Back-to-Back! Back to the NBA Finals. It’s the rematch! The Golden State Warriors versus the Cleveland Cavaliers all over again. The best-of-seven. First to four games. The winner gets Larry. The loser…jokes on Conan O’Brien. It’s all a case of history repeating, but will the Dubs go back-to-back again? Or will the King finally claim his Ohio throne in his sixth straight trip to the castle of champagne or commiseration? It all depends on what type of heat Chef Curry has coming out that kitchen.
Lets stir the pot…
Stephen Curry vs Kyrie Irving – Almost the most evenly sided match-up of this series…almost. When Australian born Kyrie Irving goes off he can put your team down under like opposing centre Andrew Bogut goes down low. But have you seen Steph Curry go off?
Klay Thompson vs J.R. Smith – Streaks in this series could be decided by the slashers with the daggers. Whether it’s Klay’s day or if everybody is shooting like J.R. in Dallas than who knows? Still Smith is streaky…Thompson makes it splash brother.
Andre Igudola vs LeBron James – Time to take last years surprise Finals MVP off the bench for this one. After all Golden State did it in Game 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder and look where that got them. Iggy can lock up ‘Bron for stretches and if ‘Dre double teams him with Dray it’ll be over. But then again at the end of the day, are you really going to stop the King? Especially an exiled one.
Draymond Green vs Kevin Love – Love lost last year for the Cavaliers was definitely a factor that hurt the King and all of LeBron’s men in their injury and insult plagued losing Finals. But hate all you want but do we really need to talk about Kevin here? If you think he’s going to get the better end of Draymond Green in the second most evenly matched head-to-head (almost) than you’re talking about as much crap as Dray does.
Andrew Bogut vs Tristan Thompson – Bogut may be the veteran and internationally like Washington’s Gortat the most underrated consistent force in his dying position. But pivot towards Cleveland on this one because Tristan Thompson is in the prime position to take over and have a breakout series. You always knew we were going to go with a Canadian. Advantage: Cavs.
Delly, Mo’, Shump, Channing, even Richard Jefferson. That’s nice but Golden State has Harrison Barnes, Shaun Livingston, Barbosa, Speights, Rush and even LeBron and the Cavs old friend Anderson Varejao. I don’t know between these two off the pine benches there may be nothing but splinters.
Steve Kerr vs Tyrone Lue – Steve Kerr may still be a relatively new coach…but he already has a championship under his belt after his rookie season and another ring on his finger. Sure even new Lakers Head Coach took some of the shine off his Dub plate as an assistant this year during his injury interim, but fellow former Laker Lue won’t. Despite his one of a kind playoff run. Tyrone may have been tough enough to tell King James to shut the f### up…but expect Kerr to treat him like Iverson did. And there’s your answer. Both backup points were spark plugs on Phil Jackson championship teams off the bench as players…and that’s probably why they make such good coaches. But ask the greatest of all-time, Kerr always knew how to win in the clutch.
Game, set and match-up, Golden State.
Warriors in seven…almost!
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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