Lakers Early Prediction After LeBron James Became a Laker

NBA – The Los Angeles Lakers won the biggest free agent NBA player this 2018 NBA Free Agency they sign 3 –time NBA Champion, 4 – time Regular Season MVP and arguably still the best player on the planet despite already in his 15th season. He simply defies father time and at age 33 he is aging like a fine wine. The new “LA King” LeBron James who sign with the Lakers agreeing a 4 – year max contract worth $154 Million that will bring back the glory days of the “Showtime Lakers”. 

LeBron is entering his third team in the league, His first team was his home team Cleveland Cavaliers where he plays his first 7 years, He joins Miami Heat in 2010 winning 2 –NBA Titles in four straight Finals appearances, He returns back to Cleveland and in 2016 he fulfill his promise of bringing an NBA Champion in the City. Now he is leaving again to join the Lakers after dominating the Eastern Conference for Eight consecutive years of NBA Finals appearance.

James, who is in his 16th season might end his streak in the NBA Finals? Especially where the Western Conference are pack of much better team compared to the East. The early prediction of some NBA analyst and critics is that the good news is the new Lakers team with LeBron James might end a 5 year drought of not making the playoffs?

The bad news is a possible early exit in the post season? Or if they possibly make it to the Western Conference Finals? Expert says Lakers had no chance of beating the defending back to back NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.

Unless if Kawhi Leonard happened to join the Lakers this season or the next season to join forces the #1 and #2 best players in the league LeBron and Kwahi. That if Kwahi Leonard is still interested in joining the Lakers which is similar to Paul George who eventually sign back with the Oklahoma City Thunder for a max contract who aggressively saying he will join the Lakers in his free agency. 

Lakers are also predicted to finish at 7th, 6th or even 5th in the West seeding comes Post Season? Possibly winning 50 plus games in the Regular Season and LeBron James could win his 5th MVP? 

How about you, what are your predictions with the new Lakers with LeBron James? By the way the Lakers will surely increase their ratings in TV now that the most watched NBA Players are with them.

James Harden Wins 1st MVP Award

NBA – 6× NBA All-Star and now the reigning league MVP the Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has won his first ever KIA MVP Award in the recently concluded 2nd NBA Annual Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. 

James Harden, 4 – time MVP LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the top 3 MVP finalist that battles for the said prestigious award, but among the 3 finalist Harden was the favorite to win in this 2017 – 2018 KIA NBA Regular Season MVP.

As expected Harden won his very first MVP award after a disappointing loss to last year MVP award winner to Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, who made history after averaging triple doubles for the entire 2016 – 2017 regular season.

James Harden is now the 3rd Houston Rockets to win an MVP award in their franchise History he joined Moses Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon as the two other players that won the said award.

Aside from James Harden winning the biggest awards of the night other awards was also given to other notable NBA Players. Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons won the 2018 Rookie of the Year, NBA's Most Improved Player belongs to Indiana Pacers Victor Oladipo, NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award was given to Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award belongs to now 2 – time award winner Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams.

For the Coach of the year, former head coach of Toronto Raptors Dwane Casey won the award while Daryl Morey of the Rockets earned the NBA's Executive of the Year Award.

Meanwhile, Cavs superstar LeBron James is absent from the 2nd NBA Annual Awards who missed also the very 1st Annual Award last year. According to sources James is focusing on his upcoming free agency comes July 1.

Warriors Win Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals in OT

NBA – The defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors scape Game 1 in overtime in 124 – 114 win at home in Oracle, Arena in Oakland, California. Warriors outscored the Cavs in OT, 17 – 7 to take Game 1 and now leads the series 1 – 0. 

In the 1st quarter, both teams are shooting a high percentage in the field not allowing one another to pull away in the game, LeBron James and Stephen Curry leads their respective team in scoring to end the quarter with one point separations 30 – 29 Cavs by a point.

In the 2nd quarter, Cavs able to take the first double digit lead of the game while LeBron James is resting on the bench halfway through the quarter, but the Warriors slowly cut the Cavs lead and able to even the scores at the half with a buzzer beater made by Stephen Curry to tie the game at 56 - all in 16 – 5 run by the Warriors.

In the 3rd quarter, both teams had a seesaw battle, The Warriors had a quick start regaining the lead in a 10 – 3 run enjoying a 7 point advantage 66 -59 but LeBron James rallies back his team with his own 12 – 2 run to regain the Cavs lead 73 – 70 but the Warriors manage to hang on and regain the lead again in 7 – 0 run 82 – 75 and end the quarter up by 6 points 84 – 78.

In the 4th quarter, the Cavs and the Warriors are in tight contention and with 4.7 seconds to go, the game is tied, George Hill missed his second free throws shot that could give the Cavs lead, but either way his teammates JR Smith made a great offensive rebound but thought they are in the lead by 1 points and dribble out the ball that lead to over time.

In overtime, The Warriors dominated the Cavs by outscoring by 10 points 17 – 7 to easily win the game in OT 124 – 114.

Meanwhile, LeBron James made another huge game posting his career high 51 points of the post season in a losing effort.

Cavs Takes a Commanding 2 – 0 Lead Over the Raptors

NBA – The Toronto Raptors host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of their best of seven semi – final round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Raptors are trying to bounce back from a very disappointing loss in Game 1 after leading for almost the entire game but falls down in overtime. 

While the Cavs are looking to steal another game and take a commanding 2 – 0 lead in the series before going home in Cleveland.

In the 1st quarter, the Raptors start the game strong controlling most of the quarter just like in the first game, Kyle Lowry has been big for the Raptors leading his team in scoring while the Cavs led by Kevin Love has much better game today compare to Game 1, Raptors edge Cavs 29 – 26 as the quarter ends.

In the 2nd quarter, the Raptors up their lead into 9 points, but the Cavs made a mini run at the later parts of the quarter to cut the Raptors lead in just 2 points 63 – 61 at the half. Raptors guard Kyle Lowry continues his great start finishing the 1st half with 18 points, but already in foul trouble after committing his 3rd fouls. Kevin Love leads the Cavs in scoring with 18 points while LeBron James added 16 points.

In the 3rd quarter, Cavs starts the 2nd half strong taking an early mini run of 8 – 0 run to take the lead 69 – 63 up by 6 points. Cavs continue their hot start to post their first double digit lead of the game with 7:50 to go in the quarter. Kevin Love has been great for the Cavs in three quarters, but LeBron James has been huge in the quarter, dropping 15 points to lead the Cavs up by 15 points. Cavs able to outscored the Raptors 37 – 24 in the quarter to finish the 3rd 98 – 87 up by 11 points.

In the 4th quarter, Cavs lead balloons to 23 points, the Raptors has no answer on LeBron James hot games finishing with game high 43 points, 14 assist and 8 rebounds along with Kevin Love best game in the post season with 31 points and 11 rebounds.

Cavs takes Game 2, 128 – 110 and now had a commanding 2 – 0 lead in the series, stealing 2 games on the road and will have home court advantage in Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland.

LeBron James Youngest NBA Player to Reach the 31K Career Points

NBA – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James became the youngest NBA players to reach the 31,000 career points during their exiting and trilling end game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Well Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

James is the seventh NBA player all time to reach the milestone, joining the elite group of fast and former NBA superstar with the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

James reaches the milestone after scoring 44 points in a down to wire finish against the 76ers unfortunately, despite his huge game after dropping his season best 18th triple double he missed the crucial free throws that could possibly tie the game and extend to overtime. Eventually the Cavs loss the game 130 – 132 and falls down to 4th spot in the East while the 76ers, who won the game are currently holding the 3rd seed in the East.

As of now LeBron James remains in 7th place in the NBA All-time Scoring list with 31,002 career points separating by only 185 points to 6th place and only active player in the list the Dallas Mavericks and former MVP Dirk Nowiztki. James is expected to pass Nowiztki this coming games with 6 or more games if James will continue to score 30 plus points per games.

Wilt Chamberlain is also in danger of losing his spot to LeBron James with only 417 points separations in their total career points as of now. James is expected to surpass Chamberlain in the 2nd round or possibly in the conference finals of the post season if the Cavaliers are lucky enough to advance?

LeBron is more likely to end the season at 5th All- Time in scoring and the next target would be the one and only “GOAT” Michael Jordan at 4th spot and it would happen in the upcoming 2018 – 2019 NBA Season?

Meanwhile, prior to this new achievement by LeBron James he recently broke the record of Michael Jordan 866 consecutive games with 10 points or more, James has now 871 double digit points and counting….