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Game six full of excitement until the end


What a game.
Game six of the NBA final was one of the most exciting games I’ve seen, and not just because the Toronto Raptors won their first league championship.
After taking a big lead early, the Raptors found themselves in a back-and-forth game which featured at least 16 different lead changes.
Kyle Lowry was hot early, scoring the first 11 points for Toronto, then Pascal Siakam got hot. In the fourth quarter, Fred Van Vleet Sr., sank just about everything he put up.
Siakam and Lowry finished with 26 points each to lead the Raps, while Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and Van Vleet each had 22.
The only issue I have with the game, and with basketball in general, is the long delays which occasionally occur late in games, where it takes 10 minutes to play 10 seconds because of timeouts, video reviews, whatever.
In the case of game six, as one announcer put it, all the delays kind of made the end of the game anticlimactic. There was not the excitement there should have been in the final seconds. It wasn’t until the final buzzer sounded that the Raptors began celebrating.
Contrast that with the end of game seven between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins.
The Blues’ players knew they were about to win the first Stanley Cup in team history and were jumping up and down on the bench as the final seconds ticked off. And I’m pretty sure a few of them jumped the gun and were on the ice with a few seconds left on the clock.
The same thing should have happened the following night when Toronto won the NBA title.
By the way, I loved Ryan O’Reilly’s live on-ice interview with Scott Oake following St. Louis’s game seven victory.
After dropping an F bomb, being the good Canadian kid he is, he immediately apologized. Profusely.
And someone posted on Twitter a screen shot with the closed captioning on for the Blues celebration, which informed viewers of, “a lot of prairie accents saying ‘woo’ and ‘f-in’”.
There is no question Brooke Henderson is the greatest golfer in Canadian history.
She proved that on the weekend when she won the Meijer LPGA Classic in Belmont, Mich.
It was Henderson’s ninth LPGA title, moving her to the top of the list of Canadian-born winners on either the PGA or LPGA tours.
Henderson entered the weekend tied with Sandra Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson, all of whom had eight wins.
The amazing thing about Henderson is she is still only 21. There is no telling how many victories she may end up with.

Doug Zywina