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A coach’s observations from Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Much has been written about this year’s NBA finals match-up between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Basketball enthusiasts all over the world salivated at the prospect of a Steph Curry-LeBron James match up over a historic best-of-seven series. The Warriors are chasing their first title since 1975 while the Cavs are fighting for their first ever one.

The first game was played yesterday, which saw the Warriors winning 108-100 in overtime. Both teams played well and all of their superstars showed why they were labelled as such. Below are my observations during the game:


  1. The Cavs’ transition defense was excellent. They minimised one of the Warriors’ threat – fastbreaks.
  2. The Cavs did a great job in closing out the Warriors’ three-point shooters.
  3. Mozgov and Tristan Thompson played very well. Mozgov changed a lot of the Warriors’ shots while Tristan Thompson rebounded tremendously well.
  4. There were too many isolation plays involving LBJ. Although effective, with James scoring 44, it’s never going to be enough in any series, let alone with the Warriors.
  5. JR Smith went cold in the second half. I really believe that he needs to step up to be able to help the Cavs win some games.
  6. Their bench did not show up.
  7. Kyrie played a LOT of minutes. Although he was spectacular until he got injured, Blatt should have monitored his minutes.


  1. Their bench saved them. Mo Speights, Iguodala and Livingston played very well, especially in the second quarter.
  2. Curry heated up in the second quarter. Following a big lift from their bench players, Steph Curry and his team shot their way back from a 14-point deficit in the second quarter which changed the game completely.
  3. They defended ‘smartly’ and with discipline. Thanks most probably to Ron Adams (asst. coach and defensive specialist), they allowed LBJ to have his way against multiple defenders but did not collapse their defense when he went into the paint. James ‘only’ registered 6 assists last night.
  4. Small ball closed it out. Coach Kerr’s decision to put Green on the 5 and Barnes on 4 in overtime allowed multiple switching on defense, gang rebounding and a quicker pace, leading to a better defensive performance and higher energy levels which ultimately closed the game out. The Cave scored only 2 points during the overtime period.
  5. Thank goodness for Klay. I assume that the outcome of this game would be the opposite had Klay not been cleared to play. He suffered from concussion symptoms after he took a knee to his head during their close-out game against the Rockets. He played well on both ends of the floor.
  6. They turned down easy lay-ups throughout the game. The length of the Cavs (and the undeniable presence of Mozgov) forced the Warriors to kick the ball out instead of finishing in the rim in a number of occassions during the game.
  7. Turnovers nearly cost them the game. The Warriors need to take care of the ball better next game.

Alonzo Mourning’s Hall of Fame Speech

Alonzo Mourning is one of the best ambassadors of the NBA, basketball and sports in general. His passion for life and for the game is second to none and his willingness to show his emotions on and off the court is endearing.

Here is his full Hall of Fame speech:

A Day Out with Ninja Turtles,Michael Jordan and Barney Stinson

Today’s Prompt: Go down the rabbit hole with Alice; play quidditch with Harry Potter; float down the river with Huck Finn… If you could choose three fictional events or adventures to experience yourself, what would they be?

This is how it’ll go down.

First, I’ll have a pizza or five with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles.

Then, I’ll play basketball with Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny and their friends (SpaceJam):


Finally, I’ll call my buddy Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother) and party all night. ‘Up top’!

Barney Stinson

LeBron James is Coming Home to the Cavs

Four-time MVP LeBron James has announced that he will be coming back to the team that drafted him- the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron will be playing alongside young talents such as Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins to chase Cleveland’s first ever championship in decades.

For the full story reported on Sports Illustrated, click HERE

The NBA Sent a Powerful Message By Drafting Isaiah Austin

Adam Silver and the NBA made an incredible gesture by drafting the former Baylor Bears standout center, Isaiah Austin. Austin has been rated quite highly by NBA scouts and was expected to be picked last night. However, a few weeks ago, he was given a career-ending diagnosis of Marfan Syndrome (what is Marfan Syndrome?).

The NBA draft could have carried on without Silver’s tribute to Austin, but he did it anyway. Silver and the NBA has at least fulfilled Isaiah’s dream of being drafted, even though he will not be able to play a single competitive basketball game again. It speaks volumes on how the NBA wants to be on the forefront of promoting positive attitudes towards everyone in society. We can all remember Adam Silver’s press conference during the heat of the Donald Sterling controversy, right? That and last night’s gesture is an amazing display of compassion, inclusion and a move away from the old, horrible attitudes.

I love it.

Thank you, Mr. Silver!

And the Top 10 Picks of the 2014 NBA draft are…

So the wait is over. Andrew Wiggins has been confirmed as the NBA’s Number 1 Draft Pick this year. He was picked by the Cavaliers but will he stay there? I don’t know…

Andrew Wiggins

Jabari Parker was picked no. 2 by Milwaukee. Parker is exciting. He’s my favourite player out of all the draftees this year. I hope he does well.

Jabari Parker

The Sixers then selected Joel Embiid, who I thought would be the number one pick. He is very highly rated but his recent foot injury puts a huge, huge question mark on his future. He’s out for at least 4 months. Goodness knows when he’d be healthy and productive. I wish him well, too.

Joel Embiid

The Orlando Magic selected 6’8″ forward Aaron Gordon. Gordon’s a world-class athlete who can run and defend any position. He’s a bit of an enigma for me.

Aaron Gordon

The fifth pick by the Jazz was the 18 year-old, 6’6″ Autralian point gurad, Dante Exum.

Dante Exum

The 6th pick, Marcus Smart , is going to Boston to play for the Celtics. Smart is a point guard that drives harder than anyone. He has a 6’9″ wing-span, he is a great defender, but a bad shooter. Would he be a good fit with Rondo? Hmmm…

Marcus Smart

Julius Randle joins the LA Lakers as the 7th ovrall pick. He’s a great rebounder who kind of reminds people of Zach Randolph in the way he works in the paint.

Julius Randle

Nik Stauskas goes 8th with the Kings. Stauskas is a great, great shooter.

Nik Stauskas

The New Orleans HORNETS (no longer the Pelicans, remember!), selected Noah Vonleh as the 9th pick. He has a 7’4″ wing-span!

Noah Vonleh

The 10th pick (Philly) pick was Elfrid Payton.

Elfrid Payton