NBA Playoff Roundup

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​The NBA playoffs tipped off Saturday with the defending champion Warriors doing exactly what everyone thought they'd do—take care of Houston in Game 1. Steph Curry and Patrick Beverley drew double technicals early in the matchup ... ABC lost its video feed to the game at one point in the third quarter ... Curry had to go to the locker room twice to get his troublesome ankle retaped and is questionable for Game 2.​ Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors lost at home to Indiana, falling to an abysmal 0-8 in the first game of an opening-round playoff series ... Boston erased an 18-point deficit but eventually lost 102-101 at Atlanta ... Oklahoma City embarrassed the Dallas Mavericks, 108-70, but Russell Westbrook's arrival outfit may have been even more embarrassing  ... Before the playoffs began, our experts made their predictions on how they see the next 65 days playing out, with one San Antonio-Cleveland championship series among the bunch. At stake, bragging rights and a ring along the likes of those pictured below.

GALLERY: NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS THROUGH THE YEARS

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USC blind long-snapper gets in spring game

Saturday was another busy day on the spring football schedule with Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame and Tennessee among the schools holding their controlled scrimmages. But the day belonged to USC blind long-snapper Jake Olson, who completed two field goal snaps. Said Olson: "When I first ran out there and the crowd cheered, I had to fight back tears.”


Tony Romo is Throwing Fully

Speaking at a Saturday event, Tony Romo says he's throwing fully after shoulder surgery six weeks ago. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback fractured his left collarbone twice last season and started in only four games.


Lovely Lady of the Weekend

If you're the type who puts off doing your taxes until the final days, here's hoping this weekend's lovely lady, Jessica Killings, doesn't distract you too much. Shout out to Tom in Arlington for the recommendation. (Click here for full-size version.)


Ready for a Garden Party?

Ronda Rousey's first bout since her stunning defeat may be at MSG. 


How the 2016 NFL Schedule Was Made

The MMQB's Peter King huddled with the NFL’s four-person scheduling team.


Sheryl in Peril?

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Sheryl Swoopes is under internal investigation at Loyola after 10 of her 12 returning players either transferred or asked to be released from their scholarships.


Bill Belichick's Best Birthday Present


Enjoying the Weekend


Johnny Manziel Doing Likewise


ODBJ Expanding His Reach


Odds & Ends

With the Boston Marathon on Monday, here are 36 celebrities (and other notable people) you had no idea enjoy running, including Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who turned 63 on Saturday ... What if the NBA playoffs were decided by who has the best footwear ... For the fishemen out there ... David Ortiz stole a base for just the 16th time in his 19-year career ... .Massive brawl in an American Hockey League game results in six players being ejected ... A week after taking the head basketball coaching job at UNLV, Chris Beard quit to go back to his old school ... Galleries: The Day in Sports April 17, April 16 and April 15.


Will the NBA Ever Have Another 3,000 Point Scorer?

On this day 29 years ago, Michael Jordan became the only NBA player beside Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points in a season. He put an exclamation point on the feat by going off for 61 against 'Nique and the Hawks that night. No one has sniffed 3,000 points in a season since. By comparison, James Harden led the league this year with 2,376 points, one more than Steph Curry.​


Steph Curry, Pro Quarterback

How does an MVP get ready for his first playoff game in what could be a repeat NBA Championship? Well, before the Warriors and Rockets tipped off, Steph Curry pretended to play football, baseball and soccer with the basketball.


Barbershop: The Next Cut

Enjoyed this review of the new Barbershop movie, and enjoyed even more watching the cameo of Anthony Davis. The Pelicans big man appears late in the film and creates some laughs when defending his unibrow. Barbershop won't be the highest grossing movie of the weekend, but it could be the funniest and most serious, all at the same time. 


The View From Above

We combed through our photo databases and compiled this gallery of some of our favorite aerial and overhead pictures. (Click here for the full-size version.)


Friday Night's MLB Highlights


Coachella Embraces a Legend

Mavis Staples was among the first-day acts at Coachella this year, which is reason enough to close with this Staples Singers classic.

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