Don't stand up in front of Kevin Harlan — unless you want to get called out on national TV. That's exactly what happened to an overzealous fan during Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night between the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs. While fulfilling his broadcast duties with partner Reggie Miller, the longtime TNT play-by-play man found his view of the action at AT&T Center obscured by a spectator in the first quarter following a backcourt call against Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
Following the easy call by referee Ken Mauer, Harlan had some fun at the bothersome patron's expense:
Harlan: "Sit down, sir. I cannot see. Thank you. Yeah. Sit down."
Miller: "Way to call him out there, Kev."
Harlan: "I can't see!"
We've all been there, Mr. Harlan. We've all been there. Once the fan took a seat, Harlan saw the Spurs beat the Blazers 104-82 and advance to their ninth conference finals in the last 16 seasons — the most by any franchise in that span.
Original Six … again
Moving to the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference Final for just the second time since the franchise won it all in 1993. The Habs will face another Original Six opponent in the New York Rangers.
Doing it all
Finally in baseball, Masahiro Tanaka continued his storybook rookie season for the New York Yankees. The Japanese import earned his first career shutout in Major League Baseball after blanking the Mets 4-0. He also picked up his first big league hit in the victory.