Prior to writing this post, I must tell you that I am a strong fan of LeBron James, and therefore the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The NBA Finals have concluded. The Golden State Warriors were the victors in 4 games, as was expected. I do believe the Cavs were cheated out of game 1, by the ridiculous referee calls. Had Cleveland won one on the road, against the Warriors, it could have been a different series. I have a tough time determining who won the series , the Warriors or the referees.
They named Kevin Durant MVP, which certainly was the right call. I have never seen a performance in the Finals, better than Durant in the third game. His stats were as follows.
He hit a laser 3-pointer, from 7 feet beyond the arc, to seal the victory.
He scored a personal playoff high, of 43 points.
He was 15 of 23 from the field; 13 rebounds; 7 assists.
Many of his shots stopped min-runs by the Cav’s.
Unconscious, Unbelievable, Best shooting ever, were comments I heard.
No doubt, Durant put the Warriors on his back in game 3. What makes the Warriors so tough, is having other players, that can take over a game, as well, such as Curry in game 4. When called upon Thompson, and Green can be difference makers as well. So, defensively no one can slack off, any these guys, or take a mini-rest.
Let’s hope LeBron joins a team, that can challenge these Warriors.
The University of Minnesota made a great move in hiring Lindsay Whalen, as their next basketball coach. Athletic Director Coyle, the robotic mouthpiece for University President Kaler (really the athletic director) got lucky in being able, to convince her to join the Gopher program. The funny thing is the search committee, hadn’t had a chance to meet before the hiring. Kind of shows the inefficiency, and lack of credibility, of a search committee.
The saga began in Hutchinson, MN., in 1995 when Lindsey was in 8th grade and started for the varsity. She led them to 3 consecutive conference championships, was all-state 4 consecutive years, highlighted by winning the state championship in her senior year.
She went on to the University of Minnesota, where she starred for 4 years and achieved the following:
All-time leading scorer, scoring average, free throws made, and %.
Top Five in assists, steals, 3 pointers made, 3 point %.
Led the Gophers to the Final Four in 2004.
Named Gopher MVP 4 consecutive years.
Avg. attendance in her freshman year, 1,087 to 9,866 her senior year.
On to the Pros, where she has spent 14 years in the WNBA, the last 7 years with the Minnesota Linx, leading them to 4 World Championships.
She is the absolute best pick they could have ever made. What it takes to be a good college coach is 1.) recruiting, and 2.) communication with your players, meaning you are current with what’s happening with the evolution of the game. She is and has been the poster child for Minnesota basketball for over 15 years. She already has some recruiting wins
With 14 years as a point guard in the WNBA, you know she has the X’s and O’s figured out.
Following game 3 of their first round playoff with Houston, after winning the game 122 to 104, the fans were as high, as they have ever been. It would be interesting to see, what season ticket sales, for next year, were sold. It was virtually impossible to get a ticket for game four.
Comments heard upon leaving the Target Center, after game 3, were:
“They figured Harden out, and should shut him down, for the rest of the series”.
“We’ve got 3 of the biggest future stars, in the league”.
“We’ve got 3 point shooters, we just had to give them a chance”.
“I’m getting season tickets next year”.
“Isn’t Teague great”?
Comments heard leaving Target Center after game 4, in which the Timberwolves lost by over 20, and gave up 50 points, in the 3rd quarter.
“We’ve got to get rid of Thibideau”.
“Their shot selection was horrible”.
“Can you believe the Timberwolves gave Wiggins a max contract”.
“Town’s looked like an uncoordinated high schooler”.
“There was no set offense, no coaching”.
“They don’t have anybody that can hit the three, regularly”.
The third quarter of game 3 with Houston, showed the Timberwolves, there’s a major difference between the regular season, and playoff basketball. The wolves could play with anyone during the regular season, and no one during the playoffs.
The really sad part was, they had an opportunity to build their fan base, if they had given the Rockets at least a competitive game.
I am looking forward to the 2018 Masters, more than any I can remember. Much of it because Tiger is back playing well, and could be in the hunt. Then there’s Phil, Jordan, Bubba, Sergio, DJ, Justin, and all those young bucks coming up.
My wife asked me the other day who I thought would win. I hadn’t even thought about that. I was just looking at the worlds best, in a great competition, settled by a 80 foot put on 18. There are so many playing great golf right now. So let me tell you my favorite:
Phil Mickelson: At 47, Playing some of his best golf. Won 2 weeks ago. Has won 3 green jackets, so he knows how to play Augusta.
Jordan Spieth: Playing good golf. Always in the hunt. His putter was betraying him, but appears to have improved, after a few practices with Brad Faxon.
Tiger Woods: He’s been in the hunt in his last 3 tournaments. You all know how Tiger gets up for the majors. I wouldn’t vote it out. He needs to control his drives, so that the position of his ball, is in the right location, in relation to the pin placement.
Bubba Watson: Has won 2 Masters. Playing great right now. Won the Match Play tournament 2 weeks ago. His accuracy off the tee is worth a couple of shots.
Sergio Garcia: Has been a great player for over 15 years, on the tour. Knows how to win, especially at Augusta, last year’s winner.
Justin Thomas: The real up and comer. Last Years Fed Ex Champ. Has already won 3 times this year. In an interview I saw, he said he is working on controlling his temper. If he is in the hunt could his temper be a factor.
Dustin Johnson: Hold’s the # 1 ranking in the world. Is playing well. 3 top 5’s in the past month. He probably has elevated desire to win, based on the fact he had to withdraw last year.
Jason Day: Great young golfer. His recent game isn’t up to his s, but if he coluld start off good, it could propel him to have an outstanding Masters.
Rory McElroy: When McElroy is playing well, he has a real bounce in his step, and an amiable smile on his face. He’s back, and playing great golf.. He has a strong desire to complete the career Grand Slam. Could it be his week?
Matt Kuchar: I’ve been a fan of Kuchar’s since he played at Georgia Tech, and won the low amateur at the 1996 Masters. He is playing the best golf of his career, and has been on the leaderboard, almost every week. I can’t believe, he hasn’t won more on the tour.
That really didn’t pick a winner. So here goes with my top 3:
Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar