Rafa, the King of Clay

Rafael Nadal dominated the clay-court and fired a warning at his rivals to improve his bid for “La Decima” on Friday, June 2, at Roland Garros. The nine-time Roland Garros Champion stunned Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvii with a flawless performance in his 100th best-of-five sets in a clay court match.

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The Spanish legend outsmarted the Georgian native with a 6-0, 6-1,6-0 win, to nab a place in the fourth round of the tournament. Basilashvili had a hard time penetrating the defense and attack thrown to him.  Evidently shown on the scoreboard, the Georgian player really needs to work hard to play a good match against Nadal.

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With Nadal’s strong rhythm and condition, Basilashvili had a hard time returning high balls. He was caught off guard and wasn’t able to escape from the intensified attacks thrown at him. Strategically, Nadal took advantage of the rattled opponent who wasn’t able to regroup after he scored straight points giving the rival with only 1 point throughout the match.

The fourth-seeded superstar is set to face fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut tomorrow. Agut, who currently ranks eighteenth, also emerged as a victor yesterday against Jiri Vesely. His returns were good and it resulted in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win against the Czech player in over a two-hour game.

Nadal is playing his best on the clay court and his current standing, 75-2 at Roland Garros, proves that he is the King of the Clay. Also, he is five match wins away from 850 career victories (845-180 mark).

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#DubNation: Warriors Continue to Roll, 2-0

The Golden State Warrior’s top scorer, Stephen Curry, led the team in continuing the winning streak for a 136-100 win against the San Antonio Spurs in the resumption of the West’s race in the best of 7 series.

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Curry topped the box score with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to close the game for a 2-0 series lead. Kevin Durant contributed 16 points along with the rookie Patrick McCaw who scored 18 points with 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

Meanwhile, the Spurs continued to struggle in the absence of Kawhi Leonard. The short-handed Spurs found a lone bright spot on Jonathon Simmons who scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half and from the bench, Davis Bertans added 13 points but it was not enough to chase the Warriors.

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Game 3 will start on Saturday in San Antonio.

As of now, Leonard is still recovering from the re-injured left ankle. If Leonard will not play in Game 3 of the series,  the Warriors will probably continue the streak.

 

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Creamline Fell Short to Subdue Bali Pure in Four Sets, 3-1

Risa Sato led the Water Defenders with 16 points to fight back from big deficits in the remaining sets to hand over the Cool Smashers’ fourth loss, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, 28-26 on Tuesday in the resumption of Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference.

Jerili Malabanan scored 15 points helped Sato to snatch a 3-1 win. The Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez had another solid performance with 27 points in four sets, but still not enough to reject the Bali Pure.

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The Water Defenders dominated the first set with several quick attacks from Sato in the middle which stunned the defense of the Creamline. The phenom Valdez broke the wall defense to take the lead, 16-15 but fell short to continue the lead as the set ended with a 2-point lead, 26-24.

On the middle of the second set, the Bali Pure called a timeout to stop the bleeding, 20-16, but Ivy Remulla was unstoppable from the service line and took a 6-point lead in the second set, 22-16.  The lead continued as the set expired, 25-17.

On the third and fourth set, the Creamline led the scoring board but the Bali Pure trailed in the latter part and grabbed the win. The Cool Smashers lacked consistency to end both sets.

The Creamline tallied 4 losses and only 2 wins from Philippine Air Force.

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Cavs vs Celtics on Eastern Finals

Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and Kelly Olynyk contributed 26 points as the Boston Celtics closed out a 4-3 series against the Washington Wizards and finally earned the ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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The Celtics will be facing the defending champions of the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers on Game 1 of the East Finals in the playoffs on  Wednesday, May 17 at Boston.

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The Odds is in Warriors’ Favor, 1-0

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The Golden State Warriors pulled a great comeback on the second half to stun the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, 113-111.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant joined forces to lead the Warriors straight to victory who scored 40 points and 34 points apiece.

The Warriors tallied a 1-0 edge in the best-of-seven series. The winner of the Western Conference will play against either the defending Champion Cleveland, Boston or Washington in the NBA Finals.

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Warriors snatch the lead

From Manu Ginobili’s steal, LaMarcus Aldridge pursued a driving dunk to close the first quarter with a 14 point lead, 30-16.

The Spurs’ leading scorers, Kawhi Leonard recorded 18 of his 26 points in the first half and Aldridge contributed 17 of his 28 in the first two quarters as the Spurs held a 62-42 half-time lead.

The Warriors tried to boost-up their morale but the Spurs showed consistency as Danny Green threw a 26-foot 3-pointer, leaving the Warriors with a 20 points deficit to end the second quarter.

Leonard left on the third quarter limping to the locker room due to a sprained left ankle.

Curry managed to score 19 points in the third quarter to trigger a comeback, firing 5 3-pointers, but the Warriors still lag behind, 90-81 entering the last quarter.

Finally, the Warriors took the lead as Durant unleashed a 2-point shot with 4:09 minutes left on the game, 100-101. The lead continued as the time expired for the last quarter, 113-111.

Leonard’s injury: Advantage on Warriors

Jonathon Simmons entered the game for Leonard in the first 7:52 of the third quarter. Notably, Leonard also missed Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets because of a sprained left ankle.

Leonard’s absence in the second half flashed a 18-0 run, a slow but sure comeback for the Warriors as Curry and the team found their rhythm to outsmart the Spurs.

What do you think happened if Leonard doesn’t have injury and played the whole game? Will the result be the same?

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