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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!

I’m a self published writer and illustrator. I follow Football, Baseball, Hockey, Basketball, some Golf and some eSports.

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How the NBA has Posterized the Modern Age

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Nobody watches sports on TV anymore, right? The instant gratification, that technology offers us, overpowers our interest to consume sporting events in their entirety.

It’s like choosing a home-cooked meal over astronaut food – consuming highlights on Twitter is SO much more efficient than watching the whole game.

Analysts have deduced, from declining NFL TV Ratings, that the audience for sports is dwindling. Excuses manifold have been made in an attempt to explain this seemingly inexplicable phenomenon.

You hear things like social media, those darn video games and even Reefer Madness. Others point to rule changes and a degrading “on the field” product. Some have even conjectured that recent political controversies have dissuaded a large portion of the NFL audience from watching telecasts of the game.

There are no days like the good ol’ days!

But the NFL is not the only sports league to be afflicted with declining ratings.

In fact, America’s favorite pastime, baseball, has all but lost the viewership of the younger demographics. This is the part of the population that will buy merchandise. They actually care about who’s “in”.

The average MLB fan is now 100 years old.

I joke, but this is not a huge exaggeration. The average MLB fan is now 53 years old, while the NFL’s average fan is not much younger – at 47 years old.

Two of the major sports leagues have hopelessly seen their popularity diminish, over the past few decades. So one would presume that this trend has spread across the rest of the Sports World. But the NBA has actually prospered during this window of media volatility.

The NBA’s season-opener has increased, in Nielsen TV Ratings, by about 63% since 2015. And the average basketball fan is only 37 years old. 

Somehow basketball has managed to appeal to the younger audience that is umbilically attached to electronic distractions. Yes, the very same distractions that have syphoned away the attention of these fans from the other sports leagues.

This must suggest that the NBA is communing with some wizard who is giving Adam Silver and his subordinates total clairvoyance, right? Well, the NFL and the MLB should stop searching for their Magic 8-Ball. It’s not out there.   

The NBA’s continued success is easy to explain: It is the league of Pop Culture. Therefore the NBA is both the cure and the symptom. And it is the only institution that is impervious to the ever-changing winds of digital time.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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This weekend promises to be the greatest weekend of the year. Just look at the sheer quantity of sporting events. The World Series, the NFL and the NBA are all in full-swing – it’s the Autumn Trifecta.

You’d need screens inestimable, in order to consume all of these contests at once. I know that, come Sunday night, my living room is going to contain enough wires and hardware to jack into the Matrix, if I wanted to (and I do).

So make yourself some nachos (or whatever you kids eat nowadays) and crack open a sodie pop. It’s time for a super special installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly – the Greatest Weekend Ever Edition.

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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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