Atlanta Comes back and walks it off vs Giants, moving to 17-3 in their last 20 games

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Braves walk-off Giants, moving to 17-3 in their last 20 games

The Braves somehow were able to top off Orlando Arcia’s walk-off single just two nights later. Braves Starter Charlie Morton allowed 2 solo home runs off the bats Mike Yastrzemski and Darin Ruf in seven innings pitched. The Giants scored another run off A.J. Minter in the ninth before the Braves’ best inning of the entire season.

Charlie Morton must have felt rejuvenated to say the least, after the Braves’ second walk-off win in three days.

“I guess it was the energy and the sense that the guys could smell blood in the water right there,” Morton told a reporter who asked what he felt as he watched the final inning unfold.

Dansby Swanson’s homer, Marcell Ozuna’s smart baserunning, and Adam Duvall’s walk-off single gave the Braves a 4-3 win over the Giants on Wednesday night at Truist Park.

Atlanta was 2-24 when trailing after six innings, and 0-26 when trailing after seven or eight until tonight. They took advantage of a start that suggested Morton might be rolling like he did last year.

The Braves are looking like the defending World Series champions once again, thanks to their recent play. The club has won 17 of their last 20 games and are only a slim 4 1/2 games behind the Mets in the NL East with a lot of baseball to be played still

San Fransisco Giants reliever, Jake McGee, had Swanson down in the count 0-2 but Dansby was able to fight back into a full count, and then proceed to launch a fastball over the center-field wall. Ozuna then hit a clutch opposite-field single. Thanks to some heads up baserunning, Ozuna was able to tag up and advance on Matt Olson’s long fly ball to centerfield. Catcher William Contreras then went on to tie it with an RBI single.

“[Ozuna’s] play was one of the biggest ones because it got him in scoring position,” Dansby Swanson said after the game.

Morton must feel so much better than when he had a 6.85 ERA after his first five horrid starts. His early struggles may have been caused by the leg fracture he sustained in Game 1 of the World Series last year,

Morton wasn’t missing bats and his curveball wasn’t too effective early on. With that being said, he was able to complete the game by creatively mixing up pitches, a strategy he has been using to get to where he is now, with double-digit strikeouts in two of his last three starts.

In 20 innings pitched over his last three starts, Morton has struck out 32 batters and only issued one walk. In his last two starts, the righty went seven innings both times.

Swing-and-miss? Morton has induced more than 10 whiffs twice before June. In all four June starts, he’s struck out at least 10 batters.

Morton had this to say about the club and their recent play,

“I think the guys are in a really good spot, no matter of who we are playing,” Morton said. “There’s good momentum right now in the clubhouse.”

The defending champs are rolling without Freeman now, slowing climbing their way up everyone’s power rankings and don’t look like they plan on

Game 5 NBA Finals Warriors vs Celtics Preview


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Game 5 NBA Finals Warriors vs Celtics Preview

After a 2-2 deadlock in the series, the NBA Finals return to Chase Center on Monday for Game 5. Both the Warriors and the Celtics have not lost back-to-back games this postseason. Even though the series has been decided by double digits in each game — the Warriors’ 10-point victory in Game 4 was the closest so far . With that being said, the series has been much closer than that, as demonstrated by the 2-2 tie right now. As a matter of fact, the Warriors have outscored the Celtics by only one point (422-421) through the first four games of this year’s NBA“` Finals.

Thanks to their Game Four victory Friday, the Warriors have reclaimed home-court advantage in the NBA Finals. The Warriors can and most definitely will take advantage of whatever they can get with three games left in the series and each club two wins away from an NBA Championship, as the Dubs have gone 10-1 at home these playoffs. The series will be determined in the second half if Monday’s Game 5 follows the pattern of the first four. The team that has won the second half of the first four games has won each game of the series. Each of the Warriors’ first four games ended with a third-quarter win, and they have a plus minus of 49 in those quarters, while the Celtics won Games 1 and 3 with overpowering fourth-quarter performances.

This is shaping up to be the biggest game in the history of the Chase Center so far.

Despite a close game, the Warriors were able to pull away late with a 17-3 run to win Game 4 by 10 in TD Garden. Wiggins had a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with 17 points.
Stephen Curry has been unstoppable so far in this series. Since the start of the Finals, he has averaged 34.3 points per game while shooting more than 50% from the field and more than 50% from three-point range. If he continues to play at this level, this will be Curry’s best NBA Finals performance and the third best playoff series of his entire career. With a sore left foot, Curry was able to log a team postseason-high of 41 minutes in Game 4 and had one of the biggest games of his career, which should ease any fears about his ankle.
However, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney have been steady contributors in this series as well, albeit quieter. Jayson Tatum’s All-NBA offense is a dauntingtask for Wiggins. Just as he did in the Western Conference Finals against Luka Doncic, Wiggins is making Tatum earn every bucket he has made this round. Tatum is averaging 22.3 points per game these finals and is shooting a mediocre 34.1 percent from the field, 17 percent less than what he averaged in his first three series of these NBA playoffs. Offensively, Wiggins has carried the Warriors a couple times, particularly early in games. He has been eating the glass this postseason, easily rebounding the basketball better than he ever has in his career, and he had eight straight Warriors points in the first quarter of Friday’s victory.

Wiggins and Looney are each averaging 8.5 rebounds per game in this series, which is tied for the most on the team. Looney has been a constant presence for the Dubs, whether he’s starting or coming off the bench. When it comes to the NBA Finals, no one has a better plus-minus rating than Looney’s (+9.0 per game) because of his consistent postseason play, which has included everything from finishing at the rim to setting screens to rim protection.

When things go wrong for Boston, they always find a way to get back up and play better the next time around. As of this postseason, Boston has gone 7-0 while coming off a loss, and 8-3 away from home. Jaylen Brown and Jaylen Tatum lead the way for the Celtics, each averaging 22.3 points in this series. Additionally, Boston forwards Marcus Smart, Derrick White, and Al Horford have all had their moments during these year’s Finals. Robert Williams III has made an impact on the defensive side of the ball, sending shots away pretty often. When it comes to blocking shots, he’s second to only Kevon Looney among players who play at least 15 minutes each game in this series, with an average plus-minus of (+5.0). The C’s will need to continue to be top road team in postseason to have a chance of winning the championship and that’s exactly what they have done so far.

Dodgers Star Out For Extended Period of Time


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The Dodgers will be without star pitcher Walker Buehler for an extended period of time.

The team’s No. 1 starter will be out for at least six to eight weeks, after an MRI revealed an elbow strain. There are no plans for surgery, and Buehler is expected to return this season, but that depends on how well he recovers.

Before Saturday’s game, the Dodgers had already placed Buehler on the 15-day injured list.

Buehler left Friday’s start against the Giants after four innings due to elbow discomfort, setting up the MRI for Saturday.

It was yet another setback in what had already been the worst season of his career, with a 4.04 ERA, 1.2 WHIP, and 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings, the lowest of his career. Buehler had just managed to complete the best regular-season of his career last year , finishing fourth in Cy Young Award voting with a 2.20 ERA and 212 strikeouts in 207.2 innings pitched.

The absence of the right-handed pitcher will extend a frustrating season for the Dodgers’ rotation depth. Earlier in the season, the team had been without Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney for a significant  amount of time. However, on Saturday, Kershaw made his return Saturday. Tony Gonsolin (1.58 ERA) and Tyler Anderson (3.07 ERA) have stepped up to keep the team’s rotation competitive, but the pitching staff’s season has not gone as intended.

After a blazing hot start to the season, the Dodgers have dropped four of their last six games. Now, they must overcome yet another obstacle to reclaim their NL West crown.

Tampa Bay Advances to their 3rd Straight Stanley Cup Final


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Tampa Bay Advances to their 3rd Straight Stanley Cup Final

After trailing two games to none, the Lightning beat the New York Rangers, which may have been one of their hardest challenges that they have faced over the past three postseasons. Thanks to some late game heroics in Game 6, they are now headed to their third consecutive Stanley Cup final following their 2-1 victory at Amalie Arena’s last night.

The Lightning have become the first franchise since the Oilers to advance to the Stanley Cup final over three consecutive seasons (1983-85).

Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals will be at Ball Arena Wednesday vs the Western Conference champion Colorado Avalanche, who just swept the Oilers.

It wasn’t that long ago that the Lightning were down 2-0 in this series, but they stuck with the strategy that has won them two consecutive Stanley Cups — playing defensive-minded hockey, executing the forecheck, protecting the puck, and dictating the tempo of the game with continuous O-zone time.
The Lightning may have needed a few games to regain their playoff footing after a nine-day break after sweeping the Panthers in the second round, but a Rangers team that had already played two Game 7s this postseason showed signs of fatigue on Saturday night.

In his last eight series-clinching games, Tampa’s Andrei Vasilevskiy has yielded only two goals while stopping 20 of 21 shots.

In even-strength play, the Lightning dominated possession, forcing the Rangers to chase the puck all night. Even when New York knotted the game on a power-play goal by Frank Vatrano with 6:53 remaining in the third, the Lightning remained confident.

Twenty-one seconds after Vatrano’s goal, Steven Stamkos answered with his second of the game after receiving Nikita Kucherov’s assist on a 2-on-1, Stamkos redirected his own soaring shot into the net.

Stamkos scored the first goal with 9:17 remaining in the second period, when he fired a wrist shot from above the right circle past Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin’s blocker side.

Shesterkin kept the Rangers in the game throughout the night with a series of outstanding saves.

Late in the second period, Alex Killorn had a close-in charge on Shesterkin that was disallowed, and Kucherov was also denied by Shesterkin in the period. Brandon Hagel set up Anthony Cirelli with an open look at the right post near the end of the first period, but Cirelli was unable to lift the puck over Shestekin’s left pad.

Curry’s UNREAL Performance Propels Warriors to Game 4 W to Tie Series at 2-2


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Curry’s UNREAL Performance Propels Warriors to Game 4 W to Tie NBA Finals at 2-2

Stephen Curry is not the type to show a lot of emotion during a game, but in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, when the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 107-97, Curry played with his heart on his sleeve the whole time.

After making back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first quarter, Curry ran to the other end of the court and started yelling at the Boston fans. This is something he does maybe once or twice later in the game after a big shot, but not usually in the beginning.

Curry said, “Whether that’s their crowd, their team, our team, whoever wants to see that energy and that fire, we feed off of that.” 

Chef Curry scored 43 points, including seven 3-pointers, by making 14 of 26 of his shot attempts. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and four assists. He became only the fifth guard in NBA history to have at least 40 points and 10 rebounds in a Finals game. 

“Incredible,” said Draymond Green. “Put us on his back. Willed us to win. Much-needed win. A game we had to have. Came out and showed why he’s one of the best players to ever play this game, you know, and why, you know, this organization has been able to ride him to so much success. It’s absolutely incredible.” 

Green said he knew Curry wouldn’t let the Warriors lose. Kerr labeled Curry’s performance as “stunning.” Klay Thompson said it was Curry’s best game in the Finals. 

Curry doesn’t rate his games, but he said he knew what he did Friday night was important, especially considering what was at stake. Depending on how Friday’s game went, the Warriors would have either been down 3-1 or tied the series at two games each. 

Curry said, “It means everything knowing the sense of urgency we had to have tonight to win on the road and keep some life in the series, get home-court advantage back and try to create some momentum our way.”

Curry scored 33 points in the first three quarters, which was a pattern in the first three games of the series. The fourth quarter was his weak spot, as he only scored three points on 30 percent of his shots. 

On Friday, in the last frame, he got 10 points. Overall, he scored 24 points in the second half, which tied for the most points he’s ever scored in the second half of a Finals game in his career. 

The Warriors shut down the Celtics as a team in the fourth quarter. In the last five minutes of the game, when it mattered most, Golden State outscored Boston 13-0. This makes them the first team in the last 50 years to win a Finals game by at least 10 points in regulation after being behind at some point in the last five minutes. 

Wiggins added, “We were helping each other out, playing together, playing aggressively on the defensive side and, most importantly, just closing out. You know, not grabbing rebounds. No offensive rebounds. Didn’t get second-chance points. So that was big.” 

With just over a minute left in the game and the Warriors up by three, Green grabbed the offensive rebound after Thompson’s missed 3-pointer. He gave it to Curry, but when the Celtics double-teamed Curry, he quickly got the ball back. Then, Green passed the ball to Kevon Looney, who dunked over Al Horford to finish. 

Kerr said it was the night’s largest bucket. But Curry was the one who got them to where that shot could be the dagger.

“The things he does, we kind of take for granted from time to time,” Thompson said. “But to go out there and put us on his back, I mean, we got to help him out on Monday.”

On Friday, Thompson scored 18 points and hit four 3-pointers to help Curry. Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Jordan Poole added 14 points. Looney came off the bench for the first time in this series and ended up with 11 rebounds and a net rating of +21. 

Curry’s 43 points were more than the other Warriors’ starters’ 39 points. He is the oldest player to do that in a Finals game since Michael Jordan, who did it against the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 Finals when he was 35. 

Green had trouble, and he didn’t make a big difference in the game once again. In the last five minutes of the game, Kerr even took Green out of the game when the offense had the ball. 

As Thompson said, the Warriors know they have to help Curry out. But they aren’t saying they need to do it by sharing the brunt of the scoring responsibilities.

“When a guy is on a roll like that, you just get out of his way,” Thompson said.

Green added:  “You just try to do what you can to help free him up to get him to his spots or open up some space for him to create and get to his spots. For us, we’ve just got to continue to fill in where we may. You’ve got a shot, take it. … I think if everybody is forceful on the offensive end, and that means with cuts, that means crisp with your passes, then you allow him to be in the position to do what he does.”

Green said he knew Curry would play Game 4 with more fire because he could tell from how Curry acted in the days after their lackluster loss on Wednesday. 

Curry said that he knew going into Game 4 that he wanted to be in charge. He knew that things could change quickly in the Finals, and if he could get his team to win in Boston, everything would be in the Warriors’ favor. 

Green said, “He was going to come out with that kind of fire.” “And he did, and we could all keep up.”

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Game 5 is Monday (9 p.m. ET on ABC) at Chase Center.

The Charlotte Hornets will hire Kenny Atkinson as their new head coach


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The Charlotte Hornets will hire Kenny Atkinson as their new head coach

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a four-year contract with Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson to be their new head coach.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium was the first to report that the parties were close to reaching an agreement.

On June 3, The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick reported that Atkinson had “emerged as a front-runner” for the job and had a meeting with team officials, including chairman Michael Jordan.

In 2021-22, the Hornets finished 43-39. It was the team’s second consecutive 10-win improvement from the previous season.
This year, the Hornets lost their first play-in tournament game as the No. 10 seed for the second year in a row, extending its playoff drought to a sixth season.

Atkinson will take over a talented young roster led by point guard LaMelo Ball.

As an injury replacement, the 20-year-old was named to his first All-Star Game in 2021-22. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 7.6 assists per game, rankg. Averaging 115.3 points per game in the regular season, the Hornets offense ranked fourth in the NBA.
Atkinson is taking over for James Borrego, who was fired after four seasons in April. The Hornets had a mediocre record of 138-163 with Borrego at the helm.

Atkinson worked as an assistant coach for the Warriors under Steve Kerr in 2021-22. He is best known for guiding the Brooklyn Nets to the playoffs in his third season as head coach in 2018-19. Atkinson and the Nets mutually agreed to part ways in the middle of the following season, and he has a career record of 118-190 as a head coach.

Charlotte will also have the opportunity to add another talented player in the NBA draft on June 23, with the No. 13 pick coming near the end of the lottery.

With Atkinson leading the charge, the Hornets will continue to strive for the success that has eluded them for years.

Beal on his future: ‘I know what my decision will be based off of, and that’s gonna be where I feel like I can win’


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Beal on his future: ‘I know what my decision will be based off of, and that’s gonna be where I feel like I can win’

In the upcoming offseason, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is obviously expected to become one of the most sought-after free agents in the entire league. Of course, everything hinges on whether or not he declines the team’s player option.

Beal has been a member of the Wizards for the entirety of his professional career. In an interview with Taylor Rooks, he revealed that he hopes to spend the rest of his life in a place where he can succeed.
According to Beal, 
“I know what my decision will be based on, and that’s where I feel like I can win.” This is a decision I have to make. Regardless of the outcome, I’m going to do what I think is best for me in Washington, and I want people to respect that. I don’t care if you believe me or not, but I’m going to do everything I can to make this team better. “It doesn’t matter if it’s somewhere else; it’s the same commitment.”

Beal hasn’t ruled out the Wizards, but they’ve had a rough few seasons recently. Because of Beal’s injury-related absences, the Wizards failed to qualify for the playoffs in the 2021-22 season. In February, he had season-ending wrist surgery.

In the 2021-22 season, the three-time All-Star appeared in just 40 games for Washington. 23.2 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the field, and 30.0 percent from three-point range.

However, while Beal’s points per game dropped in the 2021-22 season, his assists per game increased to a career-high level.

Kristaps Porzingis was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline of the 2021-22 season, but it’s not clear if he will be Beal’s long-term running mate.

During the previous four years, the Wizards have only once reached the postseason. With a focus on winning, it’s possible that Bradley Beal won’t be with the Wizards in 2022-23 if he keeps his word.

MSG: Rangers fan banned for life after ‘abhorrent assault’ of Tampa Bay Lightning fan


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“Madison Square Garden: Rangers fan banned for life after ‘abhorrent assault’ of Tampa Bay Lightning fan”

In the wake of Thursday night’s Game 5, a New York Rangers fan has been banned for life from Madison Square Garden after he was spotted striking a Tampa Bay Lightning fan.

Video released on social media shows a Rangers fan punching a Lightning fan as they walked through the concourse following Tampa Bay’s 3-1 victory. During the time other people were tending to the injured fan, the assailant walked away from the scene.
According to Madison Square Garden, the Rangers fan allegedly struck another person who tried to intercede in the incident, calling it “an atrocious assault.”

“As this is now a criminal investigation, we are fully collaborating with law police. An additional punishment for the perpetrator is a lifetime ban from all MSG stadiums “According to a statement from MSG, “The Garden should be a safe and welcoming environment for all visitors, regardless of their team’s affiliation. There will be no exceptions to that rule.”

A 29-year-old Staten Island man was detained and charged with two charges of assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment, according to several media sites. The Rangers and Lightning fans were engaged in some sort of exchange before the punch was thrown, according to authorities.

The two victims, according to Madison Square Garden, got “proper medical attention.” As of this writing, police say that the Lightning fan has been brought to the hospital where he is in stable condition; the intervening fan has declined treatment.

To this point in the best-of-seven series, the Lightning lead 3-2. Madison Square Garden would host Game 7 on Tuesday if the Rangers win Saturday.

Top NBA Headlines from last night’s action!

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Top NBA Headlines from last night’s action!

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The Nets take down the Jazz at home, 114-106.

KD passes Jerry West for 22nd All-time in scoring

LaMelo seals the win for the Hornets vs the Pels with the CLUTCH floater, States how much he likes having Isaiah Thomas around.

Mavericks take down T’Wolves 110-108 despite 15 minute rain delay

Tatum scores 36, Celtics roll past Oklahoma City 132-123

DeRozan and LaVine lead Bulls to 113-99 win over Toronto

Christian Wood knocks down a career high 8 triples in Rockets win over the Wizards

Shorthanded 76ers, Maxey take down the Miami Heat without stars Embiid and The Beard


Lakers take down Cavs

“Falcons Trade Ryan; Potential positives to look at in a seemingly terrible move”

“Falcons Trade Ryan; Potential positives to look at in a seemingly terrible move”


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As if Falcons fans hadn’t suffered enough with arguably the worst loss in the history of professional sports (28-3?), Falcons fans suffered another setback, as the dirty birds traded their franchise quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts  FOR ONLY ONE third-round pick in this years’ 2022 NFL Draft. Yep, that isn’t a typo.  Ryan, who holds every significant passing record in franchise history, is an All-Pro, and the 2016 NFL MVP, is without question one of the greatest players to dawn the Falcons uniform. I definitely didn’t expect it to take so little for another team to acquire Ryan via trade, with just a third-round pick not nearly being enough in return if you ask me. Nevertheless, the move indicates that the Falcons are in complete rebuild mode, while signaling to their fan base that any chance of returning to the Super Bowl will not happen any time soon.

With that being said, Falcons fans who are looking for any kind of silver lining to the move need to look no further than the two other professional sports teams that reside in Atlanta.  The Braves began a rebuild in 2014, culminating in the Braves’ first World Series championship since 1995.  Additionally, the Hawks began a rebuild of their franchise in 2017, and were just two wins away from appearing in the 2021 NBA Finals, which has alluded them since 1961.  In the case of the Braves, drafting and developing the likes of Acuna, Albies, Freeman and Fried, accelerated the pace of the rebuild.  With the Hawks, a keen eye for talent such as John Collins, Kevin Huerter and Onyeka Okongwu and deft draft day maneuvering to bring Trae Young to the City has helped the Hawks become one of the most promising teams in the NBA.

So, remember this Falcons fans, while the move of Matty Ice does not bode well for the immediate future of the franchise, one only needs to look at the Braves and Hawks to realize that good things could be ahead for the team.  And that might also help heal other fresh wounds from the Falcons past. Will the Falcons be able to follow in the Braves and Hawks steps?

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