To be the champs, you gotta beat the champs. That’s what they always say right? You didn’t really think the defending Eastern Conference Champs were going down without a fight did you? I ain’t gonna lie. After those first two games of this series, I did. But there’s a reason why Lebron is nicknamed “The King”, and just in case you may have forgotten, Lebron James reminded us all why, once again last night.
The Cavs pulled off a game-6 victory on their home court last night, even without the help of their second top scorer on the squad, Kevin Love, who only played 5 minutes last night. Love went down after a brutal head-to-head collision with Boston’s Jason Tatum early on in the 1st quarter. He was taken off the court with concussion-like symptoms. Jeff Green stepped in to replace Love. Honestly, it didn’t matter if it was Jeff green, Moe Green, or Al Green who stepped in when Kevin Love went down, last night the King was determined not to be eliminated on his home court. Lebron put up 46 points 11 rebs. and 9 ast to help Cleveland force a game-7 in Boston. George Hill stepped up big-time for the Cavs as he added 20 and Jeff Green filled in for Love nicely with a 14 point 3 reb effort. Larry Nance Jr. also put up nice numbers in extra minutes on the floor last night. He dropped in 10 points and added 7 rebs. Terry Rozier led the way for Boston with 28 points. Jalen Brown added 27 for the “C’s”. And just as I predicted very early on in the series, Al Horford pretty much disappeared. Yeah, he had 6 points and 9 rebounds, but none of his stats were impactful. He was prtty much just out there.
I don’t have a prediction for game-7. None of these individual games have really been close in this series. Boston looked like an all-star team on their home court, and looked like some shit on the road. The same thing applies for Cleveland. So, if we’re going by the history of this series, Boston should win game-7 of this series easily on their homecourt. The only question I have is can this young squad handle the pressure of a game-7, and facing a player in Lebron James who is averaging 40+ points in game-7’s in his career? WE WILL SEE. All I hope for is to finally get a tight game in this series! Here’s some highlights from last night’s game-6 in Cleveland:
Video courtesy: Rapid Highlights
Check out Drake’s Duppy Freestyle a track that some say is a diss to Pusha-T and Kanye Wesy for some subliminal shots that were thrown Drizzy’s way on Pusha’s “Daytona” track. Check out the audio below:
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As if the rich need help getting any richer………After close to five days of deliberation, a jury reached a verdict that Samsung was on the hook to Apple for $539 million in the patent infringement case the two companies have been battling out in court for years.
The Verge.com (@verge) reports, Jurors awarded Apple the verdict in federal court in San Jose, California today. The jury found that Samsung had infringed on the Apple design and utility patents covering aspects of the phone’s design. Ex: Rounded corners, the rim of the front face of the iphone, and the grid layout of the iOS home screen.
“We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers. This case has always been about more than money.” Apple said in a statement to Bloomberg after the verdict.
The case has been going on since 2011, and started out with Apple suing Samsung for 2.5 billion. A verdict was entered against Samsung to the tune of $1 billion in 2012 before an appeals court ruled that Apple could not trademark the iphone’s appearance, in 2015. That decision by the appeals court dropped the amount Samsung owed Apple for stealing their design down to $548 million. Since then, the case has been in and out of appeals courts as Samsung attempted to get the tab further dropped.
Is this really about to happen, or is this just another tease? Both favorite teams to reach the NBA finals this season, have their backs against the wall as they face an elimination game on their home courts. Cleveland put itself in this position in game-5 up in Beantown Wednesday night, and Golden State just did the same thing to themselves last night when they took an “L” in Houston. Are we going to have a Boston-Houston NBA finals this year. Marking the first time since 2014 that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavs haven’t met in the finals, or is all of this just a tease?
Once again, Warriors guard Andre Igouldala’s absence seemed to play a huge part in this game. Especially when the second unit was out there. Igouldala has been a stabilizing presence and a key defensive piece for the Warriors throughout these playoffs. In another tight game, where I believe Iggy’s presence out there would’ve made a difference, the Houston Rockets pulled out a 98-94 victory at home, and put themselves one game away from reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995.
The Rockets were led by Eric Gordon who dropped 24. Chris Paul had 20 and James Harden had 19. Clint Capela finally showed up and dropped in a double-double (14 pts. 12 reb.). Kevin Durant had 29 for the Warriors, in a losing effort. Klay Thompson had 23 and Steph Curry scored 22 points. The issue with Golden State, is an issue I’ve never seen out of this team before. Down the stretch when the game’s on the line, none of their stars seem to want the ball. KD is out there basically doing everything in his power to make sure that he doesn’t have to take the last clutch shot. Curry, Draymond, and Klay Thompson seem to disappear at clutch time also. There is no logical explanation as to why Jordan Bell was the person who’s taking a late-game shot when you have Curry, Thompson, Green, and freakin’ Kevin Durant in the game! In a game of this magnitude! There is no excuse for something like this. Golden State had better find their heart, and do it fast. If they don’t, they’re done. Houston is feeling more and more confident with every game that passes, and they’re going to be looking to take the Warriors out of here…..in their own house…….a thing the Rockets have done before, so I’m sure they’re feeling like they can do again. Here are the highlights from Game-5:
Video Courtesy: MLG Highlights
Disgraced Hollywood honcho, Harvey Weinstein was arraigned on Friday morning in a New York City courtroom and charged with first and third degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree. His arrest and charges comes seven months after multiple women first came forward with allegations against Weinstein.
CNN (@cnn) reports, the charges filed this morning stem from two separate incidents involving two separate women. One happened in 2004, the other in 2013, the Manhattan District Attorney said in a statement. Weinstein attorney Benjamin Braffman disagreed with the District Attorney’s assessment.
“Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. He has entered a plea of not guilty and fully expects to be exonerated.” Braffman said in a statement after the arraignment.
As part of the agreement between Weinstein attorney, Braffman and the District Attorney, Weinstein’s bond was set at $10 million. He’ll also be required to wear a GPS monitoring system and is only allowed to travel within New York state or Connecticut. Weinstein was also ordered to surrender his passport.
Former Washington NAACP chapter leader Rachel Dolezal has been charged with committing welfare fraud. If you’re not aware of why the name Rachel Dolezal sounds familiar to you, to make a long story short…..she is a white woman who was posing as a black woman and was subsequently outed for “faking the funk.” That was pretty much Dolezal’s claim to fame in a nutshell. Dolezal legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016 after receiving heavy backlash from the African-American community and news outlets and blogs about living her lie for so long.
The New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) reports, Dolezal allegedly stole $8000 worth of food stamps in 2016, and another $100 in child care assistance from August of 2015 until November of 2017. Dolezal didn’t get “hot” until she published her autobigraphy “In Full Color: Finding My Place In A Black And White World.” It was then, that investigators started looking into Dolezal’s finances. At the time, she was receiving public assistance and reported that she was making only $500 a month.
Court documents and income tax showed a completely different story. The documents showed that Dolezal made $84,000 between August 2015 and September 2017 that she did not report. Dolezal has also been charged with perjury and false verification for public assistance. The perjury charges comes from Dolezal’s claims to investigators that she had fully disclosed her financial information. This was before they found that $84,000 she had tucked away. Dolezal is looking at a maximum 15-years in prison behind the multiple charges.