Dusseldorf While most Europeans are asleep, North American professional leagues were buzzing. What happened that night in American football, basketball and ice hockey.
Football: German football talent Dabo wants to play in the NFL
Marcel Dabo has no worries before the draft of the National Football League (NFL) if none of the 32 teams select him in the talent selection. For him, it was not “a drop or a bad omen,” he told the German press agency. Finally, he still has the opportunity to recommend himself through the International Talent Support Program (IPP).
“If the draft does not work, there is still the International Pathway Players Program, as planned anyway, or the option to sign up as a free agent,” the 22-year-old listed options. NFL clubs can secure the rights to the best young players from Friday night. Dabo, who played for the Stuttgart Surge last season, is one of the candidates.
Reutlinger’s plan for the coming weeks is taking on more and more concrete features just before the trend-setting days. “It will then be decided relatively quickly which player from IPP comes to which team, or which team wants which player,” he said. “Then it will go to the US very soon, maybe at the end of next week or the week after.”
Ice hockey: The next bankruptcy for Grubauer
National team goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer has suffered his next bankruptcy with Seattle Kraken. The Kraken lost 5-3 to the Los Angeles Kings and remain at the bottom of the Pacific Division after their fourth consecutive loss.
Grubauer has had no chance of a play-off with newcomer to the league for weeks. The Kings are opponents of the Edmonton Oilers over national player Leon Draisaitl in the first round of the knockout stages. Former national team coach Marco Sturm is part of the Kings coaching staff.
After a three-year absence, Grubauer is back on a tour of the national team for the World Cup in Finland (May 13-29).
Basketball: Reigning champions Bucks and Warriors reach second play-off round
Reigning champions Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors have advanced to the second round of the play-offs in the North American professional basketball league, the NBA. The Bucks won 116-100 against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night (local time) and the Warriors 102-98 against the Denver Nuggets. Both teams have triumphed in their series with a score of 4: 1.
The best ball of the evening was Giannis Antetokounmpo, who led the Bucks to a clean sheet victory over Chicago with 33 points. Milwaukee already had a clear lead in the first quarter (34:18), Chicago could not reach after that. The Bulls missed Zach LaVine and Alex Caruso, while DeMar DeRozan had just 11 points.
In the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Bucks now meet the Boston Celtics around German center Daniel Theis. The Celtics had eliminated the Brooklyn Nets in four games.
The Warriors, who were far behind the Nuggets, had a much harder time than the Bucks in the fifth game of their series. With a strong last quarter (32:20), Golden State was able to turn the game around – also because Denver star Nikola Jokic had foul problems. Serbia still had 30 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists, Warriors’ top scorer was Stephen Curry, also with 30 points. Golden State is the first team in the Western Conference to advance to the second round.
Ice hockey: Dallas Stars secures final NFL playoff ticket
The Dallas Stars have secured the final playoff spot in the North American professional ice hockey league, NHL, despite a loss. The Stars lost to the Arizona Coyotes, the end of the Western Conference, 3: 4 (2: 0, 1: 0, 0: 3) after extra time on Wednesday night (local time), but one point was enough for the Stars to draw after the time of regular last ticket to the playoffs.