THIS KID CAN FLY
High schooler demolishes 100-meter dash … OK, so he apparently had a 4.2-mph tailwind aiding him, but let’s just marvel at Texas high schooler Matthew Boling putting up a 9.98-second 100-meter dash. That’s more than 22 miles per hour, which a lot of us would have trouble getting up to on, like, a bicycle. Next stop: Olympics? Read More
THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
Fixing the 3-pointer … The NBA, as anyone who has watched it at all the past few years can tell you, is obsessed with the 3-pointer. It’s getting to the point that whoever has the most dominant 3-point shooter has an almost-overwhelming advantage (see: Curry, Steph). In an excerpt from his upcoming book “SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA,” Kirk Goldsberry imagines ways to fix it — from simple changes to radical ones. Read More
“The basketball gods will not honor disrespect in that way …” You know that dude at the gym who maaaaybe calls a few too many fouls that most people would just let go? Over at the Undefeated, there’s a case being made that James Harden is kinda becoming that guy, and disrespecting basketball’s unwritten rules in the process. Read More
Keith Law’s top 50 MLB prospects … We’re about a month out from the 2019 MLB draft, and Keith Law has his annual ranking of the best prospects available. Check out who your favorite team will be targeting in June, now on ESPN+. Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
Kobe on Giannis in “Detail” How did the Celtics stop Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 1 when pretty much no one else was able to this season? Kobe Bryant breaks it all down in the latest episode of “Detail” on ESPN+. Watch
But did you see Giannis in Game 2?
“My name isn’t James. It is literally Jimmy.”
–Jimmy Butler, responding to 76ers coach Brett Brown saying he was ” … James Butler. That was the adult in the gym.” Read More
On this date in 1991, Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock’s all-time stolen base record by swiping his 939th. He ended up retiring with 1,406, which is absolutely bonkers. Right now (with Rajai Davis in the minors and Jacoby Ellsbury injured), Dee Gordon is your active stolen base leader, and he’d have to add ELEVEN HUNDRED steals to top Rickey.
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?
Reds at Mets (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+): Neither of these teams are setting the world on fire, but check this out: Right now, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has the hardest-hit home run so far this season, with a 118.3-mph blast earlier this April.
Astros at Twins (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): Jose Altuve’s statline looks very un-Jose Altuve-ish right now — his batting average has plummeted while his home run rate has gone up. Imagine if he returns to his batting form while maintaining that power surge. He’d be, let us run the numbers here, uh, extremely good.
Blazers at Nuggets (9 p.m. ET, TNT): The Blazers lost Game 1 of this series, and Damian Lillard thinks his team’s jawing at referees was at least partly to blame. We’ll see if a new approach helps them turn things around against the Nuggets before the series goes to Portland.
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