Gov. Scott Walker spoke in favor Thursday of key elements of a reported deal fora new $500 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks that includes raising taxes on Milwaukee County hotel rooms and rental cars.
When Stephen Curry's head hit the hardwood in Game 4 of the Western Conference final Monday, it was more than just a nightmarish moment for the Warriors and their fans. It has become the latest chapter in the ongoing debate over when someone should be cleared to get back on the playing field or court after head trauma.
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - It was 40 years in the making. The Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals. Harrison Barnes was huge down the stretch, scoring 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, to help the Warriors to a 104-90 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. The reigning MVP Stephen Curry, who suffered a head contusion in the Rockets' lone win in this series in Game 4, registered a game-high 26 points with eight rebounds and six assists. Klay Thompson, despite dealing with foul trouble and an ear laceration during the game, contributed 20 points in over 22 minutes of action. Golden State returns to the Finals for the first time since 1975 when it swept the Washington Bullets in four games to claim the franchise's third title. The Warriors will host the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Game 1 on June 4. Coming off a playoff career-high 45 points in Game 4, James Harden had a forgettable performance in this one. Harden finished with 14 points on 2-of-11 shooting, but he committed an NBA playoff record 13 turnovers. The last field goal from Harden came with 5:48 remaining in the first half. Dwight Howard led the Rockets with 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Shaw scored the final two goals of the contest, and the Chicago Blackhawks have forced a deciding Game 7 with a 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday at United Center. Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane also lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, while Duncan Keith netted three second-period assists and Andrew Desjardins drew helpers on Shaw's markers. Corey Crawford came up with 30 saves and his team now faces a terminal contest in a Western Conference final for the second consecutive season. Last year, Chicago lost a Game 7 in overtime on home ice to eventual champions Los Angeles. Patrick Maroon and Clayton Stoner tallied for the Ducks, who could have advanced to the franchise's third Stanley Cup Final with a victory. Anaheim will look to put last year's seven-game, second-round loss to the Kings in the rearview mirror in hosting Game 7 on Saturday. Frederik Andersen stopped just 18 shots in defeat, his club's first in regulation during these playoffs.