Here are the NBA Finals scenarios announced late tonight after LeBron James advanced to his sixth Finals in a row:
- If Golden State eliminates Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Finals.
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Golden State vs. Cleveland
Game 1 – Thu June 2 Cleveland at Golden State 6:00PM LOCAL TIME; 9:00PM EST ABC/R/TSN
Game 2 – Sun June 5 Cleveland at Golden State 5:00PM 8:00PM ABC/R/TSN
Game 3 – Wed June 8 Golden State at Cleveland 9:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/SN
Game 4 – Fri June 10 Golden State at Cleveland 9:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/SN
Game 5 * Mon June 13 Cleveland at Golden State 6:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/TSN
Game 6 * Thu June 16 Golden State at Cleveland 9:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/SN
Game 7 * Sun June 19 Cleveland at Golden State 5:00PM 8:00PM ABC/R/TSN
- If Oklahoma City eliminates Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.
Cleveland vs. Oklahoma City
Game 1 – Thu June 2 Oklahoma City at Cleveland 9:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/TSN
Game 2 – Sun June 5 Oklahoma City at Cleveland 8:00PM 8:00PM ABC/R/TSN
Game 3 – Wed June 8 Cleveland at Oklahoma City 8:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/SN
Game 4 – Fri June 10 Cleveland at Oklahoma City 8:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/SN
Game 5 * Mon June 13 Oklahoma City at Cleveland 9:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/TSN
Game 6 * Thu June 16 Cleveland at Oklahoma City 8:00PM 9:00PM ABC/R/SN
Game 7 * Sun June 19 Oklahoma City at Cleveland 8:00PM 8:00PM ABC/R/TSN
A few notes on a Friday:
• At a UM community service event in Coconut Grove, I heard good feedback yesterday on the impression new UM receivers Ahmmon Richards and Dayall Harris have left on teammates in their first couple of weeks on campus.
“Fast guys, looking good,” quarterback Evan Shirreffs said of Richards, Harris and Dionte Mullins.
(Mullins has not yet enrolled ---unlike Richards and Harris --- but Shirreffs said he has been throwing to Mullins, as well, but not to Sam Bruce, who hasn't enrolled, either.)
“The thing I really like about them is they want to stay after, get some extra throws in, make sure the routes are crisp, which is great to see,” Shirreffs said.
Richards has size (6-2) and speed and elusiveness and averaged an impressive 19.6 yards per catch over his final two seasons in high school in Wellington.
ESPN's scouting report: "Richards is a quality player with some explosive traits. May not be elite in any one area, but makes his fair share of plays. He is also very consistent and reliable -- shows some go-to qualities.Combines size, deceptively good speed and elusiveness for a player of his height. Very willing to go across the middle to make plays."
ESPN says the 5-11 Mullins, from Gulliver Prep, "is the ideal prospect for making plays in the open field.... in today's game. Possesses qualities that can change the game. Excellent prospect. Will consistently win footraces in the open field and can create mismatches on speed alone with the ability to take the top off the defense."
Bruce and Mullins are expected to enroll June 27.
Regarding Harris, "Jack Allison and I have been throwing to him after workouts and he's very particular in his routes," Shirreffs said.
• Though nothing in OTAs means much in the grand scheme of things, new Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell has looked good early.
"He has done a good job," Adam Gase said. "He has challenged the wideouts. I know, offensively, he makes our guys better, because they know they’re going to get a tough matchup every time that they go out there. He hasn’t disappointed me one bit. He has done a great job of getting his hands on balls, and it makes it tough on not only the receivers, but the quarterback, because that window is tight. When he’s covering a guy, it’s going to be a tight throw.”
The Maxwell/DeVante Parker matchups in practice have been competitive.
"It’s great going against him," Parker said. "He’s very tall and long, just like me. He knows how to play the ball well. We make each other better.”
• Parker said coaches are having the receivers work at all the receiver positions and that's "very exciting. Teams can’t cover you when you move around. If you’re in one spot, it’s an advantage for them."
Parker says he's "very comfortable" playing in the slot if he's asked to line up there occasionally.
• Dolphins safety Reshad Jones, who remains away from the facility while protesting his contract, was rated the NFL's 64th best player by peers in NFL Network's and NFL.com's annual poll of NFL players.
• The Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto, a .268 hitter in his minor league career, keeps improving and now leads all big-league catchers with a .301 average entering Friday. But he’s doing it in a strange way, hitting .189 at home and .403 on the road. (In fact, every Marlins regular except Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna, hit better on the road, most substantially better).
Though Realmuto's five errors are tied for most among catchers, he’s third best in throwing out runners (10 of 24).
• With his win yesterday against Tampa, Jose Fernandez is now 29-11 with a 2.47 ERA through his first 40 big-league decisions. According to Elias, only two other pitchers in the live-ball era (post-1920) won at least 29 of their first 40 decisions and had an ERA under 2.50 during those 40 decisions: Orel Hershiser (29-11, 2.35) and Darren O'Day (29-11, 2.35).
• The Panthers’ trade of Erik Gudbranson and a fifth-rounder for Jared McCann and second- and fourth-rounders saved them $2.6 million (without factoring in the draft picks) and leaves them with about $20 million in cap space as they work to re-sign restricted free agent Vincent Trocheck and unrestricted Brian Campbell, who might test free agency.
So what are they getting in the 19-year-old McCann, who had nine goals and nine assists in 69 games for Vancouver?
“Good skilled kid; average skater with good shot,” Canadian TV analyst and former Panthers coach Doug MacLean texted. “Can’t play center with group Florida has. Wing on third line likely.”
• Besides being highly qualified, one reason David Fizdale landed the Memphis job is how he aced the interviews with an impressive presentation that Erik Spoelstra and the Heat staff helped him craft, like political debate prep work.
On-the-rise Dan Craig is expected to return from the D-League to the Heat assistant coaching staff --- and with Juwan Howard (whose stock also continues to rise) and Keith Smart --- that trio would give Spoelstra a strong troika of assistants on the bench.