2017 NBA Finals Game 3 Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors

The Cavaliers played the best game of the series and for 3 quarters they had the Golden State Warriors on the ropes.  Lebron James had an amazing game with 37 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists.  Kylie Irving had 38 points and J.R Smith came off the bench with 16 points.   There was little help from the rest of the bench and Tristan Thompson.   Then late in the 4th quarter, the Warriors showed why they will be NBA champions again.  Kevin Durant had 31 points,  and Klay Thompson had 30 points and made 6 out of 11 from the 3 point line.  Stephen Curry scored 26 points and made 5 out of 9 from the 3 point line.   The Warriors had an 11-0 run in the last 3:19 of the game and won 118 to 113.  They have a 3 games to 0 series lead and can win the NBA title Friday night.   Game 4 will be at the Ouicken Loan Arena on Friday night with tip-off at 9:00 P.M.

2017 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 Vs Nashville Predators

Game 4 started out with both teams trying to get the advantage. However, Nashville got the advantage when Calle Jarnkrok scored to give the Predators a  1-0 lead.  The Penguins challenged the call on the ice for goaltender interference but the call on the ice was not overturned.    One minute and six seconds later, Sidney Crosby scored on a back hand shot to tie the game at 1 going into the second period.   Frederick Gaudreau went around behind Matt Murray and for a moment it was stopped.  The NHL War Room in Toronto, reviewed the play and the puck was over the goal line to give the Predators a 2-1 lead.  Mike Fisher on a brilliant fed Viktor Arvidsson who scored on a breakaway to increase the lead to 3-1.  Pekka Rinne made some incredible saves the rest of the way and stopped 2 breakaways.  Filip Forsberg scored on a empty net giving Nashville a 4-1 win and tying the series at 2 games apiece.    Outside of Sidney Crosby, the rest of the team played sub par and there is some talk that Marc-Andre Fleury will start game 5 Thursday night.  The power play also has to get back on track as well.  These questions will be answered game 5 Thursday night at the PPG Paints Arena with the face off time of 8:00 P.M.

2017 NBA Finals Game 2 Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Golden State Warriors

The Cleveland Cavaliers got off to a better start against the Warriors.   Lebron James got his 8th career triple double in the finals with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists.  Kevin Love had a better game with 27 points and Kylie Irving had 19 points.   However, the Warriors dominated the second half with Kevin Durant had 33 points and 13 rebounds.   Stephen Curry had a triple double as well with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Klay Thompson had 22 points and shooting 4-7 from the 3 point line.   The Warriors were able to shoot 41% from the 3 point line.    Their bench was more productive than the Cavaliers bench.    The Cavaliers need more from J.R Smith and Tristan Thompson.   The Warriors take a 2 game to none series lead with Sunday’s 132 to 113 victory.  The scene shifts to Cleveland’s Quicken Loan Arena for game 3 Wednesday night with the tip-off time at 9:00 P.M.

2017 Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Vs Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators made some adjustments from game two and turned it around.  However, Jake Guentzel scored the only goal in the first period to give the Penguins 1-0 lead.   Then in the second period, Roman Josi scored on the power play to tie the game at 1.  42 seconds later Frederick Gaudreau gave the Predators the lead for good at 2-1.  James Neal would score a goal with 23 second left in the period to give the Predators a 3 to 1 lead.   Craig Smith would score on breakaway to give Nashville a 4 to 1 lead.   Mattias Ekholm would score on the power play to close out the scoring with Nashville winning 5 to 1. The Penguins are in a major power play slump, and Matt Murray had an off game in net.  In contrast, Pekka Rinne had an outstanding game vindication himself for games one and two.  Nashville cut the series deficit to 2 games to 1, and have the momentum going into game 4.  Game 4 will be Monday night at Bridgestone Arena with face off time at 8:00 P.M.

Eracism

Lebron James is playing in his 7 NBA Finals in a row.   His on court accomplishments are in a class with Michael Jordan.    His charity work in his hometown of Akron,Ohio is becoming just as remarkable his basketball skills.   However, he was a victim of racism when his home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles had graffiti painted on his front gate.  Lebron handled it with the typical grace and class, but sadly racism doesn’t care about how much fame and money you have but only your color.    There are no easy answers on why racism is still alive and well in the United States.  Also why it is so hard to have any kind of discussion of race without either playing the blame game or not talking about it at all.   The only way to deal with racism is to have serious talks about why it happens and how to stop it.  If not things will be continue to be the same.

2017 NBA Finals Game 1 Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Golden State Warriors

The  Golden State Warriors nine day layoff didn’t hurt them in-game one.  Kevin Durant had an outstanding game with 38 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds.  Stephen Curry had his usual sterling performance with 28 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds.   Outside of Lebron James 28 points and Kylie Irving 24 points there was no help for the Cavaliers.    Kevin Love had 15 points, but ther was no help off the bench.     The Cavaliers had a bad night defensively and no assists on the offensive end.    The Warriors won 113 to 91 to take a one game to none series lead.  The Cavaliers need more scoring from other than James and Irving and the bench needs to make a big contribution.  Game 2 is at Oracle Arena Sunday night with tip-off time at 8:00 P.M.

2017 Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Vs Nashville Predators

The Penguins had a better start than game one, but Nashville scored the first goal when Pontus Aberg scored on the wrap around.    Under 4 minutes later Jake Guentzel tied the game at 1.  The first period ended up tied at 1, and there was no scoring in the second period.  Both goalies were outstanding in the second period and there was some penalties that were called, but there were several penalties that should be called.  Then 10 seconds into the third period, Guentzel scored his second goal to give the Penguins a 2 to 1 lead.  Over 3 minutes later Scott Wilson would score a on shot that redirected into the net to increase the lead to 3-1.   Then 15 seconds later Evgeni Malkin would score to increase the lead to 4-1.   Pekka Rinne would be replaced in-goal by Juuse Sarios.   The Predators would take penalties later in the game.   The reason was to send a message to the Penguins, but it didn’t work.   The Penguins won 4-1 and take a 2 games to none series lead to Nashville.   Game 3 will be on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena with the face off time at 8:00 P.M.

The King in Charge

Lebron James is getting ready for his 7th straight NBA Finals and his third in a row since returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  James is already thinking about his post-playing career.   Along with his friends Maverick Carter and Randy Mims, plus his agent Rich Paul have built a successful media company, Spring Hill Entertainment.  Their media company has developed shows such Survivor Remorse on Starz in which James is the executive producer. The show is about success and pitfalls of a young NBA phenom.   James has even guest starred on the show.   He is also the executive producer on the CNBC show Cleveland Hustles,  it is about giving an entrepreneur a chance to open their own business as well as revitalizing their neighborhoods  He is also the executive producer of the new NBC game show The Wall.   He has also developed the unscripted series Becoming that profiles sports stars that are seen on Disney XD.   He also produced two films  I AM GIANT about wide receiver Victor Cruz and More Than A Game about his high school team at St Vincent-St Mary in Akron Ohio.    He has developed a digital network called Uninterrupted in which podcasts and other digital shows are done.   Uninterrupted give athletes a chance to host and talked about things outside of sports.

Lebron is a part owner of the English Premier League soccer team Liverpool. However, he wants to own an NBA team when he retires.  First, he wants to win his 4th NBA title and second in a row with the Cavaliers.  I hope that current owner, Dan Gilbert gives him a part of the Cavs.  I would be shocked when Lebron retires that he buys the team from Gilbert.

Tiger is a Phony

Early Monday morning, Tiger Woods getting arrested for DUI outside of his home in Jupiter, Florida was not a surprise to me.   He lived a lie of being a family man when his personal life was unraveling in 2009.    Woods through a statement said that alcohol was not the reason for his arrest.   It turned out he was taking prescription drugs and he had a bad reaction.    Tiger Woods body and golf game are going downhill, and how his life is going the same way.   He made himself famous by living a lie and now his past is catching up to him.

2017 Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Vs Nashville Predators

Game one was several games in one.   Most of the first period was dominated by the Predators, but Matt Murray made several key saves.   Then the Predators took two penalties on the same play and Evgeni Malkin scored on the power play to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.   A minute and five seconds later Connor Sheary increased the lead to 2-0.   Then with 17 seconds left in the first period, Nick Bonino scored to give the Penguins 3-0.     The Predators made some defensive adjustments and held the Penguins without a shot for the entire second period.     Dan Ellis scored on the power play to cut the deficit to 3 to 1 going into the third period.     Midway through the third period Colton Sissons scored on the power play to cut the Penguins lead to 3-2.   Frederic Gaudreau tied the game at 3 and gave the Predators all of the momentum.  Then on their first shot of the third period, Jake Guentzel scored to give the Penguins a 4-3 lead.   Bonino would score an empty net goal to give the Penguins a 5-3 victory and a 1 game to none series lead.   The Penguins were held to 12 shots for the game and had several defensive lapses during the game.   They overcame all of their mistakes to win game one.  However, they have to play better in game two.   Game two is Wednesday night at the PPG Paints Arena with face-off time at 800 P.M.