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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots a 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Weekend Winners

Steph Curry. Dude hit nine 3s Sunday from a variety of angels and spots. The one thing he did not have to worry too much about was a Cleveland player — on either end of the floor. Curry got eight uncontested 3s and looks energized when he has the ball because he does not have to spend a lot of energy guarding an elite-level point guard.

Golden State fans. Everyone outside of J.R. Smith's immediate family had to appreciate the "MVP! MVP! MVP!" chants when Smith was at the foul line Sunday night.

Johnny Maiziel. A nice debut in the CFL preseason on Friday was followed with a postgame news conference in which he did Johnny Manziel things. We're kind of excited to see how this plays out for Mr. Football. 

Sports bettors in Delaware. Sports books will be open and operational starting tomorrow. New Jersey is pointing to have sports wagering at Monmouth Park by Friday.

Walk-off winners. Former Calhoun High star Charlie Culbertson delivered a walk-off two-run homer Sunday as the Braves beat the Nationals. Eddie Rosario hit three jacks on Sunday, including a walk-off two-run homer, as the scrappy Twins topped the Indians.

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Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love juggles a basketball during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Weekend losers

NBA fans. There will be limited drama in this Finals. And the Cleveland meltdown of Game 1 led to an expected Warriors blowout win in Game 2. 

NBA officials. What was that? Seriously. You would think the league would cook it the other way. And it's not like these Warriors need any help. On a serious note, rewatch the play that led to the Ty Lue technical and not only was LeBron fouled, we think Steph Curry tried to leg sweep him too. (And why does Draymond Green get an eternal pass about his antics?)

Michael Rotundo. In the least surprising headline of the weekend Rotundo owes his baby momma $2,500 in child support. Rotunda, you will remember, is the 30-year-old who was served a court order to move out of his parents' basement. Wow, I wished I was making this story up. 

Mark Reuss. He was behind the wheel of the pace car before the IndyCar Detroit Grand Priz. He had a wreck. No bueno.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James sits on the scorer's table during a timeout in the first half in Game 2 of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Boston. At left is teammate JR Smith. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Finals finished?

Is it a wrap? Are these Finals already over?

Sadly, it looks that way. The stat we saw was that teams with a 2-0 lead in the Finals are 29-4 in the last 33 Finals in which has happened. 

Maybe LeBron has enough in the tank to win Game 3. Maybe they contend in Game 4. Maybe.

But it's going to take a Herculean effort from James, who went 29-9-13 — and that 13 should have/could have been closer to 20 assists if any of his teammates could hit a 3 — and was left with zero help. 

We said this before the series and nothing has happened to change our view: It's impossible to figure out a way these Cavs can beat these Warriors four times.

Which leaves us with the very real questions about where LeBron plays next year. 

We could offer a slew of theories, but let's check the news coming from the place where the folks are putting their money where their viewpoint is. That's Vegas baby.

Odds to win the 2018-19 NBA title were released Sunday night.

The Warriors, of course, are the favorites at close to even money. Houston — one possible destination for James — is next at 7-2.

Tied with the Rockets is Philadelphia, another place that has been put on James' supposed short list.

As for the Cavs, well, they are 30-to-1, and here's betting those numbers would skyrocket if/when James packs his bags.

This and that

— Speaking of the Braves Sunday, the never-say-die bunch took three of four from the Nationals and still lead the NL East.

— This is the definition of a first-world problem. Aaron Boone is bent out of shape because ESPN picked up a Yankees-Blue Jays game in July and moved it from a day game to a night game. A rainout with Baltimore has the Yankees playing a doubleheader the next day. Man, tough world for those guys making millions playing baseball. They will have to travel on their chartered, customized jet in the middle of the night and play — GASP — three games in 30 hours. Oh the humanity.

— The NBA is going to look at having coaches challenges and replay reviews this summer. They need to look at these sorry officials. 

— Bryson DeChambeau won The Memorial at Jack's place. Luke List finished tied for 37th and made $41,830. The U.S. Open is a week from Thursday.

Today's questions

Weekend winners and losers. (Yes you can make a strong argument for the Braves if you wish.)

Today is national cheese day.

Rushmore of cheese, and feel free to be creative.

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