June 28, 2017

Where's the drama? Blowouts the rule in these NBA playoffs

20 May 2017, 10:56 | Joan Schultz

Where's the drama? Blowouts the rule in these NBA playoffs

San Antonio Spurs' Dewayne Dedmon center dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Tuesday

With a third consecutive matchup between the two teams looking inevitable for the 2017 NBA Finals, the rest of the league is looking forward to next season to again challenge these perennial superpowers for a place in the Finals. Of course you want to see balance throughout the league. But the Warriors are expected to win this series especially with the lingering injury issues that have plagued Leonard so far.

THERE'S no stopping a Cleveland Cavaliers-Golden State Warriors NBA finals rematch, say a pair of Bendigo Braves teammates. Cleveland's point differential was only 14 in Game 1 against the Celtics but that contest was over by halftime.

Cleveland opens the Eastern Conference Finals tonight in Boston. We excluded those blowouts that closed out a series because we're only interested in seeing how humiliated teams responded in the following game.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) shoots the the game winning shot during the fourth quarter against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. That trend gives reason for a second look at San Antonio Saturday. People are already anointing these teams as dominant and franchise teams.

USA sticking by Iran nuclear deal is good news for Rouhani
Information for this article was contributed by Josh Lederman of The Associated Press and by Carol Morello of The Washington Post.

Amber Alert issued for missing 1-year-old boy
According to police, Lam was believed to be driving a tan 2000 Toyota Corolla with the California license plate of 5SEY238. A 21-month-old boy who was abducted in San Francisco has been found safe in Los Angeles, police said late Friday.

Sustained effort leads to Cleveland Cavaliers' postseason success
But with Kyle Lowry on the bench for a second straight game with a sprained ankle, the Raptors couldn't match the Cavs' firepower. Irving responded with a 3 and, following a missed shot by DeRozan, added a pair of free throws to put Cleveland up 97-92 at 5:54.

And Beal believes that was the Cavs' plan - to duck the Wiz and have an easier path to the conference finals.

2012 Spurs: San Antonio won 10 straight before losing Game 3 to Oklahoma City in the West finals. The contest was still down, in LeBron James terms, from the 11.1 million that tuned in to see the then-favorited Chicago Bulls take on James' Heat in 2011, before LeBron had figured it all out, though the Game 1 ratings were about even with the top-ranked Atlanta Hawks' Game 1 against James' still-evolving Cavaliers in 2015.

The Cavs showed no signs of rust in their game one win over the Celtics on Thursday.

Other News

Trending Now

North Korea says U.S. has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks
The U.S. troop presence in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War, is primarily to guard against the North Korean threat. The UNSC vowed to take new measures against North Korea, which might include additional sanctions.

LeBron James Drills Full-Court Shot With Uncomfortable Ease
Now that the Cavs have taken Game 1 , no longer can you check off home-court advantage as a plus for the Celtics. Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cavaliers and Celtics is Friday night at 8:30 pm in Boston.

'Mamma Mia!' film sequel gets July 2018 release date
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers. Littlestar's Judy Craymer and Playtone's Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will reteam for the sequel.

Manchester United to land Oblak if De Gea leaves for Real Madrid
This time around though it looks as if De Gea's wishes will come true as he remains a top priority for Real and ambitious president Florentino Perez.