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Celtics lead NBA Finals 2-0; Alcaraz, Swiatek win French Open

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The Celtics are two video games away from “Banner 18,” and so they received Sport 2 with a efficiency that was removed from their greatest, slugging out a 105-98 victory over the Mavericks Sunday evening.

For the second straight sport, Boston confirmed that whereas it has a record-breaking offense, its versatile, sensible and well-constructed protection can save the day. And when its greatest stars aren’t shining, an excellent tremendous team-caliber supporting forged can carry the load.

  • Jrue Vacation was magnificent with 26 factors (on 11-for-14 capturing) and 11 rebounds. He received it accomplished on each ends and, critically, in clutch time. Derrick White (18 factors, team-high 4 3-pointers) had an enormous block with beneath a minute left. Boston received regardless of capturing simply 10 for 39 (25.6%) from 3 and Jayson Tatum scoring simply 18 factors on 6-for-22 capturing.
  • However with their driving and passing, Tatum (12 assists) and Jaylen Brown (21 factors, seven assists) are proving not possible for Dallas to protect, James Herbert writes.

Over the weekend, Jason Kidd raised some eyebrows by saying Brown is Boston’s greatest participant. However by means of two video games, it does not matter who Boston’s “greatest” participant is, Invoice Reiter writes.

  • Reiter: “Whereas like most NBA groups that win, or virtually win, a title, the Mavs want their starpower to shine — each their stars. 
    However Boston is constructed otherwise. One in all 5 or 6 guys can beat you. That appears to be what Kidd missed when he tried to stir issues up. He is not up in opposition to two superstars. He is up in opposition to 5 of them, relying on the evening, the second, the particular want.”

In an identical vein, we’re nearing “Who ought to be Finals MVP?” time, and Colin Ward-Henninger says it ought to be common supervisor Brad Stevens. Exhausting to argue there.

As for the Mavericks, it is fairly easy. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving need to be otherworldly. Doncic was darn near good — 32 factors, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and one (inadvertent) heated alternate with Celtics proprietor Wyc Grousbeck — however nonetheless shouldered the blame for the loss.

Irving, although, was worlds away … once more … with 16 factors on 7-for-18 capturing. Dallas wants him to be higher. Loads higher, Brad Botkin writes. Dallas merely does not have the top-tier depth to maintain up in any other case.

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🏀 And never such an excellent morning for …

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The largest identify in girls’s faculty basketball is not heading to the Olympics: Caitlin Clark will not be a part of Workforce USA in Paris. This is who (reportedly) will:

  • Guards: Diana Taurasi, Sabrina Ionescu, Chelsea Grey, Jackie Younger, Kelsey Plum, Jewell Loyd
  • Forwards: A’ja Wilson, Breanna Stewart, Kahleah Copper, Napheesa Collier, Alyssa Thomas
  • Middle: Brittney Griner

Clark has had a bumpy begin to her WNBA profession, however there will surely be benefits to bringing her to Paris given her recognition alone. However basketball just isn’t a recognition contest. Plus, as Jack Maloney writes, “Contemplating the depth of expertise and the restricted spots, Workforce USA’s Olympic squad is arguably the toughest basketball workforce to make on this planet.”

In consequence, whereas Clark could be the largest “identify” snubbed from the roster, she’s not even the largest snub on an extended listing of them, Jack writes.

  • Maloney: Arike Ogunbowale — [She] has by no means made the ultimate roster for the World Cup or Olympics. That did not change this yr, and he or she is arguably the largest snub of all. By way of the primary three weeks of the season, she’s second within the league in scoring at 26.6 factors per sport, and is averaging career-highs with 5 assists and three.1 steals per sport.”

Clark, to her credit score, took her omission in stride and drew motivation from it, Fever coach Christie Sides stated.

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🎾 Carlos Alcaraz, Iga Swiatek win French Open singles titles

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The smile had was a scowl, the arrogance into contentiousness. He had gone from practically being one set away from profitable to 1 set away from shedding, his again in opposition to the wall, his opponent rejuvenated.

After which got here Carlos Alcaraz in full drive, emphatically displaying that it’s certainly his period — and it is only the start. The 21-year-old celebrity roared again for a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Alexander Zverev to seize his third Grand Slam and his first French Open.

Alcaraz struggled within the second set and unraveled within the third, which he led 5-2 earlier than shedding 5 straight video games, complaining in regards to the court docket circumstances alongside the best way. However he recovered in spectacular vogue each mentally and bodily (he took a medical timeout for his thigh) and improved to an astonishing 11-1 in five-setters.

Symbolically, it is value noting Alcaraz’s title is available in the identical occasion Novak Djokovic withdrew from as a result of a torn meniscus, and Rafael Nadal misplaced within the first spherical of maybe his last French Open. Whereas we’ll by no means rely out Djokovic, and there are many 20-somethings who can push Alcaraz to the brink, the Spanish sensation is well-positioned to be atop the game for a very long time.

Iga Swiatek, 23, in the meantime, may be very a lot already there after finishing her Roland Garros three-peat with a 6-2, 6-1 domination of Jasmine Paolini. Swiatek turned the …

  • Youngest girl within the Open Period to win 5 Grand Slams
  • Youngest girl within the Open Period to win 4 French Opens
  • First girl to win a single Grand Slam three consecutive instances since Serena Williams (2012-14 US Open)
  • First girl to win three straight French Opens since Justine Henin (2005-07)

⛳ Scottie Scheffler wins the Memorial as U.S. Open looms

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Under the supernaturally serene floor, there’s an intensely aggressive fireplace burning inside Scottie Scheffler, and we noticed it as soon as once more this weekend. The World No. 1 nailed a knee-knocking par putt from simply inside 5 toes to win the Memorial by one stroke over Collin Morikawa, celebrating with an enormous fist pump because the ball dropped into the cup.

Scheffler was removed from his greatest Sunday when the course performed brutally troublesome — solely six of the 52 gamers broke par. Scheffler’s two-over 74 was really his worst rating this season. However he got here up with large par-saving up-and-downs on 16 and 18 to seize his fifth win of the season. He is the primary participant with 5 wins in a season earlier than the U.S. Open since Tom Watson in 1980.

He has additionally remodeled $24 million in prize cash this season, a PGA Tour file with nonetheless practically three months left within the season.

However what really made this win particular is that it was Scheffler’s first as a father. His spouse and son had been there to greet him greenside after the win.

Subsequent up for Scheffler and the gamers attempting to catch him (good luck with that) is the U.S. Open. We’ll have loads of preview content material coming your manner this week!

🏒 Sergei Bobrovsky stymies Oilers in Stanley Cup Remaining opener

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The unstoppable drive was stopped, due to a really immovable object. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves — a number of of the spectacular selection — because the Panthers beat the Oilers3-0, in Sport 1 of the Stanley Cup Remaining.

The Panthers solely put 18 photographs on aim, however they had been opportunistic with them: Carter Verhaeghe and Evan Rodrigues each beat Stuart Skinner, and Eetu Luostarinen added an empty-netter.

Bobrovsky was large all through the evening, however particularly on the ability play, the place Edmonton’s usually wonderful unit went 0-for-3. It is the primary time the Oilers have been held scoreless this postseason.

📺 What we’re watching Monday

Orioles at Rays, 6:50 p.m. on FS1
🏀 Fever at Solar, 7 p.m. on NBA TV
🏒 Stanley Cup Remaining — Sport 2: Oilers at Panthers, 8 p.m. on ABC

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