ONE CALL AWAY!

Talk about a nail biter in Phoenix, now that is what I call basketball. Milwaukee takes Game 5 123-119 and take a 3-2 lead. The Suns were up early in the first quarter and got off to a great start 37-21, but the Bucks stormed back in the second quarter 43-24 and were up at the half by three. Jrue Holiday was aggressive defensively and kept CP3 contained. The Suns got it down to a one point deficit when Holiday came up with a big steal and Giannis threw it down and got the foul. They have won three games in a row, which include stealing a game on the road. The Suns haven’t been down in a series since being down 2-1 against the LA Lakers in the first round. This Bucks team is now in a position to win their first title since 1971. Coincidentally both teams shot 87 field goals, the Suns made 48 and Milwaukee 50. Also Phoenix was 68.4% from the three and the the Bucks shot 50%.

Leading scorer for one of the big three was Giannis Antetokounmpo with 32 points on 14 of 23 shooting, nine boards, and six dimes. Khris Middleton finished with 29 points on 12 of 23 shooting, seven rebounds, and five assists. Jrue Holiday coming in clutch with a double-double finishing with 27 points on 12 of 20 shooting, four boards, 13 dimes, three take aways, and one block also shooting 50% from the three point line. Pat Connaughton contributed 14 points and six rebounds off of the bench.

Devin Booker had back to back 40 plus games in a losing effort, finishing with 40 points on 17 of 33 shooting, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block, he was 50% from the three and 4 of 5 from the charity stripe. CP3 though he had a slow start in the first half finished with a double-double scoring 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting, 3 of 3 from the three point line, two boards, 11 assists, and one block. Deandre Ayton also finished with a double-double tallying 20 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and steal, and two blocks, he was also 6 of six from the stripe. Mikal Bridges totaled 13 points, four boards, one dime, and two steals. Lastly, Jae Crowder contributed 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Milwaukee is where they want to be and the Suns are in a must win situation. We all know that the close out game is the hardest to win because the other team is desperate for a win. The Bucks have a chance to win on their home floor in Game 6, but the Suns will be out for blood to force a Game 7 and take it back to the Valley of the Sun. The longer the series goes the better the competition. This is the best of the East and the best of the West. Only one can win, this should be a spectacular Game 6 and I am itching to see the outcome.

“I’M JUST SAYIN SIS” signing off!

Milwaukee Arriving!

It was a close one in Milwaukee but the Bucks pulled it off and take Game 4 109-103 and head back to Phoenix deadlocked 2-2.  Both teams had at least one player score 40 plus points, but for one of them it was in a losing effort. 

The leading scorer for the Bucks was Khris Middleton finishing with 40 points on 15 of 33 shooting, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and was 7 of 8 from the charity stripe.  Giannis finished with another double-double with 26 points, 14 boards, eight assists, three steals, two blocks and was 50% from the line.  Brook Lopez tallied 14 points and was 6 of 6 from the free throw line.  Jrue Holiday contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, seven dimes, three take aways and was 5 of 5 from the stripe.  Last but not least Pat Connaughton scored 11 points, snatched five rebounds, and dished one assist.

On the Suns side of the house Devin Booker led all scorers in a losing effort with 42 points on 17 of 28 shooting, one board, two assists, one steal and was 8 of 9 from the line.  No one else was close to scoring 20 points, Jae Crowder finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks.  CP3 and Cameron Johnson totaled 10 points apiece along with five rebounds and eight dimes combined.  Though Deandre Ayton swiped 17 boards, he only produced 6 points and struggled heavily to find his shot.

It is now even and is a best out of three series. The Bucks are looking to win on the road and the Suns are looking to get in their way to take a 3-2 lead. With the way things have gone the home teams have won in this series, but will that make a difference for the Suns if they have lost two games in a row. The momentum is with the Bucks, can they keep their foot on the gas pedal? Game 5 is on Saturday, who will come out on top on be one step closer to being a NBA Champion?

“I’M JUSt SAYIN SIS” Signing off!

FEAR THE DEER!

The Bucks led by Giannis Antetokounmpo take Game 3 120-100. He also made history with two back to back forty plus double-double games, but this time it was a winning effort and his teammates contributed to the cause. Nothing was going right for the Suns, especially Devin Booker who struggled throughout the game and sat out most of the 4th period. Though five players for Phoenix scored in double figures, none scored over 20 points. If you remember in Game 1 the Suns were 25 of 26 from the free throw line, but in Game 3 they were 11 of 16. Also they were out rebounded 36 to 47 and came within six in the third quarter, the Bucks responded with a 16 point run.

Giannis led the Bucks with 41 points on 14 of 23 shooting, 13 boards, six dimes, and one steal, he also was 13 of 17 from the charity stripe. Jrue Holiday finished with 21 points, five rebounds, nine assists, and one steal. Following behind him was Khrushchev Middleton with 18 points, seven boards, six dimes, and one steal. Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis contributed 11 points apiece, along with 10 rebounds.

For the Suns CP3 was the leading scorer with 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting, nine assists, and one steal. Crowder and Aston both finished with 18 points a piece and combined for 15 rebounds. Cameron Johnson totaled 14 points and five boards. Last Devin Booker only finished with 10 points on 3 of 14 shooting, six rebounds and two dimes.

The Bucks were on a roll, but can they continue their momentum from Game 3 into Game 4? The Suns will have something to say about this and will try to bounce back and get one step closer to being victorious and finishing their journey to become NBA Champions. Their is one obstacle in the way and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. Game 4 is tonight, it should be a go one.

“I’M JUST SAYIN SIS” signing off!

PHOENIX TAKES GAME 2-HALFWAY HOME!

The Suns take Game 2 118-108 of the Finals and finished with the same score they previously had in Game 1 118-105.  This is the first time that I have seen such a feat and Milwaukee is usually the ones to score in that range.  Once again, the Bucks fell short of snagging a victory and are now in a 0-2 hole heading back to Milwaukee, which is not where they want to be. They were aggressive in the first quarter scoring 29 points carrying a three-point lead into the second quarter, but in quarter # two they only produced 16 points, while the Suns finished the quarter with 30 points. 

The leading scorer for the Suns was Devin Booker finishing with 31 points on 12 of 25 shooting from the field, five rebounds, and six dimes.  Mikal Bridges impressed with 27 points, seven boards, one assist, and one steal.  CP3 totaled 23 points, four rebounds, eight assists, and one steal.  Jae Crowder came through with a double-double 11 points, and 10 boards with three assists, and one steal.  Deandre Ayton though his production was lower than in Game 1 produced a double-double as well with 10 points, 11 boards, four assists, three steals, and two blocks.

Giannis in a losing effort was the leading scorer for the Bucks with a double-double scoring 42 points on 15 of 22 shooting, 12 boards, four assists, one steal, three blocks, and was 11 of 18 form the stripe.  Jrue Holiday struggled from the field shooting 7 of 21 finished with 17 points, five rebounds, two dimes, and two denials.  Pat Connaughn contributed 14 points, with 12 of his points coming from the three-point line, seven boards, and one assist off the bench.  Middleton though he produced in Game 1 his production in Game 2 was evident he totaled 11 points on  5 of 16 shooting, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals.  The other two starters Tucker and Lopez struggled as well tallying 15 points, 14 boards, one assist, two steals, and two blocks combined.

With their backs against the wall, the Bucks will need to find a way to snag a win against CP3 and the young Suns, who show no signs of slowing down and are determined to come back to Phoenix as Champions, a title they last held in 1993.  The Bucks have not won a title since 1971, though their superstar Antetokounmpo did his part, he cannot do it on his own and others need to step up otherwise they will be on the losing end and come out empty handed.  From my prospective, the Suns are running on all cylinders, always making adjustments, and continue to work as a team.  They have put themselves in a good position.  Game 3 is on Sunday in Milwaukee, and of course, we should expect the Bucks to come out the gates strong, but will they be able to keep it up and hold off the hot Suns who are on a roll? 

“I’M JUST SAYIN SIS” signing off!

WELCOME TO THE FINALS!

The Suns in formidable fashion win Game 1 of the NBA Finals 118-105 to take a 1-0 lead.  There was too much CP3, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton.  Milwaukee was unsuccessful in defending the pick and roll.  They took advantage of every mismatch, their offense flowed, and the basket seemed bottomless.  Milwaukee was keeping up in the first quarter, but despite Giannis returning for the Bucks, the Suns owned an eight-point halftime lead, that was doubled going into the final period of play.  They forced 14 turnovers were 25 of 26 from the stripe.

CP3 became a scoring machine after the first quarter; he led Phoenix with 32 points, four rebounds, nine dimes, and one steal.  Following his lead was Devin Booker with 27 points, two boards, six assists, and three steals.  Also coming through was Deandre Ayton finishing with a double-double, 22 points, and 19 boards.  Also contributing to the cause was Mikal Bridges with 14 points, Cameron Johnson and Cameron Payne with 10 points apiece.  Jae Crowder did not fare so well with a single point and nine dimes.

For the Bucks Khris Middleton lead the way with 29 points, seven boards, and four dimes.  Giannis produced a double- double in the losing effort totaling 20 points, 17 boards, four assists, two steals, and one block.  Brook Lopez tallied 17 points, 6 rebounds, and one dime.  Jrue Holiday struggled from the field and was 4 of 14 shooting, finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists.

It is back to the drawing board for the Bucks who usually when they suffer a loss bounce back.  I hope that Giannis’s return will not hurt them in the end.  Though Phoenix had a week’s rest, it did not show in Game 1.  Game 2 airs tonight on ABC, will Phoenix continue their domination or will the Bucks find a way to win on the road and not go down 0-2 going back to Milwaukee?

“I’M JUST SAYIN SIS” signing off!

Baby Weight-It is your fault!

When you have a life growing inside of you, many changes occur and your hormones are out of control, and if it is your first it is all new to you, but if you are on your second or third then you are a pro.  We have the preconceived notion that when this is occurring us as women have to gain a 100 plus pounds during pregnancy, which is not true.  On some occasions, it is more than one and you are required to have extra calories, but this does not mean you have to blow up like the Michelin Man.  What I am in awe of is after the baby is born, we are not happy with how much weight we gained, thus blaming it on the life you just brought into this world.

I want to get this on the right track, it is the baby’s fault that you decided to gain more weight than you wanted to and now that you have to lose it, it has now become a problem.  I call it being in denial, this is the one thing you had control over.  Cravings are all in your head, I believe, and you do not have to devour everything under the sun.  The whole you are eating for two needs to be thrown to the wolves.  You are giving nourishment for a life that happens to be inside of you and this has to happen in order for it to grow.   Unless you are bed ridden deeming you incapable of performing some sort of exercise I can understand, but if you are able to be mobile, there is nothing wrong with a little exercise, it is not going to hurt you or your offspring. 

In order to get the weight off after you have delivered, breast feeding is a good option to think about, but if you are unable to do so find some time to do a little bit in short intervals.  Do not complain about it and then not do anything or make excuses as to why you cannot do it.  You made the choice to copulate and have a child, you made your own bed, now it is time to make that bed back to the way it used to be.  Nevertheless, for goodness sake do not blame it on the baby because you had them, they did not have you, nor did they ask to be born.  If I had a dollar for every time I heard “this is baby fat”, no my dear it is your fat, I would be a millionaire.  Do not be offended, it is good to tell people what they need to hear and not sugarcoat it to not hurt their feelings.  The one thing about the truth is it never changes.

“I’M JUST SAYIN SIS” signing off!

Bucks Come Up Clutch and Send Hawks Packing!

The Milwaukee Bucks finally end a 30 year drought punching their ticket into the finals. They take the series in six defeating the Hawks in Atlanta 118-107 without Giannis Antetokounmpo. Their next opponent is the Phoenix Suns who are also looking to end a drought of their own.

The leading scorer for the Bucks was Khris Middleton who finished with, 32 points on 10 of 22 shooting, seven assists, 4 boards, and three rake aways, he was also 8 of 8 from the stripe. Jrue Holiday totaled 27 points, nine rebounds and assists, four steals, plus two blocks. Also contributing was Brook Lopez and Pat Connaughton with 13 points apiece, along with 14 boards. Bobby Portis tallied 12 points and 9 boards, and last but not least was Jeff Teague with 11 points.

Trae Young returned, and finished with 14 points, four boards, and nine assists, but was 0 of six from the 3 point line. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Cam Reddish finishing with 21 points, three rebounds and assists off the bench. Bogdanovic totaled 20 points, two rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Collins and Gallinari tallied 13 points apiece, along with 12 rebounds, and nine assists. Lastly Clint Capela contributed 14 points, and nine rebounds.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is coming on July 6th in Phoenix. Will the Bucks be able to stop CP3 and the young Suns? Is Giannis going to make his first appearance in the Finals? Drawing first blood is important, so we will see who takes Game 1!

“I’M JUST SAYIN SIS” signing off!

BUCKS FIGHT BACK!

The Bucks came into form and went back to being themselves in Game 5 and defeated Atlanta 123-112. Once again they were without Giannis Antetokounmpo but they came together as a team and were victorious and took a 3-2 lead in the series. Atlanta was also without their leader Trae Young.

Brook Lopez was the leading scorer for Milwaukee finishing with 33 points on 14 of 18 shooting from the field, seven boards, two steals, four blocks, and was 5 of 7 from the stripe. Khris Middleton totaled 26 points, 13 rebounds, eight dimes, and two take aways. Following up was Jrue Holiday with 25 points, six boards, and 13 assists. Last but not least was Bobby Portis tallying 22 points, eight boards, three dimes, and three steals.

Meanwhile Bogdanovic led the Hawks with 28 points, five rebounds, and four assists in 38 minutes. John Collins added 29 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Coming off the beach Gallinari finished with 19 points, and three boards. Lou Williams contributed 17 points, seven assists, three rebounds, two take aways and one block.

It’s getting down to the wire for Atlanta, who has to find a way to bounce back and force a Game 7. Standing in their way are the Bucks who are looking to close out the series and move on to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1971. Can they break the curse or will Atlanta force the issue. Game 6 is Saturday, good luck and may the best team win.

“I’M JUST SAYIN SIS” signing off!

FINALLY, PHOENIX HAS COME BACK TO THE FINALS!

CP3 and the Suns have finally made it back to the Finals after a 30-year drought.  Winning the series in six games.  They sent the Clippers into the sunset in Los Angeles 130-103 and are now headed for the big stage.  The Suns are now Western Conference Champions and were able to hoist that trophy.

For Chris Paul this is bitter sweet, the irony of winning in LA where most of his heartbreaks took place, he has after 16 seasons made it for the first time to the Finals.  He took over in the fourth quarter and alone he outscored the Clippers 27-21 and finished with 41 points on 16 of 24 shooting, four rebounds, eight dimes, and 87% from the 3-point line.  The second half alone he scored 31 points.  He was a veteran possessed and could not be stopped to the point Pat Beverly pushed him and got ejected from the game.  The Suns out-rebounded the Clippers 47-32 and they had four individual quarters scoring 30 or more points, a far cry from Game 5.  Devin Booker finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while Jae Crowder dropped 19 points, and Deandre Ayton accumulated 16 points, and 17 boards.

For the Clippers Marcus Morris was the leading scorer with 26 points and nine rebounds.  PG13 had 21 points, and nine boards.  Reggie Jackson contributed 13 points, four rebounds, and eight assists.  They gave a valiant effort, but it was not enough to stop veteran CP3 and the young Suns.  Would it have been different if Kawhi had not been sidelined, possibly so, but there is no way of telling.  It is back to square one for the Clippers and I am unsure if this series loss will cost Ty Lue his coaching positon.

The Suns did what they had to do in order to come up with a victory.  Their leader CP3 showed up in impressive fashion and produced results.  Now they wait on the winner in the East, Game 5 is today and with the series tied 2-2 someone will go up in the series and one team will be one loss away from being eliminated.

CONGRATS TO THE PHOENIX SUNS!

“I’M JUST SAYIN SIS” signing off! #I AM NUMBER ONE

Denied! Deja-Vu!

This is a very familiar site for Chris Paul, no reminder needed.  The Clippers gave up a 3-1 lead against the Houston Rockets in 2015, but could not move on to the Western Conference Finals round, and lost three games in a row.  The Clippers in an impressive fashion took Game 5 116-102 and the series is at 3-2.  In the first quarter, all cylinders were running and they put up 36 points.  The Suns could not adjust to the onslaught of LA who were in a must win situation.  They never had a lead and every time they got close, the Clippers said “NOT TODAY” and kept making runs.  For three straight quarters, the Suns only scored 26 points and in the 4th quarter they only came up with 24, not one quarter was over 30 points.  The Clippers on the other hand had two 30 plus quarters, and two 20 plus quarters.  The Suns did not have a chance.

PG stepped up and was the leading scorer for the Clippers, he took charge and finished with 41 points on 15 of 20 shooting, 13 boards, six assists, along with three take aways, he was 100% from the stripe and was 50% from the field in 3-pointers.  Treading behind him was Reggie Jackson with 23 points, five rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Also contributing was Marcus Morris Sr. with 22 points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal, most of his production came in the first quarter.  Honorable mention DeMarcus Cousins tallied, 15 points, along with two boards, three dimes, and one steal. 

What contributed to the Suns loss is the lack of production from Ayton who was held to 10 points, 11 boards, and one assist on 5 of 9 shooting, meaning he took a total of 9 shots.  Devin Booker finished the game with 31 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals, but shot 9 of 22 from the field.  CP3 scored 22 points, had three boards, 8 dimes, and shot 8 of 19 from the field and was 0 of 6 from the 3 point-line.   Together CP3 and Booker were 17 of 41 from the field.  Only one other player for the Suns scored double digits, Cameron Johnson with 14 points, four rebounds, and three steals.

The Series goes back to LA for Game 6, the Suns are now on their heels and need to regroup, adjust and close out the series.  The Clippers have been in this situation before and they are going to be hungry and do everything they can to force a Game 7.  Will the Suns be able to bounce back and finish the job or with they allow a comeback from LA?  From my standpoint, the Clippers are not too shabby without Kawhi, and have come through when it was needed the most.  Next game will be on Wednesday it’s win or go home for LA and the Suns are at the cusp of the Finals.  Can CP3 pull it off and finally make to where he has not been before?

“I’M JUST SAYIN SIS”  signing off!  #Women know sports too!

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