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Warriors Sweep the Spurs heading to the NBA Finals for the Third Time!

The NBA fever is heating up as the bold predictions of basketball gurus and fans are slowly taking shape ! We can never be excited with the recent win of the Boston Celtics versus the defending NBA champs, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Now that the Golden State Warriors have flexed its muscle via multiple sweep that started with the Portland Trailblazers where Damian Lillard predicted a bold 4-2 victory in favor to them then followed by four to nothing western semifinals game with the Utah Jazz that seen its future in Gordon Hayward who was the only Jazz player to put up good numbers versus the Warriors defenders. And finally in the recently concluded western conference finals games against the San Antonio Spurs, Kevin Durant who’ve missed several games into the playoffs have made his presence felt by helping the Warriors trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green sweep the best of Texas area where most of the observers have expressed their opinions that..

“it would have been a different series should the Spurs leading scorer have not encountered that ungrateful ankle injury off a three point shot”

with Zaza Pachulia who in turn also got injured in the succeeding game and unable to play till the clincher.

The question now is , will the Warriors challenge the defending champion if ever the Cleveland Cavaliers close the series in their next two games , at home and at the TD Garden for Game 5. It is a different Warriors roster as compared to last year, gone were Andre Bogut, Harrison Barnes and Speights who are somehow part of the wrecking crews of Coach Steve Kerr.

Aside from KD as the major addition to the team, center Javale McGee provides not only the height and muscle inside the paint but his agility is nowhere near for a challenge versus any of the Eastern finalist team. Tristan Thompson is a little slower and Al Horford lacks the power to slow down McGee.


It’ll be a battle of torching the rims with consistent treys and free throws. Man for man the Warriors has a little edge in 1-2 position against the Cavs, but at the 3-4 it’s the other way around. We are about to see a battle of tenacity and sacrifices from both teams as these two have a score to settle way back two seasons. Though am not writing off the Celtics to score an upset with their depleted lineup, the way Boston guys have responded to the challenge of getting drown in the hole is remarkable. The big question is if Le Bron James will continue his poor performance in Game 3 or he’ll come with guns blazing to finish off the Celtics in Game 5 ? That needs to be seen as we can never tell what adjustments are the Celtics and Coach Brad Stevens are cooking up in Cleveland in order to duplicate the path they’ve done with the Wizards.

Think about this, the supporting crews of the Cavaliers are mere audience to Kevin Love’s shooting clinic that they’ve forgot to manned the wing in its entirety that the Celtics were able to break lose and penetrate the paint with Kelly Olynyk scoring in silence off an outstanding performance versus the Wizards.

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Boston played smarter than the Cavs with the way Coach Brad Steven handled the game in short Ty Lue was out-coached, period. What is clear right now is this … the Golden State Warriors are on their third trip to the NBA Finals waiting as if to defend the lost title not to regain it with the way the series have transpired in the west.

We let the Spurs go as the Celtics are showing it’s not luck in winning games in the east with the Cavaliers defending its land while the Dub nation are watching. – Paquito

photo credits to cbs sports, getty images, warriors instagram account.

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Paquito Quote for the Day 36

With the way a man announces his excitement be it in fear or advantage, never do it in public for it might dictate two things in everyone’s eye… humility or arrogance. As the ongoing Eastern Conference Finals in the NBA 2017 Playoffs are halfway showing the separation of pretenders against contenders we cannot deny but accept the fact that some are gifted in many ways apart from their genetic valuable DNA but of skills each player did for himself to prove what he is capable of in bringing up the competition level game after game.

Loudmouths are fool who see things far differently from reality. – Paquito

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What We Do Know About Kawhi Leonard’s Ankle Injury, NBA Western Conference Finals 2017

Most of the social media links and posts are braided with the recent season remaining threatening ankle injury that cost the first game loss of the Western Conference Finals of the San Antonio Spurs from the Golden State Warriors. One of the argument was if the act were committed intentionally or not. And the other one is about the way game was won by the Golden State Warriors.

Kawhi Leonard’s injury started during the Western Conference Semifinals versus the Houston Rockets off a banking shot with James Harden, then in the recently concluded game 1 with the bench team mate foot and the Zaza Pachulia’s incidence where his landing left foot got in contact with the latter’s left foot. Spurs were up and in control until the said foul.  The San Antonio Spurs according to Spurs fans could’ve won the game easily with Kawhi Leonard on the floor but loss it with a single possession. That is according to them, but in my own point of view… I saw it very different.

First and foremost, the game is in a hostile turf with one of the loudest fans in the NBA and nowhere will the Warriors will just hand them the victory very easily. Second, it’s game 1 and both are reading and feeling the tenacity of each defense and offense that’ll purposely bring the x-factor and the winning combo and pacing of the western conference finals. Though the San Antonio Spurs have the better experience in this level of competition we cannot discount the fluidity and cohesion of the Warriors with one of the deadliest snipers in the league. Third in the equation is the way the Warriors have perfected the small ball efficiency from beyond the arc to the inner lanes as evident with the players way of manning the defensive stops possession after possession that even the referees are sometimes caught in awe, even forgotten to whistle some travelings and illegal screens due to the faster and more agile pace of the Golden State Warriors team.

Lastly, both teams are feeling the absence or gaps of important players and coach. Spurs veteran point guard Tony Parker and the Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr.

What we’ve seen in game 1 particularly the Kawhi Leonard and Zaza Pachulia are  a normal occurrence in this high level of championship game that we must put our focus in both team’s strategies and best combination on the floor in all four quarters of the game. Let’s see how the Spurs will bounce back and hold our breath how the Warriors have figured out the Spurs after a two points victory 48 hours from now!

A teams victory is an effort made by a team not a single very talented individual. – Paquito

2017 NBA Playoffs Fearless Forecast 

Behind the powerful performances of marquee players led by Russell Westbrook of OKC Thunder barging into the all time single season record for most triple-doubles surpassing the old record done by the Big O’ Oscar Robertson.

The sweet 16 pairings as shown paints a picture of potential upsets and lopsided pairing based on the stats and power rankings. Here are my fearless forecast as to who’ll show up and bow out of contention for the Division Titles. Here’ we go.

Utah – LAC = 4-2 UTAH img_9374

ATL – WAS = 4-3 WAS

OKC – HOU = 4-2 OKC

MIL – TOR = 4-1 TOR

MEM – SAS = 4-2 SAS

IND – CLE = 4-1 CLE

POR – GSW = 4-1 GSW

CHI – BOS = 4-1 CHI

At the rate the games are played, it is very evident that not all the coaches are solved with the way the referees are handling delicate calls during end games, while some superstars are not being challenge well with their opponents, expect them to breeze through the division title games. Your team not in the favorites, relax this is just a forecast based on the rankings and stats, actual results may vary depends on the health and teamwork any of the sixteen teams involved in the playoffs. Enjoy the game.

Forecasting is a great exercise to determine your depth of understanding of any particular situation. -Paquito

Paquito Answer for the Day 28

Recognition is the full closure process of the over-all accomplishment of each individual in an organization, academe, sports, politics, government sanctioned examinations and for others due to exemplary contribution to a vital cause that creates improvement and potential changes in an industry or community.

Some are asking, is it healthy asking or soliciting opinions while the process  of details are still on the data collection and be subjected to comparative analysis.. I bet no. For as long as the competition is on the process, anything is bound to happen and that predictive opinions are just mere statement of facts based on the data collected or just a series of hopes and falsum nuntium.

Better enjoy the run rather than be worries of the runners. – Paquito

 

Paquito Answer for the Day 17

Long standing records are bound to be broken in due time. The departure of Kevin Durant from Oklahoma Thunders created a wide room for his partner Russell Westbrook , big time. As Kevin Durant is still finding his rhythm with the Dub Nation it was totally different from where he left, Russell Westbrook is currently busy filling up the vacuum in his own creative and skilled way he could that he is now piling up  points after points in triple double mode. A feat only a superstar could deliver every night in any arena… like Michael Jordan.

A true leader is a person who is always on the look out for a better if not the best option in a certain way that will make the doubters doubt their opinion upon seeing the results done in most passionate and dedicated manner. Russell Westbrook, Why not…

Doubters are the ones we should doubt for they haven’t seen the best we can be. – Paquito