Zion Williamson isn’t headed to New York or Los Angeles. At least for now, that is. In fact, he could well end up in New Orleans after the Pelicans defied the odds and landed the #1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Coming into Tuesday night’s Lottery, the Pelicans had just a six percent chance of landing the pick. However, they overcame the likes of ‘bigger’ teams, in this regard, to get what surely will be Williamson. Just in this pick alone, the league will change for generations. Williamson could well alter the decision of Anthony Davis, who had declared he wanted to leave. Even if not, they will have a player to build their team around, while still getting a lot of value from a potential Davis trade. This is not the only team that is going to be changed, either, with the Memphis Grizzlies and Knicks, at picks two and three, should also get major stars to end up on their teams for years to come. The Lakers even landed at #4, so if they should entice the Pelicans into a deal for Davis, they will have that strong piece to add to the puzzle.
The Golden State Warriors got off to the ideal start to their Western Conference Finals series with the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, winning 116-94 to take a 1-0 lead. Without Kevin Durant yet again, the Oakland faithful helped lead their team to a dominant victory in what is expected to be a fairly routine, for this level of the playoffs at least, series for the two time defending champions. Steph Curry ended up finishing with 36 points, extending his extraordinary record without Durant on the floor with him. Klay Thompson added 26 of his own, with Damian Lillard only mustering 19 as all of the Blazers each failed to get over the 20 point threshold. The series will remain in Oakland for Game 2 on Thursday.
Baseball. That’s just about all that you can say about what took place on Tuesday night as Chris Sale struck out 17 hitters in just seven innings yet still failed to record a win after the Boston Red Sox blew a lead when he departed the game. Sale, who ended up throwing 108 pitches total, surpassed his previous record of 15 and was just three away from tying the all-time record held by five players, including former Sox pitcher Roger Clemens. He also became the first to have that many K’s in such a short stint. The end result of the game was a 5-4 win for the Rockies in Colorado on a chilly night after 11 innings.