2017 NBA Finals Ratings After 2 Games Highest Since Michael Jordan’s Final Title

Blowout victories from the Golden State Warriors in the first two contests of the NBA Finals didn’t turn away the viewers.

The Associated Press cited Nielsen company numbers Monday and noted the third straight showdown between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers averaged 19.6 million viewers, which is a five percent increase from last year.

According to the AP, Sunday’s Game 2 averaged 20.1 million viewers, which was the highest for an NBA Finals Game 2 since Michael Jordan‘s Chicago Bulls battled the Utah Jazz in 1998.

            

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Derek Fisher Talks DUI Crash, Says It’s Important ‘No One Else Was Injured’

Derek Fisher briefly spoke with TMZ Sports following his car accident over the weekend that resulted in the former NBA player and coach being arrested for DUI. 

“The most important part is that we’re here and that no one else was injured,” Fisher said. “So from here, just focusing on the positives.”

TMZ also showed the aftermath of the crash: 

           

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Ric Flair Says He Injured Hand Fighting Warriors Fan, Speaks on Rihanna

Ric Flair wrote on Instagram that he injured his hand during an altercation with a Golden State Warriors fan.

Rihanna, Move over and Let the Naitch show you how it is done!” Flair added, alluding to the singer’s heckling of Warriors players during Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

    

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Vegas Oddsmakers Would Favor ’17 Warriors over Michael Jordan’s ’96 Bulls

Some oddsmakers in Las Vegas see the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors as a superior team to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who went 72-10 en route to an NBA title.

ESPN.com’s Ben Fawkes spoke with six bookmakers in Vegas, four of whom considered the Warriors the favorites were they matched up with the Michael Jordan-era Bulls.

     

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8 Father-Son Moments in Sports That Will Give You All the Feels

Don’t let LaVar Ball’s media-driven relationship with his son Lonzo distract you from the truth. In sports, we’ve witnessed countless father-son moments that have given us all the feels.

Looking back at history paints a complete picture of how important these relationships can be. How special a father’s bond with their son is.

Understanding this, here are eight of the best father-son moments in sports history.

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NBA Execs Expect Lakers to Pick Lonzo Ball in 2017 NBA Draft

Nothing is certain in the NBA draft, but it is continuing to look more and more like the Los Angeles Lakers will select Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick.

Kevin Smith of Real GM reported Monday that “every NBA front office person” he spoke to expects Ball to end up in Los Angeles.

The Boston Celtics have the No. 1 pick in the draft and have been taking a long look at Washington‘s Markelle Fultz, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Ball’s father, LaVar, has been orchestrating a move to keep the Los Angeles native at home for some time.

“That’s all we working out for is the Lakers,” LaVar Ball told Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation in May. “Just the Lakers. There’s nobody else that we need to workout for.”

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge later confirmed the player’s camp declined an invitation to workout.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported Ball is expected to workout with the Lakers on June 7, although there remains a possibility he also visits the Philadelphia 76ers, who hold the No. 3 pick.

LaVar Ball’s outspoken attitude has led to speculation about a possible slide down the board, but few believe it would be too great of a fall.

“I don’t think he falls past 2,” an Eastern Conference executive told Marc Berman of the New York Post. “But it’s a concern in the back of everyone’s mind.”

The NBA draft is set for June 22.

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Stephen Curry Notches 1st Warriors Postseason Triple-Double

Golden State Warriors superstar point guard Stephen Curry recorded 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in Sunday’s Game 2 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, marking the first playoff triple-double in franchise history, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Curry and the Warriors took a six-point lead into the second quarter and just a three-point lead into the halftime break, but they extended it in the third quarter and coasted the rest of the way. The club posted a 19-point victory in Game 2, just slightly less dominating than the 22-point margin in Game 1.

In addition to Curry’s triple-double—his first in the postseason—LeBron James also posted one. The duo marked just the second time in NBA playoff history that more than one player has tallied triple-double, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

Even prior to the club’s signing of superstar Kevin Durant, the Warriors would have entered the season as one of the favorites to win the championship. Durant’s addition has proven highly beneficial, however, as he supplied 33 points in Game 2 and 38 points in Game 1.

Golden State has glided through the playoffs thus far, winning all of its 14 contests en route to a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals. Unless something drastically changes as the series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 and Game 4, the Warriors could have smooth sailing ahead to their second championship in three seasons.

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