Playing The Point May 29, 2017

By Jay Colby,

1. Cavaliers and Warriors meet in the Finals for the 3rd straight year – The trilogy is finally here what we’ve all been waiting for the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers go up against each other in the finals for a third straight year. Although the Warriors aren’t the same team from last adding Superstar Kevin Durant. They still have unfinished business to handle to overthrown Lebron James and the Cavs. In a way, the Cavs are playing with house money, because the juggernaut that the Warriors are most people are expecting them to win the series in 5 games or less. However, the Cavs will have something to say about this starting June 1st 9 PM EST.

2. Cavaliers eliminate Celtics in 5 – LeBron James had another dominate performance scoring 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff leading scorer. The Cavs wasn’t tested much in this one beating the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title. Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who on their way to Oakland to face the Golden State Warriors.

3. Warriors Sweep Spurs to Reach Third Finals in Three Years – Stephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference final against the injury-plagued San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory, becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0. The Spurs didn’t really stand a chance against the Warriors once Kawhi Leonard went down with an ankle injury.

4. Kyrie Irving’s Dominance Leads Cavaliers to Game 4 Win vs. Celtics – The Cleveland Cavaliers overcome a 16-point deficit and come away with a 112-99 win. The Cavs not only had to overcome the deficit, but after LeBron James picked up four first-half fouls and was forced to sit for the final 6:46 of the second quarter. The Cavaliers were able to stop the bleeding and ultimately romp past the Celtics behind a playoff career-high 42 points from Kyrie Irving—21 of which came during a tide-turning third quarter.

5. Milwaukee Bucks opening up GM search after John Hammond exit – After longtime GM John Hammond left to join friend Jeff Weltman in the Orlando Magic front office, the Bucks are bringing in respected league executive Rod Thorn to help with the search for a replacement. The job figures to be an attractive one for prospective executives.

6. Atlanta Hawks hire Golden State Warriors’ Travis Schlenk as general manager – The Atlanta Hawks have hired Travis Schlenk as general manager and head of basketball operations, giving the Golden State assistant GM control of personnel decisions. Schlenk succeeds Wes Wilcox, who resigned May 5 as part of the restructuring of the Hawks’ front office. Schlenk spent 12 years with Golden State and is awaiting a third straight NBA Finals. He served as assistant to general manager Bob Myers the past five years.

7. Derrick Rose rumored as potential Timberwolves and Spurs target – With Derrick Rose set to hit free agency this summer, the Minnesota Timberwolves could potentially reunite him with head coach Tom Thibodeau. It has been rumored that the San Antonio Spurs may have interest in Rose depending on the free-agent market for point guards.

8. Former New York Knicks executive Hal Childs die – Hal Childs, a former assistant general manager for the New York Knicks and public relations director for the Golden State Warriors and Seattle Mariners, has died of complications from heart disease. He was 84.

9. Chris Bosh and Miami Heat part ways – The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh have reportedly agreed to a deal that will allow them to mutually part ways. Bosh is under contract for another two seasons and $52 million, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season due to blood clot issues. The two sides have reportedly agreed to a deal, but it has not yet been finalized.

10. Dwyane Wade still expected to exercise player option – Dwyane Wade owns a 2017-18 player option that is worth a hefty $23.8 million, and it seems a lock that the 35-year-old guard will pick it up and return to the Chicago Bulls next season. Wade averaged 29.9 minutes during the 2016-17 regular season, which were a career-low. He also averaged 18.3 points, 3.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.

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