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The Crippling Of The Guard

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The Crippling Of The Guard

The guard has changed again.

The small ball revolution may not be over…yet. But check out the televised NBA news…it’s finally taken a hit.

Two of the best Point Guards in the league-one traditional, the other unconventional-are out in the most critical point of the season and their careers in this make or break playoff campaign.

Reigning MVP and NBA champion Steph Curry has sprained his knee and will miss at least the next fortnight when he will be reevaluated again. His Golden State Warriors and the remaining big three of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will have a chance to ground the Houston Rockets completely come Sunday…but will they have a problem without Curry’s clutch hot three ball? Especially with the inside out dynamic duo of Dwight Howard and James Harden out in Texas who are dynamite on a good day or a bad one.

And even if they make it out of this series alive. Will they survive the bracket over the rest of this month? Can they repeat?

A situation more critical is happening out in Lob City. Los Angeles times are looking dry erase and billboard proclaiming sketchy out in Clipper kingdom with no one to throw the alley to DeAndre Jordan or Blake Griffin who is now definitly done for the playoffs…and that really is another thing. That’s because Point God Chris Paul has broken his hand which surely casts more than doubt on the rest of his and his teams campaign. The Clippers time is now…because before long unlike a rolling stone it won’t be on their side.

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Right now they are all tied up with a blazing Portland team in this 2 apiece series. But the former after dubs, dubbed favourites seem more on the ropes now than they do an even keel. Especially with Most Improved C.J. McCollum’s inspired play. Besides in the P.G. position whose going to stop the Dame train? Lillard could rap this up tonight for the City of Roses like one of his bars. Keeping the “weird” in this.

But now if the Clippers are clipped and the Warriors defeated…or wounded who out West has the chance to meet or dethrone the King and his Cavs? Yes we’re assuming Cleveland will beast their way out East for this Game of Thrones.

You could call the forthcoming Thunder/Spurs series what it is…or most likely will be. The Western Conference or even NBA final. With the best one two punch in the league dancing their way to the second round it’s time for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to finally be the best since Shaq and Kobe. Or how about the old hand of the Spurs. With Tim Duncan handing it over to former Portland player and prototype replica LaMarcus Aldridge like David Robinson did to the robot rookie as the Admiral finally left port.

It still may just be a big mans game after all.

If you want to look to the future…look up!

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The 8th Wonder Of The Celtics

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The 8th Wonder Of The Celtics
Pieces Of 8...

Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay. Give Kemba Walker, Antoine Walker’s number and he’ll take it away.

Why you shaking that shimmy like that? Sometime between the big three of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird’s shot and the big-three of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen formed by Paul Pierce (sucks…just kidding), his former dynamic duo partner in the age of Shaq and Kobe, Antoine Walker had a decent one on him from downtown. Which he’d shake and bake before breaking out that signature dance. Stepping out after cutting a rug against his opponent like leaving broken nail patches in that old splintered parquet floor in the garden. As the one/two punch of ‘toine and P-Double really were the truth. I’ll always remember the time these two and the rest of the Celtics led by Horry like (I love Waltah) super microwave sub off the bench Walt McCarty took the Sixers to the statistics with a box score barrage of threes. Even Mark Bryant was getting them (old Mamba). Everyone was shaking the shimmy, like Walker this way. A certified classic Celtics legend.

Antoine Walker Boston Celtics Shimmy
Antoine Walker Boston Celtics Shimmy

“And just then, the highway opened up-right at the junction, right at that spot on the highway where you see the skyline of Boston, and you go, “What!?” Because it suddenly goes from trees, woods, and crickets to cars flashing by and skyscrapers and apartment buildings…Just at that moment, I went “Oh, s***, the city!” That’s what Boston boy, Aerosmith legendary lead singer Steven Tyler says about entering (ha, ha) his New England home. And from a guy whose got there from New York on more Peter Pan and Greyhound’s than Tinkerbell and Santa’s Little Helper, trust me the ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ singer is right about this moment of sweet emotion. Try and catch a shot on your smartphones all you like (believe me…I’ve tried and failed), but you won’t want to miss a thing. Now I’m sure Kemba Walker’s journey to the city will be a lot more glamorous than crying whilst binge watch episodes of the latest ‘Stranger Things’ series on a coach trip. But he’ll get plenty of chances to see this skyline envelope him in all its epic, awe and scribe inspiring feats when he rides the team bus.

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Because now after Kyrie Irving left the opposite way for no sleep on the drive to Brooklyn with Kevin Durant, the city is Kemba’s after he said goodbye to Charlotte and the Hornets nest.

A little disrespectful of a heartfelt Nike commercial, but then again so is Kyrie ghosting the Celtics like Peter Parker’s Spider-Man did Nick Fury ‘Far From Home’.

In the words of Samuel L. Jackson, “that’s some bull####!”

Kanter’s banter is the off-season Iverson step over of the Summer. And him playing a bunch of Boston kids on the playground full court in his full uniform is the hallmark, heartfelt moment of the year. But keeping the uniform on and sticking with numbers, the new star of the show Kemba Walker hopes to be the new eighth wonder of Boston’s world.

Now although he got legend Antoine Walker’s blessing, I originally believed that Boston should have already raised this to the rafters with a shimmy for their original employee number 8. The biggest wonder of that digit since the Black Mamba in the same ’96 draft class of its own. Even if Kemba hilariously tells us that there wasn’t any other numbers left with the amount of legends that have retired with the NBA’s most storied franchise (Walker’s old 15 obviously being retired for Tom Heinsohn). Up in the banner ceiling with all that dust and Red cigar billowing smoke. But then this writer realized that it was probably just jet-lag after his Beantown trip last week, or the Laker fan in me trying to pick fault with a Boston I love more than most purple and gold (in this garden every Batman need his Joker who he really, truly loves madly, deeply (savage)) talking.

I’m actuality it’s really a beautiful homage. They both have the same last name Martha. Now if Kemba unlike Kyrie makes sure that no one else ever wears this number in a fitting moment they could retire both players together, like their Laker rivals may do with LeBron and AD once the 23 is passed next year, as the King looks to have more jerseys retired in Hollywood than Kobe.

Antoine and Kemba together forever.

Walker this way.

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MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title

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2019 Las Vegas Summer League Memphis Grizzlies V Minnesota Timberwolves

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.

Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 Nba Summer League MVP
Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 NBA Summer League MVP

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.

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