Ready, Set, Go!!

The NBA playoffs is right around the corner and the Eastern Conference is getting very interesting. Teams like the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors are tired of always losing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron has reached the NBA finals for six straight years and most likely will be going to his seventh straight NBA finals this season.

Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors are teams that consistently lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers almost each year in the Eastern Conference finals or the 2nd round of the playoffs. Back when LeBron played for the Miami Heat; the teams they would always beat in the playoffs were the Atlanta Hawks and the Indiana Pacers. Indiana Pacers vs Miami HeatAt the time, those teams were considered to be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. That rivalry is long gone; the Pacers are now an average team at best and so is the Atlanta Hawks. Since LeBron went back to Cleveland, there has been a power shift in the East between teams. Cleveland Cavaliers are now the top team in the East instead of the Miami Heat and now new rival teams have been created. Especially after winning the NBA title last season and the Cavaliers have been to two straight NBA finals prior to this season.

Washington Wizards are an improved team. Their leader; John Wall is having an amazing season.NBA: Washington Wizards at Los Angeles Clippers Washington is now 3rd in the eastern conference behind Boston and Cleveland. Boston is much better than they were last year especially with the play of MVP candidate Isaiah Thomas. Teams like Washington, Boston and Toronto will be looking forward to challenging Cleveland because of their play of their own superstars. Demar Derozan leads the Toronto Raptors, Isaiah Thomas with the Boston Celtics and John Wall with the Washington Wizards. The race for the Eastern Conference title will be close this year.

 

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Better Luck Next Year!?

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. maxresdefault.jpgWhen 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.lebron-james-kyrie-irving-nba-cleveland-cavaliers-phoenix-suns.jpg 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!

 

 

 

Times Up

The Washington Huskies mens basketball team has not made the NCAA tournament since 2011. Since 2010 the Huskies have had nine NBA players and four has been drafted in the first round. Tony Wroten, Terrance Ross, Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss  were all drafted in the first round of the NBA draft.

Lorenzo Romar has been the coach for the huskies for decades. He had early success with the Washington Huskies but the last five or six years the Huskies have not been competitive during conference play.0982d02136e8d2622c3a82a086e2c75a_crop_north Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics was the last player to lead the Huskies to the NCAA tournament; losing to North Carolina in the second round. Washington Huskies have been getting good recruits for the last couple years but have failed to succeed on the court. Marquise Chriss and Dejounte Murray were drafted in the first round in last years NBA draft but the team did not go to the NCAA tournament.

This year, the Huskies recruited one of the nations top point guards; 11032016-uwwesternadds012-1020x757Markelle Fultz. He is projected to be a top 3 pick in this upcoming NBA draft. This season; the Huskies record is (9-18) and a conference record of (2-13). How is that possible with a top 3 player on the team. Michael Porter Jr. is the nations top player in high school this year. He is going to be playing for the Washington Huskies next season. Michael Porter Jr.’s father is the assistant coach on the Washington Huskies so that had an influence on his decision to play there next year.

Michael Porter Jr. is projected to be a top 3 pick in the NBA draft when he declares for the draft. We know by now that the Huskies are not going to be in the NCAA tournament this year. romar-uw-600x469If the Huskies fail to make the tournament next season with Michael Porter Jr. then it is time for the Huskies to let Lorenzo Romar go. Maybe going in the different direction with a new head coach will help the Huskies regain the swag they had with Brandon Roy and Nate Robinson back in the day.

 

Stop Comparing Me!

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. tom-brady-pick-six-super-bowl-02-08-17-2.pngThe 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. Tom-Brady_Super-Bowl.jpgHe 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.

Batman & Robin

Cavalier’s Forward LeBron James has played with many players in his career. The best player he played with in his first seven years in the NBA was Mo Williams. At the time Mo Williams was not a great player but was good player. We all know that LeBron was not able to get an NBA title in Cleveland the first time he was there. Playing with players like Larry Hughes and Mo Williams can only get you so far.r Although, LeBron did carry the entire Cavaliers team and reached the NBA finals in 2007 but only to get swept by the Spurs.

In 2010, LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play along side Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. The Cavaliers failed to get LeBron some playmakers so he decided to leave the team when he was a free agent. LeBron James now finally has a robin; Dwyane Wade is a player that can make plays on his own when LeBron is tired or on the bench. The Miami Heat reached four straight NBA finals; winning two NBA titles with LeBron being named MVP in both titles. After four season in Miami and coming off a finals lost; LeBron started to feel like he was back in Cleveland again. Injuries and age started to take its toll on Dwyane Wade and former all-star Chris Bosh. LeBron James is now a free agent again and planned on returning back home to Cleveland.

The Cavaliers had a star of their own; young point guard Kyrie Irving. Cleveland picked Irving with the 1st overall pick the year after LeBron left.

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Kyrie Irving 

Irving won Rookie of the Year and has been putting the league on notice with highlight after highlight. LeBron said one of the reasons he decided to come back was to be able to play with a young guard like Irving. At the time of LeBron’s return to Cleveland, Irving was only 21 with incredible skill set. LeBron knew that Cleveland had a bright future with him playing along side Irving.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving’s first season in Cleveland together had some growing pains but they were able to reach the NBA finals. That season was Irving’s first time in the playoffs and LeBron James was on a quest to bring Cleveland their first NBA title. That quest came up short in the NBA finals when Irving got injured the first game in the finals. LeBron did all he could but came up short and lost to Golden State.

Batman & Robin were back to full strength their second season together. LeBron and Irving went on a tear that season and carried it into the playoffs. Cavaliers were at full strength for the finals rematch against Golden State. Golden State set the NBA record for most wins in a single season (72), but LeBron and Irving were not worried about that. Cleveland found themselves down 3-1 in the finals.

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Kyrie Irving’s game winning shot

LeBron and Irving averaged almost 40 points each game for the rest of the finals. With Kyrie Irving hitting the game-winning shot in game 7 to bring Cleveland their first NBA title in team history. LeBron James has played with many great players like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Kevin Love; but  Kyrie Irving is the best player LeBron has played with his entire career. He is only 24. That is the real Batman & Robin.

“You must be new”

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.

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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.

Best Quarterback of All Time!

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady is already one of the greatest Quarterbacks of all time. Perhaps the best draft pick ever. The former 6th round back in the 2000 draft by the New England Patriots. Tom Brady beat the odds and became a starter for the Patriots. New England’s starting Quarterback at the time was Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe got injured during a game back in 2001 and Tom Brady became the starter. We all know what happened after that. Brady turns 40 in August and is still playing at a high level.

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Tom Brady holding Super Bowl 49 trophy

Tom Brady has played in six super bowls and has won four of them. Would have won all six games if it was not for incredible catches by the New York Giants players in each super bowl lost. The most recent super bowl win was in the 2014 season against the Seattle Seahawks. Brady won his first three super bowls he played in but had lost his previous two super bowls; both to Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

New England Patriots has been dominating their division since Tom Brady took the starting Quarterback job. Brady has played in 264 career game and has won 201; which is the all-time record for most wins as a Quarterback. Tom Brady has won 14 division titles since 2001. That is an NFL record for any starting Quarterback.

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This weekend, the New England Patriots will be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC Championship game. Winner of the game advances to the super bowl to play either the Atlanta Falcons or Green Bay Packers. Tom Brady is looking to become the only Quarterback in NFL history to win five super bowls and will be starting in his 7th super bowl with a victory over Pittsburgh Steelers.