Friday’s Sports BIT Show: Cavs-Celtics & 2017 Seahawks


Cleveland Cavaliers At Boston Celtics
So much for LeBron James & Co. being rusty with nine days off before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston. The game was never in doubt as the Cavaliers took charge from the get-go and rolled to 117-104 victory that wasn’t as close as the score. The Celtics simply had no one to deal with James, who had 38 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. James has a streak of seven straight playoff games with at least 30 points, one shy of Michael Jordan’s record. Kevin Love (32 points, 12 rebounds) and Tristan Thompson (20 points, nine rebounds) also had huge games as the Cleveland frontcourt dominated. It didn’t even matter that All-Star guard Kyrie Irving was held to 11 points. It was Cleveland’s 12th straight playoff win dating to last year’s NBA Finals. That’s one victory shy of the NBA record set by the 1988-89 Lakers. Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas said his team can’t overreact to Wednesday's blowout. Thomas was a non-factor early and finished with 18 mostly meaningless points. Rookie Jaylen Brown was one of the few bright spots for Boston, coming off the bench for 10 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Cleveland is -5 on NBA odds at Sportsbook Review’s top-rated betting sites for Game 2.

Deep Dive On 2017 Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks have won at least 10 games and reached the playoffs every year since quarterback Russell Wilson entered the NFL as a 2012 third-round pick out of Wisconsin. However, after blowing the chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions with that crushing loss to New England in XLIX, the Seahawks haven’t come close to returning to the Super Bowl. They have been dominated in losing in the divisional round the past two seasons. Has the championship window shut on this team? Oddsmakers give Seattle a wins total of 10.5 for 2017. The Hawks were 10-5-1 last year, losing all five games as a favorite. They were underdogs just once: Week 7 at Arizona. Seattle’s offensive line was a major issue in 2016 and still looks to be after only signing former No. 2 overall pick bust Luke Joeckel in free agency and waiting until Round 2 of the draft to address the position. The running game is now in the hands of former Packer Eddie Lacy if he can keep his weight under control. The defense should again be one of the NFL’s best led by the Legion of Boom secondary of Pro Bowlers Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, and Richard Sherman. Thomas’ 2016 season ended early due to a broken leg. The Seahawks reportedly shopped Sherman in a trade this offseason but found no takers. This could be the final hurrah for that trio together.

 
 

 


 

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