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The NBA Finals: The Rematch, Game 3

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The NBA Finals: The Rematch, Game 3

The NBA Finals last year was memorable.  In Game 3 last year everyone was wondering can the Cleveland Cavaliers do it?  Can they beat the Golden State Warriors at home?  This was answered with a definitive yes.  As they routed the Warriors and won Game 3.  It was a great win because Cleveland got more confident in their match up with the Warriors.  They knew that they could do it.  Which led to a turning point in the series.

Game 3

Fast forward one year to this year’s Game 3 and you could tell that things were different.  Last night’s game was a wild one with several lead changes.  Players were shooting and hitting all over the Arc.  It was a real slug fest with the two teams going point for point.  This pretty much continued throughout most of the game.  Though yet again the Warriors got out to an early lead.  For most of the 1st Half it was a 2 point differential.  The Cav’s hung in there and played spectacular basketball.

Yet the story of the night was Golden State’s 3 Point shooting.  They made twelve 3 Pointers in the 1st Half which is an NBA record.  It was amazing!  They would go down the court on a fast break and pull up for a 3 Point shot.  They did this time and time again.  It was mesmerizing how they could score like this.  I mean seriously!  They passed up the lay up to shoot the 3, and they scored every time; talk about accuracy!  At the end of the 1st Half it was [67-61] Warriors.

The Cav’s play style was much better in this game.  In fact they keep improving with each game that they play.  They took the time to make their shots and it really paid off in the 2nd Half.  Where they got off to a 7 point lead over the Warriors.  They played excellent defense and kept a man on Kevin Durant all game.  They limited him in the 1st Half.

Yet even with this improvement the Warriors had an answer to that, the screen.  The Warriors began to use the screen to get players like Kevin Durant open and it worked.  The Warriors capitalized on this and when all was said and done Kevin Durant had 31 Points on the night.  He was unguardable and made a 3 Pointer in the final minute of the game to win it [118-113] Warriors.

Last night was like a fireworks show.  There were so many spectacular plays, most of which were made by LeBron James and Stephen Curry.  LeBron in particular had an outstanding game with a Double Double.  James had a whopping 39 Points and 11 Rebounds.  He played most of the game and was instrumental in the 7 point Cavalier lead in the 2nd Half.  Stephen Curry also had a Double Double with 26 Points and 13 Rebounds.  One other player had a huge game last night and that was Kyrie Irving, who had a whopping 38 Points for the game.  He really shined as a clutch performer.  He is a critical part of the Cav’s offense and when he is hot watch out.

In all I’d have to say that Game 3 really came down to the last 2 minutes.  It came down to last possession and the Cav’s hung in there.  They gave the Warriors something to worry about.  The game could have gone the Cav’s way if one of their shots went in during the Warriors’ comeback from 7 points down.  What I get most from this game is that the Cav’s now know how to beat the Warriors.  They know that if they can keep the game close by limiting Durant and Curry in the 1st Half, they can win.  They know that if they have the ball, they can take the time to spread the ball around and make solid shots.  They can dish it to James or Irving and trust that they can make the shot.  They know that they can do this now.

Game 4

Every game now is a must win for the Cavaliers.  They are in a tight spot but it is nothing new for them, as last year they had to win 3 games in a row to take the Title.  It’s an “all hands on deck” mentality and if any Team can beat the Warriors it’s them.  Everything has come down to this.  Game 4 is Friday at 9pm on ABC.  Oh and by the way, we got free Tacos last night, woot!

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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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