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Celtics Advance into 2nd Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs

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NBA – “Game 7” the best two words in basketball where two team battles for survival in chance of extending their campaign over the next round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs while the loser team end their campaign and takes an early vacation while trying to figure out a much better chances next season? 

The Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks are the first Round 1 series match that exceeded into Game 7, the series is currently tied at 3-3 apiece, both teams won their games at their home court respectively, and if we will follow the trend Game 7 is supposed to be won by the Boston Celtics especially the games is scheduled at their home court along with their fans to cheer them up at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts

In the game, the 1st quarter was completely dominated by the Celtics taking the early double digit of the game in a 15 – 0 run to finish the quarter 30 – 17. The Bucks have just scored only 2 points or just 1 field goal since the 6:43 minutes of the game till the end of the quarter after leading 13 – 10.

In the 2nd quarter, the Bucks quickly chop the Celtics lead at 11 – 0 run in the first 3 minutes of the quarter. Eric Bledsoe has been the hottest player for the Bucks that responsible for getting back in the game after being down by 13 points in the 1st quarter. Bucks able to cut the lead 32 – 30 down by just 2 points, but the Celtics retaliates with their own 9 – 0 run to up their lead back to double digits of 11 points, 41 – 30 under 5:30 to go in the quarter. The 1st half ends 50 – 42 Celtics up by 8 points.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, received his 3rd personal foul halfway through the 2nd quarter that gives more problem for the Bucks that was already down by double digits in the game. Celtics Jalen Brown pulled a hamstring in his right leg that cause him to leave the game and questionable of returning back?

In the 3rd quarter, the Bucks made an early 7 – 2 run to cut the Celtics lead in just 3 points, 52 – 49 but then again the Celtics don’t want their lead to slip away as they push their biggest lead to 16 points 81 – 65 with only 1.03 to go in the 3rd.

At the start of the 4th quarter, Celtics are up by 14 points and just a quarter away of advancing into the 2nd round. Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was called for his 5th personal foul at 8:24 to go in regulation and currently down by double digit lead and despite there are still more time to make a major comeback Bucks looks like they will lose Game 7?

The Celtics hang on to their lead that balloons to 19 points their biggest lead with 5:17 to go in the final quarter. the Celtics eventually wins Game 7, 112 - 96 to advance to the 2nd round of the Playoffs and the right to face the awaiting and well rested Philadelphia 76ers.

Meanwhile, another round 1 series match that also exceeded into Game 7 are the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the dangerous Indiana Pacers. The game is scheduled at Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. LeBron James will is preventing his legacy of never losing any round 1 series match in his NBA Career while the Pacers are looking forward of dethroning the East Champion after 3 years of domination.

LeBron Saves the Cavs in Game 5 Win Over Pacers

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NBA – The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of their own 1st round match of the post season at Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cavs regains the home court advantage after winning Game 4 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Downtown Indianapolis and now will have their chance again to lead the series in front of their crowd in a very critical Game 5. 

Currently the series is tied at 2 – 2 apiece. Pacers draw first blood after winning Games 1 and 3, while the Cavaliers won Game’s 2 and 4. Winner of Game 5 will take a 3 -2 advantage and one win away from advancing to the 2nd round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

In the 1st quarter the Pacers are much in control of the game taking the first double digit lead of the game 25 – 15 under 2:25 to go quarter, but LeBron James lead his team in a solo 8 – 0 run to cut the Pacers lead into 2 points to end the quarter 25 – 23. Victor Oladipo had 6 points in the quarter, while LeBron James exploded for 14 points.

In the 2nd quarter, the Cavs made the first basket to tie the game in a 10 – 0 run while LeBron is resting on the bench, the Cavs regains the lead under 10 minutes to go in the quarter 29 – 28, just up by 1 point. Pacers able to back their lead to 9 points several times while in much control for most of the quarter. Pacers lead the Cavs 56 – 49 up by 7 points at the half.

At the half, LeBron James leads the Cavs with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists while Domantas Sabonis leads the Pacers in scoring with 12 points, Victor Oladipo has 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assist.

In the 3rd quarter, Cavs starts the quarter strong in a 9 – 0 run to regain the lead back 58 – 56, unlike the first four games Cavs starts the quarters slow but this time it went differently. Cavs control the quarter and able to take their biggest lead 78 – 66 up by 12 points with under 2 minutes to go. Cavs outscored the Pacers 32 - 17 while LeBron James has already 35 points at the end of the 3rd.

At the start of the 4th quarter, Cavs is enjoying an 8 point lead 81 – 73, but the Paces have battled back in the game and able to tie the game at 95 – All with 33.6 to go in regulation. But LeBron James would not be deny of taking Game 5 after hitting a buzzer beating 3’s to win the game 98 – 95.

The Cavaliers takes a 3 -2 lead in the series and one win away into the 2nd round match of the 2018 NBA Playoffs. LeBron James finish the game with 44 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assist.

LeBron James Latest Achievements and News

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NBA – LeBron James is an NBA Basketball Player playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he is the greatest player of today’s basketball and considered by many basketball fans and sports analyst as the only NBA player that has a legitimate treat on Michael Jordan’s title as the “GOAT” or otherwise known as “The Greatest Player of All Time”.

LeBron James at age 33 and playing his 15th season has defining father time, he hasn’t shown any sign of slowing down but instead he continues to play an all-time high this season. leading his team in every stats while carrying the Cavaliers in another post season appearance for the 4th consecutive year and even a legit contender for the 2017 – 2018 MVP against the favorable MVP to win James Harden,

This 2017 – 2018 NBA Regular Season, LeBron James break’s several records or even made history in NBA History book. He is the first NBA player to post an NBA record of 30,000 career points with 8,000 career rebounds and 8,000 career assist.

He became the 7th member of the 30,000 career points and the youngest player to do so, he quickly reaches the 31,000 career points again the youngest to do so and just a matter of time he will also pass Dirk Nowitzki at 6th place in all-time scoring list.

LeBron has also surpassed Michael Jordan’s records of 866 games with most consecutive double digit points per game this later part of the 2017 – 2018 NBA Season. He solely holds the records for now and continue to up rise the record.

James also made 18th triple double this season, his most since entering the league, he even won 4 Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the month of November, December, February and March. He holds the record with 38th Eastern Conference Player of the Month award the most in NBA History.

This post season James is looking forward for another trip to the NBA Finals, he is the first non-Celtic's player to reach 7 consecutive NBA Final's appearance and on the verge of making his 8th straight appearance?

Here are some of LeBron James Notable NBA Stats and Achievements:

Career Stats:  27.2 pts,, 7.4 rebounds, 7,2 assist, 1.6 steal, 0.8 blocks and 38.8 min. per game

4 – Time MVP

3 – Time NBA Champion

3 – Time Finals MVP

3 – Time All – Star MVP with 14th straight appearances

2004 Rookie of the Year

2008 Scoring Champion

James Scores 46 pts. In Game 2 Win over the Pacers

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NBA – The Defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers host the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the 1st round match of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. In Game 1, The Pacers stun the Cavaliers and their home crowd in a humiliating 98 – 80 loss, the first loss of LeBron James since 2012.

Cavs are trying to bounce back in Game 2 to tie the series or a loss could put them in a big hole that could lead into serious problems of early exit in the 1st round match to the Pacers?

In the game, LeBron James exploded for 20 points out of 33 points scored by the Cavaliers in the early quarters to take an early double digit lead and the biggest lead of 18 points. James was in attacked mode contrasting his Game 1 performance in the 1st quarter. Cavs ends the quarter 33 – 18 enjoying a 15 point lead.

In the 2nd quarter, the Pacers able to cut the Cavaliers lead into 4 points, but the Cavs manage to hang on to their lead and back it again in double digits, Cavs finished the quarter strong to take a commanding 12 point lead at the half 58 – 46. James leads all scorers with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assist.

In the 3rd quarter, Cavs able to up their lead back to 16 points, but then again the Pacers is keeping the game closed after having 13 – 2 run late in the quarters to cut the Cavs lead into just 5 points. The quarter’s ends 74 – 67 Cavs up by just 7 points.

Early in the 4th quarter, the Pacers easily cut the Cavs lead into 4 points while LeBron James is resting on the bench. When LeBron James was inserted back in the game Cavs lead was extended to another double digit lead.

But the Pacers won’t go away until they cut the lead into just 3 points with 50 seconds to go in the game, Pacers had their chance to tie the game but miss the opportunity that leads to Cavs win 100 – 97 in a thrilling end game in Cavs Arena.

James finish the game with 46 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assist while Victor Oladipo drops 22 points.

Warriors Opens Post Season with a win against Spurs

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NBA – The reigning Western Conference Champion and defending NBA Champion Golden States Warriors opens the 2018 NBA Playoffs with a blown out win against the San Antonio Spurs 113 – 92 in Game 1 of their own best of seven series of the 1st round matches at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. 

Last post season these two teams face one another in the Western Conference Finals for the right to advance to the NBA Finals, the Warriors sweep the Spurs that time and this time it looks like the result would be the same as the defending champion easily pass the Spurs in Game 1.

Both teams are missing their superstar players, 2 – time league MVP Stephen Curry is still out due to injury for the Warriors while 2 – time defensive player of the year Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs is still out due to injury also but the Warriors is much better team compares to the Spurs even without their star players.

In the game, Kevin Durant played a huge game dropping 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist, Draymond Green almost gets a triple double added 12 points 8 rebounds and 11 assist while Klay Thompson led the Warriors in scoring with 27 points, 2 assist and 2 rebounds.

 The 3 – All – Star took charge without their leading All – Star Stephen Curry to easily bags Game 1. JaVale McGee also played a great game has added 15 points and Shaun Livingston with 11 points.

Meanwhile, the Spurs start the game poor has never found a way to keep up and now might be in danger of taking an early exit of the playoffs? Despite the loss the Spurs are not really expected to beat the Warriors in the series, but might win a game or two?

Without their franchise player Kawhi Leonard the Spurs have no chance of beating the reigning and defending NBA Champion.

LeBron James Completed All 82 Games of the 2017 – 2018 NBA Regular Season

NBA – For the first time of his illustrious NBA career the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James completed all 82 games of the 2017 – 2018 NBA Regular Season at 33 years old of age and in his 15th season. James also made history as he becomes the oldest player to complete all games in one NBA Regular Season while also leading the league in minutes per game at the same season. 

Without a doubt this is by far the best season played by LeBron James compared to the season he won the league MVP's, he is playing his highest level of basketball at 15th season where everyone thinks he should be starting to decline but turns to be he is defying father time like a fine wine, he get better as he age!

Until today, LeBron James is still recognize by the league, his co –players and even NBA analyst as the league best player which he has been for almost a decade or so but his brilliance, mesmerizing and tantalizing performance every game is on the verge on not being recognize as his chance of winning the league MVP for the 5th time seems not in his favor?

In the current NBA MVP ranking James Harden still leading the league in MVP ranking while LeBron James is trailing behind at 2nd place, Harden teams has more and better winning percentage this season while LeBron and his team has lesser win than the Rockets where the Cavs mostly struggle this season and because of that James Harden has the better edge of winning the league MVP according to some NBA Analyst?

Both LeBron James and James Harden played exceptional or extraordinary season either way could win the league MVP? It’s only up to the voter who will they vote? Harden is looking for his 1st MVP where he was denied the last two season including last year loss to Russell Westbrook while LeBron James is looking for his 5th MVP a chance to tie Michael Jordan?

What will be the Effects of the Temporary Closure of Boracay Island?

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Philippines – On April 26, 2018, one of the best and top tourist destination in the country for hotels and beaches “Boracay” will be temporary closed for all local and international tourists for a period of 6 months, only proven residence of the island are allowed to enter the beaches while the islands undergoes for a rehabilitation. 

According to reports, the temporary closure of Boracay, is to prevent further damage to the island due to pollutions, no proper sanitations and the demolition of some buildings or structure that exceeded the designated building permit.

There will be some advantages and disadvantages of Boracay’s temporary closure that might affect the business trend and tourism.

Here are the Advantages:

Restore the beauty of the Islands
Improvement or permanent proper sanitation
Prevention of pollution in the future
Government assistance
And others…

Temporary Disadvantages:

Temporary No income for both business owner and workers
No tourism is allowed for 6 months
And others...

Either way the effects of the temporary closure are all win solution for business owners and workers of Boracay and the Government itself because the rehabilitation will give some time for the beach to restores or heal her beauty that will benefit for a longer time?

Boracay gains its popularity due to the beautiful white sands and beaches that was once considered the best islands and top travel destination in the world. 

Though the temporary closure will give major problem to the hotel owners and other business structures in Boracay along with their workers, The Government has already assured that they will give assistance to the affected workers through calamity fund.

Cavs/76ers Faces Off! Winner Will Claim the 3rd Seed in the East

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NBA – The Philadelphia 76ers host the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers in their 4th and final match of the 2017 – 2018 NBA Regular Season at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

The Cavaliers has 2 – 1 edge over the 76ers in their regular season match where they won the first 2 meetings one at Wells Fargo and the other one at home while the 76ers won the 3rd meeting at Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Both teams are currently playing great basketball as the season near its end, the 76ers record with 48 wins and 30 losses are in 12 – game winning streak and currently 4th in the East just a game behind against the 3rd seeding Cleveland Cavaliers with a record of 49 wins and 30 losses and currently have 5 – game winning streak.

Even though that both teams are already sealed their spot in the post season, it is still important for both teams to win their last remaining games for playoff positioning whether it will give advantages or disadvantages comes playoff time?

For the first time the defending 3 – Time Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers will finish below 2nd place this season after finishing 2nd last year and the previous season but still the favorites to win the East but no chance of winning NBA Titles? According to some sports analyst?

While the young 76ers, has a very great chance or opportunity to even further the expectation from them? Will these 76ers are the team that could dethrone the Cavaliers? Especially that #1 seed Toronto Raptors has no match to James and the Cavaliers base on their season match and the Boston Celtics less Kyrie Irving due to knee injury and was ruled out for the season through post season?

Hmm? This could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals? The young Joel Embiid and rookie sensation Ben Simmons and the 76ers against the old reliable superstar and greatest player today LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

Jose Calderon Scored Season High to Help Cavs Passed the Raptors

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NBA – The Cleveland Cavaliers host the visiting Toronto Raptors for their final match of the regular season at Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s the 3rd and final meeting of these two team’s where one team is trying to break the season tie at 1 win and 1 loss. The Raptors won the first meeting at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario while the Cavs won the 2nd meeting in Cleveland. 

Prior to the game, The Raptors are currently the top seeded team in the East with 55 wins and 21 losses, while the Cavaliers are the 3rd best team in the East with 47 wins and 30 losses. Both teams are already bagged a playoff spot and just trying to solidify their current position in the East Standings with only few games left before the post seasons begins.

A loss in tonight’s game either of these two teams will in danger their current position in the East Standings. The #1 seed Toronto Raptors is trying to keep away the #2 seed Boston Celtics while the Cavaliers is also keeping away the hottest team in the league with 10 – game winning streak the Philadelphia 76ers at 4th spot.

In the game, the 1st quarter was a back and port quarter not until the Cavaliers was able to take a lead in the later minutes to end the opening quarter leading by 4 points 28 - 24. LeBron James and Jose Calderon lead the Cavaliers after scoring 10 points and 11 points respectively. Calderon shows a great start after making 5 out of 5 field goals in the opening quarter.

In the 2nd quarter, Cavs starts to dominate the East best record after posting the first double lead of digit of the game and even further their lead to 16 points. Kevin Love exploded for 12 points in the quarter after hitting several 3’s, but the Raptors able to cut the Cavs lead into single digit after having a late run in the quarter, At the half Cavs up by 8 points 60 – 52.

Surprisingly Cavs point guard Jose Calderon leads all scorers at the half with 14 points while Ibaka and Valanciunas scored 10 points each to lead the Raptors.

In the 3rd quarter, the Cavaliers are enjoying a double digit lead for almost the entire quarter not until DeMar Derozan made a 3 point play to cut the Cavs lead back at 8 points both teams scored the quarter 26 all to end the quarter 86 – 78 Cavs up by 8 points.

In the early minutes of the 4th quarter, The Raptors quickly cut the Cavaliers lead into 5 points but the Cavaliers quickly regain their composures and back their lead to double digit lead and looks much in control of the game not until the final seconds of the game where the bench player of Raptors outscored the bench players of Cavs that cut the Cavs leads into 4 point the closest the Raptors came since the 2nd half with 11.1 seconds to go.

The Cavs manage to win the game 112 – 116 to take a 2 – 1 series match against the Raptors.

Meanwhile Jose Calderon scored his season high of 19 points and LeBron James leads all scorers with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assist.