After Steven Adams copped a physical hammering in game three, the only blow yesterday was delivered to Golden State's title hopes.
Academy Award-nominated actor Bill Murray introduced Fifa World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew - then a couple of guys from Otago took the stage.
The New Zealand Breakers today added the latest chapter to a glittering legacy in the building where it all began.
Two Black Caps continued on the comeback trail in Dunedin last night, with both Daniel Vettori and Jesse Ryder aiming to find some form before the West Indies visit this summer.
Ernie Merrick remained frustrated in his search for a maiden victory with the Phoenix but today's draw would have left the man he replaced more than satisfied.
The Phoenix will need total commitment to the cause to earn their first victory of the season when they play Perth today.
The way Alex Pledger began the win over Wollongong last weekend was enough to make anyone think he was fighting for his place.
The Breakers might be the best 1-4 team in the history of the Australian NBL.
Mired in the middle of an early-season slump, something has to change for the Breakers.
After an unprecedented amateur career, Lydia Ko marked her move to the professional ranks in appropriately unique fashion.
New Zealand's bowlers struggled to break though the Bangladesh batsmen on a dour third morning of the first test, with a punchless attack drawing little from a lifeless wicket.
For the first time since Paul Henare cut down the nets to celebrate their maiden title, there are serious questions surrounding the Breakers' championship credentials.
Canterbury hand-picked Otago to come to Christchurch for a cross-over fixture but the hosts nearly regretted their pre-season selection after struggling to remain unbeaten in the ITM Cup.
Both New Zealand basketball teams were soundly swept by Australia today, but only for the Tall Ferns did the defeat come with severe consequences.
They may be neighbours but geographical proximity was the only thing Auckland had in common with North Harbour after easing to a 27-20 victory at Eden Park today.
If the Tall Blacks seem to be facing a tough task against an almost full-strength Australian Boomers, spare a thought for women's coach Kennedy Kereama.
When a BMX race can be decided by the opening corner, flying down the ramp near the front of the field is imperative.
If Francesca Kirwan is unable to follow in her father's footsteps and wear the silver fern, she will certainly settle for representing Italy at the Olympics.
The Black Ferns produced a moment of magic in the 81st minute to snatch victory from England at Waikato Stadium tonight, clinching the three-match series with a game to play.
Their minds may have wandered to a possible showdown with Auckland City but Waitakere United captain Jake Butler has warned his side about an Amicale comeback in the Oceania Champions League.