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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, my babies. The NBA Playoffs are here.

Following Wednesday night’s round of regular-season finales, both the Eastern and Western Conference’s first-round pairings are set, and we’re just waiting for the teams to get ready to rumble (no Michael Buffer). Like I always say (at some point the league needs to break me off with some dough for this slogan), Every game is an episode.

Pachulia did think he was going to make one, in a blowout win over Portland in the first round of the playoffs. Most of those 28 attempts, he said, were end-of-quarter heaves. But against the Blazers, he was open. That was a legit one, he said. I shot it and, well, the bad thing is it didn’t go in. The good thing is it hit the rim. I hit the rim.

No matter. Pachulia is hunting bigger game these days, making the first trip of his career to the conference finals. He is the fifth guy in the Warriors’ starting lineup, the center, easily overshadowed by the starpower of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. But he has filled his role for the Warriors well, working as a defender, a screener and a rebounder.

Pachulia averaged 6.1 points and 5.9 rebounds this season, playing 18.1 minutes per game for a team that pioneered successful small lineups. The Warriors won 67 games, easily Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys the best in the league, and as he now sits in the Bay Area waiting for the start of the West finals, it sure looks like everything’s turning up Zaza.

I have been privileged, Pachulia said. I have gotten to play for one of the best coaches in my career, and I have picked up a lot from my teammates and coaches about how Cheap Euro Jerseys to play this game the right way.

A pitcher was ejected for losing control of a curveball in the Orioles-Red Sox game

Kevin Gausman entered Wednesday night’s game with 17 walks in 30 innings. He leads the AL in earned runs, and he leads the majors in hits allowed. He has not been very good this season. He has not been very good at all.

You might say that he is the kind of pitcher who could lose control of the occasional curveball. Like this:

Before the series even started, there was a Chance the Rapper concert scheduled at Oracle during what would have been Game 5. Expecting the Warriors will sweep the Blazers, though, feels a bit presumptuous. No one on Golden State is expecting that, to be fair. But is the NBA? Well, no need to worry because the sweep happened.

If Game 5, had happened, it would have been played on April 26 at Oracle Arena. The same night as the Chance concert.

Chance is getting bigger and bigger, but I Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys initially thought maybe he wasn’t slated to perform at Oracle. I saw him in Dallas last year, and he played at a large concert venue rather than an even larger arena. (Highly recommend it, by the way.) But …

The same loophole that allowed Thon Maker to enter the draft last season allows Diallo to do the same thing this year. He joined Kentucky midseason but didn’t play, making him possibly the first-ever one-semester-and-done prospect.

Diallo was a no-brainer five-star recruit as a 6’5 shooting guard with a strong upper body and elite athleticism. He might need a year or two in the D-League to improve his handle and midrange scoring package, but he looks like the rough outline of everything you want out of a two-guard. He makes a lot of sense for a team like Portland with multiple first-round picks.