All-NBA Teams

The All-NBA teams are here. The best players from this NBA season will be on these teams. Players who are on these teams are more likely to get a bonus in pay if they resign with their team. And there are only three of these teams so lets get into them!

ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM:

Guards: Russell Westbrook, James Harden.

Forwards: Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James. I think that Kevin Durant should be in place of Kawhi Leonard, Durant is better on offense and he is doing great on defense and his team won 67 games.

Center: Anthony Davis.

ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM:

Guards: Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas.

Forwards: Kevin Durant, Giannas Antetokounmpo.

Center: Rudy Gobert.

ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM:

Guards: John Wall, DeMar DeRozen.

Forwards: Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green.

Center: DeAndre Jordan. I think DeMarcus Cousins or Marc Gasol should have gotten in here over Jordan because Cousins scored a lot and same with rebounding and did well, but his team did bad. Gasol scored great, rebounded well and played some defense as well.

These are the All-NBA Teams. Paul George didn’t make the teams so that could put his future with Indiana in jeopardy. Same with Gordon Hayward.

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Warriors Domination

warriorrs copyThe Golden State Warriors dominated the Portland Trailblazers in game 4 last night to complete the series sweep. Curry scored back-to-back 30+ point performances including 7 threes in game 4. The Warriors won 128-103 and scored 45 in the first quarter, tying the playoff record for points in a playoff first quarter. The Warriors starters scored 97 points and their bench scored 31. Golden State exploded from three with 59% shooting and 17 makes from behind the arc. Without Steve Kerr Golden State held off the Blazers and became the second team to sweep in this year’s playoffs. The Warriors started the game 22-3 and ended the first quarter leading 45-22. “We knew if we threw the first punch, we knew it would overwhelm them a bit, especially being up 3-0,” Kevin Durant said after the game. Durant played in this game after missing 2 games in a row. Golden State might be without their head coach Steve Kerr for the remainder of the playoffs due to an ailing back. The Warriors will either face the Clippers or the Jazz next round.

Exciting Weekend for the Playoffs

First: The Grizzlies beat the Spurs in game 4 off a Marc Gasol buzzer beater. Second: Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a road victory by 6 against the Blazers in game 3. Third: The Cavaliers won off of a missed shot by Paul George to win the series. And Fourth: The Houston Rockets extended their lead over OKC to 3-1 as they won by some OKC missed free throws and some made free throws by Houston.

For me the most exciting game was the Houston vs OKC game. Steven Adams perfectly missed a free throw and then kicked it out to Westbrook for a deep three to give them hope of winning. For me that was the most exciting part of the game, but Houston did come back to win from down 12 in the third. But OKC might not be done yet. We saw Golden State come back from down 3-1 to beat the Thunder last year in the West Finals, and we also saw Cleveland become the first team to come back from down 3-1 to win the NBA Finals. So they might not be done yet.

Back to Indiana now for the first series win of the playoffs. Cleveland beat the Indiana Pacers in game 4 to clinch the first round series. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 61 points. James played 44 minutes and scored 33. The Cleveland Cavaliers ended the game with only 11 assists 29% shooting from three. I don’t feel like 11 assists will get you past a lot of teams, except the Pacers. But Cleveland moves on to play either the Bucks or the Raptors.

Those were my favorite games from last weekend in the NBA Playoffs, comment on your favorite games upcoming or past! For me I can’t wait for the NBA Finals, 37 day countdown starts now!

Is it a Sweep?

Is it a sweep or not? I will name a series in the NBA Playoffs where a team is either up by two games (2-0) or up three games (3-0). And I will say if it is a sweep or not. Comment on if you think it will be a sweep.

WARRIORS 2-0 BLAZERS. I say it’s a sweep, mostly because the way the Warriors were playing in game 2 without Kevin Durant. The Warriors held the Blazers to 33% shooting, that’s great defense considering that you don’t have Kevin Durant playing for you that game. The Warriors have a way with getting everyone involved with passing and they can also score better than Portland, so the only way the Blazers win a game is if the Warriors struggle and the Blazers don’t.

ROCKETS 2-0 THUNDER. Not a sweep. If there is any series that is guaranteed to not be a sweep it is this series. We have Russell Westbrook playing against these Rockets, thats a pretty good reason for why this is not a sweep. But the team needs to be scoring together and needs to be playing as a whole for OKC in order to win. Westbrook can’t be the only one scoring. But the Rockets are going into OKC for game three, a tough place to win at especially in the playoffs.

WIZARDS 2-0 HAWKS. Not a sweep. The Hawks aren’t really playing that badly this series against the Wizards. They had the scoring there from the starters in game 2 but the bench didn’t come through, scoring only 14 points. Their starters scored 87 points to the Wizards 84. So the starters scoring was practically the same but the Wizards bench outscored the Hawks bench 25-14, and the Wizards shot 5% better from the field and 11.8% better form three. The Hawks defense forced 18 turnovers in game 2, but they need to get the percentages and scoring up to win.

BULLS 2-0 CELTICS. Not a sweep. The Celtics should win a game against the Bulls with Rajon Rondo now out for the Bulls, but the Bulls still look good. Isaiah Thomas is scoring great numbers but his teammates need to step up the scoring. The Celtics don’t look like the first seed that they are. Their rebounding is not good at all on offense and defense. The Celtics need scoring and rebounding to win in game 3.

CAVALIERS 3-0 PACERS. Sweep. This is definitely a sweep. The Cavs just came back from down 25 at halftime in game 3. The Pacers looked great in the first half when they were killing Cleveland, but LeBron took over in the second half. All these games have been close but I don’t see the Pacers taking game 4.

Three Upsets

First, the Toronto Raptors got blown out at home in game one against the Milwaukee Bucks. Second, the Los Angeles Clippers lost at home in game one by a Joe Johnson buzzer-beater. And Third, the 1 seeded Celtics lost at home to the Chicago Bulls on TNT. The Bulls winning streak on TNT apparently exists even in the NBA Playoffs.

BUCKS 97-83 RAPTORS. The Raptors got destroyed in game one by a Giannis Antetokounmpo led Bucks team. The rookie, Malcolm Brogden, also did his part to win the game for the Bucks as he scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Toronto did terrible in this game, their All-Star Kyle Lowry only scored 4 points and the Raptors shot 36% overall and 22% from three. They also only passed for 15 assists and turned the ball over 10 times, as opposed to the Bucks 5 turnovers and 45% shooting. Hopefully for Toronto they can do better and improve going into game 2 trailing 1-0.

JAZZ 97-95 CLIPPERS. Despite losing the Clippers didn’t preform terribly. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combined for 51 points, 14 assists, and 14 rebounds. But somehow they still lose even though the Jazz were missing Rudy Gobert, their star defensive player. Joe Johnson had 21 points off the bench, including the game winner over Jamal Crawford. The Jazz shot 48% overall, 42% from three, and 47 bench points. While the Clippers shot 44% overall, 33% from three, and 20 bench points. The Clippers have a good chance to win game two, but they will have to go harder than they did in game 1.

BULLS 106-102 CELTICS. The Bulls pulled off an unlikely upset over the 1st seed. Chicago’s winning streak on TNT continues into the NBA Playoffs. Isaiah Thomas played well the whole game but that wouldn’t be enough to beat Chicago. Jimmy Butler took over in the fourth quarter for the Bulls, while Isaiah Thomas didn’t get a lot of help in scoring from his teammates. We will see if the Bulls can pull another upset in game two to go up 2-0 headed home to Chicago. Isaiah Thomas will play in game 2 but probably not in game 3, so he can spend time with his family after losing his sister in a car accident. Game 2 is in Boston on TNT, can the Bulls keep the streak?

NBA PLAYOFF STANDINGS

WARRIORS 1-0 BLAZERS. Game 2 is Wednesday.

JAZZ 1-0 CLIPPERS. Game 2 is tonight.

ROCKETS 1-0 THUNDER. Game 2 is Wednesday

SPURS 2-0 GRIZZLIES. Game 3 is Thursday.

BULLS 1-0 CELTICS. Game 2 is tonight.

WIZARDS 1-0 HAWKS. Game 2 is Wednesday.

BUCKS 1-0 RAPTORS. Game 2 is tonight.

CAVALIERS 2-0 PACERS. Game 3 is Thursday.