Good morning, and welcome to the therapy couch. This morning, we're going to go through as many small tidbits of information as we can and see how much attention you're paying. Ready....go!
- Center Janel McCarville will sit out the season for yet unknown reasons. The Lynx acquired Ajsha Jones from Connecticut in a trade as a replacement. Lindsey has the details on McCarville here, and Eric has the details on the Jones trade here.
- Seimone Augustus got married this weekend in Hawaii following the US women's national team camp last week. Details are at the Strib here.
- Andrew Wiggins is on the cover of the latest SLAM magazine, even during the playoffs. It's pretty cool, check the cover out below.
- Glen Taylor's wife Becky will represent the Wolves at the draft lottery, per assorted people. I am not enthused.
- The Wolves have lined up a long list of potential draftees to interview during the NBA draft combine, which is happening right now. Each team gets eighteen interview slots, and we so far know about: D'Angelo Russell, Rashad Vaughn, Tyus Jones, Kevon Looney, Frank Kaminsky, Chris Wood (all per Wolfson). EDIT 11:34am: Via the AP's Jon Krawczynski, the Wolves also interviewed Terry Rozier, Tyler Harvey, and Joseph Young.
- Kyle Ratke at Timberwolves.com had an interview with Milt Newton about the draft which is worth a read.
- In game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semis, the Atlanta Hawks managed to take their first lead of the series against the Washington Wizards, going up 3-2 with an 82-81 win via an Al Horford layup with 1.9 seconds left. It continues to not feel like the Hawks are operating at full efficiency, but they are doing enough to win. The series shifts back to Washington for game 6.
- And in the West, the other #1 seed has definitely found their groove, as the Golden State Warriors posted another convincing win over the Memphis Grizzlies, 98-78, and took a 3-2 lead in their series. The momentum is soundly with the Warriors heading back to the Grindhouse for game 6.
- Tonight, the first two of the game 6s happen in Los Angeles (Clippers lead 3-2 over the Houston Rockets) and Chicago (Bulls down 3-2 to the Cleveland Cavaliers). After the somewhat disappointing first round, all four of these series have had interesting elements (even if one makes West Coast games drag out until the end of time).
Drum corps! Thanks for your patience today.