Let’s be thankful for a rivalry renewed

Playing against OKC would be “just another game,” Kevin Durant said…

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Sorry, but in the words of Jay Z, “We don’t believe you, you need more people.” Any game featuring Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will never be just another game. Not after going up on the Warriors 3-1. Not after leaving OKC to then join that team after they came back and beat you.

Last night, I was out bowling with some friends during the game and they had the Warriors-Thunder game playing on the majority of the TVs. And then it happened. They switched all of the monitors to show music videos instead of the basketball game. I was not having it. I went to one of the workers and asked him switch my monitor back to the game. As he walked with me, he whispered, “Fuck the Warriors.”  All I could do is giggle as clearly someone was in their feelings last night. Luckily the Thunder were smoking the Warriors, so he switched my TV back to the game. However, unfortunately for him, just about everyone in the bowling alley then asked him to switch their monitor back to the Warriors-Thunder game. As a sports fan, last night was a game that you did not want to miss.

I knew the Thunder were going to beat the Warriors. But, then again, I always think the Thunder are going to beat Warriors. And it was a very satisfying moment when that wish finally came through. Westbrook was a monster, dominating the game in all aspects. And this time he had help from his new teammates Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. Yes, this was a regular season game and though the only thing damaged were some egos, but this is a very good sign for the NBA. Last night proved that the Warriors are beatable and the Thunder currently have the blueprint to beat them.

This offseason, several teams (like OKC) signed and traded for players with the intent to beat the Warriors in the postseason. However, the start of the season has been a struggle for some as the Warriors are not the only team in the NBA and there are several teams they need to prepare for. But as teams start to get their act together and new teammates become more comfortable with one another, these games will become a lot more interesting. Critics like to say Lebron James has an easy road to the finals every year, but other than facing the Thunder in the playoffs a couple years ago, the Warriors road to the finals has been just as easy.  Barring another cheap shot by Zaza Pachulia, the Warriors will have their hands full in the playoffs by several Western conference teams that are geared up to beat them. As Westbrook told Durant last season, “I’m coming.” Yes, he is. And so is the rest of the league.

I hope you all are enjoying your Thanksgiving. It’s warm out here in Miami so I am headed to the beach.

Till next time.

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Draymond Green and Bradley Beal ejected after altercation

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In what turned out to be a very exciting game, the Golden State Warriors faced off against the Washington Wizards Friday night. The Wizards were in control for the majority of the game beating the Warriors at their own game, hitting three after three after three while the Warriors just kept throwing up bricks.

Throughout the first half, Draymond was being Draymond. You know, that emotional rock that has helped lift the Warriors to two NBA Championships. He was doing a lot of talking, flailing, and just being that guy you hate if you’re on the opposing team. With less than 30 seconds to go in the 1st half, Bradley Beal had the ball at the top of the 3-point line with Draymond Green guarding him. Beal drove to the lane, then WAP! Green swatted the ball, which landed into the hands of Kelly Oubre Jr. Green immediately yelled and glared in Beal’s direction. However, the play continued on as Oubre put up a 3-pointer. The shot missed as Beal and Green were tenaciously battling inside for position. As Green boxed out the Wizards guard, Beal grabbed Draymond’s face and forced him into a headlock leading both guys to clinch one another causing them to subsequently fall down and nearly into the crowd.

Soon after, Warriors and Wizards players rushed to the action to try to separate Draymond Green and Bradley Beal. Kelly Oubre, who is quickly becoming the highly emotional piece for the Wizards, came fist flying accidentally braising John Wall over the head as well as hitting Klay Thompson. As the players were finally separated, Green raised from the floor with part of his jersey ripped off. An aftermath of what looked to be a major brawl, but actually a minor scuffle.

The NBA is reviewing the fight and will have to make decision regarding possible suspensions, and this brings us to Predictions and Realizations.

Predictions and Realizations

Prediction: Draymond Green has a history with playing dirty, getting tossed out of games, and suspended so the NBA definitely has a target on his back. However, he did not a throw a punch so the punishment should not be too severe. Result: 1-game suspension. 

Prediction: Bradley Beal, no matter how you look at it, started this fight. He grabbed Draymond, causing them to clinch and then fall to the ground. And with the ripped shirt, Green came out looking like the victim. But just like Green, Beal did not throw a punch. Result: 1-game suspension.

Prediction: Oh, Kelly Oubre, you still have lots to learn. He is starting to becoming one of my favorite players but threw a punch, not only accidentally towards his teammate, but also at Klay Thompson. With his actions against the Celtics last post-season, Kelly is quickly building a rap sheet which may force the NBA keep a keen eye on his actions in these type of matters. Result: 2-game suspension.

Realization: Kelly Oubre Jr. will either have to tone down his actions a bit or accept the fate as that “Draymond” type player for the Wizards, which at times will hurt or benefit his team.

Let me know your thoughts. Should these players be suspended? If so, for how long?

Till next time…

Sincerely,

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