Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NBA FINALS GAME 2 –
CAN THE WARRIORS BEAT A
RAPTORS TEAM THAT’S COVERING
73 PERCENT OF THE TIME
AT HOME THIS POST-SEASON? …
BASEBALL’S WEEKEND NOTEBOOK
Okay, Golden State Warriors’ fans / backers, what was the most distressing part of Thursday’s 118-109 loss in Game 1 of this year’s NBA Finals in Toronto?
Was it the shabby transition defense that truly irked Dubs’ head coach Steve Kerr?
Was it the 16 turnovers?
Or maybe it was the fourth-quarter hamstring re-injury suffered by “glue guy” Andre Iguodala?
Or, perhaps, all of the above.
It’s 99.9 percent certain that Kevin Durant won’t be part of this Warriors’ lineup here in Sunday night’s Game 2 – right now the best guess-estimates are that Durant might be back in action come Game 4 but count us among the folks that have our doubts as to whether or not he’ll see the floor again here in these 2019 playoffs – and so maybe it should come as no surprise that Toronto’s a 2-point betting fav for this Game 2 clash.
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THE NBA FINALS – Game 2
On Sunday, it’s …
GOLDEN STATE at TORONTO 118 -- Raptors lead series 1-0
Here’s the real lowdown …
The Toronto Raptors are an electric 8-3 ATS (against the spread) at home in this year’s post-season and that includes four consecutive spread wins inside the Air Canada Centre and five pointspread “W’s” in their last six home dates … Nick Nurse’s squad is playing with mucho confidence plus the team is sharing the ball as evidenced by 25 assists in Game 1 and it really became lost that veteran PG Kyle Lowry posted a 9-assist game in the NBA Finals opener while committing only three turnover.
Still, we can’t “bury the lead” here and that’s Toronto F Pascal Siakam scored a team-high 32 points on just 17 FG attempts and he made things easier for a Raptors team that didn’t exactly get an inspired performance from Kawhi Leonard (finished with 23 points / 8 rebounds /5 assists) for the first 15-to-20 minutes in Game 1. Now, should we all expect Siakam to take a step back and maybe Leonard a step forward and can we expect Lowry to be an ace feeder once again?
On the flip side, the Warriors “talked the talk” following the Game 1 loss – note Golden State had won 12 consecutive Game 1’s in its recent rich playoff history before getting whipsawed North of the Border – as the likes of Klay Thompson (21 points but just three triples) and Draymond Green (a “weak” triple-double with 10 points / 10 rebs / 10 dimes) never really established themselves while Stephen Curry’s 34 points were hard-earned while this golden trio combined for a minus 27.
Here’s the 2019 NBA Finals game-by-game results between the Warriors and the Raptors. Note home teams are in CAPS below:
DATE WINNER SPREAD LOSER SCORE
5-30 TORONTO - 1.5 Golden St 118-109
THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
Are the Philadelphia Phillies getting their “money’s worth” so far from free-agent signee OF Bryce Harper?
Well, following Friday night’s 6-3 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Harper’s numbers didn’t exactly knock you over with a .248 batting average with 10 home runs, 41 runs batted in and 76 strikeouts in 206 at-bats but he did produce back-to-back-to-back games with two-or-more extra base hits and he’s knocked in 10 runs since May 23. Maybe the bigger story involving Harper is that the Phillies are one of five National League teams with a + 30 or better runs differential category … and note his old Washington Nationals team currently is a -26 in runs differential and there’s only three NL teams with worse run differentials …
Lastly, the Colorado Rockies entered Saturday with the MLB’s longest winning streak – 6 in a row – but did you realize that SS Trevor Story had 7 RBI in Friday’s 13-6 win against Toronto while whacking a pair of two-run homers which brings ‘em to 15 dingers this year and that only gets Story to an 11th-place tie in the senior circuit when it comes to long balls.
P.S., the month of May wound up being the single-high month for MLB home runs in the sport’s history and – here’s a forecast – there will be at least 100 batters in the bigs that hit 20-or-more homers in 2019. Yes, check back with us in late September.
NOTE: Catch our NBA Finals coverage all this weekend right here in these Jim Sez columns.