"The Stack" 5-12-17

The Stack is back on this Friday and we don’t have a whole lot for you as we head into the weekend. Colin Kaepernick has apparently been contacted by three teams. I had a Facebook post about him this week. People really don’t seem to like him, but when pressed for an answer why they really can’t give an exact reason making things seem flimsy with their hatred. More on that next week. Now let’s get right to it and see what’s in “the stack” for today, Friday, May 12th:

Spurs blow out Rockets, move on to face Warriors

When It was announced that Kawhi Leonard wouldn’t play in game six on Thursday, I along with plenty of other folks I imagine figured that there would be a game seven back in San Antonio on Sunday. Never in any plausible scenario did I think the San Antonio Spurs would play without their best player and beat the Houston Rockets by almost 40 points on the road to win the series 4-2. Yet that is what happened. The Spurs had a five point lead in the second quarter, 34-29 I believe and then went on a 13-0 run By the time the Rockets realized what happened, they were down 61-42 at the half and the onslaught just continued from the Spurs in the second half. They absolutely routed and embarrassed the Rockets. It was an inexplicable performance. LaMarcus Aldridge has been criticized a lot in these playoffs for coming up small (especially by the Skip Bayless’s of the world though I shouldn’t give him any time), but he was huge Thursday night with 34 points and 12 rebounds. This was the game that everyone was waiting for him to have.

Meanwhile the Spurs defense clamped down on James Harden. The MVP candidate had an absolutely terrible game. He finished 2-for-11 from the field with just 10 points. His first field goal didn’t come until the second quarter. He had six turnovers and seemed disengaged. This game leaves everyone scratching their heads, but it also shows once again why Gregg Popovich is the best coach in the NBA and one of the best coaches in all of sports. I truly don’t know what else to say other than Houston just didn’t show up and the Spurs put together a performance that no one saw coming. Absolutely incredible. The Spurs will now face the Golden State Warriors who haven’t lost yet this postseason in the western conference finals beginning on Sunday on ABC.

Friday’s playoff games


Boston Celtics @ Washington Wizards 8 PM ET ESPN (Celtics lead series 3-2)


Nashville Predators @ Anaheim Ducks 9 PM ET NBCSN (Game 1, Western Conference Finals)

Quickly, the Ducks have a lethal offense with some great scorers. Having said that, there is something about this Predators team that makes me think they have what it takes to win this series. Pekka Rinne is playing outstanding in net. P.K. Subban has been a tremendous addition and they have guys stepping up all around. I think the Predators will win this series.

Finally, did you see Sergio Garcia hit the hole-in-one on the 17th island green par 3? It’s the first round of TPC at Sawgrass. Great stuff by Garcia. Apparently the magic hasn’t worn off from his Masters victory.

Coming up Monday: NBA and NHL Playoff reaction plus other top headlines in sports

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