It’s Midnight In Cleveland

The relentless excellence of the Golden State Warriors and the unsettling performance of the Cleveland Cavaliers is not the story here. What will be remembered a decade from now, what will be the first line of the first sentence of the chapter titled LeBron James loses to Steph Curry, will have to do with aesthetics:…

Tristan All Eyes on You

Because of a dominant Eastern Conference run in the spring of 2015, Tristan Thompson and his reps decided he was a max player. The Rich Paul group tried to hold the Cavs hostage until they surveyed the landscape and finally figured out no one was going to leverage their roster so Thompson could get a…

All Eyes On Me

He has been here before. But not like this. He has played in a Game 7 before. But not with such a large burden upon his shoulders. He has been dominant in the Finals before. But not dominant like this; he may win the MVP even if he loses. His legacy has been debated before,…

Harrison Barnes Where Art Thou?

If the Warriors lose Game 7, if their NBA Finals dream goes up in a smoke thicker than the Santa Ana winds, if the Warriors don’t repeat as champions and if their 73 win historic season becomes nothing more than a regular season footnote without a dramatic ending, then you can point to Harrison Barnes.…

The Cavs Very Ugly Game 6 History

For the fourth time in seven years, the Cleveland Cavaliers will play in a game 6 to save their season. Three straight times they have lost. They lost on the road in 2009 to Orlando in the Eastern Conference Finals as they had no answer for Dwight Howard. They lost the next year in Boston…

41 and 2: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love

Kyrie being brilliant and Kevin Love disappearing has us talking…. Kyrie was spectacular tonight and Kevin Love was…what word would you use to describe his performance? Mallory Stith-Wheat:  Ghastly. Or should it be ghostly? Was he even at the game? Did he hang out with Draymond next door? He played 32 minutes and had two…

With Draymond Out, It’s a Fair Fight

The best thing that happened to the Cleveland Cavaliers was the suspension of Draymond Green. The league assessed Green a flagrant  foul for a retaliatory response to LeBron James, who pushed Green and then stepped over him. Green has passed the allotted number of flagrant fouls and was suspended, after accumulating four flagrant foul points.…

LeBron on the Brink of 2-5

The question the Cavs had to answer was could they win a game when the Splash Brothers showed up? Did they have enough depth and ball movement and energy to go at Steph Curry and Klay Thompson a full 48? Were they able to make in game adjustments to neutralize the Warriors backcourt and get…

Steph Is…Soft?

The haters of the unanimous MVP are having their glorious moment because Steph Curry is everything they have been saying he is, an exceptional shooter who can be stopped with physicality, pressure and having to guard a dominant point guard. Stop saying he is in the same class as Magic Johnson or Isiah Thomas or…

Kyrie Irving Under the Microscope

Before the NBA Finals began, the majority of experts picked the Warriors to beat Cleveland in a rematch of last year’s Finals. But here was the gray area. A great series from point guard Kyrie Irving could change the narrative. Irving doesn’t have it easy on the defensive end. Not only is there MVP Steph…