NBA Finals trilogy series is finally here


The NBA Finals finally begins today.

The matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is the third volume between the two teams. Both have met in the last two Finals and each won once, so this will be the tiebreaker.

Personally, I hope it turns out to be the best Finals in my lifetime.

For the first time in my life, I’ll be rooting for LeBron James to win, not lose.

When Kevin Durant joined the Warriors last summer, it rubbed a lot of basketball fans the wrong way. Perhaps the only people who were happy were the fans in the Bay Area. Why it rubbed people the wrong way was because Durant is a superstar and he joined a team that won 73 games during the 2015-16 season.

This series will have many fascinating matchups.

At the guard position, Kyrie Irving torched Steph Curry, a two-time MVP, in last year’s Finals and was a main reason why Cleveland won the championship.

James is the best player on the planet and he will be looking to hand Durant his second loss in the Finals. James has a lot riding in this series.

If he wins, not only would it be his fourth championship, but he would have beaten arguably a better team than Michael Jordan ever played against in the Finals for the second time.

I still think he will rank behind Jordan as the greatest player ever for many reasons, but he would move into the top five greatest players of all time in my mind.

The matchup between Draymond Green and Kevin Love might be the most pivotal.

Love has been on fire from 3 the last two rounds of the playoffs, but Green can guard a variety of positions and has the ability to make life difficult for Love.

I think Klay Thompson will have a huge role in this series. Since Durant joined the roster, Thompson has been kind of the forgotten guy. He is a great player and if he plays well, the Warriors will win the series.

It would be a joy to see the series go seven games, but as long as Cleveland wins, I’ll be happy.

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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.

NBA Madness!


Kevin Love stayed true to his word. He will live in Cleveland during the months of October through April. (Photo credit to cdn.fansided.com)
Kevin Love stayed true to his word. He will live in Cleveland during the months of October through April. (Photo credit to cdn.fansided.com)

There has been a lot of money flying around on this eventful Wednesday, the first day teams are allowed to talk to free agents.

Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are staying in Cleveland, Tyson Chandler is headed to Phoenix, and DeMarre Carroll is headed way up north to Toronto. Continue reading “NBA Madness!”

Looking ahead to NBA free agency


Kevin Love has said he will be in Cleveland next year. Is he tipping his hand? (Photo credit to cdn.fansided.com)
Kevin Love has said he will be in Cleveland next year. Is he tipping his hand? (Photo credit to cdn.fansided.com)

A couple of weeks ago I highlighted a free big-name NBA free agents.

Today, I’m going to highlight a few more players and where I could see these players headed. Continue reading “Looking ahead to NBA free agency”

Lew-Knee Bin – Timberwolves make 2016 playoffs


Shabazz Muhammad, left, and Zach Lavine are going to be key cogs in shaping Minnesota's future. (Photo credit to bleacherreport.net
Shabazz Muhammad, left, and Zach Lavine are going to be key cogs in shaping Minnesota’s future. (Photo credit to bleacherreport.net

Re-read the title.

I think it’s plausible, though.

Here is how. Continue reading “Lew-Knee Bin – Timberwolves make 2016 playoffs”

Don’t be surprised if Love heads to L.A.


Love wanted out of Minnesota because he thought management was incompetent and he wanted to win. After three months, he knows Cleveland is much worse.

Continue reading “Don’t be surprised if Love heads to L.A.”