NBA Finals: Part 3

We are entering the third year in a row where the same teams have played each other in the finals. This is the first time this has happened in NBA history. 2016 was a historical year for the NBA. The Golden State Warriors broke the all-time record for wins in one season (73-9). However, the playoffs exploited the vulnerability of the Dubs. In the Western Conference Finals, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had a 3-1 lead on the Warriors. With OKC’s raw athletic dominance combined with their rebound advantage, they…

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Who Is a Bigger Threat to Cleveland in Round 2: Bucks or Raptors?

The Cavs faced plenty of doubt throughout this season. From their poor defense (ranked 23rd in the league in defensive efficiency this season) to their lack of chemistry with new acquisitions of Kyle Korver and Deron Williams, a lot of factors were against Cleveland. They  got their top seed stolen by the Boston Celtics to boot. All of this seems like a distant memory now with the Cavs sweeping the Pacers in a more competitive series than one would think (including an open game winner botched by C.J. Miles). Paul George fought, and…

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Guide on How to Build Around Kristaps Porzingis

The Knicks are going to be up and down all season. We can blame this on their lack of chemistry, health, and inability to guard the opposing team. The Knicks have the 6th worst defensive rating in the league and are second in the league in second chance points allowed. That alone can explain a lot. I received many tweets from my followers stating that Phil Jackson should blow up the team and rebuild around Porzingis. I’m here to explain why it’s not that simple. Get Rid of Joakim Noah I have been through enough rants…

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NBA Christmas Preview: NBA Finals Rematch and Other Festivities

Tomorrow is the most wonderful day of the year. It is a day where you can watch over 12 straight hours of basketball, instead of paying attention to your loved ones. The NBA has a history of putting together some fun, competitive matchups that occasionally give a playoff-like atmosphere. Celtics @ Knicks at 12pm EST on ESPN Knicks and Celtics have a very long and ugly history. This is a refreshing season to see both teams being fairly competitive. The Celtics are an inch higher than the Knicks in the Atlantic division…

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Swiss Cheese D Mailbag (Feat. Should Melo Leave?)

Swiss Cheese D would not have received as much exposure if not for twitter. Twitter enables me to connect with a tremendous amount of NBA fans. Although it is unfortunate that I only have 140 characters to respond to questions, I can get around that by using my website to answer all of your genius questions. Welcome to the first Swiss Cheese D Q&A. @NBASwissCheeseD should the Knicks resign DRose, costing big money, or look elsewhere for starting PG options? If so, what names stick out? — Jake Silver (@jaSILVERke) December 16,…

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Is it Time for Melo to Pass the Torch to Porzingis?

Who should be the #Knicks' first option? — Swiss Cheese D (@NBASwissCheeseD) December 2, 2016 After 19 games, there has been an internal debate amongst Knicks fans: who should be the first option for the New York Knicks? Carmelo Anthony or Kristaps Porzingis. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 21 points at 48% (16 shots per game) Carmelo Anthony is averaging 23 points at 43% (19 shots per game) It is clear that Porzingis is the winner if we’re basing this question off numbers. However, is it the best idea for a 21…

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Is Joakim Noah worth $72 Million?

Would you sign Joakim Noah to a 4 year $72 million deal? — Swiss Cheese D (@NBASwissCheeseD) November 16, 2016 The Knicks are at an interesting phase in their franchise. They’re flirting with the desire for playoff contention, even though it’s clear a championship is not within their stratosphere (apologies to everyone who bet on them to win it all this summer). It’s difficult to find a balance behind building for a 32 year old superstar, and a 21 year old superstar. The Derrick Rose trade was a smart decision…

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Western Conference Rankings

Check out my Eastern Conference Rankings here.   Young teams that might be good some day 15) Los Angeles Lakers The Lakers have the potential to be a good team a couple of years from now due to their solid young core: D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. They also have cap space to spend next season. I’m not sure why they signed Timofey Mozgov to a 4-year $60 million deal, but hey, maybe his slow paced game will attract Russell Westbrook. Mozgov signing with the Lakers for 4…

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Knicks Offseason Review

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson has once again surprised the angry and confused Knicks fans of the world. The Knicks have completely revamped their roster, and this time, it might make sense. Only five players remain on today’s roster compared to last season. Here is a look at the 2016-’17 New York Knicks depth chart: If only this happened like four years ago, then this team would be a legitimate contender. Still this should be an above .500 team that will give Knicks fans a competitive brand of basketball, something that has…

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How is Derrick Rose Going to Affect the Knicks Long Term?

Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks traded Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Chicago Bulls for Justin Holiday, a 2017 second round pick, and Derrick Rose. This is a trade that might be intriguing to a casual Knicks fan and terrifying to a seasoned Knicks fan. On the surface, this is a classic Knicks trade: acquire an all-star who is past his prime. We can go over the list (Larry Johnson, Glen Rice, Antonio Mcdyess, Stephon Marbury, Penny Hardaway, Steve Francis, Jalen Rose, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chauncey…

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The 2016 NBA Finals Preview: What You Need to Know

The NBA is funny. The Finals matchup that most fans and columnists predicted ended up coming true: a rematch. With that being said, both teams made it to the finals in very unpredictable ways. Cleveland was supposed to manhandle the eastern conference, going 10-0, only to lose two straight games to Toronto, cutting it closer than they would have liked. On the western side of basketball, the defending champs, who have the greatest record in NBA history (73-9), were down 3-1 against a hungry Oklahoma City Thunder team that was…

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Can Jeff Hornacek Save the Knicks?

Phil Jackson never ceases to surprise hungry Knicks fans. After several months of Kurt Rambis speculation, the Knicks have decided to sign Jeff Hornacek as their new head coach. Phil Jackson has a history with Jeff Hornacek, including two NBA Finals battles when Jackson was coaching the Bulls and Hornacek was playing for the Jazz. Guys like Frank Isola have other theories on how Hornacek got the gig. Jeff Hornacek's father was Isiah Thomas' freshman basketball coach and his high school Dean of Students…..move on, nothing to see here. — Frank…

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Can Kristaps Porzingis Change the State of Small-Ball?

The NBA has always been a copycat league. If a formula works for one team, every other coach tries to follow suit. The evolution of small ball has taken over the league a lot faster than many anticipated. Teams that used to thrive off posting and toasting have remodeled their roster in order to keep up with the rapid tempo that the Golden State Warriors have established. The Indiana Pacers have Paul George playing the power forward. The Memphis Grizzlies have Matt Barnes starting over Zach Randolph sometimes. The Washington…

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The Contenders of the Wild West

The Western Conference has owned the Eastern Conference for over a decade now, and although the East made some notable improvements this offseason, the best of the best still remains in the West. If you enjoy gambling, this is going to be a really difficult year to cover spreads, considering the level of competition is going to be ridiculous. Below are the top six teams in the Western Conference. San Antonio Spurs (Vegas Insider Odds to win the Western Conference: 12/5) The Spurs have the best starting 5 in the…

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How Good Are the Rockets With Ty Lawson?

The Houston Rockets’ acquisition of Ty Lawson changes the landscape of the Western Conference. The Rockets were already considered contenders last year when they overcame the odds, beating the Clippers in seven games after being down 3-1. Although they beat out most of the West without a legitimate starting point guard, James Harden acted as their main source of distribution throughout the season. How will that affect the Rockets this upcoming season? Since Harden and Lawson both need the ball in their hands, will they adapt, or will the Rockets…

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