The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets are currently in the number one spot for the Eastern and Western Conference respectively and that means they will have home court advantage throughout the NBA 2018 playoffs. Will either Toronto or Houston bring home the 2018 NBA trophy? We’ll find out.
Has anyone forgotten the presence of the point guard who played famously alongside Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen in the 2008 NBA Finals when they won the NBA title that year? Rajon Rondo has an NBA title, but not to the extent, where he can lead a championship-caliber team to an NBA championship much less the NBA Finals. Rondo has been belittled with injuries in the past, but these injuries shouldn’t get him down. Expect the Chicago Bulls to get him back as soon as possible.
Derrick Rose, Jose Calderon, and Isaiah Thomas are all point guards. All have been floor leaders before. What gives now for these three? Playing time on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Can Rose, Thomas, and Calderon balance each other out for point guard duties?
Also, you’ve got J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert back as well as Kyle Korver. They’ve got to make sizable contributions to the basketball squad in order for Cleveland to get back at Golden State. Dwyane Wade has joined them. You need Wade to be healthy to be at his best.
Then, you’ve got Lebron James, Jae Chrowder, Kevin Love, and Channing Frye. These four players have to compete at a high level to beat a team like the Golden State Warriors. Rebound, score, play defense, be dirty a bit and rough up the interior Warriors bigs.
At center, you got Tristan Thompson, Jeff Green, and Ante Zizic. Can’t nobody give up an interior body in the paint. Got to get those rebounds and play defense and be prepared to catch the basketball to put in the basket.
Overall, Cleveland can play with the best of the NBA. They just need to be competitive more.
Carmelo Anthony joins Paul George and Russell Westbrook on a star-studden Thunder team that will run. Believe that Anthony will still have a lot of open jump shots and will be prone defensively and George and Westbrook should make up for a lot of defensive action-oriented plays.
Chris Paul joins James Harden in Houston as the backcourt will generate a lot of points and steals. I am looking forward to see how Paul functions with Harden as the both of them will make the right play on offense and defense.
Paul George is leaving the Indiana Pacers to play with Russell Westbrook as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Truthfully, George’s presence there will make him feel a lot defensively with steals and blocks. With Westbrook and George in the back court, I think that they will run a lot and tire a lot of teams. Be prepared to run with the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder.
Since last week, the Cavs are sucking in the air of being defeated as NBA champions and the Golden State Warriors are celebrating in Cleveland’s place. Kevin Durant is NBA Finals MVP and deservedly so, because he has been second-best his whole life. As of this moment, Durant is an NBA champion because he has averaged 30+ points in each NBA Finals game in 2017. Now, the trick is staying at the top. Can Golden State stay at the top as 2018 NBA Champions?
The Golden State Warriors dominated the first game and Kevin Durant was in charge of it. He had 38 points and the Dubs deferred to him to lead the Warriors. Draymond Green helped out too with talking on defense and was the difference in leading Golden State to victory.
So the Golden State Warriors have a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers again. These two teams have been dominant since the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. A lot of the pressure Kevin Durant is facing is returning back to the NBA Finals where he’s lost in 2013. Durant is facing pressure, because he has to perform at a high level to get an NBA ring. Will he be able to get an NBA ring? That’s what we’ll find out once the NBA Finals start. Lebron James is looking forward to another NBA championship and no one in the NBA has the answer in stopping him. Will Lebron James be able to maintain another NBA title? We’ll find out.
The Boston Celtics have home-court advantage throughout these NBA playoff games, but yet have shown that they can play with the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. The San Antonio Spurs are good for an old-fashioned two points and just-put-up-a-basket basketball philosophy has them playing the up-tempo Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are 2-0 in their series against the Spurs and San Antonio doesn’t have the basketball personnel to play these Stephen Curry-led basketball team. What will the Spurs do if they can’t get back Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, their two valued starters? The Spurs relied on Leonard having the basketball to dominate the ball game and the Spurs won’t play like a team until they realize they have to make shots in order to beat the Warriors. Boston won’t defeat Cleveland, because they don’t have a superstar like Lebron James who has unmatched athleticism.
I have not been sounding off on the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Although, these two NBA teams sound invincible, don’t be surprised if these two particular teams meet again in the 2017 NBA Finals. Cleveland might be able to get by Boston, if the Celtics beat the Washington Wizards in the East semi-finals. It will be a powerhouse match up if the Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics meet again. Don’t look hopeful, if the San Antonio Spurs can beat these star-studded Golden State Warriors, be prepared for a Spurs-Cavs showdown.