Your boy Ty Butler is back again with the Unfinished Business Podcast, this time speaking on the Final Four, Syracuse and New York Yankees baseball.
After trailing by 22 points in the opening quarter, the Golden State Warriors stormed back to stun the San Antonio Spurs, 110-98, to take a 3.5 game lead for first place in the Western Conference. Stephen Curry looked like his usual self, scoring 29 points on 9-of-20 shooting with 11 assists and three rebounds.
This should wrap up the race for the No. 1 seed out West. The Spurs do own the tiebreaker after winning the season series 2-1, but with just seven left to play, it appears Golden State is about to clinch the top spot for the third-straight season.
Will we see a rematch in the playoffs? Not if the Rockets have anything to say about it. They’re about to set the NBA record for most threes made in a season, surpassing the 2015-16 Warriors. But do they need to show improvement defensively in order to contend?
Speaking of making strides on the defense, how about the Cavs who have posted a 6-9 record in the month of March and now have the 23rd best defense in the NBA? That’s not championship-level defensive intensity. It’s getting tougher to picture that on-off button being magically switched in the playoffs for a unit that just doesn’t have lockdown defensive players. But we did learn to never doubt LeBron James.
In baseball, the Yankees are about to get the regular season underway and Christian Kouroupakis is looking forward to it as the Bombers look to get back to glory. What needs to happen for them to be relevant in September after missing the postseason in three of the last four years?
And the NCAA Final Four is upon us with UNC continuing its redemption tour after last year’s heartbreaking buzzer-beating loss in the title game at the hands of Villanova. The Oregon Ducks look to add to the Tar Heels’ misery. And the South Carolina Gamecocks are in the Final Four for the first time in program history, but it won’t be easy against No. 1 seeded Gonzaga.
Lastly, Ty becomes the commissioner of the NBA, NFL, MLB, NCAAB and NCAAF. While in the chair, he makes changes to fix the leagues that would make them astronomically better.