Nuggets coach Michael Mallone called his team’s defense “non-existent.” I’d lean more toward sporadic, inconsistent, inattentive, unaware, lazy, late, disorganized, distracted and unfocused. And it would be fair to throw in “alarming.” Effort and intensity should be a given in The Finals, right? Defensively, that was unprofessional.
And it was evident literally from the “jump.”
Here’s what we know after two games in Denver. The Nuggets are the deeper team. Jokic is the best player on the floor, and possibly the planet. Miami is composed and resilient, and got the road split it needed. Spoelstra is a cool customer and this ain’t his first county fair.
Denver has to be at least shaken, if not stirred. The Nuggets were on the cusp of blowing that one open at least three times and carried an eight-point homecourt lead into the fourth quarter at altitude. And Denver failed to close the deal.
Jokic scored 41 points. Perhaps that was the worst thing he could have done. Denver is 0-3 in this postseason when The Big Fella hangs 40 or more.
The Finals have begun. Game Three Wednesday in Miami.
Jets coach Robert Saleh says Aaron Rodgers will make his job easier. Yeah, for all the drama Rodgers frequently carries, I think we’d all have to agree he’s a better quarterback than Zach Wilson.
I have no idea how good an NFL quarterback Mac Jones is, or will be. I liked most of what I saw of him in his rookie 2021 season. I liked almost nothing I saw in 2022. This will be a career crossroads year for him in New England.
Russell Wilson has done two smart things this offseason. 1) He has lost some weight. 2) He has clearly made a conscious decision to STFU.
“The AL West-leading Texas Rangers…” I don’t like that. Y’all can go away now…
Braves DH Marcell Ozuna stood at home plate in the fourth inning in Phoenix and admired what turned out to be a 415-foot single. Braves skipper Brian Snitker then sat Ozuna’s lazy ass down. Good for Braves skipper Brian Snitker.
Here’s my takeaway from The Memorial. Viktor Hovland is absolutely a threat to win the U.S. Open. He has a “majors” type of game.
It’s all downhill from here for LPGA rookie Rose Zhang, who won her pro debut Sunday in New Jersey, becoming the first player in 72 years to do so. That was 13 days after she helped her Oklahoma State team to an NCAA championship. Nothing to this game…
You could make a good case that Norma Hunt was the First Lady of the NFL. We mourn her passing at the age of 85. Another Super Bowl will be played in February. It will be the 58th. It will be the first one at which Mrs. Hunt will not be in attendance.