What Had Happened Was: 5/27/16
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Real talk — can we just lace ’em up and play another one of these Friday night? Come on.
So here’s the thing about Thursday night’s game: The Golden State Warriors looked Warrior-esque, whipping the ball around, dropping long 3-pointers on folks and flexing — hell, the word “fun” was said eight times in the team’s postgame comments, as our man J.A. Adande pointed out — but the Oklahoma City Thunder were still very much in it. Playing on the road with the Warriors’ bit pieces looking extra shiny — Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 14 boards for crying out loud — the Thunder were down six with just under four minutes left and were shooting to make it a one-possession game with 40 seconds left.
This coming on a night Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 71 points but required 59 shots to get them. Durant is forever calling the NBA a “make-or-miss league” and Thursday night was just that. The Thunder missed, but they, uh, might not when they’re back home Saturday night for Game 6 and they know it. This unwavering confidence even appeared in the postgame presser when a reporter asked Durant about Curry’s defensive abilities and Westbrook was sitting next to him:
Durant asked if Stephen Curry is underrated as a defender. Russell Westbrook couldn't contain himself, and started laughing.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 27, 2016
Westbrook laughs when asked if Curry is an underrated defender; Durant says "he doesn't guard the best point guards" pic.twitter.com/IaDrcFLkRo
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 27, 2016
Damn, damn, damn.
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Russell Westbrook fears no man (or four men.) pic.twitter.com/axWOohulkg
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) May 27, 2016
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 27, 2016
NINETEEN AND ON THE SCENE
One of the Los Angeles Dodgers most talked-about prospects will make his MLB debut tonight: Julio Urias. If you’re unfamiliar with the man’s work, you won’t be for much longer. Urias is 19 years old (!) and the pride of Mexico. ESPN baseball analyst Keith Law had him as the top minor league prospect in all of MLB at the start of this season.
Perhaps the craziest part of Urias’ journey: The Dodgers only happened upon him by accident. A few years back, the team’s scouts were in Mexico City to witness the workouts of a man named Yasiel Puig. They decided to hit up a game being played two hours south. That’s where they saw a left-handed pitcher hitting 92 MPH — 15-year-old Julio Urias.
— Adrián González (@Adrian_ElTitan) May 26, 2016
— Alex Carrión Velo (@alexc_velo) May 26, 2016
FOR THE CULTURE
Stephen Curry was used in a sentence during Thursday’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.
And for the third time in a row, said spelling bee ended with co-champions!
A Cleveland Cavaliers DJ clapped back at Drake and clowned him on Instagram.
President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima 71 years after the first atomic strike.
The homey Bryce Harper stays making baseball fun again.
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?
1. MANY OF THEM, ACTUALLY
Expect angry letters, kids. https://t.co/ZiDSFZUS8T
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) May 26, 2016
2. WE SEE YOU…
To everyone who thought the Warriors were done pic.twitter.com/iSyAgQz98T
— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) May 27, 2016
3. PAPI MANE
PAPI THE REALEST pic.twitter.com/JMO5pihF6W
— BHB (TUNECHI FAN ACCOUNT) (@KeepDatShit100) May 26, 2016
Not many people would have kept chugging away at progress if a Klansman set a cross on fire in their front yard — mere feet away from where their wife and three children slept. But C.M. Newton isn’t just anybody, as contributor Andrew Maraniss wrote. It took thick skin, commitment and trust on the part of the students he recruited to integrate the Southeastern Conference.
At every stop of his career, he made unprecedented and controversial moves related to race, recruiting the first black players at Alabama, fielding the Southeastern Conference’s first all-black starting lineup, hiring the first black coach at Kentucky, and initiating the long-overdue reconciliation between a black athletic pioneer and the university community at Vanderbilt.
Just doesn't get better than this: pic.twitter.com/lnrvey501u
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) May 26, 2016