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NBA All Stars: Who should the starters be?

The NBA All star voting concluded on Monday leaving some people with questions as to how legitimate the voting system has become in the NBA. Golden State Warriors Center Zaza Pachulia has racked up enough votes to possibly become the Western Conference stater at the 5 position. Over 21 million votes have been cast in this years voting, which is a 142% increase from last years game. The starters are determined by voting that is combined from the fans (50%), players (25%), and the media (25%). The starters for the All Star game will be chosen tonight on TNT on a special edition of NBA tip off. We pick who SHOULD start the game.

Eastern conference:

Guards:

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Kyrie Irving

Irving is averaging 23.6 points per game along with 5.6 assists. During the season, Irving has put Lebron in the backseat for some clutch moments including the dagger on Christmas day against Golden State. One of the best young players in the game, Irving is the best point guard in the Eastern Conference.

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Isaiah Thomas

Thomas is averaging 28.7 points per game combined with 6 assists. This season, Isaiah has put the team on his back which has garnered him the nickname “King of the Fourth”. Thomas has taken over games time and time again averaging the most points in the 4th quarter in the NBA.

Frontcourt:

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Lebron James

James is obviously a shoe in to be an all star because he is the BEST player in the league, no questions asked. James is averaging 25.6 points, 8.1 assist, and 7.8 rebounds per game. James can do anything on a basketball court, he has great court vision and superior athletic ability making him the most dangerous player in the game.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak jumped onto the scene last year with some impressive highlights, but this season he has really turned into a fantastic player. Giannis is averaging 23.7 points, 5.6 assists, and 8.7 rebounds per game. He has shown is freakish athleticism time and time again this year with highlight reel dunks. The 22 year old has a very bright future.

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Joel Embiid

Embiid is the first draft pick to somewhat look like he is going to pan out like they planned. Embiid is leading the Sixers, averaging 19.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. “The Process” is dominating the game down low.

Western Conference:

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James Harden

Harden is my favorite for MVP right now. He’s taken an average Rockets team and made them one of the best teams in the league. Harden is averaging 28.9 points, 11.6 assists, and 8.3 rebounds per game. The former backup to Russell Westbrook has moved past him for best point guard in the Western Conference. Harden controls the game and limits his turnovers making everyone around him better.

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Russell Westbrook

There are really no words to explain what Russell Westbrook is doing to the league this year. Although his turnover numbers could be much better, you can’t ignore his stats, 30.6 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.6 rebounds per game. Averaging a triple double has been damn near impossible in the NBA. But if he continues down this road, it could go down as one of the best statistical season ever.

Frontcourt:

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Kevin Durant

Durant has received a lot of hate for he offseason move to the Warriors. It has not gone as well as some people imagined, but Durant’s play has been consistent as he had a 40 point outburst last night against his former team in the Oracle. On a team with a ton of scorers, Durant is still averaging 26.7 points per game on top of 4.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds.

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Kawhi Leonard

Arguably one of the most underrated players in the NBA, Kawhi Leonard has become THE guy in San Antonio. He is the complete package, an excellent defender, paired with ability to score at will. Leonard has become a top tier player in the West. His stats aren’t indicative of how important he is to the team, with 24.8 points, 3.1 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game.

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Anthony Davis

Davis is a premier player in the NBA. He is the best center in the NBA and is carrying an awful team down in New Orleans. Davis is averaging 28.8 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. If you could start your franchise with one player, this guy has to be close to the top of the list because he is a fantastic talent in the NBA.

Tune in to NBA Tip off on TNT tonight to see which players receive the honor of starting in this year’s All Star game.

 

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Tonight, Ball Is Not Life for Lebron James

Today, America is heading to the polls to decide the next President of the United States. Historically, this has always been a big day. In previous elections, the nation has came to a halt awaiting the final score. However, today is different. With so much on the line, it seems strange that the sports world will be business as usual. Well, it actually won’t be.

Traditionally for athletes, the only thing that dominates over sports is family. Rarely ever will an athlete prioritize anything over their profession, unless there is a dire situation at home. Today, however, for the first time in decades, that will change. Face of the NBA LeBron James has said as much: “I think, definitely, basketball comes second even though we have a job to do today.”

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James is in a unique position, because not only has he been vocal in his support for Hillary Clinton along with other prominent athletes, he is the most popular figure in Cleveland, a valuable swing state in the 2016 election.

In the full interview from Cleveland.com, James goes on to disclose that someone will be keeping the team informed on the state of the race while the game is being played tonight. It just goes to show that in the 2016 election, nothing is business as usual. Not even for LeBron James.

The intersection of politics and sports is a fragile one, and it isn’t usually opened up except for special occasions. However, this cycle has completely blown the lid off what we should usually expect. Many athletes have come out supporting Clinton, and some have thrown their weight behind Trump. The election comes at a time when athletes are becoming increasingly vocal in the fight against social injustices. Regardless of who wins the election, it appears to have started a political conversation that isn’t dying down any time soon.

The 5 Worst Athlete-Raps of All-Time

Once you’ve reached the top of the mountain as an athlete, there seems to be an itch to discover if you have any other hidden talents. For some, it’s owning a restaurant. Others? Perhaps breaking into the fashion industry. Then, there’s hip-hop. Ah yes, the athlete-rapper. Nothing says “I’m a beast on the mic” like ghostwritten lyrics that have been carefully combed over by a PR staff and an agent to make sure there’s no possibility of anything remotely controversial. From Shaq all the way to Damian Lillard, athletes have been trying their skills on the beat for decades. While some show some actual talent, others.. Well, you’ll just see. Here is the 5 worst athlete-rappers of all time.

5. LeBron James

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On the court, LeBron James is a beast. He just won his third NBA title, and he brought Cleveland their first title since your Grandma was selling girl-scout cookies. On the mic, however, he leaves a lot to be desired. The best way to describe LeBron’s rap style is a G-rated version of Cam’ron. It almost sounds like he wouldn’t be half bad if it wasn’t for the fact that he can’t say anything remotely controversial. The same censorship used in Kidz-Bop is basically what we’re looking at for LeBron James.

The highlight (if you want to call it that) of LeBron James’ rap career is definitely his remix of the 2013 Jay-Z joint “Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit”. Of course, actually swearing would be much too edgy (gasp), so LeBron raps “roll with us ’cause you know we got it”. However, he does have some harsh criticism for the haters on this one, saying “it’s a damn shame you ever doubted”. Wow. Don’t play this one with the kids around or they might need counseling. He continues to lay into the haters, rapping “say what you want about the king, got money, got cribs, got whips and oh yeah, got 2 rings!” Damn. He even said the 2 rings part like 2-Chainz says “Twooooo Chaiiiinz!” This man is not to be messed with. I bet if you saw him on the street, he might not even sign an autograph for you. Let’s just hope when he retires from basketball nobody is encouraging him to pick up a microphone again.

4: John Cena

You knew it was coming. Though I definitely have a soft-spot for “The Time is Now”, the fan-favorite trumpet blaring anthem, John Cena as a rapper is total garbage. Cena has lived the past year of his life in meme purgatory; word has it he’s staying in the same cell as Harambe and Ted Cruz.

The incriminating selection for John Cena is “All Day” a song that hilariously features Wiz Khalifa. This one is actually more recent, it was released back in 2014. What really does it in for Cena is having an actual rapper on the Saturday me song as him. When it’s just John Cena, it’s harder to realize how bad he actually is. What makes it worse is his flow. He sounds like a 7th grader with a reading problem who just got picked on to read aloud in front of the class. He sounds like the rapper version of the guy with the weird voice on the Arby’s commercial. I almost expected him to drop a “we have the meats” line somewhere in there. John Cena is a terrifying man, but it’s hard to take him seriously when he raps “I’m ’bout to go on trial… Murdering instrumentals”, and the killer closing line “I got four fingers, I’m giving you the middle one”. Whoa. Take it easy man. I don’t want any problems here.

3: Le’Veon Bell (aka Juice)

Le’Veon is the first person on this list to have actually crafted himself a rap name and release a mixtape. This isn’t that impressive, considering he probably has nothing else to do during his annual suspensions. In fact, one has to suspect that late nights in the studio with a little bit of creative smoke clouds probably led to these suspensions. One thing smoking a lot of weed didn’t do for Le’Veon bell is make him a better rapper.

His rap style sounds like he is trying to say something mean about someone across the room without raising his voice too loud. The monotone thing doesn’t really work out for Le’Veon, a.k.a Juice, and he should definitely stick to playing in the NFL.

In hindsight, this song is fucking hilarious because it basically predicts his suspension long before it happens. This song was released in early April, and it contains the following:

“They collectin’ all my piss like there is somethin’ in my system
I don’t feel ’em though, ask me do I get it, no  
They want me off the field, I guess I kinda gotta feel ’em though”

Well. Juice is basically saying he doesn’t know why they keep making him pee in a cup. Maybe that’s why he was so reluctant to show up for his drug test. Not only is that lyric direct foreshadowing of his suspension, it’s also kinda gross. Name one other rapper that would rap about someone collecting their urine. I’m waiting. (Josh Gordon doesn’t rap)

2: Peyton and Eli Manning

Look. I know it’s a joke, but if there’s anyone that can make themselves look like a couple of assholes even when they’re joking, it’s the Manning brothers. I don’t understand what they were really going for. Peyton has a shaggy 80s creep haircut, and Eli looks like someone put Napoleon Dynamite in the microwave for 30 seconds and smushed his face in. I have to say, however, the best part of this video is when Peyton asks “what do you think Alexander Graham Bell would say if he saw you watching football on your phone?” and Eli busts through the painting with “who cares? Dude’s dead!” I feel like the Manning brothers may have comedic potential in the future, but definitely not a music career. Never again.

1: Serena Williams

Ok before I say anything else, this beat is fire. The person on the track? No. No. No. Pretty much the only good thing about this song is that it’s only 1:10 long. The best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) lyric here is definitely “Swag out this world, you should call me Venus. That’s my sister, I’m Serena”. Thanks for the introduction. I wasn’t sure. From the sounds of it, this track came to be while Serena was hanging out with some NFL linebacker. I just hope there isn’t more where this came from.

 

Where Do They Stack Up?

When you’re a sporting phenom your entire career, for better or worse and I choose the latter, is plagued with comparisons. More often than not, these comparisons come before you even begin your professional career. In the 2003 NBA draft, the hype surrounding LeBron James was unbelievable. Before even putting a jersey on, reports heralded him as the next Jordan. They said he will be better than Bird and Magic and he had the potential to challenge Bill Russell’s ring count (yeah, okay).

In case you missed it, and that’s practically impossible thanks to the world wide leader. James captured his third career title on June 19th, eradicating Golden States’ early 3-1 series lead, the first team in NBA history to do so. Then, playing out of his mind in game 7 propelling the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first ever NBA championship.

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Love him or hate him, LeBron’s efforts are undeniably the gas that fueled this historic come back. Just a year prior, Golden State controlled the pace of play due to Kevin Love missing to an injury he suffered in round one against the Boston Celtics and Kyrie Irving being knocked out early in the Finals. Statistically speaking, James was well above average but it just goes to show a title is never a one man show.

Despite two prior NBA Finals victories, this one will solidify James as this generations greatest player. This, despite Steph Curry’s unanimous league MVP crown. We as a whole know who ‘the real MVP’ is. Not many athletes get to end one of sports longest championship droughts in their hometown city. So, please just let him have his moment.

We’ll argue until we’re blue in the face about where LeBron stands on the greatest of all time list. At 31 years old, LeBron is closer to the end of his career than he is to the beginning. Currently in the middle of his prime, there’s still a lot of miles still left on those legs. But will they all be spent in Cleveland? Your guess is as good as mine.

Eleven years has passed since the Pittsburgh Penguins won the league wide draft lottery and selected Sidney Crosby first overall in the 2005 NHL entry draft. Similar to James, Crosby was compared to Wayne Gretzky,had the leadership qualities of Steve Yzerman and would win more cups for the Penguins that Lemieux did.

Well…

In just three seasons Crosby rejuvenated the then dying Penguins and captained them back to the Cup final for the first time since 1992. While they would lose to the Red Wings in 6 games they would return the following season, same team, different result. From there, Crosby had written his own legacy.

In the subsequent years that followed Crosby and company had a noticeable skid. From 2011 to early 2013, Crosby battled repeated concussion issues and a major dip in production. Repeated playoff disappointments highlighted their struggles which resulted in the firing of two head coaches and major shifts in player personnel.

2015-2016 would be different. Seven years had passed since Crosby’s first title and it was more than evident that he needed some scoring help. The ‘HBK’ line of Phil Kessel, Nick Bonino and Carl Hagelin gave him just that. Designed as their third line, the terrific trio overpowered their opposition carving their way back to the Final.

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Pittsburgh won in 6 games and despite Crosby winning the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP, his offensive presence was minuscule when compared to that of his peers. Unlike the 2008 and 2009 Finals where Crosby needed to be the guy night in and night out, this year he received invaluable help. Which appeared to be the solution to Pittsburgh’s 7 year Cup drought.

With only two Cups to his name, it’s not fair to compare him to Gretzky (4) just yet however. His sights have been narrowed in and as we’ve seen this past year, that may be the only thing this generations Wayne Gretzky needs.

 

Cavaliers Defeat Warriors 93-87 to win first NBA Championship: Reaction and Reflection

Minutes after the final buzzer sounded at Oracle Arena to give the Cleveland Cavaliers their first NBA Championship in franchise history, LeBron James collapsed to the floor.   James, surrounded by players he recruited, was finally victorious in the Cavalier wine and gold uniform. It wasn’t a likely outcome, and it almost didn’t seem real, especially given the fact that the Golden State Warriors had hardly lost a game in their building all season. In fact, just days ago, the Warriors were so close to a title that the narrative had already begun to shift to the fallout of The Finals. People talked about whether Tyronn Lue would be coaching next season, whether Kevin Love would still be on the team, and how a lackluster 2-5 record in the NBA Finals impacts a player who desires to be mentioned with all-time greats such as Jordan, Magic and Russell.

Now, after an improbable 3-1 series comeback, Cleveland is a championship city for the first time in 52 years.

Many people will look at the Draymond Green suspension as the turning point in this series, and that may hold some truth. However, it is unfair to blame Draymond Green for the overall failure of the Warriors in the final 3 games. Green played excellent in Game 7, and deserves a lot of credit for what he was able to do. In all likelihood, however, winning on the road in Game 5 gave the Cavaliers some confidence going into Game 7, and they needed every bit of it.While the Cavaliers may have won Game 5 even if Green was on the court, the suspension served as motivation for the Cavaliers to seize on an opportunity, a philosophy they carried through to the next two games.

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If there’s any individual blame to go around, it has to go to Steph Curry. As the back-to-back MVP, 6 for 19 with 17 points in an NBA Finals Game 7 is unacceptable. Curry shot 4 of 14 from 3-point range, well below his usual average. For perspective, if Curry shot his 2015-16 regular average for 3-pointers (.454), he finishes with six more points, and the Warriors win this game. Something was off with Curry, and he wasn’t draining the shots we are used to seeing him make. Many times throughout the night, Oracle Arena was ready to explode with excitement from a clutch Curry 3-pointer, just to be disappointed when it clanged off the rim. Even after Kyrie Irving hit what proved to be the game-winning shot with just under a minute left, you still felt like the Warriors were going to find a way to win. There was no way they were going to go down like this with the historic season they had. Nevertheless, they couldn’t pull it off, and now one must wonder how something like this could’ve happened. Maybe they were fatigued from the strenuous regular season and back-to-back 7 game series. Maybe it was injury. Even if it was, Curry would never hide behind that excuse. The truth is, we will never know what exactly caused this series to end the way it did, but the Cavaliers deserve all the credit in the world.

While so much attention is paid to LeBron James and his accomplishments in the final games of this series, an equal amount of attention should be placed (but sadly, probably won’t) on the players around him. Trailing 3-1 in the series, it would have been easy for a guy like Richard Jefferson or JR Smith to pack it in for the year. Why should it matter to them? Obviously, no player is going to just stop trying, but when so much of the narrative is focused solely on LeBron James, as a supporting player you might begin to wonder how much credit you’re actually going to receive. On the flip side, there is very little blame handed down to guys like Smith or Iman Shumpert with a loss, they are just pieces, easily moveable and replaceable. When it comes down to it, the supporting cast decided the fate of this series just as much, if not more, than LeBron James and Kyrie Irving did. Their dedication and commitment could not have been more clear than when J.R. Smith let out all his emotions following the win and also in his press conference.

So, this is the fun part; what does the future look like for LeBron James and Steph Curry? While the sting is still very fresh for Curry, there is nothing but optimism for his future. While LeBron may have temporarily stolen back the imaginary throne of current best player in the NBA, Curry and the Warriors are poised to be contenders for years to come. In fact, Vegas already has them as the favorites to win it all next year. When Golden State says they will use this loss as motivation for next season, I’d take their word for it. A 73-9 team doesn’t reach that mark out of pure chance. This team has dynasty potential, and how they respond next season will show if they are up to that caliber. With the predictability of the current NBA, my money is on a third-straight Warriors vs. Cavaliers finals next season, and even more bragging rights will be on the line.

For LeBron James and Cleveland, their future won’t start for at least another month. They will spend a good chunk of time enjoying this one, but expect them to be back next year. The makeup of the team is another question, and it remains to be seen whether Kevin Love will be back next season. One thing’s for sure, we have a long offseason to talk about it.

NBA Offseason Odds Meter

What are the odds LeBron James bolts Cleveland?

10%

Wow. Can you imagine? This percentage would definitely be a little higher if they lost, but deep down would anyone really be that shocked? I’m not sure anyone would burn his jersey this time if he left, but they might at least stomp on it a little bit and put it in a box for when he inevitably returns again.

What are the odds the Warriors get Kevin Durant?

20%

I can’t think of anything that would shake up the NBA world more than the Warriors somehow landing Kevin Durant. Personally, I question whether or not he would want to go to a team he just lost to in an emotional 7-game series, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem for a lot of people with much more knowledge about the NBA than myself. If that were to happen, you would think the Warriors would have to part ways with Draymond Green, but once again, anything is possible in the NBA offseason.

What are the odds Kevin Love leaves Cleveland?

40%

This has been a rumor for too long to not be of at least some risk. Love’s poor play throughout much of the playoffs only fueled rumors, but perhaps his decent Game 7 combined with an NBA Championship might smooth things over between Love and Cleveland.

What are the odds the NBA is rigged?

2%

I bring this up because there is a growing number of people (including Ayesha Curry) making comments about the league being rigged. While it sometimes seems like a logical explanation for the inexplicable, the NBA is not rigged. Tanking might be a real thing, but there are too many people around this league to keep such a colossal secret quiet. However, my friend (who is a football maniac and probably cares more about NFL mini-camps than the NBA Finals) offered an interesting viewpoint; what if it’s the refs that are fixing it?

What are the odds that Drake is now a Cavalier fan?

50%

I leave this one at 50% because with Drake, you always need to leave room for the other option. Maybe that option is Golden State, maybe it’s Toronto. Depends on how he feels when he wakes up. Clearly, Drake only cares about associating himself with anything successful. It makes sense, considering he’s been so successful lately, but it kind of makes you wonder, when Drake’s run finally ends, will he root for a bad team instead? I hear 76ers season tickets are going for pretty cheap these days, Drizzy.

Cavaliers Take Advantage of Draymond Green Suspension to Force Game 6, So What Now?

There is a common saying in the NBA that a playoff series doesn’t begin until a team wins on the road. While this is usually the case in most situations, it appeared to be the exact opposite in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors went to Cleveland up 2-0 in the series, already crowned presumptive NBA Champions by many. While the Cavaliers were able to dominate in Game 3, a strong road win by the Warriors in Game 4 behind a 38-point performance from back-to-back MVP Steph Curry had most basketball fans agreeing the series was essentially over. Instead of starting a competitive series by winning on the road, the Warriors ended it.

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Or so we thought.

Big news came out Sunday night when the NBA announced Draymond Green would be suspended for Game 5 after his altercation with LeBron James in the later stages of Game 4 was upgraded to a flagrant-1 foul. Green had already been under the microscope this postseason for three previous flagrant fouls, and the most recent one warranted an automatic one game suspension.

This suspension was met with much controversy from the media, fans and players. Klay Thompson, reacting to the news, said “I guess his feelings just got hurt. I mean, we’ve all been called plenty of bad words on the basketball court before. Some guys just react to it differently.” When asked about Thompson’s comments, James chose to take the “high road,” a statement that was mocked by Ayesha Curry, wife of Steph Curry, who tweeted “High Road. invisible bridge used to step over said person when open floor is available left to right.”

James received harsh criticism for this response, primarily from Mychal Thompson, father of Klay Thompson, who continued the recent trend of former NBA players in their mid-50’s complaining about everything, said “LeBron couldn’t have survived in the 80s with the physicality and the words guys said to each other back then.”

I understand that LeBron should have shrugged this off, but given the intensity of the series and the fact that he was probably pissed off with how the game was going, you can see why he did it. That’s not to say it was acceptable, but if LeBron played nice and walked away, Draymond could have been in Game 5 and we could be talking about a series recap right now. The truth is, the suspension to Green may have been the small springboard of momentum the Cavaliers needed going into Game 5 to earn themselves a chance to fight again.

Despite Draymond Green being out of the lineup (and out of the building for that matter), it was hard to envision the Cavaliers winning this game. The way in which Golden State won Game 4, raining down three-pointers and stealing the game in front of the Cleveland faithful, appeared to take away any heart this Cavaliers team had left. The Warriors hit 17 three-pointers in Game 4, the most in NBA Finals history. With each drained bucket, the body language for every player on the Cavaliers went from bad to worse. Game 5 began with a flurry of offense from both teams, with the score 32-29 Golden State at the end of the first quarter. In the second, Klay Thompson seemingly draining a shot every time he touched the basketball, with four deep 3-pointers highlighting his performance in the first half.

However, once the second half began, the Cavs hit the gas. More importantly, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving caught fire. Both finished with 41 points, handling most of the heavy lifting for a Cavaliers roster that has struggled to match the depth of the Warriors. In similar situations last year during the Finals, LeBron had to churn out a solo effort in order to get the job done. Now, he has a wingman.

So, does this win shift the outlook of this series? Sure. Kyrie Irving finally had the game he needed in order to establish himself as a star in big moments, something we haven’t necessarily seen on his resume thus far in the league. Shades of it were present in Game 4, but this 41 point night had much more of an impact. In previous games, Irving appeared to fade under the spotlight, but somehow, he found a hot streak in the hostile confines of a rocking Oracle Arena. Additionally, we saw a killer instinct from LeBron James that hasn’t come out in a long, long time. That being said, none of it will matter if the Cavaliers can’t get it done on Thursday night. Despite the great game, they will still have a monster to contend with when Draymond Green returns. Despite 41 points from LeBron and Irving, the pressure is still on the Cavaliers, and they will have to prove they can handle it.

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Where is the Love?

Since returning from his concussion sustained in Game 1, you would think Kevin Love hasn’t actually returned from his concussion sustained in Game 1. He’s not doing himself any favors in proving he isn’t the odd man out on this Cavalier’s roster, and in Game 5 he finished just 1-5 with 2 points in 33 minutes of action. Someone needs to start a search party in Cleveland for this guy, because his picture is about to show up in the missing persons report. Love’s poor play has only fueled local Bostonians’ hopes of landing him next season, so it could shape up to be one interesting offseason.

Contrary to Popular Belief, the NBA Finals Are Not Over

Oh, Cleveland. What are we going to do with you? First, we give you the self-proclaimed “King” of modern basketball in 2003, then we watch him cheat on you with a more attractive Miami team and win back-to-back championships. The sport Gods must have been feeling pretty bad for you after a couple of years, because in 2014 you were blessed with LeBron’s return and a promising first-round quarterback, so you should have been good to go… Right?

Well, now it’s 2016, Johnny Manziel looks more like 2011 Charlie Sheen than an NFL quarterback, and for the second straight year, LeBron James and the Cavaliers look utterly outmatched and downright awful in the NBA Finals. So, after a historically dreadful first two games, why is there any hope for Cleveland? It’s a seven game series, ya knuckleheads!

Sure, things went about as bad as they could possibly go in the first two contests, especially game 2, but the Cavaliers still have a chance to tie up the series with a couple home wins. Admittedly, that will be a steep hill to climb given what we’ve seen so far in this series, but it’s not like this Golden State team is some unstoppable juggernaut. As proven by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Warriors have flaws. The only issue for the Cavaliers is, they have a lot more of them. As much as the Warriors played well in games 1 and 2, the Cavaliers looked void of any signs of life. Any time Richard Jefferson looks like the second best guy on the floor on a team with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, you have a serious problem.

The main issue for the Cavaliers appears to be the same issue they faced last year: inconsistent play from LeBron James’ supporting cast. This comes as somewhat of a shock given the return of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, but even they have proved to be mediocre at best this series. Things only get worse as you move down the roster; at times you have to question whether Iman Shumpert is even taking any of this seriously.

The Cavalier bench inconsistencies are only magnified when matched up against what has proven to be one of the deeper rosters in NBA history. In Game 1, Curry and Thompson hardly had to lift a finger to secure the win. It seems that no matter who is shooting the ball for Golden State, it almost always finds its way into the net. This is the difference between a team with chemistry and a team with a bunch of good players.

Even if LeBron goes out with 30+ point games the rest of this series, he will only have himself to blame if he loses. He wanted Kyrie and Kevin. He wanted every last member of his supporting cast. He has had nothing but praise for Tyronne Lue. If the Cavaliers lose, there will be tough questions to answer. If they get swept, there will be hell to pay.

A lot of things need to suddenly come together at once for the Cavs to get back in this series, and it all starts with Kyrie Irving. We don’t even know if Love will be able to play yet, and if he doesn’t, this opens up the floor for Irving to come out and have a monster game. The Cavaliers don’t need a LeBron James domination. It would help, but they will get a lot more of a boost if other players step up and pitch in solid efforts. We’ve already seen what happens when it’s just the LeBron James show. Let’s see what happens if other guys can get in on the act tomorrow night at Quicken Loans Arena.