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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!

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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