NBA Twitter got ‘Slim Reaper’ trending as Kevin Durant took over Game 5

‘Slim Reaper’ was trending on Twitter as Kevin Durant’s legendary playoff performance delivered the Brooklyn Nets a victory in Game 5.

The Milwaukee Bucks were well on their way to heading home with a 3-2 series lead until Kevin Durant completely took over Game 5 with a playoff masterpiece.

Durant notched a triple-double while playing every minute for the Brooklyn Nets. The two-time NBA Finals MVP finished with 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists as the Nets overcame a 17-point third-quarter deficit.

Here’s what NBA Twitter had to say about an epic night for the Slim Reaper.

Durant’s Game 5 triple-double is a playoff masterpiece

Having missed all of last year with an Achilles injury, Durant left everything on the court Tuesday night to seal a crucial win for Brooklyn. With Kyrie Irving out and James Harden returning from an injury, he scored 20 of Brooklyn’s 33 points in a tense fourth-quarter comeback. There was just a single lead change in the game, but it came when it mattered most.

With the win, Game 5 became an instant classic for KD and the Nets. It may even be the greatest individual playoff performance of all time.

Anyone who thinks Durant can’t carry a team to an NBA Championship is biting their tongue after one hell of a show. If Milwaukee can’t pull off a win in Game 6, this game will forever haunt Bucks fans as the one the Slim Reaper took away.

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The Dolphins should either pay more or trade him

If the Miami Dolphins can’t pay Xavien Howard what he’s worth, they should move him now and get a haul of assets in return.

Not many guys would ask for a raise after one year of a five-year extension. Then again, not many players are Xavien Howard.

The star Miami Dolphins cornerback is holding out of mandatory minicamp this week in a clear attempt to see a change to his contract. Howard, 27, led the NFL with 10 interceptions and 20 passes defensed last season, garnering murmurs of Defensive Player of the Year talk.

A former second-round pick in 2016, Howard has starred for Miami over the past five seasons. Prior to the 2019 campaign, the former Baylor star signed a five-year, $75 million extension with $46 million guaranteed. At the time, it was a market-setting deal at his position.

However, things have changed since. The Dolphins paid fellow corner Byron Jones $82 million ($54.3M guaranteed) over five years in 2020 free agency, making Howard second-best on his own team. While general manager Chris Grier has done a terrific job in Miami, paying an in-house star less at the same position was bound to cause friction.

What are the Miami Dolphins going to do with Xavien Howard and his contract?

For Miami, it has a few choices. The Dolphins can re-negotiate the deal, which likely includes packing more guaranteed money into the next few seasons while tacking on a few years at the end, essentially acting as team options.

Miami could also stand pat, with Grier waiting Howard out. Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Jones would be fined daily for missing training camp practices and the team isn’t allowed to waive the fine as has been the case in previous years.

Finally, the Dolphins could trade him. Miami has Jones on one side and second-year man Noah Igbinoghene, a former first-round pick, to man the other boundary. However, the Dolphins are already flush with draft capital and losing Howard, the team’s best player, would be a huge blow to their climb within the AFC East.

The best move is likely a restructure with a team-friendly extension on the back end. This way, Howard gets paid what he’s worth and the Dolphins maintain flexibility long term.

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Vlad Guerrero Jr makes Matt Barnes pay with HR that leaves Fenway (Video)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got revenge on Matt Barnes by sending a home run ball out of Fenway Park.

Matt Barnes tried to throw a fast one past Vlad Guerrero Jr., but the Toronto Blue Jays slugger sent the next pitch out of the ballpark.

The Blue Jays were trailing the Boston Red Sox 1-0 with two outs in the top of the ninth when Guerrero Jr. hit a long bomb into the streets beyond the centerfield wall.

Monday’s blast was Guerrero Jr.’s MLB-leading 22nd home run of the season.

Guerrero Jr. sends home run ball out of Fenway

Let this be a lesson to anyone who tries to throw some quick cheese at Vlad Guerrero Jr. The Blue Jays star sits atop the MLB home run leaderboard for a reason. The exit velocity on that homer was 114.7 mph. With a projected distance of 451 feet, that ball would soar over the outfield wall in all 30 MLB stadiums, not just the one at Fenway Park.

Guerrero Jr. also boasts the second-best batting average in the majors. At .346 through his first 228 at-bats, he trails only Nick Castellanos of the Cincinnati Reds (.360).

Unfortunately for Guerrero Jr., the Red Sox got the last laugh tonight when Rafael Devers singled to score Alex Verdugo for the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The victory extends the Red Sox lead over the Blue Jays to 5.5 games for second place in the AL East.

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