Mavericks' Dynamic Duo Irving and Doncic Torch Timberwolves in Western Conference Finals

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-105 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, thanks to the explosive performances of Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic. Irving scored 24 of his team-high 30 points in the first half, while Doncic scored 15 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, including a crucial step-back jumper to give the Mavericks a four-point lead with 49 seconds remaining. This game showcased the deadly tandem of Irving and Doncic, who combined for 63 points. Our own Jack Maloney noted that Doncic seems to be rounding into form, hoping that the Mavericks will need this version of their star to win the series.

In other news:

NFL Offensive Infrastructure Rankings: Experts analyzed every NFL offense, taking into consideration quarterback play, play-calling, offensive lines, wide receivers/tight ends, and running backs. The New England Patriots were ranked last in these rankings, while the Houston Texans were surprisingly tied for sixth with the Los Angeles Rams. Our own Jared Dubin explained how the Texans made massive strides in 2023, hoping to see continued production from C.J. Stroud and the offense.

NCAA to Pay $2.8 Billion in Landmark Settlement: The NCAA accepted a $2.8 billion antitrust lawsuit settlement, marking a significant step toward monumental changes in college athletics. This settlement compensates former athletes for prior restrictions on NIL income, and group of Five schools and non-revenue sports could struggle to stay afloat.

Brink Tops WNBA Rookie Rankings: Our own Isabel Gonzalez released her latest WNBA rookie rankings, with Cameron Brink of the Los Angeles Sparks topping the list. Despite Indiana Fever's 0-5 start, No. 1 overall pick Caitlin Clark is playing well, averaging 17.8 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per game. This Friday, Clark will face Brink and fellow rookie Rickea Jackson when the Sparks host the Fever.

What We're Watching Today:

  • Round 1: Charles Schwab Challenge, 4 p.m. on Golf Channel
  • Sky at Liberty, 7 p.m. on Prime Video
  • Game 2: Pacers at Celtics, 8 p.m. on ESPN
  • Game 1: Oilers at Stars, 8:30 p.m. on TNT

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