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.
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.
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.
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.
Zach LaVine takes home the Slam Dunk trophy in the talented showcase, Klay Thompson wins the 3-point shooting contest against reigning champ Stephen Curry, Karl Anthony-Towns wins the Taco Bell Skills challenge, and the Western Conference All-Stars run away 196-173 against the Eastern Conference All-Stars. Russell Westbrook is again All-Star game Most Valuable Player and we have confetti for the Thunder if they do threaten the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs for the Western Conference title this year.
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.
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.