Clips rally to beat Thunder, tie series at 2 apiece
Last night, it was Collison who played big and got the win in the Thunder Clippers series… unfortunately for us, though, it was Darren Collison.
The Clipper scored eight of his 18 points in the final three minutes of the game, rallying LA past the Oklahoma City Thunder 101 to 99, tying up the round 2 series which is headed back to Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
The Thunder led for most of the game and both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had great games.
After an un-guarded fast-break layup from Collison, the Thunder trailed by 4 with less than 30 seconds left. After a couple free-throws, the Thunder were down by only two with five seconds left in the game. Westbrook put up an open three-shot, but missed. A potential put-back by Serge Ibaka didn’t go in either, but wouldn’t have been made in time as the buzzer rang.
Durant scored 40 points, hitting 15 of 18 free-throws and shooting 50 percent from the field. He said after the game that they let this game slip through their fingers after leading by as much as 22.
Westbrook scored 27 with eight assists and six rebounds, shooting just under 50 percent from the field and hitting all six of his free throws.
Ibaka only had 8 points on the night, but put up 4 blocks.
Final rounds of NFL draft yield some interesting, groundbreaking picks
The NFL Draft finished up on Saturday with a few interesting picks in the late rounds.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron went 24th in the fifth round to the Bengals and many thought he would be a little higher. Though many analysts said he lost his possible high grade when he skipped the senior bowl, which was right near his hometown, and with some of his answers and attitude when talking with some team reps, saying he came off a bit “cocky” and overconfident.
McCarron was the ninth quarterback picked in the draft, including five in the first three rounds. McCarron will most likely be Andy Dalton’s backup until he shows increased production or Dalton is unable to play.
Another big-time late round draft was that of the Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. He was picked late in the seventh round, No. 249 overall, by the St. Louis Rams and becomes the first ever openly gay active NFL player.
Sam was overcome with emotions when the call came and was seen kissing his presumed boyfriend, which caused some uncomfort in the NFL community, which included Dolphins’ defensive back Don Jones, who later deleted tweets referring to Sam’s drafting as “horrible.”
Jones was fined and many clubs said they will begin paying closer attention to players’ acceptance toward other players, no matter their race or sexual orientation.