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Celtics lose a Close one Against Warriors

A miscommunication at the free throw line with less than 10 seconds to go in regulation cost the Boston Celtics a chance to upset the reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. At the end, Kyrie Irving’s 32 points and 10 assists was not enough to break Golden States nine game winning streak, as the Warriors came out on top 115-100 at TD Garden.

Al Horford was big for Boston on both sides of the floor, he had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Jayson Tatum caught fire in the second half as he opened up the third quarter with three straight three pointers, he finished with 20 points and five rebounds.

The Boogie Problem in the League

The difference DeMarcus Cousins makes on both sides of the floor for the Warriors is a scary sight for the rest of the league. Last night’s game against Boston was a prime example of how Cousins makes this Golden State team even more deadly. One multiple occasions on defense, Irving and Smart could be seen trying to fight through a Boogie screen to close out on either Klay Thompson or Stephen Curry, but to no avail.

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DeMarcus Cousins is having a major impact for the Warriors starting five. (Photo credit: NESN.com)

The size and strength of Cousins caused problems for the defense when trying to close out the shooters, which left Curry and Thompson with so much daylight for an open three. Both Thompson and Curry torched the Celtics from behind the arc, Curry at one point hit five consecutive three’s after starting 0-of-4 and Thompson started the game with eight easy points and two from three. Curry finished with 24 points on 7-of-15 from the field, while Thompson scored 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

Kevin Durant led the Warriors in scoring with 33 points and Cousins had 15 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

Hayward is a Defensive Liability for Boston

When Gordon Hayward entered the game you can see he wasn’t himself on offense, on multiple occasions in the first quarter he would attack the basket but wasn’t looking to score. His drives to the hole would often result in an intercepted pass or a turnover. The defense would collapse on Hayward as he dribbled into the paint leaving him stuck in the paint with four Warrior players around him.

On defense it was the same story all season, players would expose Hayward’s lack of quickness off the dribble and score easy jumpers. Hayward was a -8 while on the floor last night, he missed all five of his shot attempts, but managed to grab seven rebounds.

It wasn’t just Hayward who had an off game, Marcus Morris struggled to find his jump shot, although he made up for it on defense by playing stellar defense on Durant. Morris finished the night with nine points and nine rebounds, he shot 3-of-12 from the field.

The Celtics continue their home stretch tomorrow as the Brooklyn Nets come to Boston. The C’s will look for revenge after losing to the Nets two weeks ago 109-102.

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Celtics vs. Warriors; NBA Finals Preview?

One of the most anticipated match-ups of the season takes place tonight when the Golden State Warriors visit the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. This will be the first meeting between these two teams as both clubs are currently riding winning streaks. Golden State has won nine games in a row and the Celtics have won five of their own.

Warriors sit at the top of the Western Conference and Boston still finds themselves in the fifth seed in the East.

Baynes and Cousins Set to Go Tonight

As if the hype for this game wasn’t big enough both Aron Baynes and DeMarcus Cousins are set to play tonight, both coming off major injuries as Baynes continues to be limited to just 18 minutes of playing time since returning from a broken hand injury. Cousins on the other side is still working his way back from an torn Achilles tendon he suffered last season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Head Coach Steve Kerr has limited Cousins to just 20 minutes of playing time, but that hasn’t stopped the big man from making an impact alongside Golden States other four All-Stars in Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. In their last game against the Washington Wizards, Cousins put up 17 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes of action. Cousins has gelled in nicely alongside the Warriors starting five, he’s made an impact in the paint with his post-game and is still hitting the three at an efficient rate.

Battle of Point Guards: Curry vs. Irving

Whenever Curry and Kyrie Irving go head-to-head NBA fans know they’re going to be in for a treat. The countless battles they’ve shared in three straight Finals was something nobody could forget. During the 2017 Finals Irving averaged 29.4 points per game (PPG) and 4.4 assists per game, while Curry averaged 26.8 PPG and 9.4 APG.

Who can forget the last meeting these two point guards had last season. It was last January when Curry and Irving lit up Oracle, Curry led the Warriors to a 109-105 victory by dropping 49 points and five assists, Irving had 37 points and four assists.

What to watch out for; The Boston Depth

Boston’s depth will determine the outcome of this game. Brad Stevens will look at his young trio of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier to make a huge impact on both sides of the floor. Rozier will have a tough assignment as he will occasional have to switch up onto Curry whenever Irving’s on the bench or needs to lay back on the defensive side. Brown and Tatum will have to score in double digits if Boston wants a chance to beat Golden State

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The Boston depth of Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Al Horford and Jaylen Brown will play a key role in tonight’s match-up. (Photo credit: Zimbio)

And then there is Al Horford, which since coming back from injury has been playing well. Against the Miami Heat, Horford put up 16 points and controlled the glass with 12 rebounds.

Both Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris will need to bring their grittiness and toughness on the defensive side when checking Durant and Thompson.

Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. Their next match-up will take place after the All-Star break at Oracle Arena on March 5.

The Houston Rockets Championship window is closing

With the Golden State Warriors era of basketball running amuck on the league, the difficulty to win a championship for any team is tough especially for the Houston Rockets.

Winning against a team with 5 all-stars, in a 7-game series, is not only a daunting task but an impossible one for many teams. With Demarcus Cousins set to return on Friday against the Clippers, The Warriors now have 6 all-stars playing on their team.

Organizations around the league were forced to adapt to playing against Golden State’s brand of basketball. The three-point shot has evolved, becoming the most valuable way of scoring in today’s era of basketball. Post ups and Mid-range shooting are a thing of the past.

The Houston Rockets were one of the organizations who had to adopt a new style of basketball centered around 3 point shooting. Houston’s offense is the closest to the Warriors and even the Rockets couldn’t beat them in the Western Conference finals.

Last year, the Houston Rockets were only one game away from reaching the NBA Finals. But when Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury, all hope was lost for the Rockets.

Chris Paul has been plagued with injuries playing in only 26 games this season. With the recent news that Clint Capela is out for 4-6 weeks with a thumb injury, James Harden is forced to carry the load for this team.

Chris Paul and Clint Capela are key pieces to the Rockets’ success. This team will go far as these two players go. If they can’t stay healthy or consistent, the Rockets will not be in contention for winning the championship this year.

The best shot the Rockets had to win a title was last season. It seems that the Rockets hasn’t mentally recovered from the western conference finals and free agency.

Chris Paul isn’t getting any younger and there are signs showing that father time is catching up to him. The Rockets are a struggling team this season. They had stretches where they were extremely bad, then they played good, and then bad again.

This team simply can’t stay consistent. If you can’t stay consistent in a Western Conference of the Warriors, Thunder, Nuggets, and Trail Blazers, you are bound to end up at the bottom of the pack.

 

With last night’s loss to the Nets, James Harden scored 58 points and the team attempted an unbelievable 70 three-pointers only making 23 of them. This raises concerns of if this team is even on the same page as they were up against the Nets late in the fourth quarter until giving up three straight 3 pointers from Spencer Dinwiddie to force overtime.

We have seen this same situation a couple weeks back against the Dallas Mavericks as rookie Luka Doncic capped off a comeback scoring 11 points in the final minutes of the game to defeat the Rockets.

NBA: The Draymond Green-Kevin Durant Incident: What Happens Now?

Everybody turn off your televisions because it’s guaranteed, the Golden State Warriors are going to win the NBA championship for the 3rd year in a row. Wait, what? What just happened? Draymond Green did what?

In case you didn’t know, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant had a major altercation in the waning minutes of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, November 12th, 2018. With about 5 seconds to go in the 4th quarter and the score tied at 106, Draymond Green received a rebound after a Clippers missed field goal. Right away, Green began running the court while Kevin Durant clapped his hands to ask for the ball. Green continued to run up the court towards the Clippers 3-point line where he fumbled the ball and ended up going to the floor with the ball in his hand to end the quarter.

Clearly, this was a wasted possession and Durant did not have any of it. Once Durant reached the Warriors sidelines, he slammed his hand on a chair and started screaming at Green. There are no sources as to exactly what Durant said, but from video it seems like he said, “Give me the f****n ball.” 

Green to exception to this and felt like he was being disrespected. From here, Green took the argument to a whole other level. Green balked back at Durant saying,

“Who the f**k you talking to?” Green started cursing at Durant, calling him “b***h” several times. Green then went on to say he’s been making plays throughout his career, reminding Durant that the Warriors were winning before he arrived. He told Durant something along the lines of, “We were winning before you. We don’t need you. Leave.” Green then accused Durant of making the whole season about him because of his impending free agency.

Throughout the incident, the full Warriors team can be seen trying to calm the situation down as both Iguodala and Livingston tried to revert the energy towards the game by clapping over the argument. Meanwhile, Thompson moves seats and sits in between Durant and Green. Ultimately, the incident clearly impacted the game as the Warriors went on to lose 121 to 116.

Because of this incident, the Warriors organization took action and decided to suspend Green without pay for one game. This might not seem like a noteworthy suspension, but when have you heard of a team suspending their own player in recent times? Furthermore, when has a player been suspended for an argument? Clearly, that means this was not a normal argument and it wasn’t as can be seen by the video.

Durant was arguing about a basketball play, about getting the ball in the last few seconds of the game as a two-time NBA Finals MVP. Remember, Steph Curry was out this game due to injury so Durant was the 1st option and Thompson was the 2nd. Furthermore, in that game, Green was 3 of 9 shooting and 0 of 2 from the 3-point line for just 6 points. It wasn’t like he was feeling it and having an amazing night. No, in fact, he was sub-par, worse than his usual as he only had 2 assists in the game! That means Green wasn’t shooting well and wasn’t making plays with his passing, a bad game for Green overall.

On the other hand, Durant was 10 of 24 and 2 of 4 from the 3-point line, with 33 points. In addition, he had 10 assists! Durant wasn’t shooting a high percentage, but he was either scoring or making plays. Either way, with 5 seconds left in the game, the ball should be in Durant’s hands when Curry isn’t around. Durant is going down as an all-time scorer. With 5 seconds left, no one would choose to have the ball in Green’s hands over Kevin Durant.

Furthermore, it’s extremely hypocritical for Green to feel disrespected when every sentence he utters to his teammates during a game is filled with expletive words. Green is known for talking in this manner and for many people, it’s a very disrespectful manner. Once the table is turned on him and he’s being talked to negatively, he can’t handle it? That’s just hypocritical.

Let’s also not forget that Green was a part of the “Hamptons Four” who recruited Durant to join the Warriors. It was also Green who told the media after the 2016 debacle against the Cleveland Cavaliers that the Warriors need Durant to win more championships.

Thanks to Green, this incident is now something much more serious than just an argument. In the final season of Duran’ts contract, a season in which the team is trying to win him over to resign, this incident will for sure push him away. Durant has clearly been affected by this incident as any normal human being would be. If your boss cursed at you and told you to leave after he begged you to sign, you’d be hurt too. Just look at 1:38 of the incident when Durant shakes his head in disbelief and disappointment. You can tell that Durant is just shocked at Green’s words, telling him to leave the Warriors and that they don’t need him. It’s words of total betrayal and now the NBA championship is no longer locked in for the Warriors.

As Klay Thompson stated in the locker room after the game,

“We all want to win. That’s all this is about. We all want to win. I think we’re the only team that can beat us. Nobody else can beat us.” That’s true. No other team in the league can beat the Golden State Warriors when they’re all healthy and firing on all cylinders. Even when the Warriors aren’t healthy and aren’t firing on all cylinders, they’re still extremely difficult to beat. Let’s not forget that Demarcus Cousins has yet to be unleashed.

None the less, this incident might just mark the beginning of the end of the Warriors dynasty. Durant will probably leave and in doing so, this incident will be brought back to the light. How will other Warriors players feel? Will they feel like this incident pushed Durant away and thus blame Green? At that point, can Green stay on the team or will he have to be traded? The questions and possibilities are endless and nothing is for sure. We’ll get a much clearer picture once Green returns to the lineup and plays with Durant.

What we do know now is that Durant and Green’s relationship will never be the same again. As we’d all do in Durant’s position, we’d play nice with Green, but never trust him as a friend again, rather just as a colleague.

Everybody, turn on your televisions because Draymond Green has decided to ruin the Warriors dynasty and make the NBA competitive again.