Where do the Warriors Rank All-Time? How Does Sid the Kid Compare to the Greats? What’s Wrong with Rick Porcello? This and Much Much More!!!
By: Evan Matzner
Barring injury, the team that is the best at the start of the NBA season is usually competing for the O’Brien Trophy in June. From the moment Kevin Durant took his talents to the Bay Area last summer, the Warriors were the odds on favorite to reclaim the NBA Championship, and they did not disappoint. Where this team ranks among the all-time greats is up for discussion, but personally, I would love to see 1997 Jordan on Steph, Kukoc guarding Klay, and Pippen/Rodman double covering Durant. I can’t say with all certainty who would win, but I can say that there is no way that the Warriors would average 121 points per game against that Bulls team.
Good luck to the rest of the NBA next season, they are going to need it if one of them is going to dethrone this Warriors team.
Although the fans of Cleveland may disagree, there is no shame in their loss to Golden State. LeBron became the first player in NBA history to average a triple double in the finals, Kyrie averaged 29 points per game to reignite conversations of his place within the NBA’s elite, and Kevin Love played well enough not to be the scapegoat for the Cavs defeat. While the summer will surely consist of Love trade rumors, the fact remains that this was just the Warriors year. Plain and simple, no one was beating a healthy Warriors team 4 times in 7 games.
And for anyone who wants to hate on LeBron for his 3-5 finals record, shut up. This isn’t Alex Ovechkin or Dan Marino. He has won 3 titles. His legacy in fine.
Looking at Rick Porcello, the 2016 AL Cy Young winner is actually up in strikeouts per 9 innings compared to last season (8.5 per game to 7.6), despite a 3-8 record with a 4.67 ERA. When seeing his walks per 9 innings has also slightly increased (1.8 to 1.3), the conclusion can be drawn among experts that Porcello is trying to throw harder and with more cut, thus losing some control and making more mistakes. Look for a decrease in velocity and better command in his next few outings.
Speaking of the Red Sox, according to Peter Gammons, first round pick Tanner Houck was significantly undervalued and dropped to #24 as a punishment for pitching 3-years in college. Gammons believes that had Houck left school earlier, he could have been a potential top 5 pick.
If an NBA team wants to offer Blake Griffin a 5-year max contract, then by all means don’t let me stand in their way, however, if I’m Danny Ainge, I’m not committing long term to a player that hasn’t played more than 70 games since the 2013-14 season.
If you’re keeping track at home, the upcoming U.S. Open is the first time in 24 years that neither Tiger nor Phil will be participating in a major tournament.
With Tyler Thornburg out for the year, Dave Dombrowski might want to give the last place Cincinnati Reds a call and ask the price of Drew Storen, 27.1 innings pitched, with a 2.30 ERA, and who also happens to be a free agent after this season.
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