A Cavaliers-Warriors Round Three in the NBA Finals No Longer a Sure Thing

As the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated their first NBA Title last June, there wasn’t many that didn’t think that the Cavs along with the team they defeated in the NBA Finals in seven games, the Golden State Warriors, wouldn’t be right back in the same position in June of 2017.

Just about all Basketball Betting Sites had the Cavs and Warriors ready to go for the rubber match in the 2017 NBA Finals, and while that still very much may happen, it looks like the roads to the finals for each team isn’t going to be the pushover it may have been the last two seasons.

Cleveland is clinging to the top spot in the Eastern Conference, and with teams like the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards breathing down their necks, the Cavs are clearly in their most prone position since LeBron James came back to Cleveland two years ago.

The Cavs defense has been a HUGE problem as of late, including losing to the Wizards Saturday allowing a whopping 71 points in the first half and 127 in the game.

“The big thing for us is at least we don’t have to play back-to-backs in the playoffs,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue after his team lost for the seventh time in the last 12 games.

“I was upstairs talking to the coaches before I came down, and they said we played 21 games last year [in the playoffs] in two months. This month, we have 17 alone in one month, so it’s a tough stretch, but everyone is going through it right now.”

How bad is the Cavs defense as of late? Consider they are the second-worst defensive team in the league since the All-Star break, ahead of only the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now for the Warriors, who everyone felt would breeze to the Finals with the addition of one of their biggest rivals, Kevin Durant of the OKC Thunder. It’s not been a cakewalk by any means, and while they are two games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the West, there’s plenty of work to be done.

Steph Curry and Golden State have shown cracks they didn’t show the last two seasons, and unlike last year when Curry was able to throw up shots all day and hit them, this season it’s not been that way.

Golden State as of late have lost to teams like the Spurs as well as Minnesota Timberwolves, who dealt them a rare loss that afterwords had players like Andre Iguodala shaking his head.

“Just play harder. Figure it out. Change gonna come. You know what we used to say. Change gonna come,” Iguodala said.

In the loss to the Wolves earlier in March, Curry was 1 for 8 from 3-point range against the Wolves and is 18 for 76 from long distance in March.

So while we still may be seeing the Cavs and Warriors again in June, both teams have plenty to figure out along the way. It will be interesting what team cracks first.

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The NBA Isn’t Happy With the Cavs Sitting Three Key Starters in Saturday’s Nationally Televised Game

The Cleveland Cavaliers are doing what’s best for them, and right now the NBA is none too happy about it.

Yes, the league has again reared it’s head into the business of their NBA Champions, as reports state the league is ticked off for Cleveland sitting stars LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving after all three sat out Saturday in their 30-point loss on ABC against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Online casino gambling rightfully so had the Cavs as heavy underdogs going into the game, and losing by 30 doesn’t look good for the league after last week most of the starters due to various reasons didn’t play in the San Antonio-Golden State game in another nationally televised ABC game that was a yawn fest.

So today the league took it upon themselves to contact the Cavs to voice their displeasure about none of the big three playing, as Cavs general manager David Griffin confirmed to ESPN that the league did indeed talk to the team about not playing James, Love and Irving.

Cleveland general manager David Griffin told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that the league office called him shortly after the team announced its decision Saturday.

“Yeah, they were not happy,” Griffin said.

But the GM also said it isn’t his job to appease the league and its television partners (which include ESPN).

“Yeah, and they’re paying me to win a championship,” he told Shelburne. “I’m not overly concerned about the perception of it. We literally had one guy rest tonight, and everybody else was reasonably injured, so I don’t feel like we did anything terribly egregious.”

Fans pay big time cash (even more so in a place like Los Angeles) to see a player like James play, since he only plays there once a season, which could be why it’s not good for the image of the league for them to have the champs sit three big players at once.

Griffin does have a valid point though, as it’s not up to the Cavs to care about what the league thinks about a meaningless March regular season game when there’s bigger fish to fry in the postseason.

Start fining teams for not playing their best players and you open up a total can of worms on what’s right and wrong when it comes to the league.

It’s not the first time this season the Cavs have sat their big three starters in a game, and it likely won’t be the last. And frankly, there’s really nothing the league can do about it.

Andrew Bogut Fractures Left Tibia In First Minute of Playing With Cavaliers

Andrew Bogut’s debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers was a short-lived one, fracturing his left tibia 58 seconds after he took to the court.

Bogut, the team’s new center, broke his left leg in the second quarter and had to be assisted off the floor and to Cleveland’s locker room. The 7-footer could not put any weight on his leg as he was helped by his new teammates James Jones and Tristan Thompson, who moments earlier had cheered along with fans in Quicken Loans Arena when Bogut checked in for the first time.

The Cavaliers said initial X-rays revealed a fractured left tibia. Bogut is at the Cleveland Clinic undergoing further tests. The team went on to lose, 106-98 — their second loss to the Heat in three nights.

LeBron James said he knew immediately that Bogut’s injury was serious.

“I heard it break,” he said. “I heard it crack.”

adidas Basketball Evolves The Game With Crazy Explosive Low

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adidas Basketball today introduces the Crazy Explosive Low, a refined version of the Crazy Explosive that pairs cutting edge technology with unique design elements for a progressive approach to style on and off the court.

Crafted to standout above the rest, the Crazy Explosive Low evolves the Crazy Explosive franchise’s on-court technology through an essentialist lens. Free of distraction and focused on functionality, Crazy Explosive pairs dynamic lacing with a single-piece upper for uncompromised fit, lockdown and stability.

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Crazy Explosive Low is lifted on full-length BOOST and supported by a TPU roll cage, harnessing its added energy return for controlled comfort when striking to the basket. Coral constructed power traction delivers natural court feel and commanding grip ready for takeoff.

Crazy Explosive Low is designed to show out on the court with a tonal color palette across Primeknit and textile uppers. adidas iconic three stripes are displayed on the heel and treated with a subtle metallic finish, while Primeknit editions feature a grooved texture that creates a unique ripple effect.

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Crazy Explosive Low drops at adidas.com in black, white and gray textile ($120) on February 21 and white Primeknit ($140) on March 10th.

Timberwolves Loss of Zach LaVine a Huge Blow to Young Team Looking to Improve

Everyone knows that the Minnesota Timberwolves are a team that is ready to take a step forward, but Friday that step took a huge stumbling block as guard Zach LaVine went down for the rest of the season.

LaVine needs season-ending surgery after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Saturday, ending a promising season for a good young player.

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LaVine had an MRI before the Wolves hosted Memphis on Saturday night, when the diagnosis that his season would be over was revealed. He suffered the injury during Friday’s 116-108 loss to the Detroit Pistons, going down in a heap on a play during the eight-point loss.

On the season the young player for the Wolves was averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He tweeted Sunday that he considers this a “minor setback but I’ll be back stronger than before.”

There is no doubt that it’s a long road back for LaVine, but he’s a player with plenty of heart and desire, and all things considered he should be able to make a full recovery.

With LaVine down, the team will lean on Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns to try and pick up the slack in his absence. That threesome is going to be a force, but for the rest of the season will for sure miss LaVine.

New Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau spoke about losing LaVine and what a setback it would be for the young Wolves.

“He’s made himself into one of the best 2-guards in the league,” Thibodeau said Saturday.

“His overall game has really blossomed. He’s shooting the 3 great. The free throws, the drives, all of it. So he’ll get through it. He’s a mentally tough kid. And as I mentioned, he’s already talking about what’s next.”

Towns, a close friend of LaVine, stated that he’s shaken by the loss of the friend for his team.

“That’s not just my teammate — that’s my brother. That’s one of my best friends,” Towns said. “For him to have to go through that, it hurts me a lot. I’m just wishing him a speedy recovery.”

Look for the Wolves to struggle big without LaVine, but for the young player to get back on the court better than ever in 2017-18.

Cavs Want Carmelo Anthony; But a Deal That Includes Kevin Love Isn’t In Their Best Interest

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the defending NBA Champions, but even though they are the runaway best team in the Eastern Conference, they are still looking to get better with about three weeks to go until the all important NBA Trade Deadline.

A player that the team has had their eyes on for some time is the player that came into the league and was drafted two spots after LeBron James with the first overall spot in the 2003 NBA Draft – that being Carmelo Anthony.

The Cavs have been chatting for some time with the New York Knicks about trying to grab Anthony, but they are not the only ones in the mix, as the Los Angeles Clippers are another team that seem to be in competition for Carmelo.

The odds are heavy for the Cavs when doing Online betting at William Hill Ireland and other such sites, but in Cleveland after a lackluster January that saw them play under .500 ball, there’s a sense of urgency that something will have to get done to make this team better for the stretch run in May and June.

One player on the Cavs roster that is getting a ton of attention when it comes to a possible deal for Anthony is that of Kevin Love, who has had two productive seasons for Cleveland and is in the midst of a third.

The Knicks would love to grab Love from the Cavs straight up for Anthony, but the Cavs are totally not budging on the deal, and have said time after time that they will not make a one-for-one deal with New York for the services of Anthony.

Love’s salary could be another issue if the Cavs are even slightly serious in trade talks. He’s due $21.2 million this season, $46.7 guaranteed the next two seasons and a player option worth $25.6 million in 2019-20.

This season he’s already been selected as an All-Star, and is playing better than the last two years, putting up 19.9 points, 11.0 rebounds per game. He also is a great matchup against Golden State, the team that no doubt the Cavs will take on for a third straight season for the NBA Title in what should be an epic battle in June.

So what do the Cavs do when it comes to trying to get Anthony on the roster but keep Love at the same time? There’s plenty of other players on the Cavs that could find themselves moved, such as J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and others, but Love appears to be ready to stay put.

Even he said as much about staying with the Cavs Friday.

“I expect to be here for a long time,” Love said.

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Keeping Pace With The Basketball World

We live in a fast paced world where everything is changing constantly, and nobody can sit back and relax. Some of us are more eager to match the pace and keep our eye on each and everything happening around. Some people play sports because they love basketball, hockey, car racing, etc. But some people care about the more important part, preferring to discuss and predict the things happening in the sports world, and making money by betting on it.

Online casinos are the best way to earn money while you’re sitting at home, in your office or wherever you are. You can bet on any of the real casinos games without going to the casino. The same goes for the sports now. If you are basketball fan and you feel like you know what is going to happen, you can bet on the game as well. And not only basketball, there are a large number of games with even larger number of teams with a lot of players to bet up on. You can bet up on the each and every aspect of the beautiful game of basketball.

Speaking of basketball, fans were hurt last Friday when Knicks point guard Derrick Rose twisted his left ankle and couldn’t make it back in time for New York’s victory over the Hornets. Later, the reports came out about his ankle. And the report showed undesirable results, though he will be back to game soon. Another serious thing could have happened as well, but Clippers forward Blake Griffin pulled out of the game between the Atlanta due to the recovery process of the knee injury. But he will come back to the game soon.

Houston Rockets’ guard James Harden gave a memorable offensive performance last night. Harden scored 51 points, had 13 rebounds and the same number of assists to lead his team to the massive victory over Joel Embid and the Philadelphia 76ers last night. Harden had a dream third quarter where he scored 19 of his points. He already has at least 30 points and 10 assists in the 18 games of this season. Harden, who is right now the NBA’s third leading scorer, just finished at two points behind his career best. Harden has been praised by all the people around; his coach himself praised him saying he played the game as good as it gets. He also added that he had never seen anyone playing better than this, though he had seen a lot of playing around.

The game was spectacular last night. Harden was just tearing apart the things. It was like he made the Philadelphia’s strategy and now scoring against it. He explained his strategy and said that he turned the things around and did them more aggressively. They were keeping the things nice and tight so we had to come out of the box and assist each other. He added that his team figured their game and by the second quarter it started to shatter the formation of the opposition.