Last Week In Sports: May 23, 2022

Last week saw dominant runs from championship contenders in both the NBA and NHL, a barrage of walk-offs from an MLB bottom-feeder, and some absolute throttling from a surging WNBA squad.

Let’s celebrate some of those achievements and talk over some of the major happenings over the last week in sports.

May 22, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) react during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks in game three of the 2022 Western Conference finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Team of the Week

The Warriors are our NBA Team of the Week! They have taken a 3-0 lead despite Luka Dončić’s best efforts, and have turned the conversation around this series from asking who will win to asking if Dallas will even take a single game.

Golden State has looked like the best team in the NBA over the past week, and have dipped all the way into negative odds for the championship this season.

NHL Team of the Week

The Lightning are threatening a three-peat. With a 3-0 lead over the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay has nearly locked themselves into an Eastern Conference Finals berth, and have earned our NHL Team of the Week. 

This has been a full team effort, scoring 11 goals and allowing just three across three games. While Colorado is still the title favorite, Vasilevskiy and Co. have done a great job of narrowing the gap. Don’t be surprised if we get a Tampa Bay-Colorado Stanley Cup Final.

MLB Team of the Week

This past week saw a return to form for one of the most noteworthy underperformers so far in this season. The Boston Red Sox are our MLB Team of the Week after going 6-1, with a series win against the Houston Astros and a four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners. Trevor Story has REALLY turned up the heat after an ice-cold start, becoming just the third player ever to follow up a 3-homer game by hitting a grand slam in the next. They’re firmly back in the hunt at this early stage in the season. Honorable mention to the Baltimore Orioles, who went just 3-4 but showcased 3 walk-off victories and the debut of top prospect Adley Rutschman.

WNBA Team of the Week

Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun posts up in a game against the New York Liberty.
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The Connecticut Sun have spent the last week proving they won’t just beat you, they’ll send you home with your head down. They are our WNBA Team of the Week after going 3-0 with an average margin of victory of 19 points.

Some might complain about naming a Team of the Week that beat down on the bottom-feeders, with one win against the 1-4 New York Liberty and two against the 2-6 Indiana Fever. I say the Sun were given their schedule, and went above and beyond in proving they were on a completely different level from the level of their opponents. This week has proven that the Sun are certainly a playoff team this year, and are a threat for one of the top seeds.

Other highlights from sports this past week

  • Pro Bowl punter Sam Koch retired from the NFL after 16 seasons.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies won in walk-off fashion on Sunday, scoring two runs without an RBI on the final play of the game for the first time since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920.
  • Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright reached 37 consecutive scoreless innings against the Pirates, something no other pitcher has done against the Pirates in the Expansion Era (1961-present).
  • Justin Thomas won his second Major after a gutsy comeback and a must-watch 3-hole playoff in the PGA Championship.
Justin Thomas poses with a trophy after winning the PGA Championship in a 3-hole playoff.
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