The ESPN Daily: The Warriors stay alive

WARRIORS STAY ALIVE

Let the ‘3-1’ lead jokes commence … The Warriors aren’t quite out of it. Despite Kevin Durant getting hurt again and the Warriors facing a six-point deficit late, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson hit big 3s late in Game 5 to get the two-time defending champs another home game on Thursday. Golden State isn’t giving its crown to the Raptors just yet. Read More

THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

Does it matter if Phil never wins a U.S. Open? Phil Mickelson is one of the greatest golfers in history, but one tournament has flustered his attempts to complete a career Grand Slam. He has finished second in the U.S. Open an astonishing SIX times, so much that it has come to define his career nearly as much as his other accomplishments. If it never happens, is he OK with that? Are we? Read More

‘I can’t be Tony Parker anymore …’ After 18 seasons, Tony Parker announced his retirement from the NBA. It’ll be a strange sight — a league without Parker, Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili playing fundamental basketball and winning championships — but it appears we’re finally at that point. Read More

The most beat-up ride in the NFL … You know the fullback stereotype: hard-nosed, no-nonsense, ready to do whatever it takes to get the team where it needs to go. If you took one look at Broncos fullback Andy Janovich’s ancient truck, you’d be able to guess what he does for a living immediately, as it entirely embodies his fullback-ness. Read More

THINGS TO WATCH

“The Equalizer” with Alex Morgan …. Alex Morgan has been a force on the USWNT for years and using her influence to promote a positive self-image for female athletes everywhere for almost as long. In Episode 1 of The Equalizer on ESPN+, we see what it’s like for the Team USA star to prepare for one of the biggest tournaments of her life. Watch

OVERHEARD

“I told him: ‘If you don’t want me to watch the ball you can go in the ocean and get it.”’
— Mike Muncy on Madison Bumgarner objecting to his admiration of his home run on Sunday. Read More

REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 1997, Michael Jordan had the flu. That normally is enough cause for someone to take a week off of office work — to say nothing of a job that requires you to run and jump for two-plus hours. Jordan being Jordan, he played through fatigue and dehydration to lead the Bulls to a 90-88 win over the Jazz in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Watch

WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?

Italy vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina (2:35 p.m. ET, ESPN2): Italy are firmly in control of their Euro 2020 qualification, with three wins in Group J, all by shutout. That’s the challenge Bosnia and Herzegovina face as they attempt to build on their 1-1-1 start.

Mets at Yankees (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): The Yankees are No. 4 in our most recent MLB power rankings, a full 15 spots above the Mets. Still, it wasn’t a great road trip for the Yankees. Maybe this upcoming homestand will get them back to form.

Reds at Indians (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+): Trevor Bauer is struggling with his control a bit: His walk rate is the highest it has been since 2015, and he has already matched his career high in HBP. Fortunately for him, the Reds rank near the bottom of the NL in walks.

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