He means when they have a healthy Isaiah Thomas playing, right?
He means the Boston Celtics as currently constructed are more difficult to defend than the Golden State Warriors.
I have heard some whoppers in my day, but this one might be near the top of the list...
Here was his reasoning:
"The stuff they’re running, it’s harder to defend than Golden State’s offense for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it’s a totally different thing."
"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff but these guys are running all kinds of stuff."
"And Brad Steven's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace and everybody is a threat."
Tyronn Lue has done everything the can to make sure his team doesn't overlook their opponent and look ahead to the Finals with the Golden State Warriors.
In fact, it was mentioned this morning that he thinks the Celtics are a tougher guard than the Warriors. Um... ok.
I have heard a few whoppers in my day, but that one is up there.
The line at tip-off was Boston getting 9.5 points.
This is an instance where I don't think that's enough points folks.
A motivated and rested Cleveland team ready to try and go for a repeat against the Warriors in the next round spells big trouble for a short handed Boston team.
The only way Boston wins this game tonight is if they shoot 50% or better from the 3 point line and they shoot a bunch of 3's.
But, did you know that they are officially the most dominant playoff team in NBA history?
After going 12-0, the Golden State Warriors became the first NBA team to go undefeated AND win 12 games in route to the NBA finals.
Several other teams have gone undefeated on their route to the finals, but they have never done it in the modern era where they have to win 12 games to do so.
The 2001 and 1989 Lakers also went undefeated on their trip to the finals but they "only" had to win 11 games to get there.
Not only are the Warriors the only team to go 12-0 in route to the NBA Finals, but they have done so with the largest margin of victory as well.
Their average margin of victory has been 16.3 points, besting the 2001 Lakers previous record of 15.5 points.
Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out of yet another game.
He was expected to play in Game 3 but not only did he not play in Game 3, he is now being held out of Game 4 as well.
In related news, this man has officially been declared the MVP of Golden State after his cheap shot on Kawhi Leonard:
All that being said, be sure to check the odds line tonight in Vegas. They looked pretty silly the other night when Boston pulled out a win after getting something like 16 points.
As of right now, it looks like the Spurs are getting 11 points. I think they cover that easily, even if they don't win the game.
If Boston can beat Cleveland without IT, anything c
Will that luck continue into Game 4 which is just now underway?
The good people in Vegas don't seem to think so as the spread was 15.5 in favor of Cleveland at the time of tip-off.
I got burned taking the points with the Spurs, but it's hard not to take 15.5 points in a series where Boston actually won the game outright a few nights before.
Boston getting no respect.
I think Boston may have caught the Cavs off guard a bit on their home floor, but I don't think they will make that same mistake again. I have my doubts if Boston will win another game this series, but I do think they can stay within the spread.
For that reason I took Boston with the points.
Who you guys got tonight?
The Celtics were coming off the most lopsided loss by a number 1 seed in NBA history.
A game that saw them lose by 46 points.
And, it really wasn't even that close as they were down by more than that for much of the game.
Then, to add insult to injury (literally), Isaiah Tomas was ruled out for the rest of the Series with a hip injury shortly after the game.
Somehow Boston pulled themselves together, played good team basketball, and was able to squeak out a victory at the very end.
It likely won't be the start of something and quite possibly the only win they will enjoy the rest of this season, but it was shocking and welcome none the less.
Putting them down 0-3 to the Golden State Warriors. Just a single loss away from being swept. However, that wasn't the biggest story this morning.
The biggest story has to do with Kawhi Leonard and the reasons behind him being held out of Game 3.
Apparently Leonard himself said he was ready to play in Game 3 and many fans felt like with 3 days rest between Game 2 and Game 3, he would be ready to go, no problem.
However, just a couple hours before tip off, Greg Popovich (spurs head coach) came out and said that he was shutting Leonard down for the game and that it was his personal choice.
His quote read like this:
"I guess it's my decision. He's not thrilled that he's not playing, but he's not ready, so we're not going to play him."
That doesn't sound all that inter
That is a huge blow to San Antonio and Boston alike. It most likely ends any chance the Celtics had at reaching the NBA Finals, although many would argue they didn't have much of a chance to start with.
The Spurs always seem to find a way to rise to any challenge and overcome any adversity that comes their way. That may be the case against most teams, but Golden State is not most teams...
Golden State is one of the greatest teams of all time and seems to be clicking on all cylinders right now. That makes for one tall order.
Golden State will be without Zaza Pachulia tonight with a right heel contusion, so there is that...
He is not a big contributor though and is mostly known for this:
The Warriors opened as 9 point road favorites for tonight's Game 4. The public betting has been extremely one-sided. Right now I'm seeing -12.
Not only has the percentage of spread tickets 71% favored Golden State, the percentage of money splits have been even more drastic with 76% of spread tickets taking the Warriors.
Keep in mind, no NBA playoff team has ever come back to win their series after losing the first three games. The Spurs are down 0-3 and will most likely be without their best player tonight in Kawhi Leonard.
-Kawhi Leonard (ankle) unlikely to play Monday.
-Zaza Pachulia (heel) remains questionable.
-David Lee (knee) ruled out for Monday as expected.
Fans watched the Celtics win outright last night over the Cavs as 17 point underdogs. A true shocker to say the least. Will the Spurs show up and fight? Will they roll over? Or will Golden State go into San Antonio and complete the sweep?
Cleveland dominated from start to finish and the double digit loss was actually slightly closer than it was for most of the game.
Game 2 will also be played in Boston and it is looking like Gerald Green will get the surprise start in place of Amir Johnson.
If you are not familiar with Green, he was drafted several years back by Boston and had some memorable moments in the Dunk Contest as well as clutch performances for several teams around the league over the past several years.
He has since made his way home back to Boston and is getting the nod tonight.
In my opinion, he is the wild card tonight because he can get hot at any moment and single handily win (or lose) you a basketball game.
The game starts at 8:30 EST and is being televised on TNT.
As of a couple hours ago Boston was getting
The Cavaliers have won 13 straight playoff games. They are 10-2-1 Against The Spread during the streak. The Cavs are a 17 point favorite vs. Celtics in Game 3. It will be the widest spread in the NBA conference finals since 2005. Even being such a huge favorite, +70% of the spread tickets are on Cleveland in Game 3. Which side will you be on? #NBA
On Friday night, Isaiah Thomas re-injured the hip he had originally injured back in March. Not only will the injury keep him out of the remainder of the playoffs (which equates to the next two blowout losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers) he may need surgery.
On Friday, Isaiah Thomas
accidentally collided with LeBron James leading to a graceful way for Thomas to bow out of the next two blowout losses.
In a surprise move, the Celtics are looking to add a player to their roster to replace him. There is a very obscure rule in the NBA that will allow a team to replace an injured players during the playoffs as long as the replacement player is shorter than the one he is replacing.*
Many are speculating that the shorter replacement will be Scott Howard. Although Howard has not played basketball since his senior year at beacon Hills High School, many think he still has enough left in the ta
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I love my Boston Celtics, but this is getting ridiculous. The Cleveland Cavaliers are decimating the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference in their own home, leading by a ridiculous score of 72-31 at halftime.
LeBron James alone has nearly outscored the entire Celtics squad, totaling 25 points in just 24 minutes of play.
As Tony Evers said in the movie Rocky as Ivan Drago was pummeling the lead character:
Hopefully the Celtics can bounce back and turn it around in game three, but they'll have to do it on the road in Cleveland. I don't even think the New England Patriots can save them now.
There has been a lot of debate lately on Lebron James, and if he has surpassed Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time. To me the answer is a definite no, I'm not saying Lebron isn't great, just that he isn't the greatest....yet. By the time he retires he may be, but right now he isn't.
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I know that this would be another endless debatable question. But interestingly both of these teams has a commonality that we need to see whether games of today raises its level or has it been degraded. That commonality of course is they both have LeBron James arguably regarded as the best basketball player in the planet today.
To answer this, doesn't have to make us play an NBA fantasy game on Xbox. All we have to do is to try to see the area or important factors where a winning team has an advantage over the other. So c'mon let's a look.
The Coaching Staff.
Looking at the coaching staff, what you immediately notice is of course who sits on the helm.For Miami Heat it would be the former Coach of The Year Erik Spoelstra and for the Cavs Tyron Lue.
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Early on, this game got ugly with LeBron picking up four fouls before the end of the second quarter. Down by 10 at half, it looked like the Celtics might pull off another unexpected upset. However, it was Kyrie Irving's night. He put the team on his back for a career high 42 points with 21 of them coming in the third quarter. The Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 40-23 and never looked back. The Cavaliers proved they can win without LeBron playing well which doesn't bode well for the Celtics who really made a few people think that they had life at half. Realistically, LeBron needs to pick it up or else Golden State will take advantage. They won't roll over and go cold like this Celtics team did tonight.