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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DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans Changes the Landscape of the League

Anthony Davis had himself a night. Not only did he break Wilt Chamberlain’s all-star scoring record, but he also acquired fellow Kentucky Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins as his front-court buddy. The Pelicans will send guard Buddy Hield, 2017 first- and second-round picks, and guards Tyreke Evans (going back to Cali) and Langston Galloway to Sacramento for Cousins and forward Omri Casspi. Anthony Davis (age 23) is averaging 28 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists. DeMarcus Cousins (age 26) is averaging 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. This newly formed duo has the…

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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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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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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 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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