Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder washed out of the playoffs Tuesday night in a 105-99 Game 5 loss, the last sigh of a frustrating 4-1 series loss to the Houston Rockets. The game followed a familiar script, with the Thunder rushing out to an early lead as Westbrook put a good and thorough thumping on the Rockets defense. But as the game wore on, Westbrook began to tire, the Houston defense began to tighten, and the OKC bench hemorrhaged an enormous number of points. As the Rockets pulled away, the Thunder had no means to make up that ground, because the Thunder cannot shoot.
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With 14 wins and 8 losses, the Colorado Rockies are off to one of their best-ever starts to a season. They lead the NL West, and they’ve more than doubled their playoff odds since the preseason. (Their odds are now 34 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s MLB predictions.) For a franchise that’s made only three postseason appearances in 25 seasons, an April like this is enough to make fans storm the field in excitement. But to keep this hot streak going, the Rockies will have to break the curse of Coors Field — and not the one you hear about all the time.
The American Health Care Act isn’t dead yet. An amendment offered by New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur pushed the bill to the right, and as a result the Freedom Caucus — which opposed the AHCA originally — has now endorsed the bill. The endorsement suggests that most of the 30 or so Freedom Caucus members will vote “yes” if the bill is brought to the floor.
But it’s not clear how much the Freedom Caucus reversal increases the AHCA’s prospects of being signed into law. Republicans still face a major problem among more moderate Republicans in the House. And the MacArthur amendment likely makes passage in the U.S. Senate even more remote.