NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from Raptors’ momentous Game 4 win over the Warriors

first_imgThe Raptors secured an important win on Friday in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.Toronto topped the Warriors 105-92 in what might be the last game Golden State ever plays at Oracle Arena to claim a 3-1 series lead. The Raptors have a chance to close the series out at home and knock off the two-time defending champions on Monday.Here are three takeaways from Toronto’s victory:The shooting was horrendousNeither side shot the ball well from behind the arc in Game 4. Related News Golden State utilized 10 players in its rotation, but didn’t get valuable contributions from its most important role players.Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins combined for nine points on 4-of-12 shooting. Kevon Looney was a pleasant surprise and scored 10 points despite suffering a fracture near his collarbone two games ago, but his efforts weren’t enough.Klay Thompson was expected to push the Warriors back over the top when he returned from his hamstring injury, but offense seems to be in short supply now for the former offensive juggernaut. Austin Rivers sheds light on ‘frustrating’ Rockets offensecenter_img Both teams combined to make four of their 30 3-point attempts in the first half and finished making just 30.5%. Some hot shooters got uncharacteristically cold along the way.Stephen Curry was 2 for 9 from range while Danny Green, who made six 3-pointers last game, converted just one of his seven long heaves.When it came down to it, the outcome had to be decided in the trenches.Kawhi Leonard ascended to another levelLeonard has shown he has what it takes to carry a franchise throughout the postseason and had his most impressive championship showing Friday, tallying 36 points and 12 rebounds in the contest.The Raptors superstar scored 17 points in the third quarter alone and demanded double teams down the stretch as his team pulled away.Leonard has scored more than 30 points in three straight games, and his best could still be ahead of him.The Warriors don’t have as much firepower as you thinkPlayers not named Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson combined to score 37 of the Warriors’ 92 points. Raptors’ Fred VanVleet gets seven stitches after face bloodied by Shaun Livingston elbowlast_img read more

Thug who killed teenager at 165kph after drinking session is jailed for 18 months

first_imgA man with almost 500 previous convictions has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to careless driving causing the death of a teenager.Thug Eamonn Lynch was driving at 165kph when he ploughed into innocent Shane Patton near Drumkeen in July, 2012. Father-of-three Lynch was drunk and had no driving license, valid NCT, tax or insurance on his car when he struck the 18 year old who had just completed his Leaving Cert.Lynch, who had more than 280 previous traffic offence convictions, as well as 50 convictions for burglary, fled to Northern Ireland following the tragedy.However, just before Christmas he was extradited under a European arrest warrant to face trial for Mr Patton’s death to which he pleaded guilty.The court heard how Lynch, who is originally from Derry, was driving his Toyota Celica with his partner just after midnight on July 12th when the smash happened.The entire smash was caught on the CCTV system of a local service station.Garda forensic examiners estimated that Lynch was traveling at 165 kph on the main Ballybofey to Letterkenny Road which is governed by a 100 kph speed limit.The late Shane PattonMr Patton, of Cloghroe, Drumkeen, emerged from a side road but Lynch was traveling so fast that he did not have time to take evasive action and smashed into the teenager.All were rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital but Mr Patton was pronounced dead later.The dead teenager’s heartbroken mother Julie read a harrowing victim impact statement out to the court.She revealed how Shane, the eldest of a family of three children, had just completed his Leaving Certificate and has just been accepted onto a course to train as a mechanic.Mrs Patton said that her entire family were heartbroken by the “happy, beautiful boy” who had been taken from them.She said Shane’s brother and sister, Dina and Jason, did not have someone to help them with their homework and told how his grandmother Mary had to watch Shane being buried on what should have been a celebration of her 70th birthday.Her husband and Shane’s devastated dad Martin, who was also in court, was trying his best to get on with his life for the rest of his family.“I thought I wouyld have to teach Shane about the world but I now have to teach the world about Shane. I have to tell people that it is not okay to drink and drive because it destroys families,” she added.And she added “There is no quick fix and no getting it over. There is no glue to fix all the broken hearts.”Barrister for the accused, Richard Lyons, said his client had written a note to the Patton family in which he wanted to express his deep and genuine remorse.“I cannot express in words how really, really sorry I am for the loss of Shane. I will never in my lifetime get over this. I know the heartache you are going through but I did not set out to hurt anyone, let alone hurt Shane.“I know I have destroyed your lives and I cannot express my words. I hope and pray that you will accept my apology. If I could grant one wish I would wish you had you son back. There isn’t a day that I don’t think about it and I will never get over it myself,” he said.Judge Martin Nolan firstly expressed his sincere sympathy to the Patton family on the loss of their son and brother Shane.He said that although drink was a factor, the real factor in the case was Lynch’s speed and how he could not avoid the collision because he was driving at such speed.He sentenced him to 18 months in prison for the careless driving charge and a further three months for drink driving to run concurrently.He took the other charges into consideration.The court also heard how Shane Patton’s car was in good condition, was taxed and was insured.Thug who killed teenager at 165kph after drinking session is jailed for 18 months was last modified: January 26th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:careless drivingcrashdeathDerrydonegalDrumkeenEamon Lynchshane pattonlast_img read more