The NBA witnessed one of its scariest moments of the postseason Monday night, when Warriors point guard Stephen Curry took a worrisome tumble in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Curry, attempting to block the Rockets’ Trevor Ariza, was upended and hung in the air before crashing down hard on his head and shoulders. He would remain face down on the hardwood for minutes before walking off the court on his own power.

“That was the worst (fall ever) because you’re in the air for a long time,” Curry said after the game. “And not knowing how you’re going to hit the floor, knowing that it’s going to happen, it’s inevitable, but you’re up there just trying to brace yourself.”

After taking the fall in the second quarter, this year’s NBA MVP would return in the third, as the Warriors suffered a 128-115 loss. Before returning, Curry underwent the necessary concussion protocol for full clearance.

“It was all minor stuff compared to how it looked,” Curry said. “But I’ll get some good rest (Monday night) and be ready to go … since it happened to now, nothing has gotten worse.”

Overcoming the fall, Curry finished the game with 23 points in 31 minutes. The Warriors now lead the series 3-1 as they return home for Game 5 Wednesday night.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

Following the Wizards’ loss in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Paul Pierce seemed disillusioned with basketball.

“Truthfully, what was going through my mind is, I don’€™t have too much of these efforts left, if any,” Pierce said. “These rides throughout the NBA season, throughout the playoffs, are very emotional. They take a lot out of not only your body, but your mind, your spirit … . I don’€™t even know if I’€™m going to play basketball anymore.”

However, with $5.5 million still remaining on his contract, retirement is not a likely scenario for the longtime Celtic. Instead, speculation abounds that Pierce will opt out of his deal and rejoin coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles with the Clippers. To add further motivation for a potential move, Pierce grew up in the Los Angeles area in Iglewood, California.

“Washington’€™s main issue is complacency,” NBA.com columnist David Aldridge wrote Monday. “The Wizards could stand pat if Pierce decides to return to D.C. next season rather than opt out of his deal, but many around the league believe Pierce will do just that and finish his career back home in Los Angeles with the Clippers.”

Aldridge argued that the Wizards are content to begin their search for Pierce’s long-term replacement at the small forward position. With John Wall and Bradley Beal locked in as the backcourt of the future, Washington has the chance to develop youngster Otto Porter Jr. or pursue another option in a trade.

Meanwhile, the Clippers would be more than enthused to get Pierce this offseason, especially after watching Matt Barnes shoot a horrendous .267 percent from beyond the arc this postseason. If Pierce does decide to leave Washington and put off retirement, the Clippers would seem to be the perfect destination.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Twins, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Cubs, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Braves at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: French Open, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray McDonald

Ray McDonald

— Ray McDonald’s tenure with the Bears is over before it even began, as the defensive end was released Monday afternoon after being arrested again for suspicion of domestic violence in Northern California.

McDonald was taken into custody Monday morning after allegedly assaulting a woman who was holding a baby at his home in Santa Clara. He posted bail later Monday and left the jail without answering questions from the media.

The Bears gambled on the troubled former 49er, signing him to a one-year contract in March, but Chicago cut its losses quickly.

“We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear,” general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement. “He was not able to meet the standard, and the decision was made to release him.”

Tweeted Bears guard Kyle Long: “Good riddance.”

The 49ers cut McDonald in December, one month after Santa Clara authorities declined to press charges after another domestic violence investigation following his arrest on Aug. 31 during his 30th birthday celebration.

Said Niners general manager Trent Baalke at the time: “Ray’s demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making that has led to multiple distractions to this organization and this football team that really can no longer be tolerated.”

McDonald had three sacks in 14 games last season, and 19 1/2 sacks in eight NFL seasons, all with the 49ers.

Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 with a walk in his return to the major leagues, in the Rangers’ 10-8 victory over the Indians on Monday in Cleveland.

Hamilton, who finished his minor league rehab stint Saturday, started in left field and batted fifth.

“It was good to get the first at-bat out of the way, I was a little nervous out there,” Hamilton said after Texas won its sixth straight game. “After that, second at-bat I was feeling pretty good. It was just good to be out there. It was good to feel the energy in the dugout.”

Hamilton, who walked to load the bases during the Rangers’ four-run third inning, came up in the seventh with the score tied at 8, two runners on base and two outs. He tapped the ball back to pitcher Zach McAllister, who threw it away for a two-base error that allowed the go-ahead run to score.

“First major league game back, looked fine,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “More than anything else had a great smile on his face, had some energy. He came in and did exactly what we asked him to do, give us what he could give us today and be one of 25.”

— A Russian lawmaker is drawing up a plan to use prison labor to help keep down the costs of hosting the 2018 World Cup.

Alexander Khinshtein of the United Russia party is proposing the plan, backed by the Russian prison service, to have prisoners work at factories.

“It’ll help in the sense that there will be the opportunity to acquire building materials for a lower price, lower than there is currently on the market,” Khinstein told The Associated Press. “And apart from that it’ll make it possible to get prisoners into work, which is very positive.”

In the past, there have been accusations of prison camp workers being underpaid and overworked. Khinshtein said prisoners might be paid about $300 per month.

The issue of workers’ rights has been a touchy one for FIFA following reports of mistreatment and deaths of migrant workers in Qatar, which is hosting the 2022 World Cup.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 26, 1987, in the Celtics‘ 108-107 victory over the Pistons in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, Larry Bird stole Isiah Thomas‘ inbounds pass and fed which teammate for the game-winning layup with one second remaining?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The energy in this clubhouse [Monday] morning was built upon the last two days, and to go out and have a game like today was very disappointing.” – Red Sox manager John Farrell, after starting pitcher Joe Kelly allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings as the Sox lost to the Twins, 7-2

STAT OF THE DAY: 45 – Points the Rockets scored in the first quarter of Monday’s game — tying a playoff record — as they fended off elimination with a 128-115 victory over the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews scores two goals in 72 seconds — the second with 37 seconds remaining to tie the game at 4 — but the Ducks win it 45 seconds into overtime on a goal from Matt Beleskey.

Khris Davis hits a home run for the Brewers, is called out for not touching home plate, has the call overturned on review, then hits another home run and makes it clear that he’s touched the dish.

Cardinals batter Jhonny Peralta hits a walkoff home run in the 10th inning to beat the Diamondbacks.

Albert Pujols delivers a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning as the Angels walk off against the Padres.

Nationals left fielder Michael Taylor lays out to make a catch against the Cubs.

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado makes a pair of impressive plays against the Reds.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dennis Johnson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The Band lead singer/drummer Levon Helm, who died in 2012, was born on this day in 1940.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Christian Arcand had a very special guest on Red Sox review- John Dunsworth from "Trailer Park Boys"

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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Twins, 2:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Yankees, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Tigers at Athletics, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Rockets, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Ducks, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College lacrosse: NCAA championship game, Denver vs. Maryland, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, noon (NBC), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Bernie Williams’ No. 51 was retired by the Yankees on Sunday night, and the list of dignitaries on hand was headed by Derek Jeter, making his first appearance at Yankee Stadium since his retirement.

Williams, who was the center fielder on the Yankees teams that won four titles in five seasons from 1996-2000, batted .297 in 16 seasons in the Bronx, finishing third in team history in doubles and in the top seven in hits, runs, games played, home runs and RBIs. He was a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, and he won the 1998 American League batting title (.339).

The Yankees’ all-time leader in postseason home runs (22) and RBIs (80), Williams only signed his retirement papers last month.

“It took a long time [to retire],” Williams said after Sunday’s ceremony. “I think I sort of misunderstood my own feelings in my own emotions. The first three or four years [after I stopped playing] I was really making sure that I wasn’€™t going back. After the fifth or sixth year I started putting it on the shelf. I was like, ‘Well, this is not that important.’ I think to me, I was moving on to other things. I really needed to have this chapter of my life closed. It took me nine years but I finally got it done.”

As for Jeter, who was introduced last and received a long ovation, Williams said: “I think he’s very at peace with where he is right now in his life and I am so happy with him. I think a very important part of players when they retire is to try to make that transition from going 1,000 miles an hour to more of a normal kind of pace, and he seems to be handling it pretty good. So I’m really happy for him.”

As for Sunday’s game, the Yankees lost to the Rangers, 5-2, their sixth straight loss and 10th in 11 games — their worst skid since 1995. New York is 22-22, one game ahead of the third-place Red Sox in the AL East.

Adrian Peterson‘s standoff with the Vikings continues, as the running back told coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the team’s optional practices that begin Tuesday, according to an Associated Press report.

Although the Vikings have expressed a desire to have Peterson return to the team following his suspension last season while he handled his legal issues related to child abuse, Peterson apparently still has a chip on his shoulder due to a perceived lack of support from the organization.

Peterson could lose a $250,000 workout bonus by missing this week’s practices, although he is not required to attend any team events until next month’s mandatory minicamp.

Roger Federer won his first-round match at the French Open on Sunday, but he wasn’t pleased after the match. A fan walked onto the main stadium court and attempted to take a cellphone selfie with the tennis great before being led away by security.

Federer said he had a similar issue the day before, as some kids interrupted his practice session at Roland Garros.

“I’m not happy about it. Obviously not [for] one second [am I] happy about it,” Federer said. “Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation I think I can speak on behalf of all the players — that that’s where you do your job, that’s where you want to feel safe.”

The tournament director apologized to Federer for the “embarrassing” lapse in security, although he said there are no plans to change security procedures.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 25, 1984, the Red Sox traded Dennis Eckersley and Mike Brumley to the Cubs for which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Sometimes there’s kids in the dugout [pregame] and I go up and have them sign my bat. It’s kind of crazy, the first home run I hit the other day I hit right where he signed it. That was pretty cool.” -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, explaining that the bat he used to hit four home runs in three weekend games against the Angels was signed by a young fan

STAT OF THE DAY: 37, 18, 13 – Points, rebounds and assists for LeBron James, who overcame an 0-for-10 shooting start to lead the Cavaliers to a 114-111 overtime victory over the Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A Phillies batboy takes Ben Revere’s bat back to the dugout before the at-bat is over.

Tigers players win a standoff vs. the Astros before their game Sunday.

A Dodgers fan videotapes himself catching a home run.

From the Colorado Division 2A state baseball semifinals on Saturday, Rye closes out a 9-8 victory over Hotchkiss with a convincing hidden ball trick.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Buckner

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jessi Colter was born on this day in 1943.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Christian discusses a successful weekend for the Red Sox, are they turning the corner?
Greg and John discuss Robert Kraft's presser the other day and the latest on Deflategate. They also get into the Sox and Shane Victorino heading to the DL.
Price tells Greg about what is in store for football fans and Patriots fans beyond Deflategate. We will, after all, move on at some point.

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