Reflections: NBA Finals
I couldn't have been happier Tuesday night when the Warriors beat the Cavaliers to take home the NBA Championship. Not only was I rooting for Stephen Curry and Co. to take home the trophy anyway, but I selfishly dreaded a Game 7 as I would have been unable to watch it this evening. I'll be the first to admit that I was surprised Golden State took over the game so quickly, compared the previous contests, but it seemed safe to assume fairly early on that the Warriors had control.
While it's true that Cleveland played with a less-than-ideal roster due to injuries and certainly held its own better than I initially expected, Golden State proved the more dominant team all season, and the squad deserved this win.
Bottom line: team chemistry. The Warriors have it, and the Cavs ... have semblances. It will be interesting to see what happens with the LeBron James - David Blatt - Kevin Love saga next season.
The Timberwolves are taking hard looks at both Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns this week. Okafor spent Wednesday going through drills at the Wolves' new practice facility, and Towns will be meeting with Flip Saunders and Co. today.
Following Okafor's time with the Wolves, owner Glen Taylor [very politely] refused to share any information on who the team will take at No. 1 overall.
"I will find out about the same time you find out," Taylor ribbed.
Today will be Towns' first time in Minneapolis, but Saunders did see the center work out in California a few weeks ago, and sources said the coach was certainly impressed. Less than two months remain until the 2015 NBA Draft, so fans can only make their best guesses as to who the Wolves will bring home to Minny.
One other Timberwolves tidbit: the team officially opened the new Mayo Clinic Square practice facility Wednesday. Present at the ceremony included Taylor, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Mayo Clinic President & CEO Dr. John Noseworthy, WNBA President Laurel Richie and, last but not least, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Our very own John Meyer attended the event and wrote more about it here.
The Minnesota Lynx rebounded after a rough 81-66 loss to Phoenix Sunday and grabbed a win over the Sparks in LA Tuesday night. The team returns home to welcome the San Antonio Stars for tonight's 7:00 p.m. (CST) tipoff.
The Lynx and Stars played each other in last year's playoffs, and both teams tend to be high-scoring squads. However, San Antonio is off to a rough start this time around and will be desperately hoping to avoid an 0-5 start to the 2015 season. Minnesota has won 10 of its last 11 matchups against the Stars.
Currently, Maya Moore is leading the team in scoring, averaging 17 points per game, followed by Seimone August with 15.2 per game.
Other Basketball News
2015 Finals Make Big Money. According to ESPN, this year's NBA Finals earned more revenue than the 1998 series in which Michael Jordan won his last title with the Chicago Bulls. The Cleveland/GSW series averaged 19.94 million viewers on ABC; aside from 1998, the next closest average was 18.1 million in 2001. James' first championship appearance (2007) only drew half the attention of this matchup.
Lindsey's Friday Flick Recommendation
If you've avoided watching this film until now because you're afraid of the tear jerkers, let me assure that this one is more than worth it.
Good Will Hunting
Robin Williams and [a very young!] Matt Damon deliver an amazing performance in this story of the unlikely bond between an under-achieving mathematical savant and a bitter school counselor. The flick is creative, well-written, funny and dramatic all at once, and the end will leave you wanting to watch it all over again. Check out the trailer below, and happy weekending!