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.
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.
Are we heading for a Cavaliers-Warriors matchup in the NBA Finals? It’s only the first round and yet, the Cavaliers have swept the Indiana Pacers four games to none and the Golden State Warriors have also swept the Portland Trail Blazers four to zip. There’s nothing like sweeping the competition in the first round.
The Bulls have collapsed in Games 3 and 4 in Chicago. The Celtics have ignited the fire and now it’s 2-2. The Celtics and the Bulls will retool for Game 5 in Boston. Can I hear an encore for a fantastic Game 5 between the Bulls and the Celtics.
The NBA playoffs are here and we are off to the races! The L.A. Clippers lost Game 1 and home court advantage to the Utah Jazz. What is to become of this for the star-studded Los Angeles Clippers? Clips coach Doc Rivers will need to find answers in order to rebound from their Game 1 loss. The Chicago Bulls found life in their Game 1 victory in Boston. The eighth seeded Chicago Bulls will need more from their one-man show, Jimmy Butler, in order to win Game 2.
The NBA season has started and it has only been one game into it already. The Golden State Warriors lost their first game against the San Antonio Spurs, while the Chicago Bulls won their first game against the Boston Celtics. Though it is only one game, there is plenty action to see.
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6, 104-92 and advance to meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East semi-finals. In the West, the San Antonio Spurs along with two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard will meet Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. I think that the Warriors, despite losing Stephen Curry to injury, might be able to handle winning more games in the playoffs, because they play together as a team and also as a cohesive unit bonding together for a purpose. Shaun Livingston has been able to fill in for Curry as the point guard, contributing points, defense, passing, and complimentary fill in for a two-time Most Valuable Player. The Clippers in Los Angeles has suffered injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Much has surpassed the times if the Clippers are able to get by the Portland Trail Blazers now. It looks like now Portland might get by the Clippers and meet the defending NBA champs Golden State Warriors in the second round of the Western Conference.
The Boston Celtics, behind Isaiah Thomas’s 42 points, have won Game 3 in Boston to cut the Atlanta Hawks’ deficit to 2-1 series lead. Also, Stephen Curry didn’t play in Game 3 and although the Warriors were lacking in having a point guard who could dribble and make shots, the Warriors made it close with Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson scoring. The Cleveland Cavaliers are up 3-0 and are one game away from eliminating the Detroit Pistons. Though, the Cavs have Lebron James and could use another strong perimeter defender like James on the wing, I think that the Cavs could be unstoppable. The San Antonio Spurs are an well-oiled machine with fresher legs like Kawhi Leonard and Lamarcus Aldridge, who can put the ball in the basket with veterans like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker lurking in the shadows. The Spurs are also up 3-0 on the Memphis Grizzlies and are one game away from eliminating the Grizzlies.
Russell Westbrook is NBA All-Star MVP because he scored 41 points, but he didn’t break the NBA All-star record for points scored. Wilt Chamberlain scored 42 points in the 1962 All-Star game. Nobody is taking the Atlanta Hawks for real. The Hawks are shooting the lights out of the gym and they are doing it with no real budding NBA superstar, thanks to former Spurs assistant and current Atlanta coach, Mike Budenholzer. The Knicks bought out Amare Stoudemire’s contract. They will not bring him back and it seems that the Dallas Mavericks may want to sign Stoudemire after acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics. The Mavericks will indeed be a fun team to watch this year coming the playoffs.
Jameer Nelson has been traded from Dallas to Boston where he will play for a rebuilding team there. Josh Smith’s arrival in Houston suggests that he will have a role there alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard. Smith will help the Rockets with rebounding and defense, although Houston will grow to expect him to hoist three pointers every now and then.