Rob Gronkowski’s team came in second at the Super Bowl, and his horse came in second at the Belmont Stakes.
Gronkowski, a horse named for and partially owned by the Patriots tight end, turned in a tremendous race today. A 24-1 underdog who was in last place in the early going, Gronkowski surged ahead and finished a strong second.
Unless they can shock the depleted Celtics in the first round, the Bucks’ season will not be considered a success. They fired Jason Kidd earlier in the season and didn’t take the next step in their evolution. With cap issues this summer and an important decision to make on Parker’s future, the Bucks have a lot more questions than answers.
Despite sitting out two months with a knee injury, Wall looked sharp in his first game back, putting up 15 points and 14 assists. After the game, Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Wall, That Ferrari is pretty good. That same night, Porter Jr. finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Beal had 22 points with six 3-pointers. It was a reminder of Washington’s potential when all of its weapons are available.
Exum joined the Niners last November and made three tackles in two appearances, including one start on defense, for the team. He entered the NFL as a 2014 sixth-round pick of the Vikings and played in 27 games over his first two seasons before spending all of 2016 on injured reserve.
The 49ers signed cornerback Richard Sherman and drafted three defensive backs this offseason, so Exum will have some introductions to make even with his familiarity with defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s system.
Nurkic’s ability to defend Davis will be huge, but Holiday will have to find a way to give Davis some much-needed offensive support and counter Damian Lillard. The Pelicans and Blazers are 2-2 against each other this season, but Lillard went for 41 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in a 107-103 Portland win the last time the two teams met on March 27. Holiday was more than up to the task as he finished with a triple-double with 21 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in that loss.