Buzz That Was: On the hot seat
In case you were too busy following every detail of Justin Bieber's detainment at LAX and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about.
This won't sit well
We're only a week into the NBA playoffs, and one thing we've already learned is to expect the unexpected. MVP favorite Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder emphasized that point on Thursday when they fell into a 2-1 hole against the Memphis Grizzlies with a 98-95 overtime loss. The Thunder overcame a 17-point gap in the fourth quarter to force OT, but the Grizzlies clinched the win with three free throws in the final 11 seconds by Courtney Lee. Precisely the person we had pegged to be the playoff hero.
The game was eerily reminiscent of Game 2, when the Thunder rallied from a large deficit only to lose in OT. Durant had an impressive four-point play in the final moments of regulation on Monday, and Russell Westbrook did THE EXACT SAME THING on Thursday with 26.6 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
But it was a play that had absolutely nothing to do with the final score that got everyone tweeting. At least one Thunder player felt the need to resort to unconventional methods to try to get the win.
Yes, that is Kendrick Perkins sitting on Mike Miller. So that's a different way to keep someone out of a play... and spark all the memes and tweets your little heart could desire.
For the Bird
In "time to truly panic in Indiana" news, the Pacers -- you know, the No. 1 seed in the East -- lost again to the Atlanta Hawks. Th 98-85 loss on Thursday put the Pacers in a 2-1 series hole and seemed to justify the "overrated" chants from the Hawks' fans. While there were plenty of frustrating plays to highlight the Pacers' struggles, Larry Bird's reaction sums it up best.
Game 4 is on Saturday in Atlanta. Hopefully, for Larry's sake, the Pacers somehow find a way to beat a team that finished the regular season six games under .500.
And as rumors began swirling that coach Frank Vogel's job is in jeopardy, general manager Kevin Pritchard attempted to squash the talk with an entertaining tweet.
Larry Bird just told me his sources say Frank Vogel's job is safe. @Pacers- Kevin Pritchard (@PacersKev) April 24, 2014
Down two against the Los Angeles Clippers as time was expiring, the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry launched a 3. He was fouled by Chris Paul, according to armchair and Twitter officials everywhere.
The in-game officials, the ones whose decisions actually matter, thought otherwise and didn't call anything. Game over. The Clippers earned a 98-96 victory and a 2-1 series edge. The Internet reaction was predictable.
There was a controversy in sports this week, so it was only a matter of time before we would hear from Lolo Jones. Shortly after New York Yankees pitcher Micheal Pineda was suspended for 10 games for his blatant use of pine tar on Wednesday, Jones made a joke about the substance on Twitter.
The most shocking thing is that it took her a whole 16 hours to comment on social media about a trending topic. You're slacking, Lolo.
Kicking it with a robot
President Barack Obama played soccer with a creepy robot straight from your nightmares during his trip to Japan this week. The encounter was filmed for your horror.
If you can't get enough of this robot, don't worry. It will surely make an appearance in Avril Lavigne's next music video.
In news that will make you smile and help you brush up on your Serbian, Novak Djokovic took to Twitter on Thursday to announce he and longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic are expecting a baby.
They shared the news while visiting Athens on a vacation to Greece. Just in case you needed a reminder that they're slightly more rich and famous than all of the other couples sending baby announcements on your social media feeds.
Happy Friday! I now present Wei-Chung Wang and his Milwaukee Brewers teammates dancing to Wang Chung's hit "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" without comment. Enjoy.
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