Thank god there was some noteworthy news yesterday. I'm thinking about somehow turning these into intro videos; I ran out of ideas for these intros after Day 2. It's already hard enough delivering everyday updates (minus weekends and holidays, of course), but everyday intros? I'm not a scholar.
Toronto takes Game 1 of the Finals at home (118-109)
(Original thread where I got the image and stats from.) Ok, Toronto! The Raptors clearly aren't scared of the Warriors and that's by far the biggest takeaway from the game. LeBron obviously never had an inkling of fear when he faced the Warriors, but his Cavs teams weren't nearly as deep as the Raptors, except for maybe the 2016 Cleveland championship team. Toronto is deep; they're going to (and have) give(n) the Warriors problems, especially in the absence of Kevin Durant.
Everybody on the Raptors filled their roles tonight. I know the stats are literally posted right above; I'm going to rehash some anyways. This is my blog, I'll do what I want. Kawhi shot a paltry 5-14 from the field (10-12 FT) alongside a 7-point (2-9 FG) outing by Kyle Lowry. When your two All Stars shoot 30.4% in a Finals game, it usually ends in harrowing defeat. Good thing the Raptors have Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol, an elite (?) front-court that combined for 52 points tonight; 32 for Siakam, 20 for Gasol. Danny Green and Fred VanVleet (aka Drake 2.0) provided solid guard-play with a combined 26 points on (total) 9-17 shooting.
The Warriors, on the other hand, struggled beyond their (current) two best players. Steph Curry had a typical MVP-like performance with 34 points, five rebounds, and five assists (8-18 FG, 4-9 3FG); if the Warriors can win the series and he keeps up this production, Steph could walk away with his first career Finals MVP. Where would that rank him amongst the all-time great point guards? Could he be slotted at three or four? Klay Thompson, who was definitely smoking big gas prior to tip-off, put up 21 points and five rebounds while shooting 50% from three. As you can see, Draymond was the next highest scoring Warrior with 10; no great! Even though he notched a 10-10-10 triple-double, Draymond had six turnovers, the complete opposite of what you want from him, or really any player for that matter. A triple-double is never not welcome, especially in the Finals, but Draymond has to achieve them a bit more efficiently if they're going to make a true impact. A lot of that isn't necessarily his fault, though, I mean the bench was god awful tonight. I would've loved to see Boogie get more than eight minutes but I understand that you have to ease him back into it. Seeing him in the Finals made my night; I decided I'm not really picking a team this series but rather rooting for Boogie. I wouldn't be thrilled if the Warriors won again but seeing Boogie get a ring would make it all worth it. All that being said, Warriors in 6. I just don't see them losing but I'm usually wrong, so the Raptors will probably win.
Does KD come back for Game 2? He has to, right? It feels to risky to go down 2-0 in the Finals. Teams have comeback but why risk it? Game 2 isn't until Sunday, plenty of rest time for KD. It'll be an interesting next few days.
Illinois moves one step closer to legalizing recreational pot
Let's go. If you've followed the pod or just know me, it's not a secret that I enjoy hanging out with my good pal Mary Jane. If my mom is reading this right now she's pissed lmao. But I'm not here to discuss my love of mids because quite frankly, nobody gives a shit; this is about progress.
I'm from the Chicagoland area so I've had the pleasure of getting to experience the mass inefficiency of how the state of Illinois is run, and there's nothing I love more than paying the lovely 10% sales tax that goes towards repaving the same roads every few months. For once Illinois is moving in the right direction. The bill, approved Wednesday in the Senate, would allow residents age 21 and older to legally possess 30 grams of cannabis, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate or 500 milligrams of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product as of Jan. 1. Nonresidents could possess 15 grams of cannabis. (Dan Petrella and Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune) (Link to article.) If it passes in the House, who is expected to vote on it today, Governor J.B. "I Don't Know Why There Aren't Any Toilets In My House" Pritzker would enact it into law. This would make Illinois the eleventh state to have recreational pot and it's about time. It's going to take a while to have full recreational use legalized on the federal level because the government seems to be more focused on the parties relentlessly shitting on each other instead of getting anything done, but that's not my tea to spill. Obviously I'm excited because I can just waltz into a dispensary and have myself a day, but it's also another step in the further de-stigmatization of pot use. Like anything else you have to be aware and cautious of how much you're intaking, but it's sure as hell a lot safer than blacking out and sliding in any and every DM possible. Do your thing, though, I don't give a shit what people do.
I can't see the House not passing the bill so hopefully by days end we'll find out that everybody in Illinois will be Blitzkrieg Bopped on January 1.