Steph Curry got a little help from his friends, plus Phil Mickelson’s disastrous press conference

Steph Curry got a little help from his friends, plus Phil Mickelson’s disastrous press conference

Steph Curry got a little help from his friends, plus Phil Mickelson’s disastrous press conference

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THE GOLD STATE FIGHTERS

Stephen CurryHis incredible play was by far the main reason the NBA Finals tied two games apiece on his way to Game 5. Finally, last night, he got some help from his friends. The Warriors used a stellar performance from their supporting cast and massive defensive effort to secure a crucial Game 5 win over Boston, 104–94.

  • Curry scored just 16 points and missed all nine of his 3-point attempts. It ends an NBA record of 233 consecutive games (regular and post-season) with at least one three-pointer madedating back to 2018.
  • Andrew Wiggins came to the rescue with 26 points and 13 rebounds; Klay Thompson had 21 points and made five of the team’s nine three-pointers.
  • Gary Payton II (15 points) and Jordan Poole (14 points) brought boosts from the bench.

The Warriors – normally dominant in the third quarter – were outmatched by 11 in that frame, but made up for it by winning the fourth quarter by nine points. The fact that they could weather the storm without Curry near his best makes the win even more impressive — and shows how great a coach Steve Kerr iswrites NBA reporter Colin Ward-Henninger.

  • Ward Henninger: “The Warriors’ supporting cast in such a huge moment is no accident. Kerr has been constantly pointing out to get the last man on the bench for a handful of minutes every few games, knowing from his own experience as a role player that going on too long without Seeing game action not only makes you rusty, but also makes you disconnect from the team.”

Teams that win Game 5 when the NBA Finals are tied 2-2 win the series 73 percent of the time† Golden State now has a chance to increase that number Thursday night.

Honorable Mentions

And not such a good morning for…

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THE BOSTON CELTICS

It finally happened: the Celtics lost consecutive games this postseason† They came in last night and were a perfect 7-0 in games after losing this postseason. Now they have their backs against the wall and they have themselves to blame.

  • The Celtics turned the ball 18 times and are now 1-7 this post season (0-3 this series) when they flip it more than 15 times.
  • Boston missed the first 12 threesthe longest streak ever to start an NBA Finals game.
  • Boston was only 21-for-31 on free throws.

This was a very winnable match for Boston. If I had told you before the game that…

  • The Warriors would shoot 9-for-40 (22.5 percent) of three as a team and Curry would hit none
  • The Celtics would win the rebounding battle with eight and commit 12 fewer fouls

… you’d probably think Boston won, maybe even easily.

However, that was not the case, because it was not easy for the visitors. The Celtics had as many sales (four) as field goals in the fourth quarter, perhaps exhausted by the valiant effort in the third quarter. Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown played all of the third quarter and almost all of the fourth, but only came out with 1:19 left when the result was no longer in doubt.

All is not lost for the Celtics. They came back from a 3-2 deficit to defending champion Bucks two rounds ago and survived Game 7 against the Heat in the conference final† But they missed a golden opportunity last night.

Not so honorable mentions

US Open: Phil Mickelson’s Sad Press Conference; for whom this week

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The build-up to this year’s US Open is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced, given the number of top LIV golfers returning to a more familiar environment during the third major of the year. The biggest name among those golfers is Phil Mickelsonwho shall participate in its first US event since January

Mickelson met with the media on Monday, and seemed… despondent?… insecure?… tired? Choose. They all appliedwrites our golf reporter Kyle Porter.

  • Porter: “Lefty didn’t even seem to believe what he was saying. … Mickelson walked up to the microphone with the hangdog look of a man who traded something he didn’t want to lose for something he’ll never be able to keep. Gone was the bravado that has become as much a part of who he is as any shot form or course strategy he’s deployed over the years. This moment in time was bereft of a man who’s always been at the center of the golf universe.”

Mickelson’s return is one of the greatest storylines of this week, but it’s far from the only one. Another big one: Kan Rory McIlroy keep up the pace?

  • Porter: McIlroy is your favorite on the odds board after retaining his title at the RBC Canadian Open. In his last five starts (including two majors), he finished 2-5-8-T18-1. He is one of only four golfers to finish in the top 10 in three or more of the last five US Opens, and he has been the No. 1 ball striker in the world for his last 20 rounds.”

You can check out Kyle’s top 10 storylines here. Also be sure to take a look…

You can follow all of our US Open coverage here.

MLB Power Rankings: Reigning World Series Champions Make an Attack ⚾

We’re starting to get some stability on top of MLB Expert Matt Snyder’s MLB Power Rankings† Each of the top four teams remained the same as last week. Here’s the top five:

  • 1. Yankees (previous 1)
  • 2. Mets (previous 2)
  • 3. Dodgers (previous 3)
  • 4. Astros (previous 4)
  • 5. Padres (previous 6)

After that there is enough change. The reigning World Series champion braves 12 consecutive wins — the longest streak of wins for any team this season — and the biggest climber this week, jump from 13th to eighth. This is mainly due to their biggest star.

  • snyder: Ronald Acuna, Jr. has only played 33 games so far, but only six NL players have better MVP chances. Keep an eye on him.”

Atlanta has scored 6.9 runs per game on its winning streak, tied for second in the majors, behind only the Yankees. At the other end of the spectrum are the brewers† During the same period, Milwaukee scored 2.9 runs per game, second-least in all baseball, and has a 2-9 record. They have fallen from seventh to 15th in the power classification

  • snyder: “This may seem like an overly aggressive drop, but… there’s a big group of teams here all sitting together. Plus, there’s all sorts of concerns. The rotation is out of control and struggling, the attack is uninspiring and the bullpen is It’s almost as deep as it was a few years ago.”

Breakout NFL Candidates for the 2022 Season

Many NFL teams are in the midst of — or have already completed — the mandatory mini camp. It will be the last time they meet as a (largely) complete team before the training camp kicks off at the end of July. Of course that means now is the perfect time to start by identifying some breakout candidates.

Our NFL pundit Chris Trapasso took a look at five third year players ready to take a leapand I couldn’t agree more with his first choice: Broncos wide out Jerry Jeudy

  • bottom bracket: “The big year was supposed to come in 2021, right? Maybe. But we’ll never know as injuries have derailed it. And now Jeudy Russell Wilson has him throw the ball? HELLO. … Jeudy’s famously sharp route-running skills will hit him all season open at the intermediate level and bottom of the field for Wilson, representing the jump we all saw coming.”

Chris also looked at it under the radar players who will drop big numbers in their contract year

What we watch Tuesday 📺

Blasting at Yankees19:05 on TBS
Storm at Lynx9 p.m. on ESPN
El Salvador vs US National Team10pm on FS1