Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sports: NBA (All-Star Game 2018)

This post will be my first time writing about the NBA this year which is unfortunate because it has been a pretty interesting season. I have just been busy with a ton of other sports but as my attention shifts to basketball, it is nice to check back in at the halfway point. The All-Star game itself is usually a bit dull as the players don't take it very seriously and hardly play defense. This year is supposed to be different as the two players receiving the highest votes, the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers' Lebron James, would pick their teammates and up the competition as whoever won would win more donations to a charity of their choosing. There are also all the other events surrounding the weekend but I wasn't able to watch the dunk contest or the three-point contest. 

The actual game began with a bad rendition of the national anthem from Fergie that went viral for the wrong reasons. The two teams showed some decent effort at the start of the game and by the end of the first half, there was quite a high score of 78-76. Team Stephen was in the lead but the second half saw Team Lebron take back the momentum behind the MVP performance of Lebron James. The game got really good towards the end as the two teams increased their competitive play as they both vied for a victory. Team Lebron came out on top in the final seconds with a 148-145 win. This new form of All-Star game would not be my preferred choice but it offers a more competitive battle that is more entertaining.

I doubt the Toronto Raptors will represent the East in the NBA Finals but that would be kind of cool. Toronto has managed to stay at the top by the halfway point and could continue to dominate as their two biggest challengers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics, go through some growing pains. Boston looked dominant at the start of the season but has had a few losses that show their weaknesses come playoff time. Cleveland remodeled during the trade deadline that could prepare them for the playoffs. 

The Houston Rockets look sharp this season and made trades to prepare for their matchup against the greatest team in the league. The Golden State Warriors are right behind them by only a half a game and I think the second half of the season will play out in Golden State's favor. The next two teams, the Spurs and Timberwolves, are ten games back and can look to the future for a chance at NBA dominance but this is the Warriors's title to lose and the Rockets are the only one to give them a challenge.

I wish I could write more about basketball and I wish I could watch more basketball but it comes on so late here and I can barely keep my eyes open at work. The NBA playoffs are still months away but my attention will be on college for the next month before I tune back in to see who will make a final run. I look forward to the games being back on but it already looks like a foregone conclusion on who will win and I hope some excitement sparks my interest. 

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