The ESPN Daily: Tiger Tiger, burning bright

TIGER. IS. BACK.

The win even Tiger never saw coming: For the first time in more than a decade, Tiger Woods won a major. It was such a slump that even Tiger himself thought he might be finished, but he cruised to victory in grand fashion on Sunday. Mark Schlabach puts into perspective just how unreal Tiger’s victory turned out to be. Read More

THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

Books take bath on Tiger …. You know who didn’t think Tiger Woods would win? Las Vegas sportsbooks, which took a net five-figure loss on Woods’ victory. One bettor cleaned up after placing an $85,000 bet on Tiger. Here is how much he ended up taking home. Read More

This one’s a keeper … 18-year-old Jacob Samnik just signed with a Romanian soccer club, and he’s so tall that he wasn’t able to fit in the official announcement photo. Or maybe he was, and the team decided this was funnier. Read More

James Harden is unguardable … Or is he? For at least one game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Harden looked like a shadow of himself, in large part due to a strange decision the Bucks made on how to guard him. Could this work in the playoffs? We might be about to find out. Read More

THINGS TO WATCH

OVERHEARD

“I still think Steph Curry is one of the most underrated players in the NBA … He’s taken for granted.”
— Doc Rivers after Curry’s 38-point Game 1 performance. Read More

REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 1965, John Havlicek made one of the greatest plays in NBA history, stealing an inbounds pass at the end of regulation to secure the Celtics’ win over the 76ers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Or, as broadcaster Johnny Most put it, “Havlicek stole the ball!”

WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?

Mets at Phillies (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): We’ve got a marquee pitching matchup here, with Noah Syndergaard taking on Aaron Nola. Bryce Harper has cooled off a bit after his hot start, so he’ll be looking to reverse that trend during this homestand.

Nets at 76ers (8 p.m. ET, TNT): The pressure is on the 76ers after a weird Game 1 loss in which Amir Johnson and Joel Embiid were looking at a phone on the bench. One bright spot for Philadelphia: Jimmy Butler, who went off for 36 points and nine rebounds on Saturday.

Clippers at Warriors (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT): It’s not easy to beat the Warriors when Steph Curry has a night like he did in Game 1: 38 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. How do you stop him? That’s the question the Clippers will try to answer in Game 2.

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