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The NBA Finals: The Rematch, Game 5

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The NBA Finals: The Rematch, Game 5

Last year the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame defeat by winning 3 straight games against the Golden State Warriors.  They played incredibly well in those last 3 games of the year.  They banded together and played big to small.  Their stratagey worked well and they won the Title because of it.

Game 5

Fast forward to last night where “all hands were on deck.”  The team pulled together in the 1st Half.  They played well and had a lead at times.  Yet the Golden State Warriors would not go away.  They pressured the Cavaliers and made them make mistakes.  They let Kevin Durant shoot 3 Pointers and scored multiple times behind the Arc.  What they did was impressive.

LeBron James did all he could, averaging a Triple Double for the series.  He scored 41 points on the night.  Yet the real story of the night was Kevin Durant.  He just couldn’t be stopped.  He posted up jumpers all over the court.  Big to small doesn’t work on him as he is 7 feet tall.  The shots that he made were amazing.  I mean seriously, he was the best on the court!  There was this pull up type shot that he made over and over again in the 2nd Half.  It was a mid range jumper that was just outside the paint.  He would get the ball, lean into the defender, then take the shot falling backwards.  Point Blank: it was unguardable.  Which was why he won the MVP Award last night.

The Warriors routed the Cav’s and won the game [129-120] winning the NBA Finals.  The task of beating the Warriors 4 straight proved too difficult.  The Warriors ended the Season [16-1] in the Playoffs, which is an NBA Record.  They were just too explosive on offense.  For any team to handle really.

I think that everyone will agree with me when I say that these were the 2 best teams in the NBA.  It was an incredible series and I think that we pretty much saw everything that the NBA can offer.  The Rematch was real, yet it ended earlier than some of us thought it would.  I think that with Kevin Durant playing for the Warriors; tips the scales in any match up.  He is a difference maker and I do believe that he is the truest MVP of the Finals.  Congrats Kevin Durant on your 1st NBA Championship win!  Congrats also to the Warriors on winning 2 NBA Titles in 3 years!  We know how difficult that is.  Now who is poised to be in the Finals next year?  We will just have to see!

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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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