"The Stack" 6-14-16

LeBron James' determination and drive propelled the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 112-97 win in game five last night. He did it all scoring 41 points and adding 16 rebounds along with 7 assists and 3 blocks and 3 steals. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
LeBron James' determination and drive propelled the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 112-97 win in game five last night. He did it all scoring 41 points and adding 16 rebounds along with 7 assists and 3 blocks and 3 steals.
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Kyrie Irving was about as hot as you could be in game five last night, going 17-for-24 for 41 points in the Cavs win.
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The Stack is back on this Tuesday and the NBA got what it wished for…an extended series.  The NBA Finals are going to a game six following the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-97 win last night.  Reaction to that and more so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Tuesday, June 14th:


Cavs beat Warriors to extend series


Draymond Green proved just how important he is to the Golden State Warriors by not playing last night.  The Warriors looked lost a bit on defense as Kyrie Irving had the game of his life.  Combine that with LeBron James’ sensational effort and the Cavaliers took control of this game in the second half in route to their 112-97 victory to force game six in Cleveland Thursday night.  Irving as mentioned had the best game of his young playoff career going for 41 points on 17-of-24 shooting.  He was making everything he put up in the second half it seemed like, particularly in the fourth quarter.  It was a sensational performance.  I don’t know if his performance overshadowed what James did or if what James did overshadowed what Irving did.  The King went for 41 points and had 16 rebounds.  He added seven assists and had both three steals and three blocks.  It was possibly his greatest moment on the NBA Finals stage in his entire career.  He drove to the hoop in the first half scoring 25 points.  He took advantage of Draymond Green’s absence and took it to the Warriors who didn’t have any sort of answer on the defensive end.  One could look at this from the stand point that the Cavaliers’ backs were against the wall and they certainly were.  One more loss and their season is done, but there is little doubt that the game plan was to take advantage of Green’s absence and they certainly did.  Irving and James now become the first set of teammates in NBA Finals history to score 40 plus points in the same game.  No one has ever done that before.  These two put the rest of the team on their back. 


The Warriors went cold in the final minutes of the game.  They scored just one point in the final almost six minutes of the game.  The decision to suspend Green certainly didn’t sit well with them before the game and seeing how the Warriors played defense in this game shows just how badly they need him.  He sets the tone with his physical play and his overall defense does set him apart in the association.  We’ll see how he plays in game six in Cleveland.  The Warriors also have to be holding their breath regarding the injury to Andrew Bogut who hurt his knee and leg in the game.  That could be a big loss for them.  Still expect the Warriors to win, but their road to the championship just got harder.


Misc. headlines


Baylor donors want Art Briles back as head coach of the football team after a year’s suspension.  That seems like a huge mistake and if Baylor wants to botch this up any more, then bringing Briles back would be the way to do it.  What a slap in the face to victims that would be if he comes back.  Can’t do it Baylor.  This shouldn’t even be up for discussion.


The Milwaukee Bucks and head coach Jason Kidd have agreed to a three-year, $18 million extension.  The Bucks were one of the biggest disappointments in the league this season, but they are very young and have a lot of talent.  Should they fail this year, we’ll see just how much patience they have with Kidd….The Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in trading for Jimmy Butler according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.  The number five overall pick is in play to go to Chicago.  Butler likes Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau so the move would make sense, but Buddy Heild also is appealing to Timberwolves fans.  They may also get Joakim Noah.


The NHL season is now over, but there is head coaching news to mention.  Randy Carlyle is going back to Anaheim to coach the Ducks.  Carlyle was the coach when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007 and the Ducks are hoping he can lead them back to the promised land once again…The St. Louis Blues still have a head coach in Ken Hitchcock, but this is his final season coaching.  They have their next coach in waiting though and it is former Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo who will be an associate head coach this season and take over the reins next season.  That seems like a smart decision by the Blues to give Yeo a year to adjust to the team before he takes over.


Coming up Wednesday: Reaction to top stories in the sports world…if no blog Wednesday, we’ll be back Thursday