Buzz That Was: Ins and outs of Game 3
In case you were too busy trying to make sense of the Eric Cantor defeat and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.
Too hot for Heat
The San Antonio Spurs channeled their inner-video game cheat mode for a 111-92 win on Tuesday night and a 2-1 series lead over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, as the Spurs shot an NBA record 75.8 percent from the field in the first half. For much of the game's opening two quarters, it seemed as if everything the team threw anywhere near the basket was going in, at one point shooting better than 90 percent. That is not a typo.
While the Heat managed to rally from a 25-point deficit to come within single digits in the second half, the Spurs regained control and dominated for the rest of the game. Despite the blowout, Heat fans surprised just about everyone and largely remained in their seats until the final minutes, despite the fact there was, you know, absolutely no way in hell, heaven or anywhere else the team could come back. Of course, a mass exodus began with about three minutes to go and the Twitterverse was just waiting to pounce.
Perhaps paying homage to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was uncharacteristically terse with the media after the game, even providing a one-word answer to a question.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were equally short with reporters. At least one came in with a harsh dose of reality, so it's tough to really blame them.
No big deal, Chris Paul
Chris Paul, a person paid millions of dollars to play professional basketball, dunked over Kevin Hart, a person paid millions of dollars to make jokes about his own 5-foot-2 stature, this week. Paul posted the video on Instagram and somehow, despite the facts listed above, we're supposed to be impressed. YAWN.
C'mon, Chris. Even Cliff Paul could do this.
Charlie White engaged, not to Meryl Davis
If you believe the on-ice chemistry between Charlie White and Meryl Davis is just too strong and must be due to a real-life romance, you might want to just go ahead and skip this section. On Tuesday, White proposed to his longtime girlfriend, whose name is not Meryl Davis. Try to contain your tears, people. While vacationing in Hawaii, White popped the question to fellow ice dancing Olympic medalist Tanith Belbin. And, spoiler alert, she said yes. Because otherwise it would be really awkward for them to share that story on social media.
And if you're worried that Davis is somewhere sobbing uncontrollably while eating bowls of ice cream and watching Lifetime movies, don't be. She's doing just fine and had some congratulatory words for the happy couple on Twitter.
Not the Redskins
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation sent a powerful anti-Redskins message that aired during Game 3 of the NBA Finals in seven television markets. The spot urged viewers to join the "Change the Mascot" movement and encourage the NFL and the team to change the name.
Can we just go ahead and switch the team name to something that, I don't know, doesn't blatantly offend a good portion of the population? It is 2014, right? The NFL and the team had no public comment.
Striking a friendship?
During a 2-hour rain delay at the Los Angeles Dodgers-Cincinnati Reds game on Tuesday, Yasiel Puig took advantage of his unexpected downtime ... by hanging out with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Natch. What exactly did the unlikely new pals talk about? According to Dale Jr., Puig asked him about his career as a rally racer and Earnhardt struggled just to spell the baseball star's name. But the two at least managed to get it together to pose for a picture.
This has all the makings of Hollywood's next buddy comedy. Move over, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum!
'They're probably Ghana do it again'
With the 2014 World Cup kicking off on Thursday, Jimmy Fallon weighed the pros and cons of attending. If you've been trying to determine if a stadium with BYOB ("bring your own beer") policies makes up for BYOS ("build your own stadium") before booking a very-last minute ticket, this might help.
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