The Cleveland Cavaliers off to a rough start against the Indiana Pacers

Game 1 did not go as expected. I don’t think anyone believed the Pacers would blow out the Cavaliers except, maybe, the Pacers. In a game where the Cavaliers never led, Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers clobbered LeBron James’ team in Cleveland.

From the very beginning of the game, there were major concerns for the Cavs. LeBron was held scoreless in the first quarter and Lance Stephenson (yes, I said it..LANCE STEPHENSON) appeared to be outplaying LeBron. Luckily, that didn’t last past the first quarter or else we would have to put GOAT debates to rest.

LeBron was able to bounce back and put up a triple double for the game. Unfortunately, he was the only Cavs player to bounce back. He literally had no help as his teammates missed shot after shot. That’s the problem with LeBron. His success, in terms of winning games, solely relies on whether or not his teammates can hit the open looks he provides for them. This was the game he needed to drop 50 for them to win. He has the talent to do so, but he refuses to put huge scoring numbers when he absolutely needs to. Jordan would have done it. Kobe would have done it. Even Allen Iverson would have done it. But enough about LeBron, let’s give credit to the team that deserves it.

Victor Oladipo

The Indiana Pacers looks as if there were a top seed in the East in this game. Victor Oladipo was absolutely unstoppable. I still find it unreal that he kept doing the same play over and over, and the Cavs had no game plan to stop it. Let me paint you a picture. Oladipo would go iso on his defender. He would pull the ball back almost to the half court line, then charge towards the defender. Most times the defender would retreat towards the paint, leaving Oladipo with an open jump shot – several times a three pointer. Other times the defender would stand his ground, but then Oladipo would just blow by him. The Pacers are not an elite team. An option could have been to trapped Oladipo so he would have to pass the ball. If you’re the Cavs, you want anyone else on the Pacers to beat you. If you take their only all-star out of the game you have a very good chance to win.

I’m pretty confident the Cavs will still win this series, and it will not go more than six games. Kevin Love will score more than nine points moving forward and Jeff Green will not be held scoreless again. Also, what’s up with Tristan Thompson only playing two minutes? Hopefully he is not getting punished for his off court transgressions. The biggest concern should be with the coaching, but I’ll save my thoughts on this topic for a separate blog post…

Do you think the Cavs will end up winning this series against the Pacers? Or will Indiana pull off the upset? Let me know your thoughts.

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The Cavs Top 5 Game Changing Players Not Named LeBron James

After watching the Cleveland Cavaliers absolutely dominate the Boston Celtics, I think we can all agree, LeBron haters included, that the Cavs are the favorites to come out off the East. Can they beat the Warriors? That’s a question I’m still not ready to answer.

It saddens me to say that I was one of the many who thought the Cavs, entering this season, would dominate all year long. I even thought that once Isaiah Thomas was inserted into the lineup they would become even more unstoppable. So the lesson we all learned from this is that, unfortunately, the NBA is not fantasy sports. You can’t just throw statistically great players on one team (key word: statistically) and expect for everyone to just automatically be on the same page and for everything to work out perfectly. Great teams typically have players with diverse skill-sets who even each other out once they get on the court. The Cavs had proven scorers, most of whom were exiting or already out of their prime, and unreliable defenders. At its worst, it’s a recipe for disaster. And we clearly saw it at the very worst.

With their most recent acquisitions, this looks like a whole new team. So let’s jump in. Here is my list of top 5 game changing players for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In fairness, since he is the greatest player on the planet, I’ve excluded LeBron from this list.

5. Cedi Osman


Who is this guy? I didn’t even know he was on the team till a couple days ago. Cedi Osman is the Cavs’ rookie from Turkey who was recently inserted into the starting lineup, though this likely won’t last for too long now that Rodney Hood is with the team. In Osman’s first NBA start, he put up 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. With his strength and speed, he’s shown he can be a capable scorer and playmaker while also being very aggressive on the defensive end.

If Osman gets playing time, he has shown he can make an impact on the floor. However, once Kevin Love is back from injury it’s very unlikely that Osman will be receiving any minutes at all. He probably knows this, so look for him to go all out as he continues to play this season. Keep this guy on your watch list in deep fantasy basketball leagues.

4. Jordan Clarkson


For the past couple seasons, I’ve considered Jordan Clarkson (when he was in LA) as the Marcus Smart of the West so acquiring arguably the best point guard off the bench in the league was a huge acquisition by the Cavaliers. He can do everything from hit the open 3, to drive and score or dish to the open teammate, and he can also defend. He will be the energizer bunny off the bench, which is huge since there are now a lot of “top heavy” teams in the league meaning that the bench usually consist of sub par players.

Jordan Clarkson will likely never be a consistent starting point guard in the NBA but he is clearly at his best when you look at him as the Lou Williams/ Jamal Crawford type who can come off the bench and completely change the game for the team.

3. George Hill


George Hill is the definition of efficiency in the NBA. He doesn’t try to do too much and never does too little. This is the type of guy that will work perfectly in a LeBron James-run offense. I know, Hill by no means is anywhere near the talent Kyrie Irving was for the Cavs but, hey, LeBron won two championships with Mario Chalmers as his point guard so I’m sure this can work.

One of the many good things about George Hill is that he is battle tested and has been through tough playoff match-ups when he was on the Indiana Pacers, which seems like forever ago. Don’t be surprised if we see Hill as a go to guy in the clutch whether it is defensively or on the offensive end. Hey, he’s done it before.

2. Rodney Hood


By far, the biggest acquisition the Cavs made by the trade deadline was getting Rodney Hood. Tyronn Lue should keep Hood coming off the bench but give him starters’ minutes. This way when LeBron needs to rest, Hood can go in and dominate, and then they can go ahead and bring him in the game in crunch time moments.

Rodney Hood is the Cavs’ closest next person to be able to go on the court and, efficiently create his own shot. The crazy thing is that he’s only getting better, which is why Coach Lue will likely have no choice but to place Hood in the starting lineup.

1. Kevin Love


Coming off of reports that teammates (aka Isaiah Thomas) was blaming Kevin Love for the Cavs’ struggles and deserting the team, I think it was a blessing in disguise that Love got injured. It really showed that he is a key component to this team. Before Isaiah Thomas came back from injury, Love was having his best stretch of games in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. He was playing like the best power forward in the game (of course, not named Anthony Davis) and this was because the team had constant ball movement, allowing him to launch threes all game. And as Kevin Love does well offensively it gives him the momentum to be more aggressive and be a ball hog on the boards.

Kevin Love can most definitely demoralize another team when he starts to get it going offensively. It is unfortunate he quickly becomes the scapegoat whenever the Cavs’ play poorly but there’s a reason this team is still yet to trade him. Don’t forget, he was the man that defended unanimous MVP Stephen Curry one-on-one in the closing minute of game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, which resulted in the Cavaliers obtaining their first NBA Title and completing the best finals comeback in NBA history. Think this way, Love will be back and well-rested for the playoffs. Watch out.

This new Cavs team hasn’t even practiced yet. Once all become familiar with one another by the time the playoffs begin, this will be one of the scariest teams in the NBA. And it’s really because this team has depth, their young and athletic, and it’s clear who the go-to guy is. But, of course, to actually know you have to play the game so time will tell whether or not this team is the real deal.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my top 5? And is this team ready to make a run for the title?

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Tom Brady / LeBron James: Why we continue to compare sports biggest athletes and clearly favor one over the other


The most overused acronym in sports is G.O.A.T. Fueled by debate shows on networks such as ESPN and FOX Sport 1, there is an ongoing argument and declaration that a person is the greatest of all time in his or her respective sport. We are now at a time where LeBron James is being talked about as the greatest NBA Player of all time and Tom Brady discussed as the greatest NFL Quarterback of all time. Though one plays football and the other basketball, sports fans and media frequently bring up Tom Brady when discussing LeBron James or vice versa to paint a metaphorical picture of what the GOAT should look like. However, the criticism clearly falls heavier on LeBron James and favoritism is always bestowed upon Tom Brady. Well here are my thoughts on the subject.

The Road to the Championship

LeBron James, playing in the weak Eastern Conference, has the easiest road to the NBA Finals every year. This is my favorite argument to listen to only because it’s so lame and lazy that it just sounds like an excuse for why LeBron can’t be the G.O.A.T. Getting to the NBA Finals every year is impressive no matter how you look at it. The way I see it, many notable NBA free agents stay west or join a western conference team to avoid LeBron James until absolutely necessary, which is in the NBA Finals. It will be interesting to see how many players start to move East if he goes West this offseason.

So LeBron James gets all of this criticism about the “easy” road to the finals but no one ever examines Tom Brady’s road to the Super Bowl. Let’s take a look at the teams that play in the same division as the New England Patriots: Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins. All three teams have been absolutely terrible for as long as Brady has been in the league. And, yes, this includes the Rex Ryan led Jets that Pats fans were so afraid of. Each year, Brady has an easy road to the playoffs typically getting a bye week in the playoffs because his team is able to rack up wins against the three teams mentioned above during the season. So for the Divisional Round of the playoffs, they are usually facing one of the worst playoff seeds in the AFC. When you think about it, the usually well-rested Patriots’ first competitive playoff game is Conference Championship and then the Super Bowl.

Based on the path LeBron and Brady takes, Brady’s road appears easier than LeBron’s when you factor in how consistently poor the competition is in the AFC East and how well-rested the Pats are compared to the tough games the other teams have to endure beforehand as they vie for Super Bowl contention. In regards to LeBron, he does have an easy path but his greatness makes it look way too easy than it actually is.

One man has been accused of cheating and one has not

The worst LeBron may have been accused of is flopping, which is one of the more disgusting things players do to bait the referees into calling a foul. However, what can LeBron do if he is constantly driving to the basket and getting punched and slapped with no foul called. Overall, it is on the referees to determine what is a flop versus an actual foul and make that call accordingly.

Tom Brady, on the other hand, has been mentioned with allegations such as Deflategate. This is actual cheating, but surprisingly it’s never compared to steroid use in baseball where players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will never fully get the credit they deserve because their names were mentioned with an ugly allegation. I’m not saying that Tom Brady shouldn’t be a Hall of Famer, but no G.O.A.T. should ever be mentioned in the same sentence as cheating.

Take LeBron off the Cavs / Take Brady off the Pats 

Take LeBron James off the Cleveland Cavaliers. We’ve seen it. They are in the lottery every year. Let’s go further. Take him off the Miami Heat. Their chances of winning the championship are reduced to zero percent. What we do know, which ever team he is on, they are instant contenders in a star-studded league.

Take Tom Brady off the New England Patriots. We’ve seen it. 2008 with Matt Cassel. Matt who? In a year where Brady went down with injury, Matt Cassel stepped in and had arguably his best year as a pro. Matt Cassel, by no means, will go down as one of the greats but he was able to fill such a role when his number was called. And then most recently, when Brady was suspended for Deflategate, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett (two young QBs) were able to step in and earn some wins. The only constant in this matter is Head Coach Bill Belichick, who should be given the most credit for the Patriots success over the years. It makes one wonder, what would Tom Brady’s career look like if he played under anyone other than Bill Belichick?

Greatest of All Time

Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

LeBron James and Tom Brady, statistically, are two of the best to play in their respective sports and both will be missed when it is time for them to depart the game. However, I would label neither as the G.O.A.T. because of reasons mentioned above.

I would take only one player over LeBron James and that is Michael Jordan. Jordan never had an easy road to the finals, and faced multiple (at the time) future Hall of Famers before getting to the finals and winning every time he got there. Many proclaim Jordan as the G.O.A.T. in basketball and I most certainly agree, but it’s really hard to compare him to centers like Kareem Abdul Jabbar or Bill Russell since they played different positions and the role of a center versus a shooting guard is a drastic change.

I would only take Brady if he and Belichick came as a packaged deal. They are the greatest Head Coach/QB duo in sports. Other than that, there are many other quarterbacks I would take over Brady from Joe Montana to Bret Favre. From Peyton Manning to Aaron Rodgers. I’m sorry but Brady lost to Nick Foles and Eli Manning (twice!) in the Super Bowl. The guys I just mentioned lost to QBs such as John Elway, Drew Brees, and Russell Wilson.

This idea of a player being a G.O.A.T. is thrown out so easily that it really defeats how sacred the term should actually be. Growing up, the amount of times I heard Kobe Bryant being mentioned as the greatest basketball player of all time and even having to listen to the whispers regarding Stephen Curry being compared to LeBron James and Michael Jordan the year he won unanimous MVP was just ridiculous.

It’s okay if sports fans make these preposterous declarations because most of us sports fans really don’t know anything. But to tune into a show and listen to analysts, who get paid to do research and provide accurate and compelling information to viewers, make statements that are downright insulting to the game really shows how much a “prisoner of the moment” even members of the media become as they watch the game. This notion of being a prisoner of the moment is part of sports, but it’s hard to take anyone’s opinion/information seriously if one week they make an argument then the next week they say something that completely contradicts their previous statement. With the Pats most recent Super Bowl loss, hopefully we’ll cool it with the Tom Brady G.O.A.T. talks for a while.

I’ll leave with this. In order for someone to truly be the greatest, a la Muhammad Ali, the term can’t thrown out so loosely because it ultimately undermines its value. Let’s wait to see how players end his or her career and see how it compares to the greats before boldly and irresponsibly associating terms like G.O.A.T. with their name.

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My Top 5 favorite players to watch so far this NBA season

Besides some injuries (Kawhi…still waiting), this has been a fun NBA season so far. Super Teams are proving not to be as “super” as we once thought they would be. The Celtics are continuing to tease Boston fans into thinking they will reach the NBA Finals this year. And there are players who are straight up balling right now.

I’ve complied a short list of players that are fun to watch so far this season. These guys are not necessarily my favorite players or my ranking of the best players in the league, but they are certainly surpassing expectations and wreaking havoc on the league in their own way.

Here you go:

5. Kristaps Porzingis


As a native New Yorker,  it brings me great pride and joy to see Kristaps Porzingis give us hope in the post-Melo era. Porzingis is playing like he’s from another planet right now. He has all the tools to be one of the best players in the league, and he plays for the Knicks. Now let’s all please knock on wood as this is the New York Knicks we are talking about. Averaging more than 27 points a game, Porzingis has lead the Knicks to their best start in recent memory. Dare I say playoffs? Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves but this guy definitely has the Knicks headed in the right direction.

4. Kyle Kuzma


I am so proud to say I drafted Kyle Kuzma in my 12-team fantasy draft, and yes I will go out of my way to remind you all of this all season long. There has been so much hype around him since the pre-season and he has not disappointed, unlike his teammate Lonzo Ball. Kuzma started the season coming off of the bench and has eased his way into the Los Angeles Lakers starting lineup. He is averaging around 16 points and 7 rebounds and, at power forward, can consistently score from deep. As a rookie, he is unexpectedly looking like the future for the Lakers and is quickly making his case for the Rookie of the Year Award.

3. James Harden


James Harden has been going hard…on offense. Okay, though he doesn’t play defense and has a coach that’s mostly known for offense, Harden does not disappoint when he steps onto the court. There used to be a debate on who is the top shooting guard in the league. Since Klay Thompson is a great two-way player, he has always been towards the top of the list. There is no longer a debate. Harden can score on anyone and has become one of the best passers in the league. First, Stephen Curry and then Russell Westbrook passed him over for MVP but this has to be his year.

2. Ben Simmons


Ben Simmons is the future. It might be a blessing in disguise that he was injured all of last season so he can become more NBA ready without having to showcase his skills too early and reveal any major weaknesses. His playmaking and ability to run the floor and get to the rim sets him apart from any rookie and already most players in the league. Averaging 18 points 9 rebounds and 8 assists, Simmons is looking like a future top player in the NBA.

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo


Giannis for MVP? At the very least he will give Harden a run for his money. The Greek Freak is leading the Milwaukee Bucks to be a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference. Now averaging 30 points and 10 rebounds a game, he has gotten better every year and he is only 22. Sky. Is. The. Limit. Now that the Bucks acquired Eric Bledsoe, Giannis finally has a decent player at his side so it will be interesting to see if he can maintain this pace or if his numbers will start to decrease as the Bucks continue to surround him with better talent.

Though he did not make the list, Russell Westbrook is my favorite player. I’m sure as he begins to figure things out with Melo and PG3, and Lebron and the Cavs finally get serious, this list will likely see some changes.

Let me know..what would your list look like?

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Lebron James: The Best Point Guard in the NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game One

Lebron James. What else is there to say about the 3x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 4x NBA Most Valuable Player, and former Rookie of the Year? Let’s also throw in 13x NBA Allstar, 2x AP Athlete of the Year, and 2x Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. Lebron said it best, “There isn’t anything I have left to prove.” As we witness this living legend continue to dominate basketball for fourteen-plus years, it’s hard to disagree with his statement.

James is not only the most gifted athlete of our generation but arguably in the history of sports. Now, at age 32 and with nothing left to prove, the small forward as taken on the role as point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his two games as point guard, James is averaging 31.5 points, 6 rebounds, and 13 assists a game. It is one thing to play small forward and distribute the ball, but an entirely different thing to be the point guard and it officially be your job to make sure the other four guys on the court with you are involved.

You can name drop any point guard in the league, from Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook (my favorite player), to even John Wall. James is simply better at that position because of his size, basketball IQ, and court vision. He may not have Curry’s range, Westbrook’s intensity, or Wall’s quickness, but James’ ability to see the floor puts him one step ahead of everyone.

Lebron James can play and guard all five positions. The last player to prove such a task was former Lakers point guard, Magic Johnson, in the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers when he made the switch from point guard to center. As a rookie, Magic played every position in Game 6 scoring 42 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assist to help the Lakers win the NBA Championship. Lebron James is no different and the older he becomes, the more he continues to impress the world.

Predications and Realizations

Predication: Lebron James will win one more title before his retires.

Realization: Because Jordan changed the game so much, James will not be recognized as the NBA GOAT. However,  he will be crowned as the greatest athlete to grace the sport and that itself is an outstanding accomplishment.

It’s weird to think at one point I disliked Lebron James, but now he’s one of the very few athletes I follow on social media. His dedication to his craft and consistent #striveforgreatness is the reason he’ll go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game. It will be a sad day for the NBA, and sports overall, when Lebron decides to hang up his Nikes. Until that day comes, Lebron please continue to inspire us with your greatness.



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The Top 5 NBA GMs I Want To Be


Right now would be a fun time to be a General Manager in the NBA. Higher salary cap, talented rookie class, and even more established players around the league. When thinking about running a team from just a pure fan perspective, this sounds like the best job ever. You know, not the sleepless nights, time away from family, and constant criticism, but the chance to make a blockbuster trade or huge pick-up in free agency to form a dynasty like no other. With these things in mind, let me tell you the top 5 GMs I would want to be.

5. Boston Celtics

Danny Ainge made arguably the best trade in history by sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. While Pierce and Garnett’s skill-set immediately declined and the Nets became one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Celtics were reaping the benefits of obtaining their lottery picks in the draft. It was highway robbery. The Celtics is currently one of the deepest teams in the NBA in a sports city that isn’t too hard to attract free agents. With Kyrie Irving at the top of the pecking order, they are a contender in the East for the foreseeable future even with the injury to Gordon Hayward.

However, no matter how good this team is, this roster may never get you to the finals. The Celtics need to cope with the fact that Al Horford is no longer in his prime and need to start window shopping for some big men. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will need to far exceed expectations or make good trade bait for a superstar.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

Any team Lebron James plays for is guaranteed success. Though being the 4x MVP’s GM may come with several headaches and less room for failure, he does the work for you. He gets you to the NBA Finals, players want to come to Cleveland to play with him, and he is the best player on the planet. The Owner may fire you or Lebron may leave regardless of how well you do your job, but that is the risk you take for the easy road to the NBA Finals. Also, the window is closing in Cleveland so failure is definitely not an option these days.

3. Los Angeles Lakers

Though they are not built to win right now, the Lakers are looking like they are close to returning to top tier form. Lonzo Ball will play an essential role in this franchise becoming dominate once again. As Brandon Ingram develops into the player we expect him to be and Kyle Kuzma continues to surprise us all, the Lakers now need to dominate in free agency.

Here are the essentials:

  • Get rid of Loul Deng at all cost. He is expected to make more than $50 million over a 3-year span and far from the talent he used to be.
  • Acquire Demarcus Cousins via free agency. With Brook Lopez contract expiring at the end of the season, and Cousin’s impending free agency, it is a no-brainer for the Lakers to acquire arguably the best center in basketball.  Side note: the best Lakers teams had dominant centers such as, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,  and Wilt Chamberlain.
  • Finally, and this might be the toughest, the Lakers will need to acquire Paul George or Lebron James. Nabbing Cousins may be a good start, but it takes a savvy GM to lure a top player in the league away from a contending team.

Which brings us to #2 on my list…

2. Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors may be the easiest team to manage in the NBA. It’s like once you walk through that door, the selfishness gets ripped off of you and you will want to share the ball with everyone at all cost. Hence, just keep the core four (Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green) together and you’ll keep winning. Nowadays, top players are willing to take a pay cut in order keep their team together, which makes the GM’s job even easier. Additionally, veteran players (i.e. Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose) are willing to take massive pay cuts to join a contending team.

The good thing about sports, no team stays on top forever. Kobe and Shaq couldn’t get more than three championships together, even with the likes of Gary Payton and Karl Malone joining their team. Remember Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were supposed to win not four, not five, not six…

Nothing last forever. The Warriors have had a great run building from the bottom and, look, now they’re here: 2x NBA Champions along two former MVPs and a defensive player of the year on their team.

With all this being said, if I was a GM of a team beginning this season, I would choose…



1. Philadelphia 76ers

That’s right, I trusted the process. With Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz, the Sixers are destined for great things. As the GM, I would build entirely around these three, surrounding them with shooters as well as defensive minded players. Sooner or later, this team will become an attractive destination for free agents as the West gets stacked and Lebron see’s his last days as the best player in the NBA. I can think of a particular shooting guard who may be interested in going East when he becomes a free agent, cough* cough* Klay Thompson. There is no other guard that would benefit from playing next to such a dynamic playmaker like Ben Simmons.

Predictions and Realizations

Prediction: If the Philadelphia 76ers keep their big three in tact and all remain healthy, they will reach the Eastern Conference Finals within five years.

Realization: “Trust the Process” will be more than just a plea guys use to convince their girl to give them a second chance. NBA teams will look back and wonder, were the Sixers cheating? Or did they actually just get it right?

That’s all for now. What are your top 5  NBA teams you would like to be the General Manager of?



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Fantasy Blues


Last night, around 8:15pm I was on the toilet. I’m scrolling through my twitter newsfeed because what else are you going to do on the toilet, right? I quickly see that Gordon Hayward is trending. I’m thinking, why is Gordon Hayward trending? He’s a good player, but last night was Kyrie Irving’s return to Cleveland and Dwayne Wade’s reunion with Lebron James.  My thinking was that Gordon Hayward’s first game with the Boston Celtics should take a step back to Kyrie and Lebron. But then, thirty seconds later, “OH!” My scream is so loud my girlfriend texts me,  “You taking an insane poopy, boo?” A couple minutes later, I show her the video of Gordon Hayward destroying his ankle and she screams just as loudly as I did. Apparently, Gordon Hayward has suffered an ankle injury that will sideline him the rest of the season. And just like that the NBA season makes you want to chuck your remote at your television. Let’s pour one out for Gordon Hayward and his fantasy owners. Oh yeah, you too Celtics fans.

Like many, I participate in fantasy leagues. I’m no guru, but I’m usually in decent position to make a run for number one in the playoffs. This year I am in an auction draft/ keeper league with Kawhi Leonard as my best player. Leonard is still nursing a right quadricep injury, which will keep him out of tonight’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. For us NBA fans, we are pretty much in the same boat regarding his status – WE JUST DON’T KNOW. The Spurs are tight-lipped regarding how long he will be out so we will just have to wait and see. So we have no idea if he will be out a couple games, a couple months, or the rest of the season. The safe choice would be for me to trade him now for a couple players than to lose him for the majority of the season, but if he comes back next week, and I’ve already traded him, it would make me want to quit fantasy forever. And such is the life of one who plays fantasy sports.

For those of you who drafted Isaiah Thomas (knowing he has a hip injury) high or chose him as your keeper, you shouldn’t have. That’s too much risk to assume he will come back in January and immediately return to MVP candidate form. But it’s the NBA. Anything is possible, right Kevin Garnett? Additionally, he is on a stacked team so his PPG will be down and Lebron James is the facilitator so don’t expect Thomas to be racking up many assist.

Unfortunately, Draymond Green has been added to this list of Fantasy Blues by injuring his knee last night against the Houston Rockets. However, he is a player that is not injury prone so if his luck holds up, he may not be out for an extended period of time. He piles up the stat sheet in fantasy and is a player I’m sure anyone would love to have on his or her team. The Warriors are one of those teams that seem to have everything go their way so it would not surprise me if Green recovers quickly.

Recap from last night’s Predictions and Realizations

Prediction: The Cavs will stomp the Celtics.

Realization: Kyrie Irving will realize he is the leader of a team that will never reach the NBA Finals as long as Lebron James remains in the East. Lebron will realize he wants to stay in Cleveland to maintain that easy road to the Finals and make sure “the kid” does not return for the foreseeable future.

Okay, so the Cleveland Cavaliers did not stomp the Boston Celtics. However, it was headed in that direction once Gordon Hayward went down as Cleveland was up by more than fifteen points for roughly two and a half quarters. Boston, like always, played with heart and powered back like a team possessed. To me, it looked like a Jaylen Brown coming out party. Way to go, Danny Ainge. This man can do no wrong. In the end, Kyrie Irving left that game the undisputed leader of the Boston Celtics with Gordon Hayward now sidelined while Lebron James maintains Cleveland’s status as the team to beat in the East.

Prediction: It will be close for the first two and a half quarters, but the Warriors will show they are still miles ahead of the Rockets.

Realization: CP3 and The Beard will realize they cannot reach the Finals with the Rockets’ current roster. How long before we are wondering, will this marriage actually last?

This was about to be a runaway game in the Golden State Warriors favor, but Fantasy Blues happened and Draymond Green was sidelined. The Warriors were looking like the dominant team we expect them to be. That might be their only weakness. They have four great players. If any of them goes down, their team is truly compromised. Regarding the Houston Rockets, I still think there will be rough patches to deal with this season, but only time will tell. Until then, keep jacking up those 3s and take a breather on defense.

New Predictions and Realizations

Prediction: Kawhi Leonard will be back before Christmas Day. With virtually no news out there regarding his injury, there is no way to predict this other than the sole state of my fantasy team. I am hoping he comes back sooner than later. The thought is that he has been out for so long, he should be just about ready to make his comeback.

Realization: When Leonard gets back, he will quickly resume to MVP candidate form. I highly doubt the Spurs would rush him back until they are 100% sure he is “The Claw” we expect him to be.

Prediction: Draymond Green will not miss more than a month. As I said earlier, based on the luck of the Warriors and his injury history, he should make it out of this one without too much panic to his team and fantasy owners.

Realization: Draymond Green’s presence distributing the ball and, obviously, on defense will be missed.

That’s all for me for now. Let me know your Fantasy Blues.

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