NBA Summer 2016

The Atlanta Hawks signed Dwight Howard. This is huge for the organization. Not only do they upgrade, but they get him to play for his hometown Atlanta. The Hawks have a center in the middle who will maintain a presence, both offensively and defensively, in the middle.

Kevin Durant is being courted by several NBA teams and one only wonders where he’ll go. Will he make Golden State a better offensive team?

Serge Ibaka was traded to the Orlando Magic on Draft Day. It’s clear that Oklahoma City is rebuilding. What happens to Russell Westbrook?

Luol Deng has signed a deal to play for the L.A. Lakers. Puzzling move for the Lakers organization.

 

 

Cleveland Cavaliers await winner in NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers are awaiting the winner of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder matchup in the Western Conference Finals. Who will prevail and who will go home? The Warriors pulled off another victory to tie the series at 3 games apiece. The Thunder should be wondering what went wrong, otherwise it’s the defending champions at work showing OKC who can really put the basketball in the basket.

NBA Conference Finals review

The Cleveland Cavaliers blew out the Toronto Raptors on their home floor for Game 5. The final scoreboard read 116-78. Cleveland had to show Toronto whose home court it is, since they lost two road games in Toronto with the series tied at 2 games apiece. Golden State won their Game 5 to avoid elimination by the score of 120-111 over the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a terrific game with defense and scoring, as the game was close.

Thunder show Golden State it’s their time

Oklahoma City rolled into Game 4, showing these mighty and daring Golden State Warriors what it takes to win a basketball game. OKC ran with the Dubs and eventually ran away with the game. The final score read 118-94 and I couldn’t say it any clearer: it’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s time to shine. The game was in favour of the Oklahoma City Thunder for a reason. The Thunder showed the Warriors they can run with them and can outplay and out shoot the a team that gathered 73 wins over a single regular season.

OKC takes Game 3 133-105

Billy Donovan, head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, knew his team had to generate points in a hurry if they want to win Game 3. He was right. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook deferred to their teammates and they won in a blow-out. The Golden State Warriors should be concerned about this loss, although history shows that when they face adversity last year being down 2-1 against Cleveland and Memphis last year in the 2015 NBA playoffs they usually come up with future series wins. Let’s see if the Dubs can repeat that feat this year.

Warriors beat Thunder in Game 2

The Golden State Warriors brought their game today. It showed. The scoreboard read 118-91 by the end of the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry scored 28 points and Oklahoma City wilted down the stretch. The Warriors made the right play, made the extra pass, and went the extra mile on defence to beat these Thunder. At the end of the day, the Warriors are happy campers because they took back home court advantage and now travel into Oklahoma City tied at 1 game apiece.

NBA Conference 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.