With their backs against the wall the Golden State Warriors have returned to their dominate form in games five and six of the Western Conference Finals. Leading the charge is the two header monster of the Warriors, the Splash brothers. Klay dropped a ludicrous 41 points during game six along with an NBA playoff record 11 made 3-pointers. Look for an exciting finish to the series tonight in game seven at The Oracle.
The rookie for the Pittsburgh Penguins was clutch during game seven of the Eastern Conference finals. Scoring both of his team’s goals in the deciding game of the series. His outstanding performance helped the Pens punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. Keep and eye out for Rust to be another scoring threat, adding to the already potent Pittsburgh offense.
Kershaw continues to show why he is widely considered the best pitcher in baseball currently. He had two lights out performances this week. First, a two hit complete game shutout of the Reds with seven strikeouts. And finished off the week with a solid 7.2 inning game with ten strikeouts while giving up only two earned runs to the Mets. Through 86.2 innings pitched this year Clayton currently sits at an unmatched 1.56 ERA.
After solid performances throughout the NHL Playoffs Andrei could not get it done when it mattered most. In the final two games of the Eastern Conference Finals he allowed six goals in 72 attempts amounting to a .917 save percentage. Goal-tending can make or break teams in the playoffs and unfortunately for the Lightning their goal-tending fell short. Hopefully the rookie has learned from this experience and will improve come next season.
The Toronto Raptors
After tying up the series 2-2 many thought the Raptors had a shot to take down the reigning Eastern Conference champs. This dream soon fell apart in games five and six where the Raptors were outscored 229-165 falling to the Cavs in six games. Shooting a mediocre 40% field goal percentage and an even worse 25% outside the arc in the final two games of the series. Unfortunately for Toronto their lackluster performance has knocked them out of the playoffs. Better luck next year Drake.
Gio has been off his game the past week giving up 13 earned runs in 9.2 innings of work. This blow up was quite surprising since before this week Gonzalez was the owner of a 1.86 ERA. The root of Gio’s struggles can be traced back to the four home runs he gave up in those two lackluster starts. Look for the lefty to bounce back this week versus Philadelphia.
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