Philly Sports Headlines- Warriors win fourth championship, Phils allow 19 runs

June 19th, 2015 by Kyle Lutz | Filed under General, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly.

NBA Finals

On Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors beat Lebron James and the Cavaliers in game six of the Finals 105-97 to win their fourth NBA championship, and their first since 1975. Former 76ers’ small forward (2004-12) Andre Iguodala won the Bill Russell Award, for Finals MVP, becoming the first player in league history to win the award despite not starting every game (or a single game in the regular season). In the finals, Iguodala started games 4-6, and well, the graphics below tell you all you need to know, in terms of his impact on the series.

-It was the longest gap between championships in NBA history (40 years). The previous high
-Golden State’s now ranked fourth all-time among NBA teams in championships (4), behind Boston (17), LA (16), Chicago (6), and the Spurs (5).
-Steph Curry is the 1st player since Shaq to win his first MVP award and title in the same season (6th in NBA history). Lebron James became the first player ever to lead both teams in the Finals all three major statistical categories (points per game, assists per game, and rebounds per game). For the series, per game, he averaged: 35.8 points, 8.8 assists, and 13.8 rebounds. Many believe that he should’ve beat Iguodala out for Finals MVP. Surprisingly, Steph Curry didn’t even get a vote (Iguodala had 7 votes, to James’ 4)

Golden State’s 83 combined wins this year (regular season + postseason) are the third most in NBA history, behind only the 1995-96 (87-13) and 1996-97 (84-17) Chicago Bulls, all three of which won the title that year. Besides that fact, what do the three teams have in common? Steve Kerr. Kerr’s Golden State’s head coach, in his first year (67-15), and was a Bulls’ shooting guard from 1993-98, behind Ron Harper. Kerr’s the first rookie NBA coach to win a title since Pat Riley did it in 1982 with Los Angeles. Kerr finished as the runner-up this season in NBA Coach of the Year voting, behind only Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer (60-22).

Larry Brown/Allen Iverson

Former Sixers’ coach Larry Brown recently endorsed the idea — in a sit-down with Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Sielski — of Allen Iverson becoming a part of the team’s front office, as an assistant GM to GM Sam Hinkie, claiming that Iverson would be beneficial in personnel moves, and would be well respected enough. Brown’s currently the Southern Methodist University men’s basketball coach, in Dallas, Texas, a position he’s held down since the 2012-13 season. Iverson, meanwhile, for the most part, has stayed out of the public eye, since his retirement from basketball in 2011. Brown was Iverson’s head coach in Philadelphia from 1997-2003, taking the team to the Finals in ’01, and five postseason appearances in six seasons.

“I just wish there was some way that he could be involved,” Brown said in a telephone interview Friday. “Just teach him about the organization and let him figure it out, figure out how he can help. He can certainly judge talent. He certainly has people’s respect. Kids will listen to anything he said. He’s certainly bright as hell.

“Just teach him how to be involved with the NBA, whatever level you want, but I think ultimately I’d like to see him get into management. I think he’d be a huge asset.”

“What did he mean to Philly?” Brown said. “What does this franchise need more than anything right now, besides players? It needs a shot in the arm, something where you can say, ‘They’re trying to do it the right way.’ “

On March 1st, 2014, the Sixers retired Iverson’s number 3 jersey, just last month, he had his own documentary released to Showtime, and he’s been invited to numerous team events ever since his retirement. According to the team’s press release, he’ll be in attendance for the team’s new uniforms unveiling tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. Inviting him to team events is one thing, but despite his talent and basketball IQ, making him a part of the team’s front office is another. Would he be a good candidate, and the right man for the job? I don’t think he would be.

Phillies lose 19-3

In other news, the Phillies had a fun very eventful weekend, to say the least, starting interleague play at Baltimore on Monday night. In their first two games vs. the Orioles (0-2), they were outscored 23-3, and allowed 19 runs on Tuesday, in an embarrassing 19-3 loss.

The last time the Phillies have allowed 19 or more runs in a game was in September of 1999 vs. Cincinnati, a 22-3 loss at the Vet (September 4th). Between Tuesday night’s game and that 1999 game, the Phillies’ two starting pitchers those nights (Jerome Williams and Paul Byrd) went a combined 4.1 innings pitched, and yet they allowed 11 earned runs- an ERA of 24.1. The Phillies’ previous high for runs allowed in an interleague game was 17, in a 17-5 loss at KC in June of 2007 (June 10th). Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz batted 4th and 8th in both of those games, respectively.

Part of why Williams left the game (two outs into it) was due to a hamstring injury, suffered due to a second wild pitch. After the game ended, Williams was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list, with a strained left hamstring. Severino Gonzalez is expected to take his spot in the starting rotation, until Chad Billingsley (lat) is ready, which could be as early as next week.

Stanley Cup Finals

This past week, another sports team was crowned champion, in the Chicago Blackhawks, when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 of the Finals, to win their third Cup in six years (2010, 2013, 2015). Former Flyers’ star defenseman Kimmo Timonen ended his 16-year career on top, winning his first career Stanley Cup, en route to retirement. The 40-year old logged 3:39 minutes of ice time in the clinching game. It was Chicago’s sixth Stanley Cup victory overall, and Tampa’s second appearance (2004) in the Finals.

According to sports betting site Odds Shark, the Hawks are already the odds-on favorite to repeat as winners in next year’s Cup Finals. Chicago’s odds, reported by the site, are currently at 7/1, while the 2014-15 Presidents’ Trophy Winners, the Rangers, are the runner-ups, at 8-1. In terms of best odds to win it, Tampa Bay’s ranked fifth, at 12/1.

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