NBA WCF: Warriors Blew Past Spurs to Take Control of the Series

No Kawhi Leonard, Big problem for the Spurs as they were dismantled by the Golden State Warriors, 136 – 100. Warriors now lead the series, 2 games to none.

Warriors scored the first 5 points of the game and never look back since then. They build their lead as high as 41 points with the help of Stephen Curry’s hot shooting, as he finished with 29 points with six 3-point shots and 6 other players scored in double digits.
Spurs was led by Jonathan Simmons with 22 points and Davis Bertans with 13 points of the bench. While Spurs’ Star LaMarcus Aldridge was able to contribute 8 points only.
Game 3 will be on Saturday in San Antonio.

Three Thoughts Midway Through The First Round

We’re halfway through the first round of the NBA Playoffs and some things aren’t exactly what we thought they would be while some were exactly what we thought they’d be.
That being said, here are three thoughts as we go into the backend of the first round:
THOUGHT #1: Can anyone beat the Cavs?
Right now, it’s looking like no one can. Lebron James and his cohorts have been able to find ways to win, even though it hasn’t been pretty. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have their moments but the Cavs are fueled by the will of King James and right now, no one can match him.
Extra thought: Kyle Korver was supposed to be the piece that would make the Cavs near invincible. So far, he’s been outplayed by the likes of Richard Jefferson and Iman Shumpert.
THOUGHT #2: Can anyone beat the Warriors?
See thought above. However, what makes the Warriors scarier is that they haven’t fully deployed Kevin Durant yet. So they’ve got an extra MVP-level gear that is currently resting and getting healthier everyday, while their potential competitors are still beating each other up. That being said, the Warriors benefit a hell of a lot if the OKC-Houston and San Antonio-Memphis match ups get extended, given that the Spurs and Grizzlies rely a lot on veterans who are getting worn down with each game and the Thunder and Rockets rely on one transcendent star who is wearing down with every game. 
THOUGHT #3: Who’s the standout star of the first round?
We could go with Lebron James (see Thought 1). Or the usual suspects like the Warriors’ Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, the Clippers’ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Or some often-overlooked but deserving stars, like the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley and  Marc Gasol, the Hawks’ Paul Millsap, the Pacers’ Paul George, or even the  Raptors’ DeMar Derozan. But instead, we’re going with the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokuonmpo, who is currently averaging 21.3 ppg, 10 rpg, 4.5 apg and 3 highlight reels per game. Considering this is a very young Bucks team missing a very crucial piece (Jabari Parker), Antetokuonmpo has put the team on his back and made them dangerous enough to snare some Raptor scalp.
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Must-Watch Match Ups In the NBA First Round

But that’s just not possible. If you have to choose, then pick these three matchups.
TOP PICK: OKC Thunder vs Houston Rockets.
Russell Westbrook versus James Harden, in the first round? The basketball gods must be crazy! This series should put a giant punctuation mark on someone’s MVP candidacy…or raise even more questions. Either way, expect this series to be about firepower and not much defense. Plus, Westbrook knows he’s got to get past Harden if he wants a shot at Durant.

SECOND PICK: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers
On paper, this shouldn’t be an easy out for the Cavs. Paul George may not be Lebron James but he’s a top 15, maybe top 10 player in the league. Kyrie Irving may be better than Jeff Teague but again, not by a lot. Kevin Love is where they have a big advantage  (over Thaddeus Young) but the youngster Myles Turner is already much better than Tristan Thompson. Cavs should win but I have a feeling they’re gonna bleed in every game.
THIRD PICK: Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks are who I thought the Minnesota Timberwolves were going to be, a young, frothing-at-the-mouth-pack-of-rabid-ballers who will keep on swinging until the final buzzer rang. Also…Giannis Antetokounmpo in a playoff series? I’m salivating already at the thought of him throwing down from the freethrow line at the Bradley Center.