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
(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
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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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