Holy hell it was a busy (and bloody) playoff weekend. Let's get right into it.
The Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, and Indiana Pacers were all sent packing from the NBA playoffs. It was a particularly brutal ousting for the Clips, who, after watching their two best players go down with injuries, saw the coach's son (Austin Rivers) take such a vicious elbow to the face
it made The Rock's People's Elbow
look like a love tap. Two second-round series also began, as the Golden State Warriors topped the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 thanks to a Draymond Green triple-double and 37 points from Klay Thompson (career-playoff-high
), and the San Antonio Spurs took Game 1 from Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 124-92 humiliation. The beat-down was so bad that Durant said "I'm not telling you
," when asked about his emotions after the game, causing the media to speculate about his future with the team
. It's one game, guys... relax.
Meanwhile, the second-round of the NHL playoffs is providing plenty of parity. Series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars are all tied 1-1. The Nashville Predators are the only ones blowing this picturesque playoff landscape, having lost 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks last night, falling back 0-2 in the series.
Aside from Jeb Bush pulling an old white guy by flubbing a social media post
(he spelled Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade's name "Dawane" in a since-deleted Twitter post), our favorite part of the playoff weekend was the emergence of "purple-shirt guy," who sat courtside during the Heat-Hornets series. Purple-shirt guy gave the Heat hell, and consistently jeered "Dawane,"
even telling him it was time to retire
. Wade would go on to hit two three-pointers to win Game 6, before the Heat would eventually close the series against the Hornets. Backfire City, population: Purple-shirt guy.