Buzz That Was: Child's Play for Spurs
In case you were too busy trying to figure out what to buy North West for her first birthday and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about this weekend.
A tale of two benches in NBA Finals
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 104-87 in Game 5 on Sunday night to win their fifth NBA title in 16 seasons. Falling into an early 16-point hole, the Spurs rallied and owned a seven-point lead by halftime. They never looked back. The game was all but over by the fourth quarter. So much so that coach Gregg Popovich was able to pull his star players one-by-one from the game to allow each of them their own standing ovation from the adoring crowd. Suspenseful, this game was not.
Reading the same writing on the wall as their Spurs' counterparts, the Heat were decidedly less excited as the clock ticked down. LeBron James was visibly emotional on the bench, and not just because Michael Beasley was actually in the game.
Maybe he was just bummed because he realized he would have to spend the next several weeks being relentlessly hounded with questions about his future.
Special Father's Day for Tim Duncan
It was ageless wonder Tim Duncan's fifth NBA title, tying him with Kobe Bryant for most by an active player. He celebrated as anyone would -- by standing on the court, arms outstretched, as buckets of confetti fell on him. You know, just a typical Sunday night in San Antonio.
Sunday also happened to be Father's Day, so Duncan celebrated the win with his two children. He carried them around the court, posed for photos with them and brought them to his postgame news conference.
Pretty awesome Father's Day moment for Tim Duncan, celebrating with his kids. pic.twitter.com/czEX28LwFS- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 16, 2014
The pint-sized Duncans even took their turn at the microphone, answering questions about the guy they call "Dad." His daughter told reporters, "I think he did awesome and he tried his best," but his son was slightly less impressed. ADORABLE ALERT!
Emerging superstar Kawhi Leonard, who had 22 point and 10 boards in the Game 5 win, was named the Finals MVP. At 22 years old, Leonard became the youngest player to receive the honor since Duncan in 1999. While Leonard was his typically unemotional self about the CAREER-DEFINING NEWS, his teammates were endearingly thrilled and loudly cheered behind him.
2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard & team motion behind pic.twitter.com/RlYkPCHamQ- 3030 (@jose3030) June 16, 2014
Dwyane Wade loses his shirt
Leonard won the Finals MVP trophy, but Manu Ginobili would have nabbed the award for the game's best play if such a thing existed. During the second quarter, Ginobili drove to the basket and dunked over Chris Bosh ... and just about all the remaining hopes and dreams of Heat fans everywhere.
And if you're trying to find a way to pick your jaw up from the floor, please allow Dwyane Wade to help. During the peak of the Heat's third-quarter shooting slump, he went up for his own monster dunk ... and found Tiago Splitter there for the ferocious block. Wade crumpled to the ground. Just in case you were wondering what pouring salt in the wounds looks like.
Wade, who finished with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting, immediately became the Twitter favorite for "person to blame the entire series loss on."
"LeBron, please define "Washed"..." pic.twitter.com/T5QjhQhtXL- warriorsworld (@warriorsworld) June 16, 2014
Wade, for his part, took to the friendlier confines of Instagram after the game and posted an old -- and shirtless -- picture with LeBron and Bosh. The caption read: "Win or lose ... These are my brothers ... Plus 12 others that's not pictures here. We win together as champions and lose together as champions. #HeadsHigh"
See, guys? Nothing to see here. Wade totally didn't post this because he wanted to quiet the rumors of the Big Three's dismantling or anything. Nope. Not at all.
In other championship news this weekend, the Los Angeles Kings clinched their second Stanley Cup victory in three years with a double-overtime win over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday. Tied 2-2 with just over five minutes remaining in the second overtime, Alec Martinez scored the winner and became a part of Kings' lore. Feel free to watch this on loop for the next lifetime or so, L.A. fans.
Open and shut
Somehow Martin Kaymer managed to have an even less suspenseful victory march than the Spurs and won the U.S. Open by EIGHT strokes on Sunday. That's not a typo. Beyond that whole winning a major thing, Kaymer set the 36-hole scoring record on Thursday and Friday with a pair of 65s and never let anyone get within four shots over the final 48 holes. And you thought the Spurs looked dominant. With such a massive lead, the German star thankfully had plenty of time to come up with witty one-liners for his celebratory interviews.
Martin Kaymer was just asked if he would pay to play Pinehurst with his buddies. "Well, I hope I can play for free now." #USOpen- PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 16, 2014
While the weekend at Pinehurst may have been lacking drama, Zach Johnson helped provide some entertainment with a hole-in-one on the ninth hole and then promptly took a victory lap, high-fiving just about everyone in his path.
With the U.S. Women's Open getting underway Thursday at Pinehurst, several of the LPGA's biggest stars were in attendance for the final round. While Sandra Gal celebrated her countryman's big win, Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda studied the course by stalking, er following and observing, Rickie Fowler. So that's one way to prepare for a major.
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