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The NBA Finals: The Rematch, Game 1

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The NBA Finals: The Rematch, Game 1

A lot can happen in a year and the long grind to get back to the NBA Finals is daunting.  Last year the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from 3-1 games to win the NBA Championship against the Golden State Warriors.  It was an incredible and historic series.  It was a wild finish to the Season.  It was remarkable and all you can remember of it is Game 7.  Game 7 is all you need to say when talking about last year’s NBA Finals.  It was momentous and how LeBron James brought a Championship to Cleveland will remain in our minds forever.  The fandom and parade that followed speaks for itself.  Yes that’s right Cleveland won a Championship and a promise was fulfilled.

Now we are back again as these two Titans of Teams play each other again.  It’s here, it’s on, they are back!  And I have goosebumps!  I mean seriously how can you not.  It’s the NBA Finals.  The fact that they are back here one year later, really shows the determination of these teams.

Game 1

So last night [Thursday] was Game 1 and the differences between last year’s teams is night and day.  Last year the Cav’s played big to small.  With the Cav’s having bigger players they defended the basket well.  The Warriors had trouble matching up against them, even with Kevin Love out.  Fast forward to this year and now the Warriors have an answer to this big small match up.

Enter Kevin Durant, who the Warriors’ picked up this Season.  All Star Durant is a match up nightmare against any team.  He can rebound, he can defend, and more importantly he can score.  Last night he showed off his skills and scored over 30 points.  The big small match up of a year ago is no more; Kevin Durant changes the equation.

Last night’s game was lop sided as the Warriors took the lead and never looked back.  They went on a scoring tare as they stretched the lead to 24 points.  LeBron did all he could do for his Team, scoring 28 points and getting 15 rebounds for the Double Double.  It could have been a closer game but the Cav’s turned the ball over too many times.  And the Warriors capitalized with points off of turnovers.  The Cav’s had more turnovers than assists.  Meanwhile the Warriors had a record low 4 turnovers which is tied for all time in the NBA Finals.

The Cav’s learned last night that they are going to need to hold onto the ball more and set the pace of the game.  Last night’s game was quick and frenzied.  It was the pace of how the Warriors play; quick with jumpers from outside the arc.  They love fast paced games, as they can quickly jump out to a formidable lead.  They also learned that they need to cover Durant better.  They can’t have him making big plays or taking it right to the rim.  They also need to watch out for his outside jumper.  Better defense should make for a closer game.  Last night the Cavs got blown out 113-91 by the Warriors.

Game 2

It will be interesting to see what changes they make for Game 2.  It should be thrilling either way.  I mean the rivalry between these teams is at it’s height.  You can tell they both have a drive to win.  Especially with the All Star players on both teams.  Now I can’t wait for Game 2 which is on Sunday night at 8pm on ABC.  Let the goosebumps commence!

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Reviewing Boston Celtics Trade For Irving

The Boston Celtics traded for Kyrie Irving on Tuesday. This trade sent a shockwave through the Celtics fan base and throughout the entire NBA community.

Irving is a 25-year-old point guard with two years left on his deal with the third year being a player option.

In exchange for Irving, the Celtics sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the 18 Nets pick to Cleveland. Many will debate if this is indeed a good trade, or even makes the Celtics better.

But in terms of Irving and Isaiah, their stats tell similar stories. But with term left on his deal, a younger age of 4 years, and growth potential, Irving over Thomas is a smart pick in terms of the future.

Losing Crowder isn’t a big deal. Boston already has Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum locked up at that position.

Zizic is still a big man prospect but left a lot to be desired in Celtics Summer League action. The real question here is the Net’s pick. The 18 Brooklyn pick is a reason to be concerned with no restrictions on it. On paper, the Net’s are a better team than they were last year.

But losing the Net’s pick means that Boston has lost their largest trading pick. One could argue Ainge should have included a Tatum or a Brown before the Net’s pick. Because of the Net’s pick, symbolized a potential to land a big man superstar like Anthony Davis.

But when it comes down to it, getting Irving was real, Davis? Not so much.

Ainge made the smart play for the long term on a player that seems committed to staying in Boston. If I were in his shoes, this move is a no brainer. It is easy to get sentimental about Thomas.

IT helped turn Boston into a contender and his personality fit right in. His play style, attitude, and the way Celtics fans showed their love and support for him after losing his sister in the playoffs will go down as one of the most emotional times in Boston sports. By no means should trading Thomas mean that we should degrade him as a player. Thomas is a top 5 guard in the NBA, an all-star, and an MVP type player.

But when it comes to sports, business is king.

Thank you IT.

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Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas stands by himself during team introductions before a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Danny Ainge Addresses Trade For Irving

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Danny Ainge Addresses Trade For Irving

Late Tuesday night, Danny Ainge addressed the media with a fiscally callous tone. On this conference call, Ainge expanded on the complicated circumstances regarding the acquisition of superstar Kyrie Irving. There was a certain steady melancholy to Ainge’s voice that betrayed the truth. This was not an easy trade to make for the veteran Celtics general manager.

Isaiah Thomas (the little guy), Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic now play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. And barring a trade so does the Nets 1st round selection in the 2018 draft. Ainge stammered when trying to communicate the misgivings he had with trading those players. But it was a well-weighted decision. He added, “at the same time we got one of the best offensive players in the league.”

Certainly, letting go of a franchise-face like Isaiah Thomas is a recalcitrant option to flesh out in the war room. Celtics management really ruminated on the trade proposal, before pulling the trigger.

Danny Ainge disclosed to the media members on the conference call that “this deal was not available a month ago.” According to the Celtics GM, the C’s had been in deliberations with the Cavaliers for quite a while. It’s safe to conjecture that the two teams had been aggressively spitballing with each other for the nearly the entire offseason.

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