2018 NBA Finals Game 1

It was a game that will go down as an instant classic Lebron James poured out 51 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers almost stole game one at the Oracle Arena.   The Golden State Warriors were able to dominate the overtime period winning 124 to 114.  Stephen Curry had a great game with 29 points.   Klay Thompson who was injured in the second quarter in a collision with J.R Smith had 24 points.  Kevin Durant had 26 points in an outstanding performance.

I was surprised that the Cavaliers had a good game from their bench.   Larry Nance JR scored 9 points.   J.R Smith thought the Cavaliers were winning and dribble out the clock late in regulation.    It was one of the biggest blunders in NBA history and the Warriors dominated the overtime period.   There was a controversial foul call on Lebron James that should have been a clean defensive stop late in the game.   The Warriors have a 1-0 series lead but the Cavaliers should have won this game.   The Cavaliers have to regroup for game two Sunday night at the Oracle Arena with tipoff at 8:00 P.M.

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2018 Stanley Cup Final Game 2

There was less of a pregame show, but more of a close game.   James Neal scored at the 7:58 of the first period to give Vegas a 1-0 lead.  The Capitals had several chances but couldn’t get one by Marc Andre Fleury.   However, during a 4-4 Lars Eller tied the game at 1 after the first period.    The second period started with the Capitals scoring on the power play on an Alex Ovechkin goal to give them a 2-1 lead.    Brooks Orpik scored to increase the Capitals lead to 3-l.    Shea Theodore would score on the power play to cut the deficit to 3-2 going into the third period.

There was no scoring in the third period, but the Capitals killed off a 5 on 3 power play. Braden Holtby made several great saves including the one on Alex Tuch with 2:00 minute left in the third period.     The Capitals would win 3-2 and tied the series at 1 game apiece.  After two days off the series will resume Saturday night at the Capital One Arena in Washington with faceoff set for 8:00 P.M.

Here We Go Again

2018 NBA Finals are set and for the 4th straight year, it will be the Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the Golden State Warriors.   Both teams are coming off grueling seven-game conference finals series.  On Sunday night, Lebron James played all 48 minutes in Cleveland seventh game 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics.     James had 35 points, 15 rebounds, and 9 assists to lead the Cavaliers to the Eastern Conference Title.   The Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 101 to 92 on Monday night.    The Warriors overcame trailing the Rockets three games to two.   Stephen Curry scored 27 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds.   Klay Thompson had 19 points, Kevin Durant had an incredible game with 34 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.      This series will not be a sweep by either team with the Warriors winning in six games.

2018 Stanley Cup Final Game 1

After an amazing pre-game ceremony game one surpassed it with a high scoring affair. It started at the 7:15 mark when Colin Miller scored on the power play to give Vegas a 1-0 lead.   Then Washington tied on a Brett Connolly goal of a deflection and 42 seconds later Nicklas Backstrom would give them the lead at 2-1.   With 1:41 left in the first period William Karlsson would tie the game at 2.    In the second period, Reilly Smith would give Vegas a 3-2 lead.  Five minutes later John Carlson would tie the game at 3 and it would stay that way going into the third period.

Tom Wilson would give Washington a 4-3 lead a 1:10 into the third period.  Then 1:31 later Ryan Reaves would get away with a cross check on Wilson and tied the game up at 4.   The Golden Knights fourth line would be the difference in this game.   Tomas Nosek would give Vegas the lead at 5-4.   Marc Andre Fleury who was shaky at times made great saves late in the game.   Nosek would add an empty net goal to give Vegas a 6 to 4 win and  1 game to none series lead.   Alex Ovechkin had 1 assist and 2 shots on goal.  That means he has to pick it up in game two.   Game two will be at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night with faceoff at 8:00 P.M.

Danica’s Last Lap

Danica Patrick didn’t finish her racing career with the checked flag at the Indianapolis 500.  It finished with a crash on lap 68 and winding up at 30th place.  Danica’s career will not be measured in the number of victories but in the number of fans that loved her driving ability and honesty.    She was able to grow Indy car racing and brought more female fans to NASCAR.    She was able to compete with the guys and was able to market her femininity to sponsors such as GoDaddy.  She might have opened the doors for the next generation of female drivers.  In an athlete’s career, the end comes and people want to know what is next.   She has a clothing line called Warrior, a health and fitness book called Pretty Intense and a wine called Somnium,   She is even going to host the ESPY Awards on July 18th.

I don’t see it as the end of a racing career but the beginning of a new challenge.  Danica Patrick is going to go after these new challenges at a new speed.

Lebron Vs MJ

One of the most tiring sports discussion is comparing Lebron James to Michael Jordan.  They are both great NBA players in their eras and they play two different styles.  Lebron is able to score and set up his teammates.   Michael was able to dominate via scoring and on defense.   Lebron is a 6’8 power forward while Michael was a 6’6 shooting guard.   Imagine if Jordan was playing in the age of social media and his moments would be talked about.   Both men are global icons because of the NBA’s reach.    The main difference is that Lebron was willing to use his global impact to be active in social causes.  I am hoping that fans instead of comparing them they should enjoy each career.

2018 Stanley Cup Finals

I look at the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals as a matchup between two outstanding teams.  The Washington Capitals have finally broken through to reach the Finals for the first time in the Alex Ovechkin era.    The Vegas Golden Knights made the Finals in their inaugural season and confounding the hockey world in the process.     The Golden Knights have the speed and the goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury.   The Capitals are a more physical team and have a balanced team.

Since Vegas will have home-ice it would be a lock for them to win the Cup, but Washington has an outstanding road record in the playoffs.    Vegas is an outstanding team on the road as well.   I see this series going seven games and Marc-Andre Fleury will be named as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner for the playoffs MVP.   The Golden Knights will win the Stanley Cup.

The Big Bet

The Supreme Court has ruled that the states can decide to make gambling legal.  That means betting on sports could be legal real soon.   That means states could be making millions of dollars of betting on sporting events.    The NBA has embraced gambling and wants to have a piece of the action.    Other leagues are a little hesitant to embrace gambling.   Fans could have more than a rooting interest on their team, and allowed to bet from their seats.   The NCAA is worried that student-athletes could be tempted into throwing games.   It could be a problem for those who have an addiction to gambling.  There are no easy answers for how states will deal with legalized gambling.  How will it affect casinos and race tracks?

Golden Moment

The Vegas Golden Knights will play in the Stanley Cup Finals next Monday night against either the Washington Capitals or the Tampa Bay Lightning.    The  Golden Knights are an expansion team and used the draft to get some good players.  Marc-Andre Fleury who won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins has played outstanding.  Their four lines have contributed goals at big times.   They gave Las Vegas something to cheer about after a mass shooting that occurred on October 1st that took 58 lives.     Regardless of what happens in the Stanley Cup Finals the Golden Knights are an amazing story.   The only group that is rooting against the Golden Knights is the sportsbooks.    The sports books could lose between 5 to 6 million dollars if the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup.

Justify

Today was the second jewel in horse racing’s triple crown at the Preakness Stakes.  Justify had to deal with the elements just like he did two weeks earlier in winning the Kentucky Derby.   Justify’s victory will set up the Belmont Stakes in three weeks and a chance to become the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown.  Horse Racing rode American Pharaoh to a triple crown and huge ratings on NBC.   Justify has the same opportunity at the Belmont and horse racing could be better for it.    Horse Racing has an audience that wants to know who to bet on and why.    Since I don’t bet I enjoy the sport because of the action of who is the favorite and what is the betting line.   In three weeks,  Justify will be the favorite at the Belmont and every fan whether they bet or not will be watching.