What a wild weekend in theworld of sports or better yet what a great weekend in the world of sports. The Stack is here to talk about it all with the golf, NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Monday, June 17:
Justin Rose wins U.S. Open
Rain was supposed to tame Merion, site of the U.S. Open. Lower scores were expected by many. In the end, the course and perhaps more the USGA had the last laugh seeing the best players in the world struggle. Tiger Woods shot thirteen over (+13), one of his worst major championship performances of his career. Rory McIlroy? Fourteen over (+14). Graeme McDowell? Missed the cut. In the end, it was an Englishman who won the U.S. Open for the fourth time in five years. Justin Rose won the 113th U.S. Open, He started off very good on the front nine with three birdies and a couple of bogeys. He flipped that on the back nine two birdies and three bogeys to shoot an even par 70 for the final round. He had two bogeys on the 14th and 16th that brought him back to the pack a little bit with a group of about four. One of those included Phil Mickelson who entered the final round the leader at one under (-1). Unfortunately for Phil, on his 43rd birthday, either the pressure got to him or it wasn't in the cards for him. His putter wasn't working great, some of them coming up short or lipping out. His chipping and short game weren't all that great either. All of this led Mickelson to his sixth runner up title at the U.S. Open, meaning the elusive championship escaped him yet again. Rose played great and he won this tournament, but Mickelson did his fair share to lose it too. It is a combination of both, but Rose overall won the tournament with his final round. Everything came up smelling like roses at the U.S. Open.
Spurs take game five of NBA Finals
No team in the NBA Finals wants to win two games in a row. The San Antonio Spurs knew how important game five was. While not impossible to go to Miami and win two games, it would be far more obtainable to try and win one game with two chances to do so. The Spurs did just that with a 114-104 win over the Miami Heat to take a 3-2 series lead heading back to Miami for game six Tuesday night at 9 PM ET on ABC. Once again, it was Danny Green who was the star for the Spurs with 24 points and six three-pointers. He now has the most three pointers (25) in NBA Finals history. The Spurs also got a major boost from Manu Ginobli who had fallen off the face of the basketball world. He had been a tad injured. His shot was off and he wasn't himself. Forget all of that in this game. Ginobli was inserted into the starting lineup and made the most of his chance scoring 24 points. All five Spurs starters scored in double figures. The Heat played well in this game. Ray Allen was terrific off the bench for the Heat, but they could not get it done. Now they head back to Miami needing to win both home games to win the NBA championship. Not impossible by any stretch. They're in good position to do so. This Spurs team though has a lot of veteran savvy on their team and they won't go down quietly. Should be a great way to cap off the series.
Bruins tie Stanley Cup Finals with Blackhawks
After a triple-overtime thriller in game one, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks felt like an encore was in order. At least an overtime thriller. Though it only went one overtime, game two needed extra time to decide a winner and this time it was the Boston Bruins who won 2-1 to tie the series up 1-1 with game three in Boston tonight at 8 PM ET on NBC. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask kept his team in it in the first period. The Bruins were sluggish ini the opening period and Rask made save after save to keep the team in it. What a series this is shaping up to be. Can only hope game three tonight is half as good as the first two games.
Celtics-Clippers looking to trade
A major blockbuster trade is on the horizon in the NBA between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers, one that could really put a stamp on the Clippers franchise. The Clippers want Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett, but it could cost them their backup point guard, the young star Eric Bledsoe. DeAndre Jordan will be party of the deal that sends him to Boston as well, but the Clippers do not want to part with Bledsoe as he is a key backup to Chris Paul. Each team is waiting for the other one to blink and something will happen by Tuesday or Wednesday or nothing will happen. It's that simple. The Clippers could be in the beginning stages of a franchise upheivel as they are looking to land Dwight Howard as well. This is going to get really interesting. We have not heard the last regarding this trade. Something is bound to happen.
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