Jim Sez NBA Finals Game 5 Preview - Baseball Update
IT'S GAME 5 OF THE NBA FINALS - WILL WARRIORS WEAR THE CROWN AGAIN TONIGHT OR CAN CAVS CASH IN ON THE GREEN SUSPENSION?
THE BASEBALL UPDATE: IT'S GETTING "LATE" REAL EARLY FOR METS, ASTROS
Do you happen to agree with TNT voice Reggie Miller?
The former Indiana Pacers' great claims if this here-and-now NBA Finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors was knotted up at two games apiece, there's no way the league would have suspended G-State F Draymond Green for tonight's Game 5 tilt?
Guess ole Reg believes that the NBA might want to give LeBron James and the Cavs more than a "puncher's chance" to win this Game 5 tilt and thus bring things back to Ohio with the Warriors up three games-to-two. So, Green sits this one out this evening after picking up enough "cumulative points" relative to the NBA's flagrant-1 and flagrant-2 foul system (need to be a modern-day Einstein to hash it all out!).
Still, the Las Vegas numbers-crunchers say Golden State's still a 5.5-point betting favorite here - down from an opening-line price of 8 points (that happened to move quickly down to 7 points hours after Game 4) - but now "Dub Nation" tries to win a second straight title without its do-everything man.
Check out our quickie preview below this key reminder:
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will continue to rake in major profits in this year's NBA Finals in tonight's Game 5 from Oakland - hope you've been with us right from the very start of these pro hoop playoffs, folks, because we've absolutely cashed in big-time! Go online right here at www.jimhurley.com or call our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 each/every day of these NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers and remember to cash in too with all the Major-League Baseball winners as Jim stays red-hot heading into summer!
NBA FINALS - Game 5
CLEVELAND at GOLDEN STATE - Warriors lead series 3-1; 9 p.m. ET, ABC
It's funny how a lineup change could have a positive bearing on the team that's being forced to make the change:
We all saw how the Cavaliers reacted following the concussion injury to F Kevin Love in Game 2 as first-year Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue inserted veteran Richard Jefferson into the fray and he had a magical touch in that rollicking 120-90 home win/cover as 2-point home favorites.
Now, we'll see how Golden State's second-year boss-man Steve Kerr reacts to the one-game suspension of Green though one would suspect ace reserve Andre Iguodala will pop into the starting lineup and the Warriors will "go small" for much of this game but don't be surprised if G-State merely mixes-and-matches with six main players in the rotation including reserve G Shaun Livingston (note that duo combined for 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in the 108-97 bounce-back win in Game 4 last Friday night).
Okay, two final pieces of strategy here: Cleveland must bump-and-grind the Golden State duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (they teamed for 63 points in Game 4) right from the start and that means getting physical all 'round the perimeter;
And the Cavs must have an X-factor player to drop in 15-to-20 points - even if James scores 35-or-so points here (and we don't put it past 'em) and wouldn't it be appropriate if the aforementioned Love off the bench played a starring role under for the up-against-the-wall Eastern Conference champs?
Now, here's the Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals series in game chart form (all home teams are in CAPS below):
|6-2||GOLDEN ST.||- 6||Cleveland||104-89|
|6-5||GOLDEN ST||- 6||Cleveland||110-77|
|6-8||CLEVELAND||- 2||Golden St||120-90|
|6-10||Golden St||+ 2.5||CLEVELAND||108-97|
Now, let's get you the up-to-date NBA Playoffs Pointspread Breakdown chart with just the two teams in this year's NBA Finals:
THE BASEBALL REPORT
Okay, so this past Sunday just so happened to be Old Timer's Day at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx - the first since last year's passing of the great Yogi Berra.
So, in keeping with one of the great "Yogisms", let's just say regarding the New York Mets and the Houston Astros that "it's getting late early out there" for those two teams.
The Mets were in the World Series last fall; the Astros were very much the vogue pick to get to this year's World Series but instead each is stumbling around and maybe the best either/both can hope for come October is that one-game wild card showdown.
Note that the Mets -- 34-28 but 4.5 games behind the National League East-leading Washington Nationals - have displayed zero consistency in recent weeks (the Mets are 6-9 since May 28th) and have been haunted by a major lack of pop with this injury-riddle lineup. Did you know that the Mets rank a lowly 13th in the NL in runs scored with 226 runs and they've been at or near the bottom when it comes to production when it comes to RISP (runners in scoring position).
This past weekend the Mets scored a grand of 14 runs while splitting a four-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park and now comes word that LF Michael Conforto has a wrist injury to add to the likes of 1B Lucas Duda (back, 3B David Wright (neck/back) and C Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder) - all of whom already have been sidelined for some time.
Toss into the mix that manager Terry Collins was treated for "lightheadedness" prior to Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Brewers and it's getting messy fast for NYM.
Meanwhile, the Astros (30-35) have staggered right from the very start of this current campaign and make no mistake about it ... Houston's cost its backers plenty of loot as the likes of LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-9) is a long way from last year's Cy Young season and overall this staff has the 10th-best ERA in the American League (4.16) and so no wonder the 'Stros are 10 games back of the AL West-leading Texas Rangers as we begin play today.
Heck, Keuchel was laying - 135 on the road in Sunday's 5-0 loss in Tampa Bay when 2B Jose Altuve accounted for Houston's only two hits and RHP Collin McHugh was laying a buck-thirty last week in a 5-3 loss at the Rangers.
Wanna keep banging your head against the wall by laying prices with these two? Think again.
NOTE: Remember we'll recap Game 5 of the NBA Finals in the next edition of Jim Sez plus there's NBA Draft news these next two weeks and more Baseball News/Notes too comin' soon!
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