Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 12:59 PM
NBA FINALS - WARRIORS DRAW FIRST BLOOD WITH 104-89 WIN IN GAME 1
THE BASEBALL REPORT: M'S-RANGERS IS WEEKEND'S BEST SET (BUT NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT IT!)
Low blow? Okay, so here's your Game 1 payback, Cleveland!
THE NBA FINALS : GOLDEN STATE 104, CLEVELAND 89 - Warriors lead series 1-0
Go ahead and analyze Golden State's stirring, bench-flavored 104-89 win/cover against 6-point road underdog Cleveland last night all you want ... the game really took a major turn when bad-boy Cavaliers' G Matthew Dellavedova landed a shot to the groin of Warriors' do-it-all man Andre Iguodala with 34 seconds left in the third quarter with G-State then sporting a slim 71-68 lead.
Next thing you know the Warriors went on a major scoring surge - without any real help from either Steph Curry or Klay Thompson (a combined 20 points on some 27 FG attempts overall) - and there were the reigning champs sending a not-so-subtle message in this Finals opener.
Sure, the bench brigade for the Warriors was mucho special with G Shaun Livingston (20 points in 27 minutes) the star-of-stars on this night but the bottom line is Steve Kerr's club found a real offensive rhythm without its two heavy hitters making much hay and that underrated Golden State defense stripped LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and mates clean in lots of in-the-paint plays.
Hey, we told you in yesterday's Jim Sez that Livingston would have to be a factor (he was) while Cleveland bench star Channing Frye did nothing (see just two made free throws in seven minutes) and, so even with Curry/Thompson in offensive funks, the Warriors still handed out a Game 1 beat-down with seven different players going for double digits and with Draymond
Green filling up the stat sheet one mo' time (see 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists) while getting in one more kick of his own!
Biggest complaint about the Cavs here in Game 1?
Ball movement was awful save for a few-minute stint late in the third quarter - the ball was "sticking" too much to James (23 points on 9-of-21 FGs) and Irving (26 points on 7-of-22 FGs) - and where was the "push-the-tempo" attack that first-year head coach Tyronn Lue swore we'd see in Game 1? Ugh.
Cleveland guarded Curry and Thompson with a real ferocity but left everyone else open - and the defensive communication was a problem as too many Warriors were left alone for lay-ups, dunks and easy hoops.
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|
Let's get you the up-to-date NBA Playoffs Pointspread Breakdown chart with just the two teams in this year's NBA Finals:
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THE BASEBALL REPORT
If you need to know such stuff, there are actually five Major-League Baseball series this weekend that pit teams with winning records against one another but don't be swayed by the hype of New York Mets at Miami, San Francisco at St. Louis, Kansas City at Cleveland or Toronto at Boston - all fun series, to be sure - but the numero uno showdown series this weekend is in the American League West:
Seattle Mariners (31-22) at Texas Rangers (31-22) ... The class of the AL West split their first six meetings back in April with the Mariners winning two-of-three in Arlington and the Rangers countering one week later with two-of-three wins in Seattle and now they collide deep in the heart o'Texas with new storylines like tonight being the second start of the year for Rangers' RHP Yu Darvish (a 5-2 winner against Pittsburgh last Saturday when he struck out seven batters. Walked one in five stellar innings) and let's not forget the year so far for Mariners 2B Robinson Cano who last night scored three runs and had two hits in Seattle's wacky 16-13 win in San Diego. P.S., Cano has 16 HR, 48 RBI and has folks whispering MVP these days.
Okay, so this isn't make-or-break but the M's are trying to show 2016 is a whole lot different than 2015 - best series of the weekend, so pay attention!
Know any "streak bettors" out there?
Well, okay, so everyone who's been a handicapper/player through the years knows somebody that likes to run with the hot or cold sides - generally the "streak bettor" starting wagering on a team when it had already won three in a row or, conversely, went against a team once it had lost three games in a row.
As we enter this first weekend in June, there's a few teams that will be garnering the attention of the "streak bettor" and we plucked out a team each from the AL and NL for our purposes ...
TORONTO (29-26) - The Blue Jays, fresh off a three-game home sweep of the punch-less New York Yankees, invade Boston this weekend and right away John Gibbons' crew gets a revenge crack at former mate LHP David Price (Red Sox won 5-3 in 11 innings in Price's start last Sunday at Rogers Centre). Now what were the odds at season's start that Toronto's pitching staff would have the best ERA in the American League East (3.58) two months into the season?
WASHINGTON (33-21) - The Nationals "broomed" three straight from the host Philadelphia Phillies this week and thus enter a weekend set at woeful Cincinnati riding a four-game winning streak. Granted, the Nats are gonna be favorites - and maybe even considerable favorites - for a couple of these games in the Queen City but consider the Nationals are 18-10 away this year and third in the NL in home runs (71) and you get the feeling this four-game win streak could expand nicely over the weekend. Willing to lay it with LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Steven Strasburg and underrated righty Tanner Roark on the hill this weekend?
NOTE: Our NBA Finals Game 2 Preview comes your way in tomorrow's edition of Jim Sez plus catch more MLB News & Notes too!