If ever a team needed a big win over the Golden State Warriors in the regular season, it was the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. The Celtics traveled across country to begin a road trip after having simply fallen flat of late. They needed a win, desperately, but it didn’t look like their best opportunity, since they would be facing off against the defending champ Warriors. But the Celtics rallied and won in a rout, 128-95, in a bit of a shocker. Gordon Hayward went off for 30 points to lead all scorers, while Kyrie Irving had 19 points and 11 assists to complete a double-double in the victory. It was all but over at half time, with the Celtics sporting a lead of 25 points. But, the game wasn’t over yet. It could have turned, as so many have in the past for the Warriors. They can flip that switch unlike any other we have seen before. Unfortunately for them, this was not their night and failed to do so. Steph Curry led them with 23 points in the defeat.
The Kansas Jayhawks had won 14 Big 12 Conference Championships in a row coming into the season. Virtually everyone expected them to win it and run it up to 15, too. But it was confirmed for us last night that it would not be happening after they lost 81-68 at Oklahoma to eliminate themselves from the mathematical equation. They had shared the title four times before, but this time they will not even have a share. In their run, they won over 80% of their Big 12 games, a stunning run. They may not be the kings anymore, but it still wouldn’t and will not be a shock if they rebound quickly.
It had been a long time coming, but finally the king is indeed dead. Real Madrid, three-time defending winners of the UEFA Champions League and winners of four of the last five editions of the tournament, were knocked out in the Round of 16 on Tuesday at the hands of upstart Ajax. The Amsterdam team had lost 1-2 in their home leg and were considered rank outsiders as they traveled to the Spanish capital, but they let none of that bother them as they swept aside Los Blancos with a stunning 1-4 win to advance to the quarterfinals. The Dutch side were up 0-2 after just 18 minutes and they never relinquished their hold on the game. As a result, they now move at the expense of the history makers in a monumental showing that hadn’t been seen there in quite some time.
Bryce Harper is doing his best LeBron James impression. He’s signed for big money after leaving his first team, and now he is looking to do some recruiting. The man he wants to have join him in Philly: the city’s own Mike Trout, considered to be the best overall player in the game. The problem? The Angels don’t like this overture very much. They have reported him to the MLB so that they can look into tampering. Small, crazy world where the same story pops up for multiple sports in the span of just a few weeks, isn’t it?