"The Stack" 5-3-16

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder responded after the game one blowout loss with a big 98-97 win over the San Antonio Spurs to even the series up 1-1. Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder responded after the game one blowout loss with a big 98-97 win over the San Antonio Spurs to even the series up 1-1.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are putting the pressure on the Washington Capitals following the team's 3-2 win Monday night over the Capitals to take a 2-1 series lead.
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The Stack is back on this Tuesday and there isn’t a whole lot to talk about, especially outside of the NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs, but let’s take a look anyway and see what’s in “the stack” for today, Tuesday, May 3rd:


Cavs hold off Hawks, Thunder rebound against Spurs


The Atlanta Hawks stormed back from an early 18 point deficit against the Cleveland Cavaliers and even took a lead in the fourth quarter, but Tristan Thompson proved large in this game getting crucial rebounds and LeBron James’ big three point play helped the Cavs avoid their first postseason loss to the Hawks in nine tries.  The Cavs won 104-93 to take a 1-0 series lead.  The Hawks hopefully (hopefully) won’t make things easy for the Cavaliers in this series and by coming back from a 18 point deficit to eventually take the lead shows that this team won’t fold, but they have no answer it appears for Thompson.  James is going to get his points too, (he had 25).  The Hawks though have to figure out a way to rebound or another four game sweep could be in the making here.


The Oklahoma City Thunder rebounded nicely (figuratively) and held off the San Antonio Spurs after a crazy finish that have Spurs fans all across the country screaming that a foul should have been called in the game’s final seconds.  The referees said if there was a call to be made (which they did not call anything), the call would have been an offensive foul.  If you see any highlights of this game, it appears that a woman was grabbing onto the Thunder’s Steven Adams’ arm which if that is the case that fan should not be allowed back into a game the remainder of the postseason.  And Spurs fans who are clamoring for a foul to be called there quite possibly have forgotten the team’s horrific shooting performance to start the game.  They missed something like twelve of their first thirteen shots.  That is terrible.  The only Spur who was spectacular last night was LaMarcus Aldridge who scored 41 points including the final 13 points of the game.  The Spurs will still win this series, but the Thunder have shown that it won’t be easy.  Tuesday’s NBA Playoffs schedule is as follows:


Miami Heat @ Toronto Raptors 8 PM ET TNT


Portland Trailblazers @ Golden State Warriors 10:30 PM ET TNT (Warriors lead series 1-0)


Penguins take series lead as series gets chippy


It’s getting a little ugly in the Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins series.  Perhaps stemming from Brooks Orpik’s hit in game two on Olli Maatta, the Penguins and Capitals are showing no love lost in this series.  Orpik began the first of his three game suspension Monday night and the Capitals still managed to put 49 shots on net, but Penguins goalie Matt Murray was tremendous, stopping 47 of them as the Penguins won 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.  The Penguins scored two goals before the first period was even halfway done and though the Capitals kept peppering shots at Murray, the Penguins withstood the attack.  The Capitals scored two goals in the third period, but make no mistake about it, the Penguins controlled this game.  The Capitals are in serious trouble.  Tuesday’s Stanley Cup Playoff schedule is as follows:


Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Islanders 7 PM ET NBCSN (Series tied 1-1)


San Jose Sharks @ Nashville Predators 9 PM ET USA (Sharks lead series 2-0)


Dallas Stars @ St. Louis Blues 9:30 PM ET NBCSN (Series tied 1-1)


Leicester City wins Premier League


In one of the biggest upsets and Cinderella stories of all-time, Leicester City, picked to finished 14th in the English Premier League, won the Premier League crown after Tottenham drew with Chelsea 2-2.  Make no mistake about it, this is a huge upset in the world of sports.  Leicester City was almost relegated to a different league because they were so bad and were 5000-1 odds to win the EPL.  What a victory for this team.  A true Cinderella story.


Coming up Wednesday: NBA and NHL Playoff reaction