The weekend is over, hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day. Treat your mother nice, especially yesterday. She does a lot for you. The Stack is here once again this Monday morning to talk playoffs and the other big stories from the weekend so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Monday, May 13:
Tiger wins TPC Sawgrass
Tiger Woods impressive season continued Sunday. He finished the third round Sunday morning after play was suspended Saturday due to darkness at eleven under (-11), tied for the lead with Sergio Garcia, someone who has issues with him. That strained relationship continued Saturday when Garcia said he pulled a club a little too early while Garcia was swinging on a par 5. It energized the crowd and distracted Garcia who hit a bad shot. Garcia says that Woods is not his favorite player to play with on tour. He needs to man up and shut up. Perhaps the golf gods agreed because on Sunday on the 17th hole, the famous island par 3, Garcia hit two in the water to score a 7 on the hole (+4) and followed that up by recording a double-bogey on the par 4 18th to finish at -7, a distance eighth to Woods and Swedish rookie David Lingmerth. Lingmerth missed a birdie putt on the 18th and ended up bogeying the hole leaving Woods the sole winner and not having to worry about a playoff. He won TPC Sawgrass with a score of thirteen under (-13). He has now won four events this year, but he has his eyes set on a major. He hasn't won one in five years. He needs to play at a major like he did at Sawgrass, a place where he won for only the second time Sunday. Woods is on a mission. And if he plays like he did Sunday at the other three majors this year, he's winning at least one.
Warriors, Spurs even series
Even with an injured Steph Curry, the Warriors still found a way to beat the San Antonio Spurs, this time in overtime 97-87. Curry still played 39 minutes and scored 22 points, but he was a game-time decision coming into Sunday's game, but it was Harrison Barnes who was the major difference in this game. He recorded a double-double with a career high 26 points and ten rebounds. He played sensational. The Warriors started out the game slow, but were able to overcome their eight point halftime deficit. Now it becomes a best of three series and the Warriors have won in San Antonio in this series so they know they can win there. The sharp shooting needs to continue though like it did in games one and two.
Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was fined $35,000 for his comments on the officiating from Friday night's game against the Miami Heat. He didn't think Nazr Mohammed should have been thrown out, believing LeBron James flopped when Mohammed pushed him. Don't know what he was watching, because Mohammed shoved James with a lot of force. The physical play in this series is damning the Bulls and it is making this series unwatchable. The Bulls are playing stupid and hopefully the Heat can finish them off here in the next two games so we don't have to put up with this style any longer.
Tonigh't NBA playoff games include...
Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls 7 PM ET TNT (Heat lead series 2-1)
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies 9:30 PM ET TNT (Grizzlies lead series 2-1)
Red Wings win game 7, Rangers, Maple Leafs force game 7
There is almost nothing better in sports than a game 7 in the playoffs and the NHL will see two of them tonight. The New York Rangers staved off elimination by beating the Washington Capitals 1-0. There was a flurry of activity the last thirty seconds in the Rangers zone, but the Capitals couldn't find a way to put the puck in the back of the net thanks to the Rangers sacrificing their bodies and blocking shots. The home team has won every game in this series. It's going to take a lot for the Rangers to win game 7.
The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't going away either, winning their first game on home ice in their series with the Boston Bruins and it was a big win, as it keeps their season alive and forces a game 7 in Boston following their 2-1 win over the Bruins. All of the scoring happened in the third period with the Maple Leafs scoring the first two and the Bruins adding one late. Physical game and the two teams will decide it tonight in Boston. The Bruins are 4-9 in their last thirteen games with a chance to eliminate a team. Ouch. That must improve or the Bruins will be left wondering what happened to their season.
The Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks did play a game 7 and the Red Wings, who had to win their final three regular season games just to make the playoffs, are moving on to the western conference semi-finals. They beat the Ducks 3-2 to win the series 4-3 and leave the Ducks scratching their heads, wondering where this series went wrong. In both conferences, the two seeds lost (Montreal lost to Ottawa in the eastern conference). In this lockout-shortened season, anything can happen in the playoffs. That's what we're seeing anyway and that's why the NHL playoffs are so fun to watch.
Tonight's two game 7 NHL playoffs are:
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins 7 PM ET CNBC (Series tied 3-3)
New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals 8 PM ET NBCSN (Series tied 3-3)
Coming up Tuesday: NBA and NHL playoff reaction