I took a day off yesterday because by the time I got off work it'd have been too late to post the Minute. This one is going to end up being a lot later too because I woke up so much later than I usually do, but I'm not complaining. It's nice to wake up and just accept that the day is over before it even started; just another excuse to keep degenerate-ing it up.
Looks like this is going to be a hoops-only rundown.
KD has an Achilles injury
I didn't get the chance to talk about this at all yesterday so I'm just going to briefly touch on it. Kevin Durant came back after a month-long absence to help aid the Warriors' attempted comeback against the Raptors and after getting off to a hot start, he went down with what appeared to be a re-injured calf or Achilles. He instantly dropped down and it looked tough from the start, only to be a confirmed Achilles injury by Warriors president of basketball ops Bob Myers in an emotional press conference. There hasn't been an official statement from GS about if it's officially torn, but reports say that MRIs are expected to confirm just that. It's awful to see an NBA legend go down, especially in the Finals, and we can only hope for a full recovery, especially with free agency looming.
Somehow the Warriors still pulled off the win to bring the series to 3-2, and will have a chance to tie it up at home on Friday. They're clearly a better team with KD but with him out, a Game 6 victory is definitely going to be harder to pull off. If they do force a Game 7, however, then anything is possible. Anybody could go off, either team could win.
Kyrie Irving opts out
This comes as no surprise. I think everyone's been expecting Kyrie to opt out since like January, so off to Brooklyn we go! I don't think there's any way Kyrie goes back to Boston and if I had to guess, he's either going to Brooklyn or the Lakers. Nobody really knows until it happens, though, so we'll have to wait until July to find out where he'll wind up.
HOLY WOJ BOMB, LAKERS AND CELTICS ENGAGED IN AD TALKS WITH THE PELICANS
As I was just about to publish this, I see a Woj bomb. I would never have expected Boston and LA to go in on this deal together, but this is the NBA; anything is possible. I'm not sure what pieces move in this scenario because there are so many highly-valued assets at play with these three teams. Hopefully they can move quickly on the deal so that I can stop obsessively checking Twitter and Reddit for updates.
I'm still so high on Lonzo and BI that it's tough for me to accept their potentially inevitable departure from LA, but with the Celtics hopping in the mix, maybe the Lakers won't have to move on from more than one of their young pieces.