No Surprise: It’ll be Cavs-Warriors One Mo’ Time Plus MLB Notes
THE NBA FINALS ARE SET!!! NOW THERE’S A WEEK TO ANALYZE/DISSECT CAVS-WARRIORS / PART III FOLLOWING CLEVELAND’S BLOWOUT GAME 5 WIN IN BOSTON …
THE BASEBALL REPORT: CHECKING OUT THE TOP TWO WEEKEND SERIES
Folks, the NBA Playoffs have not been much on surprises this spring … we’re getting the Finals matchup that everyone predicted back in October (for goodness sakes!) but now you’re just gonna have to sit tight for a few days and wait out all the hype till we get to Thursday, June 1st.
In case you are wondering, we think it’ll be worth the wait but no need in lyin’ to you because so far these NBA Playoffs have been tough to watch with last night’s lopsided-from-the-very-start 135-102 win/cover by the 10-point favorite Cleveland Cavaliers over the host Boston Celtics just the latest bombshell blowout of this here-and-now post-season.
CLEVELAND 135, BOSTON 102 – Cavaliers win series 4-1
Hmm, a 75-point first half for the defending champion Cavs pretty much sunk the Celtics and the all-important TNT ratings last night – did you go to the hockey, a baseball game or maybe even a network program re-run? – as LeBron James poured in 35 points en route to becoming the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader but it was the 14 points off the pine by fossil-like G Deron Williams in the opening half that really stole the show.
Okay, so it wound up being extended “garbage time” after intermission and so no real need to spew out all the stats such as 24 points and 7 assists for Cleveland G Kyrie Irving or the fact that the Celtics shot a horrendous 11-of-30 from beyond the three-point stripe – what struck us was that Cleveland never trailed for a single moment in the three Eastern Conference Finals games played in Beantown (remember Celtics star Isaiah Thomas did play in the first game and a few minutes in the second game before suffering his season-ending hip injury) and that Boston’s “fight” was non-existent in this elimination game which has to wear heavy on the head of hot-shot head coach Brad Stevens.
See ‘ya next year, Celts.
Meanwhile, Cleveland learned in this just-completed series that it could “trust” Kevin Love more and more as a go-to scorer – he canned a couple of very early game triples last night that really helped to drive a stake into Boston’s hearts – and that the bench is a bit better/deeper than the experts claimed it was and so we’ll feed you a little nugget in advance of the NBA Finals and let you know that Williams, Iman Shumpert and sharpshooter Kyle Korver will be critically important in the next round … maybe Cleveland shouldn’t be such a heavy-duty dog there as the early odds say Golden State is -260 and Cleveland is + 220 and that’s all subject to change … after all, we’ve got almost a full week before Cleveland vs. Golden State Part III steps onto center stage.
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Here’s the final game-by-game look of how the Cavaliers battered the Celtics in five games in the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals:
(All home teams are in CAPS below):
DATE WINNER SPREAD LOSER SCORE
5-17 Cleveland - 4 BOSTON 117-104
5-19 Cleveland - 5 BOSTON 130-86
5-21 Boston + 16.5 CLEVELAND 111-108
5-23 CLEVELAND - 16 Boston 112-99
5-25 Cleveland - 10 BOSTON 135-102
THE BASEBALL REPORT – ALL EYES ON CUBS-DODGERS, O’S-‘STROS (BUT THERE’S LOTS OF GREAT WEEKEND SERIES ON TAP)
No question that this here-and-now 2017 Major-League Baseball season – so far – has been beset by chilly/wet conditions in the Midwest and Northeast but now the unofficial start of summer is here and here’s keeping fingers crossed that the weekend baseball card is without interruption.
After all, there’s a handful of really good Memorial Day Weekend matchups but let’s concentrate quickly on one from each league:
CHICAGO CUBS (25-21) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (28-20) – Fri, Sat & Sun
Let’s just say the Chicago Cubs’ post-World Series “hangover” has lasted a wee bit longer than anyone anticipated but the fact of the matter is Joe Maddon’s crew has won seven of its last 10 games as the defending champs are rounding into form.
The Cubs rank just seventh in the NL in scoring so far with 226 runs scored (or 4.91 runs per game) but you probably noticed that Chicago whacked three home runs in Thursday’s 5-1 home win against San Francisco – Ben Zobrist, Jason Hayward and Kris Bryant all “went yard” and let’s see if there’s some long ball in the Cubbies’ game this weekend with a reminder that they’re scheduled to get Dodgers’ ace LHP Clayton Kershaw (7 wins and an 0.82 WHIP) in Sunday’s series finale.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES (25-20) at HOUSTON ASTROS (32-16) – Fri, Sat & Sun
In case you were “late to the party” in terms of this ’17 season, then note the future-is-now Houston Astros lead all of big-league baseball with a sizzling .660 winning percentage – the ‘Stros rank in the top five in runs (237), home runs (68) and team ERA (3.46) and you could make the case that this is the top-to-bottom best team in all of baseball with a roster that could boast as many as six or seven All-Stars come July.
One star that Houston hopes to have this series is LHP Dallas Keuchel (neck) who right now is listed as “probable” for Saturday’s home start against a Baltimore lineup that has scored a grand total of 11 runs during this current four-game losing streak. Maybe masher Chris Davis will get back on track after homering in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Minnesota as the lefty slugger was mired in a 1-for-20 slump prior to the mid-week dinger.
NOTE: More NBA Playoffs News & Notes plus Baseball in the next Jim Sez.
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