It’s almost the All-Star break in the NBA season. At this point of the year many teams have already found their identity and are just adjusting a few things before making their post-season run. The Cleveland Cavaliers are having an up and down season so far. They started the season under .500 win percentage throughout the first 15 games of the season. Isaiah Thomas, the acquired star in the Kyrie Irving to Boston trade was not in the line for the first 35 games of the season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers started the season 5-7, then won 19 out of their next 21 games. They have been dealing with some injuries this year. It doesn’t help that they are the oldest team in the NBA this season. Derrick Rose just recently came back after taking some time off from basketball for personal reasons (thinking about retirement due to injuries). He will be worked back into the line up.
The best thing Cleveland has going for them is LeBron James; He has been having a career season so far and should win MVP this season. Career highs in shooting percentage, efficiency and much more. The Cavaliers are 3-7 in their last 10 games and are still struggling on defense. Isaiah Thomas is back in the line up now and have to adjust to him in the line up which will take some time.
Cleveland is 3rd in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors. Not getting the number one seed hasn’t been a problem for LeBron James in the past. Last year Cleveland was the 2nd seed and LeBron James didn’t have a problem on the way to his 7th straight NBA finals. This year it will be much tougher for Cleveland because the Eastern Conference has gotten better this year with teams like; Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers getting stronger and younger.
Even though the Cavaliers are struggling I still think that they will make it to the NBA finals but will lose to the Golden State Warriors. LeBron James is too good of a player to beat in a 7-games series. Cleveland is an experience team and will find a way to make it back to the finals this year.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are (4-6) in their last 10 games and has not won back-to-back games in almost two months. The Cavaliers have not been playing their best basketball in the last month. Due to many injuries; JR Smith (back from injury now) and Kevin Love have been sidelined for most of the season. Smith has been out since the beginning of the season and Love has been out for a little more than one month now but is expected to be ready for the playoffs. Cleveland has been shuffling their roster all season; looking for a back up big man and a back up point guard. They added veteran point guard Deron Williams and veteran big man Andrew Bogut whom got injured his first two minutes in a Cavalier uniform. Bogut was later waived by Cleveland.
The media and many experts are starting count out the Cavaliers and are talking about the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics. The Wizards are two games behind Cleveland for the 1st seed in the East. The Celtics are only one game back from the Wizards and they are in the 3rd seed in the East.
This reminds of back in the day when Kobe Bryant and the Lakers would go on losing streaks right before the playoff starts and some experts will start doubting the Lakers to reach the NBA finals. The Lakers turn the switch on during the playoffs and beat every team to reach the finals and win it. This happen multiply times in the Kobe era. Some players or teams just don’t give that much effort during the end of the season but they would switch up the intensity during the playoffs.
Realistically, the Cleveland Cavaliers will reach the NBA finals again this year. People are starting to give the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics hope that they can beat LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a playoff series. Yes, Celtics and the Wizards are both a game or two behind the Cavaliers but thats only because of the effort of the Cavaliers during the last stretch of the season. Some veteran players don’t try as hard during the end of the season like they would during the playoffs. LeBron James and the Cavaliers know they are going to the playoffs. They don’t care who the play or what seed they are. They will beat any team that they have to play during the playoffs, home or away.
Teams such as; Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards will all be competing against each other because those match up will be close playoff serious. The Cleveland Cavaliers will sweep each one of these teams in the playoffs this year. Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards might get lucky and win one playoff game against the Cavaliers but most likely not. I’ll see you in the NBA finals.
Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors this summer thinking that they would give him the best chance to win the NBA title. The season started off smoothly for the Golden State Warriors, becoming the first team this season to reach 50 wins and clinch a playoff spot. The Warriors are the team to beat this season; the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA title last season but with Kevin Durant on the Warriors they are favorited to win the title this season.
The Golden State Warriors are (6-4) in their last 10 games. Kevin Durant sprained his MCL almost 2 weeks ago and the Warriors have not looked the same. Curry is not playing like the way he did last year when he won the MVP. Kevin Durant is the Golden State Warriors; without him the Warriors are not the same team. Teams like the Houston Rockets and of course the San Antonio Spurs will give Golden State problems in the playoffs if they don’t have their best player Kevin Durant. The Spurs are now one game back from the Warriors for the number 1 seed in the Western Conference. Kevin Durant is going to miss the rest of the regular season; the Warriors will most likely not keep the 1 one seed in the west without Durant. The Spurs are (9-1) their last 10 games.
Many teams made their last minute transactions before the trade deadline passed. The Cleveland Cavaliers added veterans like Deron Williams, Kyler Korver and Andrew Bogut; whom got hurt just after two minutes in his first game as a Cavalier. Realistically, Bogut was not a key part of Cleveland’s rotation so this injury won’t impact them as much. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the best change to beat the Warriors especially with superstar players like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
If Kevin Durant doesn’t come back to full strength during the playoffs, the Golden State Warriors will lose in the second round of the playoffs. They signed players like Matt Barnes to replace Durant. Barnes is no Durant and he won’t contribute enough to replace Kevin Durant. The San Antonio Spurts, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and the sleeper team that no one talks about; the Utah Jazz. Utah has an excellent defense and is going to be a hard team to knock out the playoffs. Not going to be so easy for the Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors are (50-10) through 60 games in the NBA season. Which is the best record in the NBA. This season means a lot for the Golden State Warriors because they lost in the NBA finals last year and are the villains of the NBA this season especially after superstar Keven Durant signed with the team this offseason.
Last season, Golden State set the record for the most wins in an NBA regular season with 73 wins and only nine loses. They were able to reach the NBA finals but only to blew a 3-1 series lead to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. With an attempt to reach the NBA finals again and redeem themselves from an embarrassing finals lost; the Warriors desperately recruited free agent Kevin Durant and gutted most of their team to get Durant to join the Warriors.
The sad truth about Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors is; Durant himself and the Oklahoma City Thunder blew a 3-1 series lead to the Warriors in the Western Conference finals; which lead to Golden State also blowing a 3-1 series lead that same year in the NBA finals. Golden State gutted their team to be able to sign free agent Kevin Durant. When Durant signed with Golden State, there were a lot of tension between current NBA players, his old teammates and the sports media. Why would you (Durant) sign to a team that you blew a 3-1 series lead to? and also wouldn’t you want to compete with the best teams instead of joining them? There were a lot of questions surrounding Kevin Durant’s decision to team up with Curry, Green and Thompson.
Now, Kevin Durant has a grade two MCL sprained and a bone bruised in his left leg and is expected to miss about four weeks. The NBA playoffs are right around the corner. Kevin Durant’s timetable for his return is right before the playoff start. The real question is; will Durant be healthy enough to play without re-injuring his MCL again when he returns to the court? The Warriors are desperate for his replacement and signed Matt Barnes to their roster.
The Cleveland Cavaliers reloaded their roster with new additions during the season; Derrick Williams, Deron Williams and former Golden State Warrior Andrew Bogut were added to their roster. If the Warriors want to defeat the defending champs, they will need Kevin Durant back at full strengths. Matt Barnes is a good player but Golden State will not advance to the NBA finals if Durant does not recover to full strength. Better luck next year!
The New England Patriots are the Super Bowl champs and what a game it was! Tom Brady led the Patriots to victory after being down by as much as 25 heading into half time. This super bowl ring makes it five for Brady and two super bowl victories in the last three years.
Tom Brady did struggle in the first half; throwing an interception that led to a touchdown by the Falcons. The Patriots are known for playing well after first half of games. The Falcons scored only one touchdown in the second half. Brady led the Patriots on a remarkable second half comeback.
Dan Quinn (Falcons Head Coach) has now lost to the Patriots twice, both loses were due to a Tom Brady last minute touchdown. Dan Quinn lost to the Patriots in the super bowl when he was a member of the Seattle Seahawks back in 2014 but this lost will hurt more especially after being up by 25.
Brady holds the record for most wins by a starting Quarterback in the postseason and super bowl victories. He led the Patriots to the largest comeback victory in super bowl history. He is the greatest Quarterback of all time. There has been a lot of great Quarterbacks in the history of football but there is no comparing Tom Brady to the others anymore.
The New England Patriots will be going to their 9th super bowl in team history. This will be the 7th time for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The Patriots won the super bowl two years ago and the current roster still has a lot players that won the super bowl back in 2014. Tom Brady has four super bowl rings already and will be going for his 5th.
This offseason, the Patriots signed Chris Long and Marcellus Bennett to their roster. Chris Long was drafted by the St. Louis Rams back in 2008; and we all know how that went. When Long was on the Rams, they never made the playoffs or had a winning season. The same goes for Marcellus Bennett, he has been on multiple teams but has never been to the playoffs or had a winning season.
Joining the New England Patriots gave these players hope. The Patriots have been in the playoffs for about 11 straight years and recently just won a super bowl.
After the Patriots beat the Steelers in the AFC Championship game last week, the players were happy and excited about going to the super bowl again. What caught my attention was how much Chris Long and Marcellus Bennett were celebrating. To think; they have never been to the playoffs before and will be going to the super bowl for the first time.
I wonder how happy they will be once they win the super bowl. Both Chris Long and Marcellus Bennett are on one year deals but I would be very surprised if they decide not to come back to the New England Patriots. Being on bad teams for most of their career, i dont think they want to go back to playing for teams like that. Talk about never being in a super bowl before; none of the Atlanta Falcons players have been in a super bowl before. Their a young team and New England is a veteran team. Dan Quinn, Atlanta’s head coach is the only one that has been to a super bowl before. He was the Seattle Seahawks’s defensive coordinator when the Seahawks played the New England Patriots. The Seahawks lost to the Patriots, so we will see how this game goes. I’m all for Marcellus Bennett and Chris Long winning their first super bowl rings.
The 2015 NBA playoff has been nothing like we the fans expected. There has been injuries, upsets and all kinds of drama. The first round was not as exciting but the second round is what we call playoff basketball. There has been three game winning shots in the second round. Also all the lower seeded teams are currently winning or tied with their opponent.
Early in the playoffs the star point guard for the Dallas Mavericks Rajon Rondo was benched for his inefficient play. Let’s not forget the history between LeBron James and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls. They have always had beef going back to LeBron’s early Cleveland days and Maimi. Players like Kevin Love, Mike Conley Jr., Chandler Parsons, Chris Paul and others have been affected by injuries this playoffs.
The best of the four match ups in the NBA playoffs is the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers. After the game four win by Cleveland the series is now tied at two. Many say that was a must win for the Cavaliers; they did not want to find themselves down 3-1 in the series because the odds are not in their favor when teams are down 3-1.
The Cavaliers lost game three to a buzzer beater by Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and found game four to be a must win. Cleveland fans were crashed after that game winning shot because most thought the game would be going to overtime.
Game four did not start so well for the Cavaliers but found themselves in a position to win the remaining seconds of the game. Until, the referees starting calling some bad calls and gave the Bulls possession of the ball. Now in position to tie or win the game. Derrick Rose was able to make a lay up and tie the game. The Cavaliers then in-bounded the ball to LeBron James and immediatley shot the ball and made it as time expired.
Now the Chicago Bulls fans feel how pain and disbelief when Derrick Rose banked the game winning three pointer the game previous to this one.