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The NBA Finals: The Rematch, Game 2

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The NBA Finals: The Rematch, Game 2

Last year around this time the Cleveland Cavaliers were looking to even up the series against the Golden State Warriors.  They failed to do so and everyone got Tacos!  No seriously, Taco Bell ran their annual free Taco promotion and with the Cav’s losing in Cleveland the promotion was fulfilled.  “Steal a game, Steal a Taco” was the promotion and the Warriors stole a game in Cleveland.  This years promotion is the same.

With the Rematch of Cav’s and Warriors, someone is now going to have to steal a game on Home Court.  And it looks like it will have to be Cleveland.  I get goosebumps every time these two teams play.  I’m serious!  It’s like Christmas or something!  Well maybe more like the 4th of July with the points that they put up, it’s a real fireworks show.  Fast forward to last night [Sunday] and boy was it a real fireworks show.

Game 2

Well Game 2 was better than Game 1 I can tell you that.  The Warriors got out to a lead again in the 1st Quarter, but the Cav’s played better defense.  These two Titans of Teams went head to head on a scoring spree.  It turned into who can out score the other.  They were going back and forth.  With the Warriors holding a 3 point lead.  At the end of the 1st Quarter it was [40-34] Warriors.  Yet the Cav’s defense made them look sloppy with several turn overs.  They made them turn over the ball 13 times in the 1st Half.  Now that is some good defense.

The Cav’s covered Kevin Durant better this go around and limited him in the 1st Half.  What they did was utilize their bigger players.  They consistently used the Pick and Roll on offense and watched out for it on defense.  It seemed like every one got a chance to defend against Durant.

Yet even with their good defense they couldn’t control the pace of the game.  Listen, the Warriors play extremely fast.  If the Cavaliers want to shut down their offense they need to use up all of the shot clock.  Let’s face the fact that you can’t match point for point with the Warriors.  It’s just not going to happen, they are too good.  The Cav’s need to slow down the game some how.  Take the time you need to take your shots.  You’ve got plenty of time to score and fast breaks will come when they come.

Unfortunately for the Cav’s the game turned into another blow out in the 2nd Half.  The Warriors had a 25 point lead at times and were looking to score 140 points.  I mean seriously, 140 points in a Finals Game!  It was freak’n ridiculous what they were doing!  The Warriors were doing everything right and all of their shots were going in.  They seemed to get better the faster that they played.

At the end of the blow out [132-113] Warriors; there were two players with Triple Doubles.  Which is an incredible feat in the Finals.  LeBron James had his 8th Triple Double in the Finals, which ties a record for most by any player.  He is now tied with Magic Johnson.  James had 29 Points, 14 Assists, and 11 Rebounds.  He did all he could do against the incredible Golden State offense.  Steph Curry also had a Triple Double; scoring 32 Points, with 11 Assists, and 10 Rebounds.  But hey, lets not forget about Kevin Durant who had a remarkable game.  He had a Double Double; scoring 33 Points and grabbing 13 Rebounds.

In all I’d have to say that what I saw last night was mind blowing!  I mean to think that both teams would score well into the hundreds and that they could play that fast.  Going back and forth; and back and forth.  Doing a fast break point for point and making good shots.  If anyone can keep up with the Warriors it definitely looks like it’s the Cav’s.  I mean if they can keep it close to a 3 point lead, like they did in the 1st Half; if they can play like that without the super frenzied pace, they have a shot to beat them.

Game 3

So now the Cav’s have more to work on for Game 3 and the Warriors still have their game plan in full swing.  Will the Cav’s come out with an answer to the Warriors’ offense?  Will the Warriors blow out the Cav’s again?  Will we get free Tacos?  These questions will all be answered on Wednesday at 9pm on ABC.  When the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3.  Let them eat Tacos!

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

We’ve been bamboozled (to quote Burgermeister Meisterburger). Yes, the nerve-racking Celtics-Cavaliers trade is finally done! You can now exhale. But when we dig through the convoluted pile of permutations and appraisals of this deal, doesn’t it all seem highly questionable? Come on, this thing was announced a week before it was completed, a bonafide Woj-bomb. Why the delay? I’ll tell you. There is one person who is responsible for all this controversy, albeit through inadvertence. That man would be none other than “the little guy” Isaiah Thomas.

That’s right, the undisputed fan-favorite and beloved underdog: Isaiah Thomas. Bless his heart; we all know that he’s done a great deal of good for the Celtics. Surely, we’re grateful for the fearless pony-up player he has been for us.

Since last Wednesday, the Celtics and the Cavaliers have been in a gridlocked game of tug-of-war. Thomas has undoubtedly played the threadbare rope, in the middle of all this. Through no fault of his own, he was misrepresented as the centerpiece of the C’s offer for Kyrie Irving. Maybe cockeyed “homer” fans accept this fallacy to be true. But make no mistake, both organizations knew Thomas’ true value the entire time. He is nothing more than a damaged fringe-superstar whose purpose is to be parlayed into draft picks.

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Boston Celtics Big Winners In Kyrie Irving News

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Boston Celtics Big Winners In Kyrie Irving Trade Request News

Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving has reportedly requested a trade out of Believeland.

Ever since LeBron James returned to Cleveland they have been the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. But now with Irving wanting out, their run at the top is about to come to a close.

Even if the Cav’s fetch a favorable return for Irving, it is unlikely they will be able to acquire a player of his caliber or better.

To make matters worse, Cleveland has openly shopped their power forward Kevin Love. Who in theory, could now want to be traded as well with a mass exodus from the Cavs coming with LeBron likely taking his talents out West.

So in the Boston Celtics perspective, an NBA Finals run and banner #18 looks achievable sooner than initially anticipated. Irving has set forth four potential landing spots. One happens to be a division rival of Boston, the New York Knicks.

New York could formulate a trade for Kyrie that involves sending Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland. But even an elevated Knicks team isn’t a real threat. With Carmelo, Cleveland would still be the driver in the East, but Boston would be right there. Other potential destinations for Irving are the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Minnesota has had Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns openly recruiting Irving to push for a Twin city trade. In terms of Boston, this would be an ideal trade to get another superstar out of the East. For the NBA, creating more excitement in Minnesota is an appealing result.

Now the Heat are a prime destination in terms of weather and lifestyle. If Irving goes down to Miami, he would likely elevate that team to a playoff team. But one that would resemble the team Boston beat in Chicago this past post-season. If Cleveland

If Cleveland agrees to trade Irving, the Boston Celtics would be smart to go all in for this upcoming season. The timing of a trade is key here though. The highest value for Irving is right now. If the Cavs looked at the return of Butler or Paul George, they would notice the diminished returns because those two teams waited.

Boston’s time seems to be now if Ainge believes it as well, you might see an aggressive strategy to acquire another NBA star.

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Celtics Officially Sign Gordon Hayward

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After close to two weeks of limbo, the Celtics come to an agreement with ex-Jazz forward Gordon Hayward.

The Boston Celtics officially signed forward Gordon Hayward on Friday, July 14th. After long speculation as to what the Celtics were going to do this off-season, and coming to an agreement with Hayward last week, Ainge and the Celtics made the official statement making Hayward the newest member of the boys and Green. The Celtics released Jordan Mickey, clearing up cap space for him. The parameters of the contract will be updated when known.

Hayward agreed to join the Celtics last week, deciding to leave the Utah Jazz. Hayward was named to his first All-Star team this past season, posting a career high in PPG (21.9) and RPG (5.4). He spent the last seven seasons in Utah, and is reuniting with his former college coach at Butler – Brad Stevens. Hayward made his announcement via The Players Tribune, even coming to the point of holding out posting it because he needed to proofread the article.

A guard who learned to play forward, he fits in the Brad Stevens philosophy of interchangeable players who can play in flex positions. In short, his play style and skill set is exactly what the Celtics were looking for.
“He’s a good fit. he can play one through four positions. “He’s hard nosed, and is a very unselfish player who is capable of taking over games,” explained Danny Ainge during the press conference on Friday.

Ainge elaborated on the close relationship that Hayward and head coach Brad Stevens had at Butler, and that the relationship was a contributing factor into why he felt Boston would be a good fit.

Hayward will instantly make the Celtics a threat to knock off the Cavaliers as the top team in the Eastern Conference. He will also wear number 20, Ray Allen’s former number.

 

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