Cavs/Warriors 3: The “No Excuses” Finals
The Cavs took care of the Celtics in Game 5 last night to win the Eastern Conference title, and the year-long anticipated Finals grudge match with the Warriors is finally a reality. Colin is calling this installment of Cavs/Warriors, The “No Excuses” Finals.
In the first meeting, LeBron played without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Last year, Golden State was effected by the loss of Draymond Green from suspension, and Andrew Bogut, due to injury. This year, both teams are at full strength, and the Warriors have added Kevin Durant to the arsenal.
Colin thinks Cleveland can beat the Warriors if the refs allow for more physical play, which will allow LeBron to establish his physical dominance, but the possibility also exists that is Golden State team is just historically good, and even Cleveland doesn’t stand a chance.
After the lackluster regular season, the NBA needs this thing to be a classic.
“This is the “no excuses” Finals.”
Odell Beckham is the biggest star in New York
Colin was initially critical of Odell Beckham, Jr. for his diva wide receiver antics, but he has slowly come around on OBJ because he’s heard people like Cris Carter vouch for him, and he appreciates the difficulty of walking into the New York media microscope at 22, and instantly becoming the city’s most popular athlete.
Beckham walked into a dead sports city, and is easily the most entertaining athlete alongside a collection of mediocre teams and boring storylines. Sometimes, situations can be overwhelming. Beckham has had his missteps, but so would many at that age with that level of scrutiny.
Recently, Beckham took heat for missing OTA’s, which Colin thinks is a non-story. The story gets run because it’s Beckham, what else are they going to talk about? The Mets and Matt Harvey? Beckham is the star.
“Odell Beckham is the biggest star in New York.”
Nick Wright and LeBron James – Co-hosts of the upcoming First Thing’s First to discuss Paul Pierce claiming Magic is better than LeBron; why the imperfections of Jordan’s legacy have been forgotten over time; and why Odell Beckham missing OTA’s is no big deal.
Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Basketball Analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show on why Kyrie doesn’t get the credit he deserves and why Kevin Durant isn’t the answer as a rim protector against Cleveland.
Steven Jackson – NBA veteran and NBA Champion with the Spurs is in-studio to breakk down the NBa Finals; why LeBron’s 7 straight Finals appearances are impressive from a former player’s perspective; and if Boston should move on from Isaiah Thomas.