📺 Good morning! Tonight's playoff extravaganza calls for multiple screens. Bring the kitchen TV into the living room, power up the old iPad, order food so you don't have to move, do whatever it takes.
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For the second straight year, the Thunder find themselves down 3-1 in the first round of the playoffs. And for the second straight year, Russell Westbrook has been wildly inefficient.
Why it matters: This is Westbrook's third season as the face of the franchise following Kevin Durant's departure, and Oklahoma City still hasn't won a single playoff road game, let alone a series.
By the numbers: The Thunder are 4-11 in the postseason since Durant left, and Westbrook is shooting a paltry 38.7% from the field over that span.
Between the lines: To make tonight's matchup even more movie-like, the protagonist of our story is taking on his nemesis, Damian Lillard, who has outplayed him this series (28.8 PPG, 43.9% FG) and loves getting under his skin.
The bottom line: If they can't mount a comeback, the Thunder will face some big-picture questions this summer, and the "can't win a ring with Westbrook as your point guard" argument will have gained some serious legs.
Same, man. Hat guy gets it. Game 7's are the greatest thing in the world, and we get two of them in the NHL tonight. Back-to-back. Same channel (NBCSN).
7pm ET: Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
10pm ET: Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks
P.S. ... The Dallas Stars knocked off the top-seeded Predators last night, and the Hurricanes forced a Game 7 against the top-seeded Capitals. The insanity of the 2019 postseason continues.
P.P.S. ... If you're still awake, the Premier Lacrosse League's inaugural college draft will air on NBCSN following the games.
Five-star point guard Cole Anthony, the No. 2 recruit in the nation per ESPN, will announce his college decision on "Get Up!" in the next half-hour. He's deciding between UNC, Georgetown, Oregon and Notre Dame.
The big picture: Once Anthony commits, point guard Jaden McDaniels will be the only uncommitted top-1o recruit (Kentucky is the frontrunner).
BURSA, Turkey: Cyclists during Stage 4 of the 55th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, a 621-mile race that featured 119 cyclists from 17 teams.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco: I've said it once, and I'll say it again: I want to bathe in the Monte Carlo Masters. Everything is gorgeous.
THESSALONIKI, Greece: "Tens of thousands of fans in Greece's second-largest city partied through the night and into Monday after PAOK Thessaloniki became the first team outside Athens to win the Greek league title in more than three decades," WashPost reports.
Byron Buxton hitting for extra. Photo: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images
1. Minnesota Twins (13-7): The Twins have won six of 10 and look like a legit threat to the Indians' reign atop the division.
2. Cleveland Indians (12-9): The Indians look poised to win a lot of games behind a pitching staff that ranks near the top of the league in almost every category. So basically, the same story it's been for a few years now.
3. Detroit Tigers (10-10): The Tigers find themselves at .500 through 20 games, but they've got a brutal nine-game road trip coming up that may set them back.
4. Chicago White Sox (9-12): The White Sox have won six of their last 10 and are in the midst of a series against the lowly Orioles. Feels like they're building a little momentum.
5. Kansas City Royals (7-16): Not a ton has gone right for the Royals this season, but they're rebuilding, so this wasn't exactly unexpected.
The rest is history. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images
30 years ago today, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Troy Aikman out of UCLA with the No. 1 pick — the first selection of the Jerry Jones era in Big D.
The big picture: One year later, the Cowboys formed one of the league's most potent offensive trios when they added rookie Emmitt Smith to an offense led by Aikman and wideout Michael Irvin.
Go deeper: Career highlights
Ryan Braun recently played his 1,600th game with the Brewers, the only team he's ever known.
Answer at the bottom.
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Ever wondered what would happen if you combined golf, baseball and a splash of tennis? The answer has been sitting in the Switzerland countryside for 400 years. It's called Hornussen, or "farmers' golf."
How it works: Two teams take turns hitting a small puck off a stand with a 2.9 meter rod, while the opposing team stands in the field and attempts to knock the puck out of the air using wooden paddles.
🎮 Esports: Orlando-based Full Sail University plans to open the largest esports arena on a U.S. college campus in May, per SportTechie. The $6 million arena, dubbed "The Fortress," can hold 500 fans and will support the school's varsity esports team while also hosting other college and pro tournaments.
⛳️ Media: Barstool Sports is launching the Barstool Classic, an amateur golf tour with $10,000 on the line. There will be eight qualifying events and the top six teams from each course will advance to the championship. Read more on Front Office Sports.
🏈 CFB: Sports Illustrated's Andry Staples took the place of line judge during Georgia's spring game. His conclusion: "There jobs are nearly impossible. I don't know how anyone does it."
⚾️ MLB: Good long read: "One last Opening Day at a dying minor league ballpark"
🐶 Dogs: This Scottish pooch is way too good at soccer.
Will Reilly Smith and Vegas cruise into the next round? Photo: David Becker/NHLI via Getty Images
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1. Who will win the Maple Leafs vs. Bruins game?
2. Will the team that scores first in Golden Knights vs. Sharks end up winning?
3. Who will score the most points in the NBA tonight?
🎰 Play now: Make your picks (cutoff time: 7pm ET)
Yesterday's results: 26.5% correctly predicted that the Hurricanes would beat the Capitals ... 45.6% correctly predicted that Predators vs. Stars would go under 5.5 goals ... 22.7% correctly predicted that Giannis (41) would score the most points.
Kendall "Hat guy gets it" Baker
Trivia answer: Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) and Yadier Molina (Cardinals) ... full list