51 POINTS FROM LEBRON NOT ENOUGH AS WARRIORS TAKE GAME-1 OF NBA FINALS 124-114 IN OT (VIDEO)

OAKLAND, CA

 

 

 

You would be hard pressed to find a person who was less excited about this years’ NBA Finals than me. I mean, you have some of the best players in the game on both teams. That will probably make for some excitement. Curry, KD, Love, Bron, Klay. I really had no problem with that. My issue was that I’ve seen this movie before. Too many times as a matter of fact. If Kyrie was still playing for the Cavs, maybe I would’ve been a little more excited going into this series. The way things looked on paper, this seemed like this should be a walk in the park for Golden State. Let’s be honest, there’s just too much firepower on that team for the Cavs, (or anyone else in the league, for that matter). That’s what I was thinking going into last nights’ game-1. BUT, like always, I usually end up being wrong about these kind of things. Game-1 of the NBA Finals was not a blowout. The Cavs did not look outmatched in game-1 of the NBA Finals. And game-1 of this years NBA Finals turned out not to be a movie that I’ve already seen before and knew the outcome before the end of the movie. Game-1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavs turned out to be a really good game. A really good game that has me looking forward to game-2 this weekend.

 

 

 

This game was close throughout. There was no time when a team was winning by 20 points and cruising along, then the other team made a late run to make the final score look respectable. You know what type of game I’m talking about. The type of game where even if a team looks like they’re making a run, you never really believe they are going to win the game. This game was not like that. Look at the quarter by quarter scoring breakdown:

 

Q1  Q2  Q3  Q4  OT

CLE – 30  26  22  29   7

GS-    29  27  28  23  17

 

 

 

This game was closely contested throughout the game. Well, except for the overtime period. That really doesn’t count though. The wind was pretty much taken out of the Cavs sails when JR Smith grabbed a rebound and attempted to run the clock out thinking the Cavs were winning, when the game was actually tied. Honestly, JR Smith would’ve never been in a situation to do that if George Hill had made both his free throws. That’s not the point though. The point I’m trying to make is that Cleveland kind of lost hope after not winning in regulation, while Golden State was energized by the opportunity to go into OT. Golden State took advantage of that opportunity too. But, before all of that, this was a very competitive and close game. All four quarters. Even the 3rd quarter which is usually when the Warriors blow teams out of the building. The Cavs took the heavy 4th quarter blows and kept coming. The Cavs feel like they should’ve won this game, and honestly, they should feel that way. They should have won this game. There was a very questionable blocking foul called on Lebron James as Kevin Durant drove the ball down the lane late in the game with the Warriors down 2, and desperately looking for a bucket. The ref closest to the play initially called a charge on KD. They overturned the call after replay and that gave KD 2 shots at the free throw line to tie the game up. If that call had gone the other way the ball would’ve went back to Cleveland with seconds left in the game. The Warriors would’ve had no other choice but to foul. The Cavs probably would’ve won this game. Even though Cleveland lost this game, they believe they can beat the Warriors. That is going to make for a good series. And if you need more proof that this should be a good series, look no further than the little scrum that broke out at the end of the game. The Cavs were angry. They want revenge! Yeah, this should be a pretty good series.

 

 

 

Lebron James’ 51, 8, 8 led the way for the Cavs. I don’t know how much more you can ask for out of Lebron. The other players are going to need to contribute more if the Cavs hope to even this series up next game. Kevin Love had 21 points and 13 rebs. JR Smith finished the game with 10 points. Larry Nance Jr had a nice game too. He played 19 minutes and had 9 points and 11 rebounds. Draymond Green flirted with another triple-double for the Warriors (11 reb, 9 ast, 13 pts). Steph Curry had 29. Klay Thompson had 24, and Kevin Durant had 26 points and 9 rebounds for the Warriors. Game-2 is Sunday night at 8pm. Should be a good one. Check out the game-1 highlights below:

 

 

Video Courtesy: Rapid Highlights

 

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“THE KING IS ALWAYS GONNA BE THE KING.” LEBRON JAMES LED CAVS ELIMINATE CELTICS IN GAME-7

BOSTON, MA

 

 

 

Remember that scene in “The Wire” when “D” was trying to explain the rules of the game of Chess to Wallace and Bodie? The youngins wanted to know what happens to the pieces that survive the game. Will they become the King? D explained to them that the King will always be the King. Period. Well, that was the message that Lebron James sent to the Boston Celtics and the rest of the league last night. “The King will always be the King.”

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Love him or hate him, you have to respect what Lebron James means to the game of basketball. I’m old enough to remember Michael Jordan’s greatness. I’m old enough to remember Kobe Bryant’s greatness. I’m even old enough to remember Dr. J’s greatness. (Just the Philly years) I’m old enough to say what I’m about to say with full confidence because I have witnessed different eras of basketball with my own two eyes, and not by YouTube videos and Google searches. “We are witnessing greatness firsthand.” This statement is not to take anything away from the Kobe’s, MJ’s, Doc’s, Magic’s, Bird’s, Shaq’s, and Hardaway’s (Penny and Tim sr.), of NBA history, but Lebron James’ greatness stands out above all for one reason. I have never seen an NBA player take a group of absolute trash so far in my life! This is not the first time Lebron James has taken a can full of trash this far in his career either. This man put this Cavs team on his back and carried them to the NBA Finals. MJ had Pippen. MJ’s role players were not great, they also were not that shit Lebron James played with in these playoffs either. Kobe got his with Shaq and others with Paul Gasol. His role players were not great, they also were not that shit Lebron James carried on his back throughout these 2018 NBA playoffs either. Argue, agree, love him, or hate him. If we’re being 100% genuine, we can all agree that what we are witnessing in 2018 as we watch a 34-year old Lebron James out there battling 20-something’s every night, is nothing short of greatness.

 

 

 

For maybe only the second time since I’ve seen the Celtics in these playoffs, their age and lack of playoff experience were on full display. And that didn’t really kick in until it became painfully obvious that Bron was having “one of those nights.” The Celtics began to look unsure of themselves all of a sudden, and “the little engine that could” finally broke down, on the way to a low scoring 87-79 game-7 “L” to the visiting Cleveland Cavs. Rookie, Jason Tatum led the way for the Celtics with 24 points. Al Horford had 17 and Marcus Morris had 14. The game was played tightly. By “tightly”, I mean that everyone seemed to be on edge. The Celtics did not come out and play like they had nothing to lose, which has been their usual. Last night they played like they had everything to lose. The difference in approaches to the game showed too. Lebron dropped 35, 15, and 9. He came up one assist shy of another playoff triple-double. Jeff Green showed up big in his second game replacing Kevin Love, who is out and in the concussion protocol. Green had 19 pts. and 8 boards. J.R. Smith had 12 and Tristan Thompson added 10 points to go along with 9 rebounds. Bron didn’t have much help last night, but at times it seemed like he wasn’t looking for any. HE was determined to beat the Celtics last night. F*ck what everyone else was doing. Beat the Celtics he did. Cleveland is on their way to another NBA Finals, where they will face the winner of game-7 between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. A game that will be played in Houston.

THEY’RE NOT LICKED YET! LEBRON AND CAVS PULL OFF GAME-6 “W” TO FORCE A GAME-7 IN BOSTON (VIDEO)

CLEVELAND, OH

 

 

 

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

 

CAVS TAKE GAME 4 AT HOME. CONFERENCE FINALS NOW TIED AT TWO GAMES APIECE (VIDEO)

CLEVELAND, OH

 

 

 

I never really believed that Boston was going to win this game, did you? From about midway through the 1st quarter it was pretty clear to me that the Celtics were going to lose this game. It wasn’t really about what they did or didn’t do, I could just tell that it was going to be one of those games. For the first time in the playoffs, Boston clearly looked outmatched in every way. It wasn’t about anything special that Cleveland was doing out there. It just looks like the reality of being in the playoffs and under the bright lights is starting to finally set in for this young Celtics team. They look like a completely different squad from the team I saw in the first two games of this series up in Beantown. And Cleveland, they keep on trucking along like this is business as usual. This was far from the first time a Lebron James-led team was looking at being down in a playoff series after the first two games. This situation is very familiar to the Cavs and they understand how to perform in situations like this. The Celtics….. the pressure of being just two wins away from an NBA Finals appearance may be enough to burst this young teams’ pipes. Game-5 up in Boston will tell a lot about where this series is going.

 

 

 

The Cavs pulled out a 111-102 victory last night in a game that the final score will tell a different story from what went down on the court. The game wasn’t really this close. Like I said earlier, I never felt like the Celtics had a real chance of winning this game. The Celtics had five (5) players score in double figures last night. Jaylen Brown led the way for the “C’s” with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Lebron James’ 44 points points was too much for the Celtics to overcome last night, the 44 was also enough to power his Cleveland team last night, as the next highest scorer on the Cavs team was Kyle Korver with 14. Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs also. Check out some of the highlights from the game below:

 

Video Courtesy: MLG Highlights