Well, here we go, Tonight’s the night, the NBA finals finally get started. It feels like months since the last game on Saturday night. For the first time in nine years we have no Lebron in these finals and for the first time in five years, we have a different matchup than Golden State and Cleveland. This series offers something different and something new for all of us. Golden State without KD and Kawhi Leonard in the era of superstars joining one another all across the NBA, he is trying to pull this thing off with just a supporting cast and no other real superstar. You can argue Kyle Lowry if you want, hes a great player but please don’t try and tell me hes a superstar.
I personally think this thing is going the distance. The Raptors are not the Portland Trailblazers, defensively their one of the best teams in the league and in years past we’ve seen thats really the only thing that can stop these Warriors. You have to somehow try and hold the Warriors to under 104 points. They are 65-9 in this run they have been on in the playoffs, when they score more than 104 points. That being said, for the Raptors to have a chance at winning this thing, they have to win game one HAVE TO. I honestly don’t think that Kevin Durant plays in this series and if he does I think hell be forcing himself early and possibly hurting the Warriors. Im not on the Warriors are better than KD wagon, but you can’t throw a guy into the finals who hasn’t played in a month and think its not going to take some time to get his rhythm back.
I honestly think the Raptors can pull this thing off, but I’ve thought teams could beat Golden State before on this run and have been horribly wrong. Either way this will be the best finals we’ve seen in three years. Its the true test of offence against defence and will be a grind it out series. Golden State has looked great since KD has been out but what if this thing ends up going six or seven games?? Can Golden State’s bench continue to have the output they did in the Portland series?? Is Andre Igudola healthy?? Can Boogie help out at all coming off the bench?? There is a lot more questions than answers with this Warriors team right now. The Raptors you know what its gonna take to pull this thing off, a heavy dose of Kawhi and hes going to need the same help he got in the Milwaukee series. It is going to take a big series from Pascal Siakam on both ends of the court as well and either Freddy Vanvleet is going to have to keep shooting the lights out or Danny Green is going to have to catch fire like he has in playoffs past. In this era of building super teams, if and I know its a big IF Kawhi Leonard can pull this off, it will be one for the ages. For the first time in five years we have a different matchup in the NBA finals, lets enjoy the hell out of this people.
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.
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.
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.
I did not see this coming, after watching game one last Saturday i thought the Raptors were going to runaway with this series. The Sixers have turned this thing around quickly and are starting to look like what Philly envisioned when they picked up Jimmy Butler. Healthy or not Joel Embiid went off last night and showed why hes so important to this Sixers team. He went off last night with a stat line of 33 points 10 rebounds and 5 blocks in probably his best all around game of these playoffs.
If this Sixers team continues playing like this they could be the best team in the East right now, with the Celtics and Bucks fighting it out in the other series. As much as this is about the Sixers playing well right now, its also about the Raptors faltering in the playoffs once again. With Kyle Lowry nowhere to be seen again last night, you have to wonder if hell ever get over the playoff hump and be able to really contribute like the Raptors need.
This series is far from over and a win in the next game for the Raptors and well be right back to square one with the Raps heading home for game five. If the Sixers play anything like they did last night though the Raptors will have a tough hill to climb come Sunday afternoon. Both these series in the east have gone back and forth from game to game. After game one of the Celtics series everyone thought that was going to be all Celtics but the Bucks showed up and showed out in game 2. Its nice to see the east with four teams who could eventually end up in the finals, not like in years past with just Lebron and the Cavs trouncing everyone. These playoffs have been very intriguing and I’m excited to see how this series turns out. Hope y’all had a great week and lets enjoy the weekend y’all.
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.
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 store.PatMcAfeeShow.com 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.
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 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.
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.