A loss on Monday, and Cleveland’s new gods will be facing a herculean task just to remain relevant by the halfway point of the season.
The night Allen Iverson stopped the Los Angeles Lakers.
Buffalo will likely end up .500 at best, despite a stout defence and improved offence.
The Dolphins’ 2019 season will be judged by their performances rather than wins. Good performances and playing hard for 60 minutes will be as encouraging as wins. Miami are not built to win now. This is not the season the Dolphins succeed. It’s the season they figure out how they want to succeed in the future.
Belichick, Brady, Watson, Thomas, Bennett, and Gostkowski are all 33 or older. Age is the biggest arrow in the quiver of the Patriots’ critics, and it will be drawn early, ready to be shot out on media should they look less Patriot-like in 2019. What are the chances of that though?
The Jets lost five games by seven points or less last season, while winning one. Easily a better team than last year, playoffs are a realistic goal if they can fix issues at secondary.
Rebuilding is a chore for players, front offices and fans alike. Considering how close the Thunder once got to greatness, it will be especially rough to start over. Oklahoma City must start their rebuild by removing their cornerstone.
As they rode off into the sunset the Warriors took stock of their losses, especially on their injury list. Klay Thompson tore his ACL in game 6, and the NBA’s pantomime villain Kevin Durant suffered a torn Achilles in game 5. A harsh sense of schadenfreude surrounded the Durant injury. After all, the prevailing opinion was that he had left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join a 73-9 superteam and ease to multiple titles.
Looking around Oracle Arena after the clinching Game 6 in this year’s NBA Finals, Kawhi Leonard, with a fresh cap on his head and his teammates buzzing around him, took everything in. He held the Larry O’Brien trophy with the delicateness of a new born, and gushed over it adoringly.
After years of mismanagement, poor front office decisions, underwhelming drafts, and offloading their brightest star for what may turn out to be low first round picks, the New York Knicks finally got something right when they drafted R.J. Barrett to play in Madison Square Garden for the foreseeable future.