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2017 NBA Finals Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors

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The ‘Threequel’. It’s here, lisp or not. Cavs/Warriors III. Ali/Frazier. The King and the masterchef. Even after LeBron James’ men and Curry’s kitchen faced the storied, legendary all-team franchices of the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs in the Eastern and Western respective Conference Finals. Some predicted an upset. And old-school, blue collar Finals. But history being made repeated itself like the time that’s the charm. As King James made Isaiah Thomas walk the Green Mile and Kawhi Leonard’s Spurs in one big sweep was just par for the course for Golden State. The Dubs have a broom clean record. The Cavaliers have only dropped one game. They’ll both lose some here in what is likely to go the full seven and four quarters again. But after this series comes to a close who will be left crying this time? And for what reason? Neither team will three-peat, but the conclusion of this epic trilogy of ‘Godfather’, ‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Lord Of The Rings’ will leave one winner. Last years repeating Cleveland Cavaliers or the revenge of the Golden State Warriors? It’s time to break it down again.

Point Guards

Your smart dinner money should be on Chef Curry with the pot, but killa Kyrie Irving drew more than first blood in last years Finals and Uncle this head-to-head match-up could be closer than the alphas. Steph will dominate from downtown, but we all know Irving’s clutch and ability to put it away was the real reason the Cavs became champs last year. Despite the plaudits the King received on the block.

Advantage: Warriors.

Shooting Guards

On his night J.R. can shoot with anyone…and boy do we mean anyone. Mr. Smith will have the Human Torch of little Splash Brother Klay Thompson to go up against each night though. A red hot shooter whose only off time seemed to be during the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. And with last Summers thunderous addition of Durant taking focal point attention, the most unsung match-up could also be the most fun when both streak shooters are on.

Advantage: Warriors.

Small Forwards

The Warriors knew the only way they could take the Kings throne was by adding a knight to their roundtable who could pull sword from stone. And last Summers biggest free agent Kevin Durant was the right decision. Providing there is no identity issues in the leadership battle then Durant can perfectly match-up with LeBron in something scripted by the Basketball Gods. But King James bible of basketball is sermon serving us something historic. And his legend only gets better by the David and Goliath contests.

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Advantage: Cavs.

Power Forwards.

No love was shown to the “other” Kevin until he did all the Game 7 intangibles that make for a champion and Big Three certified piece. But for the Dubs Fantastic Four Draymond Green is the talk and the walk. He’s a beast. Yet each forward in this one-on-one will bring something the other can’t counter.

Advantage: Tie.

Centers

Bogut’s injury last finals put the Dubs step on the back foot last year and many in California claim that that’s why they weren’t crowned King. Zach Pachulia is a smooth free-flowing replacement that brings new, big life to G.S.W.’s death line-up. But without bias we think Canadian Tristan Thompson is poised and primed for a breakout. Unless the Kardashian curse breaks him.

Advantage: Cavs.

Bench

The Warriors have so much on their front-line they don’t need much of a second unit. But the talents of ‘Bron-stopper Andre Igudola, David West, Matt Barnes and Shaun Livingston make sure this team can march on whoever is wounded in battle. But after the Cavs added former All-Stars like three-point cupid Kyle Korver and former L best P.G. backup Deron Williams to vets like championship certified James Jones and Richard Jefferson (and let’s not forget players like dunking Iman Shumpert and the return of Larry Sanders) you know whose coming out in splinters.

Advantage: Cavs.

Head Coach

First year champions Coach Kerr and Coach Lue are both former playing days, Point Guard, clutch champs who played with the Mike and Kobe dynasties respectively. Steve Kerr may be more seasoned pro, but Lue isn’t afraid to tell King James to “shut the f### up”! Are you?

Advantage: Warriors.

In the end the Cavs will defend the land they claimed, no matter how much Dub Nation stands up. Cleveland wine will see championship gold again.

Prediction: Cavs in 7…and 1 Overtime.

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles

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Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History
The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

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Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

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