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🏀 Celtics Dominate Game 1 of NBA Finals: Porzingis Shines! 🌟

NBA Finals Game 1 Recap, WCWS Historic Win, French Open Highlights & Stanley Cup Preview.

Happy Friday 🙌 

We’ve made it to the weekend, Blitzers, and we have another summer weekend full of sports ahead. We won’t bury the lead, however—we'll start with game 1 of the NBA finals, where the forgotten star reminded the world he’s a monster!

WTF Stat Of The Day: The last two NBA Finals sweeps occurred in 2018 and 2007, with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on the losing side, losing to the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, respectively. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves - but…. well… never mind.

Written By: TorchPro and Jeff Yonder

🏀 Kristaps Porzingis Returns with a Bang! Porzingis drops 20 points off the bench, igniting the Celtics' Game 1 blowout victory over the Mavericks. Scroll down for much more on Game 1.

🥎 Sooner Celebration No. 4 - #2 Oklahoma Beats #1 Texas (8-4) to Win Historic 4th-Straight WCWS Title. Make it Four! Oklahoma's softball team clinched their fourth consecutive NCAA title with an 8-4 victory over top-seeded Texas in Game 2 of the best-of-3 series. Oklahoma's four-season win streak includes a record-breaking 235-15 record and head coach Patty Gasso's eighth title in 30 seasons. This year's seniors have won titles every year of their collegiate careers. Congrats to the Sooners!

🎾 Another No-Sweat Swiatek Sweep: World #1 Iga Swiatek defeats #3 Coco Gauff in straight sets to reach the French Open finals, extending her winning streak at Roland-Garros to 20 matches. Swiatek aims for a historic three-peat with a victory against Jasmine Paolini in the finals after she defeated 17-year-old Andreeva in straight sets.

🏀 Despite all the J.J. Redick speculation, the Lakers are reportedly preparing a ‘massive’ offer to UConn head coach Dan Hurley. The back-to-back national championship winner in college basketball might be unable to turn this down.

🏒 The new Utah NHL team has narrowed its nickname choices to six finalists through a fan poll that received 520,000 votes. The finalists: Blizzard, Mammoth, Outlaws, Venom, Yeti, and the ever-classic Utah Hockey Club (Utah HC)

Porzingis and the Celtics dunk on the Mavericks in game 1 | Source: USA Today

Kristaps Porzingis Drops 20 Off the Bench, 11 in 1st Quarter to Spark Celtics Blowout in Game 1 (107-89)

 Well, that happened. We didn't forget about Kristaps Porzingis, but his impact in Game 1 made us realize that... maybe we did? He made Boston an undeniable NBA Finals giant after a 'monster' Game 1 performance in limited minutes. Porzingis, who returned from a calf injury after missing the last two series, came off the bench in the first quarter last night and sent an absolute series-altering message. He played seven minutes in the first and took over on both ends of the floor (11 pts, 3 rebs, 3 blk). The game was relatively close until he checked in, then Boston led by 17 after Q1, thanks to a 23-5 run with Porzingis on the court.

 "Kristaps had a monster game for us. Just his presence shooting the ball and then him being able to attack those switches and mismatches, he made 'em pay every time, and that's what we need going forward in the series." - Jaylen Brown.

The Celtics led by as many as 29 before Luka Doncic caught fire, and the Mavericks stormed back. Dallas cut the lead within eight, but Boston stepped on the gas late and sprinted back to a blowout. Don’t let the box score fool you. Porzingis is back, and his 20 points off the bench made the difference in Game 1.

Kristaps Porzingis Game 1 Stats

20 Points, 6 Rebounds, 3 Blocks (21 Minutes)

Other Top Players

L. Doncic (DAL): 30 pts, 10 rebs

J. Brown (BOS): 22 pts, 6 rebs
J. Tatum (BOS): 16 pts, 11 rebs, 5 asts

P. Washington (DAL): 14 pts, 8 rebs

K. Irving (DAL): 12 pts (0-for-5, 3pt)

Finals Fact: The Game 1 winner of the NBA Finals has won the series 70 percent of the time.

NBA Finals Schedule

Gm 2: Mavericks at Celtics (Sun. 8:00 pm, ABC)

BOS Leads Series (1-0)

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⚾️ MLB

Reds Roll Cubs (8-4) - Elly De La Cruz Homers in 1-Year Anny

Red Sox Bash White Sox (14-2) - Chicago Loses Record 14th Straight Game

Dodgers Respond to Pirates (11-7) - Betts, Freeman & Hernandez Hit HRs

Yankees Sweep Twins (8-5) - NYY Wins 8th Straight Game


Liberty def. Dream (78-61) - Breanna Stewart Stars (25 pts, 10 rebs)

Sky def. Mystics (79-71) - Chennedy Carter Goes for Season-High 25 Points

⛳️ PGA Tour

Adam Hadwin (-6) Leads R1 at Memorial Tournament - Scottie Scheffler (-5) in 2nd One Stroke Back

🏒 NHL Stanley Cup FINALS “Preview”

Prepare for an exciting 2024 Stanley Cup showdown as the best player in the world, Connor McDavid, along with Leon Draisaitl, and the Edmonton Oilers face off against Sergei Bobrovsky, Aleksander Barkov, and the Florida Panthers. The Panthers return to the finals after losing to the Vegas Golden Knights a year ago, and the Oilers are coming for all of Canada!

Check out ESPN’s full 2024 Stanley Cup Finals Preview, and we’ll be back on Monday to recap the start of the series.

In the 2018 NBA Finals, LeBron James broke the record for the most 30-point games in NBA playoff history. Whose record did he surpass?

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Alex Ovechkin celebrates his first cup in 2018 and the first for the franchise | Source: USA Today

On June 7th, 2018, in the Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, the Washington Capitals beat the Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 for a 4-1 series victory, the first title in franchise history.

🎾 French Open (Final Weekend)

M: #2 J. Sinner vs. #3 C. Alcaraz (Fri. 8:30 am)

M: #4 A. Zverev vs. #7 C. Ruud (Fri. 11:30 am)

W: #1 I. Swiatek vs. #12 J. Paolini (Sat. TBD)

*Stream on NBC Sports

🏒 Stanley Cup Finals

Gm 1: Oilers at Panthers (Sat. 8:00 pm, ABC) 

🏀 NBA Finals

Gm 2: Mavericks at Celtics (Sun. 8:00 pm, ABC)

⚾️ MLB

Yankees-Dodgers Series

Phillies-Mets Series

Cubs-Reds Series


USMNT vs. Colombia (Sat. 5:30 pm, TNT)


Fever at Mystics (Fri. 7:30 pm, ION)

Liberty at Sun (Sat. 1:00 pm, ABC)

⛳️ PGA Tour

Memorial Tournament (All Weekend)

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C.  Michael Jordan. LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan's record for the most 30-point games in NBA playoff history during the 2018 NBA Finals. Jordan held the previous record with 109 such games. James broke this record in Game 3 of the Finals, scoring 33 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 110-102 loss to the Golden State Warriors.