin Durant.
Curry — despite getting five wide-open looks from behind the 3-point line — is now shooting 3-for-10 with six turnovers when guarded by Durant during the series. Draymond Green now has a plus/minus the last two games of -73, the worst number over two games for any postseason player in 16 years. And get this: With Durant as the primary defender, Green is 0-for-11 with five turnovers this series. Westbrook deserves all the praise he’s getting for burning down the Warriors’ house and forcing them to flee, desperate for the past. But so does KD. The two men have the Warriors so shook, this actually happened to Klay Thompson after the game:
— OKC/76ers Finals (@Jaroc93) May 25, 2016
Hold on, what’s that? I’ve just been told we have video of Westbrook watching Thompson’s bumbling. Let’s go out live now:
Super Bowl LI – Houston
Super Bowl LII – Minneapolis
Super Bowl LIII – Atlanta
Super Bowl LIV – Miami
Super Bowl LV – Los Angeles
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 24, 2016
Talk about a triple threat. Do y’all see the lineup for the final three locations? Goodness gracious — Jesus be a friendly budget. Yesterday afternoon, the NFL released the upcoming Super Bowl locations for 2017 through 2021. On first glance, four of the five are heavy hitters off bucks.
Super Bowls in Atlanta, Miami and LA back-to-back-to-back? pic.twitter.com/kQ83KzObr2
— Justin Tinsley (@JustinTinsley) May 24, 2016
What you got? Tweet your best captions @InstantRHIplay, @KofieSpeaks and @Ryan_Cortes, and we’ll display the top one in tomorrow’s post.
Russ looking at Steph like while y'all got this defensive liability guarding me???? pic.twitter.com/8L7X7FDIDm
— T/L Sports Media (@TLSportsMedia) May 25, 2016
DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
Yesterday, on his 37th birthday, ESPN analyst — and one of the toughest players to beat on the classic video game NBA Ballers — Tracy McGrady decided to throw some shade upon Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal asking for the max.
Tracy McGrady just now on ESPN's The Jump, asked about Bradley Beal: "If he's a max player, I'm coming back."
— Abe Schwadron (@abe_squad) May 24, 2016
This leads to the question: Who would want to see Tracy McGrady back in the league? Better question: Who wouldn’t want to see him back? Here’s the most important reason you should want T-Mac back in your life: He would be a shoo-in for First Team All-NBA Dress Code. Have you seen this outfit?
We need T-Mac to bless us with his NBA Dress Code closet. Come back to the league buddy. pic.twitter.com/HjQth5RJ1Z
— 𝕂𝕠𝕗𝕚𝕖 (@KofieYeboah) May 24, 2016
If anything he would keep Russell Westbrook on his toes.
Tracey McGrady lookin like he had to borrow his dads suit or somethin pic.twitter.com/Otr7okJagm
— Matt Carothers (@MKCarothers) January 24, 2014
FOR THE CULTURE
- The Baltimore Sun named Sam Davis the first African-American managing editor in the newspaper’s history.
- The Roots tweeted a link to a song called “Champion” made exclusively for this year’s 2016 NBA Finals.
- To pay for her leukemia treatment, an 8-year-old in Des Moines, Iowa is making and selling lemonade. Truly the definition of inner strength.
- Jay-Z hopped on the new Fat Joe, Remy Ma and French Montana joint “All The Way Up” and lent a full verse, Jay’s first official one in 2016. He even addressed “Lemonade” for the first time.
- Chance The Rapper has revealed what he deems the best song he’s ever written.
- Winston-Salem State’s coaches decided to show off some fancy footwork, doing a rehearsed dance to New Edition’s “If It Isn’t Love.”
TOP THREE TWEETS
Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?
When you have a lot on your mind, but also not. https://t.co/rtKQ1E4Ce2
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) May 25, 2016
2. Happy birthday!
A fan at Nationals Park evidently gave Colon a hard time about having 2 families. Colon yelled back at the guy that he actually has 3.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) May 24, 2016
3. Y’all gon’ learn today
When your momma told you not to go outside and you see her car around the corner https://t.co/0EsGuvMjHm
— Astasia Williams (@AstasiaWill) May 24, 2016
Our friend Royce Young wrote a tremendous piece for ESPN on Russell Westbrook yesterday that teaches you about a man you thought you knew, but didn’t really. Here are a couple of the 39 facts about Westbrook that will surprise:
He often listens to Katy Perry and Taylor Swift before games.
“It’s good s—,” he said. And he always uses standard iPhone earbuds.
He watched video of all his technicals after last season.
“I learned in the summertime, once they make a call, they ain’t changing it,” he said. “Took me a while, but I learned it. … I watched film. I watched all my techs and all the dumb s— I was doing, so I decided to tell myself, there’s no need to argue.” He led the league with 17 technicals in 2015-16; he had seven this season, only one of which resulted from a debate with a referee.
Westbrook does everything with his left hand — sign autographs, brush his teeth, throw a football — except shoot a basketball.
— Douglas Pucci (@SonOfTheBronx) May 24, 2016