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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly NBA Week 13

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!

TCC Podcast Ep 4: Finals over? And which Irish ballers are punching?

Niall and Andy discuss games 1 and 2 of the NBA finals, Mike Calo checks in from Ohio and Gareth Shortt is back with his ‘Muse of the week’ asking the question of which Irish basketlallers are ‘punching’? We also take a quick look at TheRinger.com and look ahead to game 3 tonight. 

Raptors Extinct After One Game?


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.

Calo’s Cavs Conclusion: A Letter to LeBron

Dear Lebron,

Thank you so much for everything you have done in the last 12 months.  Thank you for the countless millions you have brought back to Northeast Ohio and for having the city of Cleveland talked about daily in countless media outlets.  Thank you for making Matthew Dellavedova, Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov household names. 

The Real MVP?

Now that game 6 is upon us, I’ve read more articles and seen more posts about who people think the Finals MVP should be WHEN the Golden State Warriors win the title and frankly, that bothers me. Lebron James has willed his team into a position of winning the NBA Championship. The numbers he’s putting up are staggering, even more staggering than the video game stats he usually puts up. But the fact that people are now assuming that he should be the MVP from the losing squad completely diminishes Lebron’s maturation as a poised, attacking, leader. Yes, this Cavs team is injury-riddled and overmatched talent wise, but five days ago we were all marvelling at Dellevedova’s heart and at Tristan Thompson’s motor and at Lebron’s patience with the ball and ability to insert his will in this series. So, to dismiss these Cavs after losing games 4 and 5 doesn’t seem right. Same way it didn’t seem right to dismiss the best team in the NBA after they lost games 2 and 3.

LeBron is the finals MVP and it shouldn’t be close

LBJ: A Man on a Mission

LBJ: Finals MVP?

The Bill Russell award goes to the Most Valuable Player of the NBA finals and, since its inception, has been awarded to 28 different players.  Michael Jordan won it six times, Magic Johnson, Shaq and Tim Duncan have won it three times and Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have all won it twice.  On every occasion since 1969 the winner of the finals MVP (renamed in 2009) has also won the NBA title.  On the very first occasion that the award was given, however, in 1969, it went to Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers.  The 1969 NBA finals saw the Bill Russell-coached-and-led Boston Celtics defeat West’s Lakers 4-3 for Russell’s eleventh title.

Calo on the Cavs: Wrecking Ball

Miles!   That is the difference between LBJ and the rest of the world….NBA players look ordinary against him. When you have a game changer like Lebron controlling everything you have a chance against anybody.  He started the game aggressively with 10 shots attempts in the first quarter continuously getting into the paint and putting pressure on the Warriors D from the outset. In short he was a wrecking ball of power and force that played with a controlled tempo and overall game awareness of Magic Johnson in his heyday.  This day was another ridiculous set of numbers put up by the world’s best player finishing with 40 points 12 rebounds and 8 assists with 4 steals and 2 blocks – but that doesn’t tell the whole story.  The fact LBJ is playing point guard and has the ball in his hands all game long means that his team is for the most part going to get a shot up every possession and in most cases a good shot. 

NBA Finals: The Case for the Warriors


Yesterday, TCC all-timer Mike Calo wrote on how he thinks this year is the year that Cleveland finally wins its first championship since 1964.  The city of Cleveland, with three major professional sports teams, has not won a title since the Cleveland Browns (original version) won the 1964 NFL title – not the Super Bowl, though, that didn’t come into existence until 1967.  The Cleveland Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948 and, of course, the Cleveland Cavaliers have never won the NBA title.  The only sadder sports cities are Ottawa, which only has the Senators NHL team and hasn’t won anything since 1927, and San Diego, which won the 1963 NFL title, but has never seen a World Series, or indeed an NBA title – though it currently has no NBA team.  Of course, it’s San Diego.  They have a lot more going for them there in southern California than other parts of North America.

Calo on the Cavs: why this is their year

What does it mean to be from Cleveland, Northeast Ohio?

It means that you grew up knowing what it’s like to lose the big game and the heartache of a sports town being the brunt of all national jokes.  To experience Red Right 88, The Drive, The Shot, The Mistake by the Lake, The Fumble, Jose Mesa and the Florida Marlins and to make an annual game against Michigan like getting punched in the stomach.  Hearing about how our river once burned for weeks from the pollution.  How when people ask where are you from and you say Cleveland with pride and they respond with “I’m sorry”.