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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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The Good, the Better and the Best

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Well if this wasn’t the worst week in Boston Sports history then I don’t what is. Now that I think of it, this month of October has arguably been the worst month ever, for Boston fans. The Sox are done, the Pats are neck-and-neck with the Jets in the AFC East and the Celtics are currently 0-2. There’s just no salvation to be found!

By now, all of us have fully absorbed the magnitude of Gordon Hayward’s injury. And the prognosis will certainly not put a smile on your face, nor will the trajectory of this Celtics team, as they are still searching for their first win. If that’s not frustrating enough for you, Marcus Smart is out for tonight’s game with an ankle injury.

Man, New England is in dire need of a pick-me-up. Have no fear. I am here to answer the call.

Rather than doing another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (where I mostly enumerate the worst things in Boston Sports) let’s do something a little more positive. This city needs a big injection of enthusiasm and I’ve come to provide it.

It’s time for the first ever (and probably only) edition of The Good, the Better and the Best.

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Gordon Hayward Likely Out For Season, Celtics Looking For Answers

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Not a shock, but it is looking like Gordon Hayward‘s season is over.

After the completion of his surgery in Boston on Wednesday night, it was being reported that Hayward would likely miss the entire season with his ankle injury.

According to Hayward’s agent Mark Bartelstein Hayward is unlikely to return this season, but that he is expected to ” make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form.”

Of course, there is the chance he returns in some type of playoff-bound scenario, but that thought has to be a long ways away. For the moment it is important to figure out what this team can do this season without an all-star forward in the mix.

This will mean added pressure to superstar guard Kyrie Irving and the longest tenured Celtic Marcus Smart. Even without Hayward this Celtics team still should be in the top of the Eastern Conference conversation like they were last season. They are essentially last years team now with a better point guard.

There will be an overreliance on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. But if those two young players can pull through you could see a Celtics team that could be set up better over the long haul than if Hayward was healthy.

Unfortunately for Brad Stevens and company the Boston Celtics have opened their campaign 0-2 and will now look to find themselves moving forward.

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The “Green” Lining

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Not to understate the solemnity of Gordon Hayward‘s injury, but the Boston Celtics are going to be just fine.

Saying, that without one player, the C’s are done for presupposes that this team is short on talent. It’s not.

When a newly acquired superstar goes down, it’s hard for fans to manufacture any positivity. Especially when such a thing happens during the first quarter of the season-opener. But let’s try to take a look at the implications of Hayward’s injury, without myopic jumpiness.

The 2017-18 season is very far from over for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward dislocating his ankle did not fracture Boston’s playoff hopes.

There are a few reassuring abstractions to be made from the box score of Tuesday night’s game, in which Hayward suffered the gruesome left leg injury.

Yes, the C’s lost to the Cavs 99-102, but this team passionately competed. And they mustered up the resolve to do so with one of their best players being escorted to the hospital.

This fact alone suggests that there are guys on this team who are willing, and able, to attempt to fill Gordon Hayward’s Nikes.

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