Düsseldorf While most Europeans are asleep, the professional leagues in North America are bustling. What happened that night in American football, basketball, and ice hockey.
Basketball: Wooden wolves enter again – and fly
The Memphis Grizzlies have reached the first round of the NBA playoffs and will face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals. The team surrounding star Ja Morant turned again in the final minutes of the game Friday night (local time) and defeated the Timberwolves 114:106 in the final. In the third quarter, the hosts were 13 points ahead, and Memphis’ first lead in the second half was 101: 99 three minutes before the end. Timberwolves had already fallen apart in previous games.
The best player of the match was Timberwolves’ young Anthony Edwards with 30 points. Desmond Bean and Dillon Brooks scored 23 points each for the Grizzlies, while Morant scored 17. The Grizzlies were a favorite in the series as the second best team in the Western Conference and now have an advantage on their home ground against the Warriors as well. The first duel between them takes place on Sunday in Memphis.
The conference semi-finals are now complete. In the West, the Dallas Mavericks around nationalist Maxi Clipper meet the Phoenix Suns. Defending champion Milwaukee Bucks battle the Boston Celtics with Daniel Theiss and the Philadelphia 76ers against the Miami Heat. The 76ers will have to dispense with long-time star Joel Embiid, who suffered an orb fracture on Thursday and is likely to be out for weeks.
The semifinalists play the final series participants for the NBA Finals title in the conference. In each series, the team needs four wins to win.
Basketball: Embiid miss 76ers playoffs with broken facial bone
The Philadelphia 76ers will have to lay off the best basketball player in the playoffs until further notice. Joel Embiid suffers from a broken right eye and a concussion. According to US media, the 76ers made the announcement on Friday evening (local time). The 76ers have not provided information on the position duration of Cameroon. With a similar injury to his left eye socket, Embiid missed for three weeks and then played with a protective mask after the operation.
The 76ers meet the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The first game of the series will be on Monday evening (local time).
Embiid was injured in the closing stages of Thursday’s win over the Toronto Raptors when the 76ers were already 29 points ahead. While making a defensive, he put his opponent’s elbow in his face and immediately left the field. Embiid is one of the finalists for the Main Tour Player of the Year award.
Football: Raymann was the first Austrian to be inducted into the NFL
Bernhard Reimann was the first Austrian to be selected for the National Football League (NFL) draft. The 24-year-old offensive tackle was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round in 77th place.
Rayman has played at Central Michigan University in the USA since 2018. With his new team, who narrowly missed the playoffs last season, he meets veteran quarterback Matt Ryan.
The Las Vegas NFL Draft, which distributes the league’s greatest pre-season sports talent, runs several days. The day before Rayman’s election, defensive player Travon Walker (University of Georgia) was named top pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
For most teams, the focus in the first round of the draft was on defense. The first five selections were all defenders. The Pittsburgh Steelers earned their first quarterback, and they routed Kenny Pickett for 20th. He will follow Ben Roethlisberger, who ended his impressive career.
Ice hockey: Cedar said goodbye to the National Hockey League season with a goal and a win
National ice hockey player Moritz Ceder and the Detroit Red Wings win at the end of the regular season in the NHL. The 21-year-old contributed a goal to the 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. The red wings, sixth in the Atlantic League table, clearly missed the playoffs.
Leon Draisaitl and Edmonton Oilers play for the title. The Canadians won their last league game 3-2 after a penalty shootout against the Vancouver Canucks. Draisaitl, who rested against the Canucks, will face the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs.
Nico Storm and the Colorado Avalanche were defeated 4-1 by former Minnesota Wild for Team Storm at the end of the main round. Colorado had already won the Central Division before the game and is considered a candidate for the Stanley Cup. The team meets the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs starting Wednesday.
Ceder now moves to the German national team with Tim Stutzel (Ottawa Senators), who in turn did not qualify for the playoff, and goalkeeper Philipp Grobauer (Seattle Kraken). The three NHL professionals want to be successful with the DEB team at the World Cup in Finland (May 13-29).