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It’ll put a spell on you.

These NBA Playoffs. There’s nothing quite like them. Like a hit Hollywood flick. But this is even hotter than the pre-Summer season of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘The Mummy’ and ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ blockbuster movies. I mean in this ‘Where Amazing Happens’ script what better story is there than LeBron James’ Cavalier homecoming in his Ohio land? Or Chef Curry re-heating his band of Warriors with the aid of Durant for the rematch?

Well…just you wait…hold up! There may just be one between our D.C. capital and Beantown that may shake everything up like a coffee grinder. A story critical to this country…and we aren’t talking about that Donald.

But this could Trump everything (Sorry! We swore we’d never do that, let alone use that word ever again). Sure the King and all the lands men against the now extinct Toronto Raptors rolled through the 6 like, one, two, three, four and five. But as this 2-2 series between the storied Boston Celtics and House of Guards Washington Wizards could (will) go the full seven, whoever the Cav castle faces may just storm the moats and walls.

Now remember, before you witness…you have been warned.

The Wizards really have pulled all sort of metaphors and cliches, basketball and namesake out the proverbial top hat. They looked down and out this year after Coach Scott Brooks couldn’t land hometown hero free-agent Kevin Durant, despite a years long campaign. And even though the franchise has the best backcourt in the L off Bradley Beal street, the most exciting news coming out of D.C. basketball looked like the Mystics trading for Chicago Sky giant Elena Delle Donne. And with just mere days before the new WNBA season tips off it will be again. But despite the Wizards being covered with a cloak less convincing than Trump’s toupee, the Wiz have shot through all that like the Bullets they used to be behind (and boy do we mean behind) the break-neck speed of yellow spotted guard John Wall.

In the league legendary legacy of basketball’s Boston the Celtics were busy pulling up their Stances to be anything like their Baseball neighbouring Red Sox in turning the new Boston Garden into an arena as legendary in this town as the cathedral of Fenway. Guys like Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynek, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder helped this crowded court of role players, but this franchise team needed a franchise player. And who could sound better for a franchise team that was storied in the 80’s than a name for a small floor general, almost as big as his son than that of the monkier Isaiah Thomas? This pocket dynamo leader is the type of new Boston player the old green-collar Celtics could only dream of having. In a new age for P.G.’s the I.B.M. old-school I.T. generation is the future right now. Isaiah has took it even higher, rising above it all like his trade from the ashes of the Suns in Phoenix. He has even bravely played through the brutual pain of losing his sister and in representing for the Thomas family. Every play, every bucket, every game and every win is for her.

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He even had one of his teeth knocked out in the first quarter of the first game of this second round series. But brace yourself because nothing will stop this young man, tooth or nail from making sure his team doesn’t face the K.O. The only one doing the eliminating will be him.

That is unless he runs into the only Wall welcome in Washington as dear John W is as good as they come. Sure in this triple-double, MVP racing Point redux age of the guards everyone is talking about former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates James Harden and Russell Westbrook like they are the new era Chris Paul and Deron Williams. But with Westbrook out the West playoff picture, the Most Valuable Player contest may be over. And even if there is no award worthy victory come the conclusion of this seven seal of points there is nothing quite like this head-to-head. As two of the quickest, next best (only underrated now), players in the association Isaiah Thomas and John Wall match-up as well as their best in the league, but overlooked big-men allies at the centre position, Al Horford and Marcin Gortat. Making for our pick of the playoffs to roll with like off a high-screen.

We could talk about the numbers, the career-highs…but they’ll likely change tonight. We could talk about who will win the next game, but the only one that really matters is seven.

As this is basketball heaven.

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Millsap Mishap Could Keep Forward Behind 3 Months

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Poor Paul Millsap.

This campaign after becoming one of the biggest free agent pick ups of the offseason, one of the leagues leading Power Forwards has been put down on the medical report with an injury that could call him off sick for a quarter of a year.

The most reliable player over four periods has spent the bird share of his career helping his former Atlanta Hawks make it to the first round knockout stakes of the playoffs each year. But following the season where they didn’t make the cut of the second one, it was time for a change for the 32 year old number 4 who once looked to be the Utah Jazz, Karl Malone replacement Carlos Boozer didn’t turn out to be early in his career alongside former leading Point Guard Deron Williams.

And in the mile high city of Denver with a would be big-three of sophomore sensation Emmanuel Mudiay, dreaded defender Kenneth Faried and of course The Joker with the last laugh Nikola Jokic, these Nuggets in their new Nikes looked golden and finally past that baby blue Carmelo era (they may as well be as Anthony, now with the blue, white and orange of the Thunder isn’t even a Knick anymore (it’s ‘Old York’ now Knickerbockers)). But now like Ben Affleck looking at the ‘Justice League’ box office returns it’s time to ask the Nugs “why so serious” Batman as an injury to their versatile veteran forward of seasoned upon seasons of experience doesn’t exactly put a smile on their face.

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The All-Star was averaging a helpful handful of exactly 16 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists before tearing the ligaments in his left wrist in a 127-109 loss to the Lakers who themselves recently lost all dunking son Larry Nance Jr. to a broken wrist, but are thankful to be having him return after they cut the turkey this thanksgiving. Millsap and the Nuggets are looking at second opinions from docs offering the same sort of speedy recovery that doesn’t sap their frontline. But if they concur with the original diagnosis, it’s three months in a suit and tie and not to mention cast for Paul who will return in late February after the All Star break he normally never takes off.

The man with the three year, 90 mill deal helped make this outside eight seed threat Denver the new gritty, grinding Memphis of the West. Now without him the older than Richard Jefferson roster is thinner than the air up there in Colorado.

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Somebody Stop The Mask Of Kyrie Irving

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Smokin’!

Even that phrase delivered at a perfect Jim Carrey pitch can’t quite put into perspective just how hot Celtic Kyrie Irving is right now. Especially in the Boston green, Rip Hamilton face-mask.

Maybe those three little letters would do more justice for this league leader?

You know Menacing, Versatile, Phantom?

No?

How about M-V-P?

Kyrie joins Kobe, former Cleveland Cavalier teammate LeBron James and the man whose about to pass him the Maurice Poldoff torch, Russell Westbrook to be an absolute menace in the Phantom of the Opera face-mask, leaving other teams dead on basketballs biggest stage. He may have fractured and broken some bones in his face, but that won’t stop him as he fractures and breaks the backs and hearts of the faces of all the other franchises he faces off with night after excruciating night.

Those who used to say it must be the shoes (and have you seen his best in show sneaker designs complete with shamrocks like Starbucks on St Patrick’s Day this season heads? Those halloween pumpkin ones were the spice), are now saying it must be the mask.

Sure the plastic profile guard makes for some meme worthy Pinterest fan art appreciation but this guard has made a point at hating it…the sweat inducing mask that is, not the love. These kind of covers can blind you, but like the concussed legend of Celtic great Larry, letting it fly like a Bird above the baskets in the Boston Garden all the way to the rafters (as he saw too hoops like 80’s girls earrings and just aimed for the top one), Kyrie plays through all the pain and frustration. Taking it out on the ball (like opponents on Lakers rookie Lonzo) and the other teams hoops that to him seem bigger than those ones Bruno Mars sang about.

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Take Dallas for example. Irving just masked all his pain by taking the Mavericks for 47 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists in the last contest that took the Celtics to a sweet sixteen straight. After dropping two games following Gordon Hayward dropping out of the new season before the second quarter of his opening game one even played out, everyone was calling time on these new Celtics as soon as Gordon turned his ankle counter-clockwise. But now one of the best in the association Kyrie is showing LeBron and them he’s just as good as them or anyone alone like this man from down under always wanted to prove. This definition of clutch, who leaves everyone else in the fourth with straws has already shown on a championship scale against Curry of all hot guards that he can take the last shot that really matters. Now forget the Most Valuable Player award for a waning second or even the time his dynamic duo partner in pine Hayward comes back, Irving has the power to dribble drive all the way to the crown on his own.

And it’s going to take more than a mask to stop him.

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The Wind Brings The 2020 All-Star Game To Chicago

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1973. And the first NBA All-Star Game to play in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois features the last All-Star game in the last season of two lasting Los Angeles Lakers legends. One man who scored 100 points in just one game, Wilt Chamberlain. And one man who was and still remains the one and only logo of this National Basketball Association, Jerry West.

1988. And arguably the greatest All-Star Game of all-time and an even better, best ever All-Star weekend sees Michael Jordan become Michael Jordan. M.J. scored 40 in an 138-133 O.T. A.S.G. win for the East meeting the West. But a day before all that he and the Slam Dunk Contest became even more legendary. As mere moments after storied Boston Celtic great Larry Bird asked “whose coming in second place” before raising his finger in victory before the ABA coloured moneyball ripped through the twine (no Nick Young swag), Money took off from the free throw line like a good doctor for his above the rim J and jumped over everybody including Atlanta Hawk wing spreading, sky-soarer Dominique Wilkins.

Now more than 30 years later after next years All-Star Game in the purple and gold city of Los Angeles and the 2019 one in the redeemed city of Charlotte, the 2020 and 69th All Star Game will be played in Michael’s old town of Chi-city. In the same year as Tokyo, Japan will hold the next Olympic Games, the game of basketball will go back to it’s 90’s roots and an inspired iconic landmark of hoop heaven that didn’t really have the same spirit in the seventies, but really Jumpman took off in the golden era eighties. So much so that the old ’88 All Star Weekend t-shirt is a historical thrift store must find for more than it’s 80’s Tron like, cool, retro logo.

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And with mid-February lovers big blockbuster basketball coming back to the city of wind like the river that runs through it, Chi-town needs this like out of towners need deep dish pizza. You only have to listen to the news or the Common album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ (you know the legendary M.C. who used to wipe up Jordan’s sweat off the old Chicago Stadium hardwood has to perform at the mid-season classics halftime show) to know this classic city is marred by violence that burns through this second city like fire. The beloved Bulls have even become a “garbage team” to root for too, losing the big-three likes of last seasons Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade (who may even be on a farewell All Star tour once his hometown All Star weekend comes crossed off the calendar and everyone is united in the airlines center).

Now this team who relies on sophomore stud Denzel like Oscar hopeful movies will hopefully be back by the next few valentines. As the heart of the city in twenty twenty will want to see something as visionary as Sinatra’s kind of towns history.

That’s just the Chicago way.

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