It’s time for another Flagrant 2, the a.m. recap of the night in sports.
We’ve got Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the NBA slowly devouring itself and a Donald Sterling update (spoiler alert: he’s still a terrible guy!) As far as we can tell, not a single robot threw out a first pitch last night though … guess we can’t have everything.
Let’s get to the highlights.
Comeback Kings Take Game 1 of the Cup Final
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The Los Angeles Kings dug themselves out of an early hole, then rallied to win Game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final.
After falling behind 2-0 to the Rangers in the first period, the Comeback Kings – the first team in league history to have played three Game 7s before the Cup Final – got even in the second, tightened the vise in the third (a period that concluded with a wild, end-to-end sequence that saw both Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist make sprawling saves), and then, four minutes into overtime:
Bang. That would be Justin Williams – dubbed “Mr. Game 7” for his timely goals throughout these playoffs – with the game winner. The Rangers were speedy early and often (someone put a leash on Carl Hagelin) but the Kings were once again great late, not allowing New York to register a shot on goal in the third period until there were just 8 minutes remaining. Game 2 is set for Saturday.
The NBA Finals Finally Set to Begin
It’s a rematch, not a rerun. For the second-consecutive year, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will face off for the NBA championship, with Game 1 mercifully set to begin Thursday night.
After all, it’s been five days since the Spurs finished off Oklahoma City to win the Western Conference, and when the media is left to speculate about anything for that long, well, it tends to eat itself. Case in point, this year’s endless stream of tepid “trash talk,” which began when Tim Duncan dared to suggest his team would win, continued with LeBron James countering that his team would, devolved into each side paying the other compliments, then crested with players sleepwalking through press conferences, highlighted by this somnambulant performance from James:
They compared you to Michael Jordan, dude. That’s a good thing. Let’s just play already.
R.I.P. Don Zimmer, the baseball mainstay who died Wednesday at the age of 83. His career as a player, coach and all-around stalwart spanned 66 years … San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick just got paid, signing a six-year deal that could be worth more than $110 million. Mission Chinese is on him. … Donald Sterling has reportedly agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers and drop his plans to sue the NBA. $2 billion goes a long way towards healing wounds.