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Swap Meet, Or Swap Meat?

So this was a big deal, in every sense of the words.

All of the “hot take” action the last day or so has been directed towards figuring out who got the better of the Cavaliers-Celtics trade. Is Kyrie Irving the piece the Celtics need to push them over the top in the Eastern Conference? Maybe, but then again, maybe not, since half of last year’s successful Boston team will now be suiting up for Cleveland. At this point, it’s hard to say which team will come out on top in that particular two-way battle.

Then again, again, maybe the trade will wind up weakening both teams, now and in the future, enough that neither team winds up the East’s No. 1 seed. Continue reading Swap Meet, Or Swap Meat?

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The Cavaliers’ Conundrum

I did not immediately jump onto this blog in order to comment on the “shocking” news that Kyrie Irving wants to be traded, mostly because the whole thing is mind-numbingly stupid. Where exactly does Irving think he’s going to land that’s a better situation than the three-time defending conference champs for whom he currently plays?

Still, we’ve all had that one co-worker who just drove us crazy, so much so that taking another job–even one that clearly seemed to be a step down–became an attractive alternative. So it would appear with Irving and his time with the Cavaliers, which may or may not be at an end.

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Kyrie Irving: he hates his co-workers, just like all the rest of us

The part of all this that’s truly stupid is the presumably surprising nature of the upheaval in Cleveland. It’s not like anyone couldn’t have predicted that there would be trouble wherever LeBron James goes. Well, actually, it was predicted, a while back…by me, right here in this space. Continue reading The Cavaliers’ Conundrum

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Swag Goeth Before The Fall?

I am (pretty much) back from my summer vacation, the one that had me driving across the country to visit relatives in Philadelphia, and included visits to major league ballparks along the way.

It was difficult to keep track of a lot of what was going on, though I did make sure to watch every one of the NBA Finals games and see the Warriors get their sweet sweet revenge on Cleveland. All that came across quite clearly to me, and it was–from a Dubs fan’s perspective–quite delightful.

What’s not been so clear has been the most recent of the newly re-crowned champs’ off-season moves. In fact, the latest news has left me a bit groggy, surprised, and not quite certain that I heard that right. As in:

“Wait…Nick Young? As in, Swaggy Goddamn P?” Continue reading Swag Goeth Before The Fall?

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Best Served Cold

You know what they say about revenge, don’t you? Well, there’s a group of basketball players who’ve been know to hoist a few shots in Oakland who can vouch, after Wednesday night’s game, that the old saying is very, very true.

And they have Kevin Durant for playing the Master Chef and serving up a frosty platter to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of Game 3.

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Kevin Durant: Golden State’s Master Chef of revenge

And make no mistake: after the Cavs knifed the Warriors in the back in last year’s Game 7, that win Wednesday night was not just revenge in the form of a return stabbing — it was more like KD took a chainsaw and carved up the James gang like a Texas maniac. Continue reading Best Served Cold