Much has been made of the matchup of Stephen and Seth Curry in the Western Conference finals. As Stephen moved the ball past mid-court midway through the second quarter, he didn't notice Seth creeping up behind him. Seth snuck up on Stephen and picked his pocket in a play that eventually resulted in an Enes Kanter bucket for the Trail Blazers.
Golden State rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit and from eight down in the final five minutes to beat Portland and seize a 2-0 series lead.
On Thursday, they met in person. Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum finally had a chance to confront his infamous Twitter troll Jennifer Williams of “I'm trying Jennifer” fame. Williams responded last summer to McCollum criticizing the Golden State Warriors for loading up on superstars by telling him on Twitter “win a playoff game then talk,” prompting McCollum's response that became the catch phrase of the offseason. At that point, McCollum's Trail Blazers were coming off their second straight first-round exit from the playoffs.
SportsPulse: Kevin Allen on how NHL playoff beards became a thing and why the tradition isn't ending any time soon.
Senior NFL writer Kimberley A. Martin spoke with Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield about dealing with expectations in his second year and why all of his new offensive weapons may need to take a back seat to winning.
Federer admits he got lucky after coming from a set down, and saving two match points in a third-set tie-break, to beat Borna Coric 2-6 6-4 7-6.
Duron Harmon has perfect response to Bill Belichick reportedly calling defensive plays originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The New England Patriots lost their defensive playcaller from last season when linebackers coach Brian Flores became the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, but his replacement is more than qualified. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reportedly will call the team's plays on defense next season, although nothing official has been announced. Belichick is a defensive-minded coach and helped lead the New York Giants to Super Bowl victories in 1986 and 1990 as the team's defensive coordinator.
The Packers have a new head coach for the first time since 2006, but the change from Mike McCarthy to Matt LaFleur is hitting harder on one side of the ball than the other. Green Bay held onto defensive coordinator Mike Pettine through the head coaching change and that's allowed them continuity on that side of the ball while LaFleur takes the offense in a different direction. There are plenty of new faces to integrate into the mix after free agency and the draft, but linebacker Blake Martinez still feels the unit is “way, way better off” than it was at this time last year.
Seth Curry declined Ayesha Curry's dinner invite night before Game 1 originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app. Seth Curry struggled from the field in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals between the Warriors and Trail Blazers. The Blazers guard went 1-for-7 from the field in 19 minutes off the bench and was minus-10 in the plus-minus.
Scott Miller, NASCAR's Senior Vice President of Competition, goes into detail about the two key technical differences with the cars for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app. Back in late October, Klay Thompson's father, Mychal, explained why there's no need for his son and the Warriors to negotiate in free agency this summer. "The money thing is basically set in stone," he said on 95.7 The Game. "Everybody knows what the salary cap is, everybody knows what a player of Klay's caliber and tenure in the league is supposed to get on his next deal.
Here's proof that Joe Flacco needs to mentor Drew Lock and the other young Denver Broncos quarterbacks. Lock and fellow Broncos draft pick Noah Fant told TMZ that they were involved in a minor shuttle accident while flying into Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday morning. "The shuttle hit something," Lock said.
Tom Brady's latest Instagram workout video catches Jarvis Landry's eye originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The Clydesdale is in full training mode, and opponents have taken notice. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady offered another glimpse into his workout regimen Thursday morning, posting a video to Twitter and Instagram of a rather elaborate treadmill session involving a resistance band and a football. Obvious jokes aside -- "are we sure this video is in slow motion?"
Plenty of former teammates have criticized Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for being a bad teammate and a bad leader. Via NFL.com, the @SteelBlitzburgh account on Twitter has been posting videos of a gathering of players at Roethlisberger's lake house in Georgia. It's a smart move by Roethlisberger, who has from time to time made waves for being aloof and distant and not as collegial and cordial as he could have been with fellow Steelers.
The B's were victimized by the NHL's apparently arbitrary review process in Game 4 of their second-round series with the Blue Jackets, when Columbus' Artemi Panarin scored just seconds after the puck deflected into the protective netting for what should have been a stoppage in play. The missed call and non-review didn't cost Boston, which went on to win 2-1 en route to a series victory. But goaltender Tuukka Rask said something after the game that make him look like Nostradamus after Wednesday night.
Video shows a woman sitting courtside appear to stick her foot out while a 9-year-old player dribbles past her.
It might be best if Bruce Willis sticks to acting and being grumpy. For last night, in throwing out the first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Milwaukee Brewers, he showed his baseball prowess to be somewhat lacking. Firstly, the 64-year-old star of Die Hard and Pulp Fiction even managed to mangle the stepping up to the mound bit, standing several feet in front of it.
The Survivor: Edge of Extinction finale was a wild ride Wednesday and fans have mixed emotions. nights after being voted out, Chris Underwood won his way back into the game from the Edge of Extinction. He survived a couple of tribal councils and then won the final immunity challenge.
J.D. Martinez' contract needs to be addressed, because he remains most important player in Red Sox lineup
Conversations about the most important members of the Red Sox generally start with Betts and end with Sale, but don't let Martinez's lack of a regular defensive position fool you. He is the most important player in the lineup, and the Red Sox can ill afford to lose him. In the 6-5 win over the Rockies on Wednesday night, Martinez blasted his fourth home run in three games while going 2-for-4 with a walk.