Good morning team SQ! We love teammate stories, and this one’s a good one. Last playoff season, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were plagued with injuries, but this year they’re back and the Cavs are ready for whatever — and whoever — comes their way.
QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK
The Conference Finals have been nothing short of dramatic thus far. Last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the Golden State Warriors 133-105 after a questionable kick by Draymond Green. This puts them up 2-1 in the series. With this win, the Thunder matched their franchise record for points scored in a playoff game, and will play Golden State in Game 4 on Tuesday night at 9pm EST.
Out in the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers will meet the Toronto Raptors tonight for Game 4 in Toronto. Cavs lead the series 2-1, but the Raptors got a big win on Saturday.
Oh and last week, the Philadelphia 76ers won the draft lottery.
The St. Louis Blues have tied up the Western Conference Final, 2-2 against the San Jose Sharks. You can watch Game 5 tonight at 8pm EST on NBCSN. In the East, the Tampa Bay Lightning came from behind to score a 4-3 Game 5 OT win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. With that win, they secured a 3-2 series lead. They’ll play Game 6 tomorrow at 8pm EST on NBCSN – tune in, because if the Lightning win, they’ll earn themselves a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.
Sevilla won their third consecutive Europa League trophy by beating Liverpool 3-1 on Wednesday night. Manchester United won their first FA Cup since 2004, but the game against Crystal Palace was nothing to write home about. Instead, news of Louis Van Gaal’s (unconfirmed) impending departure from the team overshadowed the win. Rumor has it that Jose Mourinho, who led Chelsea to a league championship in the 2014-15 season only to get sacked the following December, may replace him — stay tuned for more details.
Exaggerator took home the top prize at the Preakness Stakes this weekend, ending Nyquist’s bid for the Triple Crown. Exaggerator had finished in second place, behind Nyquist, at the Kentucky Derby.
The French Open started yesterday! Check out the schedule here.
JUST FOR FUN
What’s better than cheap pizza?
FiveThirtyEight narrows down the best pizza discount campaigns in the MLB
STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE
A Sense of Security
Prioritizing safety over all else at the French Open
This year’s French Open is the first major international athletic event to take place in Paris after the recent attacks. They’re learning how to implement new technologies and increase security personnel, and hoping attendees will understand the necessity of the additional measures.
PS: Wondering why you’re missing out on SQ? If you’re using Gmail, make sure you check your Promotions folder! If you want SQ to go to your Primary folder instead, click on this email and drag it into your Primary folder.