After an off season that was arguably more entertaining than the season itself, the NBA is back. Summer league is over, pre-season is underway and we are a few days away from our first look at the new landscape that is the 2017-18 NBA. With surprising free agency signings, a top heavy draft, and can-you-believe-the-best-two-teams-in-the-Eastern-Conference-swapped-superstars style trades, there are many questions about where teams will place, though it is unanimously agreed who is the favorite to win it all (spoiler: it’s the team with two NBA MVPs under the age of 30). Haven’t followed the NBA in months? Don’t worry, TCC is here to catch you up with our 2017-18 NBA Preview. Using the over/under for total wins set by the Westgate Las Vegas Sports Book we will split the league into 3 parts: the top, middle and bottom. Below is the top 10 or as we call ’em, the Top Dogs.
The Courtside Collective presents
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – NBA Week 13.
Things heating up in the NBA with feuds and tensions running high in our week 13 round up!
In our new weekly feature John Cronin breaks down what is happening in the NBA world and lets us know what he thinks is good and not so good in the league…
So the NBA is coming back for their annual trip to London in January 2017 when the Denver Nuggets will play the Indiana Pacers in the only regular season NBA game that takes place overseas. Every year from the initial announcement until the day of the game itself we get lots of questions through our social media accounts and year on year the same questions are repeated so we thought it might be a good idea to throw together a handy guide which will hopefully answer all your questions in advance! If we have missed anything out just hit us up on Facebook / Snapchat / Twitter or E-mail .
Tonight the Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals. This is why these guys play, nothing is more important right now. But these finals more than any other in recent memory, have substantially more meaning. Win or lose these 2016 NBA Finals mean everything and more to both teams involved.
Episode 3 of the Podcast is here and finally have audio that doesn’t sound like it’s coming from inside of a beer can! Niall and Andy joined by special guest Gareth Shortt to preview the NBA Finals before the conversation wanders to hair, strange injuries and Gareth’s muse of the week!
Also make sure and stay tuned for a special contribution from TCC regular Mike Calo, coming to us live from Paris!
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.
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.
Basketball Ireland recently announced an expansion to the men’s national league with four new clubs granted a licence and an overall increase to 24 teams across 2 divisions. It was accompanied by news of some new tweaks to the format including automatic promotion and relegation and the first division splitting into north and south conferences.