Bruins and Warriors show grit
If the ongoing National Hockey League and National Basketball Association finals are showing anything, it’s which teams have more sand.
The Boston Bruins showed a lot of grit in forcing a Game 7 with a big win over St. Louis on enemy ice.
The city of St. Louis had all but conceded that their team was going to win its first Stanley Cup ever.
There were day-long festivities on Sunday and all that remained was for the victory celebration plans, presumably concluding under the Golden Arch.
But the Bruins, bouncing back from some very questionable officiating in Game 5, showed they’re not ready to wave the white flag.
Sparked by some tough play from their superstar defenseman Zdeno Chara, Boston proved it was ready to play.
And I, for one, wouldn’t bet against them in the series decider tonight in Boston.
As for the Warriors, they really had to dig deep against a Toronto Raptors team that has proven clearly that they belong in the finals.
Even though their “We The North” slogan is an affront to grammar teachers, and their official star celebrity rooter is an unsavory character by the name of Drake, this is a solid team. And Kawhi Leonard is a legitimate superstar.
They wouldn’t have beaten a very good Milwaukee team if they weren’t to get there.
Golden State, which is battling injuries to key players, lost Kevin Durant early in Game 5.
They were carried to victory by their remaining two super players Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.
Making up a six-point deficit with two minutes left to play showed how great Thompson and Curry really are.
I believe the Warriors will win Game 6 and force a seventh game in Toronto, which will be a tall task.
Speaking of the Durant injury, the boorish reception of the crowd as he was being carried off the floor was strictly bush league.
It showed that most Torontians don’t know a basketball from a soccer ball. Or how to act properly after a player injury.
Enough said …