Warriors wake up, even NBA Finals, plus Rafael Nadal is still unbeatable on clay

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This time, there was no return. Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole made certain of that.

The Warriors outscored the Celtics 35-14 in the 3rd quarter and, unlike Game 1, never ever recalled, whipping Boston 107-88 and connecting the NBA Finals at one video game each.

  • Curry blazed a trail with 29 points, and Poole recovered from a terrible Game 1 with 17 points, consisting of this incredible buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the 3rd quarter.
  • Kevon Looney (12), Andrew Wiggins (11) and Klay Thompson (11) all ended up in double figures also.
  • The Warriors required 19 turnovers and scored 33 points off of them. Golden State likewise controlled the paint points, 40-24, after losing that fight 34-26 in Game 1.

That last bullet point is a testimony to the Warriors’ exceptional defense, composes NBA professional James Herbert.

  • Herbert: “Through two games, both teams have enjoyed stretches in which the opposing offense stagnates, takes tough shots and gives them opportunities to score in transition. After completely losing control in Game 1, Golden State stayed steady by stacking stops on top of stops.”

Offensively, it wasn’t the most beautiful video game for Golden State — Thompson shot 4 for 19, Wiggins 4 for 12 — however Curry was just exceptional. He kept the Warriors afloat in the very first half and after that blew up as Poole and others lastly warmed up in the 3rd quarter. Without his efforts, the Warriors quickly might be gazing at a 2-0 series deficit, composes NBA scribe Colin Ward-Henninger.

  • Ward-Henninger: “With all the Warriors struggling offensively despite their improved tenacity and intention, Curry went to work. It wasn’t marked by the glitz and awe of the first-quarter outburst in Game 1, but his methodical ability to keep the Warriors in the game on Sunday amid their offensive struggles was just as important. He didn’t shoot particularly well, but Curry scored 10 points in the opening frame, shooting four free throws and dishing out three assists. On the surface, it didn’t seem like Curry was dominating the game, but lo and behold the Warriors somehow held a 31-30 lead after the first quarter. That’s what leaders do…”

Honorable points out

  • The Lightning beat the Rangers 3-2 the other day and now track in the series, 2-1. The Avalanche, on the other hand, are up 3-0 on the Oilers.
  • Wales is headed to the World Cup after beating Ukraine, 1-0. The Dragons sign up with the United States, England and Iran in Group B.
  • Lionel Messi scored 5 — yes, 5 — objectives in Argentina‘s friendly win over Estonia.

And not such an excellent early morning for…



Quin Snyder stepped down as Jazz head coach the other day. The choice follows numerous days of reflection, and it’s one that has significant implications for the Jazz — and, possibly, a few of their finest gamers.

  • Snyder ended up being Utah’s coach in 2014. Since then, the Jazz have actually collected 372 regular-season wins, seventh in the NBA.
  • The Jazz likewise made the playoffs each of the last 6 seasons however didn’t make it past the 2nd round in any of those.
  • This season, Utah lost to Dallas in 6 video games in the preliminary, even with Mavericks star Luka Doncic missing out on the very first 3 video games of the series.

Snyder had actually 2 years left on his agreement and the Jazz were even seeking to extend him, however he chose to step away. While Utah went from having a hard time group to competitor throughout Snyder’s period, the playoff has a hard time and the concerns of whether Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert might co-exist on a champion group should have taken their toll.

Now, his exit is taking a toll on Mitchell, too. The three-time All-Star guard is supposedly “surprised and disappointed” by Snyder’s departure, and when reports like that start coming out, it’s never ever a good idea, composes NBA press reporter Michael Kaskey-Blomain.

  • Kaskey-Blomain: “Often when a team’s star is contemplating his future with the franchise, things don’t end well. Does this mean that a trade request from Mitchell is inevitable? No, but it certainly seems like it could be a possibility. … Ultimately, it all depends on if Mitchell still wants to be in Utah long-term. He might not even know the answer to that right now. Perhaps he’ll wait to see who is selected to be the team’s next coach before making any such decisions.”

As for that next coach, Utah currently has a list of possible prospects, consisting of…

  • Jazz assistant Alex Jensen
  • Former Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts
  • Knicks assistant Johnnie Bryant
  • Celtics assistant Will Hardy
  • Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin

Not so respectable points out

Rafael Nadal wins 14th profession French Open; Iga Swiatek wins ladies’s title 🎾

Rafael Nadal and the clay of Roland Garros. Name a more renowned duo. I’ll wait.

The Spanish super star controlled Casper Rudd 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to win his 14th profession French Open and 22nd profession Grand Slam.

  • The 14 French Opens are most all-time, 8 more than the closest male in the Open Era (Bjorn Borg had 6).
  • The 22 slams are likewise most all-time, 2 more than Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
  • Nadal won the last 11 video games of the match in a row. He is now 112-3 all-time at the French Open, and he’s never ever lost a French Open last.
  • The win came precisely 17 years after his very first accomplishment at Roland Garros.

Nadal needed to fight through a persistent foot injury throughout the competition, however his unbelievable competitive spirit was ever-present, both in his management of the injury and whenever he stepped onto the clay. On the ladies’s side, Iga Swiatek has actually been dominant no matter where she’s been. Her 6-1, 6-3 win over Coco Gauff in the last was her 35th successive match won.

  • Swiatek’s last loss remained in February.
  • The 35 straight triumphes is the longest streak in ladies’s tennis given that Serena Williams likewise had 35 directly back in 2000.
  • It’s Swiatek’s 2nd French Open (and significant) title; she likewise won it in 2020.

Billy Horschel gets very first win in more than a year🏌

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Leading by 5 strokes going into the last round at the Memorial Tournament, Billy Horschel was wishing for a reasonably hassle-free last round. But when the tension undoubtedly came, he increased to the event.

With his lead cut to 2 strokes, Horschel nailed a 55-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole to provide himself all the breathing space he required en path to a four-stroke triumph.

  • It’s Horschel’s initially PGA Tour win given that the 2021 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and his very first stroke-play PGA Tour win given that the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson.
  • It’s Horschel’s seventh profession PGA Tour win.
  • Horschel made $2.16 million with the win, the biggest payday of his profession.

Horschel made an A+ in golf professional Patrick McDonald’s grades.

  • McDonald: “One shouldn’t be surprised if Horschel receives a call this fall for the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow… While that is surely at the top of Horschel’s goals for the year, the next line likely reads a major championship victory and his best opportunity in a long time just so happens to be in two weeks. There is motivation, there is momentum, and there is a real chance Horschel plays a factor at the U.S. Open at The Country Club in two weeks.”

What we’re seeing Monday 📺

🏒 Western Conference Final Game 3: Avalanche at Oilers, 8 p.m. on TNT

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