A Reunion in Houston

For three seasons, Russell Westbrook and James Harden were teammates in Oklahoma City.

They grew together, had lots of team success, and made it to the NBA Finals in 2012.

However, after not being able to come to terms on a new contract, James Harden was traded to Houston, where he has become the face of the franchise and one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history.

In their time apart, each has won an MVP, and has gotten to the Western Conference Finals twice, and each made it to Game 7 one time (each time losing to the Golden State Warriors).

Neither was able to return to the NBA Finals.

Almost 7 years later, Harden and Westbrook are teammates again, as Westbook was traded to Houston for Chris Paul and a bounty of draft picks.

What does it all mean?

Well, let me tell you. Continue reading “A Reunion in Houston”

Who To Watch (April 26 – May 3)

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Tied at 115 with time running down, Damian Lillard took a step back three 37 FEET away from the hoop… and he drilled it. Trail Blazers 4, Thunder 1 (Credit: Getty Images)

WELCOME BACK FOLKS

We just witnessed another GREAT week in sports. In the NHL, there were three Game 7s, games in which the Bruins, Sharks, and Hurricanes advanced. Boston won 5-1; San Jose was trailing 3-0 before scoring 4 goals in less than 5 minutes to take the lead back, but Vegas tied the game to force OT, where San Jose ultimately won; in D.C., the Hurricanes beat the defending champions in double OT, another upset in a first round full of them. The NBA was not without it’s fair share of dramatics. Damian Lillard had one of the best closeout games in recent NBA history, capped off by one of the coldest buzzer beaters (and a wave OKC). Portland, as well as Boston, Milwaukee, Toronto, Philly, and Houston moved onto the second round. The Clippers forced a Game 6 on Wednesday behind a great performance from Lou Williams. The Spurs won at home to force a Game 7 in their series against the Denver Nuggets.

The Eastern Conference Semifinals will begin on tomorrow, as Toronto will host the 76ers. Game 7 of the Spurs/Nuggets series will take place after that game at 10:00 PM. The Clippers host the Warriors for Game 6 of their series tonight at 10:00 PM.

Also, congratulations to those drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Rounds 2-3 will take place starting at 7:00 PM tonight, and the remainder of the draft will be tomorrow starting at noon.

Anyway…

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Who To Watch (April 19 – April 25)

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(Credit: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

WELCOME BACK!

If we’re being honest, we may have just witnessed one of the best weeks in sports in a LONG time since we last met. Tiger Woods stayed in competition all weekend, and he FINALLY WON A MAJOR, over a decade since his last major championship. Congrats on number 15, Tiger! In the NBA, we have seen some great games thus far. Kyrie Irving had a great performance in Game 2 to help the Celtics take a 2-0 series lead. Damian Lillard has been phenomenal as the Trail Blazers have gone ahead 2-0 on OKC. The Clippers completed the biggest comeback in playoff history to tie their series going into Game 3, but the Warriors won last night to regain the lead. The Sixers lead Brooklyn 2 to 1, the Spurs lead Denver 2 to 1, the Rockets and Bucks are ahead 2 games to none in their respective series, and Toronto and Orlando are tied.

In the NHL, we saw one of the greatest upsets in sports history, as the Columbus Blue Jackets won their first playoff series EVER, sweeping the President Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning, the same team that tied the record for the most wins in NHL history this season. The New York Islanders advanced as well, sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins. Colorado leads Calgary three games to one (shout out to UMass defenseman Cale Makar, who joined the Avalanche this week after the Minutemen reached the NCAA championship game). The rest of the series in the league are currently competitive, with St. Louis and Las Vegas leading theirs 3 games to 2, and the remaining two series tied at 2 games apiece.

In baseball, the reigning World Series champs look awful (more on that later), and Tampa Bay seems to be taking the league by storm this season, as the currently stand at 14-5.

Enough recaping, lets look ahead now.

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Who To Watch (April 5 – April 11)

Hi everyone, and welcome back to Who to Watch.

Here’s our recap: in baseball, Bryce Haper made Nick look like an idiot, looking like a bona fide superstar last week; the Red Sox look… not good, Christian Yelich is hitting lots of dingers, Daniel Hess of the Orioles was pulled during a PERFECT GAME, and somehow, the SEATTLE MARINERS are the best team in the league at 7-1. In college hoops, the Men’s Final Four will feature Virginia, Auburn, Michigan State, and Texas Tech, and we will see a champion crowned on Monday night. On the women’s side, Oregon will face Baylor, while UCONN will face Notre Dame, that championship game will be Sunday. In NBA news, we saw Russell Westbrook have a historic triple-double (more on that from Kerm), Anthony Davis get fined for giving a fan the finger (have to figure they’ll all flip him the bird during the last home game of the season), and Giannis had a casual 45/13/6 performance last night. OKC and the Spurs clinched playoff spots, and seeding is still shaking itself out in the West. In the East, there is still a seeds 3 through 5 are still not set, but much more interesting is the battle for seeds 6 through 8, which essentially looks like a four-team battle between Detroit, Brooklyn, Orlando and Miami; those teams are separated by just one game.

Before we give everyone the rundown for the next week, we at Hold My Drink Sports just want to take a moment to give our respects to Nipsey Hussle, who was killed last Sunday. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.

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808s and Ankle Breaks: Episode 42

Jonathan Kermah and Trevor Wilson briefly discuss the tragic death of Nipsey Hussle (12:10), introduce their new segment: “Pause, Party, Play” (17:47) and run through the week in NBA news (42:32).

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Check out our artist of the week, Lazy Summer

Produced By: Jonathan Kermah

Edited By: Trevor Wilson

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Utah Jazz Fans have History of Racist/Nasty Comments to Players

Russell Westbrook isn’t a big fan of Utah Jazz fans or fans that get too close to him. Shit, he even shoved a fan out of his face last year in Denver when the fan screamed in his face and got to close to him on the court. The guy kind of deserved it. Also, last postseason, Westbrook swatted a phone out of the hand of a fan after losing Game 6 of the first round to Utah. Now this season, something caused Westbrook to snap yet again. Continue reading “Utah Jazz Fans have History of Racist/Nasty Comments to Players”