Thoughts of the Week (2/6/18)

A great week of sports this past week. We saw one of the all-time great Super Bowls that saw the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots for their first ever championship. We saw Blake Griffin get traded from the Clippers to the Pistons. And to top it all off, Josh McDaniels tells the Colts he’s staying in New England the day before his introductory press conference.

I’ve tried to start a weekly column before, but with no lasting success. But this one will be especially for weeks when we don’t have a weekly podcast (which you can listen to and subscribe to here). Here are some of my thoughts on the biggest stories of the last week in sports.

Josh McDaniels REALLY screwed the Colts

Like most people, I was really excited to see what McDaniels could do with this team. The Colts have a few good weapons on offense, the #3 pick in the draft, and a franchise QB. I realize they had to wait until the Patriots were eliminated to “officially” make the hire, but what McDaniels did to the Colts was wrong. The Colts had already hired assistant coaches, including a defensive coordinator, and it was literally the night before the introductory press conference. He better hope he’s indeed Bill Belichick’s successor in New England, because I’d be surprised if another team approaches him.

All the Credit to Nick Foles and Doug Pederson

That game was a lot of fun. Sure I predicted the Patriots to win the game, but that was more or less a head over heart pick. And sure, I was also one of the people that counted the Eagles out after Carson Wentz went down. Nick Foles absolutely balled out and Doug Pederson proved he’s actually one of the best coaches in the league right now. And the balls Foles and Pederson have to call a reverse pass back to the QB on 4th down in the Super Bowl is absolutely insane. What’s even crazier? The Eagles have Wentz, Lane Johnson, Fletcher Cox, Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Timmy Jernigan, Ronald Darby, and Brandon Graham all locked up through at least 2021. These Eagles aren’t going anywhere.

The Cleveland Cavaliers Will Not Make the NBA Finals

Say it with me one more time, THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL NOT MAKE THE NBA FINALS. I tweeted it tonight, getting blown out by the Rockets, Thunder, and Raptors is one thing. But blowing a 21 point lead, and then losing that game by 18 to THE ORLANDO MAGIC is downright embarrassing. The Magic have the 2nd worst record in the league, and 4th worst defensive efficiency rating, and the Cavs were only able to score NINE points in the 4th quarter. The Cavs have the 3rd defensive-rating in the league, they’re playing disinterested and lethargic, and even LeBron looks like he’s given up on this team. I’ve gotten burned by the Cavs before, but this isn’t like anything we’ve seen before. I don’t think they can do anything at the deadline to help their playoff chances. The Raptors and Celtics are clearly better than them, and right now, I’m not even sure the Cavs would beat the Milwaukee Bucks in a playoff series.

 

The Toronto Raptors are the Best Team in the East

Yup, you read that right. I may have bias towards the Raptors, but this is something you can’t deny this year. The Raptors are the only team in the league in the top 5 in offensive and defensive efficiency, DeMar DeRozan is playing like an MVP candidate, Kyle Lowry is an all-star once again, Jonas Valanciunas is even hitting three pointers, and I haven’t even gotten to their incredible depth yet. The 5 man lineup of Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, Pascal Siakam, and Jakob Poeltl is outscoring lineups by 21.3 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 7th of all lineups that have played 75+ minutes. With their new free flowing offense, incredible depth, and the development of their players, this isn’t your same old Raptors squad and is the team I’m putting my bet on to represent the East in the NBA Finals. Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 9.53.11 PM.png

I Hate Injuries

Tough way to end the post, but tonight Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee. We’ve now seen 4 all-stars out with long term injuries, and it’s worse when we see it with the young stars of the game. At least we got Jabari Parker coming back from his knee injury.

Clip of the Week

Giannis dunked over a guy. Seriously

What are your thoughts on the last week of sports? Let’s start a conversation on Twitter @thomas_mooney1, @AFewGoodMics

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