With three small markets in the conference semifinals, the NBA knows it’s screwed unless it can build some drama into what’s left of its season. The league took a baby step forward last night when the Grizzlies battled back from 13 points down against the Spurs to send the game into overtime, where San Antonio got the win. Tony Allen’s acting job on a late flagrant foul that helped Memphis force OT was the talk of the post-game on Twitter. The pic of the postgame, however, was the shot of Grizzlies’ coach Lionel Hollins and his jacked up fingers. Caution: some Denzel Washington / Chuck Bednarik-level damage ahead. Let’s see LeBron, D-Wade or Russell Westbrook make this a postgame trend.
LIONEL HOLLINS FINGERS!!!!!! twitter.com/courtside/stat…
— Courtside (@courtside) May 22, 2013
Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Kings had Kevin Ryder of the Kevin and Bean Morning Zoo show on LA’s KROQ-FM live tweet Game 4 of the Kings-Sharks series. Things didn’t go well (tweetcap via Deadspin). The Sharks tied the series, too.
Apology in 3…2…1…:
We apologize for the tweets that came from a guest of our organization. They were inappropriate and do not reflect the LA Kings.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) May 22, 2013
The NBA held its draft lottery, and Nick Gilbert, the bow-tied son of Cleveland Cavaliers‘ owner Dan Gilbert, walked away with the No. 1 pick for the second time in three years. Nerlens Noel may have just started his countdown to free agency:
Nick Gilbert is pretty damn awesome twitpic.com/csa3oq
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 22, 2013
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout hit for the cycle, becoming the youngest MLB player to do so in a long time. His mom jumped on Twitter to congratulate him with a hashtag, of course:
One proud Mama!!! Standing ovation at the Big A !!! TROUTSTANDING !!!
— Debbie Trout (@DebbieTrout27) May 22, 2013
The Oakland Raiders signed 36-year old Charles Woodson, their former No. 1 draft pick who left for Green Bay in 2006, to a one-year, $1 million base/$4.3 million max deal. Raiders fans basically wouldn’t let Woodson leave until he signed.
— gregg rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) May 22, 2013
Part of the Boston Sideline Reporter Mafia went out to eat in the city’s North End:
Post covers grade: B+
It’s Wednesday and the Post has a fried chicken slur angle to ride until Saturday.