Mile-High Momentum


By: Jeff Yoder

Happy Friday

The Nuggets took Game 1 and a lot of momentum to tip off the NBA Finals. The Stanley Cup Finals drop the puck tomorrow, and it’s a short-and-sweep intro to the weekend as the French Open rolls on. Be sure to share The Sportsletter with friends and family for exclusive content. If you recruit three new team members, you’ll be added to our exclusive list for this Sunday’s special feature.

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Mile-High Momentum

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Jokic & Murray Combine for 53 Points as Nuggets Take Game 1 (104-93)

Picking up right where they left off… The Nuggets have one hand on Larry O’Brien Trophy, but it’s a seven-game series for a reason. Denver blazed past Miami in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night in a series opener that left little in question. The Nuggets jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the second half, and aside from a late push by the Heat, they never faltered. Nikola Jokic (27-14-10) had one of the most efficient triple-doubles in memory while Jamal Murray (26) took over in stretches. Jokic shot 75 percent (8-for-12) with 10 free throws (10-for-12). On Miami’s end, Bam Adebayo was spectacular alongside a hot-shooting night from Gabe Vincent that kept the Heat breathing through rough spells, but Jimmy Butler (13-7-7) never got going.

Heat’s Historic FT Catastrophe: Miami set the NBA Finals record for the fewest free-throw attempts (2). Haywood Highsmith was 2-for-2. The Heat rarely took the ball to the rim with aggression. Instead, they settled for 39 3-point attempts and shot just 33.3 percent.

Denver’s Depth Shines: Even though Murray and Jokic combined for 53 points, the supporting cast all played great. Aaron Gordon (16), Michael Porter Jr. (14), and Bruce Brown (10) all took turns getting hot.

Game 1 Top Performers

N. Jokic (DEN): 27 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists

J. Murray (DEN): 26 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists

B. Adebayo (MIA): 26 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists

G. Vincent (MIA): 19 points (5-for-10, 3pt)

Watch: Nuggets Throttle Heat in Game 1 (104-93)

Game 2: Heat at Nuggets (Sun. 8:00 pm ET)

It’s 1-0 to the favorites. And if Game 1 was any indication, it’s an uphill battle for the Heat.

Read More

ESPN: Nikola Jokic’s Triple-Double Powers Nuggets Past Heat in Game 1

CBS Sports: Miami Comes Out Flat in NBA Finals Opener, But Hope Should Not Be Lost

Poll Results

Yesterday, we asked who you were picking in the NBA Finals. We knew the Nuggets would get the nod, but the margin is bigger than we thought.

Nuggets — 71%

Heat — 29%



 MLB: Scherzer Ks 9 as Mets Sweep Phillies

Max Scherzer pulled out a vintage performance on the mound, striking out nine over seven frames in a 4-2 win to help the Mets sweep the Phillies.

 TENNIS: Sinner Gets Upset in 5-Hour 5-Setter

The next top-10 upset victim in Round 2 at Roland-Garros was #8 Janik Sinner. Challenger Daniel Altmaier took down Sinner in a five-set stunner that featured three tiebreakers and lasted over five hours (6-7, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5).

 PGA: Riley Leads Early at The Memorial

Golf’s next test is underway at Muirfield Village. Davis Riley (-5) leads the field at The Memorial Tournament after Day 1 with Matt Wallace (-4) and eight marquee golfers in the hunt at 3-under.

 WNBA: Sun Overcome Lynx En Route to 5-1 Start

The lone WNBA matchup on Thursday saw the Connecticut Sun win a back-and-forth battle with the Lynx (89-84) despite 30 points from Napheesa Collier. The Sun (5-1) are the first team in the ‘W’ to five wins.





Weekend Must-Watch List

NBA Finals

Gm 2: Heat at Nuggets (Sun. 8:00 pm)

Stanley Cup Finals

Gm 1: Panthers at Golden Knights (Sat. 8:00 pm)

French Open (Friday)

M: #3 N. Djokovic vs. #29 A. Davidovich (Fri. 8:15 am)

M: #5 S. Tsitsipas vs. D. Schwartzman (Fri. 9:30 am)

M: #1 C. Alcaraz vs. #26 D. Shapovalov (Fri. 2:15 pm)

W: #3 J. Pegula vs. #28 E. Mertens (Fri. 5:45 am)

W: #2 A. Sabalenka vs. K. Rakhimova (Fri. 7:00 am)

Saturday-Sunday Schedules TBD


Blue Jays-Mets Series

Yankees-Dodgers Series

Angels-Astros Series

Rays-Red Sox Series

Full MLB Weekend Schedule


FA Cup Final: Man. City vs. Man. United (Sat. 10:00 am)

Messi’s Last Game: PSG vs. Clermont Foot (Sat. 3:00 pm)

Concacaf Champions: LAFC vs. Leon (Sun. 9:00 pm)

MLS Schedule

NWSL Schedule

PGA Tour

The Memorial Tournament (All Weekend)


Sparks at Mercury (Fri. 10:00 pm)

Sky at Liberty (Sun. 2:00 pm)

Full WNBA Schedule

College Softball World Series

*All Times ET

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