Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE NBA FINALS REPORT –
WARRIORS DELIVER KO BLOW
WITH RESOUNDING GAME 4 SWEEPEROO WIN …
WEEKEND EDITION OF BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES
Folks, this here hoops dynasty is far from over and done with!
The Golden State Warriors – who put a bold-faced exclamation point on this year’s NBA Finals (and this 2017-18 season) with Friday night’s easy-as-pie 108-85 win/cover against the 4.5-point home underdog Cleveland Cavaliers – may just be in the middle of one of the great championship runs in league history. The Dubs have won back-to-back and three of the last four NBA crowns and – get this – right now they’re “even money” to cop next year’s title and we won’t even project what the Las Vegas price tag will be in the event LeBron James signs on the dotted line with G-State.
Say what! Okay, so that’s a discussion for another day but there’s actually some chatter regarding The King going West and playing the next couple of years with the star-studded Warriors and, if that happens, it’s time for NBA Commish Adam Silver to shut down the whole dang party!
Now hear this …
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NBA FINALS SWEEPS –
Here’s the only nine NBA Finals sweeps in league history dating back to the inaugural 1946-47 season:
YEAR WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM
1959 Boston Celtics Minneapolis Lakers
1971 Milwaukee Bucks Baltimore Bullets
1975 Golden State Warriors Washington Bullets
1983 Philadelphia 76ers Los Angeles Lakers
1989 Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
1995 Houston Rockets Orlando Magic
2002 Los Angeles Lakers New Jersey Nets
2007 San Antonio Spurs Cleveland Cavaliers
2018 Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers
GOLDEN STATE 108, CLEVELAND 85 – Warriors win series 4-0
The final blow in this best-of-seven series that never reached a Game 5 was major party time for the Warriors:
Golden State surged to a 61-52 halftime advantage and then made mince meat of the wave-the-white-flag Cavaliers after intermission and about the only real discussion to be had was whether Kevin Durant (20 points / 12 rebounds / 10 assists in Game 4) or Stephen Curry (37 points / 6 rebs / 4 assists in Game 4) was gonna land the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award. Durant nabbed the trophy for a second straight season and everyone afterwards was chomping on popcorn and sipping bubble while getting interviewed one-by-one by ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt … and what a different scene when it came to James who showed up at the post-game presser with a bandaged right (shooting) hand that was declared injured followed a punch-a-backboard bit following that uber-tough Game 1 overtime loss in Oakland last week.
James took his moment or two to rant at his fellow less-than-cerebral teammates during one time out but truth is the whole Cav club quit by the time this Game 4 reached the fourth quarter – and what sad-sack endings for the likes of J.R. Smith (10 points in Game 4) and George Hill (3 points in 25 minutes in Game 4) and don’t expect either one of those dudes back in Cavaliers’ uniforms next year!
Curry’s seven triples (in 15 downtown tries) and Durant’s game-best + 30 performance headlined this KO blow for the Warriors who’ve now won eight of their last nine NBA Finals games and odds are this team’s only gonna add to the current talent pool in time for next season – someone better tell James he’s really not needed!
Here’s the 2018 NBA Finals head-to-head matchups so far between the Warriors and the Cavaliers (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
6-6 Golden St - 3.5 CLEVELAND 110-102
6-8 Golden St - 4.5 CLEVELAND 108-85
NBA PLAYOFF POINTSPREAD CHART
Here’s the final pointspread breakdown this post-season for the Warriors and the Cavaliers:
TEAM WON LOSS TIE PCT
Golden St. 12 9 0 .571
Cleveland 9 13 0 .409
Hoops Note: NBA Playoff Betting Favorites finished the post-season with a collective 46-33-1 ATS (against the spread) record for a rock-solid .582 winning rate with two Pick ‘Em games.
THE BASEBALL REPORT
Maybe you could call it the proverbial case of good news/ bad news for the Los Angeles Angels (36-28):
On one hand, the Halos won their MLB-best fifth straight game on Friday night with a 4-2 triumph at Minnesota on Friday night as 2B Ian Kinsler and OF Justin Upton cranked out late-game home runs and this underrated bullpen threw 3.2 innings of one-hit ball with righthander Blake Parker notching his sixth save of the year.
The bad news? Oh, you heard about the elbow injury to rookie sensation RHP Shohei Ohtani earlier in the day on Friday. The Japanese pitcher/hitter is on the Disable List and there’s real concern that he could be gone for weeks and that’s bad for the Angels and bad for baseball.
Meanwhile, the march is on for LAA which enters Saturday’s action a mere 4.5 games back of American League West front-running Seattle (40-23) and just 3.5 games behind defending World Series champ Houston (40-25) but how about a taste of these stats for the Angels:
They are now 19-10 away this ’18 season and Mike Scioscia’s squad is 15-7 against fellow divisional pals … might we all have been overlooking this “other” LA team all along? Let’s see how they survive the Ohtani injury – and let’s see if this rather no-name bullpen can build off Friday’s superb showing.
NOTE: Catch all the Major-League Baseball news/notes in the next edition of Jim Sez and don’t forget we’ll start digging into all the key NFL news items beginning next week … so don’t dare miss out!