Can Sacramento support major professional basketball and baseball teams?

Leading Off: Heat on both Miami, San Antonio

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013 - 12:50 am

This, that and the other thing:

• Neither San Antonio nor Miami has won two consecutive games during the NBA Finals – which can be considered good news for both teams.

For the Heat, it's Miami's turn to beat San Antonio in tonight's Game 6. For the Spurs, a loss would mean they win the seventh and deciding championship game Thursday night.

Unfortunately for the Spurs, they have as much chance of winning Game 7 in Miami as the Giants had of winning Game 7 of the 2002 World Series in Anaheim.

Under the NBA's 2-3-2 home-and-away playoff format, no road team has won Game 7.

• Zack Wheeler is the kind of young pitcher who could give the Giants' starting rotation a shot in the arm.

And tonight he'll make his major-league debut – for the New York Mets.

Oh yeah, the Giants traded their top pitching prospect in July 2011 to the New York Mets for Carlos Beltran in hopes of making a playoff run.

Not only did the Giants miss the postseason by four games, Beltran left town as a free agent.

Yes, the Giants won the 2012 World Series without Wheeler, but they sure could use him this season.

• Now that the Kings are staying put with new ownership and a new downtown arena is on the agenda, Mayor Kevin Johnson needs to find a way to lure the A's to Sacramento.

The River Cats have the best minor-league organization in baseball, but Sacramento is a major-league town.

Plus, our plumbing works pretty well.

What to watch

NBA Finals, Spurs at Heat, 6 p.m., Ch. 10: The Heat is on Miami in the first elimination game of the series.

Today's poll

Can Sacramento support major professional basketball and baseball teams?

• Yes

• No

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field

Monday's poll results

Should baseball penalize players for leaving the dugout and bullpen during a brawl?

• Yes: 62%

• No: 38%

Total votes: 117

Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.

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