• The NBA Awards finalists were unveiled tonight and although these results weren’t very surprising to anyone, the actual winner of the awards won’t be announced until June 26th. Since the NBA playoffs seem very “predictable” right now, I thought I’d give my own predictions for the award winners.

    • NBA Most Valuable Player: Russell Westbrook. The man averaged a triple-double and it would be crazy to think he wouldn’t get it after all the hype that he got from the media/fans by the end of the season.
    • Rookie of the Year: Joel Embiid. This may just be my heart talking here, but how can you not love this guy? He was by far the best rookie when he was playing and off the court, he is a fan favourite! Trust the Process!
    • NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green. As much as I dislike him, I have to keep it real. He does it all for the Warriors and I would say the most valuable player to their team.
    • NBA Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo. I first want to give a shout out to Nikola Jokic, whom Hoop-Ball predicted would have a monster season. As for the Greek Freak, he’s the real deal and is still getting better. His length and athleticism is causing havoc around the league and he truly showed his improvement this season, earning a spot in the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. NBA
    • NBA Sixth Man Award: Eric Gordon. I really wanted to give the award out to both Gordon and Lou Williams but I won’t. Gordon was there before Lou-Will and helped the Rockets to an impressive record in the West even before adding Lou. He reignited his career through this season and showed the NBA he’s still capable of lighting it up.
    • NBA Coach of the Year: Mike D’Antoni. No one would’ve predicted the Rockets would end up third in the Western Conference and D’Antoni played a huge part in that. His had the right pieces to implement into his system and with James Harden running the point, it was a match made in heaven.

    Anyways, on this Friday night of NBA action, Hoop-Ball has got you covered! LeBron James and the Monstars defeat the Celtics in Game 2 and are heading home with a 2-0 lead. Playoff action is heating up so let’s hop right into Saturday’s Daily Dish! Also follow @HoopBallTweets for up to the minute updates or hit me up on Twitter (@NguyenTDanh) if you have any questions!

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    Cavaliers 120, Celtics 86

    So much for Game 2 being closer any closer. It was a complete stomp by the Cavaliers and the game was essentially over by the first half, when they set a new NBA record for largest halftime lead at 41 points. LeBron James once again was an unstoppable force, notching 30 points (four treys) with four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three blocks. It took him just 32 minutes to stomp the Celtics and there is currently still no answers on how to stop the King. Kevin Love continued to roll with 21 points (four treys), 12 rebounds and one assist, and is steadily building his confidence once again as they get one step closer to the NBA Finals.

    Kyrie Irving had a nice bounce back game after only scoring 11 points in Game 1. Uncle Drew finished with 23 points (three treys), one rebound, three assists, one steal and one block. The Big 3 took care of business tonight, and with the whole team raining treys (19-of-39), it was no surprise that this game was over before it even started.

    The Celtics got rocked tonight and to make matters worse, their point guard and leader Isaiah Thomas left Game 2 at halftime with a right hip strain. There was no point of making him play through the injury with the Cavs up so big, so IT4 finished the night with just two points and six assists. Jaylen Brown actually played very well and didn’t look like a young rookie out there on the floor. He scored an efficient 19 points to go with four rebounds and two steals, and showed a lot of heart and effort on the defensive side of the ball.

    Avery Bradley continues to struggle this series, recording just 13 points (6-of-17) and three rebounds tonight. The Celtics do have the number one pick in this year’s draft and with so many guards available to choose from, Bradley will need to step up his game or be in danger of possibly moving to the bench next season. Al Horford was irrelevant again, managing just 11 points (two treys), five rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Much like Bradley, Horford will need to take his game to another level if they want to avoid a sweep. Jae Crowder also chipped in with nine points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal. There doesn’t seem to be an answer for LeBron and the Cavs, but in order for the Celtics to win, they need to find it and fast.

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    That’ll do it for Saturday’s dish. Thank you to all the readers and subscribers! Cheers! #HoopBall #WeTheNorth

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