All-NBA snubs, Spurs and The Finals


As big of an NBA as I am, this year’s playoffs have been atrocious.

We are all waiting for the third installment of the Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals tiebreaker.

While it looked for a moment as if the Boston Celtics would get back into the series, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving put up 42 points in a Game 4 win, and LeBron James played much better than the 11 points he scored in Game 3.

For what it’s worth, I don’t like Cleveland or Golden State, but I’ll be rooting for the Cavaliers if the two teams do meet to decide the championship.

I long for the days when the Minnesota Timberwolves made the playoffs. While the T-Pups advanced out of the first round only once in their existence, it was a memorable run. Minnesota making the playoffs would mean the end of watching playoff games that are meaningless to me.

Karl-Anthony Towns was snubbed from the three All-NBA teams, which is extremely disappointing to me.

While his team won three more games than Towns’, Anthony Davis was saddled with an All-NBA First Team spot. Rudy Gobert made All-NBA Second Team and, somehow, DeAndre Jordan was selected for the third team. I am fine with Gobert’s selection. He led one of the league’s stingiest defenses, but Jordan is just a hack. He can only catch lobs, can’t make free throws and wasn’t even top five in blocks, supposedly his best defensive trait.

All Towns managed to do was score 25.1 points per game on 54 percent shooting from the field, over 80 percent from the line, 36 percent from three, grab 12.5 rebounds per game and increase his assists per game .7.

It’s alright, though. Next year, he will get it.

While James Harden and Russell Westbrook had superb years, I think James deserves the MVP. Yes, Kevin Love and Irving have been a big help to him, but James is the best player in basketball and Cleveland would win only 40-43 games without him.

I think this is the beginning of the end of the San Antonio Spurs as we know them. I think Gregg Popovich’s luck has run out in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard is good, but he is not Tim Duncan, and the pieces around him are not requisite of a championship team. I think Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker call it a career, as both were tremendous for so many years, and I even think Pau Gasol might do the same. It’ll be interesting to see how the Spurs rebuild.

I think this year’s NBA Finals will be epic. The addition of Kevin Durant to Golden State has seem to turn a lot of common NBA fans from rooting for the Warriors. I’m guessing the Cavaliers will be big underdogs heading into the series.

If James leads Cleveland past Golden State, at the age of 32, I think there needs to be a serious debate between him and Michael Jordan in terms of the greatest player ever. I know Jordan is nostalgia, but when James retires, he will have that same feeling.

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