Around the watercooler by john popovich | WCPO

It’s Thursday, May 10. Here’s what to know if somebody asks you about sports today.

Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics celebrates with Jayson Tatum #0 after hitting a three point shot to end the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 9, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

1. The Celtics are in the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA after beating Philly last night. That means Boston will meet Cleveland in the conference finals, which start 3:30 p.m. Sunday. You can watch them only on one place, Channel 9.

Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates with Jesse Winker #33 after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the New York Mets at Great American Ball Park on May 7, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

2. The Reds are no longer the team with the worst record in baseball! The Reds beat the Mets 2-1 on Wednesday in 10 innings when Adam Duvall hit a game-winning home run. It was a good day for Sal Romano, too, with six strong innings of work. That’s 10 wins for the Reds -- the White Sox and the Orioles have only nine.

Chris Tillman #30 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Angel Stadium on May 3, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

3. It’s hard to imagine that on May 10, we have three major league baseball teams with 10 wins or less. There is some very bad baseball being played.

Relief pitcher Adam Liberatore #36 of Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 after winning the MLB game against the San Diego Padres with no hits or runs at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey on May 4, 2018 in Monterrey, Mexico. The Dodgers defeated Padres 4-0. (Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images)

4. The Reds start a four-game series in Los Angeles tonight and this might be trouble: The Dodgers have won their last eight games against the Reds and 17 of the last 20.

Tyler Mahle #30 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the first inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on April 2, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

5. There are two hotshots on the mound tonight. Tyler Mahle is the hope of the Reds, while 2-0 Walker Buehler is a young Dodgers pitcher getting a lot of pub.

Hall of Famer Hank Aaron throws out the ceremonial last pitch at Turner Field to Bobby Cox after the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Detroit Tigers at Turner Field on October 2, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

6. Quick quiz: On this date in 1967, Hank Aaron hit a home run, one of 755 he hit during his career. What made this particular home run different than the rest?

Serena Williams of the USA celebrates victory after winning her finals match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during day seven of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 4, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

7. Can you blame her? Serena Williams has pulled out of next week’s Italian Open, saying she needs more time to “be ready to compete.” Keep in mind that Serena was gone for 14 months to give birth to her daughter. Now it’s a slow road back. The big question is whether she’ll be ready for the French Open in late May.

Fans mingle outside of Chase Field before the MLB opening day game between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

8. How crazy is this? The Arizona Diamondbacks can leave their home park of Chase Field to find a new home by 2022. The team is suing Maricopa County, demanding $187 million in upgrades to the park. The park is only 20 years old.

Pokey Reese #3 of Cincinnati Reds at bat during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati on April 20, 2000. The Reds defeated the Giants 11-1. (Photo by Harry How /Allsport)

9. The day ahead: It’s opening night for the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League. They play Joliet at 7:05 p.m., but before the game, former Reds players Pokey Reese, Dmitri Young and Reggie Sanders will take part in a Home Run Derby and Meet and Greet.

The answer to the quick quiz: Hank Aaron’s home run on this date in 1967 was an inside-the-park homer. It was the only one of his 755 home runs that didn’t go over the fence.

Join me tonight at 6 and 11 p.m. Follow me on Twitter at popo_wcposports, and send me questions or comments at jpopovich@wcpo.com.

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