Celtics Handle Their Business At Home

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What the fuck? Did anyone else see this coming? I predicted Cavs in 6. It might now be Celtics in 5. The Celtics have handled their business at TD Garden taking a commanding 2-0 series lead. Teams have a 94% chance of winning the series after going up 2-0. That pretty much means it is a wrap.

I caught the last quarter at the gym and wondered how the Cavs kept it so close. LeBron wasn’t trying on defense, JR Smith couldn’t hit a shot, Rodney Hood was playing important minutes, and Kyle Korver couldn’t get a clean look whatsoever. One of my two beefs with LeBron is his effort on defense, especially when he thinks he gets fouled, and or his team is down. He gets his shot blocked, looks into the crowd, fixes his bands on his wrists, and jaws at the ref. Meanwhile, the Celtics are pushing a 5 on 4, 5 on 3, and that leads to an easy bucket. There were some key possessions down the stretch where LeBron didn’t touch the ball, and when he did, he was checking up 35 footers with 6 seconds left on the shot clock.

JR Smith couldn’t shake a defender if his life depended on it, Rodney Hood was out their in the fourth quarter, and George Hill was way off on wide open threes from the corner. If all that is not a sign for LeBron to get out of Cleveland after the season, then who knows. Tyrone Lue is the worst coach remaining in the playoffs. Heck, he might be the worst coach of all the 16 teams in the playoffs, yes even worse than Dwane Casey. How does LeBron start the fourth quarter on the bench? Season on the line and you need a rest? Get the fuck up and play.

I am already looking forward to the Celtics and Warriors matchup in the Finals. With the depth and athleticism on the Celtics bench, they could give the Warriors a series. It sucks that Kyrie and Hayward are not playing. Oh well.

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NBA Eastern Conference Finals Preview

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It is the matchup we all hoped for, but not exactly how we wanted it. The Celtics and the Cavaliers meet again in the Eastern Conference Finals, this time with different rosters. On the morning of October 17th, NBA fanatics were excited to see the new look Celtics with the additions of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward take on LeBron and the Cavs. It was a preview for ECF, but we all know how that played out. Hayward goes down and is out for the season, and a couple of months later, Kyrie’s knee forced him to miss the playoffs as well. Sometimes you completely forget about Isaiah Thomas.

With revamped rosters, and young up and comers making a name for themselves, this ECF should not disappoint. LeBron is chasing his 8th consecutive Finals appearance, and Brad Stevens is out to prove that he truly is the Coach of the Year. Is it going to be the savvy Vets of the Cavs, or the young bucks from the Celtics? We all know LeBron is on a mission. His game has done the talking as he has performed in every game during the playoffs, including two game winners at the buzzer. Who on the Celtics will be able to stop him? Al Horford and Marcus Morris have the size to bang, but won’t be able to slide with the King. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have the athleticism, but LBJ will just post them up. How do you defend that? Brad Stevens will come up with a  game plan.

Will the supporting cast show up this series? They did not against the Pacers, but did against the Raptors. JR Smith, Kyle Korver, Kevin Love, Tristian Thompson, all need to produce in order to help LeBron. For the Celtics, it has been the pick and roll of Terry Rozier and Horford that has led to great success. Scary Terry put Eric Bledsoe in a body bag and has been balling out ever since. Rookie Jayson Tatum is making the 76ers look bad for trading up to take Markelle Fultz first overall. Tatum has 7 consecutive games of 20+ points while Fultz had 5 straight DNP for the 76ers.

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Are You Not Entertained?

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There are so many LeBron James haters out there, including his biggest critic, Skip Bayless. No matter what “The King” does, it does not appease Skip.

LeBron hit one of the most clutch shots to end game 3 and Skip questions whether he called bank or not. Who gives a fuck. Nobody questioned Mariano when he didn’t strike everyone out, or Peyton Manning because the Denver Broncos defense won him his second Super Bowl. Like the local sports station here in Buffalo (@WGR550), I refuse to watch/listen to Skip.

LeBron James is putting on a show. He just manhandled the number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, almost outscoring the Raptors starting backcourt by himself.

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King James and the Cavs have eliminated the Raptors the last three seasons, including two sweeps. LeBron owns the city of Toronto, Drake, Kyle Lowry, Demar Derozan and this guy….

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I can rattle off numbers and stats, but that would be boring. What LeBron is doing is special and we are all lucky to witness this. LeBron has far surpassed Kobe Bryant, and is creeping up on Michael. LeBron is the greatest player of the last 20 years, AKA after Jordan won his last ring. James is not ready to pass the torch just yet to Durant or Curry, and at 33 years old with 15 years in the Association, LeBron still has more to give to this game.

So please, stop the hating, and appreciate what we have here.

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NBA Awards 2017-18

On Wednesday evening, the 2017-18 NBA regular season came to an end. And what a season it was. This campaign was riddled with injuries, a new concept to the All-Star game, and an overtime game 82 which went into overtime and gave us the 8 seeded Timberwolves. With the season now wrapped up, it is time to give out some awards.

Most Valuable Player: James Harden

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The Beard was on a mission this year after finishing  second to former teammate Russell Westbrook in the MVP race last season. Even with all the flopping and grabbing on defense, Harden balled out and with the help of point guard Chris Paul, the Rockets clinched the number one seed in the Western Conference. Harden finished the season averaging 30.4\5.4\8.8, the first time in his career eclipsing the 30 points per game clip.

While Harden seemed to have the award locked up by the All-Star game, there were some late pushes by other deserving candidates. Obviously what LeBron James did cannot go unnoticed. In his 15th season in the Association, The King did some of his best work. LeBron dealt with IT and then sent his ass out West, and had to adjust playing with four new players on the court at the same time. Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard deserve some love as well. Davis put the Pelicans on his back after DeMarcus Cousins went down for the year. Now the Pelicans and Blazers are facing off against each other in the first round.

Most Improved Players: Victor Oladipo

With the departure of Paul George, this award was pretty much a given. Oldaipo came in and put his name on the map leading the Pacers to the playoffs. Oladpio has finally developed into the two way player many NBA scouts from him during his time at Indiana. With the addition of Oldaipo, Indiana now has a strong young nucleus including Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis Oladpio. The one is a no brainer.

Rookie of The Year: Donovan Mitchell

Ya I said it. Donovan mother fucking Mitchell. This race will be as close as the MVP race between Harden and LeBron. Why Mitchell over second year player Ben Simmons? Mitchell is the Jazz leading scorer and led this team to the playoffs with a roster including Joe Ingles, Rudy Gobert, and Ricky Rubio. There was no Gordon Hayward, and Rodney Hood was dealt at the trade deadline. Mitchell averaged 20.5/3.7/3.7. Sure the assists and rebounds do not compare to those of Simmons, but look at the talent around Simmons. Mitchell has every aspect of the game, he can drive, dish, and oh yes, he can shoot.

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert

“The French Rejection” or “The Stifle Tower” has been the glue that has held this jazz team together, and is the main reason why the Jazz have the second best defensive rating  in the league. Rudy finished the regular season averaging 2.3 blocks per game . The big man missed some time during the regular season, and why he was out, the Jazz struggled. With his return, and the Donovan Mitchell’s offensive game, the Jazz made their way to the 5th seed out west. So much for battling for a lottery pick. While Mitchell receives most of the headlines for the Jazz success, don’t forget about Gobert.

Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens

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This award could have easily gone to Quinn Snyder, but what Brad Stevens did this season is nothing short of amazing. To lose one of their two superstars in Gordon Hayward on opening night, most teams would have struggled the rest of the 81 games. Instead Jayston Tatum and Jaylen Brown stepped up their game in a way most people could not see. They developed faster than they needed to and with the assistance of Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, and Marcus Smart, the Celtics were battling for the number 1 seed in the East all season long. Stevens did it at Butler and he is doing it again in Boston. Stevens gets the best out of his players day in and day out. Watch out next year when both Kyrie and Gordon are back.

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Fail Of The Week

Eric Hosmer was paid $144 million dollars over the summer when he signed with the San Diego Padres. The Padres are not expected to be contenders this season, and they will not be after plays like this.

Sheesh. That is bad. Poor Robbie Erlin picks up the loss because Hosmer doesn’t know how to catch a pop up. Maybe Hosmer should throw him a mil since Erlin only makes $516,400 this year.

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Leonard Hamilton Should Be Fired ASAP

Leonard Hamilton must have never been involved in a big game where his team could advance to the Final Four. Down by 4 with 13 seconds left, the Seminoles let Michigan run out the clock and advance to next weekends Final Four in San Antonio. 13 seconds and down by four should have lasted 3 more minutes, but instead it only lasted 13 seconds. Do you not want to advance or do you want to go home? Apparently Leonard and his squad wanted to go home.

Leonard also must not have done his homework as the Wolverines are ranked 326 in Division I basketball when it comes to free throw shooting percentage. Michigan was 16 of 24 from the line on Saturday night.

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While a majority of this should be thrown in the direction of Hamilton, his assistant coaches and players should be blamed as well. Did they not know the score of the game, or how much time was left on the clock. 13 seconds in basketball can be a lifetime with fouls and timeouts.

Maybe Florida State should hire Seth Greenberg. Some valid points made by the former coach, saving the best for last, mentioning the Virginia comeback against Louisville at the buzzer. You just never know, especially in college basketball.

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Bush League Or What?

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Are you charging the mound here?

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Wow, wow, wow. Looks like some high school action, and some pure bull shit by the pitcher. The hitter clearly called time before the pitcher started his motion but the ump did not grant it. Luckily for the hitter, it looks like the pitch came in at 65mph. The ump looks to old to realize what was going on, as he should have immediately tossed the pitcher. Props to the hitter for keeping his cool, but like I mentioned earlier, 65mph to the helmet probably doesn’t hurt that bad. Now if it was 90+, then it’s a different story.

Would you have charged the mound?

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