Fans of the Golden State Warriors got two wishes granted tonight, although one of them may not have gone the way they had hoped. Kevin Durant returned from a calf injury, but lasted just more than a quarter before getting injured again. He left the game and didn't return, but the Warriors won, meaning they are still alive in the NBA Finals.
Game five in Toronto was won by the Warriors 106-105. They still trail the Raptors 3-2, but there will be a game six, and win or lose it will be their last-ever game in Oakland's Oracle Arena, with the team moving to a new building across the bay in San Francisco next year.
If you tuned in and had just seen the post-game coverage, you would have thought the Warriors lost the series and were moving to Manitoba tomorrow. General Manager Bob Myers was teary-eyed. He was ultimately the one who gets the credit, or the blame, for clearing Durant to play. Durant injured his Achilles tendon on the same leg that was previously injured. They say the injuries are different, but Durant could be out once again. Game six is Thursday night.
Meanwhile, coming up Wednesday in Boston, the Red Sox have changed the start time of the third game of a four-game series with Texas to a day game. The reason? The Boston Bruins will be hosting game seven of against the St. Louis Blues, with the winner getting the Stanley Cup, and the NHL title. Boston is currently Title Town, with the Red Sox winning the World Series last year, and the New England Patriots capturing the Super Bowl in February. Now the Bruins, on home ice, are going for their seventh title. The Blues have never won it.
For Blues fans (I work with one), it's been a long wait. The team was born as an explansion franchise in 1967. Because of the odd way of aligning the divisions with all the expansion teams grouped together, the Blues made the finals in '68, '69, and '70. Their most recent loss, 49 years ago, was to Boston.
Life is but a stream: It was erroneous when I reported last week that there was no Opening Weekend radio broadcast of the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox. It turns out KUBA radio, which carried their games over the air from 2002-2016, is broadcasting the games again, but online only. The decision makes little sense on lots of levels, but mostly because if the team wanted their games only on the internet, they wouldn't have to bother with KUBA, and if KUBA isn't going to sell over-the-air advertising, with maybe a little revenue from online streaming, why do the games at all? If you want to listen, kubaradio.com is their 'radio' home.
You can check out any time you like...: Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers has chosen the Eagles' Hotel California as his walkup song when he takes his at-bats this season. Bellinger was born in 1995. The song became a hit in 1976. Cody's dad was seven when that song came out, but whatever worksóCody is leading the majors in batting average.
Remember these names: With the 21st pick of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft, the Atlanta Braves selected Braden Shewmake, shortstop from Texas A&M, and with the 27th pick, the Chicago Cubs selected RHP Ryan Jensen from Fresno State. These were the picks the teams refused to give up as compensation, before signing Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel respectively.
Promote this: Thursday night is Joe Kelly Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium when the Dodgers take on the Cubs. Take it home, put it on your mantle, and watch it give up three runs in the eighth inning.
Congratulations to Ana Olivares and her husband Victor. Ana was my mom's caregiver for the last five years of her life. Ana and Victor have been married for 20 years, but she never got the proper Catholic wedding she wanted, until now. The two were married Friday at Saint Mary in Palmdale. It was a pleasure to be invited and to attend.