The Stack is here on this Friday with a few things to talk about after an eventful Thursday in the world of sports so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Friday, June 14:
Heat even NBA Finals
Game four of the NBA Finals, we finally saw the Miami Heat team everyone was expecting. The big three truly were the big three last night. LeBron James led the way with a double-double with 33 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Bosh also posted a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, but Dwyane Wade was the most impressive of them all. Wade dropped 32 points and added six steals. He was a defensive maniac. He went after rebounds, grabbing six of those as well. Wade played fantastic, easily his best game of the postseason. When the big three play like they did, scoring a combined 85 points, they are almost impossible to beat. It didn't matter that the rest of the team really didn't contribute. The big three showed why when they all play together and play well, even a team like the San Antonio Spurs can't beat them.
The game was close midway through the third quarter, but the Heat started to get a run and slowly but surely, pull away. Some might look at Tony Parker and wonder if he was truly healthy. He had 15 points, but 10 of those were in the first quarter if I'm not mistaken. The Spurs took half as many threes as they did in game three. Still made eight, but they were nowhere near as effective as they were in game three. Give credit to the Heat's defense. It's a must win game five for the Spurs. Can't expect them to go down to South Beach and win two games on the road. It just isn't going to happen. They got punched in the mouth tonight. It's time to see how the Spurs respond in game five Sunday night at 8 PM ET on ABC. If the big three for Miami play almost as well as they did last night, it won't matter for the Spurs. They will be toast. Warm, buttery toast.
U.S. Open dampened by rain
Oh how cliche. The first round of the U.S. Open will continue into Friday following a rain-soaked Thursday that saw two delays going three-and-a-half hours and four minutes minutes respectively. Players played late into the evening until shortly after 8 PM ET when play was suspended due to darkness. Atop the leaderboard sits Luke Donald who is four under (-4) through 13 holes. He took the lead just before play was stopped for the day. Had he not gotten that he would have been tied with Lefty, aka Phil Mickelson. Mickelson, who got back to Marion very early Thursday morning after watching his daughter graduate from the eighth grade, shot three under (-3) and is in really good position getting a chance to rest up for this afternoon after posting a 67. Things didn't look great for Mickelson early. A bogey on the first hole had people saying maybe he wasn't sharp and was too tired after the long flight. Mickelson put those thoughts to bed after the first round. He's probably very glad to get a good night sleep tonight. Mickelson played very well.
The group that everyone was dying to see, 1-2-3 in the world in Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott are still not complete with their first round. Out of the three Scott is sitting the best right now at three under (-3) while Woods is struggling, particularly with his putting. It has failed him a couple of birdie attempts and has him at two over (+2). McIlroy for the record is even (E). There is a lot of golf to be played on Friday and conditions seem pretty favorable with a few showers in the morning and isolated thunderstorms in the evening. There will be a lot moving and shaking going on tomorrow. Woods needs to make his move and quick, but be smart and not throw away the tournament before the weekend arrives. One player who might not be there is Sergio Garcia. Yes, the player I was hoping to see have a good tournament and get paired with Woods in the final round on Sunday (or maybe Monday) is sitting at three over (+3). He had a terrible stretch on his first nine (the back nine) that included a double bogey and a quadruple bogey, but came back strong. Wonder what we'll see from him. Three plus rounds remain and it should be some fantastic golf this weekend.
A couple of other notes to pass along before we say so long. Reminder that game two of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks is Saturday night at 8 PM ET on NBCSN. Wonder what kind of encore we'll get after the triple overtime thriller in game one? Certainly not another multi-overtime game right? Going to be fun to see.
And what about what happened in baseball yesterday? Three games went at least thirteen innings. Crazy. Longest game was between the New York Yankees and Oakland A's with the A's winning in the bottom of the eighteenth walking off with a 3-2 victory.
Coming up Monday: NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and U.S. Open reaction