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NBA Rundown

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                After getting off to a slow start the Celtics won their eighth straight game against the Magic 104-88, holding them to a season low 20.7% shooting from three. Jaylen Brown led the team with 18 points, and the bench really came through with 36 points for the Cs. Marcus Smart led the bench with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. But of course, NO ONE is talking about how great this team is, just how awful the Cavs are.

                After LeBron scored 57 points Friday night, Harden went and scored 56 to help his Rockets soar past the Jazz 137-110. Harden was 7-8 from three and had 13 assist (hard to believe someone who scored 56 points even shared the ball). Houston is now 8-3 and is getting ready to host the Cavs on Thursday. Who needs Chris Paul anyway?

                The Clippers lost to the Heat at home 104-101. Griffin had 23 points and Jordan had 19 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough. After starting 4-0, the Clips have now lost 4 of their last five, including a 28 point loss to the Warriors. The new look Clips with Griffin at the helm seems to be having some difficulty. They look to bounce back against the Spurs on Tuesday.

                Cavs lost their home game to the Hawks, handing them their second win of the season (and gaining their sixth loss). The Cavs gave up 37 points in the first quarter, but came back to get within 2 after LeBron’s layup with just seconds on the clock. The Cavs could have won this game with a three or tied it to go to OT after Taylor of the Hawks missed his free throws; but the coward who shall remain anonymous decided not to take the last shot. Instead, he passes the ball to Channing Frye…like, what? Who is that? I mean, if he was going to pass up the last shot, at least give it to Korver who made five 3-pointers and scored 19 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter. But really, how about not putting yourself in this position in the first place by, oh I don’t know, playing some defense (did I mention they are dead last in the league, while Kyrie and the Cs sit atop the rankings in this category AND the East?). What a disappointment Cleveland.

Leading in the East

The Celtics sit atop the east, with the Magic right behind them (both are 6-2). Meanwhile, LeBron and the Cavs sit at a surprising 3-5, just above Chicago and Atlanta, who both only have one win on the season.  I think most of us can admit we didn’t expect any of this to happen, regardless of how early it is in the season.

The Cs may have dropped their first two games against the Cavs and the Bucks, but have since won six straight. They lead the league in total defense with a rating of 95, with four of their starters ranked in the top ten in individual defense. The rookie Jayson Tatum is fitting right in, averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds a game.  In his second year, Jaylen Brown is in the race for most improved player, with 15.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Kyrie Irving is also finding his footing, averaging 21.7 points and 5.7 assists. The budding chemistry between Irving and Horford, as well as the rest of the team has been fun to watch so far this season.

The Cavs however, just can’t seem to get it right.  After a very busy offseason of trades and transactions, they’re out here losing to teams like the Knicks, Nets, Bulls and Magic (who are actually taking care of business this year). These four teams minus the Magic are garbage, so I am very amused by the fact that they were able to knock off LeBron and his precious Cavs. As his team continues to rack up those losses, he wants everyone to know that there is plenty of blame to go around. Yes, this is a team sport, but how many times have we heard other players shoulder the blame for their teams’ performance? Quite a few, but I don’t ever remember LeBron being one of them; which is interesting considering he pretty much runs the show there in Cleveland. But hey, what do I know? I’m just a fan from a real, live sports city. Either way, I’m not hoping for a recovery anytime soon; just let the Celtics continue to quietly rule the east.