"The Stack" 5-26-16

Kevin Love had a big game as the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Toronto Raptors 116-78 in game five to take a 3-2 series lead. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Love had a big game as the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Toronto Raptors 116-78 in game five to take a 3-2 series lead.
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
The San Jose Sharks celebrated their 5-2 game six win over the St. Louis Blues. With the win, the Sharks advance to their first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The Stack is back on this Thursday and we have a short blog for you today thanks to an unwanted computer upgrade. Thanks Windows 10. Short, sweet and to the point. Let’s get right to it and see “the stack” for today, Thursday May 26th:

Cavs roll past Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are a completely different team when they go to Cleveland. That or maybe the Cleveland Cavaliers were just tired of letting the Raptors think they had a chance in this series. The Cavaliers destroyed the Raptors to the tune of 116-78 and now hold a 3-2 series lead. A 23-4 run at the end of the first quarter pretty much ended all hope for the Raptors of winning this game and the Cavs kept pouring it on in the second quarter . The halftime score was 65-34. That is embarrassing for a team in a conference final. Kevin Love finally showed up and scored 25 points. Every starter had a +/- of at least +26. That’s great. Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving all scored at least 20 points. Don’t know what else to say about this one, other than this game was complete domination by the Cavs. The Raptors need to look at themselves in the mirror and see if they want to fight in the final two games of this series or if they will just fold up in game six, proud of the fact that they were able to win a couple of games against the Cavs. Let’s hope it’s the former. Game six is Friday. Will the Golden State Warriors’ season end tonight in what could be the biggest playoff disappointment of all-time? Game five is tonight back in Oakland against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors 9 PM ET TNT (Thunder lead series 3-1)

Sharks advance to the Stanley Cup

For the first time in their 25-year franchise history, the San Jose Sharks are going to the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in game six last night in San Jose and were able to celebrate with their fans. It was really loud in the Shark Tank. The Blues couldn’t get a whole lot going against the Sharks in the first couple of periods or maybe more accurately, Sharks goalie wasn’t allowing the Blues to get anything by him. The Sharks scored a goal in each the first and second period and when Joel Ward added his second goal of the game three minutes into the third period, you had a pretty good idea the Blues weren’t coming back. When they made it 4-0 it felt like the Blues no way were coming back, but Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first two goals of the series in a span of five minutes to give the Blues a little hope and they kept crashing the net and getting shots on goal. Multiple chances, but Jones stood tall in net. An empty net goal capped the Sharks win and the celebration ensued. Good for the Sharks. Good for their fans. Good for Northern California. Good for the NHL? Not quite sure, but it’s a new market and we’ll see how they tune in for the game. Who will the Sharks play? That will be decided in game seven of the eastern conference final tonight.

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Pittsburgh Penguins 8 PM ET NBCSN (Series tied 3-3)

Coming up Friday: NBA & NHL Playoff reaction plus an Indy 500 pick and maybe more.