Buzz That Was: The star of stars
In case you were too busy trying to follow along with the Ryan Gosling-Macaulay Culkin T-shirt battle and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.
Stars come out
Kevin Durant showed why he was named NBA MVP with a 39-point effort on Thursday to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-98 win over the Los Angeles Clippers and into the Western Conference finals. The superstar celebrated after the game just like anyone would -- by giving his sneakers to Bubba Watson. Of course.
The loss concludes a tumultuous season for the Clippers, who had spent the past several weeks dealing with the Donald Sterling controversy. Sadly, their impromptu "We Are One" rallying cry became more like "We Are One ... Day From Vacation" last night. The team was given the "Gone Fishin'" treatment on Twitter because, duh.
The Clippers have officially "Gone Fishin' pic.twitter.com/ok0gmpZfSW- Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) May 16, 2014
While the statistics will show a variety of reasons the Clippers lost, Twitter knew who the real person to blame was Tony Romo. What? You thought I was going to say Chris Paul? Pshhhh.
And Romo and Watson weren't alone. There were more stars at L.A.'s Staples Center than at a Kardashian wedding. Even famed Lakers fan Jack Nicholson was in attendance. It was a new team, but Nicholson was his same old self -- smirking quietly and ignoring children. Just a typical day in the life of Jack.
Rihanna also was seated courtside, and the pop star seemed to be in a much friendlier mood than Nicholson, joking with ESPN's Lisa Salters but completely ruining Jeff Van Gundy's night.
Request to Staples Center crowd: For entertainment purposes, would you mind taking your talents over to Dodger Stadium until the next NBA season starts? Thanks in advance.
By George ...
The Indiana Pacers also closed out their series with a 93-80 victory over the Washington Wizards. The Pacers will face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals, but all everyone wants to talk about is Paul George's heated exchange with Wizards fans late in the third quarter.
Paul George jawing with Wizards fans. Composure anyone?- Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) May 16, 2014
Please expect two days of "ARE THE PACERS FOCUSED ENOUGH TO BEAT THE HEAT?" debates while this clip is shown on repeat. You've been warned.
After Sydney Leroux's epic driving range fail went viral over the winter, the Vine faithful and "Happy Gilmore" fans have been impatiently awaiting a sequel. On Thursday, it seemed as if our hopes and dreams may have been answered when Leroux's teammate and pal Alex Morgan posted a video from the range on Instagram. But, sigh. Morgan is actually decent and -- SPOILER ALERT -- stays on her feet the entire clip.
We'll be waiting for Megan Rapinoe or Hope Solo or Abby Wambach or any other USWNT member who wants to take one for the team and make us laugh so hard we cry.
Andrew Wiggins skipped this week's NBA combine. And yet the potential No. 1 pick somehow did more for his draft stock with one photo than any of his peers did during two days of workouts. See exhibit A.
I can't be the only one who started singing "I Believe I Can Fly" after seeing that photo.
Just passing the time
Because nothing says "hip-hop street cred" quite like the Duke lacrosse team, the Blue Devils combatted their boredom during an eight-hour airport layover with an entertaining lip-synch of Iggy Azalea's hit "Fancy."
Sadly, Mike Krzyzewski was not available for a cameo or he just didn't want to completely break the Internet.
The cat who saved the boy from the dog (you know the one)will be throwing out the first pitch at the Bakersfield Blaze game on Tuesday with her family. While I have absolutely no idea if the cat will be doing the honors, I am sure it will be yet another clip everyone in your life will be sending your way next week.
Update: Tara the Hero Cat and family will throw out the first pitch on Tuesday, May 20th, and BOGO offer for fans donating animal food/toy!- Bakersfield Blaze (@BakoBlaze) May 16, 2014
Then again, if a dinosaur can do it, why not a cat?
A Kentucky fan made an eerily lifelike cake of coach John Calipari this week. I don't want to ruin your weekend or anything, but this might haunt your thoughts and dreams for the next 72 hours or so. Um, bon appetit?
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