2017 is upon us and we are almost approaching the halfway part of the season. With February looming, we will have an all star game. The Golden State Warriors are leading the NBA with wins and losses and it is hard to beat them when they have Kevin Durant. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who are the 2016 reigning champions, beat these newly formed Warriors with Kevin Durant 109-108 on Christmas Day on Kyrie Irving’s last minute shot.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are giving the Golden State Warriors a good run for their money. Lebron James and Kyrie Irving went off for Game 5, combining for 81 points, saving the Cavs’ season for another game. Since the first two games, the Golden State Warriors have shown Cleveland who’s in charge. The Warriors are dictating the terms and it’s shown in their body language that they are not to be denied losing a basketball game. Since Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals, Cleveland showed Golden State they can play fast and blew these same Warriors who won Games 1 and 2 out of the building. Golden State can still win Game 6 and the NBA title tomorrow night. It’s up to Cleveland to derail the celebration.
Lebron James wanted Toronto to know that this is his throne and he wants the NBA title. By the end of the game, the score read 108-89 and that may mean futility for these Raptors if they can’t find an answer to beat the Cavaliers. It was a balanced effort for the Cavs as they led an offensive attack headed by James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving. Cleveland is unstoppable when they get their scoring going. They will be dangerous to stop when they reach the 2016 NBA Finals.
Cleveland won Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors 115-84 in a thumping that showed that Lebron James won’t be denied another trip to the NBA Finals. James showed trust in his teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to make shots and make the right play and they did. In the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder showed the Golden State Warriors who was making the big shots down the stretch. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant showed the Dubs that they want the NBA title too. In the Thunder’s 108-102 Game 1 win, OKC wanted even more to show the Warriors how much they want to win the eventual series opener. They did. Now it’s on to Game 2.
With the 2016 NBA playoffs approaching, the Chicago Bulls are in trouble of meshing with the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards for the 8th seed. If the Bulls are successful of holding onto the 8th seed, they will meet the Cleveland Cavaliers who are having chemistry issues with Lebron James and Kyrie Irving not clicking on all cylinders and not on the same page playing basketball. Things will get tough for Chicago in the off-season, trying to trade these star Bulls and their massive salaries such as Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose.
The Eastern Conference reserve stars consists of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Al Horford, Kyrie Irving, Paul Millsap, and Jeff Teague. This is Butler’s first time being here and also Teague’s. Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Chris Paul, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, and LaMarcus Aldridge headline the Western Conference reserves. This is Klay Thompson’s and DeMarcus Cousin’s first All-Star game. I expect this all-star game to be full of dunks and thrills.
The USA Men’s basketball team did it again. They are not unbeatable, but they will take the FIBA World Basketball Championship unscathed and unchallenged. They beat Serbia in the gold medal game and will have another chance to win gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 at the Olympics. Kyrie Irving deserves top honors for getting the Americans there in Spain.