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Washington’s Wall Stops Celtics Funeral Procession In D.C.

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Death at a Funeral.

Normally objections only happen at weddings, but John just had to protest. After the Boston Celtics came into Washington dressed in funeral all black, looking to close the Game 6 casket on the Wizards, Wall got in the way of all that. As he went full zombie mode with 3.9 seconds to go in the Isaiah Thomas quarter. Killing the Celtics and resurrecting the Wizards season for one more spell in New England.

His cold-blooded three with three to go iced the game 92-92 for the Wiz as he went into the Mamba’s muse cage and leapt onto the scorers table like young afro Kobe in the year 2000, popping the Washington on his jerseys chest for the whole city to see.

It was a capital exclamation for his capital city like Jessica Chastain in ‘Miss Sloane’ for his last shot for the one-time Bullets. Moonwalking his shot like M.J. as he went as clutch as the greatest of all-time, Michael Jordan who came out of retirement to play for his former franchise before he faded away. As the clock read the back of Gilbert Arenas throwback gold jersey, the new leader wearing the unis that hoop for the troops owned this game, like the moment his.

But most importantly the redeemed and rejuavanted superstar John Wall forced a Game 7 and new MVP conversations in arguably the best series of the playoffs in the changed guards greatest season without a shadow of a doubt.

“I’m not going out without a fight”!

Wall banged for 23 of his 26 points in the second half. Matching Boston’s Mr. Fourth Quarter, Isaiah Thomas who had 17 of his 27 following the basket change after both the pure scorers cancelled each other out in the first 24. The perfect pair of backcourt brodies may share a lot in this split series, all the way equal down to the next deciding game. But after Washington dressed in all black in the regular season for Boston’s bereavement. On the ropes the Celtics comeback in funeral attire resulted in an imitation that was only flattery. As before the Celtics coffin was closed over the District of Colombia, it was actually John Wall who had the final nail with the dagger.

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“Don’t come into my city wearing all black talking about it’s a funeral” Wall warned in the postgame post mortem like the Grim-Reaper. As the Celtics reaped what they sowed a new seed of doubt has been planted in their Garden by the House Of Guards who let their trolling idea of imitation fall like a house of cards or a refreshed Twitter tweet.

After Wall turned into Potter’s Platform 9 and 3 quarters in the fourth for the Wizards. Washington just won’t go away like Trump. Reversing the trend, Bradley Beal also had a Kareem 33 in this 3-3 tie as Boston blew a 88-82 lead late like their former C, Gerald Green did to that candle in the Slam Dunk Contest way back when. But this team is far from cupcakes and in the most thrilling series of the season we have no idea who will have the icing. It took a Manu Ginobili block on Harden rivalling clutch play from Wall for the Wizards to get over. But will that be a Game 7 omen amen? Or exactly the same sort of motivation that Boston needs to take advantage of their Celtic court homecoming?

Either way the seventh seal will be a heaven sent sin to miss like a shot with seconds to spare.

Count it.

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

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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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New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground

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New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
R.J. State Of Mind...

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.

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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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