Golden State Warriors Heading To Their Fifth Straight NBA Final

Here we go again, for the fifth straight season the Warriors are on their way to the NBA finals and a great possibility of a 3peat. Im not even mad about it at this point, do i like the Warriors no, but after this prolonged stint of greatness i honestly can’t say i hate this team anymore. The fact that they are doing all this without Kevin Durant, makes it even sweeter for the likes of Clay and Steph. Hell even Draymond has become more likeable these playoffs, finally admitting to his flopping and whining.

Three games in a row these Warriors were down by 17 to Portland and came back to win. You can just never put this team away, they have the will and the fight of a champion and they continue to show it on a nightly basis at this point. These Warriors are also putting the rest of the NBA on notice, just because KD is probably leaving in the summer, in no way does that mean they aren’t still the best team in this league. Anybody who was ever doubting Steph’s playoff performance is also being put on notice, that he is in fact one of the greats and can still put this Warriors team on his back when needed.

The Warriors are well on their way to winning their third NBA title, with the Raptors and the Bucks still slugging it out in the East. I still see that series going at least six games, if not even seven at this point. Well see what happens tonight in Toronto though. Im not saying it will be easy against either one of those teams, especially if the Warriors are still without KD and Boogie. As much as they want to prove how good they are without those two, they will definitely not hurt them in what has been a long playoff and five year run of dominance by these Warriors. Hopefully Durant getting back on the court will keep him off his social media for a few hours also. Were getting close to the last series in what has been a great NBA playoffs, even without Lebron for the first time in fourteen years. Ive hated these Warriors as much as anyone, but at some point you’ve just gotta take it in and respect it. Hope y’all are enjoying these playoffs as much as I am and lets see what happens in the east tonight.

Gump Cathcart

Kawhi Proving He Was Worth The Risk In Toronto

What an ending, what a shot, what a game and what an all around series this was. Kawhi Leonard showed yesterday and in this entire series why he was worth the risk of being a Raptor even only for one season. Don’t get me wrong their is a chance he could stay, I think a very slim one, but the Raptors getting to where their at has been well worth the deal they pulled off this summer. The Raptors could of came back with the exact same team as last year and had a very good season in the East once again. Instead Masai Ujiri decided to risk it all and go all in this season with what were seeing is one of the best all around players in the NBA.

In the day and age we live in now their will always be sceptics, especially in the sports world. Kawhi put up 39 shots yesterday, hitting 16 of them. You can argue all you want about the amount of shots he took, but let me ask you this, if its not him taking them then who. We’ve seen Kyle Lowry come up short in the playoffs before and nothing suggests that he is the guy to take big shots at this point. Siakam is a great young player but he is playing hurt and who knows just how healthy he is right now. Ibaka finally started hitting some threes yesterday, which is something he did lots of in OKC but not so much since hes joined Toronto. You traded for Kawhi Leonard so he could be this guy, this is the player that Toronto has needed to finally get them over the playoff hump.

Kawhi is also proving why teams rest their players during the season as well. Load management i think were calling it now. After sitting out all last year pretty much with the Spurs, the Raptors decided to play it safe this year with Kawhi and keep him as fresh as possible for this playoff run. Boy is that move paying off, with the numbers he put up in this series. Yesterday he was the first ever player to hit a buzzer beater in a game seven. Leonard now has seven games in these playoffs with 30 or more points. He also set an NBA record yesterday, being responsible for 44.6 percent of the Raptors points in a game seven. The last stat that is possibly the most impressive, he scored 243 points in this series, the most since Michael Jordan scored 246 against the Suns in the 1993 finals. Masai Ujiri went all in and Kawhi is proving him right in doing so. Will he stay or will he go? nobody really has any idea at his point and i don’t think Kawhi does either to be honest. Lets see if he can keep it going in the Eastern Conference finals, against the number one seeded Milwaukee Bucks. Whatever happens its just nice to see some different teams battling it out in these NBA playoffs. Lets enjoy this, before we know it the season will be over. Happy Monday y’all, cheers.

Gump Cathcart

Rockets Warriors Now Best Of Three

If your not watching this series by now, do yourself a favour and turn it on. After the Warriors took a commanding 2-0 lead, the Rockets came right back and won their two home games. This very well could be the NBA final in the second round, with all due respect to the teams in the East and in the other matchup in the West, these are the two best teams in the NBA. I know this series went seven last year, but this year feels even more like the Rockets could finally knock the Warriors off their throne.

The Rockets are probably our only hope as NBA fans, who have been waiting for somebody, anybody to finally knock these Warriors out of the playoffs. With the rumblings of KD and possibly even Klay leaving in the offseason, now is as good a time as any for these Rockets to pull this off. James Harden is probably playing his best playoff basketball of his career, after struggling a bit in the Utah series. If he keeps this up and gets the help he needs from Chris Paul, Eric Gordon and even Clint Capela down low these Rockets are as good as anybody in these NBA playoffs.

On the other side Kevin Durant has taking absolute control for Golden State and proven that he is the best offensive player in basketball. For whatever reason, he just hasn’t gotten the help he needs from the splash brothers. With both Curry and Thompson struggling a bit, this really is the Rockets true chance to try and pull this thing out. With a massive game five on Wednesday night and how fast we all know these Warriors can turn it on, lets just enjoy the thought that these Warriors MIGHT not 3peat for a second. Hopefully this thing goes seven because this is by far the best basketball we’ve seen in these playoffs. Hope y’all are enjoying these NBA playoffs as much as I am cheers.

Gump Cathcart

Damian Lillard Called Game And Series

In the NBA world we live in now, you don’t see many guys like Dame around. He’s a Portland Trailblazer and thats where he wants to be and where he plans to stay. In an era of superstars joining other superstars to chase NBA titles, Lillard has said hell stay where he’s at and create his own legacy.

Damian Lillard has been a star in these league for years now, but for some reason this year it feels like he really belongs among the top players in the NBA. This is going to sound stupid, but this year it really hit me how good he was watching the All Star game. Yes, I know its a meaningless game with not much defence being played if any. This was his fourth All Star game, but this year he was shooting his shots and playing like he does night in night out for this Portland Trailblazer team.

In this NBA, in this crazy era where even the best players in the world are asking for help and more superstars to join them, Dame has stayed put and continues to do his thing night in and night out for Portland. I do get to see a lot more of him being on the West Coast, but its time to give this guy his respect. He is one of the top guards in this league and in my humble opinion is doing it the RIGHT way. Whether he is ever able to win an NBA championship in Portland or even get to a final remains to be seen, but his legacy will live on, very much like the man he knocked out in last nights game. Dame and Westbrook are generational players who will be celebrated long after their careers are over. Lets start giving this guy the respect he deserves now and applaud him for doing it HIS way. Hope y’all are enjoying these playoffs as much as I am. Lets have a hump day y’all.

Gump Cathcart

PMS 2.0 063 – Magic Johnson

On today’s show, Pat talks a little more about the massive fine that Zito is responsible for, and The Pub makes a PSA for all it’s members asking for help paying the fine (shirts available at with promo code “FreeZito”.) Pat and the guys also cover the whole MyBookie situation, and discuss Magic Johnson stepping down as President of Basketball Operations for the Lakers, and why he chose to do so on the same night that Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade retired. Pat also makes a big announcement regarding his upcoming golf outing, and answers a couple questions from Instagram for another edition of #ChatWithPat. Also joining the show is friend of the program, co-host of That’s Hockey Talk, and starting center for the Arizona Cardinals, AQ Shipley. They dive deep into the NHL playoffs and what AQ thinks about being in the podcast game. He also discusses what he expects from the Arizona Cardinals this year and how Kliff Kingsbury has been in the locker room so far, what it’s like being a dad, whether or not NFL players have the responsibility of getting their eventual replacements ready to play, and what he’s been doing to keep himself busy while waiting for the NFL season to start (1:00:06-1:39:07). Today is a fun one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

PMS 057 – March Madness, A Vegas Legend, & The Hardy Boyz

On today’s show, Pat and the guys are locked in on the start of March Madness and chat about who they think is going to make some noise in the tournament, which spawns a conversations about the greatness of Zion Williamson, and whether or not he is the next LeBron. Also, one of the most electric guys around, sports handicapper, inspiration for the film “Two for the Money,” and friend of the show, Brandon Lang, calls into the show to talk March Madness and give the guys a few sure fire locks as well as some other plays for deeper in the tournament, and tells some hilarious stories. If you’re looking for free money, look no further (3:17-30:02). Also joining the show are two of the most accomplished entertainers in the history of sports entertainment. Holders of various titles, icons of the sport, The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) join the guys in studio to chat about their illustrious careers, what has changed in the wrestling business over the years, whether or not either one has any fear doing the insane stunts that they’ve pulled for years, what they still want to do in their careers before it’s all said and done, who some of the wrestlers that helped them early in their careers were, and they each share some hilarious stories about their different concepts along the way and take a look back to their early days when they were wrestling in their backyard and appearing on RAW at the ages of 16 and 18, respectively. It’s an incredible conversation with two incredible humans (50:01-1:21:39). Today is a really fun one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

Isaiah Thomas Finally Gets His Tribute In Boston

Man this one hit me right in my feelings last night. Isaiah Thomas was the ultimate Celtic, he laid his heart and soul on the line every night for this team and deserved every part of what he got last night. When the trade happened i hated it, I knew that we were getting a better player in Kyrie but my heart was attached to IT4 just like I’m sure all the rest of Celtics fans were.

Things haven’t worked out for him since he left, from battling injuries to not fitting in with Lerbon’s Cavs. It has been a real struggle for him ever since he left Boston. I know the Celtics easily won the trade, being able to get Kyrie, you just cant turn down a chance like that. Here we are 1.5 years after he was traded and this one still just doesn’t feel right to me. Isaiah Thomas was meant to play in Boston and he should of never had to leave. He gave everything he had to the Celtics, but unfortunately as we all know with professional sports sometimes business gets in the way.

Im not here to debate the trade, once again we all know the Celtics one this trade, but sometimes players just mean more to a franchise. It has been a bumpy ride to say the least since he left, but he is a free agent once again at years end. Lets do the right thing here Danny Ainge, you didn’t want to back up the Brinks truck for him and that was totally fair. Now this offseason you have a chance to bring him back on the cheap and give him a chance to revive his career in the city he loves. It might be my heart talking and it might be a reach, but Id love to see Isaiah Thomas back in the green and white next year where he belongs.

The Golden State Warriors Officially Look Vulnerable

The Golden State Warriors for the first time in the Kevin Durant era look vulnerable. They are 4-6 in their last 10 and are far from looking like the two time defending NBA champions we’ve grown accustom to watching. On top of them not looking great, the Rockets are heating up at the right time and are only 4 games back of them for first in the Western Conference. The Nuggets are only 1.5 back, but the Rockets are the team in the West that seem to have the Warriors number.

This isn’t a case of players being out either, Klay has been back for a few games now and this team just doesn’t seem like one thats ready to win their third straight title. It could be the addition of Boogie to the lineup, or it could just be that after this run some of these guys have had enough of each other. Its not even the 4-6 in the last ten id be so worried about if i was a Warriors fan, its the overall energy around the team. It feels like every night these guys are having some very concerning interviews with the media. Whether it be Steve Kerr, Kevin Durant or Klay Thompson last night, they just don’t seem like the confident Warriors were used to.

The Warriors will more than likely turn this thing around, we all know it doesn’t take long for these guys to turn it on and put the whole league on watch. It is a breath of fresh air for the whole NBA though and it all looks like its leading up to the best NBA playoffs we’ve seen in a few years. There is hope for the rest of the league right now that teams have a shot at knocking them off their pedestal. We have fifteen games left in the season lets stay tuned to these Warriors because if they struggle even a little bit it gives the rest of the NBA hope. Hope y’all enjoyed your weekend and hopefully we see a new NBA champion this year cheers.



OKC Is Built For The Playoffs

Last night in Portland felt like a playoff game, it was a grind it out gritty affair that needed overtime to decide it. Ever since KD left OKC I’ve personally had a soft spot for the Thunder, I love Westbrook and have been a fan of PG since his days in Indiana. In years past they just haven’t been able to get it done in the playoffs but i think last night showed hope that this year could be a lot different.

This team has an edge this year, before it was just Westbrook who had it but this year it feels like the whole team has taken on his energy. Paul George is playing out of his mind right now, probably, actually definitely the best he’s looked in his career. Those two are always going to get it done for OKC, I think we can all agree on that but its the supporting cast on this team that has impressed me almost as much as those two this year.

This team has depth and it has a lot of it, this is something we couldn’t say about the Thunder since KD left. Adding Morris to their already nicely assembled bench will be huge for them come playoff time. This team has two superstars, a deep bench and they love to play tight defence, thats pretty much the guide on how to be successful in the NBA playoffs. Just like we saw with the Celtics in Golden State during the week its going to be teams that can play defence that are going to give them troubles. I loved what i saw from this OKC team last night and I’ve liked how they’ve looked most of the season. Get on this wagon now, I firmly believe this Thunder team is ready to make a VERY deep run in these playoffs. Lets have a weekend y’all.



Its Time To Start Thinking About This Celtics Team Without Kyrie Irving

This is something i never thought about when the Celtics acquired Kyrie Irving but its time to start thinking about him not being a Boston Celtic next season. Kyrie is an incredible one on one player but it just doesn’t fit Brad Stevens system, it never really has and it never really will unfortunately. This is the whole Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles thing again, Wentz better quarterback but Eagles better team with Foles at the helm. Kyrie Irving is the best player on these Celtics, but looking at the numbers and the fact they got to a seventh game in the Eastern Conference finals last year, its time to admit that their a better team without him.

Like i said Kyrie is a great player thats not up for debate, him wanting to be a leader and have his own team however is up for debate at this point in the season. This is nowhere close to the Celtics team we saw last year, the team atmosphere is gone. All these players want to play ISO ball now, its not just Kyrie either, Tatum and Brown have been guilty of it this year as well. This is what Kyrie wanted though, this is why he left Cleveland, he wanted his own team to lead. The only problem is now he’s starting to look like the guy who forced him to want out of Cleveland.

He is not a happy man at this moment, i know he shouldn’t be, this is a team that was supposed to run through the East all season long, unfortunately that just hasn’t been the case and the frustration is growing by the day. I think he’s done in Boston, even if they trade the farm for Anthony Davis which i WOULD NOT do i don’t see this carrying on in Boston. Brad Stevens has his system, its about ball movement and spacing. The players have to buy in like last years playoff run for it to work and i just don’t see that happening with this team right now. For how great Kyrie is I’m not sure its worth the headache and now the drama that he picked up from his old sidekick Lebron. Barring the Celtics turning this thing around for a deep playoff run, I think were watching Kyrie’s last stretch with the Celtics franchise. Only way i see that changing is if they make it to the NBA finals somehow and probably add Anthony Davis. Things could turn around, things could get better but for now these Celtics are struggling and Kyrie is the LEADER of this team, so its as much on him as anyone else. Hope y’all are enjoying the week, lets have a Thursday.