A Record SEVEN Playoff Series Went to the Ultimate Game This Weekend – Opinion

Hey, maybe you don’t like sports. Or maybe you’re sick of wokeism in our leagues or the NBA’s China ties, which I’ve written about before. But there’s no denying there was some great action this weekend, as a ridiculous (and record) seven playoff series went into the deciding Game 7 this weekend—two in the NBA and five in the NHL.

Dallas had even two teams that played win-or-go home Game 7s in the city. On the same day, something that’s never happened before.

This tally surpasses the five-year old record, set by the NBA in 2014.

Here’s your recap so you can sound smart at parties or look interested when talking to your sports-loving spouse:

Sunday’s NHL game saw the New York Rangers defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins by 4-3. Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars were defeated by the Calgary Flames by 3-2. On Saturday the Carolina Hurricanes ousted the Boston Bruins 3-2, the Tampa Bay Lightning sent home the Toronto Maples Leafs 2-1, and the Edmonton Oilers killed the Los Angeles Kings’ dream 2-0.

Phew. “I got blisters on my fingers,” as Ringo Starr famously said after recording the pounding song ”Helter Skelter.”

In the NBA, both Game 7s were surprises—Phoenix was soundly dumped by the Dallas Mavericks, while the world-champion Milwaukee Bucks’ hopes of a repeat were dashed by the Boston Celtics.

I wrote earlier in the month about Jason Tatum’s rise to stardom at Celtic. He proved me wrong by scoring 23 points and assisting with eight assists during the contest. Ja Morant, a Memphis Grizzlies star, was also an emerging player I mentioned, but he suffered a knee injury that forced him out of the playoffs. All was well for Boston as almost every 3 pointer they attempted seemed to be in.  The Bucks were not as fortunate, with Giannis Antetokounmpo missing layup after layup.

While the NBA had its best regular season record, the Phoenix Suns were actually the favorite to win the championship. Chris Paul, the star point guard, was once again sent home in shock blowout. He was also heavily criticized via Twitter. While he’s a great player, playoff success has continually eluded him.

I don’t know my NHL as well as I know the NBA, so I won’t comment as much. The action was intense, suffice it to say.

My favorite to win the NBA title continues to be the Golden State Warriors, starring a player who actually changed the entire sport with his obscene three-point shooting ability—none other than Steph Curry.

That’s it. The world is still being ravaged by inflation and war in Ukraine.  And while sports haven’t escaped the controversies, with athletes sitting for the national anthem and slogans shaming us from some athletes’ jerseys, it’s still an escape. This epic Game 7 was the best yet, with multiple players giving their all. It was amazing to witness.

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