The NBA will tie a record with five Game 7s this weekend – the record for Game 7s in an entire postseason.
It’s a good weekend to be an NBA fan.
To state the obvious, Game 7s are awesome.
Everyone recognizes the win-or-go-home pressure both teams face. Alone, that creates an incredible dynamic.
But don’t overlook that these teams have already played each other six times, and those shared quarters often leads to some mutual disdain. Even if series were best-of-21, tensions would be high by Game 7.
So enjoy the slate: Hawks-Pacers, Grizzlies-Thunder and Warriors-Clippers on Saturday and Nets-Raptors and Mavericks-Spurs on Sunday.
The 2014 playoffs are only one Game 7 from breaking the all-time high for Game 7s in a postseason.
There were also five Game 7s in 1994, even though none were possible in the first round.
With the NBA expanding to a 15-series playoff format in 1984 and bumping the first round from best-of-five in 2003, there there have never been more best-of-seven series. So, the rules in the last 12 years have allowed more opportunities for Game 7s.
But who cares? We get more Game 7s, and that’s awesome.
Ty Lawson is headed to the Kings, as first reported on Monday. The team made the move official on Wednesday with a press release, and USA Today‘s Sam Amick offers up another important piece of information: Lawson’s deal is not guaranteed, making it essentially a make-good camp invite.
It’s staggering how Lawson went from a borderline All-Star level point guard in 2012-13 to signing a non-guaranteed one-year deal with a lottery team three years later. His off-the-court issues have contributed to that, and he didn’t produce last season in Houston and Indiana. Still, he should have a pretty good chance of making the Kings’ roster, with Seth Curry and Rajon Rondo gone and Darren Collison their only proven point guard. They need depth there.
When Ben Simmons declared for the NBA draft this spring, he signed with LeBron James‘ Klutch Sports group for representation. That association would appear to have its advantages for the No. 1 overall pick, including the opportunity to work out with James and Dwyane Wade during the offseason. Wade posted a group photo on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon:
Also, it’s pretty staggering to see Simmons standing next to James and realizing that he’s bigger and taller.
Thanks to a match from an anonymous donor, beloved TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager was able to receive his third bone-marrow transplant since 2014 in an extended battle with leukemia. Sager’s son, Craig Sager II, shared a photo on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon of his father undergoing the transplant, appearing to be in good spirits as usual.
Our continued well wishes go out to Sager and his family in his recovery, and we hope to see him back on the sidelines this season.
Last season, the Sacramento Kings signed Seth Curry, brother of Stephen Curry. He left this summer for Dallas, and now the Kings are working out the brother of the other Splash Brother — Klay Thompson‘s brother Mychel — according to international basketball reporter David Pick.
Mychel Thompson’s only NBA experience is five games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011-12. He spent some time in the D-League after that, and played in Italy during the 2015-16 season.