Good morning to everyone but especially to...
Three months ago, Austin Reaves was sidelined with a hamstring injury and Rui Hachimura was stuck on a Wizards team going nowhere. Sunday, they played starring roles as the Lakers beat the Grizzlies, 128-111, to take Game 1 in Memphis.
- Reaves scored 14 points in the fourth quarter -- including nine straight and -- and finished with 23 points. Hachimura had 29 points in his playoff debut, tying the Lakers playoff record for a bench player.
- Add in 22 points from Anthony Davis and 21 from LeBron James, and it was the first time the Lakers had four 20-point scorers in a playoff game since 1988. The names then: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Byron Scott and James Worthy.
- The Lakers closed the game on a 15-0 run and outscored Memphis 30-11 over the final 8:40.
- The Lakers have won 24 straight best-of-seven series after winning Game 1.
, writes our Sam Quinn.
... AND ALSO A GOOD MORNING TO THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
- Leonard scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, and Westbrook had a huge impact throughout: Despite shooting just 3-19, he had 10 rebounds (five offensive), eight assists, two steals and three blocks.
- The Clippers won second-chance points, 12-7, and points off turnovers, 15-5.
- This is the first time the Suns have lost with Kevin Durant in the lineup (they are now 8-1).
Here's our Brad Botkin on.
- Other Game 1 winners: The Heat (more on that soon) and the Nuggets. .
- DeAndre Hopkins seems to have in mind and says .
- Matthew Fitzpatrick won the RBC Heritage, beating Jordan Spieth in a three-hole playoff.
- Kyle Larson won the NOCO 400.
- The US women's hockey team .
- Julie Ertz .
And not such a good morning for...
The injury bug rears its ugly head seemingly every postseason, but through just two days of playoffs, this is a bit excessive. Shortly after the George injury news, three more big names suffered significant injuries while playing.
It doesn't get any bigger than Giannis Antetokounmpo, of course, and the Bucks superstar .
- The two-time MVP landed hard after colliding with Kevin Love on a drive late in the first quarter. He went to the locker room, returned briefly, left again and then was ruled out for good.
- Mike Budenholzer said X-rays came back clean and Antetokounmpo is day-to-day. Game 2 is Wednesday.
- Antetokounmpo, unsurprisingly, was sorely missed in the Heat's 130-117 Game 1 upset of the No. 1 seed. Jimmy Butler had 35 points and 11 assists for the visitors, who shot 60% (15-25) from 3 after going just 34.4% (fourth-worst in the NBA) from deep in the regular season.
- Kevin Love nailed four 3-pointers and had 18 points. .
Miami didn't emerge unscathed, though: Tyler Herrodiving for a loose ball late in the first half and will be out several weeks.
Earlier in the day, Ja Morant. Morant immediately motioned for a sub and was in clear pain even well after the game, when he said his Game 2 status is "in jeopardy." X-rays came back negative and Game 2 is Wednesday.
Not so honorable mentions
- Budda Baker . Here are for the Cardinals star.
- NHL firings: The Blue Jackets Brad Larsen, and the Capitals Peter Laviolette.
Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight: Best series, burning questions and more 🏒
I hope you have lots of televisions, because the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight, joining the NBA playoffs, the NFL Draft, the Champions League and much more in a busy, busy spring sports window. .
There's obviously a long way to go until someone lifts Lord Stanley's Cup, and our Austin Nivison has. Coming in first is...
- Nivison: "1. New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers -- This series has it all. Both teams have stars up and down the lineup. Both teams have legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations. Both teams spent big to make splashes at the trade deadline. Both teams have rabid fan bases, and they do not like each other."
As Austin says, you should be rooting for seven games between those teams. As for what else you should be rooting for, here's. We also have...
MLB Power Rankings, weekend recap: Cole carries Yankees ⚾
While it's still early (and, yes, I'll keep saying that until the summer), it's not so early that we can't start having some takeaways. And one of the biggest ones? Gerrit Cole is absolutely dominating.
The Yankees star ripped through the Twins, throwing a complete game that included 10 strikeouts, just two hits and one walk as the Yankees won, 2-0. Cole is a perfect 4-0 in four starts with 0.95 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings. , writes our Mike Axisa.
Cole's strong start has the Yankees fourth in. Here's the top five:
- 1. Rays
- 2. Braves
- 3. Brewers
- 4. Yankees
- 5. Blue Jays
In case you missed it, Sunday was Jackie Robinson Day, and Dayn Perry has a fantastic feature on how.
Here are other top storylines around MLB right now:
- Fernando Tatis Jr. (in Triple-A). He can rejoin the Padres on Thursday,
- Injury news: Max Scherzer missed a start and Giancarlo Stanton is on IL.
- The Mets top prospect Brett Baty.
- Cody Bellinger in his return to Los Angeles.
Quinn Ewers named Texas starter, more spring game takeaways 🏈
Arch Manning may have the legendary last name, but Quinn Ewers is Texas'.
- The two former ballyhooed recruits -- both No. 1 in their respective classes -- had been battling for the top spot throughout the spring.
- But Ewers, the incumbent starter, completed 16 of 23 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown in the spring game.
- Ewers had 15 touchdown passes and six interceptions in 10 games last year as a redshirt freshman after transferring from Ohio State.
- Manning, a freshman, went just 5 of 13 passes for 30 yards. Either he or fellow freshman Maalik Murphy will back up Ewers.
The Longhorns weren't the only team to get some quarterback clarity over the weekend. Two-time defending champion Georgia must replace Stetson Bennett, and, writes our Ben Kercheval.
- Kercheval: "Heading into summer months, this appears to be a two-man race between Carson Beck and Brock Vandagriff; Gunner Stockton is a clear No. 3. Beck had the better performance on Saturday, starting 6 of 6 and ending with 231 yards and a score. Still, the competition to replace Stetson Bennett likely won't be over until preseason camp."