In one of the most-watched games of the season the Warriors traveled to Boston for another stop on their world tour. The game was full of subplots. It was the best-of-the best. The Warriors came to town with the best record in the Western Conference at 11-3. The surprising Celtics were 13-2, a perch that would not last … would it? Warriors coach Steve Kerr called the Celtics the “team of the future” of the Eastern Conference:

“It sure looks like Boston is the team of the future in the East, with the assets that they still have and their young talent and their coaching, and Kyrie [Irving] is amazing,” Kerr said after practice Tuesday. “That looks like a team that is going to be at the top of the East for a long time to come. Whether their time is now or the future, that’s to be determined, but they sure look like they want it to be right now.”

Implied in the comment was that LeBron and the Cavaliers was the team of the present in the Eastern Conference and the defending champion Warriors was The Team period.

The Warriors came in with a 7 game winning streak, while Celtics boasted a 13 game streak. The Celtics were down by as many as 15 points with 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Led by Jaylen Brown the Celtics then went on a 17-0 run to take the lead. The Celtics swarmed the Warriors and caused Durant, Curry, and Javale McGee to turn the ball over. Their length and athleticism bothered the Warriors. Both teams ended the third tied 68-68 after three quarters.

I expected the Warriors to pull away like they usually do. The Celtics fought hard down the stretch but the Warriors have a way of breaking teams with a barrage of threes. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are the three best long ball shooters in the game, and they came up big at big moments. Curry hit a deep three that seemed to change the tenor of the slugfest. Durant backed Jaylen Brown down close to the basket and hit a turnaround 10 foot jumper right in Brown’s eye. Durant tried to take Brown’s heart with at move. There were two scramble plays where the Celtics swarmed to the ball,but left shooters open. Klay and Durant made them pay with three balls. Back breakers right?

The Celtics came right back, working through Kyrie who penetrated and scored or dished to open teammates. When he drew two defenders Al Horford or Jaylen Brown were there to put back his misses. Young Celtics showed poise down the stretch, and generally out-scrapped the Warriors. Two things were rather telling. The game was low-scoring – 92 to 88 – which means it was a dog fight. The Celtics have as many dawgs – Brown, Horford, Marcus Smart – as any other team. Secondly, Kyrie did not play well overall, and the Celtics still won. He started 2-9 from the field before ditching the protective mask. He finished 4-16 with 16 points and the Celtics still won. It begs the question “If LeBron ever scored 16 points on 4-16 shooting could the Cavaliers beat a college team?”

 

On Trump And The Global Economy

Wuyi, Coconut Rob, Shock Exchange, Professor Brogman stunt for the ‘gram

The second installment of Trump And The Global Economy Town Hall took place October 24th in Fort Greene. It Featured Professor Lance Brofman, Coconut Rob (Coconut Rob Smoothies), Wuyi Jacobs (AfroBeats Radio) and Ralph Baker, author of Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead.

The event was well-received by the community. We parsed through President Trump’s proposed tax plan and [i] how it was pure economic folly and [ii] high net worth individuals could potentially game the system by shifting income around. Apparently, Kansas Coach Bill Self did this when the state of Kansas cut taxes in the past. We discussed the pros and cons of technology on workers and the economy. How will the economy and country prosper under Trump’s leadership vis-a-vis Obama? What’s behind the verbal sparring with black athletes, ESPN’s Jemele Hill and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?

 

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