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Cleveland and Golden State Rematch in NBA Finals?




Most of the prognosticators have the current National Basketball Association Champions Cleveland Cavs meeting the 2015 champions Golden State Warriors in the 2017 Finals.  I would tend to agree but I do not believe one of the teams will make the show in late spring, early summer.  It has to do with the depth of the Warriors and a belief that one or more of the “superstars” on the rosters in the Bay will be saddled with the tag DNP, injury. That is right sports fans, I am calling it right now, and for all those that have penciled in Golden State’s second NBA Title in three years, you will be out of luck.

Fact is, Golden State is banking on their big time high powered studs to be well and in great health come playoff time.  They have to be, as this current edition of Warriors have severe depth problems, a lack of a power inside game, and two players that would have the tag as less than dependable with regard to injuries.  Stephan Curry is one ankle injury (turn, dislocation, break) from being on the shelf for a significant amount of time. It is not like he has the best structural ankles in the league. Far from it.  And with Kevin Durant already taking his former team out of a possible title with his broken Jones bone, it is not out of the possibility that the other Jones bone on the other foot will suffer a breakage also.  These two are not the most sturdy players in the league and if Coach Steve Kerr has to use his front line players extra minutes (as of a lack of a bench) injuries do and will happen. Going from 28-32 minutes a game to 34-38 is a game changer.  Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the other two stars, will need to stay injury free also.



OKC Rookie Domantas Sabonis


Western Conference Pre-season Rankings

  1. Golden State
  2. San Antonio
  3. Portland
  4. Los Angeles Clippers
  5. Memphis
  6. Oklahoma City
  7. Utah
  8. Dallas
  9. Houston
  10. Sacramento
  11. Minnesota
  12. New Orleans
  13. Phoenix
  14. Los Angeles Lakers
  15. Denver

Eastern Conference Pre-season Rankings

  1.  Cleveland
  2. Toronto
  3. Boston
  4. Charlotte
  5. Miami
  6. Milwaukee
  7. Detroit
  8. New York
  9. Indiana
  10. Washington
  11. Orlando
  12. Chicago
  13. Brooklyn
  14. Atlanta
  15. Philadelphia

Western Conference Finals:  San Antonio vs Los Angeles Clippers

Eastern Conference Finals:  Cleveland vs Toronto

NBA Title:  San Antonio over Cleveland

MVP:  LeBron James

Playoffs MVP:  Kawhi Leonard

Scoring Champion:  James Harden

Fantasy Leader:  Russell Westbrook

Rookie of the Year:  Buddy Hield

Coach of the Year:  Greg Popovich

Top Five players in the world by rank:

  1. Lebron James
  2. Russell Westbrook
  3. Stephan Curry
  4. Kevin Durant
  5. Kawhi Leonard



Buddy Hield-New Orleans Photo: fansided


Feature photo:  (AP PHOTO/ERIC GAY)







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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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