• The Portland Trailblazers Is the Scariest Team in the NBA Bubble
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    The Portland Trailblazers Is the Scariest Team in the NBA Bubble

    The Portland Trailblazers entered the NBA bubble with a lot of uncertainty. How will Jusef Nurkic play after coming back from a horrific injury? Will the smaller Carmelo Anthony be as effective scorer for them? Could they make a run at Memphis for that 8th seed in the West? They have responded by going 3-1 with wins over Memphis, Denver and the Houston Rockets. The only loss they’ve suffered is from Boston. In that game, they trailed by as much as 20-something points in the first half. In the second half, they actually took the lead but ran out of gas in the end. They trail Memphis by a half-game…

  • It’s been a rough few months but screw it; I’m going to Disney World! Not really … wouldn’t it be nice? There have been no sports for months. I guess that’s not entirely true. For some reason, WWE was deemed as ‘essential work’ so, those guys continued to televise matches – what a joke. And at least we’ve finally been getting some UFC events to watch. But there have been two main concerns as we donned our masks to leave the house all spring and on towards summer: Will there even be an MLB season and will the NBA season resume? It looks like we’ll get both! The NBA regular season will reboot on July 31st. So, sure, it’s still a couple of months of waiting but at least it isn’t going to jump right to the playoffs like most of us thought it initially would. As a Trail Blazers fan, I was so bummed to see them in 9th place and have their game canceled … then the season canceled. So, how will it work? We’ll get the 16 playoff teams; eight from each conference, then a total of 6 teams that are within 6 games of the 8th place relegation line. So not everyone team in the NBA is coming back. Once again the Eastern Conference was weaker as a whole, so most of these potential ‘play-in’ teams are coming out of the Western Conference. The Six Within Six: 1. Portland Trail Blazers 2. New Orleans Pelicans 3. Sacramento Kings 4. San Antonio Spurs 5. Phoenix Suns 6. Washington Wizards Top Eight Out East: 1. Milwaukee Bucks 2. Toronto Raptors 3. Boston Celtics 4. Miami Heat 5. Indiana Pacers 6. Philadelphia 76ers 7. Brooklyn Nets 8. Orlando Magic Top Eight Out West 1. Los Angeles Lakers 2. Los Angeles Clippers 3. Denver Nuggets 4. Utah Jazz 5. Oklahoma City Thunder 6. Houston Rockets 7. Dallas Mavericks 8. Memphis Grizzlies Teams from No. 1 to No. 6 in both conferences are locked in. This is because the ‘regular-season finale will only be eight games. So, any team that has an 8.5 game lead on the No. 9 team of its respective conference is mathematically in. So, we’ll have eight games to decide who’s in. It could potentially turn into 10 games if the No. 8 and No. 9 teams are within four of each other at the end. If this is the case, the higher-ranked team just has to win one game to move on. Whereas the lower-ranked team will have to win back-to-back and double-eliminate the No. 8 team to usurp them. Speaking of No. 9 teams. The Portland Trail Blazers might have a tough road ahead. Oddly enough, the Blazers were the only team to vote against a resumed season … strange considering they are the closest team out of 8th in the league. So, Melo … Carmelo Anthony has been a solid player for Rip City since signing in November. He’s snagged a little over 6 boards and dropped a little over 15 points per game. At just 3.5 games out of 8th, the Blazers have a legitimate shot of scratching their way into the playoffs for the 36th time in their 50 year existence. But Mello isn’t sure if he’ll be present at the Happiest Place on Earth – not sure if that only applies to Disney Land or of it bridges over to Disney World. According to Yahoo Sports, Carmelo isn’t alone. There is a group of 40-50 players who doubt the plan. That said, it’s already been officially stated that opting out of playing a resumed season amidst the chaos of coronavirus and social justice, will invoke no punishment. Players are free not to attend. It’s understandable given the current situation in America. There are concerns about leaving family, and parts of the contract that state they can’t leave Disney World campus grounds. And of course, some are probably afraid of exposure to COVID, especially since the second wave is coming. The only thing they’ll lose is equivalent pay and my respect – which they don’t care about anyhow.
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    It’s Official: The NBA is on its Way Back

    It’s been a rough few months but screw it; I’m going to Disney World! Not really … wouldn’t it be nice? There have been no sports for months. I guess that’s not entirely true. For some reason, WWE was deemed as ‘essential work’ so, those guys continued to televise matches – what a joke. And at least we’ve finally been getting some UFC events to watch. But there have been two main concerns as we donned our masks to leave the house all spring and on towards summer: Will there even be an MLB season and will the NBA season resume? It looks like we’ll get both! The NBA regular…

  • Should the Atlanta Hawks Sign John Collins to Extension?
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    Should the Atlanta Hawks Sign John Collins to Extension?

    There have been rumblings lately about the Atlanta Hawks and John Collins.  The Atlanta Hawks have reservations about signing John Collins to a significant long-term contract extension this offseason. During the trade deadline, teams were calling the Hawks asking about John Collins. With the Hawks hesitating about giving him an extension, teams thought they could pry him away. Collins’ range likely starts at the four-year, $77 million extension signed by Domantas Sabonis with the Indiana Pacers before the start of the season. Collins, for his part, believes he’s proved his value. “I mean, I feel like I am a priority to the Hawks in terms of my value in the…

  • 5 Big Men Atlanta Hawks Trade Possibilities
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    5 Big Men Atlanta Hawks Trade Possibilities

    The Atlanta Hawks are probably not making the playoffs this season, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make moves. With the trade deadline coming up Thursday, it’s been rumored that the Hawks want a big man. A couple months ago, there were discussions about Andre Drummond. After those talks died, we didn’t hear much but now that’s changed. It’s been reported that the Houston Rockets want to deal Clint Capela to an Eastern Conference team. The Atlanta Hawks are one of the teams interested in the big man. Houston wants a wing to add to their lineup and a third team could be added in the trade. Steven Adams from…

  • Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Passes Away
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    Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Passes Away

    Former NBA Commissioner David Stern passes away at the age of 77. His death comes just a few weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 17. Stern was the commissioner of the league for 30 years, holding the position from 1984 through 2014, and was succeeded by current commissioner Adam Silver. When he first entered the league, basketball was not what it is today. Over his tenure, the popularity of the sport grew exponentially. His impact was felt by many, and even those who entered the league after his time as commissioner were benefiting from changes he helped put into place in the sport. “For 22 years, I had…

  • Will Revamped Boston Celtics Regain Chemistry Next Season?
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    Will Revamped Boston Celtics Regain Chemistry Next Season?

    New @celtics threads for @KembaWalker! pic.twitter.com/WRcrWUDYBI — NBA (@NBA) July 20, 2019 The Boston Celtics were the most underwhelming team of the 2018/19 campaign, failing to match pre-season expectations that have placed them in the NBA Finals. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers had stood in their way for the previous two years, with the brilliance of the forward preventing Brand Stevens’ men from advancing from the Eastern Conference Finals in 2018. The absences of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward played a significant role in the Celtics’ failure to secure a Finals berth – or, seemingly, at the time. Their respective returns from injury and LeBron’s departure to the Los…

  • 2019 NBA Christmas Schedule: Are You Ready?
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    2019 NBA Christmas Schedule: Are You Ready?

    The NBA have officially released their anticipated Christmas schedule for 2019. As expected, the NBA gave all the fans the match-ups they wanted. The 2019 NBA Christmas schedule consists of five marquee games. In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics will head to Toronto to face the Raptors. Two teams that many think will meet in the East Finals will see the Milwaukee Bucks travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers. In he West, there will be three games featured on the 2019 NBA Christmas schedule. The young core of the New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Denver to face the Nuggets. The new look Houston Rockets will travel to…

  • My Top 5 Favorite College Basketball Teams Ever
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    My Top 5 Favorite College Basketball Teams Ever

    March Madness is headed into the second weekend. With the Sweet 16 starting up tomorrow, it got me thinking about some of favorite teams from the past. The NCAA tournament have been my favorite sporting event ever since I was a kid. When I was a teenager, me and my friends would hurry home to catch the games. We also love to watch NBA and WNBA games also. My daughters have become huge fans of the WNBA and they collect anything related to them. They are excited as the 2022 WNBA Prizm releases July 15th. This brings back memories of being a kid and collecting anything related to the NBA.…

  • A Beginner's Guide to Betting on Basketball Games
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    A Beginner’s Guide to Betting on Basketball Games

    Perhaps you’re a complete betting newbie that has a passion for the NBA. Alternatively, perhaps you have placed bets in the past in alternative sporting fields and you want to diversify into basketball betting. Either way, we acknowledge that the techniques and strategies that go into sports betting vary depending upon the specific sport. Without further ado, this article presents useful tips, tricks and inspiration on basketball betting for beginners to help you increase your chances of winning the jackpot. Why Bet on Basketball? Of the major sports, basketball is considered as being one of the easiest to bet on. This is very good news for die hard NBA fans…

  • 2016 Western Conference Finals
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    2016 Western Conference Finals Prediction

    Welcome to the Western Conference Finals between a couple of great teams that possess some of the best talent the league has to offer. The Warriors reached this point by beat the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers four games to one. Golden State reached this point without 2-time league MVP, Stephen Curry not playing in a few of those games as he was dealing with various injuries. The Warriors were expected to reach this point and pretty much the favorite to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals after their record breaking season. On the other hand, we have the Oklahoma City Thunder fresh off of pulling off the…

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    2nd Round of Western Conference Playoffs

    We have our first 2nd round match-up of the NBA playoffs as the San Antonio Spurs host the Oklahoma City Thunder with the winner advancing to the Western Conference Finals. San Antonio are coming off a dominant performance in the first round against the injury riddled Memphis Grizzlies as they swept them. On the other hand, Oklahoma City finished the Dallas Mavericks in five games. These teams are very familiar with each other and this should be a very good series.   The San Antonio Spurs came into the playoffs as one of the favorites to dethrone the Golden State Warriors to make the NBA Finals. If it wasn’t for…

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    Things I’ll Be Doing on Halloween Night

    This year has gone by so fast, and it’s hard to believe this weekend is Halloween already. My son is driving this year, so it’s pretty cool that he wants to take my daughter and her friends to the mall and later that night, the older kids will take the small ones trick or treating around our neighborhood. This year will be the first year my wife, and I will stay home to wait for the other kids from our subdivision come around to pass out candy. Now that I’m stuck home doing the duties of entertaining others and having fun with the kids, I need to find some things…