Game Film: 1981 NBA Finals

Boston’s first championship in five seasons came in the form of a transitional Celtics squad led by sophomore Larry Bird, whose 1979-80 rookie season saw the largely similar 1978-79 team led by then sophomore Cedric Maxwell improve by 32 wins, while losing Dave Cowens to retirement; eventually losing to a Dr. J-led Sixers squad in […]

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Game Film: 1991 NBA Finals

It’s easy to say, and is often repeated verbatim, that this Finals was the “passing of the torch” between the ’80s and the ’90s. It’s hard to disagree, even when this sentiment is used mostly to prop up the beginning of Michael Jordan’s current demigod status. Before this, the Bulls franchise had never even been […]

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2018 NBA Finals, Game 3

It’s almost as if no one is interested in the Finals this year. After appearing on my friend Jumal’s No Smoke podcast1 following Game 1, it felt as if the Warriors popped the momentum balloon after getting the win in overtime. Game 2 only capitalized on that feeling, but I was only able to view […]

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NBA: Postmortem

Even I expected this series to go six. I also assumed the Cavaliers were going to be as physical in the first two games of this series as they were in Game 3 and Game 5, but since they lost those two games anyway, I suppose that shit doesn’t really matter. The Warriors just operated […]

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2017 NBA Finals, Game 5

Ideally, the series would’ve ended on Friday. It definitely would’ve made this piece much easier to write; more conclusive. A 73-win team falls apart with a 3-1 lead in the Finals, adds the second-best player in the world, cruises through the regular season and then dominates the playoffs; culminating in a sweep of the playoffs. […]

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