Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 1:59 PM
NOW, WHAT CAN MVP CURRY DO FOR AN ENCORE?
WE HEADLINE THE NBA PLAYOFFS WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT GOLDEN STATE'S GOLDEN GUY AND THE POTENTIAL CLOSE-OUT GAME VS. PORTLAND
PLUS BASEBALL NEWS/NOTES TRACKS DOWN STRASBURG AND SALE STATS
Golden State Warriors megastar G Stephen Curry believes that he is up for an encore.
Well, another encore, actually.
Just one day after the Warriors' 30.1 ppg scorer nabbed his second straight NBA Most Valuable Player trophy - by bagging each/every of the 131 first-place votes - Curry and Company look to KO yet another post-season opponent as G-State heads into tonight's home game with a now-commanding three-games-to-one series lead in this Western Conference semifinal round series.
So, can we all expect an encore to that utterly fantastic 17-point overtime - and 40-point game - in Monday's 132-125 win/cover at the 6-point underdog Trail Blazers?
Curry not only left the TNT Inside the NBA crew absolutely speechless (not that Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal make a whole lot of sense on other occasions) but the overtime performance was straight out of the "you had to see it to believe it" department as Curry fired up 30-footers that swished through the hoop and even had one occasion where his offensive rebound and put-back basket in traffic was better than any "Neat-o Stat of the Night"!
In Game 4, the Warriors dug themselves a 16-2 game-opening hole before Curry tossed off his warm-up jersey and entered the game but it took him two-plus quarters before he got the engine purring and when the dust settled on the unabashed best game these playoffs there was Curry with the following stat line: 16 FGs in 32 attempts, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in 37 minutes.
And guess what?
The Warriors are now an electric 7-2 ATS (against the spread) in this year's post-season and you don't need us to tell you that two of the three pointspread wins this series against Portland were "lucky" but maybe the lesson learned is you don't go against a hungry group of defending champs - and you really keep your distance when that group has a two-time MVP on its side.
Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference Playoffs this evening, it's another go-round for the Miami Heat at the Toronto Raptors with these clubs having combined for OT in three of the first four games ... Here's how this playoff series has gone so far between the Heat and the Raptors (and note all home teams are in CAPS):
|5-3||Miami||+ 4||TORONTO||102-96 (ot)|
|5-9||MIAMI||- 4.5||Toronto||94-87 (ot)|
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The Major-League Baseball world is buzzing about the newly-signed 7-year, $175 million contract extension for Washington Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (5-0, 2.76 ERA and 1.04 WHIP this year) and everyone in the nation's capital is all whipped up regarding the one-two punch of Strasburg and fellow ace RHP Max Scherzer (3-2, 4.60 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP for now) but get a load of what our Jim Sez research turned up:
While heading into last night's Detroit Tigers at Washington Nats game, Dusty Baker's sat there with a 20-12 overall record while going 7-0 in Strasburg's starts (and only 3-4 in Scherzer's seven starts) or, better yet, the Nationals are 7-0 in Strasburg's starts and 13-12 in the games he has not started ... hey, maybe he should be getting some of Scherzer's loot too! ...
Okay, so what were the odds that 20 percent through this 2016 MLB season that the Chicago White Sox (23-10) would be sporting the best won/loss mark in the American League?
Crazy to think that we may indeed be looking at a Fall Classic this year that'll pit the White Sox versus the Chicago Cubs - won't that send the Windy City into a wonderful frenzy? - but just consider that so far the Chisox are an AL-best plus 38 in the runs differential category (139 runs scored and 101 runs allowed) and that and Robin Ventura's squad leads the AL in team ERA (2.79) and that's simply unheard of that an AL pitching staff would have a sub-3.00 ERA at any part of the season.
Everyone knows what kind of start White Sox LHP Chris Sale has had en route to his 7-0, 1.79 ERA (and miniscule 0.77 WHIP) but how about a wagering breakdown of his starts so far (home teams in CAPS):
THE SALE STARTS
|4-4||White Sox||(- 140)||OAKLAND||4-3|
|4-9||WHITE SOX||(- 165)||Cleveland||7-3|
|4-15||White Sox||(- 110)||TAMPA BAY||1-0|
|4-20||WHITE SOX||(- 150)||LA Angels||2-1|
|4-26||White Sox||(- 120)||TORONTO||10-1|
|5-1||White Sox||(- 112)||BALTIMORE||7-1|
|5-7||WHITE SOX||(- 210)||Minnesota||7-2|
Seven starts, seven wins for Mr. Sale and somewhat surprisingly the Las Vegas prices have not been killers (over a buck-fifty just twice) but you better believe you're gonna be seeing more and more -200 (and up) prices in the coming weeks with Sale's next expected start to come Friday night at Yankee Stadium ... let's see the "Bronx Bombers" belt five home runs against him as they did in Monday night's home win against Kansas City. Fat chance, indeed!
NOTE: More NBA Playoff coverage in the next Jim Sez plus get our MLB and NFL Notes too.