Welcome to The Truda Report everyone. Today I'll be giving my Game 4 prediction for the Eastern Conference Finals, my reaction to Sunday's Game 3, and a quick response to Colin Cowherd's bit on Kevin Durant today. Make sure to follow my Instagram @thetrudareport for updates on when I post.
Update on my picks:
ECF Game 3 Reaction:
I know that by now LeBron Jame's anemic performance is old news, but I'd like to respond to it quickly. A lot of people like that when LeBron has an off night he passes the ball and fades into irrelevancy on the offensive side of the ball. I completely disagree. It is your job as the face of the NBA to go down swinging, and to me that's what separates players like Kobe and MJ from James. No matter how crappy Kobe shot the ball, you could count on him to keep shooting until it went in. Michael Jordan was willing to go 2-18 from the field because it showed that he wasn't going to give up. That's what I saw from LeBron though, someone who gave up. The Cavs proved to us they can't win without The King playing well, so if he's off, why not keep shooting for the sake of hoping things will turn around. I know the chance of LeBron changing his style of play in moments like that is minuscule, but I feel like if he wants G.O.A.T. consideration he has to do it.
Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavaliers:
Tonight the Celtics try and get right back into this series by tying it up at 2 a piece. I counted them out before last game, saying they could get blown out by 20 again without me being surprised. In my defense, they were down 21 before LeBron James decided to wet the bed. That's besides the point though, because Boston won, and now the question is where they go from here. The answer is, they go home. For good. After the Cavs win tonight's game, they will win Game 5 to end the series in Boston. I hate to break it to you, but Sunday night was a fluke and there is no way that Cleveland is going to let that happen again. I won't say that I expect a blowout tonight because the Celtics showed fight last game, but don't be surprised to see LeBron James come for revenge.
Colin Cowherd on Kevin Durant:
Today on Fox Sports 1's show "The Herd with Colin Cowherd," the host, Colin, defended Kevin Durant's move to come to the Warriors. I hated all of the backlash that KD got for choosing Oakland as his next team, mostly because I think he is a great guy and realized that the Thunder had no chance of winning the Finals. What I had an issue with though, is that Cowherd said that KD watched LeBron James and Kevin Garnett leave their teams and win championships elsewhere, so he thought it was fine for him to do it too. That part is fine, but Cowherd went on to act like KD was the first of those three to receive backlash for his move. If you have paid attention to sports for the last 15 years, you would know that it's not at all true. Both LeBron and KG received hate for leaving their original teams, especially James, who even to this day has bad blood with Dan Gilbert for his comments made about the departure. I like that Cowherd defended Kevin Durant, especially since so much of the media has attacked him, but I feel like he took things too far. The opposing side clearly has a point about chasing rings and super teams, so don't make it sound like KD is completely innocent.
High School Senior from Connecticut obsessed with sports stats, facts, and management.