That line-up change turned out to be the best thing for Boston. The Cavs were prepared to defend a ball-dominant fidget. Boston is far better defensively without him, and it should have been obvious that they would be.It is irrelevant after the fact, especially since the competitive dynamic of the series changed when Thomas went down for the series. At that point, no one expected anything but a Cav sweep. :shrug:
The C's will play far better today without Thomas in the line-up.
I'm thinking you mostly meant to be funny here, but the difference is at the heart of this comment. Not many transition points in the second half of #3 and the first half of #4 at all, huh ?I think which ever team's defense gives up the least amount of points will win. But to each their own.
Pretty simple really. Obviously James Harden and Westbrook had much better seasons. Everyone else had relatively similar seasons, except John Wall's assists numbers. Below compares Steph, IT, DeMar, Kyrie and Wall. The biggest argument against Kyrie is his defensive rating was the worst, tied with IT. Plus for IT is he led his team and had an unreal offensive output. Given the context, ie its a regular season award, it's not that crazy Kyrie was left off. You could argue any of those 5 over the others. I really have no idea why the whole "it's a regular season award" concept is so difficult for you. Most middle school kids grasp it.Because NBA awards have nothing to do with who actually deserves the awards, it has everything to do with media driven popularity.
Well they went to the conference finals and may very well add Hayward and the #1 overall pick to their existing team while the Cavs continue to get older. They also have the best young coach in the league and Brooklyn's 1st pick next year which could be #1 overall.So where do you go if you're the Celtics? They were the #1 seed this year in the east, but they also were non-competitive in 3 of the 5 games of the Cavs series. Bad part is, I don't know that they could have played much better than they did. They can make 3's when they get hot, but they don't really have an inside game, and they don't play team defense very well, with or without Thomas.
I think they are further away than most think. Now I'll also say I think the Cavs are playing above their heads somewhat. They simply are not that good. They have two really good players, and some good role players, but in the east, that's all you need.