Sorry For The Wait
So Many Hoops, VGK Long Layoff, MLB Streaks and 50 links to the top stories in the pacific time zone.
Friends, the West Coast was wild this week with the Trailblazers winning the play-in game. They upset the Lakers a few days later. The Clippers also beat the Mavericks after Dallas big Kristaps Porzingis got ejected. Dallas followed that up with a game an upset. Both remaining NBA teams will try and not go down 2-1. Plus, we can’t forget hockey. The Vegas Golden Knights were the first NHL team to advance.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors both discovered their draf spots. Slam Diego became a thing with the Padres hitting a bunch of Grand Slams. The Dodgers won seven straight. The Angel’s got Rendon in rhythm. Our Seattle Storm went on a winning streak too.
MLS is back again by the time we speak next week. That means the Timbers, Earthquakes, Galaxy and LAFC should all get more headlines.
We also can’t forget the Chargers and Rams in HardKnocks. San Francisco sustained some injuries in camp. The positive news continued out of Seattle and Las Vegas for the Seahawks and Raiders, respectively. All this and more sprinkled throughout the newsletter this week.
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West Coast Reads
The West Coast sports news you must know before your next zoom call. Minus the New York, Boston and Chicago influence.
Knights Advance First
The Las Vegas Golden Knights became the first NHL team to advance in the playoffs with their 4-1 series win over the Chicago Blackhawks this past Tuesday. It is their second-time advancing past the first round in their three-year history.
Chicago squeezed out a 3-1 win in Game 4 to prevent a sweep. Otherwise, Vegas goalkeeper Robin Lehner went 3-1 versus his old team. He’s 8-1 since the Knights acquired him from the Blackhawks at the deadline.
Now, Vegas is managing their extended time off in the Edmonton bubble. They will play either the St. Louis Blues or Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver leads that series 3-2 with Game 6 and 7 over the weekend.
The MLS IS BACK For Reals, For Reals
The MLS is back, back. The Regular season begins around the time you receive this letter. Here are some key matchups to watch as the teams venture out of their Bubble
LAFC vs LA Galaxy on Saturday at 3 PM PST
Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders on Sunday at 7 PM PST
San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers on Wednesday at 7:30 PM PST
LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders on Wednesday at 8 PM PST
PRIME TIME: The Seattle Sounders inked a three-year deal with Amazon. Prime Video now owns exclusive digital streaming rights for all non-national broadcasts for Seattle. That includes the upcoming match versus the Galaxy. They will also get a page on the Prime Video app.
Top Seed Bubble Pops
Meanwhile, the NBA playoffs saw their top seeds get their first-round playoff losses popped. The Clippers lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the second game of their series. The Lakers dropped their first game to the Blazers but answered with a dominating win in Game 2. It was their first playoff win since 2012. Lake Show big Anthony Davis made some jokes about LeBron James’ age after the win. James tied Kobe in all-time playoff triple-doubles.
Last weekend, Portland beat the Grizzlies 126-122 to win the 8-seed. That also won Lillard the Bubble MVP award. Paul Pierce called Portland the greatest 8th seed ever.
MORE DAME TIME: Lillard’s recent performances also sparked an old/new debate about him and Steph Curry. Either way, the Oakland native is not here to waste time. He’s even playing Game Three despite a finger injury.
Storming thru the Wubble
The Seattle Storm looked like they could set the WNBA win streak record before dropping a game to the Fever this week. They won 9 games previously which is half the record set by the L.A. Sparks in 2001. Next, the Storm will play the No. 2 Vegas Aces on Saturday.
P.S. Check out the Bryant Daughter’s getting some love from Tio Pau and the WNBA’s latest sensation.
Father of the Streak
Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. made headlines by swinging on a 3-0 count and stealing third with a six-run lead. He also began a four-day walk off Grand Slam streak for San Diego in their streak versus the Texas Rangers..
Monday: Fernando Tatís Jr.
Tuesday: Wil Myers
Wednesday: Manny Machado
Thursday: Eric Hosmer
Meanwhile, the NL West rival Dodgers ended a seven-game streak with a loss to the Mariners on Wednesday. Also in that series, Seattle’s Kyle Seager and L.A.’s Corey Seager became the first brothers to hit home runs in the same game since 2001.
MORE WEST COAST MLB: The A’s swept the Giants in the battle for the bay. Dave Kaval trolled Giants fans by telling them to hop on Oakland’s bandwagon.
Name that Clippers Stadium
L.A.C. retained CAA sports to sell naming rights to their new proposed arena in Inglewood. The 18,000-seat facility begins construction next summer. It will open when the Staples Center lease expires in 2024-25.
Recently, SoFi Stadium and Allegiant Stadium both signed naming deals for more than $20 million a year. The Chase Center in San Francisco did between $300 and $400 million over 20 years. The Climate Pledge Arena did between $15 and $20 million a year too in Seattle, per Front Office Sports.
OTHER SOCAL STADIUM NEWS: The LAFC Stadium and Dodger Stadium will both serve as voting stations in the upcoming election. San Diego St. also broke ground on their new arena.
In the middle of all the NBA games, the NBA Draft lottery revealed draft selections for the Kings and Warriors. Golden State sealed the No. 2 overall pick while the Kings sealed the 12th spot.
DIVAC DIPS: The Sacramento Kings began their search for a new General Manager. Vlade Divac stepped down as GM while Peja Stojakovic left his role as assistant GM. Both are Kings’ legends.
Joe Dumars steps into the interim GM role after Divac failed to end the 14-year playoff drought in Sacramento. Dumars is not being considered for the role long-term. Scott Perry, Brent Barry and others are connected to the job already.
West Coast Links
Stories, transactions, rumors and updates from your rivals, neighbors, or idols in the pacific time zone. All these links are worth further exploration during your afternoon stroll or dump.
Melvin Ingram returns to Chargers practices after getting full salary guaranteed.
Former Trojans, Seahawks, Raiders and 49ers LB scores workout with Browns.
San Francisco’s kicker shares perspective on COVID and football.
Mariners’ Dee Gordon gots hops.
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