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!
In a series that begs the question; just how good is the home cooking? The Cavs lead 3-2 after a hard fought battle in Game 4 in Toronto and an absolute thrashing of the Raptors again back in the comfy confines of the Q in Cleveland in Game 5.
The season series has seen the two best teams in the East never lose at home. A good sign, if you’re a Cavs fan, having home court advantage. It also has you wishing this team could go up North and stick their foot on the proverbial throat and end this in Game 6.
The First ever podcast from TCC! Niall and Andy discuss the NBA Conference finals, the proposal for a points system in the Irish superleague and the Irish senior teams chances in the European Championships.
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 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.
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.
The end result has been somewhat overshadowed by accusations leveled at Draymond Green and his intentions when his lower leg met Steven Adams’s lower abdomen, but make no mistake, this was a spanking.
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.