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Huge Sports Week Capped by Opening of NBA Championship Series

 

Huge Sports Week Capped by Opening of NBA Championship Series

By Burt Carey

Sports fans didn’t go for wont this past week, and they will have plenty more to witness with this week’s opening of the NBA Championship in a rematch from last year.

Basketball fans could be the biggest winners this week as the Golden State Warriors continue their record-breaking NBA Championship, Golden State Warriors, NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers, National Hockey League Championships, French Open, PGA Tour in Texasseason in the NBA Finals against a familiar foe, the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Game 1 slated for Thursday.

While the defending champion Warriors posted a 73-9 record during the regular season, they lost five times in the playoffs this year, and came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 96-88 victory Monday to win the Western Conference and return to the finals. The Cavaliers, winners of the Eastern Conference with a 57-25 record in the regular season, have virtually walked through the playoffs, dropping just two of 14 playoff games.

All eyes will be on the matchup between Stephen Curry and LeBron James, as they face off just as they did at the end of last year’s campaign, with one major difference. The Warriors took both games between the two teams this year, both were played when David Blatt was the Cavaliers head coach. Now, with Tyronn Lue at the helm, Cleveland’s ball club has found a new spark.

Part of that spark is due to the shooting of Channing Frye, who has made 58 percent of his 3-point attempts in the playoffs. Those types of numbers are typically reserved for Curry, this year’s unanimous selection as the league’s MVP, and teammate Klay Thompson. Both set records for 3-pinters in a playoff series during the Western Conference finals.

The NBA Finals cap a tremendous week in sports. Rookie driver Alexander Rossi used every ounce of fuel in his car and coasted across the finish line at just 50 mph to win the Indianapolis 500 Sunday. Hours later NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr., led 392 of the 400 laps to win the Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte. By leading 588 of the 600 miles, he set the NASCAR record for most miles and laps led in a single race.

The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Pengiuns are facing off in the National Hockey League’s championship series, with the Penguins up 1-0 after taking a 3-2 victory Monday night. World No. 2 golfer Jordan Spieth won at Colonial, taking the Dean & Deluca Invitational by finishing with three birdies on the final holes. It was the Texan’s first PGA Tour victory in his home state, and he is now the youngest player to have won eight PGA titles before his 23rd birthday in the post-World War II era.

Oh, and there’s even news for tennis fans, with the French Open fighting rain delays this week.

It’s a good week to be a sports fan. The NBA Finals Game 1 will be aired by ABC at 9 p.m. Eastern from Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., with Game 2 slated for an 8 p.m. tip-off Sunday. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Cleveland June 8 and June 10, with 9 p.m. start times.

 

Source:  Baret News

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