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"The Stack" 6-17-16

LeBron James was sensational yet again in game six scoring 41 points and leading the Cavaliers in a wire-to-wire win over the Warriors to force a game seven Sunday night. Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports
LeBron James was sensational yet again in game six scoring 41 points and leading the Cavaliers in a wire-to-wire win over the Warriors to force a game seven Sunday night.
Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports
It was a soggy day at Oakmont Thursday for the first round of the U.S.Open. Play was suspended with roughly half the field yet to tee off.
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
 

The Stack is back on this Friday and we are headed to a game seven in the NBA Finals which is just what the NBA wanted.  Reaction to that plus a rainy U.S. Open and more so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Friday, June 16th:

 

Cavs force a game seven

 

I didn’t think LeBron James could be as good in game six as he was in game five.  In fact, I don’t think many people thought he could.  The Golden State Warriors getting Draymond Green back was certainly going to help on the defensive end.  James and the Cleveland Cavaliers had no problems whatsoever as they dominated game six from start to finish leading the entire way as they won 115-101 to force a game seven.  James once again scored 41 points and dropped eleven assists along with seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks.  He was sensational.  He was the King.  The Cavs were focused and they frustrated the hell out of the Warriors.  The Warriors didn’t make a field goal the first five minutes of the game and at one point trailed 31-9.  They did trim the deficit to 20 points by the end of the quarter, but man was this one ugly.  Every game in the NBA Finals has been decided by double digits.  How in the hell does that make this an excellent series?

 

Never have seen the Warriors so discombobulated and for lack of a better word terrible.  Klay Thompson wasn’t great.  Steph Curry had the quietest 30 points you’ll ever see in a box score.  More on him in a second.  Harrison Barnes, kind of you to show up.  Didn’t make a field goal at all.  As for Green, well perhaps we should have seen this coming as his impact after a game in which he is suspended isn’t great.  It wasn’t last night scoring just eight points to go with ten rebounds and six assists.  The Warriors will need more from him in game seven if they want to win their second consecutive championship.

 

As for Curry, he was ejected after he threw his mouthpiece in the fourth quarter disgusted with a foul he received.  Frustrated clearly boiled over, but he was out of sorts this game and has been out of sorts all series long.  Has to be the knee.  You don’t see Curry lose his composure like that though.  Fouling out like that doesn’t happen to Curry.  He better come focused and composed in game seven on their home court or we could be talking about one of the most stunning come-from-behind championships the NBA has ever seen.  Game seven is Sunday, June 19th at 8 PM ET on ABC.

 

First round of U.S. Open suspended

 

Start, stop.  Start, stop.  Start, officially stop.  That is how the first round of the U.S. Open from Oakmont went on Thursday.  Players were not happy when the first delay came and lasted over and hour and they weren’t allowed to warm up again.  They didn’t get much further into their round before they had to stop again.  Finally after what the third rain delay (maybe fourth?) officials said that’s it.  Round one would be suspended and will be played today.  Roughly half the field didn’t even get to tee off.  The rough as expected is thick and rough.  The greens are fast and the holes are incredibly long.  Your leader at this point is Andrew Landry at three under (-3), because of course he would be.  Why not?  Bubba Watson is one stroke back along with Danny Lee.  Jordan Spieth has had an up and down first round so far and sits in a tie for 16th at one over (+1).  They’ll get started early this morning.  We’ll see if they can get this tournament done on Sunday or if we will have to last until Monday.

 

Euro Cup update

 

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m kind of getting sucked into the Euro Cup.  I’m not watching full games.  Not even watching parts of all games, but I am very intrigued by the likes of Iceland and Thursday my fascination turned to Wales who took on England.  Wales led 1-nil on a Gareth Bale goal that was a pretty soft goal for the English keeper to give up.  A couple of substitutions paid off for England who scored in the 56th minute, but the real drama came in stoppage time when Daniel Sturridge got a shot on goal that looked like it surprised the Wales keeper in part because Wales never should have allowed Sturridge to get through, but the ball went off the keeper and in to give England a miraculous 2-1 victory.  The win certainly helps England in advancing out of group play and the loss is not a death sentence for Wales.  Win their next match and their in.  I think they will get in.  Northern Ireland also is a team that I find myself rooting for and they won 2-0 over Ukraine.  Ukraine now has no chance of advancing out of group play.  And Germany and Poland played the first nil-nil (that’s 0-0 to you commoners) match of the Euro Cup.  Poland didn’t even get a shot on goal.  Today’s matches include:

 

Italy vs. Sweden 9 AM ET ESPN

 

Czech Republic vs. Croatia Noon ET ESPN

 

Spain vs. Turkey 3 PM ET ESPN

 Suppose I should also mention that team USA beat Ecuador 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals in Copa America.  

Finally, may have to part ways with Dish as they no longer are carrying the NFL Network or Red Zone.  This must change before the regular season begins or I’m getting a new either satellite provider or switching back to cable.  Come on Dish.  Come on NFL.  Also, The Stack is on vacation next week so it is highly unlikely that we will be posting anything next week, but check back just in case we can sneak a quick post or two for the week.  It certainly won’t be every day.  Enjoy your break and we’ll rejoin you Monday, June 27th unless we can get one or two posts in next week.

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