Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE NBA FINALS GAME 2 RE-CAP –
WARRIORS CRUSH CAVS 122-103
AS CURRY’S 3’s LIGHT UP THE SKY …
CHECKIN’ OUT THE NL WEST
WHERE DODGERS, GIANTS VERY MUCH ALIVE
FOLLOWING WEEKEND SWEEPS
Two wins down, two wins to go for yet another NBA championship for the Golden State Warriors.
Hardly, as Golden State followed up the uber-controversial Game 1 of this year’s NBA Finals with a slick 122-103 never-in-doubt win/cover on Sunday night against the 11.5-point underdog Cleveland Cavaliers and so Game 2 was easy money for anyone that backed the “Dubs” … but who out there thought Golden State would drain 10 of its first 11 shots from the field with most of ‘em dunks/layups against an unbelievably lax Cavaliers defense?
Hey, if you read our NBA Finals Game 2 preview in that last edition of Jim Sez then you know we said Cleveland would have to withstand a little gut punch at the start of the game but we were thinking 3-balls from Stephen Curry (lots more about him shortly), Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson – instead JaVale McGee (12 points and no missed dunks – remember Game 1?) was the recipient of some neat paint passes and he scored easily and later it was Curry’s NBA Finals-record nine trifectas that helped to elongate the Warriors’ leads.
True, Cleveland showed some grit and narrowed the deficit to six points at one stage in the third quarter (see 72-66) but Cav fans feared an emotional letdown after that grueling Game 1 loss and Ty Lue’s club didn’t put up much of a fight on the defensive end.
Will they put up a fight back home in “BelieveLand”? We shall see.
GOLDEN STATE 122, CLEVELAND 103 – Warriors lead series 2-0; Game 3 is Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Okay, we watched Game 2 from beginning to end (of course) and so we don’t want to make this all about statistics but how about the fact Golden State piled up 28 assists (and only 12 turnovers) with Curry (33 points / 8 assists), Durant (26 points / 7 assists) and Draymond Green (7 assists) really making their presence felt as distributors while the Warriors shot an ultra-efficient 47-of-82 (that’s 57.3 percent) from the floor. No doubt about it, the Cavs didn’t put up much fight on the defensive end of the floor and – truth be told – Cleveland megastar LeBron James didn’t get much help on the offensive end: James finished with 29 points and 13 assists but he easily could have totaled 20 “dimes” here but teammates constantly missed makeable shots after The King found ‘em open either under the hoop or in the deep corner. James wasn’t always “engaged” here as was the case in Game 1 when he popped home 51 points on just 32 field-goal tries (he went 10-of-20 from the floor in Game 2) but how about some help as James’ mates shot a collective 7-of-23 from beyond the three-point arc … ugh!
On this night it was Curry’s oft-acrobatic threes that stole the show plus better efficiency from Durant (10-of-14 from the field) and solid showings from Klay Thompson (20 points on 8-13 shooting), Green and McGee – a TKO showing for sure!
Here’s the 2018 NBA Finals head-to-head matchups so far between the Cavaliers and the Warriors (all home teams in CAPS):
DATE WINNER SPREAD LOSER SCORE
5-31 GOLDEN ST - 13 Cleveland 124-114 (ot)
6-3 GOLDEN ST - 11.5 Cleveland 122-103
NBA PLAYOFF POINTSPREAD CHART
(thru games of June 3)
Here’s the pointspread breakdown this post-season for the Cavaliers and the Warriors:
TEAM WON LOSS TIE PCT
Golden St. 10 8 0 .556
Cleveland 9 11 0 .450
Note: NBA Playoff Betting Favorites are now 45-32-1 ATS (against the spread) for a .584 winning rate with two Pick ‘Em games while heading into Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
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THE BASEBALL REPORT
Are you starting to think that the National League West will bring the baseball world the most exciting race this year?
Check out the standings as we begin the new work week and you see four teams – Arizona, Colorado, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco – separated by a mere 2.5 games. Heck, three of those above-named squads – that’s the Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Giants – exited the weekend on three-game-or-better win streaks and anyone that dismissed the Dodgers and Giants (both 29-30 now) from the divisional chase weeks ago now realizes this thing’s a major free-for-all.
Maybe the best thing you can say about the Dodgers is that their bats got toasty warm in Colorado this past weekend as Dave Roberts’ crew scored 33 runs in the three-game sweep over the Rockies and it’s now time for MLB folks to know Max Muncy who blasted two home runs and drove in four runs in Sunday’s come-from-behind 10-7 win. Can LA keep it up with ace LHP Clayton Kershaw back on the sidelines?
Up the coast, the SF Giants are fresh off a three-game weekend sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies: The Jints outscored the Phils 12-to-1 in the three-game set – the only Philadelphia run scored on angry RHP Jake Arrieta’s home run – as OF Andrew McCutchen’s three-run blast in Sunday’s 6-1 was the big blow while Giants’ RHP Chris Stratton (a winner last Friday night) stayed below the radar despite a team-best seven wins to go along with 55 Ks in 64 innings.
Tell us right here and right now that the Dodgers and Giants – and maybe another team or two – will be battling it out for first place in the NL West comb mid-September and we say bring it on!
NOTE: Catch our NBA Finals Game 3 preview in the next edition of Jim Sez.