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Game 5: Celtics’ fans vs LeBron James and the Cavaliers

Game 5: Celtics’ fans vs LeBron James and the Cavaliers

The Boston Celtics have not loss at home during the playoffs, they play the 2 of the 3 there.  The Cavaliers have won 3 games on the road.  Over the last couple years the question of how important home court advantage have been largely debated.  For a team like the Toronto Raptors it seem like it didn’t matter or were they always meant to lose to LeBron.  Last years, Boston Celtics fought tilt the end for home court advantage and still loss.  Maybe a nonsense theory but some teams (Cavaliers and Warriors) just seem to be content with making the playoffs regarding of seeding.

Fans are a big factor when it comes any sports teams.  There is a sense of comfortably playing in your own home field.  The crowd is there to cheer you up and pick you up when needed, celebrating every play on both sides of the floor.  The Celtics are a young team that are missing the 2 pieces that were supposed to lead them in this situation.  Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier have stepped up in way that nobody could have ever predicted.  They are about to face their biggest challenge yet.

Year 15 LeBron, how he is been to refer too now, is a force.  Tristan Thompson-Kardashian seems to have come back to life and in the best form yet.  Kyle Korver and Kevin Love are really becoming 1 and the other.  George Hill is slowly coming back to life.  The Cavaliers are getting better at closing out games compared to the Pacers series.

Notes/ Factors:

  • Terry Rozier hasn’t scored over 18 this series. Hasn’t broken 20 since game 2 vs Philly.
  • Mid-season acquisitions Jordan Clarkson & Larry Nance have pretty much become nonexistent.
  • LeBron James have 6 40+ points performances this post season alone.
  • Marcus Morris has gradually played less minutes every game.
  • Jaylen Brown has been the clear leader and go to guy for the Celtics averaging 20 points in the series

 

 

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2-0 is not end game for LeBron & The Cavaliers. Is far from over.

Another win by the Boston Celtics over the Cavaliers making it a 2-0 series in a best of 7.  Honestly aside from LeBron James and Kevin Love the Cavs are really hard to watch, especially Tristan Thompson-Kardashian and JR Smith.  Boston looks so good and somehow the talks are more about next year “trading Tatum-Brown for Kwahi” or “Kyrie-Hayward for Kwahi” then how good this team is right now.  How interesting is it that Brad Stevens didn’t get any votes despite the team success.

2 games down and the celebrations, the memes, the conclusions and all the nonsense of the NBA playoffs are coming to live.  The “LeBron haters” bandwagon has to either be at full capacity or at least looking into upgrading to a greyhound bus.  The NBA playoffs are fun to watch and they are even more appealing when one of the greats (LeBron James) is losing.  People are more surprised, intrigued and involved in the Celtics-Cavaliers than the Rockets-Warriors.

The Celtics are playing great right now, but truly won’t know that until they win the fourth game. At no point in time can they let their guard down.  Game 1 a 25 point victory, game 2 a 13 point victory, both victories at home.  The Celtics have not lost at home this post-season, also they have only won 1 game outside of their home.  They have been deadly at home, taking full advantage and adding to the argument on how important it is to have home court.

Game 1 the Cavaliers looked lost, like they didn’t want to be there at all.  Game 2 looked a little better like they started to get it going (for about 2 quarters) and then went back to just kicking back.  The 2 performances from the Cavaliers is exactly what they have been doing all season.  LeBron putting up great or even amazing numbers and the team is still ending with a loss is nothing new, it has been happening all season.

Should the Cavaliers be worried? Yes, you are down 2-0. Is true that the Celtics are 37-0 all time in series when they lead the series 2-0.  So should the Celtics still be worried? Yes.  They are going to Cleveland to play a pair of games, which could even the series up (just like it happen with the Bucks series).  The Celtics have struggled winning on the road this post season.  Have we forgotten about the Bucks series that went to 7 games, last game played in Boston, hopefully not?  The series vs the Bucks showed the Celtics true colors and how dependent they are on home court.

While the Celtics have only won 1 game away from home, the Cavaliers have won 3, now why does this even matter? Because if we follow the pattern and Celtics don’t win at home then is 2-2 series going back to the Celtics (like with the Bucks).  Game 5, will be decisive, if the Celtics can’t get the win then we look at a game 6 on the road down 3-2.  Best case scenario for the Celtics is for them to close it out the next 2 games because if they don’t win on the road they could be looking at game 7 Vs LeBron James.

Would you bet against LeBron James on a Game 7?

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Cavaliers & Celtics Meet Again!! NBA Playoffs!!

Cavaliers & Celtics Meet Again!! NBA Playoffs!!

Is official!! The NBA eastern conference finals have officially begun, the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers clash again. Game 1 is already on the books, a dominant win by the Celtics but LeBron James and the Cavaliers should not be written off.

The Celtics wasted no time blasting the Cavaliers with everything they had, completely blindsiding the Cavaliers. Celtics had 4 players score in double digits, led by Jaylen Brown 23 points. Horford score 20, Jayson Tatum score 16 and the self-titled “Best LeBron Defender” score 21 points (while holding LeBron at 15) to add to his case. Credit Brad Stevens and the Celtics players because they are looking like the real deal.

The Cavaliers look terrible, no other ways to describe it, are they worried? No. Did it seem like they gave it all they had? No. Should they be desperate? Maybe. The answer to all the questions would change if they didn’t have LeBron James. If LeBron is not worried about them, they team is not worried about them. Game 1 was a bad loss against a team that started hot and kept it through the game.

Even though it was a 25 point victory, the game in many areas was a lot closer. The 3 point battle was clearly won by the Celtics with 11, the Cavs when 4-26, they average 11.5 Vs Toronto. For the game the Cavaliers shot 36%, James led the way shooting 5-16. The turnover battle was won by Cleveland 11-10. Lastly the Cavaliers shot and made more free throws.

Can you count on the Celtics shooting that well. But really it was descent, it was about their average game but you can’t really see that due to how bad Cleveland played. The Celtics are a great home team and wins like this are what are expected at home. The Cavaliers are an up and down team with one of the best players in the roster.

The Celtics should look to replicate Game 1 jump start, while Cleveland will just regroup and build upon the last game because is almost impossible to have a worse game than that. At the end of the day, it was just one game and while it matters is not a series determining game (Cavs Vs Pacers went to 7).

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NBA Nonsense Expectations!! The East

NBA Nonsense Expectations!! The East

The NBA All Star break is just about over and the real race for the playoff will begin (for some teams).  With only about 25 games left for most teams the debate “To Tank or Not to Tank” begins.  So here are some nonsense predictions and expectations for each of the NBA Teams for the final half of the season.

Let’s Begin with the East:

 

  1. Toronto Raptors v Detroit PistonsToronto 41-16 (Currently 1) – Toronto will continue dominate their opponents. Derozan will continue his strong season averaging 23.7 points per game. The bench with surge with more time given to VanVleet and Poetl. For a team that still has 25 games left in the season and only 10 wins away to match their total from last year. Coach of the year nominee could lead his team to a 60 wins season. Looking at the scheduled they play Orlando and Detroit 3 times each. Ending record 56-26.
  2. LeBron-James-George-Hill-Rodney-Hood-Jordan-Clarkson-Larry-Nance-JrCleveland Cavaliers 34-22 (Currently 3) – LeBron James and the new looking Cavaliers will reach the number 2 seed. Even being behind the Celtics 6 games, they still have 26 games left. If anything we have learn about any team that LeBron plays for is that they rally in the 2nd half of the season.  Also keep in mind that this team already looks scary and Kevin Love is still out of the line up. Ending record 54-28.
  3. hi-res-96bdc9f15fa5024c64b0e954c528736c_crop_northBoston Celtics 40-19 (Currently 2) – Brad Stevens is a great coach. Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown and Tatum have all had great seasons. The rise of Terry Rozier has also proven to be very valuable. Unfortunately for the Celtics they haven’t been winning the 50-50 games and teams are preparing more and more for them. Also a big factor are injuries Kyrie and Horford have both missed games this year, therefore rest will play a big factor for the Celtics for the rest of the season. Ending record 53-59.
  4. vongIndiana Pacers 33-25 (Currently 5) – Victor Oladipo is averaging 24.4 points per game, which is the highest of his career. If he can keeps on torching teams on the offensive the Pacers will be in a great playoff position.  At the beginning of the season it would have impossible to predict that the Pacers would be doing this good.  The only question left is what else can this Cinderella/ redemption team can do. Ending record 49-33.
  5. hi-res-de20fea29527a7521d50268316bac474_crop_northWashington Wizards 33-24 (Currently 4) – Bradley Beal have been great, since John Wall went down, proving that he can be the leader to this Wizards team. The question lies on how Wall will adjust to the new team play and if he is willing to (maybe) take a backseat to Beal. Expect locker room drama and lack of leadership to cost this team a couple games. Who is or who should be the leader of this Wizards team? Wall or Beal??Ending record 48-34.
  6. simmons_ncxfkvnqm0b91pmi8tei5zlx7Philadelphia 76ers 30-25 (Currently 7) – Embiid and Simmons are going to be playing with fire in their eyes. Do you #TrustTheProcess?? Going into the All Star break with a 5 game winning streak and starting out the final stretch with a matchup against the Bulls. The 76ers are done tanking and now making an entrance back in to the playoffs. Ending Record 46-36.
  7. DwadeMiami Heat 30-28 (Currently 8) – D-Wade will lead his team to the promise land (the playoffs, not championships) before he signs another deal for a paycheck or retires.   The Heat are nowhere close to any kind of championship form that they have been in the past.  But that doesn’t mean that Pat is going to take the “tanking route.  Plus why tank when you can make the playoffs and build history (by history, I mean endless profit) with every minute that Dwayne Wade Plays.  Ending record 44-38.
  8. GFMilwaukee Bucks 32-25 (Currently 6) – The Bucks will miss Jason Kidd playoff experience. The Greek Freak will continue to make highlights for the rest of the season. Unfortunately he doesn’t have a lot of help and it will take time to re-integrate Jabari Parker in to the team full rotation.   Khris Middleton is a diamond in disguise that the Bucks aren’t fully taking advantage off.  If they fully commit to Parker (which they shouldn’t do) they will see Middleton succeed somewhere else. Ending record 43-39.                    

    Not Tanking but Not Making Strides Forward (in no particular order)

  9. 27580517_418419595237409_356549153913831424_n (002)Detroit Pistons – Acquiring Blake Griffin was treated as when Monty Python found the Holy Grail. Both seem great at the time and will prove worthless overtime. Detroit will find more future success than it would have keeping Harris and Bradley (so that’s a step forward). Sitting 2 Sports out of the playoffs, the Pistons will find their success with Blake Griffin mostly putting people in the stands so they can see amazing dunks (and ignored the team missing the playoffs).  SVG is not going to have an easy summer.  His job is on the line.  The Pistons will have a better year next year, which is something am sure Pistons fans have been telling each other for a while now.
  10. kembaCharlotte Hornets – have more than likely ruined whatever future they had with Kemba Walker. Are already shopping for back office roles. Their biggest attribute is Dwight Howard great bounce back season. Developing young players should be the number 1 priority. With 25 games the Hornets don’t have many options other than to just keep on their average play.  MKG, Malik Monk and so many more fail experiments for the Hornets.  The RESET BUTTON needs to be push.  Most importantly for Kemba give him a chance to be great somewhere else (With the Knicks).
  11. 2015_01_06_3a_KnicksThumb_c0e16New York Knicks – Going in to the 2nd half losing 8 straight. First game is against fellow tanking team the Orlando Magic, so that’s going to be a battle and only the best loser will win. Porzinguis is out (again). Michael Beasley is not the answer. Tim Hardaway Jr was, literally, jumped over by the Greak Freak (and not it wasn’t at the dunk competition). Knicks fan are jumping ship. Why did they sign Mudiay?
  12. chicago_bulls2Chicago Bulls – This team is actually trending up. They knew what was in store for them after trading away Jimmy Butler and getting back an injured Zach Lavine. But the future is brighter than it looks and this season may have been “Meh” for the most part. The Bulls are taking to the fast lane to rebuilding and for the most part with Lauri, Dunn and Lavine the future is couldn’t be any brighter. The Bulls they are not tanking, they are just losing games. That happens.

    Pretending to Tank, Trying Not To Tank, and obviously (sucking at) tanking

  13. SDBrooklyn Nets – Finally have a semi healthy roster. Russell is back. Okafor is finally playing. Spencer Dinwiddie is bringing back the old school mustache and afro. The Nets are pretending to tank. They team they have is a lot better than advertised (when healthy). Somewhere in the Brooklyn Nets main building cheers can be heard because they may suck, but not sucking as much as the Knicks are.
  14. vpn99tgm2kr6kmlmyffgOrlando Magic – The Magic are really trying not to tank. They just don’t have any players that affect the winning column. I think they have realized this and started getting rid of some projects (Elfrid Payton). The Magic roster shows so much potential we all want to see this team win. They should really stop trying not to tank and just start tanking. Go lobby for Trae Young.
  15. 21Atlanta Hawks – there is not a team that sucks so badly at tanking than the Hawks. They need to accept their tanking role. Every night play Collins for 30+ minutes and just throw lobs at him all day long. Keep focusing on bringing in rappers for halftime events, Hot Sauce playing 1-1 with fans and everything else that you’re doing. Just accept it and keep walking like there is nothing happening. The Atlanta Hawks are going to be at the bottom of the East for a very long time. So give the people more Collins and have a better bio for Andrew White III.  Maybe is a genius idea to have a great half time show.