The Los Angeles Valiant won the Overwatch League Stage 4 Finals and the $100,000 prize after a 3-1 victory over the New York Excelsior, who had won back-to-back stage titles, at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank.
The Valiant advanced to the final after taking down crosstown rival and No. 1 seed LA Gladiators, 3-2, in the semifinals.
NYXL earned a spot in the final after a win over the Dallas Fuel, 3-2. The semifinal loss ends the season for Dallas.
With the conclusion of the league’s inaugural regular season, six teams will return for the playoffs, which begins July 11 in Los Angeles before switching gears for the Grand Final on July 27 and 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
NYXL and the Valiant earned a first-round bye and already punched a ticket to Brooklyn after winning their respective division during the regular season.
The remaining four teams that qualified for the playoffs will compete in the quarterfinals held in Los Angeles. Winners will advance and play in Brooklyn.
Philadelphia Fusion and Boston Uprising will compete in a best-of-three series. The London Spitfire will take on the Gladiators.
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) June 18, 2018
So proud today of the entire team and everything we have accomplished this stage. This was an important step for us to get to the grand finals, time to take a break and then refocus for playoffs. Thanks for all the support, we finally did the thing
— Scott Kennedy (@Custa) June 18, 2018
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) June 18, 2018
GGS! @NYXL I'm very happy that the hard work we put in came to light. I'm so proud of the players and coaches. We're at a great place right now, and we are learning our own way on how to win. We will continue to improve for the playoffs and become stronger. Thanks for watching!
— Moon (@moonbyungchul89) June 18, 2018
— Los Angeles Valiant (@LAValiant) June 18, 2018
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/17/overwatch-league-los-angeles-valiant-wins-the-stage-4-finals/
The Los Angeles Clippers have the opportunity to shape its future with a pair of first round picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, which takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 21 at 4 p.m. PT.
The Clippers draft class could serve as the backbone of its future. The Clippers have made headlines recently regarding its future home.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer’s has said he plans to honor the team’s lease to play at Staples Center through the 2024 season. In Inglewood, Ballmer envisions a state-of-the-art arena with 18,000 to 20,000 seats adjacent to a practice facility, team offices and parking.
The Clippers are not the only NBA team looking to turn its organization around for the better.
The Phoenix Suns hold the first overall pick after winning the draft lottery and finishing the season with a 21-61 record.
What will the Suns do if they keep the pick? Phoenix can find a prospect worthy of the No. 1 pick in its backyard.
Deandre Ayton, the popular pick on most mock drafts, played the last two years of his high school career in Phoenix before winning a Pac-12 Tournament Championship with the Arizona Wildcats.
Luka Dončić of Slovenia, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr. of Missouri are expected to go high in the draft as well.
The Los Angeles Lakers hold the 25th pick in the first round.
Several prospects with Southern California ties in this year’s draft. Here are some of the players to keep an eye on as they start their NBA careers:
- Marvin Bagley III (Sierra Canyon HS / Duke)
- De’Anthony Melton (Crespi HS / USC)
- Aaron Holiday (Campbell Hall / UCLA)
- Chimezie Metu (Lawndale HS / USC)
- Elijah Stewart (Westchester HS / USC)
- LiAngelo Ball (Chino Hills HS / UCLA / Vyautas Prienu)
- Thomas Welsh (Loyola HS / UCLA)
- Deandre Ayton (Balboa City School in San Diego as a sophomore) / Arizona)
How to watch:
When: Thursday, June 21 at 4 p.m. PT
Where: Barclays Center — Brooklyn, New York
TV: ESPN & NBA TV
Stream: WatchESPN / NBA
- Phoenix Suns (21–61)
- Sacramento Kings (27–55)
- Atlanta Hawks (24–58)
- Memphis Grizzlies (22–60)
- Dallas Mavericks (24–58)
- Orlando Magic (25–57)
- Chicago Bulls (27–55)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (50–32)
- New York Knicks (29–53)
- Philadelphia 76ers (52–30)
- Charlotte Hornets (36–46)
- LA Clippers (42–40)
- LA Clippers (42–40)
- Denver Nuggets (46–36)
- Washington Wizards (43–39)
- Phoenix Suns via Miami Heat (44-38)
- Milwaukee Bucks (44-38)
- San Antonio Spurs (47-35)
- Atlanta Hawks via Minnesota Timberwolves (47-35)
- Minnesota Timberwolves via Oklahoma City Thunder (48-34)
- Utah Jazz (48-34)
- Chicago Bulls via New Orleans Pelicans (48-34)
- Indiana Pacers (48-34)
- Portland Trail Blazers (49-33)
- Los Angeles Lakers via Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32)
- Philadelphia 76ers (52-30)
- Boston Celtics (55-27)
- Golden State Warriors (58-24)
- Brooklyn Nets via Toronto Raptors (59-23)
- Atlanta Hawks via Houston Rockets (65-17)
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/17/nba-draft-updates-la-clippers-enter-first-round-with-back-to-back-picks/
Name: Marvin Bagley III
Weight: 235 lbs
College: Duke University
High School: Sierra Canyon
Draft Projection: Top 5
Bio: Bagley declared for the NBA Draft after one season with Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils. He was a highly touted recruit coming out of Sierra Canyon and expected to go early in the first round.
He earned ACC player and rookie of the year honors after averaging 21 points and 11.1 rebounds per game at Duke.
The athletic lefty is excellent in transition but will need to improve on his defense.
As a senior at Sierra Canyon, he was named the LA Daily News All-Area Player of the Year in 2017.
Bagley recently signed a five-year deal endorsement deal with Puma, the first athlete to sign a deal with the brand since Vince Carter in 1998.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/16/2018-nba-draft-profile-marvin-bagley-iii-of-sierra-canyon-and-duke-university/
On the court, the NBA season is over. Off the court, the league’s offseason is starting to heat up.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Kawhi Leonard ‘wants out’ from the San Antonio Spurs organization. The small forward was limited to nine games during the 2017-18 season due to a quad injury. Throughout the season, his relationship with the team soured.
If Leonard wants out, where could he land?
The Los Angeles Lakers are positioned to have a big offseason and that could include Leonard wearing purple and gold. The LA Clippers could also be in the mix but the same report that came out Friday had the Lakers as Leonard’s top destination.
It would be a homecoming for Leonard, who was born in Los Angeles and played high school basketball at Moreno Valley Canyon Springs before transferring to Martin Luther King in Riverside as a junior. He also played college basketball at San Diego State.
Leonard won two CIF-SS championships with ML King including one during his senior season with Tony Snell, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks.
At 22-years-old, Leonard became the first Riverside County player to earn an NBA championship ring when the Spurs defeated LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2014. He was named the NBA Finals MVP after the series ended in five games.
In order for Leonard to bring a championship to the Lakers, general manager Rob Pelinka and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson will have to make a deal with the Spurs. Leonard can become a free agent, in July 2019, if he opted out of his deal with the Spurs.
Leaving San Antonio would cost Kawhi. pic.twitter.com/xkTGBjoggt
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 15, 2018
A trade to acquire Leonard this offseason could mean the Lakers trade away parts of its young core, including Lonzo Ball, who is from Chino Hills, or Kyle Kuzma.
If so, which one?
— Inside SoCal Sports (@InsideSoCalSpts) June 15, 2018
More Twitter Reaction:
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) June 15, 2018
Here’s a BIG issue with any Kawhi trade. Where would he be willing to re-sign? Market gets much smaller if he doesn’t show a willingness to re-sign as teams won’t give up premium assets for a one-year rental coming off injury.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 15, 2018
— Max Van Auken (@Max_Van_Auken) June 15, 2018
There might be some competition for Kawhi… pic.twitter.com/3djKb3T9ud
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 15, 2018
Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers would only make Lebron want to be there even more, and I'm just not sure how to process this entire free agency year.
— Courtney (@courtneyciaban) June 15, 2018
It's difficult to imagine the Lakers and Spurs agreeing on a Kawhi Leonard trade. If the Pacers were able to sell Paul George to the Thunder without a promise to re-sign, surely other teams will be willing to take that risk with a former Finals MVP.
— Moke Hamilton (@MokeHamilton) June 15, 2018
Im just here really wishing and hoping that these Kawhi Leonard to Lakers rumours are true b….My team needs it
— Ying (@NicholasAlexis) June 15, 2018
The whole Kawhi Leonard to Lakers is perfect to trade away Lonzo and others not name Kyle Kuzma. Plus Lakers can still get Lebron & PG 13.
— Gary Byrd II (@GRockNation) June 15, 2018
The Lakers should trade anyone not named Brandon Ingram for Kawhi Leonard.. If we trade BI, we gonna regret it soon!
— Rashad Hammoud (@Ritchy313) June 15, 2018
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/15/lakers-fan-base-wants-kawhi-leonard-after-reports-that-he-wants-out-from-spurs/
Russia will host 32 soccer teams representing their respective countries for the 2018 World Cup, which begins June 14 and ends on July 15 with the finals in Moscow.
Notable players competing include Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Neymar of Brazil.
A young fan thought he'd missed the chance to meet his hero as Portugal departed for the World Cup.
Cristiano stepped off the bus and made sure his dream came true. pic.twitter.com/r3qERFy8Vz
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 11, 2018
Other players to watch include Luis Suarez of Uruguay, Mohamed Salah of Egypt and England’s Harry Kane.
Support your team:
You can support your favorite team on Twitter using the hashtags provide below.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 11, 2018
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/13/2018-world-cup-live-player-updates-game-scores-and-schedule/
Los Angeles >> Coach James “Coachman” Bates had little doubt about UC Irvine’s successful outing in the League of Legends College Championship game Sunday at the NA LCS Studio but even then admitted he stayed up the night before.
His team proved why he wasn’t wrong to have confidence in the No. 2 seeded Anteaters, who put on a dominant performance with a 3-0 sweep of Colombia College.
“I been coaching a long time and I don’t think I ever had five people I enjoyed as much as I have this year,” he said. “I could talk forever about this team. We have the best team here and that is why we won.”
Success was not always easy for Bates to find.
Early in his career and prior to coaching at UCI, doubt slightly entered his mind about regarding ability to lead a team.
“Anytime I have been the head of anything it has never worked out that well,” Bates said. “At a certain point I had to ask myself is it because I don’t know what I am doing or is it because I never had the resources. I always worked for a small organization… that’s where my heart always was.”
That is now behind Bates as UCI becomes the fifth team to win the college crown.
— James H. Williams at @CollegeLoL (@JHWreporter) June 10, 2018
The support of UCI, which is one of over 30 schools offering scholarships to League of Legends players, and the competitive nature of its five varsity players served as the recipe for success while outlasting a field of over 300 other college teams.
“In hindsight, we knew we would come out ahead 3-0 especially after winning the first game,” said UCI player Lyubomir “Bloodwater” Spasov. “The way Colombia College plays is similar to our style. We had them figured out.”
Despite the victory, the Anteaters still found aspects of the game that could have worked better.
“We shot ourselves in the foot in Game 2 with our draft but we still closed out that game,” Spasov said. “We don’t necessarily need to lose a game to reflect back and see what our mistakes were. That is why I am thankful for the support staff we have to point things out like that and remind us what went wrong.”
Working on mistakes during the tournament is not the only thing the UCI players had to focus on this week.
When they did have down time, they were studying for final exams.
“I just had a final on Thursday morning and that took away from my time to rest and practice,” Spasov said. “I have another final tomorrow and I am not looking forward to that. I may have to pull an all-nighter… just because I won a championship doesn’t mean I cannot take my final.”
The College League of Legends playoff tournament was made up of the right best teams in North America.
None of UCI’s players are graduating this year and are expected to come back next season for a chance to defend its title.
WE ARE YOUR 2017-2018 @collegelol CHAMPIONS!!! WE SWEEP THE SERIES 3-0.
GIVE IT UP TO YOUR TEAM:
— UCI Esports (@UCIEsports) June 10, 2018
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/10/uc-irvine-wins-the-2018-league-of-legends-college-championship/
Justify is horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner after winning the Belmont Stakes. It is the second time in four years that a horse has won the Triple Crown. American Pharaoh accomplished the feat in 2015.
Gronkowski, the horse named after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski finished second behind Justify.
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) June 9, 2018
Here is the Twitter reaction following the Triple Crown victory:
THAT JUSTIFY HAPPENED! JUSTIFY IS YOUR 13th TRIPLE CROWN WINNER!!!!!
— Belmont Stakes (@BelmontStakes) June 9, 2018
Thursday: Caps win Stanley Cup
Friday: Warriors win NBA Finals
Today: Justify wins Triple Crown
What a sports weekend.
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) June 9, 2018
— 7HorseRacing (@7horseracing) June 9, 2018
is there a Horse Racing Twitter that's like NBA Twitter where they're gonna spend the next 17 years arguing whether American Pharoah is better than Justify
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) June 9, 2018
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) June 9, 2018
Last 3 Triple Crown winners:
2015: American Pharoah
2012: Miguel Cabrera
— Freep Sports (@freepsports) June 9, 2018
If invited by Trump to the White House, I’m confident Justify would say neigh.
— Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) June 9, 2018
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/09/triple-crown-reaction-justify-wins-at-belmont-stakes-2/
Long Beach Poly alumnus and University of Oregon basketball player Jordan Bell was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft and was quickly traded to the Golden State Warriors.
Bell spend a majority of his rookie season as a role player off the bench for the Warriors but found himself in the starting lineup in 13 games this season at center.
While most players spend their entire career trying to win an NBA Championship, Bell and the Warriors finished the season with a sweep of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
During the series, Bell had 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
With valuable experience under his belt, Bell’s teammate Kevin Durant expects to see more from the rookie next season.
“I want to see Jordan Bell come back a better player. I want to see Quinn Cook come back a better player,” Durant said after Game 4’s post game press conference. “To have two young guys that contributed and helped us out throughout the whole season, I am excited to see how they come back next year.”
Jordan Bell went from blowing it on a rebound in the Final Four to being traded by Chicago for $3.5 mil to now being NBA CHAMPION
L E G E N D
— Adam Kadourhe (@AdamKadourhe) June 9, 2018
Jordan Bell: “$3.5 got a ring?” pic.twitter.com/xhh4Nwv6ud
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 9, 2018
— GoDucks (@GoDucks) June 9, 2018
not bad, rook pic.twitter.com/vvGRZlSXw1
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 9, 2018
— Sharrief Metoyer (@ESDoCta) June 9, 2018
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/09/long-beachs-jordan-bell-wins-nba-championship-as-a-rookie/
Nick Young has spent a lot of time playing basketball in the Los Angeles area.
He played high school basketball at Cleveland High School in Reseda, played college basketball with the USC Trojans and spent time during his professional career with the Lakers and the Clippers.
It wasn’t until his first year with the Golden State that Young won a championship as the Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals.
While Young was limited to five points and two rebounds during the series, he did hit a wide open 3-pointer during the first half of Game 4.
Nick Young hits the wide open 3. pic.twitter.com/pfD1IfiDHs
— RealGM (@RealGM) June 9, 2018
Following the game, he spoke with reporters in the locker room at the Quicken Loans Arena.
“I went from getting snitched on to putting a ring on,” Young said.
Nick Young: “I went from getting snitched on to putting a ring on!” pic.twitter.com/FpgSRgn0yC
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 9, 2018
It’s safe to say Young was excited about the victory.
Nick Young when he realizes he's getting a ring. pic.twitter.com/qCSc9mq4l6
— RealGM (@RealGM) June 9, 2018
Nick Young just called himself, "Swag Champ." With a big ol' gold bottle of Moet pic.twitter.com/p8VQ0ioz0e
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) June 9, 2018
Nick Young told me to tell the Bay he’s about to run up. “Oakland. Richmond. San Jose. Be ready.”
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) June 9, 2018
“They can’t say nothing about Swaggy no more… When I go to museums I’m going to say, ‘Swaggy P, champion,” Warriors guard Nick Young said.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 9, 2018
Of course, @NickSwagyPYoung had a dream last night. He said @kobebryant told him, “‘don’t get too excited.’ I told him, we’re up 3-0.” He said ‘I don’t care.’ I said, ‘but I got KD. KD is like Thanos.’l
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 9, 2018
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/08/former-usc-trojan-la-laker-nick-young-wins-nba-finals-with-the-warriors/
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were unsuccessful after being swept in the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
LeBron finished with 23 points in the 108-85 Game 4 loss to the Warriors. He also recorded eight assists and seven rebounds.
With free agency approaching, what’s next for LeBron?
If he decides to opt out of his contract, several teams are expected to woo the superstar to wear their respective uniform next season.
While any decisions from LeBron would have to wait until July, NBA Twitter has shared its reaction as Game 4 of the Finals played out Friday.
LeBron walks off the floor to a standing O in Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/92kq1qL04w
— ESPN (@espn) June 9, 2018
After the game:
LeBron James leaves the court at the end of Game 4, greets his children and enters into an offseason of uncertainty. pic.twitter.com/8pWoHFXT3c
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 9, 2018
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 9, 2018
How could LeBron come back to THIS? pic.twitter.com/C4CDUdywrA
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 9, 2018
During the game:
LeBron James animated during the timeout. pic.twitter.com/Urw6pouxXa
— RealGM (@RealGM) June 9, 2018
my heart cannot handle the likely possibility of lebron leaving again
— Emily (@emilyy_holroyd) June 9, 2018
Halftime pondering: Can the 76ers offer LeBron the prez of basketball operations job before free agency? Then he can sign himself.
— Jerry Brewer (@JerryBrewer) June 9, 2018
At halftime, LeBron had 16 points with five assists and three rebounds.
You can tell by this game, Lebron leaving after this
— Eskimo Jay (@Starpower954) June 9, 2018
If Lebron loses, he’s leaving Cleveland
— Karmaloop Rep (@antbarley) June 9, 2018
Lebron is NOT LEAVING! i’m not even a fan but know that!
— RicrdD3⃣ (@DariRicard) June 9, 2018
After 3 quarters:
LeBron – 6/12 FG (50%)
Rest of Cavs – 16/53 (30%) pic.twitter.com/DxxZ6PrzQh
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 9, 2018
Cavs will clean house after tonight. LeBron is gone. Lue should be fired. The hardest thing is going to be how to rebuild this garbage roster. #NBAFinals
— Cameron Richardson (@therichreport) June 9, 2018
Bron gave up
— Johnathan Holiday (@DaRealBeezyJay) June 9, 2018
— Michael Lyle, Jr. (@LyleMultimedia) June 9, 2018
#labron just wants this to be over so he can leave
— DJ Jaba (@djjaba) June 9, 2018
Me looking at all my pals I made in Cavs twitter before I follow Bron to Houston or LA next summer. pic.twitter.com/nMgvEBQ1SK
— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh…. (@DragonflyJonez) August 19, 2017
Taking the temperature of the Lakers fan base:
Swear Lakers fans that I've talked with recently have surprised me a lot. I had most of them as LeBron haters tbh but nah, they actually respect him
— GA (@TheKingSzn) June 9, 2018
LeBron joining the lakers and stoping the warriors from reaching the finals again >>>
— Sufyan Abubakar (@Sufyan___) June 9, 2018
LeBron..C’mon to the Lakers. We welcome you. Ride these couple of years out as a champion.
— Liquid Jay (@JohnnyMcCants) June 9, 2018
Hate to say it but get those brooms out already… I feel so bad for Lebron… but oh wells he is more than welcome to come to the Lakers!
— Bsteezey (@Bsteezey1) June 9, 2018
LeBron deserves the LAKERS! #LABron
— Dave Loves Emjay (@daverosel) June 9, 2018
It took five years, but worst part of rebuilding is over. Whether Lakers sign LeBron James/Paul George or re-sign Julius Randle, good to have options.
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) June 9, 2018
Nice of the Cavaliers to rest LeBron for the Lakers.
— Heather Lloyd (@TheBlueMare) June 9, 2018
Don’t forget about the billboards in LA.
— James H. Williams (@JHWreporter) June 9, 2018
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/08/nba-finals-reaction-whats-next-for-lebron-james/
The LA Valiant have won the first five matches in Stage 4 of the Overwatch League including its most recent victory over Los Angeles based rival, the Gladiators.
The Valiant will face another tough test against the New York Excelsior, who are back-to-back stage champions.
In this episode, James H. Williams of the Southern California News Group talks with Scott “Custa” Kennedy and Indy “Space” Halpern about the Valiant’s Stage 4 performance, language barriers and the goal of playing in the Grand Finals at the Barclays Center.
Grand Final sold out:
The Overwatch League Grand Final, which will be held at the Barclays Center July 27-28, is officially sold out. Fans purchased more than 20,000 tickets for the event, which is the largest esports event held at the venue.
Six Overwatch League teams will compete in the playoffs, held at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, to punch its ticket to Brooklyn. The two teams that reach the grand finals will compete for a share of the $1.4 million prize pool, the league trophy and the title of the league’s inaugural champions.
All-Star Game voting
Players from each division will compete in the 2018 Overwatch League All-Star festivities at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles on August 25.
The starting lineup for each team will be decided by the fans vote, along with the league’s players, coaches and staff.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/02/owl-podcast-la-valiant-carry-stage-4-momentum-in-match-with-new-york-excelsior/
The face of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and the Twitter reaction directed at J.R. Smith summarized the various emotions that made up the final moments of Game 1 in the NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors.
The play that decided Game 1. pic.twitter.com/e1UeOv57Rn
— ESPN (@espn) June 1, 2018
WYD J.R.????? pic.twitter.com/aXxy6XQJ4i
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) June 1, 2018
JR Smith: "I was trying to get enough to bring it out to get a shot off. I knew we were tied, I thought we were going to call timeout. If I thought we were ahead, I'd have held onto the ball and let them foul me."
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 1, 2018
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 4, 2013
The Warriors would manage to win the game in overtime, 124-114, after a long delay in the action and a 51-point performance from James.
Curry finished with 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
Going into overtime:
Just landed. What did I miss?
— Rebecca Lobo (@RebeccaLobo) June 1, 2018
O V E R T I M E
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 1, 2018
WHAT. A. GAME. To overtime we go. #WhateverItTakes
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 1, 2018
— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) June 1, 2018
Umm… how does JR not know the game situation there?
— Jensen Lewis (@JLEWFifty) June 1, 2018
"I JUST SCORED 51 POINTS AND YOUR LEGACY IS NOW A MEME. AND NOT EVEN A GOOD ONE!" pic.twitter.com/GlqpBL8ljz
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) June 1, 2018
What in the world JR
— Austin Daye (@Adaye5) June 1, 2018
— Evan Turner (@thekidet) June 1, 2018
— Brandon Morrow (@2Morrow23) June 1, 2018
The Warriors might go from losing this game in the final seconds to covering the spread in overtime.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 1, 2018
Retire the Shaqtin The Fool award after that move by JR.
— Mark Whicker (@MWhicker03LANG) June 1, 2018
— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) June 1, 2018
— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) June 1, 2018
GET JR SMITH OFF THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW
— Desmon P. (@DPalmer27) June 1, 2018
Hahahahahahahhaha that was so JR
— Brian Rauf (@brauf33) June 1, 2018
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 1, 2018
JR is still wondering why nobody fouled him
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) June 1, 2018
Draymond is a damn fool pic.twitter.com/7zEOBr8V42
— Born Salty (@cjzero) June 1, 2018
With 2.6 seconds left in overtime, words were exchanged between James and Stephen Curry of the Warriors.
Sorry, but watching Steph Curry and Klay Thompson bickering with LeBron is funny. LeBron James makes them look like little boys. They bicker making no eye contact, say stuff as they walk away. It’s cute.
— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) June 1, 2018
During the delay that followed the war of words, Tristan Thompson of the Cavaliers was ejected from the game.
Tempers flare at the end of OT. pic.twitter.com/MeLTeLt54S
— ESPN (@espn) June 1, 2018
still don't know why Thompson was ejected. whatever. we're one day closer to the World Cup
— Damian Calhoun (@DamianCalhoun) June 1, 2018
Tristan just shove the ball in Draymon face
— Austin Daye (@Adaye5) June 1, 2018
NBA, I have no idea what your rules are?
— John Baker (@manbearwolf) June 1, 2018
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 1, 2018
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/31/reaction-as-game-1-of-the-nba-finals-between-warriors-and-cavaliers-goes-to-overtime/
BURBANK >> The Los Angeles Valiant made a statement with its ‘Battle for LA’ series clinching victory over the Los Angeles Gladiators, 3-0-1, at the Blizzard Arena on Wednesday.
The Valiant remain undefeated in Stage 4 of the Overwatch League and the top seed in the Pacific Division. The Gladiators suffer its first loss of the stage.
Despite a perfect record from both teams coming into the match, the Gladiators were considered by many to be the favorite against the Valiant.
“I don’t disagree because the Gladiators have played very well,” said Scott “Custa” Kennedy of the Valiant. “I don’t think they showed up 100 percent today but the more important thing is that we punished them for that.”
Both teams started the match in a stalemate on Blizzard World and the map was eventually ruled a draw. The outcome of the first map provided a confidence boost for the Valiant, who haven’t had the best luck against league competition on the map.
“We are terrible at Blizzard World and they are really good at it,” Custa said.
The Gladiators were 7-0 against opponents on Blizzard World.
The Valiant continued to chipped away at the Gladiators throughout the remainder of the match and eventually swept the final three maps.
“We just played like we usually do,” said Indy “Space” Halpern of the Valiant. “We communicated really well and focused as a team… I think this win has definitely changed people’s perspective on us. The Gladiators are one of the best teams and beating them convincingly is good for us.”
The Valiant’s Terence “Soon” Tarlier was named player of the match for his performance against the Gladiators.
Playing as the Widowmaker character, Soon dealt 36,959 in hero damage while recording 53 eliminations and 36 final blows.
The Valiant will need to hold on to that momentum during its two days off before returning to competition Saturday against the New York Excelsior, who are back-to-back stage champions and considered as the league’s best team.
“This next match will be our hardest so far,” Space said. “We are going to try and make it as competitive as possible and really go for that win.”
“I think the match with New York, win or lose, will be a feeling out period,” Custa said. “We need to beat New York to win this league… we are going into this match focused on playing our best and seeing where we stand.”
The @LAValiant just did that. Wow.
— James H. Williams (@JHWreporter) May 31, 2018
— Los Angeles Valiant (@LAValiant) May 31, 2018
The crowd once again always so hype for battle of LA. Ggs @LAValiant they were the better team today.
— Shaz (@Shaz_OW) May 31, 2018
— Brady Girardi (@agilities) May 31, 2018
Soon carried Valiant #OWL2018
— 志豪 (@ConcptOW) May 31, 2018
Soon is playing so good and aggressive tonight I'm so proud of him and Valiant is doing amazing!!
— Max (@cozywhisker) May 31, 2018
@itsKaylaErin just told me she’s a LA Valiant fan, as a LA Gladiators supporter I don’t know if this friendship is going to work
— Mother Tahleesa (@FloorTahlee) May 31, 2018
Oh man…I’m still thinking about la valiant vs la gladiators. That match was so dang close ! Every play mattered! Definitely the most entertaining series I’ve seen so far in this stage.
— Alex Chiu (@alexmchiu) May 31, 2018
gladiators vs valiant never disappoint what a series my throat hurts #ShieldsUp
— nadia (@spicysoba_) May 31, 2018
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/31/overwatch-league-los-angeles-valiant-earn-pacific-division-victory-over-the-gladiators/
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will meet for a fourth consecutive NBA Finals series.
The Finals start 6 p.m. PT Thursday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Tickets are available to watch the game live but it will be up to the fans to find the best value.
The good news for fans interested in the 2018 series, early sales data from Vivid Seats has shown that the average ticket price is the lowest since 2015.
What’s still available?
An upper level seat will cost at least $485 each on StubHub but if you are looking for something closer to the court, individual ticket cost at least $3,000.
If you don’t mind standing in the upper level throughout the game, tickets were on sale for as low as $409 on StubHub.
If you are looking to treat yourself, a single VIP courtside (row BB) ticket is available for $11,703.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/29/average-ticket-price-for-2018-nba-finals-at-its-lowest-since-2015-warriors-cavs-matchup/
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the 2018 NBA Finals after a 87-79 victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics in Boston.
The Cavaliers will await the winner of the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets series. Cleveland will start the series on the road.
The loss was the first for the Celtics at home during the postseason.
We are in the finals.
8th consecutive for King James.
What a series this has been. It all boioed down to tje final game andwe witnessed some awesomeness in Game 7.#Celtics were great.#Cavaliers did #WhateverItTakes .#NBAFinals
— Bhaarat Kurda (@TheBhaaratKurda) May 28, 2018
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 28, 2018
I was 12 years old when LeBron hadn’t made the Finals. That was eight years ago
— Fim Oshin (@olafimihanoshin) May 28, 2018
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 28, 2018
LeBron James was one assist shy of a triple-double performance after finishing the game with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavaliers. Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum had 24 points and seven rebounds.
The Cavs, as a group, are loudly singing “Dreams and Nightmares” by Meek Mill in the locker room to celebrate. We can hear them in the hallway.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 28, 2018
LeBron James is from another planet. Don’t take this insane level of play for granted. Appreciate THIS. Whether you hate him, love him or fall somewhere in between, there’s no denying that we’re witnessing one of the greatest professional athletes of all-time.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 28, 2018
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/27/game-7-reaction-lebron-james-and-the-cavaliers-hold-off-the-celtics-to-reach-nba-finals/
Stanley Cup 2018: Ticket prices likely to reach a new high as the Vegas Golden Knights host Washington Capitals
The 2018 Stanley Cup Finals matchup is set as the Vegas Golden Knights will attempt to conclude its inaugural season as the NHL’s champion while the Washington Capitals look to play the spoiler.
The series will have a lot to offer considering Vegas’ storybook season and the veteran players on the Capitals’ roster such as Alex Ovechkin.
A limited number of single game tickets for Golden Knights’ home games in the T-Mobile Arena will go on sale Friday, May 25 at 10 a.m. PT.
According to VividSeats, the 2018 Stanley Cup could be the most expensive ever with the average ticket price of $1,087.
Here is the Stanley Cup schedule and where to watch:
- Monday, May 28, 5 p.m. PT: Capitals @ Golden Knights on NBC.
- Wednesday, May 30, 5 p.m. PT: Capitals @ Golden Knights on NBCSN.
- Saturday, June 2, 5 p.m. PT: Golden Knights @ Capitals on NBCSN.
- Monday, June 4, 5 p.m. PT: Golden Knights @ Capitals on NBC.
- *Thursday, June 7, 5 p.m. PT: Capitals @ Golden Knights on NBC.
- *Sunday, June 10, 5 p.m. PT: Golden Knights @ Capitals on NBC.
- *Wednesday, June 13, 5 p.m. PT: Capitals @ Golden Knights on NBC.
* - if necessary
If there was ever a reason to travel to Las Vegas, the first two games of the series may be it.
Hockey fans from Maryland and Virginia are two of the Top 5 states in terms of visitors on the Golden Knights’ ticket page. While the Golden Knights have home ice advantage, expect Washington fans to travel well on the road.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/24/stanley-cup-2018-ticket-prices-likely-to-reach-a-new-high-as-the-vegas-golden-knights-host-washington-captiaals/
GLADIATORS 3, OUTLAWS 1 >> The Houston Outlaws managed to take the first game of the match against the Los Angeles Gladiators, who used the game as an opportunity to try a new player in the starting lineup.
Jun-woo “Void” Kang, who signed with the Gladiators on April 2nd but remained away as he awaited visa approval, made his Overwatch League debut and was reunited with Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek.
THE GLADIATORS HAVE ANOTHER SHIELD UP.
We’re welcoming @Void_OW to our front line. Read more →
— Los Angeles Gladiators (@LAGladiators) April 2, 2018
Void and Fissure were teammates on Team KongDoo Panthera in the Overwatch APEX circuit of South Korea.
Void had a limited role in his first match, playing Games 1 and 3 while Aaron “Bischu” Kim would sub in and play Games 2 and 4.
AHH I was so excited for the game today, G_Gs to @OutlawsOW!! Personally, I've been really looking forward to having @Void_OW be able to play so we can specialize and study hard on certain maps. Happy his debut match was a win!
— Bischu (@BischuGG) May 24, 2018
The Gladiators would make a statement in Game 2 with a defensive stand on the Hanamura map.
Big Goose, Fissure, Hydration and Shaz did not suffer an elimination on defense as they held Houston’s attack to 47 percent.
The Gladiators would compliment its defensive stand with a strong attack to secure a quick Game 2 victory.
The team carried that momentum throughout the rest of the match by winning the final two games.
Hydration was tabbed as the player of the game for his work as the Junkrat character. He had 37 eliminations and 12 deaths. Among his 37 eliminations were 10 rip-tire kills and 11 concussion mine kills.
The Gladiators remain in the hunt for a spot in the season playoffs but cannot look to far ahead as they return Thursday to play the Mayhem.
LA Valiant 3, Florida Mayhem 1 >> Indy “Space” Halpern lead the way for the Los Angeles Valiant in the win over the Florida Mayhem and remain unbeaten after its first three Stage 4 matches.
Playing as the Zarya character, Space recorded 18,522 in hero damage and 43 eliminations over four maps played. Despite 10 total deaths during the match, he did have 33 high energy kills and 10 final blows while maintaining an average of 51.36 percent of his energy. He had 21 of his 43 eliminations on the Gibraltar map in Game 4.
— Los Angeles Valiant (@LAValiant) May 24, 2018
The Mayhem did take the first game of the match on King’s Row but it would serve as the wake up call for the Valiant, who went on the sweep the final three maps.
The Valiant will return to the Blizzard Arena for its second match of Week 2 Friday against the Boston Uprising.
The Uprising, who finished as the Stage 3 runner-up, are looking for its first win of Stage 4 and were swept Wednesday by the Dallas Fuel.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/23/overwatch-league-void-makes-debut-in-la-gladiators-win-space-leads-la-valiant-over-mayhem/
Prior to the road game against the Blue Jays, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels hit a home run that reached the upper deck during batting-practice at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Sound familiar? Ohtani hit a 513 foot home run during batting-practice last Saturday at Angel Stadium.
Taking the Sho on the road!
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) May 22, 2018
And yes, the question of whether Ohtani would compete in the Home Run Derby is being asked.
Scioscia said he wouldn’t object if Ohtani is chosen to participate in the All-Star competition in July.
“That’s a player’s decision,” Scioscia said. “I’m sure there’s a lot of things that go into it, as far as what a player decides, but it’s always been the prerogative of the player if he wants to participate.”
Today’s Ohtani Long BP HR Report. pic.twitter.com/icU9pf32dk
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) May 22, 2018
If you need another reason to get you excited about Ohtani this week, he is scheduled to pitch Sunday against the New York Yankees.
Ohtani’s scheduled counterpart is fellow Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/22/watch-angels-shohei-ohtani-hit-a-home-run-during-batting-practice/
The New York Excelsior defeats the @BostonUprising to win the @OverwatchLeague Stage 3 Finals. It is the first loss of the stage for Boston. @NYXL wins back to back #OWL2018 stage titles. pic.twitter.com/wHyDoqnYR0
— James H. Williams (@JHWreporter) May 7, 2018
BURBANK >> The next chapter in the New York – Boston sports rivalry has been written with the title “esports.”
The New York Excelsior spoiled the undefeated Boston Uprising in the Stage 3 finale, 3-0-1.
A story similar to Super Bowl XLII.
The Excelsior have back-to-back stage titles and a $100,000 bonus while ending the Uprising’s 15-game win streak at the Blizzard Arena: Los Angeles.
“I personally watched many videos of (Los Angeles) Valiant vs. Boston,” Yeon-Jun Hong (Ark), a player for Excelsior, said about his team’s preparation. “I think those are our playoff enemies.”
New York already clinched a spot for the season playoffs and can approach the Stage 4 competition as a chance to experiment with different strategies.
— James H. Williams (@JHWreporter) May 7, 2018
While Boston did not capture the crown, the team did pick up valuable experience in its first playoff appearance and can only hope to carry that into the fourth and final stage of the season.
“I know for me at least it was mostly just a difference in attitude,” Lucas Meissner (Note) of Uprising said about the difference in Stage 3 compared to the first two stages of the season. “A lot time going into a game with any sort of mindset that is not a positive ‘we can win this’ (attitude) … is detrimental to the team.”
The final match was not the only dominate performance of the evening, as both Boston and New York swept the two Los Angeles based teams in the semifinal.
The Uprising defeated the Los Angeles Gladiators, 3-0, while the Valiant were swept by New York.
It was also the first time either Los Angeles team reached a stage playoff.
All of the league’s teams will take a short break before returning for the first day of Stage 4 competition on May 16 with a fresh start and a new chance to compete in a stage playoff. The stage will feature at least one new hero, Brigitte, for the players to choose from.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/06/overwatch-league-new-york-excelsior-sweep-boston-uprising-in-stage-3-final/
It came down to the final day of scheduled matches to determine the Overwatch League’s Stage 3 playoff field and how it would all shake out.
The Philadelphia Fusion, who were required to sweep the Los Angeles Valiant to keep its playoff hopes alive, had its dreams shattered following a Game 1 loss that knock the team out of playoff contention. As a result, the Los Angeles Gladiators were locked in as the fourth and final seed to compete on Sunday.
In prior stage playoffs, the top seed was given a bye into the final match while the second and third place teams would compete for the other spot.
For this stage, the perk for being the top seed was the option to choose its semifinal opponent. The Boston Uprising, who went undefeated throughout Stage 3, decided to challenge the Gladiators as its semifinal opponent.
This leaves Valiant and the New York Excelsior as the other head-to-head semifinal match.
It will be a tough hill to climb for both LA teams but playing in front of the home crowd at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank may provide a small advantage.
What’s on the line in the Stage 3 finals? The winner will earn $100 thousand while the runner-up will earn $25 thousand.
Schedule (Sunday, May 6, 2018):
Semifinal Match (1 p.m. PDT) – Boston Uprising vs. Los Angeles Gladiators
Semifinal Match (3 p.m. PDT) – Los Angeles Valiant vs. the New York Excelsior
Stage 3 Final (5 p.m. PDT) – Winner of semifinal No. 1 vs. semifinal No. 2
General Admission is $30 per ticket and can be purchased here.
How to watch:
If you can’t make it out to the arena, you can watch the event on Twitch.
You can follow @JHWreporter on Twitter or follow along below for live updates.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/06/overwatch-league-los-angeles-based-teams-advance-to-stage-3-playoffs/