Trending: Spurs-Thunder, Kings-Devils
The word of the day, courtesy of Dr. Shaq, is "kaleidoscope." It was sponsored by Russell Westbrook's shirt (seen alongside Kevin Durant) at the podium after Oklahoma City’s victory over San Antonio in Game 5:
The NBA playoffs have attracted worldwide attention, if not a live audience from those overseas, including one player resting in Monaco after being ousted from the French Open in Paris:
KD: "Once you leave everything on the floor, you give yourself a good chance." Russ: "We showed mental toughness." twitter.com/okcthunder/sta…— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) June 5, 2012
From everything I have ready the Spurs-OKC series has been pretty amazing. @NBA give us some games that are more euro time zone friendly!!!— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) June 5, 2012
Atlanta’s Tracy McGrady got a little envious, if not regretful, watching OKC:
Wish I had that in my prime..— Tracy McGrady (@Real_T_Mac) June 5, 2012
What about the Hawks?
That's gotta be a great feeling to have multiple weapons on one team like OKC!— Tracy McGrady (@Real_T_Mac) June 5, 2012
Pau Gasol, who earlier tweeted he was attending his first hockey game, was thrilled that someone will be likely bringing a title to Staples Center, even if it isn’t his Lakers:
Apparently, there’s still some room on the learning curve in Los Angeles:
Apparently, I've got a lot to learn about hockey... LA Kings, soon to be "Stanley Cup Champions!" Thought that meant world champs too... #??— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) June 5, 2012
Rickie Fowler likes what he saw on the ice:
The @LAKings are on cruise control!!— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) June 5, 2012
The Kings, meanwhile, channeled some frustration with their spot on the dial:
America's Got Talent on NBC, Slovenia's Got Talent on NBC Sports Network. Take your pick.— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 5, 2012
And a large crowd stuck to celebrate their 3-0 series lead over New Jersey:
Bills linebacker Kirk Morrison likely spoke for Parker and A's fans everywhere after the starter lost his no-hit bid with Michael Young’s leadoff single for the Rangers in the 8th inning of Oakland's 12-1 victory.
Damn Damn Damn— Kirk Morrison (@kirkmorrison) June 5, 2012
• Paulina Gretzky signed off Twitter last year (briefly) at the request of her Hockey Hall of Famer dad after she posted multiple racy photos. Now, she’s back with vengeance on Instagram. (NESN)
• With the possibility of replacement refs looming for the NFL, here’s a look at some of the more notable gaffes by the “regulars.” Maybe change won’t be such a bad thing, notes Joe Gill. (FanFeedr)
• Here's a quick cure-all for the Heat's recent troubles in the Eastern Conference finals - try hitting some free throws, writes David J. Neal. (Miami Herald)
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