NBA PLAYOFFS: EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
LeBron James makes it to his 8th straight NBA FINALS! He was sensational last night once again with 35 points in 48 minutes.
WHAT HAPPENED besides LeBron?
The Celtics missed too many shots in the last 4 minutes of the game. They lost their lead of the game in the 3rd and still trailed in the 4th after a good start in the 4th to tie the game. Kudos to rookie, Jayson Tatum who played extremely well. He scored the 2nd most points by a rookie in NBA Post Season history and was just 2 points away from the record. There was no Scary Terry though. He was 0 for 10 from the 3-point line! Celtics missed that firepower and their inexperience overall showed. LeBron and the Cavs capitalised on that to quickly jump to a 10-point lead.
CAVS won Game 7, 87-79.
Now that LeBron James has carried the Cavs to dominate a weak Eastern Conference, who will they meet in the West? As James peaks toward the end of his career, this NBA Finals will be his true test.
Rockets versus Warriors tonight in Houston for Game 7 at 8pm!
CP3 for the Rockets with a hamstring injury, Looney (toe) and Iguodala (knee) are still questionable for playing in tonight’s game.
Who will win?
Suga thinks it is a toss-up. Whoever wants it most will win, but Houston being at home with ringless leaders have the edge to win.
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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The Eastern and Western Conference Finals have been set and the battle to reach the NBA Finals starts this Sunday!
Here’s your Schedule!
How was the road to the Eastern and Western Conference Finals for the Cavs, Celtics, Rockets and Warriors?
It was an easy road for the Cavs. Too easy. They swept the Raptors, who are the #1 seed in the East. It’s obvious the Cavs are a different team from the season though.
The Celtics have renewed their rivalry with the 76ers. Such vintage basketball! The end result, 4-1 of the series doesn’t do the 76ers justice though, because there were some close games. Suga has to give kudos to the rookies who have really made the Playoffs exciting again. With some more growth, the future of basketball is in good hands.
Star of game 5? Young, Jayson Tatum. He scored 25 points last Wednesday night to help the Celtics reach the finals with a marginal 114-112 win.
Speaking of rookies, take a look at these Playoff stats!
Suga’s Eastern Conference Finals Prediction:
Cavs in 5! …maybe 6
Without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, the Celtics have really surprised everyone with how far they have reached and how well they have played.
However, Suga thinks that their fairy tale will come to an end versus LeBron and the Cavs. They look stronger compared to last year, but they cannot stop LeBron James. LeBron is a freight train right now and playing the best basketball of his career, finally getting those game winners and more. He has also managed to elevate his team.
The Jazz hardly had a chance versus the Rockets, much less without Ricky Rubio who was out with a hamstring injury. Rookie, Donovan Mitchell with comparable stats to Allen Iverson and MJ for his 1st Playoff season, led the team to put up a good fight. Just when they were showing signs of prolonging the series, Mitchell had a collision with Harden hurting his knee and had to sit out the rest of the game. It all went downhill for them after that. Harden was a bit under the weather, but CP3 was on fire and led the Rockets to seal the deal in Game 5.
The Pelicans were no challenge for the Warriors. With the return of Curry from a knee injury and with the team starting to look like the Warriors again, they shut down Anthony Davis and the Pelicans easily to reach the Western Conference Finals.
Suga’s Western Conference Finals Prediction:
Warriors in 6!
The Rockets are the #1 seed in the West, have gained CP3 and claim they have a team built to beat the Warriors. However, I just don’t think they will make the cut. The Warriors usually rise to the occasion versus each opponent and I think that with a healthy Stephen Curry, they are mentally and physically prepared to not only beat the Rockets, but win another Championship.
Stay tuned! Don’t you just love this game?!
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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Fun and joke aside, Steph Curry seemed to be alright in last night’s close out Game 5 versus the Rockets and has shown no symptoms of a concussion since his injury in Game 4.
Coincidentally, his ‘Splash Bro’, Klay Thompson collided harshly into Trevor Ariza of the Rockets last night in Game 5. Ariza was involved in both collisions. Thompson was bleeding from the ear. He was taken off the court and assessed just as how Curry was and later returned to the game. However, Warriors released this statement last night, ‘After the gane [Klay] began to not feel well and developed concussion-like symptoms. He will continue to be evaluated by the team’s medical staff tonight’.
Congratulations to Golden State for winning the Western Conference Finals, which hasn’t been achiteved since 1975! Hopefully the Splash Brothers will be alright and healthy for their war versus LeBron James and the Cavs for the NBA Finals starting next Thursday, June 4th!