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.
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.
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.
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.
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.