For the first half of Friday night’s Game 4 NBA Finals game, it looked like the Golden State Warriors were going to just about be healthy enough to defeat the Toronto Raptors and even up the series at two games apiece. But Kawhi Leonard had a wholly different idea and would come out of the locker room after half time on a mission. He and the Raptors had played poorly in the first half, but they only trailed by four. That gave them all the ammunition down the stretch as they ended up running away and hiding with a 105-92 win that puts them on the brink of an NBA title. Leonard scored 36 points in all, but it was the third quarter that set the tone for the remainder of the game, with him putting in 17 of those in that period alone. Two three-pointers scored over Draymond Green had began the second half, and that instantly overturned the lead the Warriors had and helped propel the Raptors toward a win that puts them on the brink. Should they win back in Toronto on Monday in Game 5, they will be champions, much to the surprise of a few out there! But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how you do it. Winning is winning, whether you beat a team that is fully healthy or not.
Some things just go together. They are forever synonymous with one another. Rafa Nadal and the French Open have to be toward the top of the list, as the Spaniard continued to illustrate on Friday as he defeated Roger Federer in Paris in straight sets to advance to a 12th French Open Final. The win makes him six for six against the Swiss player at the tournament all-time, and it means that he remains unbeaten in the semis and later. If that keeps up, then he will have 12 wins at Roland Garros. Simply amazing.
The New York Jets have taken one of the strangest paths to figuring out their front office this season, but it appears that (maybe) they have their house finally in order now after hiring Joe Douglas to be their new GM. The move is said to be a six year deal, and it comes in the wake of the surprising firing of former GM Mike Maccagnan after the NFL Draft had taken place. Head Coach Adam Gase, whom Maccagnan had apparently had a power struggle with, had been the interim GM during the search. So strange, yet very, very captivating and worth keeping an eye on.
The French Open wasn’t the only big event in town on Friday, with the Women’s World Cup opening up with France playing host to South Korea Paris at the Parc des Princes. The home side didn’t disappoint on the night, blowing out the visitors to begin Group A with a 4-0 win. Eugenie Le Sommer, already a legend, scored just nine minutes in, and one of the tournament’s favorites went on to a dominant victory following that thanks to a double from Wendie Renard and one goal from Amadine Henry, a stunning curled effort. They will also play Norway and Nigeria to close out the group stage.