The GIST: The NBA Finals are all tied up at 1-1 after the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 109–104 in Game 2 last night.
The deets: The Raptors came out of the gate strong and were leading 59–54 at the half. However, it seemed as though the Raps didn’t fuel up on enough Gatorade during their halftime break because the Warriors went on an 18–0 run (they scored 18 points without the Raptors scoring any) to start the third quarter. Yikes.
The Raps almost managed to claw back and were so close to tying things up in the final moments of the fourth quarter, but just couldn’t drain some important buckets. In fact, their shooting percentage was a v low 37.2 percent (and only 28.9 percent for three-point shots). In comparison, the Warriors shot 38.2 percent. Yes, that 1 percent, does make a difference.
Don’t panic: Look. At the beginning of the season, if we told you that the Raps would be in the NBA Finals and would be tied with the Warriors, we would 110% take it. So, it’s all good, baby.
And the Raps fans (yes, we’re looking at you!) continue to be amazing. Scotiabank Arena was packed with fans — including former president Barack Obama, Drake (who last night was trolling the injured Kevin Durant, so jokes), Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and even golfer Rory McIlroy — and there were literally dozens of outdoor viewing parties across Canada to watch the game.
What’s next?: Game 3 in Oakland. Yes, the Warriors have home court advantage for the next two games, and two-time NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Durant, is likely to play Game 4 and maybe will play in Game 3.
That said, Warriors “Splash Brother” Klay Thompson left the game with hamstring tightness in the fourth and never came back. His status is still up in the air.
It’s hard AF to win in another team’s “house” so as long as the Raps can snag one game, we’ll be in a good place.
What did you think of the Raptors’ performance last night? How do you think they’ll do in Oakland?
They see me Roland
The GIST: The second Grand Slam tennis tournament of the season, the French Open (aka Roland-Garros) is coming down the wire, now in the Round of 16.
Who’s still in?: On the women’s side, defending champ and No. 3 seed Simona Halep is still rocking and rolling. She’s joined by heavyweights No. 7 seed American Sloane Stephens and Australian No. 8 Ashleigh Barty.
That means...: Queen Serena Williams is out. She lost in the Round of 32 to fellow American Sofia Kenin 6–2, 7–5. This loss marked the first time in five years (!!!) that Serena has been ousted in a Grand Slam this early. Shocking.
But wait, we have another shocker! No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka also lost in the Round of 32 to unseeded Katerina Siniakova. Our heart goes out to Osaka. After her loss, this two-time Grand Slam winner revealed that recently she’s been really affected by nerves and that she’s been feeling depressed. Takes a lot of courage to be so vulnerable.
On the men’s side: The “King of Clay” and No. 2 seeded Rafael Nadal is moving on to his 13th-straight French Open quarterfinal, No. 3 seed Roger Federer aka R-Fed (not to be confused with Britney Spears’ K-Fed) is also onto the quarters and No. 1 Novak Djokovic (pronounced JOKE-OH-VITCH) is playing in the Round of 16 this morning.
Do you think the top three men’s players will make it through to the semis? What do you think about Serena and Osaka being ousted?
The good ol’ hockey game
The GIST: The Boston Bruins are up 2-1 in the Stanley Cup finals over the St. Louis Blues after absolutely destroying the Blues 7–2 in Game 3.
Whoa. How did the Bruins win by so much?: Their power play. The Bruins had four power plays and scored on ALL FOUR of them in Saturday’s game. The Bruins have now scored on the power play in seven straight games. You could say, they’ve got the power.
But, the Blues think that some of the refs penalty calls are BS.
So what’s next?: It’s almost do or die for St. Louis for Game 4 tonight. To even have a chance to win, the Blues have to be more disciplined (take less penalties) and goalie Jordan Binnington (who, FYI, is a Richmond Hill native) has to get back to his winning ways.
Binnington was pulled (taken out of the game) halfway through the second period for the first time in his 52-game NHL career on Saturday. As the great Taylor Swift once said, he’ll need to shake it off, shake it off if the Blues will even have a chance to win.
What do you think about the alleged BS calls? Will the Blues win Game 4?
Swing and a miss
The GIST: The women’s U.S. Open major golf tournament took place this weekend with Korean Jeongeun Lee6 (this is not a spelling error, her last name ends with the number 6 — find out why here) winning it after shooting 6-under par.
It’s “Six’s” rookie year on the LPGA tour and her first grand slam title. Her timing is right as the U.S. Open pays out the winner $1M — the largest payout in women’s golf.
How did the Canadians do?: Okay, but not great. Canada’s golf superstar — who had the best finish from the weekend — Brooke Henderson finished tied for 39th with a final score of five-over par (she was well back from the leaders after the first round and couldn’t catch up).
Speaking of things you swing...: We’ll quickly fill you in on why we haven’t been talking about the Toronto Blue Jays too much. The Jays are 21-38 (wins, losses) and were 0-6 on their most recent road trip, including being swept by the Colorado Rockies.
What do you think of “Six’s” win? Are you prepared for a rebuild from the Blue Jays?
What’s Up This Week?
Tonight: Puck drops for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final at 8 p.m. ET tonight.
Wednesday: Things are moving to the west coast as the Golden State Warriors host the Toronto Raptors for Game 3. Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET.
All week: The French Open will keep on Roland (get it?) all week. Get the schedule here.