Last Week In Sports: June 20, 2022

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NBA Team of the Week

Big surprise here, our NBA Team of the Week is the Golden State Warriors. They defeated the Boston Celtics in 6 games to win their fourth championship in the Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson/Draymond Green era. Steph was a slam dunk to win his first Finals MVP, and the Dubs got major contributions from both Splash Brothers and Draymond. While the stars showed out, they definitely could not have gotten there without the contributions of Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Otto Porter, Jr., Kevon Looney, Gary Payton II, Damion Lee, Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga, Nemanja Bjelica, Andre Iguodala, Juan Toscano-Anderson, and of course their head coach, Steve Kerr.

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NHL Team of the Week

The Colorado Avalanche are our NHL team of the week after breezing to a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Their 7-0 victory in Game 2 was a testament to just how incredibly talented the Avs are. It is no easy task to win a game in the Finals, and it is hard to blow out your opponent. They did more than just blow out the Tampa Bay Lightning; they embarrassed them. Now it’s time to see what the reigning back-to-back champs have up their sleeves to use when backed into a corner.

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MLB Team of the Week

The Cleveland Guardians are our MLB Team of the Week, going 5-1, with a sweep of the Rockies in Colorado and a 2-1 series victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Emmanuel Clase has had no trouble closing out games lately, with just two blown saves on the season and the last coming on May 9th. The rotation has stepped up in a big way, with Shane Bieber returning to form and Triston McKenzie breaking out as a stud. While the lineup has a number of noteworthy contributors, the fact that the Guardians are just one game back of the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central lead comes down to one man more than any other: José Ramírez. The third baseman is a legit MVP candidate, and he completely dictates what Cleveland can accomplish this season.

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WNBA Team of the Week

The Las Vegas Aces are our WNBA Team of the Week. They earn this honor after going 2-0 in the past week as part of a 4-game winning streak. The Aces have looked like the best team in the W all season, and they continued to look that way this past week, after picking up a road win against the Dallas Wings taking down the last-place Minnesota Lynx at home. Though they only beat the Lynx by one, I would hardly call that cause for alarm with a team as red-hot as the Aces.

Editors’ note: One important thing to mention is Brittney Griner’s absence from the court this season. She has been classified as wrongfully detained and held for 123 days at the writing of this post. Bring Brittney home.