Conference Finals Predictions

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The Eastern Conference Finals will feature the two best players in the conference, as Giannis and Kawhi square off for a trip to the NBA Finals (Credit: AP)

Wow.

I think we can all agree that the second round was one of the best rounds of playoff basketball in recent memory.  We get years where the Conference Finals and NBA Finals are great, but those are only 1-2 matchups max.  This year, minus the horrendous Bucks-Celtics series (which started off with so much potential), we saw the Warriors and Rockets play 6 compelling games, then we saw Denver-Portland and Philadelphia-Toronto each go 7 games.  Each Game 7 lived up to the hype, first with C.J. McCollum helping lead Portland from a 17-point deficit with 37 points, which included a mid-range shot late to seal a victory.  Later in the evening, we saw another close came come down to the final seconds, ending with Kawhi Leonard hitting one of the most iconic buzzer beaters in NBA history; Damian Lillard hit his amazing buzzer beater 3 weeks ago today, and to think it was topped already… is everyone having fun yet!? Continue reading “Conference Finals Predictions”

How the East and West Have Matched Up (So Far)

NBA news: Giannis Antetokounmpo has spoken on LeBron James
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By: Michael Walker (Follow on Twitter @Mike_WalkerIC)

The NBA is approximately one third through its 2018-2019 season – and since this comes up every year – I figured I would get out ahead of the noise and check up on which conference has the right to claim supremacy so far.

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Biggest Surprises 1/4 into the NBA Season

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Listen, 1/4 of the season is where all the hot takes come to thrive! Whether it’s the Warriors are nothing right now and the NBA is more wide open than ever, or the fact that the Celtics are a glorified 4th seed. Whether the hot takes are lukewarm or scorching hot, I want them in my veins.

I love overreactions from the local networks like when NBC Sports Boston called Boston “Loserville,” completely forgetting the recent success all Boston teams have had. But fuck it, let’s get national (sorta) on these bitches and explore the different surprises around the league! Continue reading “Biggest Surprises 1/4 into the NBA Season”

Gordon Hayward: Andre Iguodala 2.0?

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Alright, this may get a lot of scrutiny, but this is a friendly space; I am just brainstorming.  When I saw the Celtics take on the Knicks this past Saturday, early on, they reminded me of the Celtics of last season.  The starting lineup was Irving-Brown-Tatum-Horford-Baynes, and they were up 26-10.  Obviously the game ended a bit closer (103-101), but it made me think of something discussed during the offseason: should Gordon Hayward come off the bench?

Well, lets compare Hayward’s current situation to Andre Iguodala in 2014.

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