In the 2016 movie, Captain America: Civil War, Vision says to Captain America and Tony Stark, “Our very strength incites challenge. Challenge incites conflict” This pretty much describes LeBron James and his career over the last 7 years. His strength breeds hatred and conflict amongst fan bases and players. Every team and player is “gunning” for him. The Celtics will host the Cavaliers Wednesday night at 8:30 PM in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards Monday night 115-105. The 7-game series has been described as emotionally and physically draining.
Unfortunately for Boston, they don’t have time to celebrate or rest. Point Guard, Isaiah Thomas, continues to be the leader of this team. He is averaging 25.4 points and 6.5 assists during the post-season. Avery Bradley continues to show he is a versatile two-way player. He is averaging 15.8 and 1.5 steals per game. I have been very impressed with Center Al Horford. He has taken on a role, like Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors. Horford has provided veteran leadership and is now playing the point/forward position. He is averaging, 16 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Kelly Olynyk, scored 26 points off the bench in Game 7 and Marcus Smart is a hard-nosed defender who can score when giving the opportunity.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in their 3rd straight finals. They have been off for 2 months, 17 days and 9 hours. That is not factually accurate, but after sweeping Indiana and Toronto, Cleveland is well rested. LeBron is having one of the greatest post-seasons of all-time. He has been a one man wrecking crew and leads his team in almost every category. The man who was once called “The Chosen One“ is averaging, 34.4 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game. He is also shooting 55% from the Floor and 46% from three. When LeBron isn’t doing everything, Point Guard, Kyrie Irving, can carry the team for a quarter, a game or for a series. The Former Duke star is averaging 23 points and almost 6 assists per contest. Kevin Love, in limited minutes, is averaging almost 14 points and 9 rebounds and Tristan Thompson continues to do work on the boards. He leads the Cavs with 10.6 rebounds per game.
This is the story of two teams:
The Celtics think getting to the Eastern Conference Finals is a successful season.
The Cavs have one mind set: Championship or Bust.
The Cavs are the best shooting and deepest team in the league. Look for Kyle Korver, Deron Williams, Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert to continue to provide quality minutes off the bench. I also expect the Cavs to go small and play Love at Center several times during this series. Boston is a team in the rise, but they are two years away from overtaking Cleveland.
Cavs go to a 3rd Finals and LeBron gets to straight his 7th straight Championship Series. Cavs win in 5
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