CP. Chris Perseverance.
Hell, yes, that moved me. I have long regarded perseverance as the master human virtue, the one from which all others flow. Chris Paul will play in the NBA Finals for the first time in his 16-year career. It didn’t come easy, Ringo. He has partially torn ligaments in his right hand. He is still hobbled by a sprained right knee he suffered in Round Two against the Jazz. He has a lingering nerve issue in a shoulder. He just got over a bout with COVID. And, oh, yeah, he’s 36-years-old.
And then he did what he did last night. On the road. Paul scored 41 points, all but ten in the second half, including 19 in the fourth quarter. He hit all five of his 3-point attempts. Suns clinch in Game Six 130-103 and are on their way to their first NBA Finals in 28 years. Hell, yes, that moved me. It’s why I love sports.
Paul George of the Clippers says everything would have been different if Kawhi had been there. Where have I heard that before?
It appears Giannis won’t be there for the Bucks in Game Five against the Hawks tonight. Bad news? That hyperextended knee is still gimpy. Good news? No structural damage.
How ‘bout them Bulldogs? That was cool. Mississippi State takes the College World Series title with a 9-0 shutout over defending champion Vanderbilt. Bulldog pitchers Will Bednar and Landon Sims combine on a one-hitter.
It’s July. What does that mean to me? It means NFL training camps will be open before we flip the calendar again.