"Win or go home" was very real Monday night. So was, "You're outta here." In both cases, teams and players saw their respective ends come sooner than hoped.
The Indiana Pacers' much-admired Eastern Conference finals clash with the favored Heat ended in a not-so-climactic Game 7, a 99-76 stink bomb that saw Roy Hibbert reduced to panicking in double teams and Paul George shackled by LeBron James, the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, the men's and women's College World Series saw more teams eliminated, with plenty of emotion — both joyful and tearful — visible and caught on camera after the various outcomes.
A more infamous elimination occurred in one of the college baseball games, when a blooper-worthy collision between Oregon outfielders and a second baseman led to a botched fly ball.Comment on this story
While that incident likely only hurt the college players' pride, Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera suffered physical pain after straining his right quadriceps. For Clevelanders who put stock in bad omens — and a lot of them do — it wasn't the best sign or sight in the first of a nine-game road swing.
Finally, Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals saw elimination come in the third inning of his team's game, courtesy of an umpire's decision after Molina ... well, he basically lost it.
Just check the photo.
Matt Petersen is the Sports Web Editor for DeseretNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheMattPetersen.