Ebs’ Hot Takes: Thunder Over Warriors, Kershaw Best in MLB, Penquins over Sharks

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after a dunk in front of Golden State's Stephen Curry (30) during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Oklahoma City won 133-105. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

BALLSTON SPA, NY  – I’m filling in for West Coast Craig this week and know the blood was boiling after last week’s batch of Ebs’ Hot Takes. Well, get ready! I’ve turned the temperature up once again. Here’s my latest edition of Hawt Taeks (as they call ’em up here in Western New York)!

OKC steals it on the road. I know, this will probably upset some people – like Angry Ward – but I’m sticking to my guns. I called an Oklahoma City vs Cleveland NBA Finals before the playoffs even started and I’m not backing down now.

It’s so hard to pick against the team that has two of the top-5 players in the NBA. I can also guarantee that the Thunder will make more than three 3-pointers, and chances are good Golden State won’t make make 21 treys again either.

Oklahoma City has already won once at Oracle. Why not twice?

Clayton Kershaw is the best player in baseball. All you New York Mets fans got to see Kershaw’s dominance in full force Sunday, and it didn’t turn out too well.

It is absolutely insane that Kershaw has stuck out 100 batters while walking just five already. That’s a 20 K/BB rate! KershawInsane!

If I was drafting my Fantasy Baseball team today and had the No. 1 overall selection, Kershaw is my guy. There isn’t another pitcher playing on his level and both Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are under-perfoming a bit right now. He’s the guy.

If the Los Angeles Dodgers can get just a little bit out of rookie sensation Julio Urias the rest of the way, they’ll be a tough team to beat this summer.

pensPens win it in seven. While the San Jose Sharks are coming out of the tougher Western Conference, and traveled a harder journey to get to the Stanley Cup Finals, there’s just something about the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With Sidney Crosby finally starting to play like the superstar we’re all used to, and with the additional star power of Phil KesselEvgeni MalkinKris Letang and Chris Kunitz I give the Penguins the edge.

I understand that the Sharks are the hot team right now and have a tremendous power play, but this is their first Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins, on the other hand, won the Stanley Cup in 2008-09. Experience could play a factor, like it has in recently – the Super Bowl and World Series.

Until next time… Follow us on Twitter – @DJEberle66 & @MeetTheMatts and come back tomorrow for a man that will tell an old lady to hustle, Big Al Sternberg/Fake Sandy Alderson.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.