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NBA: All-Star Weekend headlines with Team Steph vs. Team Lebron

 

In an effort to even the All-Star rosters, the NBA has decided to go a different route of picking teams. This year, teams were chosen in a draft-style. The top two players with the most All-Star votes are named team captains of the Eastern and Western Conference.

Unsurprisingly, those two superstars were Stephen Curry and Lebron James.

After the team captains were set, each captain got to fill his roster with players from any team (on either conference), based on the remaining All-Star voting list.

Here’s how the rosters were drafted. Gold stars designate starters, the rest are reserves.

Each team chose a local or national charity to support, and the winning team will have a major contribution made on behalf of the players and NBA.

Team Lebron has chosen “After-School All-Stars Los Angeles” as his charity, and Team Steph has chosen “Brotherhood Crusade.”

The winning team will donate $350,000 to their teams charity, and the losing team will donate $150,000.

Unfortunately for #TeamLebron, the injury bug has found it’s way to his roster. With injuries to one of his starters (DeMarcus Cousins) and three of his reserves (John Wall, Kevin Love and Kristaps Porzingis), the team has had to find replacements.

Paul George is replacing Cousins, following his Achilles injury. Andre Drummond is replacing Wall after his knee injury. Goran Dragic is replacing Love, following his hand injury. And Kemba Walker is replacing Porzingis after his ACL tear.

Three of the four replacements are playing in their first or second All-Star game, and Paul George is playing in his fifth.

The game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. central time in the Staples Center, home of the LA Lakers and LA Clippers. The game will be televised on TNT.



Other aspects of the weekend are the Skills Challenges, Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars Game.

The Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest and Skills Challenge are all activities that players are invited to, based on their play in game during the first half of the NBA season.

Participants in the events are not considered NBA All-Stars, but are invited to attend in the events the are participating in.

Here is a link to the participants in each of the skills events.

The other big game of the weekend is the Rising Stars Game, which includes only the best first and second year players from across the league.

In the past, this game has mimicked the All-Star game with East vs. West, and even Rookies vs. Sophomores (2nd years). Since 2015, this game has been “Team USA vs. Team World” with teams made up of at least three rookies and three sophomores (for balance).

Team USA was comprised of players in the NBA originally from the US while Team World was players in the NBA from other countries.

Here are this years rosters.

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Photo by NBA.com

The Rising Stars Challenge will be played on Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. central time and will be televised on TNT.



This years All-Star game will feature specialty jerseys by Jordan. The jerseys will have each players last name, team logo and number on them, as well as the “All-Star Edition” patch for the weekend. This is the first All-Star game with Jordan jerseys, and the sleekness of all black and white jerseys looks good. We’ll see what they look like on the court next weekend.



Keep an eye out for the highest scoring game during the NBA season. That’s how you know the All-Star game has been played.

Come back next week for a recap and update on how the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend went.

Until next time.

#RumorHasIt NBA Trade Deadline Roster Moves

That’s a wrap on the NBA Trade Deadline.

The Cavaliers made some of the biggest moves today, but the Clippers and Pistons made some impressive deals earlier this month that will help them down the road.

Here are the biggest deals that went down:



Clippers-Pistons deal: 1/30/17

After sending Chris Paul to the Rockets in the offseason, the Clippers are preparing for the long run.

Approaching this seasons trade deadline, the Clippers dealt Blake Griffin to the Pistons in a big deal involving three players and a pick for each team.

In addition to Griffin, the Clippers gave up Brice Johnson and Willie Reed, both minor level players, in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and a first & second round draft pick.

Griffin was the primary target for the Pistons, and both Harris and Bradley add good value to the trade.

A heartfelt letter from Griffin:

UPDATE: Willie Reed has been acquired by the Bulls for Jameer Nelson and a swap of second round draft picks and will be waived by the Pistons.


Cleveland-Lakers deal: 2/8/18

After playing in just 15 games this season with the Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas is headed to the LA Lakers in a huge trade for both teams.

The trade makes sense for both teams, but I’m surprised the Cav’s are already parting with Isaiah Thomas. Last season, Thomas led the Celtics to the best record in the Eastern Conference and was able to advance to the ECF before they fell to the eventual NBA Champion Cavaliers, where he landed in the offseason.

Admittedly, IT hasn’t had the best time in Cleveland. Coming back from a major hip surgery, he has only seen the floor in 15 games this season. Averaging less than 15 points/game is not what we’re used to seeing from Thomas who finished last season as the third best scorer (28.9ppg) behind only Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Aside from sending Thomas to the LakeShow, the Cavaliers are also parting ways with 13-year veteran Channing Frye.

In his third season with the Cav’s, Frye is only averaging 4 points/game in 12 minutes/game–the lowest of his career.

Because they still have a 1st-round pick from the Brooklyn Nets, the Cav’s used their own pick to complete this blockbuster trade.

For the Lakers, a one of the youngest teams in the league, to get a former All-Star like IT is going be change the dynamic of the team.

When they’re both healthy, I expect Lonzo Ball to play shooting guard with Thomas at point guard. That could be a lethal combination.

In return, the Cav’s are getting Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Lakers to build around Lebron.

Clarkson and Nance, both young players with only 5 seasons combined, prior to this season, are both playing at high levels.

Clarkson is right on pace with all his career averages and Nance is playing the best basketball of his young career.

The Cavaliers are adding two young players that they can invest in and develop without serious impact on their salary cap, while dealing away Thomas and Frye who were racking in the money for minimal game-changing impacts.



Cavaliers-Jazz-Kings deal: 2/8/18

In another big trade for the Cavaliers, a major trade involving three teams plays out like this:

Rodney Hood is having the best season of his career in Utah, and George Hill is a proven veteran. The Jazz get Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose, but reports say they plan on releasing Rose.

UPDATE: The Minnesota Timberwolves plan on signing Rose, once he clears waivers.

Crowder came to the Cav’s in the offseason trade with the Celtics involving Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas and Co.

The Cav’s will send Iman Shumpert and Joe Johnson (along with a 2nd-round pick in the 2020 draft) to the Kings.

Neither Shumpert nor Johnson were averaging double digit points for the Cavaliers this season. Both Hill and Hood were getting plenty of points for their teams.



Cavaliers-Heat deal: 2/8/18

In yet another big move by the Cav’s, they’ve sent veteran Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat for a protected 2nd-round pick in the 2020 Draft.

After a 13 years with the Heat, Wade was traded to the Chicago Bulls two years ago, but only played their last season before coming to Cleveland. After playing in 46 games for the Cav’s, averaging 11 points in 23 minutes, Wade will head back home to South Beach.

Wade is the Heat’s franchise leader in games, points, assists and steals.



Knicks-Nuggets-Mavericks deal: 2/8/18

The last major trade of the day involved just three players and two draft picks.

The Nuggets traded Emmanuel Mudiay to the Knicks, who traded a second round pick back to the Nuggets and Doug McDermott to the Mavericks, who traded Devin Harris to the Nuggets.

McDermott will now rejoin former high school teammate Harrison Barnes on the Mavericks team, who is trying to get back in the playoff race.



After these big trades, I expect to cover over who starts in Cleveland, how Isaiah Thomas and Lonzo Ball mesh and how Blake Griffin has helped the Pistons.

Until next time.

NBA: Unprecedented Comebacks

If you read my “About” section of this website, you know I’m a Boston Celtics fan. I’ve been a fan of the C’s since I was in middle school and started to enjoy watching sports. In that time, the Celtics have had their share of successful season, but have also had rough seasons. Nonetheless, I’ve stuck with them, and this season has proven to be one of the best I can remember.

When I was in 6th grade, the Celtics beat the Lakers 4-2 in the 2007/2008 NBA Finals. As a middle schooler, watching the “Big 3” was a site to behold. The way Paul Pierce and Ray Allen shot the ball with the way Kevin Garnett made his presence felt in the lane were something I still miss to this day. Two years later, the “Big 3” lost in Game 7 to the Lakers in the 2009/2010 NBA Finals. I still think those Finals were the best I’ve seen.

Fast forward to last season, when the Cavaliers were down 3-1 in the Finals to the Warriors. A majority of people counted them out, surely the Warriors didn’t expect to lose the series. They did. Three games and three monumental wins later, the Cav’s were named NBA Champions for the first time in franchise history. Lebron James has been, and always will be, an elite player. Some say best, ever. I’m not writing about the talent, experience or basketball IQ of James. I’m writing about the comeback.

Sure, a lot of things had to go just right for the Cavaliers to come back and beat the Warriors. But they did. The mentality of a professional athlete is cold-blooded. It has to be to compete with the best athletes in the world. This comeback didn’t happen one game at a time. It literally happened one play at a time until the last minute of Game 7. Kyrie Irving nails a three-point jumper with Steph Curry in his face to seal the deal. Deficit erased, series over.

Although it’s not playoff season yet, one team has found incredible success playing from behind. You guessed it–it’s the Boston Celtics. Only 44 games have been played by the Celtics so far this season. Sitting atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 34-10, the C’s are playing better than most predicted. What no one could’ve predicted was how a team can an unreal record of 8-5 in games they trailed by 13 or more points. More comebacks.

In five games this season, Boston has trailed by 17 or more points and won. Incredible. Although a comeback win is impressive, what’s even more impressive is the competition they’ve come back to beat.


November 3: Winning six straight, the C’s traveled to OKC to take on the Thunder. After a rough 1 of 9 start for Irving, Boston found themselves down 18 but fought back. Celtics win, 101-94.

November 10: With Al Horford sitting and Irving with a facial fracture, the Celtics were down early to the Hornets. With an 18 point deficit, Boston opened the 4th quarter on a  16-3 run and didn’t look back. Celtics won, 90-87.

November 16: Riding a 13-game win streak, the C’s found themselves down 17 to the Warriors, a team not known for letting off the gas. Celtics won, 92-88.

December 28: The Rockets opened the game with a 12-0 run and led 62-38 at half. Trailing by as many as 26, the Celtics found a way to get it done. Winning, 99-98.

January 11: Taking on the 76ers in London wasn’t an easy feat for a Boston team that sits atop the East. Down by 22, the C’s inched their way back into the game, outscoring the 76ers by 20 in the second half. Celtics won, 114-103.


As the NBA season continues, individual games will become more important in a teams success and where they end up in the playoff race. Currently, the Celtics are the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but if they get into situations where they’re playing from behind, eventually one will slip away from them.

Later in the season, more and more teams start benching their starters to give them rest ahead of the playoffs. A talented starting five might be able to make an unbelievable comeback, just like the 2016 Cavaliers did, but don’t count on a bench to save a game.

 

**Information for this blog was used from CBS Sports Online.