As of this writing, the Cleveland Cavaliers have forced a winner take all game to be held in the Celtics home court at the Boston Garden after LeBron James epic 46 points performance witnessed by billions of NBA Basketball fans around the world.
Going back to the topic …. LeBron James did it again! With 8 seconds in the regulation and the score tied at 103 – 103 he calmly sank what as basketball fans says is a Banco De Mayo… crossing the half court and right in front of the opponents bench who are all looking forward to another 5 minutes extra time to at least steal a game at the Quicken Loans Arena the Cavaliers Home court. So why we love to see buzzer beaters? Be it live or in the TV screens. And there’s another thing about buzzer beater, we love to watch it repeatedly! And the big question still lingers …. why?
Research says that it’s in everybody’s DNA.! The crave to witness electrifying performances and to perform it in front of millions of spectators is entirely the same when it comes to drive and enthusiasm to be in those situation.
To see it and to do it is entirely the same whoever you are! – Paquito
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.
photo credit to warriors IG account
photo credit to warriors IG account
Leonard after the shot off Pachulia
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.
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.
CLEVELAND, OH – MAY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – MAY 21: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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.
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
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
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