Ebs’ Hot Takes: Cleveland Cavaliers, Tiger Woods, Clint Frazier

FROM THE PRESS BOX – If you continued watching ABC after Game 2 on Sunday, while discussing Draymond Green, Jalen Rose described the all-star forward as a role player for the Golden State Warriors.

Rose was 100 percent correct. That just shows you how much more talented the Warriors are than the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Green, a top-20 player in this league is a role player. Who are role players for Cleveland? Guys like Kyle Korver, J.R Smith and George Hill. Yikes. It’s why the Warriors are up 2-0 heading to Cleveland.

Welcome to Ebs’ Hot Takes. Here’s a brand new set.


Don’t give up, yet, Cleveland. Sure the Warriors are up 2-0, but Golden State needed J.R. Smith to draw a blank while having the ball in the paint during the final seconds of a tie game and Steph Curry to net nine 3-pointers to play it off.

The NBA Finals heads to Cleveland for the next to games.

Role players like Smith, Korver, Hill, Jeff Green and Co. will play better at home. We saw just that in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. Don’t be surprised if the Cavs take both games at home.

The NBA Finals will be knotted up, 2-2, heading back to the Bay.

Tiger Woods is going to finish in the top 3 at the U.S Open. One thing and one thing only cost Tiger Woods a chance at winning the Memorial Tournament.

His putting.

Woods finished tied for 23rd and six strokes back after he picked up five three-puts and missed seven putts inside five feet in four rounds. That’s really bad.

However, there’s a positive to this. Putting is often mental, which means this probably isn’t related to his back and can be fixable in time for Shinnecock Hills.

“I had some chances to shoot some good rounds this week,” Woods told ESPN.com. “Overall my game is where it needs to be heading into the U.S. Open and that’s something that’s very positive.

“I just need to hit better putts. This week I didn’t feel comfortable with my lines and my feel was a little bit off. Consequently I missed a bunch of putts. But I hit it really good this week, so that’s a positive going into Shinnecock, where ballstriking is going to be a must.”

Woods was tremendous in all other avenues. As look as he can get his putting under control, he’ll be in good shape heading into the U.S. Open.

Clint Frazier will homer on Monday. As long as he starts. Clint Frazier is in a tough spot this season. And he knows it.

Frazier is blocked out of the New York Yankees outfield with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks on the 25-man roster. So he’s stuck in Triple-A, where he’s hitting .327.

The 23-year-old outfielder has been raking with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, and while he understands his situation, he’s trying to make the most of it. So with an opportunity back on the 25-man roster as the 26th man for Monday’s doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, I expect Frazier to make the most of it.

Don’t be surprised of a ball two ended up in the seats.

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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.