Back at it again for the second issue of The Morning After where we saw the NHL and NBA both host playoff games during the evening of hump day.
NBA Finals: Game 2 (Series tied 1-1)
Rockets win game 2 to tie the series up at one a piece as things transition over to the Bay Area.
127 Points: The sequel to the James Franco drama, 127 Hours. This one features household names James Harden and Chris Paul who helped put up 127 points against a defensive brute in the Golden State Warriors. Supporting cast P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza all also contributed in a big way offensively towards the Houston W.
I Go Harden in the Paint: James Harden had 10 rebounds last night. This is the first time this postseason that the Rockets’ guard has broken double digits on the glass.
I’m Yawning: For some reason, these two squads get 3 whole days off before they get back at it Sunday night. I don’t know why they need this long of a break, but I guess basketball fans are just going to have to wait. Seriously though, three whole days? Unless there is a concert at Oracle Arena or they are literally just trying to extend as much media coverage as possible onto this series, this is just flat out silly. LeBron vs. Boston on Saturday night though!
Marc, Mark & The Funky Bunch (VGK leads 2-1)
Vegas plays the cards right in front of a full house at home and snag a 4-2 victory to bring them within two wins of the Cup Final.
Marc & Mark: It’s pretty nice for titles when both of the stars of this series have the same name. Jets forward Mark Scheifele scored both of Winterpeg’s goals in game 3, adding on to his playoff lead in goals with 14. The next closest are Ovie and Pittsburgh’s best player, Jake Guentzel, who both have 10. But it was Marc-Andre Fleury who stole the show in this one. The Flower’s 35 save performance featured a few HUGE desperations saves and was complete with the tickling of Jets’ captain Blake Wheeler’s ear after a post-whistle scrum.
The Stats for Buff: He played a lot. He played 27:46. The next closest Jet was Tyler Myers, who played 20:54. Yowzers. He also had 6 shots and none of them went in and he was -2 on the night. A lot of hard work that didn’t pay off for the Winnipeg blueliner. I will say though he may have a future in the WWE after his career on the ice is finished. He rag-dolled two Golden Knights in the same scrum that Fleury checked up on Wheeler’s hearing.
Closing ReMarcs: Can’t forget about Marchessault’s performance either. 2 goals on the night including that stat-padding empty-netter with 2 seconds left in the game that didn’t need to be scored. The Corsi God has been massive for Vegas all season. Other than that, I honestly thought the Knights stole this one from Winnipeg and I expect it to be 2-2 before going back to Canada for game 5.
Whispers from the Desert: The Arizona Coyotes have been in discussion with their all-star D-man to extend him for up to eight seasons this summer. It’s not confirmed, but you can really never get enough of the NHL offseason buzz.
TOMORROW: Caps-Bolts game 4; Raptors coaching sitch; maybe some baseball.