New season. New series.
My name is Isiah, one of the newest additions and co-editors of Hoops Nation! I’m here to present you week one of “The Hoops Saga.”
Here, I lay the groundwater to cover (and recover if needed) my biggest games of the season. Specific games will be covered, and completely opinionative from yours’ truly. I’m excited, and this will be worth a weekly read for our fans!
I really appreciate you guys for tuning into this. Thanks in advance, and let’s get to it!
OPENING NIGHT: Cleveland Cavaliers vs
Chicago Bulls New York Knicks.
The champions had no problem backing up their title-talk and conceited hype, for their completed quest to win an NBA title. And guys, there was no better way to ignite a season of repeat, than the King posting a triple-double. Cleveland ultimately claimed their rings, and also a rigorous 117-88 victory over the new-look Knicks. It was a sensationally balanced effort on the Cavaliers part, as they were locked-in offensively, and zeroed-in on the other end.
If you think about it, this Cavaliers team was three-years in the making. This, was the roster that David Griffin had envisioned since the Lebron-era restarted again.
Well, now they have it. And it’s in full-effect.
THE SPARK: Lebron James was once again Lebron James tonight. Simply put. Would you like more mustard? James led the way with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists, and one block on 9-14 shooting from the field. He did have 4 turnovers however, and was also 0-3 from long-distance. But it just doesn’t matter if you only had to take just 14 shots, yet score nine points in transition alone.
Tonight, Kyrie Irving played like he was still trying to beat Golden State in Game 7 in the 2016 NBA Finals. Not to mention where at one point, GSW was up 3-1 in the SERIES, but couldn’t quite hold onto it. That’s if you didn’t know already.
Irving dropped 29 points and handed out 4 assists, and was 12-22 from the floor. Kevin Love had a terrific double-double (23 and 12, but shot just 6-15 from the floor), and Richard Jefferson contributed well off the bench with 13 points and 4 rebounds. I’m almost positive he wants to retire now. (heh, sarcasm)
As for the Knicks, this was not a pretty loss. But as Reggie Miller stated over 200 times yesterday, “This is game one.”
Well who knew..
…But yes, Miller IS correct. But for the Knicks (who reasonably called themselves “contenders”), they have a long way to go before they can trade for mine, or any one other’s pessimism for their optimism, in this upcoming campaign.
THE BLAME: Outside of Carmelo Anthony (19), Kristaps Porzingis (16 and 7) and the Knicks’ newest star-acquisition Derrick Rose (17), there wasn’t quite enough help or depth from the reserves on Tuesday. You really can’t blame this game on one individual, especially if the outcome was this rotten.
But well before the preseason even began, I was truly hoping and praying Brandon Jennings wouldn’t have a “Brandon Jennings” kind of season. That only means going 1-7 from the field, including -13 plus/minus. That’s simply not gonna do it.
As I said earlier, if Rose misses any time this year, Brandon will need to step-up in games like this. And unfortunately, I don’t think he’s consistent enough, or even focused enough, to do so.
THE WORD: “Very emotional.” James spoke to the media. “Our fans deserve everything they got tonight, and everything that’ll come in the future. They’ve been supportive of all Cleveland sports, and especially of us. Once the game got going, I was ready to go.” in response to how Cleveland was able to pull of a big night with the championship atmosphere, which ultimately ended in joyful relief.
“Turnovers and Overthinking.” Rose replied to a reporter who mentioned his four turnovers and just one assist on the night. “I had all four of them in the first half, and as a Point Guard, that sucks. But, I can get a lot better in that area.”
THE FACTS: As expected, the Cavs were complete mon-STARS on the defensive glass. They pushed in transition every chance they got. They also destroyed New York in the assists category 31-17. They just played their brand of basketball, and after that first quarter, I couldn’t quite see any pressure on these guys.
The defending champions will travel north to face the Toronto Raptors, who they defeated in last season’s Eastern Conference Finals through six games.
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