The Finals resume tonight in Cleveland with the series tied at 1-1 after two overtime games in Oakland. LeBron James has been doing everything for the Cavs, and it's fascinating to watch. Can he keep it up and keep his team going in this series where the Cavs are missing their 2nd and 3rd best players? Meanwhile, the Warriors have gone cold at the absolute worst time, shooting 29% from three over the first two games. Credit must be given to the Cavs defense, which has been impressive, but they've also missed some shots you wouldn't expect. Will they get hot in Cleveland?
We'll have a game thread for the 8:00 pm CDT start.
Flip Saunders spoke with Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated about the upcoming draft and other topics. Not a ton new here, just that he'll take the best player, doesn't think any of them are averse to Minnesota, expects KG to be back and to help out with the draft process, and that he's the coach, but he's "constantly in the evaluation process for coaches."
The U.S. Women's National Team won their World Cup opener last night 3-1 against Australia. After a shaky first half ended 1-1 with Australia frankly creating the better chances and forcing Hope Solo into a couple of great saves, the U.S. controlled the 2nd half, tightened up the defense, and were able to retain possession. Two goals from Megan Rapinoe and one from Christian Press were enough to send the U.S. to the top of their group.
Still. The things we worried about: that the U.S. is too reliant on their speed and overall athleticism, that they lack great technical ability and that they fall into a bad habit of just lumping long balls forward hoping someone can catch up with it, remain concerns. The good news is they will be tested twice more in the group stage, with both Sweden and Nigeria appearing to present real challenges.
Today in history
68: Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide
1549: Book of Common Prayer adopted by Church of England
1732: Royal Charter for Georgia granted to James Oglethorpe
1802: Academy at West Point founded
1856: 500 Mormons leave Iowa City on their way to Salt Lake City
1869: Charles Hires sells his first root beer in Philadelphia
1891: Paul Gauguin arrives in Tahiti
1928: First flight across Pacific: California to Brisbane.
1954: Joseph Welch to Sen. McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"
1969: Warren Burger confirmed as Chief Justice
2013: Edward Snowden makes public announcement confirming he is leaker of NSA documents
Today's musical birthday is Les Paul, born in 1915 (d. 2009)
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