Entering in the Top 200 Ranking: Sharapova’s Comeback

The five-time Grand Slam winner, Maria Sharapova is making her presence felt again in the World of Tennis after the 15-month suspension for a positive doping test.

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The 31-year old Russian player is gaining enough points from her straight set win in the opening round of Internazionali BNL d’Italia against the 58th-ranked Christina McHale, 6-4, 6-2, placing her in Rank 211 now in the World Tennis Association (WTA).

Sharapova handed Mchale’s fourth recorded loss to her as they played twice in Rome and twice at the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid.

With the points earned in her recent wins, she was able to secure a direct entry to the qualifying round of Wimbledon in June. But she is still not thinking about that as of now as she is set to face the No.16 seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round today as the Italian Open tournament continues.

Will Sharapova continue to advance to the next round? 

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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.


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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WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS PREVIEW: Who will rule Game 1? Is it the Warriors or the Spurs?

The Golden State Warriors is set to face the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, May 14 for this year’s Western Conference Finals.

Much have been expected for the Warriors in the playoffs as they enter in the West’s Finals with a remarkable 8-0 record. They ended the First round of the conference with a 4-0 win against the Portland Trail Blazers with 25 pts as the largest lead on their Game 4 match-up last April 24.

The Warriors also dominated the Conference Semifinal against the Utah Jazz, 4-0. Draymond Green completed the 8-0 sweep with 17 pts, 10 rebounds, 11 assist in Game 4.

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On one hand, the Spurs appeared to have a good play against the Memphis Grizzlies ending the first round with a 4-2 standing. The 2014 NBA Final Most Valuable Player, Kawhi Leonard headed the team with the highest points all through-out the first round.  Leonard scored 43 pts in Game 4 with 8 rebounds, 3 assist and 6 steal.

The Houston Rockets stormed the Spurs with a 27-point lead, 126-99 as Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, James Harden added 20 points and 14 rebounds last Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. But the Spurs stood up and crumpled the Rockets in Game 2 and Game 3 respectively, 121-96 & 103-92.  Leonard and Aldridge scored 26 points apiece which helped Spurs to dominate Game 2 without Tony Parker.

In Game 6, the absence of Leonard didn’t muddle the Spurs to outsmart the Rockets with a 114-75 victory. Leonard was not able to play due to a sprained left ankle as they closed out the series though Jonathan Simmons took his place and delivered points.

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Speculations and predictions are buzzing in the internet for the upcoming match. Several experts revealed their predictions for the upcoming Spurs-Warriors series.

Will the strength of the Warriors be enough to crush the Spurs as they start the finals? Can the Spurs stop the Warrior’s winning streak?

Let’ s see.

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