Today in Sports: 9/21/20 – 9/25/20

Vacation: was not around to write previews and reviews for these days. This will happen on occasion. Recap below:

9/21/20 – NFL: Las Vegas Raiders defeat New Orleans Saints 34-24 on Monday Night Football

9/22/20 – NBA: Denver Nuggets defeat Los Angeles Lakers 114-106 in game 3 of the Western Conference Finals – Lakers lead series 2-1

9/23/20 – NBA: Miami Heat defeat Boston Celtics 112-109 in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals – Heat lead series 3-1

9/24/20 – NBA: Los Angeles Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 114-108 in game 4 of the Western Conference Finals – Lakers lead series 3-1

9/25/20 – NBA: Boston Celtics defeat Miami Heat 121-108 in game 5 of the Western Conference Finals – Heat lead series 3-2

Today in Sports: 9/20/20 Review

NFL: Week 2 scores

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 105-103 in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals – Lakers lead series 2-0

What a game! What an ending! Anthony Davis hit a game-winning three at the buzzer to knock off the Denver Nuggets in game two of the Western Conference Finals. After a furious rally down the stretch led by one of the games’ clutchest players in Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis caught the baseline inbounds pass and rose up for an uncontested three. Mason Plumlee was on Davis, but ran himself into the pick set to get Davis open. It was a colossal mistake that Denver could not afford to make.

Game three of the Western Conference Finals will be on Tuesday at 6 PM PT on TNT.

Today in Sports: 9/20/20 Preview

NFL: Week 2 of the regular season!

NBA: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals

After winning the first game of this best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series, the Lakers are looking to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers dominated in game one, looking like the fresher and more talented basketball team. The Nuggets will need to make adjustments and get contributions outside of their stars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

The Nuggets have been comfortable coming from behind in previous playoff series, but they have not faced a team as talented as the Los Angeles Lakers. They cannot afford to foul as carelessly as they did in game one, and will need to hope for a better whistle from the referees in order to have a chance of winning.

Prediction:

Lakers: 121 Nuggets: 118

The Lakers are just too talented. The Nuggets’ two best players are 25 and 23 years old respectively, and their potential third star in Michael Porter Jr. is 22 years old. This young trio should be around for years to come, but they are not ready to push this championship favorite Lakers team quite yet.

Today in Sports: 9/18/20 Review

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 126-114 in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals – Lakers lead series 1-0

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 126-114 in the first game of this best-of-seven Western Conference Finals. This game was not as close as the score would indicate, the Lakers had a comfortable lead the entire second half. Both teams had their garbage time lineups in the fourth quarter, trying to get through this game without injury or tipping their hand to potential adjustments.

The Lakers shot an absurd 24 free throws in the second quarter. Although they were being aggressive attacking the basket, the calls were all going the Lakers way in the second quarter after a 38-36 Nuggets first quarter. This seemed all too familiar to NBA conspiracy theorists, and although it’s unlikely a showing of intentional bias it was a showing of incompetence and favoritism towards the Lakers’ two superstars: LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Young teams like the Nuggets rarely get these type of calls in playoff games, and today was no exception with both Nuggets’ stars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray having to sit large portions of the second quarter because of foul trouble. The Nuggets will get swept if they continue getting this tough whistle, but they cannot afford to worry about something out of their control given how poorly they played.

Game two of the Western Conference Finals will be on Sunday at 4:30 PM PT on TNT.

Today in Sports: 9/18/20 Preview

NBA: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals

After a second consecutive 3-1 series deficit erased by the amazing play of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, the Denver Nuggets will face their toughest test in LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. The basketball world was looking forward to the battle of L.A. in the bubble between the Lakers and Clippers, but nobody let the Nuggets know they were supposed to step aside. Game one will be a pivotal game for both teams, given that the winner of game one wins the series roughly 64% of the time. But that may not matter to the Nuggets. On the contrary they might want to lose on purpose, since they seem to be most comfortable coming back from 3-1 series deficits and double-digit leads within games.

All joking aside, the Nuggets will have to find a way to keep Nikola Jokic dominating the way he has been throughout the playoffs. The Clippers didn’t have an athletic big to slow him down, but the Lakers do with first team all defender Anthony Davis. Davis has been reluctant to play center his entire career, but during these playoffs has made the switch which has allowed LeBron James to play power forward. This is their ideal positions, especially in the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how often Lakers Coach Frank Vogel will go to traditional bigs Dwight Howard and Javale McGee, two 7-footers that Jokic will likely dominate. Not that Jokic can’t dominate Davis, he’s the best offensive center in the game, but it will be more of a challenge to deal with Davis’ length and athleticism. This series will not be won in game one, but it could be an indicator of what’s to come during the rest of this series.

Prediction:

Lakers: 117 Nuggets: 111

Both the Lakers and Nuggets have been slow starters in past playoff series. They both take time to figure out their opponent before making game two adjustments. The Lakers will be the fresher team, having beaten the Rockets in five games in the second round. The Nuggets are coming off of back-to-back three games to one comebacks, being the only team to ever achieve that. Even with a few days off, they’ll still be tired and it’ll likely cost them a chance at game one.

Today in Sports: 5/22/17 Review

NBA:

Golden State Warriors defeat San Antonio Spurs 129-115: The Warriors completed their third consecutive series sweep to return to the NBA Finals for the third straight year. The Spurs weren’t the same team in the last 3.5 games without superstar Kawhi Leonard. Gregg Popovich is a genius, but he wasn’t able to come up with a game plan to defeat the Warriors without his star. LaMarcus Aldridge had another terrible performance, scoring just 8 points in 22 minutes. He’s been a major disappointment since joining San Antonio. Manu Ginobli scored 15 points in possibly the final game of his illustrious career. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant scored 36 points and 29 points, respectively. They’ve both been dominant throughout the playoffs. The Warriors will face the Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.

Today in Sports: 5/22/17 Preview

NBA:

Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs host the Warriors in game four of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are looking to sweep their third straight series. This will be Golden State’s third straight NBA Finals appearance. Kawhi Leonard is not expected to play, which is detrimental to San Antonio’s chances of extending the series. LaMarcus Aldridge will need to step up in Leonard’s absence, which is something that he’s been unable to do during the playoffs. The Warriors are heavy favorites to finish the sweep. This is a must-win game for the Spurs.

Today in Sports: 5/20/17 Review

NBA:

Golden State Warriors defeat San Antonio Spurs 120-108: The Warriors defeated the Spurs to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. The Spurs were playing without their superstar Kawhi Leonard for the second consecutive game. They weren’t able to win the game, but they put forth an impressive effort without their leader. The Spurs were counting on LaMarcus Aldridge to bounce back from his pitiful game two performance. He led the Spurs with 18 points, but wasn’t effective enough to help lead San Antonio to victory. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were dominant, scoring 33 points and 21 points, respectively. The Warriors look poised to advance to their third straight NBA Finals. These two teams will play game four on Monday in San Antonio.

Today in Sports: 5/20/17 Preview

NBA:

Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs host the Warriors in game three of the Western Conference Finals. After losing the first two games, the Spurs need to win this game to keep their NBA Finals hopes alive. Kawhi Leonard will not play in this game, which seriously cripples the Spurs’ chances of defeating the heavily favored Warriors. The Spurs need LaMarcus Aldridge to step up in Leonard’s absence. Golden State hasn’t lost a game in the playoffs, and looks like a team on a mission to redeem themselves from last year’s collapse in the NBA Finals. In all likelihood, the Warriors are going to win and it won’t be close. Hopefully the Spurs can keep the game close, but I wouldn’t count on it.

Today in Sports: 5/18/17 Review

NHL:

Anaheim Ducks defeat Nashville Predators 3-2 (OT): The Ducks defeated the Predators in Nashville to even the series at two games apiece. This was a crucial win for the Ducks to help keep alive their chances of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals. The Ducks took a 2-0 lead with goals in each of the first two periods. The Predators responded by scoring two goals late in the third period. The tying goal was scored with less than a minute remaining. The Ducks were able to respond in overtime by scoring the game winning goal. This game was extremely exciting, which has been a common theme during the playoffs. These two teams will play game five on Saturday in Anaheim.

Today in Sports: 5/18/17 Preview

NHL:

Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators: The Predators host the Ducks in game four of the Western Conference Finals. The Predators have a chance of taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. After losing the opening game in this series, the Ducks were able to even the series at one game apiece. The Ducks lost the third game of the series on Tuesday, and will need to bounce back once again and even the series if they want to avoid three consecutive must-win games. This isn’t a must-win game for the Ducks, but losing this game would seriously cripple their chances of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.

Today in Sports: 5/16/17 Review

NBA:

Golden State Warriors defeat San Antonio Spurs 136-100: The Warriors dominated the Spurs to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The Spurs have looked shell shocked after their superstar Kawhi Leonard re-injured his ankle in the first game of the series. Jonathon Simmons was the only player that stepped up for the Spurs, leading the team with 22 points. LaMarcus Aldridge only scored 8 points. He’s been a major disappointment since joining the Spurs. He looked timid all game. He’s the best player on the Spurs now that Kawhi Leonard is injured. His lackluster performances this postseason are inexcusable. The Warriors dominated the game from the start. The game was over before halftime. The Spurs will need to step up their intensity in game three if they want to keep their season alive. These two teams will play game three on Saturday in San Antonio.

Draft Lottery:

  1. Boston Celtics
  2. Los Angeles Lakers
  3. Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Phoenix Suns
  5. Sacramento Kings
  6. Orlando Magic
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves
  8. New York Knicks
  9. Dallas Mavericks
  10. Sacramento Kings
  11. Charlotte Hornets
  12. Detroit Pistons
  13. Denver Nuggets
  14. Miami Heat

Today in Sports: 5/16/17 Preview

NBA:

San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: The Warriors host the Spurs in game two of the Western Conference Finals. After a controversial game one, the Warriors look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The Spurs will be playing without superstar Kawhi Leonard because of an ankle injury that he re-aggravated in game one. Zaza Pachulia injured Leonard on a questionable play that many people (including myself) think was dirty and intentional. Given Pachulia’s history, he doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. The Warriors were being dominated before Leonard’s injury. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were fantastic in game one, and will have a better chance of dominating again without Leonard’s presence on defense. This should be an easy win for the Warriors.

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Today in Sports: 5/14/17 Review

NBA:

Golden State Warriors defeat San Antonio Spurs 113-111: The Warriors defeated the Spurs in game one of the Western Conference Finals. Down by more than twenty points, the Warriors outscored the Spurs by 22 points in the second half to steal the game from the San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard re-injured his ankle in the third quarter when Zaza Pachulia contested his jump shot. With the way that Leonard was dominating, it seems curious that Pachulia’s foot ended up under Leonard’s foot. Although Pachulia and Leonard both claim it was an accident, the move by Pachulia didn’t seem natural or accidental. The Warriors dominated the Spurs once Leonard was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Hopefully Leonard will be able to return for game two. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant scored 40 points and 34 points, respectively. The Spurs will need to limit their impact in the series if they want to pull off the upset. These two teams will play game two on Tuesday in Oakland.

Today in Sports: 5/14/17 Preview

NBA:

San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: The Warriors host the Spurs in game one of the Western Conference Finals. After missing game six of their last series, Kawhi Leonard should be healthy enough to play in this game without any limitations. The Warriors swept their first two series, and are heavy favorites to advance to the NBA Finals. The Spurs have Gregg Popovich, arguably the best coach in NBA history. Although they have the coaching advantage, the Warriors have the personnel advantage. If the Spurs are going to win this series, they’ll need to steal a few games in Oakland. This isn’t a must-win game for either team, but this game can set the tone for the rest of the series.