Thunder vs. Warriors Game 7 Floor Seats Reportedly Sell for $29K
Tickets for Monday's highly anticipated Western Conference Finals Game 7 matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder are unsurprisingly in high demand.
Per ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, floor seats were sold out long before the Warriors had put any remaining tickets on sale Sunday night, but two of them were reportedly resold for $29,000 apiece on the secondary market.
Thunder vs. Warriors 2016 final score: Golden State keeps its season alive, wins 120-111
Golden State is alive. The Warriors still trail 3-2 in the series, but a 120-111 win against the Thunder on Thursday will extend their incredible season, keeping afloat the idea that they still could come back and overcome Oklahoma City despite trailing by two games.
The Warriors had to start better than the previous two blowouts in Games 3 and 4, not only to avoid falling behind early, but to prove to themselves that they weren't the team that showed up in Oklahoma City. They did that, going up 22-12 late in the first quarter, a quick double-digit advantage, before ending the quarter with a 25-21 advantage.
Stephen Curry and Draymond Green both regained their composure after two full games questioning them, their health and their decision making. For Curry, it happened in the second quarter, when he dropped a quick seven points in less than a minute, including beating three defenders for a layup.
Rockets will hire Mike D'Antoni as head coach, per report
The Rockets will hire Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. D'Antoni is expected to receive a four-year contract with an option for the 2020-2021 season, reports Wojnarowski.
After a lengthy search, the Rockets have finally decided to hire D'Antoni to replace interim J.B. Bickerstaff. It's the fifth team the 65-year-old will lead in a long and mostly successful career. He had been out of coaching since the 2013-14 season after his stint with the Lakers but returned to the bench as associate head coach with the 76ers this past year. At the time the move was seen as a precursor to him getting another head coaching job, a prediction which has proved to be right.
LeBron James honors ‘unbelievable’ Raptors fans in postgame interview
The Toronto Raptors are gone, but they won't be forgotten by LeBron James. As James and the Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated the Raptors from the Eastern Conference Finals in Game 6 on Friday night, the game's biggest star used his postgame interview with ESPN's Doris Burke as a chance to pay respect to Toronto's home crowd.
Even as the Raptors were down double-digits throughout the end of the fourth quarter, Toronto fans chanted "Let's go Raptors" for the final three minutes of game time. It was a tremendous show of respect by the home crowd for what was the greatest season in franchise history. Even James noticed, saying, "I've never been part of something like this," out of respect to Toronto fans during his exit interview
Raptors Tie Series and Make Cavaliers Look Mortal Again
TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, including a driving layup in the final minute on Monday night, and DeMarDeRozan added 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-99, in Game 4.
DeMarre Carroll scored 11 points and BismackBiyombo had 14 rebounds as Toronto improved to 8-2 at home this postseason. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.
Cleveland lost consecutive playoff games to an Eastern Conference opponent for the first time since dropping the final three conference semifinal games to the Boston Celtics in 2010.
B.J. Penn out of UFC 199 due to USADA IV violation
B.J. Penn has been removed from his UFC 199 bout with Cole Miller due to a USADA IV violation back in March.
B.J. Penn will not being making his UFC return in early June after all. The former lightweight and welterweight champion was scheduled to fight Cole Miller at UFC 199 in the featured prelim bout, but has been taken off the card due to a USADA violation.
Conor McGregor return: Who UFC superstar could fight next, Nate Diaz, Floyd Mayweather touted
When the UFC pulled McGregor from the show, he first retired and then spouted off about helping the promotion gross more than $400 million from his fights, which he believes should grant him some leeway when it comes to pre-fight promotion.
The UFC disagreed, and the next few weeks were a tumultuous back and forth “publicised civil war” according to McGregor, who still hasn’t been booked for his next trip to the Octagon.
In the middle of that mess, McGregor’s name then got attached to a super fight against boxing’s pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather. The rumour started by Mayweather began picking up steam to the point where many people believe the fight will happen between now and the start of 2017.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Blowouts have not been uncommon in these N.B.A. playoffs. But when a record-setting 73-victory team loses in the way the Golden State Warriors did Sunday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, it must be asked if the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 133-105 trouncing of the defending champions in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals might psychologically be worth more than one win.