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FEAR THE BEARD: Alana Beard hit a buzzer beater to lift the Sparks over the Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday. What a shot! Four takeaways from the game from Swish Appeal. Game 2 is at 8 p.m. on Tuesday on ESPN 2.
PREVIEW TIME: Paul Flannery and I are big fans of Paul George, but we have similar concerns about the rest of the Pacers roster. Meanwhile, our opinions diverge widely on the Nuggets. Nugget fight! We also have previews from Indy Cornrows and Denver Stuffs.
SUPERSTAR IN THE MAKING: Joel Embiid is hitting threes and asking to be nicknamed The Process. One does not come up with one’s own nicknames, but the International Panel of Nickname Arbitration ought to take up this appeal pronto. I think it has merit.
YOU KNOW YOU WANT HIM: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib makes a compelling that Pitbull is not just Mr. Worldwide, but Mr. Wide World of Sports Anthems. Dalé!
FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT: J.R. Smith is hanging around the Cavaliers like he has a contract with the team (he does not).
COLLEGE PREVIEW: Hey, Arizona, you’re pretty darn talented! (Seriously, Pac-12 basketball is going to be a gold mine of NBA prospects this season.)
AND FINALLY: Send positive vibes to the wonderful Jeff Zillgitt as he renews his war with cancer, and send money to the Cancer Research Institute. We can all beat this disease together.
Be excellent to each other.