Good morning. Let's basketball.
DAME! I'm pretty sure Damian Lillard broke the Horry Scale. The Blazers trailed by two at home with 0.9 seconds left. Lillard ran a brilliantly simple curl to the near side, got the Nicolas Batum pass and drilled the game-winning three in Chandler Parsons' eye. Here's the GIF and recap. Here's the NBA's video. Here's the courtside Vine.
Is there one Dame skeptic left out there? Anyone?
Portland moves on to the second round for the first time since 2000.
MONTA! The Spurs and Mavericks had a doozy as well. Monta Ellis had a killer fourth quarter, but then almost literally threw the game away in the final moments. The Mavericks came out ahead to force a Game 7. The Spurs also had six players on the floor for a critical but unsuccessful possession. Whoops!
THEY FOUND DERON! After missing posters went up around Barclays, Deron Williams showed up to Game 6 vs. the Raptors in style. Deron led the way with 23 as the Nets built a big lead and sealed off Game 6 to force what should be a wild Game 7 in Toronto Sunday.
So rack them up: two more Game 7s on Sunday, giving us five for the weekend. Basketball!
TONIGHT: Three of those Game 7s are tonight.
Z-BOO: The NBA suspended Zach Randolph for Game 7 for punching Steven Adams in the jaw. Z-Bo definitely did enough to warrant a suspension; it's really really really really really unfortunate it comes for a Game 7.
(No suspension for Paul George for leaving the bench area in a fight, by the way.)
THE HOME TEAM: David Roth's brilliant longform on Brooklyn and the Nets.
GAME7POCALYPSE: Zach Lowe previews Saturday's tripleheader.
WHAT WE LEARNED: Good essay on what Gary Smith means to sportswriters.
UH: V. Stiviano, Sterling's girlfriend, went on 20/20. She says he's not a racist. Well gosh.
MAGIC CONTRACTS: Rob Hennigan and Jacque Vaughn picked up extensions in Orlando.
Happy Game 7 Day, y'all. See you next time.