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It's a new episode of Coast 2 Coast! On this podcast I talked with Zarar Siddiqi. Siddiqi is a writer and podcaster at ESPN Truehoop Network's Toronto Raptors blog, www.RaptorsRepublic.com
With The 9-6 Toronto Raptors defeating the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, the Raptors return home to visit LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors face a tough task filling the void at the center spot as Jonas Valancuinas fractured his hand in the game against the Lakers. He will be out for about six weeks. The Cavaliers also have their fair share of injuries as All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, Timofey Mozgov and Mo Williams remain out. Siddiqi and discuss what to expect as two of the Eastern Conference's goliaths face off for the first time this season.
Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to provide some insight on the Tristan Thompson saga and preview the Cleveland Cavaliers' season. Chris discusses how Thompson and the Cavaliers got to this point, Rich Paul's strategy in allowing the qualifying offer to expire, LeBron James' influence on the proceedings, and why the Cavaliers haven't simply caved in yet. For the season preview, topics included the health of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov, and Anderson Varejao, a season prediction, and a surprising pick for the Cavs' best crunchtime lineup.
Now that the NBA Finals are in the books and the Golden State Warriors are champions, it is time for some reflection on what happened ... and what might happen down the road.
Specifically, is David Blatt safe in Cleveland moving forward?
I was at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night for the clincher, and a poerson I know and trust told me there was a considerable amount of head-scratching within the organization over Blatt's Game 5 decision to play Timofey Mozgov only 10 minutes. If you recall, Blatt ran several plays for Mozgov coming out of the gate, the Warriors sent a second defender at him, and Mozgov acted as though he had never been double-teamed in his life ... which is probably the case.
So Blatt yanked Mozgov and never really went back to him, and the second-best player on the Cavs went from having 29 points in Game 4 to having zero in Game 5 as the Cavs were on their way from turning a 2-1 series lead into three straight defeats.
As coaching gaffes go, there haven't been many that big since ... you tell me.
And what my source told me was that there were rumblings in the Cavs organization that the team might be better off having Tyronn Lue slide over from the lead assistant spot to take over the head coaching role from Blatt.
When might that happen?
It'd be a p.r. fiasco for the Cavs to make that kind of a move over the summer. But if they come out of the gate as slow next season as they did this season, Blatt will not be given a free pass. That was one of the topics of discussion with Nick Kayal in this interview with Bleacher Report Radio:
Welcome to another special edition of INtheZONE! Tonight at 12:30am, the ITZ crew analyzes game 6 of the NBA Finals. Get our post game reaction and our take on the fallout from the final game played in Cleveland. Will Lebron and the Cavaliers make it to a game 7, or will Steph and the Warriors celebrate in Quicken Loans Arena? Dont miss out on game 6, this should be an instant classic! And be sure to join us live on Blogtalkradio immediately following the game.
General Sports Talk with your hosts Robert Ford, JaQuan Jenkins & Andre Peterson.
1. Phillies & Rangers talking Cole Hamels trade
2. Top 5 Power hitters of all time?
3. Can the Nationals win the World Series behind their 1-2 punch?
4. NBA Mock Draft & Draft Rumors.
5. The Cavaliers pick up Timofey Mozgov's option on contract.
6. Charlotte Hornets gets nod to host 2017 NBA All Star Game
7. Does George Karl want to trade DeMarcus Cousins?
8. Can the Cavaliers acquire Dwayne Wade?
9. Is Jameis Winston ready to lead the Buccaneers?
10. Does Tom Brady have a chance to play week one?
11. What players are you looking forward to watching in college football this season?
12. Is Nick Saban & Alabama being underrated this season?
This week's edition of NBA Live Talk marks our 100th episode on Blog Talk Radio!
We invite you to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag, #NBALT100.
NBA Finals Update:
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (2) Cleveland Cavaliers: 2-2
Game Five takes place on Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers refused to say die and won game two in a thrilling overtime victory. The Warriors closed late, and forced another overtime. It's the first time in NBA history that the first two games in the finals went to an extra session. What a series!
The Golden State Warriors are the 2014-15 NBA champions!
On Tuesday night, Stephen Curry and the Dubs ended a 40-year championship drought, earning the Warriors' fourth NBA title in franchise history.
Andre Iguodala, who was inserted into the Warriors' starting lineup prior to Game Four of the series, claimed Finals MVP honours, posting averages of 16.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 4 APG.
*Sigh* The off-season is upon us... However, on a more positive note, the 2015 NBA Draft is less than a week away!
The Minnesota Timberwolves currently hold the first overall pick in next Thursday's draft.
A pair of highly touted big men headline this year's draft class. Will Karl-Anthony Towns be the first to hear his name called on draft day, or will Jahlil Okafor march onto the stage and have the honours of being the first draftee to pose for photos with commissioner Adam Silver?
Meanwhile, in the "Great White North", Canada Basketball's U16 Men's National Team returned home earlier this week after a successful trip to the U16 FIBA Americas in Argentina. The young Canucks finished second in the tournament, capturing a silver medal after being defeated by a star-studded United States squad in the Gold Medal Game.
Join the boys from NBA Live Talk every Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. EST, only on Blog Talk Radio!
Game One of the NBA Finals is in the books!
Behind Stephen Curry's team-high 26 points, the Golden State Warriors successfully defended home court and claimed a 1-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Stephen Curry's Game One Stats: 26 PTS (10-20 FG), 8 ASTs, 4 REBs
LeBron James' Game One Stats: 44 PTS (18-38 FG), 8 REBs, 6 ASTs
NBA Finals Schedule:
Game Two: Sunday, June 7, 8 p.m. EST
Game Three: Tuesday, June 9, 9 p.m. EST
Game Four: Thursday, June 11, 9 p.m. EST
Be sure to join the boys from NBA Live Talk every Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. EST, only on Blog Talk Radio!
The NBA Finals shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 of the Finals after LeBron James, Matthew Dellavedova, Timofey Mosgov, and Tristan Thompson shut down the Warriors' Steph Curry, then fight off unfavorable officiating, Klay Thompson's great shooting, and a Warriors run to force overtime. Now to recap Game 3: did the Warriors turn it around to take a lead in the series? Oomer in Rockland is scheduled for Hour 1 with Dave to break down the NBA Finals so far. Why are the Warriors struggling so much from the field as a team, and what can they do to slow down LeBron after two 35+ point games? PLUS, In Hour 2, Cedric Paquette gives the Tampa Bay Lightning the lead in the Stanley Cup Finals Game 3 and the series. Dave looks at the Stanley Cup Final in progress and senses that perhaps the Lightning are the frontrunners, but it all depends on Game 4. We provide the updates to Game 4 as it happens plus a look at MLB's hottest teams heading towards the All-Star Break.
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