Durant Finally Gets His Ring

Last night basketball fans witnessed the conclusion of the 2016-2017 NBA season, with the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA finals. To be honest with you this really wasn’t any surprise at all. I mean at the beginning of the season you root for your team but in the back of all our heads we knew Golden State would win. We knew this because the Warriors were able to bring back there big 3, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, and then they were also able to bring in the second best player in the league in Kevin Durant. You would have been crazy not to think there was at least a good chance Golden State would win this year.

After Game 2 of this series, former Celtic, Paul Pierce said that Durant “may be the best player in the world today.”

Now obviously after Golden State beat Cleveland there are going to be a lot of talk about who is the best player in the world LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Durant did have a great finals and he did win the finals MVP, but I don’t see how people can all of a sudden say that he is better than LeBron James.

Yes, Kevin Durant did finally win a championship. However, it would have been shocking if they didn’t win with that team. By being on a super team Kevin Durant looked great, but that’s also because the other team has to worry about all of the other great players on the team.

If you take a look at the individual players instead of looking at what the team accomplished LeBron James is still a better player than Kevin Durant. In Game 5 of the Finals Durant had a great game, but what goes unnoticed is that LeBron James had a better game.

Kevin Durant: 39 Points, 7 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks, 4 Turnovers

LeBron James: 41 Points, 13 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Blocks, 3 Turnovers

In all areas of the game LeBron James out played Kevin Durant. Now obviously that wasn’t enough to get the win for LeBron, but that more has to do with a super super team vs a super team. At the end of the day congrats to Durant for finally winning a ring, but he has not surpassed LeBron James for best player in the world.

Battle for the AL East

The Red Sox and Yankees are heading into the rubber match of their 3-game series tonight in New York. The Red Sox were able to hold off the Yankees and take a 5-4 win in the first game of the series. However, the Yankees came storming out of the gates in the second game winning 8-0.

As of right now the top two teams in the AL East Standings are the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are 2 games back behind the Yankees and if they can win tonight they can improve to only one game back. For the Red Sox to only be 2 games back of the top spot in the East is pretty remarkable considering all the hate of the team lately. A lot fans believe that the Red Sox are under achieving and not playing up to their potential. However if the Red Sox do start playing better, with the top spot just in front of them as motivation, I think they could definitely catch the Yankees and grab the top spot.

Now with the Red Sox and the Yankees holding the top two spots in the AL East a lot of people were starting to ask “is this rivalry dead?”. For many fans the Red Sox – Yankees rivalry from back in the early 2000’s has disappeared. Now there is a very simple reason for that and that is because these two teams haven’t both been good at the same time in awhile. However, this year with both the teams looking like the two best in the AL East and with young stars like Aaron Judge and Andrew Benintendi on each team we will definitely see this rivalry to rekindle.

Obviously it might not seem like a big rivalry at the moment because its early June, but imagine if the  standings are close at the end of September or even if these two teams matchup in the postseason. This season has the real possibility of being able to rekindle this much wanted rivalry once more. As for tonight, David Price takes the mound for his third start of the season looking to bring his team to within just 1 game of the top spot.

Game 3: A Must Win For Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have already played 2 games in their best of 7 series, with Golden State taking a 2-0 lead. The Warriors were able to dominate the Cavs in the second half of both games. The first half of Games 1 and 2 were relatively close, however the second halves have been no competition. Down 2-0 in the series. I believe that both Games 3 and 4 are must wins for Cleveland.

I can see 2 possible situations after these 2 games in Cleveland:

1. If Cleveland does not win both of these games at home against Golden State, then its sad to say but you will not see the Warriors blow another 3-1 lead. If the Warriors can get up 3-1 then I don’t give the Cavs any chance in Game 5. IF the Cavs lose one game at home this series will be over in 5 games.

2. Just because the Cavaliers have been dominated throughout the first two games of the series we can’t forget the best player in the world, LeBron James, plays for Cleveland. At home, in Cleveland, this a great possibility the LeBron and the Cavaliers come out strong and take back this series by winning both games. If LeBron has two incredible games at home the Cavs can make this a series again.

Now although the LeBron is going to probably be playing out of his mind, there are a couple other players that have to get involved in order to get this win.

Obviously Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, being a part of Cleveland’s big 3 need to match the effectiveness of both Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

Next Tristan Thompson. Thompson is the key rebounder for the Cavs and in order to win they have to win the rebounding battle. Thompson only had 8 rebounds in the first two games combined, that needs to change in order for the Cavs to pull this out.

Lastly JR Smith. He needs to be more effective as a starter for this Cavs offense. After scoring the first basket in the series for the Cavaliers he has gone silent. He will have to chip in here and there in order to win.

IF those 4 starters can help out LeBron they should have a chance. Now that is on the offensive end obviously the Cavs are going to have to figure out how to slow down both Durant and Curry.

Game 3 tips off tonight in Cleveland at 9:00, hopefully Cleveland can make this a series again.