Irish  -  Junior May 25, 2016

Westbrook Destroying Curry, Or is he?

After game 4 of the Western Conference Finals there has been a lot of talk about how Russell Westbrook is destroying Stephen Curry. Even with the game 2 no-show there is no doubt that Russ has been the best player in this series and perhaps the playoffs as a whole. He takes ‘bad’ shots, plays out of control on occasion and is one of the worst help defenders starting in the playoffs but more than makes up for it with his aggression and physical superiority, best exemplified when he goes on one of his violent one man fast breaks finished with an explosion to the basket.

Thunder push Warriors to the brink

In the end, kick-in-the-nuts-gate ended up hurting the Warriors more than the Thunder.  The distraction of whether or not Draymond Green would be suspended for a deliberate/accidental volley of Steven Adams’s nether regions, somewhat tempered by a video that appeared on social media showing Green throw out a flailing and potentially maiming leg on several plays over the course of his career, proved to have little impact on OKC who were again driven by a strong second quarter – which they won 42-27 – to win 118-94.

ECF: Is Winter Coming for the Cavs?

Game 2

In much the same fashion as game 1, the Cavs routed the Raptors in front of their home fans. After winning game 1 by 31 points, the Cavs came back and smashed Toronto again. This time by 19, leading throughout and winning 108-89. This was the first time the Raptors had lost back to back games in the postseason after having battled it out with both Indiana and Miami.

Raptors Extinct After One Game?

WOW!

What else can you say after watching the way the Cavs smashed the Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern conference finals?

Toronto started off with a 7-0 lead to begin the game and it went back and forth until the end of the first quarter.  It was in the second quarter when the Cavs went small and into their bench with a lineup of LeBron James, Matthew Dellavedova, Iman Shumpert, Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye.

ECF: Calo’s Take

Twenty years ago, the Toronto Raptors were completing their inaugural season under then-head coach Brendan Malone with star player Damon Stoudemire taking home the Rookie of the Year award.  Flash forward two decades.  The classic “Dino” uniforms are now an occasional throwback, Malone is now an assistant under Stan Van Gundy at the Detroit Pistons and Stoudemire is nearly a decade retired and the head coach at Pacific University.  The Raptors are also in the Eastern Conference finals.

NABA Open Evening 24 May

The North Atlantic Basketball Academy (NABA) invite parents and players to an information evening for secondary school students (1st – 6th year and Post Leaving Cert) on Tuesday 24 May, 6.45pm to 9pm, in our new campus located at the Deaf Village Ireland, Navan Road, Dublin 7.

Warriors see off Blazers, head to WCF

The Golden State Warriors, fresh off the shock of losing their tenth game of the 2015-2016 NBA season contrived to drop yet another game to the Portland Trailblazers.  Fortunately for Warriors fans, from the oldest of old school Philadelphia/San Francisco breed, to the Run-TMC era, to the Baron Davis generation, to the billionaire silicon valley tech-heads to Stephen Dawson, the defending champions were already two games to the good and went on to win the next two, closing out one of the season’s most surprise packages 4-1.