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Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz series preview

Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz series preview

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

When the Golden State Warriors added Kevin Durant to their already stacked 73-win team this past offseason the message was clear. Nothing less then a championship would be sufficient in 2017.

So far the Warriors seemed poised to make good on the expectation, sweeping the Portland Trailblazers 4 games to 0 in round one of the playoffs.

With that said, sweeping the Utah Jazz will not be as easy.

The Jazz ended the regular season with a 51 and 31 record, finishing as the fifth seed in the NBA’s Western Conference.

Utah proved they are a mentally tough squad in the opening round of this year’s NBA playoffs, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in a wild seven-game series that culminated with a 104-91 road victory.

In order for Utah to upset the heavily favored Warriors, the Jazz will need center Rudy Gobert to play at his absolute best.

In addition, Utah will need to find a way to shutdown the talent rich Golden State lineup.

The Warriors got back Kevin Durant from injury during their first-round series with Portland, and now boast a lineup that includes Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

With such a talented squad, including a solid bench, this series is really Golden State’s to lose.

Game 1 takes place tonight in at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

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LeBron James leads the Cavs past the Raptors in Game 1

LeBron James leads the Cavs past the Raptors in Game 1

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

LeBron James put on a stellar performance in game 1 against the Toronto Raptors, leading his Cleveland Cavaliers to a 116-105 victory.

“King James” finished the game with 35 points, 4 assists and 10 rebounds, and was clearly the best player on the floor for either team.

The Raptors had no answer for James, who made over fifty percent of his shot attempts including two clutch three pointers.

LeBron took things to another level when he took a beer from a fan on the sidelines and pretended to drink it while still on the court.

Game two of the series takes place tomorrow night in Cleveland.

If Toronto is to have any hope of upsetting the defending NBA Champions, they will have to find a way of shutting down LeBron James.

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No MVP, no problem. The Golden State Warriors advance to round 2

No MVP, no problem. The Golden State Warriors advance to round 2

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The NBA’s most valuable player Stephen Curry was not available for round one of the NBA playoffs but that did not stop the Golden State Warriors from making easy-work of Houston Rockets in round one of this year’s NBA playoffs.

Golden State defeated the Rockets by a convincing score of 114-81 in game 5 of their first-round series last night and thus advanced to round 2 of the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

The Warriors will now play the Portland Trail Blazers, who moved on to the second-round of the NBA Playoffs by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers.

Stephen Curry is not expected to be available until game five of the second-round series with the Trail Blazers, so it will be interesting to see how the Warriors handle the first four games.

Who do you think wins the Portland vs. Golden State series?

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