NBA Final podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Nuggets dominate and early; Jokic finshes off Heat with triple double in game 1

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, passes the ball next to Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, center, during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Denver. (AP News photo)

On the NBA Final podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic got a triple double in his first career final and the Nuggets Jamal Murray scored 26 points. With Jokic and Murray provided the offense could this set the tone for this series?

#2 Jokic scored 27 points, 14 rebounds, and ten assists it’s been 47 long years for the Nuggets to make the finals and their finally here.

#3 The Heat who lost by nine points saw Bam Adedayo lead with 26 points, Gabe Vincent 19 points, and Haywood Highsmith with 18 points great shooting but it just wasn’t enough to keep up with the Nuggets.

#4 The Nuggets trailed for 34 total seconds in the contest and topped off with a 24 point lead. The Nuggets also had Aaron Gordon contribute with 16 points and Michael Porter Jr 14 points. They can rely on other players to contribute other than just Jokic and Murray.

#5 Nuggets up 1-0 and game 2 is slated on Sunday at Ball Arena, Jeremiah after watching game 1 did the thin air play a part in the Heat trying to keep up. They’ll have three days to get acclimated for game 2 if that was the case.

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Headline Sports podcast with Stephen Ruderman: Jays Bassitt said Yanks Judge was stealing tips; Jays pitcher Bass in hot water over LGBTQ message; plus more

Toronto Blue Jays announcers Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez were questioning what the New York Yankees Aaron Judge was looking at during this at bat. The Jays pitcher Chris Bassitt said Judge was getting signals from the first base coach as to what was coming (New York Post photo still)

On the MLB podcast with Stephen Ruderman:

#1 The Toronto Blue Jays broadcasters were drawing suspicions that the New York Yankees Aaron Judge was looking at the Yankees first base coach to get signs on what pitch was coming from Toronto pitchers. They had him on camera looking at something and then the pitch came and he went yard. Blue Jay pitcher Chris Bassitt said the Yankees were relaying pitches and Judge lied.

#2 The Toronto Blue Jays continue to make news as Jays pitcher Anthony Bass said that he believed in boycotting Budweiser and Target for their support over LGBTQ rights. Bass said this has become a political issue and said he didn’t understand what’s the big deal. Fans and critics say that the Jays have only one choice and it’s to get rid of Bass.

#3 The San Francisco Giants Patrick Bailey wasted no time on his 24th birthday Monday hitting a two run seventh inning home run that later led the Giants to a 14-4 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates in the first of a three game series.

#4 Turning the NBA news the Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers is stepping down after 12 years at the helm. Myers 48 said “It’s just time” and is looking doesn’t know what his future holds but felt his time in the position was up and he wanted to move on.

#5 The Denver Nuggets host the Miami Heat on Thursday night at Ball Arena in Denver for game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Heat just knocked off the Boston Celtics after the Celtics came back from being down 3-0. The Nuggets have been off since Mon May 22 and will have ten days rest before taking on the Celtics.

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NBA Final podcast with David Zizmor: Heat-Nuggets tip off for game 1 in Denver Thursday night

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler directs traffic while dribbling the basketball against the Boston Celtics in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston on Tue May 28, 2023 (AP News photo)

NBA Final podcast with David Zizmor:

#1 David taking a look at the Miami Heat who took out the Boston Celtics in seven games, it was a nail biter for the Heat winning the first three games then losing the next three games and clinching in game 7

#2 In game 7 the Heat were in Boston with the Celtics crowd behind them but they managed to take the crowd out of the game allowed the Celtics to score only 15 points in the first quarter and only 18 in the third quarter.

#3 The Denver Nuggets host the Heat in game 1 on Thursday night. The Nuggets have had plenty of rest having played their last game Mon May 22 that’s nine days rest for Denver is that an advantage or could they come in rusty?

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NBA Eastern Conference Finals podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Miami feels the Heat as Celtics close the gap

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum throws down against the Miami Heat in game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on Thu May 25, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the NBA Eastern Conference Finals podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 At one time the Boston Celtics were down 3-0 to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and now have come back to avoid elimination winning two straight games including last night’s game 5 thriller 110-97 to cut the Miami lead down to 3-2.

#2 Derrick White scored 24 points and had six three pointers and it was the three pointers that help make the difference for the Celtics. Marcus Smart had 23 points and five steals.

#3 Also the Celtics Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both finished with 21 points they both were driven for accomplishing a game 5 win.

#4 If the Celtics were to win game 6 they will have come back from three games down and teams who have been down 3-0 are 0-150 and are vying to beat the odds.

#5 Game 6 goes back to Miami Friday night. The Heat will have their fans behind them and the Heat are looking for their key players Gabe Vincent, Duncan Robinson, Caleb Martin and Jimmy Butler to make it happen and eliminate the Celtics. Can the Celts beat the odds or will the Heat take full advantage of the home court advantage?

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NBA Playoffs podcast with David Zizmor: Celtics escape to stay alive with 116-99 win over Heat

On the NBA Playoffs podcast with David:

#1 The Boston Celtics avoided getting swept by the Miami Heat 116-99 in Miami on Tuesday night. The Celtics led by Jayson Tatum led with 34 points and 11 rebounds.

#2 The Celtics also got scoring help from Derrick White and Jaylen Brown who each had 16 points and the Celtics had a strong second half to hold off the Heat.

#3 What had been absent for the Celtics in the first three games to put them behind the eight ball early and quickly.

#4 Dave game five comes back to the Boston on Thursday night and it might be the best chance for the Celtics to pick up one more win on their home floor but the Heat can put this away in a game six in Miami.

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NBA Playoffs podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Nuggets take 2-0 lead to Southland; Face Lakers in games 3 and 4 at Crypto

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray is pressured by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals series, Thursday, May 18, 2023, in Denver. (AP News photo)

On the NBA Playoffs podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Denver Nuggets Jamal Murray scored 37 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night as the Nuggets won game 2 108-103.

#2 Murray turned it on in the last ten minutes of the game as the Nuggets scored 32 points in the fourth quarter which surpassed the Lakers in Denver.

#3 Jeremiah, the Lakers are on the ropes and only can hope that they can dominate in the next two games Saturday and Tuesday for games three and four. The Lakers have players who are experienced in post season and that might be one of the factors to have a shot at some kind of comeback.

#4 The Nuggets had the advantage of having the crowd behind them and former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was in attendance in a front row seat.

#5 Jeremiah, Murray says he doesn’t get any respect he has not been selected for All NBA or the All Star team in six seasons. Murray says he’s better than a lot of players in the league, Murray said if the Nuggets can win the chip it would change everything.

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NBA Playoff podcast with David Zizmor: Lakers-Nuggets tip off for best of 7 tonight in Denver

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots over Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal series Friday, May 12, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP News photo)

On t he NBA Playoff podcast with David:

#1 Dave to start off taking a look at the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets who open their best of seven series tonight in Denver. We’ll take your analysis on the Lakers first who come in with LeBron James, Austin Reaves, and D’Angelo Russell.

#2 The Denver Nuggets are loaded their coming off a 4-2 series win against the Phoenix Suns and have some of the top shooters in the NBA with Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pape.

#3 David, talk has it that one of the factors for the Golden State Warriors failing to advance past the second round against the Los Angeles Lakers was because of Draymond Green’s punch on teammate Jordan Poole back in October. The Warriors couldn’t win on the road winning only 11 games away from Chase Center and Poole couldn’t find himself in the second round of the playoffs. How thrown off were the Warriors in the post season?

#4 David, long time Warriors general manager Bob Myers may not be back with the team next season and is still trying to decide whether to come back or not. Myers has been with Golden State for 11 years. The idea of not having Myers around will have an impact on the team.

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Relentless Lakers Eliminate Golden State In Semi-Finals 122-101

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts after scoring during the second half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal series against the Golden State Warriors Friday, May 12, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP News photo)

Relentless Lakers Eliminate Golden State In Semi-Finals 122-101

By Barbara Mason

The most important game that the Golden State Warriors (44-39) have played all season got underway Friday night as they took on the Los Angeles Lakers (44-39) in game six of the West semi-finals at Arena in Los Angeles.

This was a win or go home scenario for Golden State. They had to contain Anthony Davis and LeBron James playing in front of a hostile crowd. It was the biggest challenge all season for the defending champs and they couldn’t finish the job as the Lakers stayed in front of them all game long for the 122-101 win.

The Warriors got a horrible start in the opening quarter. With 2:37 left in the first quarter the stats were shocking. The Warriors were shooting at just under 30% from the field to the Lakers 60%. The Lakers were shooting an incredible 75% from downtown and the Warriors turned in an anemic 16% going two of 12.

Despite the ugly start, the Warriors were within striking distance trailing 31-26 after the first 12 minutes. They had trailed by 17 points during the quarter. The Warriors had cut down on the fouls and drew a few as well. They seemed to have settled down going into the second quarter.

The Warriors were able to get within four points in the second quarter but they were struggling on every front; field shots, long shots, defense and shots in transition. They trailed at the half 56-46.

What the Warriors so desperately needed was a solid third quarter and there was no sign of that in the opening minutes. The Lakers had extended their lead 64-48 in the first two minutes of the quarter and the Warriors continued to come up empty offensively. The Lakers were on a mission and showed no signs of slowing down hanging onto a double digit lead for most of the quarter. After three quarters Los Angeles had a strangle hole on the lead 91-77.

Golden State just had an awful three quarters. Not a single player was having a banner day. Warrior guard Stephen Curry did have 26 points after three quarters but he had also missed a lot of shots. The Warriors had one quarter to show the world that they were the defending NBA champions.

It was an exercise in futility; the Warriors could not even come close to keeping up with Los Angeles. The Lakers show- cased an entirely new level of excellence and the Warriors were doomed from the start.

LeBron had a terrific game dominating and finishing with 30 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and Anthony Davis was brilliant with 20 rebounds and 17 points. The Lakers imposed their will all night long and the Warriors were helpless to do anything about it.

The Warriors just ran into a buzz saw in this Laker team. Curry finished with 32 points but he was the only starter in double digits. It was a disappointing way to finish the season.

The Lakers will go on to the Western Conference Finals taking on the Denver Nuggets. That series will get underway on Tuesday at 5:30 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Lakers can take out Warriors tonight; Warriors can force a game 7 tonight

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis holds his head after catching an elbow in the head from Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney at the Chase Center in San Francisco Wed May 10, 2023. Tests later showed that Davis was negative for a concussion and was cleared to play game 6 in Los Angeles. (AP News photo)

On the Warrior podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah talk about the inadvertent elbow that Los Angeles Laker forward Anthony Davis caught in the head by the Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney that sent him on the bench. Report as of Thursday night Davis has recovered and is back in game 6 for tonight.

#2 Lakers head coach Darvin Ham said that Davis’ condition is he’s not showing signs of anything, Ham and the medical staff checked Davis and he’s feeling great and no need for concussion protocols.

#3 Jeremiah, it was game 5 that saved the Warriors from being eliminated when the picked up a huge 121-106 win at Chase Center on Wednesday against the Lakers who were up going into that game 3-1. The Warriors Stephen Curry led with 27 points followed by Andrew Wiggins with 25.

#4 In game 5 the Warriors defense was able to contain LeBron James who scored 26 and followed up by Anthony Davis who scored 23 for the night. It wasn’t enough as the Lakers fell short by 15 points.

#5 Warriors and Lakers battle for game 6 tonight at Arena for a 7:00pm tip off. The Warriors face elimination but if they can get the win it’ll be a toss up between the Lakers and Warriors for game 7 on Sunday.

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Warriors Beat Lakers 121-106 to Stave off Elimination, Force Game 6

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By: Mary Anne

Wednesday night was do-or-die for the Golden State Warriors, who hosted the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Warriors beat the Lakers 121-106 at the Chase Center.

There was star power in the building, as NBA on TNT analyst and former NBA player Baron Davis rang Wednesday’s bell ahead of Game 5. That said, Golden State was good to go.

The Warriors’ starting five featured Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Gary Payton II, and Draymond Green. Curry scored from downtown to get the Warriors going early in the first quarter. Curry and Green weren’t the Splash Brothers, per se, but the two were the first-quarter kings. The Warriors led 32-28 after the first quarter.

The Warriors continued to pour in the points in the second quarter. Jordan Poole took in the basket to score a layup, Andrew Wiggins provided an offensive spark, and Gary Payton II was so good in scoring in the paint. The Warriors led 70-59 at the half.

The second half saw a superb statistic. Stephen Curry passed Mark Jackson for 22nd most assists in NBA playoff history. Jackson is a former NBA player who played point guard for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets. Jackson also served as the Warriors head coach from 2011 to 2014.

Andrew Wiggins continued to deliver his offensive energy, and the Warriors led 93-82 after three quarters.

The Warriors came in hot in the fourth quarter. Andrew Wiggins was a key offensive player from start to finish, while Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all contributed offensively.

The Warriors survived a win-or-go-home Game 5 for a 121-106 victory.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 27 points, three rebounds, eight assists, and one block.

Andrew Wiggins recorded 25 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and one steal. Draymond Green scored 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.

Gary Payton II had 13 points, six rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Jordan Poole had 11 points, one rebound, and four assists. Klay Thompson had 10 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks. Moses Moody had six points and four rebounds. Jonathan Kuminga had five points, one rebound, and one assist. Kevon Looney had four points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.

Donte DiVincenzo added two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

The Warriors head to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers in Game 6 on Friday at 7:00 pm Pacific.