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.
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are having a little splat playing basketball together. Durant likes to take his own jump-shots, apart from playing with team ball with Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, and Draymond Green. The Warriors are useless when they don’t utilize Thompson and Curry for their shots, especially three pointers. Draymond likes to pump up the Golden State Warriors for their defense. Durant does play defense, but doesn’t like to defer to Green for defensive assignments. What is there to do for Durant and Green to co-exist?
It is the new year and All-Star weekend is approaching in New Orleans moved from Charlotte. I am excited to see these NBA stars such as LeBron James, Giannis Antetokuonmpo, Anthony Davis, and Stephen Curry starting in the 2017 All-Star Game. I’d like to see a fantastic showcase featuring these basketball players on February 19, 2017.
The NBA is going insane now. What is going on? Stephen Curry isn’t his usual self making and hoisting those long three pointers, although his Warriors are on a roll. Draymond Green is his dominant self, making a claim for NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Can Jason Kidd’s Milwaukee Bucks make a claim down the stretch for this year’s NBA title? Maybe.
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.
The Atlanta Hawks have been swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-99 and marks the second time that these Hawks have been eliminated by a Lebron James-led basketball team for a second straight time. Atlanta is built for playing a certain pace in basketball, however they were not meant to play at a superstar’s pace like Lebron James. Toronto and Miami are tied at two games apiece and Kyle Lowry has to have big games against Dwyane Wade. Lowry in the clutch will overcome Wade’s shooting performances, I guarantee it. Wade does shoot clutch, but Lowry relies on his spacing to get off his shot. The Golden State Warriors welcome back Stephen Curry, as the Dubs beat the Portland Trail Blazers in overtime to take a 3 games to 1 series lead. As the NBA playoffs winds down to the final four, OKC wins Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead against San Antonio. I can see a Warriors-Cavs NBA Finals matchup shaping up.
We have two Game 7s between the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets. What is it with Toronto not being able to finish Game 6 and move on? This will definitely haunt Toronto and they might be able to survive round 1 of the NBA playoffs. Miami wins Game 6 97-90 because they wouldn’t give up. They know too much about being defeated. It’s veterans like Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem that will let opponents wear down, after seeing them down. We know that Golden State will play a full game with a whole team without Stephen Curry against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Warriors probably won’t let an injury to them bother them, but it will sting playing against the San Antonio Spurs, who don’t have an injury. The Spurs will have their hands full handling Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder.
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 Golden State Warriors are on a cusp of winning 73 games and losing less than 10 games in a single NBA season. They have won consecutive NBA games because they did not allow their flaws and weaknesses be exposed on the basketball court, instead they showed 29 other NBA teams their strengths and what they can do with a basketball. It is truly gifted basketball players at work. We can appreciate a seven footer like Andrew Bogut facilitating like a point guard and running the break after a rebound and he can pass very well too. Draymond Green is the Warriors’ hustle and flow for rebounds, defense, and blocks. He can really handle a basketball for a point forward and he can run with the best of them. Harrison Barnes is a talented three-point shooter and he is one of the better perimeter defenders. Klay Thompson is also another talented three-point shooter and he can run with the best of them also. Klay has the ability to make shots from anywhere on the court. Stephen Curry is the Warriors’ MVP and he doesn’t have a lack of enthusiasm for taking and hoisting a lot of three point shots. He makes more three-pointers than he misses usually and rarely will he have an off-night. If the Warriors reach 73 wins, they will be in the record books forever as the 2015-16 Warriors that broke the record of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls 72-10 record.
These Warriors are rolling and it’s because of the Stephen Curry experimentation. They’ll let him shoot the three and they haven’t died from the three-pointer as of late. Steve Kerr is back from his surgery to be the head coach of these Golden State Warriors. The Warriors acquired Anderson Varejao and they hope his accolades of getting rebounds and playing pesky defense and crisp passing will help the Dubs get their points.