LeBron James on his Lakers Debut against Trail Blazers

NBA – Former Cleveland Cavaliers and arguably still the best player in the league the new Laker LeBron James is about to make his debut game today October 19, 2018 (Philippine Time) against a very good playoff team the Portland Trail Blazers.

LeBron and the Lakers will visit the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon where both teams will debut their season opener of the 2018 – 2019 NBA Season.

On the 3rd day of the season opener the most awaited debut of LeBron James as a Laker is just a few hours away of being watched all over the world. The excitement of Lakers fans and LeBron James fans is about to be witness in just a matter of time. Will James live up to the hype as he always brings in every team he join? Let’s wait and see and his Laker’s debut.

James at age 33, has played for 3 teams, he played his rookie season with his home team Cleveland Cavaliers and after seven seasons with the Cavs, he reached 1 NBA Finals, but falls to the San Antonio Spurs he then join the Miami Heat in 2010 to form a so called “super team” along with his buddy Dwane Wade and Chris Bosh together they reach the NBA Finals for 4 straight seasons with 2 NBA Titles.

During the 2014 NBA Free Agency James decided to return to Cleveland to fulfill his promised of bringing an NBA Title in the city and with the help of co – superstar Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving the dream came true in 2016 when they stunned the Warriors in Game 7 at Oracle Arena making an NBA History of coming back from 1 – 3 deficit to win the NBA Title.

James and the Cavs eventually reached 4 straight NBA Finals and just recently loss the last two that could possibly lead to James departure again in Cleveland.

James has an NBA record of eight consecutive NBA Finals appearance the most in this modern NBA, but with the Lakers it seems his streak will finally end where his rival team Golden State Warriors is blocking his path of reaching another NBA Finals?

Let’s just wait and see on how LeBron and the Lakers will perform this season if the team click then the Showtime Lakers is back?

Clarkson, Fall Short On His Gilas Debut

Philippines – Jordan Clarkson is a Filipino-American NBA Player who is currently playing for Cleveland Cavaliers as a point guard and shooting guard. He was a late addition to the Gilas Pilipinas team roster after the National Basketball Association (NBA) change their decision to allow Clarkson to play in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia and as part of the Gilas Pilipnas basketball team. 

Due to the late consideration of the NBA Clarkson failed to join Gilas Pilipinas in their first game against Kazakhstan but despite with no Clarkson the team convincingly dominated Kazakhstan that lead into blown out game 96 – 59 favoring the Filipino’s.

On their next game Clarkson finally debuted as part of Gilas Pilipinas starting five, he shows impressive performance hitting basket easily as expected for an NBA Player but despite of it the super team China dominated the first 3 quarters not until the Philippines manage to come back in the 4th and final quarter behind Clarkson heroic several clutch 3’s and his teammates to finally take the lead.

Gilas had a slim 3 point lead in the final minute of the regulation but failed to hang on until china regain the lead with 13.2 seconds to go 82 – 80. Gilas point guard Paul Lee unfortunately missed the one that matter most the game winning 3’s that lead to Gilas loss to China 82 – 80.

Jordan Clarkson finished the game with 28 points in a losing effort on his debut game with Gilas Pilipinas Basketball team.

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….

Derrick Rose Reunites with Coach Tom Thibodeau

NBA – Point Guard Derrick Rose start the 2017 – 2018 NBA Season with a mission of rejuvenating his career after joining forces with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in hopes of making his first NBA Finals appearance and NBA Championship?

At the beginning of the season, Rose became the Cavs starting point guard as a temporary
replacement to then injured Isaiah Thomas but again injury humbles Rose that sideline him for 2 months and eventually ended his future with the Cavaliers.

On February 8, 2018, Derrick Rose, along with Cavs team mates Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Dwyane Wade traded all together on the day of the NBA trade deadline. Rose was sent to Utah Jazz but waived 2 days after the trade.

Since Rose becomes a free agent only limited teams are showing interest of assuring him that lead to uncertainty on his NBA career, but his former Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau shows interest of recruiting him to join forces once again in Minnesota? 

On March 8, 2018, The Timberwolves guaranteed Rose a contract for the rest of the season, reuniting with Coach Thibodeau and former Bulls team mates Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler.

Rose and Thibodeau, has been successful during their early years in Chicago as a player and coach, both of them won the prestigious award in 2011 where the Chicago Bulls reach the East Conference Finals but bows down to the Miami Heat.

Tom Thibodeau won the 2011 Coach of the year after leading the Bull to 60 wins and 22 losses, while Derrick Rose becomes the youngest NBA Player to win the 2011 NBA MVP Award dethroning the reigning MVP LeBron James.

On March 9 (US TIME) Rose was listed to play his first game as a Minnesota Timberwolves against Boston Celtics, but for some reason Rose did not play in the said game.

Rejuvenated Cleveland Cavaliers wins 4 in a Roll

NBA – The Oklahoma City Thunder host the new look and rejuvenated Cleveland Cavaliers in their final match this season at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder has defeated the Cavaliers in their first meeting in good old fashion blown out win in Cleveland, Ohio.

Prior to the game, The Cavaliers are currently 3rd in the East Standing with 33 wins and 22 losses, while the Thunder is 5th in the Western Conference with 32 wins and 25 loss record.

The Cavs are on 3 - game winning streak and looks rejuvenated by the addition of new players, especially LeBron James, who seems energized and back to original form from being the best player in the league again while The Thunder is trying to extend their winning streak after defeating the Grizzlies last time out.

In the game, both teams came strong in the 1st quarter with several lead changes until the Cavaliers regained the lead in the final second of the early quarter 29 – 28 just up by 1 point. The re - energized LeBron James start strong in the game, leading the Cavs in scoring with 9 points.

In the 2nd quarter, the Cavs dominated most part of the quarter with a double digit lead, new Cavs bench player Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr. along with Jeff Green play big while James is resting on the bench.

For the Thunder center Steve Adams leads the Thunder in scoring at the half with 15 points and 7 rebounds keeping the Thunder at closed to the Cavaliers to finish the half just down by 5 points 62 – 57 Cavs by 5 points.

In the 3rd quarter, Cavs extend their lead again to double digit after their main man LeBron James gets hot scoring the last 15 points of the Cavaliers, but Melo and the Thunder had their own mini run to regain the lead 82 – 81 after Steve Adams made 3 out of 6 consecutive free throws but the Cavaliers still manage to finish the quarter up by 4 points 91 – 87.

In the 4th quarter, the new Cavs player, Clarkson, Hood and Nance join forces along with Green to up their lead back to double digit 100 – 89 with 8:27 to go while LeBron James is resting on the bench. When James return, still the Cavs bench players that are keeping the Thunder away from the game and eventually won their 4th straight game in a 120 – 112 win over the Thunder.

James finishes the game with a game high 37 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assist, JR Smith with another good shooting night finished with 18 points, Jeff Green with 10 points while the 4 new faces Clarkson, Hood, Nance and Gill added big with 14 points, 14 points, 13 points and 7 points respectively.

Warriors Swept the Regular Season Match against the Cavaliers in MLK Day

NBA – The defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors dominated their NBA Finals rival Cleveland Cavaliers after beating them at their own house in a 118 – 108 win at Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Warriors have now swept the 2017 – 2018 NBA Regular Season matches up to 2 – 0 record, one at home at Oracle Arena during Christmas day and the latest was at Quickens Loans Arena during MLK Day.

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Both teams show competitive game showing a glimpse of what game played like it is already an NBA Finals, despite the 2 game wins by the Warriors, the Cavaliers especially LeBron James gave it all but the defending NBA Champion is too much to handle where they are clearly the much better team.

In the first meeting, the Warriors host the Cavaliers at home in Christmas Day celebration without their 2 – time MVP Stephen Curry who is nursing an injury, despite of that, it was a closed game not until the referee missed a foul that should have been called on Kevin Duran over LeBron James in the latter minutes of the final quarter that might change the outcome of the game if the foul was called? But then again it is not called that favors the Warriors to win the game.

The second meeting in MLK Day Celebration, again it was a great game it was a glimpse of what the game plays in the NBA Finals both teams is almost complete and healthy and star players for both teams are present and ready to play, the first 3 quarters are very competitive as no team is able to pull away in the game not until the Warriors dominated the final quarter and sealed the game.

Both LeBron James and Kevin Durant arise as the best player for both their team finishing the game with game high 32 points each.

The Warriors win improved their standing as the league best record with 36 wins and 9 losses, while the Cavaliers continues their losing skid to 4 straight losses, but still the 3rd best record in the East with 26 wins and 17 losses.

The Warriors/Cavs season match is over and the Warriors dominated the Cavaliers, is there any chance that these two team faces again comes playoff time? Or should we say the NBA Finals? The Warriors is almost lock in getting back In the Finals, but the Cavs is questionable? Let’s just wait and see on what will happen?