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The NBA Finals: The Rematch, Game 4

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The NBA Finals: The Rematch, Game 4

Around this time last year the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a loss to the Golden State Warriors on Home Court.  It was demoralizing to say the least.  But they rallied around each other and solidified their drive to win 3 straight games.  It was a turning point in last year’s NBA Finals.  After that loss they played incredible as a Team.  And ended up winning the Title by snatching it out of the hands of the Warriors.

Game 4

Fast forward to last night’s Game 4 and the Cav’s looked like the Team that we thought they were.  They looked unbeatable.  They played championship basketball, and we loved it!  This is a team that will not go down easy.  They are the best in their conference and we know why.  Last night they just played “out of their mind” incredible!

The Cav’s got off to an early lead and never looked back.  They had a lead of 19 points at times, it was remarkable.  They broke several NBA Finals records last night.  With thirteen 3 Pointers in the 1st Half, they broke the most by a team in a half.  They scored 49 points in the 1st Quarter, the most points scored in a Quarter in NBA Finals History.  The most 3 Pointers by a team in a Game with 25.  The most Triple Doubles by any player in the NBA Finals, LeBron James, at 9.  I mean seriously I could go on and on with these record breakers!

The Cavaliers did everything right in the 1st Half.  They slowed the game down.  They set the pace.  They spread the ball all around.  They made solid shots.  They hit their 3 Pointers.  More importantly they didn’t turn the ball over.  It was like a clinic, the way that they played.  At the end of the Half it was [86-68] Cav’s.

The Cavaliers played great defense.  They shut down the Warriors’ 3 Pointer parade and made the Warriors play physical basketball.  Let’s face it, there were a lot of penalties called.  A lot of fouls and technicals.  Yet it didn’t take too much out of the game.  The Cav’s consistently matched point for point in the 2nd Half.  After all of that the Cav’s cemented their win in the 4th Quarter.  Almost scoring 140 points in the game.  The Final score was [137-116] Cleveland.

Some real play makers for the Cav’s were LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and Tristan Thompson.  LeBron James had 31 Points, 10 Rebounds, and 11 Assists.  Kyrie Irving had a whopping 40 Points, and boy was he hot.  He was all over the court.  Kevin Love had 23 Points and was a 3 Pointer machine.  He was instrumental in keeping the 19 point lead.  Tristan Thompson had 10 Rebounds, most of which were offensive boards.  He boxed out the rim very well and played good defense.

Game 5

So where do we go from here?  Well we go to Oakland to see if the Cav’s can continue to play at this very high level.  They showed everyone last night the formula to beating the Warriors.  I am predicting that it will be another incredible game.  And I will go as far as to say that the Cav’s aren’t out of these Finals yet.  It will be tough with the Warriors having a Home Court advantage but with what I saw last night, the Cav’s have the Warriors’ number.

The Rematch continues with the NBA Finals Game 5 on Monday at 9pm on ABC.  Oh and on June 13th we get our free Tacos, Woot!  I’m sure that every Taco Bell will be packed for that.  I’ll be in line with everyone else 2-6pm.  Hey it’s a free Doritos Locos Taco, they are worth it!

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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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