On this episode of #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas, Adam Caparell and Pierce Simpson recap LeBron James’ playoff brilliance, carrying his Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in stunning fashion. The guys put LeBron’s greatness into perspective, as King James gets to the Finals for the eighth straight year, but this one is, quite possibly, the most impressive.
Meanwhile, the team that came up just short, the Boston Celtics, has plenty to build off of. The crew looks to the bright future for the Celtics and considers the changes that could come in Boston.
As for the other Game 7 in the playoffs, has momentum swung to the Warriors? With Chris Paul out, and ahead with a 17-point lead in the first quarter, did the Rockets blow a golden opportunity in the Bay? The guys look for someone to step up in Houston, or if we’re ready for the fourth installment of the Warriors and Cavs.
And with the postseason coming down to crunch time, we get to see big time players produce in big time spots. Throughout the season we saw superstars shoulder the load carry their team, deliver game winners and come through when it counted. This got the guys wonder who in the league is the most clutch, and they narrowed it down to the top five.
“Infared,” the closing track of Pusha-T's new album DAYTONAtargets Drake's songwriting skills with the line, “It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin,” referring to Drake's alleged ghostwriterQuentin Miller. The controversy was first sparked by Meek Mill when he called Drake out in 2015.
On Twitter, Minaj wrote, “Niggaz gon run that Quentin shit in the fkn ground like Drake don’t write 4 himself & OTHERS! Ya enemies will remix, reinvent & TRY 2make u RELIVE some old shit for YEARS 2 come when they have NOTHING ON U! Knock it off. Challenging the chosen ones only awakens the sleeping giant.”
Niggaz gon run that Quentin shit in the fkn ground like Drake don’t write 4 himself & OTHERS! Ya enemies will remix, reinvent & TRY 2make u RELIVE some old shit for YEARS 2 come when they have NOTHING ON U! Knock it off. Challenging the chosen ones only awakens the sleeping giant
The Pusha-T/Drake beef has been at the center of attention over the past few days. Minaj had Drake's back, but he also defended his own honor by releasing the diss track, “Duppy Freestyle.” The track closed with, “It's gonna be a cruel summer for you/I told Weezy and Baby 'I'ma done him for you'/Tell 'Ye we gotta invoice coming to you/Considering that we just sold another 20 for you?” Pusha asked Drake on Twitter to send him an invoice “for the extra 20,” and Drake apparently actually sent one that listed a $100K fee for “Promotional assistance and career reviving.”
Before the Houston Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors 98-94 in Game 5 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals, Houston native and frequent courtside attendee Travis Scott delivered a powerful message to the full house at the Toyota Center.
The Rockets organization held a special ceremony to honor all of the students and faculty who lost their lives in the tragic mass shooting at Santa Fe High School. Many graced the court wearing “Santa Fe Strong” T-shirts donning the school's colors of green and yellow. The high school's choir sang the national anthem and there was even a section of Santa Fe students in the crowd as well. To conclude the ceremony, Scott took the mic.
After asking for the spotlight to be placed on the Santa Fe seniors in the crowd, Scott said, “We love you. Y'all the strongest people on this Earth. Thank you for being heroes to all of us.” He also showed love to the first responders and school faculty present as well. Of course, La Flame finished his sentiment in more traditional fashion by hyping up the crowd with a piercing “Let's go Rockets!” chant.
Thursday night's Game 6 at the Toyota Center was the first at the arena since last week's school shooting at Santa Fe High School—the 22nd such occurrence in the U.S. in 2018. The shooting left ten dead and many more injured. The shooter, 17-year old Dimitros Pagourtzis has since been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a police officer.
To further show support, the Rockets wore special patches on their jerseys during Game 5 to honor Santa Fe High School as well.