The Viral Roundup – Stay Golden Edition
Good morning! You’re looking good. Have you been working out? It shows! Welcome to The Viral Roundup, your convenient one stop shop for all of the big news, buzz and results in the brand new sports world your waking up to this morning. In today’s edition: Golden State pummels the best team in the East, the Rangers can’t solve Scott Darling and Greg Hardy is coming to Big D.
Did You Hear?
Two NBA powerhouses went toe-to-toe last night in Oakland, but this potential NBA Finals matchup was a total thrashing. Golden State throttled Atlanta 114-95 with MVP candidate Stephen Curry providing 16 points and 12 assists. The Warriors have been walloping opponents all season and can boast having the best record in the National Basketball Association. Splash Brothers & Co. have won ten of their last twelve games and are listed as a 7/2 shot to win the title this summer. Despite the loss, Atlanta’s record against teams from the treacherous West (21-6) is still pretty impressive. The Hawks head to OKC on Friday and that same night the Warriors host the New Orleans Pelicans.
Did You See?
In the mood to see Stephon Marbury get posterized? Why not! You’ve earned it. This clip of the NBA All-Star eating a nasty dunk in China is making the rounds. Come for the dunk, stay for dunker Han DeJun unleashing a scream in the aftermath. By the way, Marbury’s Beijing Ducks still walked away with the CBA playoff victory.
Did You Know?
-Ranger Danger? Not on Scott Darling’s watch. The Blackhawks backup stopped 25 shots and a returning Brad Richards netted his 11th of the year to provide Chicago with a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The final score of this Original Six showdown busts up a nice lil’ five game win streak for the Blueshirts. As for Chicago, they’ve won four straight and enjoy 15/2 odds to win the Stanley Cup. The Hawks will look keep their winning ways going in Dallas on Saturday against the Stars.
- The Ducks/Kings rivalry could get a healthy workout when playoff seeding is sorted in the NHL’s Western Conference. (That is if the Kings can make the playoffs.) Los Angeles lost but still banked a charity point courtesy of a 3-2 OT loss to Anaheim. Ryan Kessler’s 18th marker of the season provided the Ducks with extra time glory and Josh Gibson’s 29 saves kept L.A. away from a road victory. The Kings still sit in third place in the Pacific Division but are only one point up on the Flames for that spot. Without that divisional cushion, L.A. would find themselves tied with Winnipeg in the final Wildcard slot.
- San Antonio bounced back from an embarrassing overtime loss to the lowly New York Knicks to hand Milwaukee a 114-103 defeat.Manu Ginobli was once again out of the lineup, but the Spurs were able to rely on 19 points from Tim Duncan and 20 from Danny Green. The Bucks, a 6½ underdog at home, allowed six Spurs players to score in double digits once the game wrapped.
- Miami built on their big win over Cleveland on Monday with another impressive performance last night. Dwyane Wade netted 32 as the Heat came back from an 11 point deficit to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers with a final score of 108-104. Wade’s been dynamite in the 4th quarter in 2014-2015. He leads the league with an average of 7.3 points per 4th quarter. The Heat’s next challenge is a road showdown with the Denver Nuggets.
- Nobody beats the Wiz. At least not lately. The Washington Wizards emerged with their fifth consecutive victory last night thanks to a road W over a previously hot Utah Jazz squad. John Wall broke out for 19 points in the second half after a quiet start to the game and Paul Pierce put in 18 overall to push the Wizards to a 88-84 victory. Washington’s considered a 50/1 shot to win the NBA title this year.
- Indiana’s playoff push hit a speed bump against a strong looking Chicago Bulls squad. The Bulls entered the game as a slim 1½ favourite and exited the United Center with a 103-86 home victory. Power forward Nikola Mirotic was only one board shy of a double double. Chicago sit in the #4 position in the Eastern Conference while Indiana are tied with Boston at the #8/9 slot. (The Celtics fell to Oklahoma City 122-118 on Wednesday night.)
- The NCAA offered up two more tournament games last night to tide fans over before Thursday’s March Madness gluttony. Dayton snuck by Boise State 56-55 at home in a battle of the #11 sides. The win by the Flyers earns them a date with #6 Providence on Friday. A battle #16s ended with Robert Morris hustling back from 14 points to bump off North Florida. Senior guard Lucky Jones scored 21 for the Generals in the 81-77 win that earned Robert Morris a Friday date with the mighty Duke Blue Devils.
- Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim says he intends to retire in three years. The news comes following an ugly scandal swirling around the once proud men’s basketball program following the NCAA’s multiyear investigation into the school’s athletic programs. Syracuse placed a ban on itself for postseason play this year, but the school was still hit with a nine ACC game suspension for Boeheim, a number of scholarships being removed and 108 wins vacated. Syracuse’s athletic director Daryl Gross has resigned from his post after a decade at the helm.
- Defensive lineman Greg Hardy has signed a deal with the Dallas Cowboys that could pay the coveted pass rusher upwards of $13 million. The 26-year-old former Panther could be facing a suspension from the National Football League in relation to domestic abuse charges that were dismissed in February when his accuser did not show up to court. Outlets like Shutdown Corner note that Hardy is likely to be suspended for at least four games and the Cowboys have structured their new player’s contract so missed games equal missed money.
- A DUI charge has led the Baltimore Ravens to part ways with running back Bernard Pierce. The Temple alum tallied 336 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns with the club in 2014.
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