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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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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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Jayson Tatum

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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