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    500 Words: Game 4

    This series was pretty much a foregone conclusion before the season even started. Everyone knew that there was no competition in the East for the Cavaliers. Once Hayward went down, and Kyrie was deemed out for the season, the road to the finals became a freeway for Cleveland. The Warriors won their inevitable clash with the Rockets. I, like everyone else, wish CP3 would have been able to finish, but it wouldn’t have mattered. So that leads us here: another Golden State championship. It was odd. It seemed the Warriors were even shocked at how easy the elimination game was. They didn’t really celebrate when it was over because it…

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    500 Words: NBA Finals Game 3

    After both Conference Finals went seven, most basketball fans thought we were in for an epic NBA Finals. More specifically, Cavs fans saw proverbial chinks in the Warriors armor and figured this was their chance to dethrone them. Kevin Durant wasn’t playing like his usual self, Andre Iguadala was hurt, and LeBron was out of his mind. All of this, they thought, was the perfect mix for at least a long series where good money could be placed on LeBron in a game 7. They were wrong. Though the games have been fairly close, this thing is about to be a sweep. Game 1 seemed to suck the life out…

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    500 Words: NBA Finals Games 1 & 2

    By now you have seen the memes. If you have sports loving friends like I do, you have probably psychoanalyzed J.R. Smith’s blunder, Kevin Durant’s fourth quarter disappearance, and LeBron’s emotional meltdown between regulation and overtime of Game 1. The first game of the NBA Finals provided enough fireworks to banter about for the next month—which we will. Game one saw a ridiculous, all-time great performance put on by one of the greatest players the world has ever seen. LeBron had 51! It was a good looking 51 too. Dunks, long range 3’s. My man had it all working, but even with that going on, the Warriors never really went…

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    500 Words: NBA Conference Finals Game 4

    Game four is the typically the most important game in a 7-game series. It can eliminate a team or provide them hope. Recent history has deceived us into thinking coming back from 3-1 is a thing. The truth is, according to USA Today, only 11 teams have ever come back from such a deficit. That’s 11 teams in 71 years! Less than 60 teams have comeback from down 3-1 in the history of major North American Sports. So, game four is pretty dang important. Lucky for Cleveland, LeBron is in a LeBronto type groove. Not to mention, Kyle Korver has been cooking at home. I don’t know what type of…

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    500 Words: NBA Conference Finals Game 3s

    Both Game 3 of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals went about as predicted; at least in terms of the team that won each game.  There was absolutely no way a LeBron James-led Cavs team was going to get swept out of the Eastern Conference Finals. Not this particular version of LeBron James. Not to this team who is missing two All-Stars, and starts two dudes that should still be in college. No. No way that would happen. So I expected the Cavaliers to win, but not by 30! That was nuts. Nothing went right for the Celtics. When that’s the case, there is typically no point in putting a…

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    500 Words: NBA Conference Finals Game 2s

    I was wrong. Kinda. The Rockets looked good. As much as I Iike PJ Tucker, you can’t expect my man to score 22 points. He and Eric Gordon certainly came to play. Beyond just pure stats- which I don’t think will hold up in terms of Tucker and Gordon outscoring Klay Thompson and Steph Curry- the difference from the Rockets standpoint was ball movement. Plain and simple. There are statistics that prove that ball swings, which is the ball moving from one side of the floor to the other within the same possession, improves shooting percentages and offensive flow. It doesn’t take a basketball aficionado to see that getting the…

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    500 Words: Western Conference Finals Game 1

    Living in Houston, I am privy to the delusion of Rockets fans thinking they actually have a chance against the Warriors. Holding on to the fading history of Clutch City is understandable. The Astros provided a hot shower for the nastiness that came in the form of Harden’s absence from the Rockets’ elimination game and the Texans’ Watt & Watson injuries these fans had to endure. Trust me, I get it. But the thought that these Rockets will beat the Warriors four times in two weeks is just wrong. They won’t. There will be close games –  maybe. But this thing will be over pretty quickly. Admittedly, I was wrong…

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    500 Words: Eastern Conference Finals Game 1

    I was locked in to the Cavs and Celtics game yesterday. I picked the Cavs in 5 so I didn’t take much stock into the first few possessions. Then, the Cavs kept bricking and the Celtics kept making shots. Oddly enough, the Marcus Morris-LeBron James matchup was won by Morris. That can’t be expected to continue. In fact, there is a less than 0% chance that continues. However, the “others” for the Cavs were severely outplayed by the Celtics “others”. Here’s a question: “Who truly are the Celtics’ ‘others’?” Jason Tatum is the team’s leading scorer in the playoffs and basically mocked the 76ers for trading up to draft a…

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