NBA Finals Game 2 Tonight
Tonight at 8:00 p.m. (ET) the Golden State Warriors will play the Toronto Raptors in a pivotal Game 2 of the NBA Finals. For Kentucky fans, DeMarcus Cousins will once again take the floor in the Finals which is just awesome to say out loud.
In Game 1, Cousins only played 8 minutes in his return to the court after battling back from a torn left quad muscle he suffered back in mid-April. In that small amount of time Cousins only scored three points all of which came from the free throw line. Draymond Green was able to talk about the great challenge facing Cousins as he returns in the middle of the finals.
Draymond Green on DeMarcus Cousins getting dropped into the Finals after a lengthy injury rehab: "It's kind of like some kid who grew up in the suburbs going to private school and then one day you just got dropped in the hood and told to survive." Full soundbite. pic.twitter.com/Jnvcs7Bzms
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 29, 2019
Hopefully for “Boogie,” he can stay on the court a bit longer tonight and make more of a contribution offensively. The talk of the NBA the past two weeks has been the dominant defense of Toronto which has been spearheaded by Kawhi Leonard.
With superstar Kevin Durant still out with his own injury, the Warriors need someone to step up and provide an extra dimension to their offense. It would be an amazing story for Cousins if he could be a difference maker in the Finals after battling such frustrating injuries.
If the Warriors can steal game 2 on the road, then the momentum would shift entirely towards Golden State. Keep an eye out for Cousins potentially stealing the spotlight with the basketball world watching tonight.
More Postseason Magic for Auburn
One thing is for sure in 2019: Auburn athletics has experienced some pretty magical moments in the postseason. After its best postseason run in school history in basketball, the Tigers decided to own the spotlight once again with another memorable moment in baseball.
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) June 2, 2019
It doesn’t get much more special than that, folks. Down 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth with 2 runners on base and only one out left? That was no problem at all for Steven Williams who has now ascended to hero status. That’s pretty much the perfect “hero” moment that all baseball players dream of having and Williams accomplished it.
I’m not sure what has been going on with Auburn and these magical moments lately, but this school has enjoyed a pretty special 2019 so far. Even if they did choke away a perfect chance to make the National Championship in basketball (I just had to bring that up again).
5-Star UK Football Recruit Not Finished With Official Visits
As reported by our very own Nick Roush, the recruitment of Kentucky’s five-star commitment Justin Rogers from Detroit, Michigan did not end when Rogers put on a UK hat at a highly publicized ceremony back in May.
Less than two weeks after announcing the decision at Oak Park High School, Rogers said on twitter that he will be taking at least one more official visit.
I have decided to take another official visit??
— Justin Rogers (@AllAmerican52JR) June 1, 2019
Of course, this is less than ideal for Kentucky football and its fans. Its never a good thing when one of your most prized recruits in program history decides that his recruitment isn’t over just yet.
However, before we reach the freak-out button too soon let’s remember that this young man has not even started his senior year of high school yet. Of course, his recruitment is not officially over. The Wildcats are still very much the leader for a big-time 5-star prospect in football. That’s something I never thought I would hear a few years ago.
Before thinking about saying something negative about Rogers, remember that its really dumb to do so. This is a 17-year old kid with an incredibly bright future before him. Trust that the Wildcats will do everything in their power to keep this special athlete with UK. If what Vince Marrow tweeted out on Saturday afternoon is any indication, UK is not going down without a fight.
It’s ashamed some schools who are supposed to be traditional football schools are starting to recruit negative against us lol it’s not going to work and you know who you are. Go Big Blue.
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) June 1, 2019
A Must-See Boxing Knockout
This is something that you have to see to believe. Late on Saturday night, Andy Ruiz Jr. took the heavyweight championship of the world from Anthony Joshua in a seventh-round TKO.
That may sound like a pretty run-in-the-mill headline, but just look at the official replay of the knockout and you will see just how unique this moment was.
Andy Ruiz Jr. took Anthony Joshua's heavyweight championship ?
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 2, 2019
What a sports moment. I mean, just look at the body difference between both fighters!! Joshua is your typical muscular beast of a boxer while Ruiz Jr. looks like a casual, out of shape average Joe. Yet, Ruiz Jr. just absolutely pummeled Joshua to take boxing’s biggest title. You would be correct in assuming that the internet had a field day with this.
— SP (@shampayne216) June 2, 2019
Anthony Joshua died at the hands of a mechanic built like the Junkyard Dog…The End.
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) June 2, 2019
OMG! OMG! I cannot believe this S$&@$! Anthony Joshua — holder of 3 belts, gets TKO’d by Butter Bean…….I mean some dude named Andy Ruiz JR. What a damn disgrace. Joshua looked completely gassed! More fatigued than hurt! Now how in the Hell did you let that happen? How?
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 2, 2019
In all seriousness, this was a major sports moment. Ruiz Jr. is the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world. And just from judging his post-match press conference, it could not have happened to a better guy.
Andy Ruiz Jr. walks into press conference in Knicks jersey, first statement after knocking out Anthony Joshua pic.twitter.com/xIjVaPjj1D
— Andy Wobriz Jr. (@WorldWideWob) June 2, 2019
It’s not every day that you see someone who looks like an average person do something truly special and significant in the sports world. How can someone not be romantic about sports when you see something like this happen? Personally, I’m hoping that 2019 is full of great underdog stories just like this one.