Justify Wins Derby, NBA Playoff Weekend Update
Monday, May 7, 2018
The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby was the wettest Derby in memory. The track was officially listed as “sloppy”, but if you were watching, it looked even worse, which made betting on the 20 horse field a bit more difficult. Justify, however, did not seem to have any issues as he ran a beautiful race to the finish. Justify, trained by Bob Buffett, became the first horse in 136 years to accomplish the feat of winning the Derby while not having run a race as a 2 year old. As Baffert said about him, “I’ve seen all kinds, I mean this guy, he’s just special. He has that presence about him.”
After the 76ers lost on Saturday night in overtime 98-101, the Boston Celtics have a commanding 3-0 lead. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid said, “We made a couple of dumb mistakes. It’s on us”. The Sixers will try and prevent a series sweep with game 4 on Monday night.
LeBron is unstoppable! With a last second buzzer beater in game 3 (you need to see it to believe it) over Toronto, the Raptors are now down 0-3 in the series and will need to claw their way back on Monday night in game 4. James described the difficult one-handed shot by saying he has the “ability to have different things in my toolbox.” Cavaliers 105, Raptors 103.
The Warriors dominant win over the New Orleans Pelicans, thanks to Kevin Durant’s 38 points, could be due to a late night/early morning text from Draymond Green. Green was so upset by the Warriors loss to the Pelicans in game 3, he sent a text at 4:00 am to Durant telling him he had to step up. When Durant woke up, he said, “Got it” and went out and played with inspiration. Steph Curry also had a big day and moved into third place in postseason 3 pointers with 326. Ray Allen holds the record with 385 and LeBron is in 2nd place with 346. Golden State leads the series 3-1.
Chris Paul knows how to celebrate his birthday as he went out and scored 27 points and recorded 12 rebounds to help the Rockets win game 4 over the Utah Jazz. The Rockets are now up 3-1 in the series. Houston 100, Utah 87.