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LeBron James, as we know him, has won his last NBA Championship

In the wake of an NBA season charged by the greatness of the Golden State Warriors, which was capped off by their defeat of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to become NBA champions, I can’t help but look to the NBA’s landscape moving forward. My initial assessment: Things do not look good from LeBron James’ perspective.

Let me be clear, this is not set out to bash LeBron James. It’s probably closer to the opposite. I respect the hell out of LeBron James, he’s the greatest player since Jordan and is the best player in the NBA today. But that isn’t enough anymore. A lot of focus has been paid to the fact that LeBron James now has a Finals record of 3-5 in his career after Monday night’s loss. This is definitely worthy of attention, but I’d like to take it one step further and say that I don’t believe LeBron James will capture another Championship. Here’s why: Read more

Warriors, Spurs, Rockets and Jazz Move On: NBA Western Conference Playoff Recap and Round 2 Preview

The Recaps

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Portland Trail Blazers: 4-0 Warriors

There really isn’t too much to be said about this series. The Warriors were the Warriors and they blazed a trail through the heart of the Trail Blazers. It’s unfortunate that the Blazers found themselves shorthanded–with starting centre Jusuf Nurkic sidelined with a fractured leg–in a matchup that was already of “David and Goliath” proportions from the beginning. The Trail Blazers have an excellent scoring tandem of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, but they were probably matched up against the only backcourt in the Western Conference that is better then them. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were just too much for them to handle. The X-factor in this series was clearly the Golden State’s Draymond Green. He was at the top of his game making an incredible impact with efficient shooting and playmaking, while demonstrating his Defensive Player of the Year calibre skillset. He stuffed the box score the entire series. Read more

Raptors vs. Cavaliers: Second Round Series Preview

The Leafs are golfing and the Jays suck so I’m all in on the Raptors right now. In the first round the Raptors were finally able to eliminate a lower-seeded team in less than 7 games by beating the young Milwaukee Bucks squad in 6 games. This year’s edition of the Playoff Raps features a couple of shiny new pieces and a plethora of versatile young role players to surround the All Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan. But don’t get it twisted, these are your same old Toronto Raptors.

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Celtics, Wizards, Raps and Cavs Move On: NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Recap and Round 2 Preview

The NBA’s first round matchups from the Eastern Conference have officially been settled. Naturally, this would pose a good time to reflect on what transpired and look ahead to the next round. The most predictable first round playoffs in major professional sport turned out as predictable as always. This time around each higher seed in the Eastern Conference moved on. Fortunately for us, these results didn’t come without some intrigue or interesting plotlines. Let’s get right into it: Read more

NBA Preseason Power Rankings: Can These Teams Make the Leap? (27-24)

This is the second installment of my NBA season preview. These four teams aren’t necessarily worse than some of the teams ahead of them. It’s just that they all fit into a same tier quite nicely. All four teams have recently have been very bad, but have enough young talent that they could rocket up the standings as soon as this season.

The Zeroes
30. Brooklyn Nets
29. Philadelphia 76ers
28. LA Lakers

Could Be Heroes

27. Phoenix Suns

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2015-16 Recap
Record: 23-59 (14th in the East, 27th Overall)
OFF Rtg: 102.2 (28th of 30)
DEF Rtg: 109.0 (25th of 30)

2016-17 Outlook
MVP: Devin Booker
Projected Starting Lineup (According to RealGM):
PG Brandon Knight, SG Devin Booker, SF P.J. Tucker, M. Chriss, T. Chandler
Key Additions: Leandro Barbosa, Jared Dudley
Key Rookies: Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss, Tyler Ulis

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Eastern Conference Finals Primer: Raptors vs. Cavaliers

Schedule


Game 1: Tuesday May 17; 8:30 @ Cleveland on Sportsnet
Game 2: Thursday May 19; 8:30 @ Cleveland on TSN
Game 3: Saturday May 21; 8:30 @ Toronto on Sportsnet
Game 4: Monday May 23; 8:30 @ Toronto on TSN
Game 5: Wednesday May 25; 8:30 @ Cleveland on TBD
Game 6: Friday May 27; 8:30 @Toronto on TBD
Game 7: Sunday May 29; 8:30 @ Cleveland on TBD

X Factors


While my brother and I watched the first round series versus Indiana, we were discussing which players were the “X-Factors” in the series. The conversation then turned into us mocking stereotypical basketball commentary by calling every player on either team’s roster an “X-Factor”. Kyle Lowry? X-Factor. Paul George? X-Factor. Miles Turner? X-Factor. James Johnson? X-Factor (#FreeJamesJohnson (Why do some Raptors fans feel the need to tweet this?)). Ty Lawson? You better believe he’s an X-Factor (also the MVP at every dispensary he frequents). Bruno Caboclo? He could be the difference. But despite the term “X-Factor” being a tired trope, I’m going to use it as a talking point to bring up themes, strategies, and key figures that have the potential to effect the series. Read more

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