Be careful what you wish for.
You asked for a series…you got it!
Most playoff series’ would be over by now, but after four games this is no ordinary playoff series.
This is the NBA Finals!
If you’re in a celebratory mood you may want to keep the champagne on ice though, because it’s far from over. Hold the wine and gold.
After the Golden State Warriors set the tone at their Oracle home in Game 1. The Cavaliers became the comeback kids like their King after Games 2 and 3, as they took both after injury took both Kevin and Kyrie from this big-three’s moment. But by Game 3 all they needed was their one, true homecoming King, as LeBron James led them back to their Ohio home with powerhouse performances that showed he was on his way to winning his most impressive and important NBA Finals and chapters in his classic career of absolutely amazing accomplishments and happenings.
As it happens however, if Cleveland took a game at the Warriors home, then Golden State where going to do the same on the road at Quicken.
Fast-pacing the Cavs off court with their small ball, last nights line-up may have not had a true big-man at the five, but this Warrior squad was still the center of attention with what they fronted. Just as the Cavs where about to light the candles of celebration, the Golden State Warriors blew them out 103-82 and tied a pretty bow round this present series.
Have that cake and eat it.
With the series still alive and tied like the tides of who takes advantage, the winners of the next game may take it all in respects to who has the upper hand. Still we could see these dribble-driving teams palming it to seven games. After all this is what the makings of the most popular televised finals since 2003 (when San Antonio played New Jersey) is made of.
Stephen Curry splashed 22 points for the Pacific across waters as did former Sixer franchise man Andre Igudola in the performance of his playoffs. More payoffs came from Draymond Green (17), Harrison Barnes (14) and more as this balanced attack unevened the Cavs whilst evening the series for the Dubs instead of them falling to a 3-1 hole they may never have been able to rabbit out of.
LeBron James’ 20 points seemed cooled for a man who must be tired off his latest hot-streak. Just like new partner in crime Matthew Delladevoa, the rising star struggling with 10 after suffering from fatigue the previous game, even to the point of hospitalization. Center Timofey Mozgov knew how to respond to an emergency however with 28 points and 10 rebounds on the double against a squad not sporting a big-man at the five. The Cavs will need more of this by next game because its situation critical right now…for both teams.
After all four games has shown us in a quick sweep, what’s next for the next big-three? Will it be MVP Curry or the one without all the rest who knows a throne is worth its wait in championship gold?
The only way to know is for this game to show who really has the makings of a champion. We’re about to find out. After all those decades of drought one will finally end all this time to be the team of the year, for all those years.
This journey of Warriors and Cavaliers will be over in just a few days…and then one will carry on and over in this stage forever.
This right now is what the NBA Finals is all about.
MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title
Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.
The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.
In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.
Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.
New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.
And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.
But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”
Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.
And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.
Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?
Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.
It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.
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