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Schedule/TV info for Game 1s of NBA playoffs

Finally, the NBA playoffs are among us and we have interested match-ups. Below is the set matchup for Game 1 of the Eastern and Western Playoffs.

Saturday

  • Indiana at Cleveland, 3 p.m. ABC
  • Milwaukee at Toronto, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Memphis at San Antonio 8 p.m., ESPN
  • Utah vs. LA Clippers TBD 10:30, p.m., ESPN

Sunday

  • Atlanta at Washington, 1 p.m., TNT
  • Portland at Golden State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
  • Chicago at Boston, 6:30 p.m. TNT
  • Oklahoma City at Houston, 9 p.m., TNT

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Pacers and Raptors Nearly Fight

Raptors Players Weren’t Too Happy At Lance Stephens0n


Tuesday night, the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 108-90 to reclaim the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Everything was going well until Stephenson manage to pissed several Raptors players when he scored a layup at the end of the fourth quarter.

PJ TUCKER RESPONDS TO LANCE STEPHENSON’S GAME-ENDING LAYUP

“Nobody care about his reputation. I could care less. I don’t even know who he is. He’s happy he just got back in the league.”

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Players Reaction to Tracy McGrady Being Inducted to The HOF

Players Reaction to Tracy McGrady Being Inducted to The HOF


The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced the seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady has himself a ticket to Springfield, Massachuttes.

The Ceremony will take place on September 8th, 2017.

“I couldn’t believe it,” McGrady said upon receiving the news, per the Basketball Hall of Fame on Twitter. “I had him repeat it again.”

“I didn’t win a championship,” McGrady said, per Mark Berman of Fox 26. “I didn’t have much playoff success, but this is my championship and it’ll be forever”

 

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The Lowry Factor

Kyle Lowry has made it known he wants to return before the playoffs. There are only a couple weeks left to do this. He’s been getting involved more in drills and practice, has been shooting around and looks ready to go. The only question is: what does this mean for the Toronto Raptors going forward? Clearly having your starting all-star point guard back in the lineup couldn’t be a bad thing, could it? Well, there’s many things to take into consideration. First off, Kyle hasn’t played an NBA game since before all star break. I don’t need to tell you specific dates for you to know that it’s been a minute. Second, The Raptors lineup has changed since Kyle last played. He has yet to play a game with recently acquired players, Serge Ibaka and PJ Tucker, who have found a groove quickly and have been huge assets to the team. It really remains to be seen if they can continue having chemistry with Kyle at the point instead of Joseph. Another big factor to consider is how much offense Derozan has brought in the wake of Lowry’s absence. If you put Kyle back in, who also averages over 20 points, DeRozan could see his numbers drop which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but could be if Kyle is not producing efficiently like Derozan has been. It really remains to be seen how the return of Kyle Lowry will affect the team but I’d say there’s nothing to worry about. The depth chart will get deeper with Kyle back and we now have seen that Joseph is one of the stronger backup PGs in the entire league. Having Lowry back should only increase the Raptors chances of going deep into the playoffs. If Kyle’s return DOES prove disastrous, however, then just give it to Derozan, I heard if he shoots it, it goes in.

 

@charliepelk

A Look At The Eastern Conference

A Look At The Eastern Conference: Check out if your team made the list


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The playoffs are almost upon us and this year is looking like the year that finally a team not featuring Lebron may emerge the winner of the Eastern Conference. In my eyes, I don’t see any other team outside of the top 4 seeds gaining that Eastern conference trophy so, lets’s take a look at each team and get a good look at their chances.

 

1. The Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs have been in sort of a slump as of late. Although adding JR Smith back to the lineup and acquiring Deron Williams and Kyle Korver, they’ve been losing a considerable amount of games including a major match up against the Celtics and one against The Rockets where harden dropped a triple-double. There are extreme variables to consider though when looking at The Cavaliers woes. Kevin Love is still not back in action so that leaves only 2/3 of the “Big Three” to pick up the slack. Love gets a lot of hate online but his presence does make a difference, especially when it comes to stretching the floor. They also recently acquired Andrew Bogut only to lose him within 58 seconds of his debut (that’s an achievement in of itself). Any time you assess The Cavs though, you have to take into account the “Lebron playoff factor”. Not sure what it is but something changes in that man once playoffs come around. He is not a fan of losing. One thing this current Cavs team extremely lacks though is depth. Yeah, you know that thing Lebron has been getting made of fun of all year for? Well, it’s true. The Cavaliers lack an efficient bench. (Who would’ve thought Matthew Dellavedova could make such a difference?) It doesn’t help that Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye were around to see how the dinosaurs died out, albeit I’ll give them credit where it’s due, Jefferon can still spring and lock players up and Frye can light it up from 3 on occasion. Even when analyzing all this though, there’s still one game that I can’t get off my mind right now, and that is their OT match up against The Wizards who are now only 2.5 games behind The Cavs in the battle for 1st seed, but there is one team that is even closer…

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2. The Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are currently 2 games behind The Cavs in the hunt for 1st seed, in fact as I mentioned earlier, they got a huge win over the 1st seed team not too long ago. Recently adding Avery Bradley back to the line up has given the young team a huge boost. Isiah Thomas is the most efficient player in the league when it comes to the 4th quarter and that’s a valuable trait to have when facing The Cleveland Cavaliers who have a knack for finishing games strong. The Celtics have made mistakes as of late though, including but not limited to, losing to the Suns off a buzzer beater (thanks to a lazy in bound play by IT). A factor that bugs me with The Celtics though is Isiah Thomas’s lack of defense. I know it’s got to be hard playing defense on giants when you’re barely over 4 feet…okay he’s 5’9, but still The Hobbit slays dragons like c’mon. All jokes aside, I’m taking Kyrie every time in a 1 on 1 with IT, but that doesn’t make me think any less of The Celtics chances to upset The Cavaliers in the long run. For every amount of defensive skill IT lacks, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder will sure make up for….hopefully. I’m also taking The Celtics bench over The Cavaliers bench any day.

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3. The Washington Wizards

Although The Celtics currently hold 2nd seed, I’d take The Wizards over them to knock off The Cavs come playoff time. John Wall is the #1 Point Guard in the Eastern Conference in my eyes (queue the Kyrie band wagon). I’m also a big fan of Kelly Oubre who adds versatility to The Wizards and has been hot as of late. Speaking of hot, how about that Otto Porter? (I’m talking about his basketball skills you close minded pigs!) Arguably the most efficient player on The Wizards roster, he has truly blossomed into one of the top Small Forwards in the league and he has been lighting it up from 3. It also seems like Bradley Beal finally feels like earning that huge contract he has and Marcin Gortat is an efficient option for the center position. I’m also taking The Wizards bench over the Cavaliers bench, BUT even with all this, there’s one other team that I think can go all the way…

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4. The Toronto Raptors

That’s right, I truly believe The Raptors are the ones to defeat The Cavaliers. (Where’s your patriotism you Bieber loving traitor!?) Don’t forget that they were the only team to give The Cavs a loss (actually 2 of them) in the Eastern Conference playoffs last year. Since the All Star break, The Raptors have notched wins over both The Wizards and The Celtics, and they didn’t even have Kyle Lowry! Deebo is currently averaging 27.2 PPG (GOAT). Serge Ibaka and PJ Tucker have been amazing additions to the team (I truly believe The Raptors won the trade deadline). Norman Powell has finally become a factor, Valancunias continues to do Valancunias things, and Cory Joseph is one of the best back ups in the league. Out of all the teams I’ve mentioned above, it’s hard to argue that The Raptors don’t have the most depth on their roster and once Lowry returns it will be even better. One thing that always worries me about betting the whole house on The Raps though, is Lowry’s playoff stats. The dude will be an all star all year, one of the best point guards in The East, if not the entire league, yet once playoffs come around the man looks less like Kyle Lowry and more like Andre Drummond trying to hit free throws (38.5% for his career…yikes). If Kyle gets it together this year though, and Demar remains…well Demar, then there’s no doubt in my mind that The Raptors can be the team to FINALLY keep Lebron out of the finals.

Twitter: @charlie_pelkey

2017 NBA TRADE DEADLINE: Winners and Losers

2017 NBA TRADE DEADLINE: Winners and Losers


This year NBA trade deadline was not as big as others in the past year. The only big name star that was traded was DaMarcus Cousins. Other than him, regular role players were traded before Thursday 12 pm pacific time. Other super star names that we were expecting to hear was Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo, and even Blake griffin.  None of these teams did much to make them better for the 2nd half of the season. The Clippers are still stuck in the same place, just like the Bulls, Pacers, and Knicks.
Below, are all the trades that happen during the past few days.

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Sacramento Kings
Traded DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi
Received: A BAG OF CHIPS JK, Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, future 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick
New Orleans Pelicans
Traded: Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, future 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick
Received: DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi (Was waive Friday afternoon)
Dallas Mavericks
Received: Nerlens Noel
Traded: Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a top 18 protected first round pick

Philadelphia 76ers
Received: Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a top 18 protected first round pick (Sixers might negotiate a buyout from Bogut)
Traded: Nerlens Noel, Ersan Ilyasova

Atlanta Hawks
Received: Ersan Ilyasova
Traded: Tiago Splitter, Mike Scott

Phoenix Suns
Received: CASH, 2017 & 2018 second-round picks in the Tucker trade
Traded: Mike Scott, PJ Tucker

Toronto Raptors
Received: Serge Ibaka, Jared Sullinger, and two future 2nd round picks from Suns
Traded: PJ Tucker

Orlando Magic
Received: Terrence Ross and a 2017 1st pick
Traded: Serge Ibaka

Oklahoma City Thunder
Received: Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson
Traded: Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow, and a 2018 second round pick

Chicago Bulls
Received: Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow, and a 2018 second round pickTraded: McDermott and Gibson

Houston Rockets:
Received: Lou Williams, Huertas (MOST LIKELYWOULD BE WAIVE)
Traded: K.J. Mc Daniels, Tyler Ennis

Los Angeles Lakers:
Received: Corey Brewer, Tyler Ennis
Traded: Lou Williams, Huertas

Denver Nuggets:
Received: Roy Hibbert
Traded: 2nd round pick to Milwaukee and CASH

Milwaukee Bucks
Received: 2nd round pick to Milwaukee and CASH
Traded: Roy Hibbert

Overall, this year trade deadline was a disappointment like last years. No super star was traded to a team that would have potential to knock off the Cavaliers or the warriors. There was no huge block trade that could potentially shake up the NBA.

NBA’s Most Valuable Teams 2017

Forbes List of The NBA Most Valuable Teams 2017


You may ask, How much are each team worth?

Well recently, Forbes release their annual list of the most valuable teams in the NBA. It might be surprising how teams who are doing so bad in the NBA, still be so valuable even with a awful winning record.

  1. New York Knicks
    • Current Value: $3.3 Billion
    • Revenue: $376 Million new york knicks
  2. Los Angeles Lakers
    • Current Value: $3.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $330 million
  3. Golden State Warriors
    • Current Value: $2.6 Billion
    • Revenue: $305 Million
  4. Chicago Bulls
    • Current Value: $2.5 Billion
    • Revenue: $232 Million
  5. Boston Celtics
    • Current Value: $2.2 Billion
    • Revenue: $200 Million
  6. Los Angeles Clippers
    • Current Value: $2.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $185 Millionclippers
  7. Brooklyn Nets
    • Current Value: $1.8 Billion
    • Revenue: $223 Million
  8. Houston Rockets
    • Current Value: $1.65 Billion
    • Revenue: $244 Million
  9. Dallas Mavericks
    • Current Value: $1.45 Billion
    • Revenue: $194 Million
  10. Miami Heat
    • Current Value: $1.35 Billion
    • Revenue: $210 Million
  11. Cleveland Cavalierscavaliers
    • Current Value: $1.2 Billion
    • Revenue: $233 Million
  12. San Antonio Spurs
    • Current Value: $1.175 Billion
    • Revenue: $187 Million
  13. Toronto Raptors
    • Current Value: $1.123 Billion
    • Revenue: $193 Million
  14. Phoenix Suns
    • Current Value: $1.1 Billion
    • Revenue: $173 Million
  15. Sacramento Kings
    • Current Value: $1.075 Billion
    • Revenue: $164 Million
  16. Portland Trail Blazers
    • Current Value: $1.05 Billion
    • Revenue: $178 Million
  17. Oklahoma City Thunder
    • Current Value: $1.025 Billion
    • Revenue: $187 Million
  18. Washington Wizardswashington wizards
    • Current Value: $1.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $155 Million
  19. Orlando Magic
    • Current Value: $920 Million
    • Revenue: $166 Million
  20. Utah Jazz
    • Current Value: $910 Million
    • Revenue: $164 Million
  21. Detroit Pistons
    • Current Value: $900 Million
    • Revenue: $172 Million
  22. Denver Nuggets
    • Current Value: $890 Million
    • Revenue: $157 Million
  23. Atlanta Hawks
    • Current Value: $885 Million
    • Revenue: $169 Million
  24. Indiana Pacers
    • Current Value: $880 Million
    • Revenue: $157 Million76ers
  25. Philadelphia 76ers
    • Current Value: $800 Million
    • Revenue: $140 Million
  26. Memphis Grizzlies
    • Current Value: $790 Million
    • Revenue: $155 Million
  27. Milwaukee Bucks
    • Current Value: $785 Million
    • Revenue: $146 Million
  28. Charlotte Hornets
    • Current Value: $780 Million
    • Revenue: $158 Million
  29. Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Current Value: $770 Million
    • Revenue: $154 Million
  30. New Orleans Pelicans
    • Current Value: $750 Million
    • Revenue: $156 Million

 

These are the NBA most valuable teams list from Forbes 2017.

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