Shifting to the highest-profile series of the first round, last Thursday’s Suns-Lakers Game 6 averaged 4.5 million viewers on TNT — the network’s largest opening round audience since 2018 (Cavaliers-Pacers Game 4: 6.07M). The Suns’ Game 5 rout last Tuesday averaged 3.5 million, up 44% from last year in the “bubble” (Mavericks-Clippers: 2.43M) and up 12% from Thunder-Blazers in 2019, a game that ended on a series-clinching three-pointer by Damian Lillard (3.11M).
May 17, 2022 | 9:07 pm EDT Update
James Edwards III: Weaver: “I don’t see it as a Big 3. I think there are tremendous players down the board. … We’re going to pick the best player for us. Length, size, speed … it doesn’t matter, we’re going to pick the best player for the Pistons.”
James Edwards III: Troy Weaver: “Absolutely we’re going to pick the guy who we think fits best for our organization moving forward. He’ll have the same attributes the other guys have. We’ll of course factor in Cade and the other guy, but (the guys) in this range have same attributes as (our guys).”
What happened to Kevin Pangos, who signed the contract, but never appeared in the team’s location? CSKA Moscow president Andrey Vatunin: By an amazing coincidence, we signed all the documents with Kevin on February 23rd. (ed. note: On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine). He thought for a long time about whether to join the team or not, but in the end, he chose to stay in Canada. Both sides continue to discuss the future. Here, again, an important role will be played by the possibility of our team playing in the Euroleague.