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I thought the Golden State Warriors were using ‘Rope-a-Dope’ on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Final Three Games of the NBA Finals to put their Opponents away but BOY—was I ever wrong!

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The Warriors BLEW it on Sunday night


Visalia, CA, 06-21-2016 Tuesday: Those who know me and who read my posts whenever I have the opportunity to write at the American Institute of Culinary Politics-Elemental News of the Day know I am a fan of sports teams from the Bay Area.  I love the Oakland Athletics, I love the San Francisco Giants, and I love the San Jose Sharks.  I love the Golden State Warriors and this spring, not only did I watch the Sharks lose to the Pittsburgh Penguin, I had the displeasure of watching the Warriors blow a chance to be back-to-back champions by failing to capitalize on a 3-1 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  What were the boys from Oakland thinking?  I have to admit I am shocked.
It sure appeared to me that the Warriors had everything under control following their win in Game 4 of the Championship Round; beat the Cavs on their home court to take it back to Oakland to clench it there at the Oracle Arena in Game 5. 
However, when the Cavs beat the Warriors on their home court in the fifth game, I thought, “Well, the Warriors are going to beat them on the Cavs home court in Game 6, in order to insert the dagger as deeply as the team could into the championship hopes of LeBron James and his crew for years to come.
The loss in Game 6 began to register that there could be two things at work here.  Looking at the faces of the Warriors, I saw frustration, defeat, and humiliation but both me, and everyone I know suspected there was some sort of ‘rope-a-dope’ going on here and that the Warriors wanted to stretch it out to win in Game 7 at home if they lost Game 6 in Cleveland.  I mean, the Warriors simply do not miss the shots that suddenly they now seemed to do so what is going on here?—that was my question.
Well, Golden State team did lose Game 6 in Cleveland and the apparent despair became real despair, since it appeared to all that the Warriors in the first four games were going to blow out the Cavaliers even though the Cavs did pull off a big win in Game 3.  Yet, after words zipped back and forth between various Warriors directed mostly at LeBron James and back by the big man and his fellow teammates, it appeared that the Golden State gang lit a fire of determination within the bellies of the Cleveland crew. 
I think the Cavs knocking out Warriors Center Andrew Bogut in Game 4, as I recall, without some sort of retribution from the California team, such as taking out the knee(s) of either LeBron James or Kyrie Irving (or BOTH) opened the door to disaster.  Where the heck was the Warriors’ version of Kurt Rambis, the old Lakers hit man who used to go out on the court and deck opponents that needed decking?  Where was the Dennis Rodman, the man who played mind games with the opposition until they fled the court in terror such as what the Piston did to the Chicago Bulls’ Scottie Pippen?
Once the fire ignited within the Cleveland team—who more or less submitted to a superior Warriors team the previous season and which caused LeBron a great deal of embarrassment and shame—it was clear that the razzle-dazzle of the Warriors was beginning to crumble.  Perhaps a few less trick passes or blocked shots from a resilient James might have helped them win but sadly, they could not find their mojo.   
Furthermore, it is important to note that their diminutive size without big man Bogut, as well as Draymond Green’s suspension for Game 5 for supposedly smacking James in the groin as the big guy stepped over him, along with Andre Iguodala suffering chronic back troubles, the series would not go well for the Golden State team.  Suspending a player in the Finals is almost unheard of—what the F***?
Still, knowing how well the Warriors played throughout the regular season with a record-setting 73 wins out of 82 regular season games, one kept thinking that they were going to come back a la Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Yes, they had difficulties with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Championship Round, being down 3-1 before they came back like storm troopers and won the series with two MASSIVE VICTORIES. 
Moreover, with two resounding victories in the first two games, it appeared that the Warriors were ready to go until disaster began to set in and the fans such as me watching their inability to hit long-range shots, which is their forte, began to worry.   Their only hope was to reignite on their home floor in Game 7 and knock the Cavs out for good. 
While that reboot did occur and the game seesawed back and forth with 20 lead changes and at one point in the fracas, the Warriors surging ahead by 8 points, the euphoria for the crowd was short-lived.  The Cavaliers kept pulling back, and then pulling ahead until in the final seconds, they went up four points and that is where the game ended, 93-89. 
I truly think EVERYONE was in shock as the Warriors fled the court after giving a few congratulatory hugs and pats on the back following the final buzzer.  Fans, too dazed to move, remained in the arena as the Cavaliers celebrated their FIRST NBA victory.  The victory ended a drought for the city, as the only other win by a Cleveland team was the 1964 pre-Super Bowl victory of the Cleveland Browns.  From that point forward, it has been bust ever since. 
I will say this, however, that as with many people I know or have seen give their opinions on TV or radio, the ‘comeback from three games down’ appeared to many that the NBA WANTED Cleveland to be the victor.  From Game 5 onward, it was ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if the Cavaliers could win and that LeBron James could keep his promise to the people of the city by bringing a victory home to them?’  Favoritism, folks, it was all favoritism and you could see it in the calls.
It also seemed that once LeBron and his teammates began whining and sniveling following the disastrous defeat in Game 4 that they were not ‘getting the calls from the referees they felt were their due.’  
Suddenly, they began getting the majority of the calls in favor and could shoot the free throws with which, to keep the team relevant in the series and the Warriors began to see the calls going against them such as the one-game suspension of Draymond Green or Step Curry suffering ejection in Game 6.  Wow, whatever happened to let ‘the young men play the game and restrict them with as few calls as possible except for blatant ones so there was no appearance of giving into the bawl baby tactics?’
I do believe that following the unfortunate concussion of Cleveland Center Kevin Love in Game 3, I believe, the Cavs sought to take out Warriors Center Andrew Bogut and did so by smashing his knees into the floor in a very unnatural position.  Oh, the Cavs did a great job of emoting on the floor, especially LeBron and Irving, which made many of us sick.  “Oh, boohoo-hoo, look at me, the Warriors hurt me, wah-wah-wah!”
It made me want to throw up—I detest whiners and I certainly despise referees a team can buy to do their dirty work—how ‘bout them nasty apples, folks?
Ah, well, we must congratulate LeBron James on keeping his ‘promise’ to the people of Cleveland because when he abandoned them in 2010 to play for the Miami Heat—where he won two NBA Championships—the people of the beleaguered city burned the big man in effigy as did the Nazis Jewish shops and stores. 
Oh, the wailing and whining when he skipped town to go play for a team on the verge of becoming a great one, was immense and whenever LeBron returned to play in Cleveland, the people came out and let their angst at him known.  However, he returned home in 2014 and became their hero once again as he promised to bring a championship to his hometown—that is until they lost to the Warriors 4-1 in the 2015 Finals on their home floor.
Many looked at LeBron as though he was suspect that he lacked the individual ability, strength, and even the balls needed to win a championship for a middling team.  They built up the club and signed excellent players and as we all know, the rest is history and the Cavaliers are the toast of the country.
Friends, I know how fans of the Seattle Seahawks felt when they blew the opportunity to repeat by losing to the flipping New England Patriots a year following winning the team’s first Super Bowl in 2015. 
If you recall, with victory in hand and with a running play into the End Zone, Russell Wilson instead threw a pass that the Patriots defense intercepted and put the game away.  Tears flowed for those fans so I understand their agony as the Warriors had THREE chances to figure out a strategy to put the Cavaliers away and blew it. 
Let us hope that next year is going to be better and as with Mohammad Ali and “Smoking” Joe Frazier or Ken Norton, the Warriors will roar back with better players so they can best the Cavs should they have the opportunity to meet them in the Finals again.  What do you think?   
Ah well, congratulations go out fans of the Cavaliers and I think my friend and colleague, Vladimir Gdansk, relishes the loss of the Warriors seeing as how he is a big OKC Thunder fan.  Thanks for joining me today; I appreciate your visits to the blog page.  See you all tomorrow and God bless.        
Thank you,
 “JT”
James “JT” Tobiason
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Tobiason, James.  “I thought the Golden State Warriors were using ‘Rope-a-Dope’ on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Final Three Games of the NBA Finals to put their Opponents away but BOY—was I ever wrong!
Moses Scharbug III edited and rewrote the blog post today.
NBA Finals 2016 Scoreboard:
Game 1: Golden State 104, Cleveland 89
Game 2: Golden State: 110, Cleveland 77
Game 3: Cleveland 120, Golden State 90
Game 4: Golden State 108, Cleveland 97
Game 5: Cleveland 112, Golden State 97
Game 6: Cleveland 115, Golden State 101
Game 7: Cleveland 93, Golden State 89
Game 7 Stats:
Cleveland:
James 9-24, 8-10, 27; Love: 3-9, 3-4, 9; T. Thompson: 3-3, 3-4, 9; Irving: 10-23, 4-4, 26; JR Smith: 5-13, 0-0, 12; R. Jefferson 1-4, 0-0, 2; Shumpert: 1-3, 3-3, 6; Mo. Williams: 1-3, 0-0, 2. Totals: 33-82, 21-25: 93
Golden State:
H. Barnes: 3-10, 2-2, 10; Dr. Green: 11-15, 4-4, 32; Ezeli: 0-4, 0-0, 0; Step Curry: 6-19, 1-1, 17; K. Thompson: 6-17, 0-0, 14; Barbosa: 1-2, 0-0, 3; Iguodala: 2-6, 0-2, 4; Livingston: 3-7, 2-2, 8; Speights: 0-2, 0-0, 0: Varejao: 0-1, 1-2, 1.  Totals: 32-83, 10-13, 89.
Score by Quarter:
Cleveland: 23           19        33        18—93
Golden State: 22     27        27        13—89  



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  1. 996: Pope Gregory V crowns Otto III Roman Catholic German Emperor of Elzas.
  2. 1498: Bavarian Emperor Maximillian expels the Jews from Nuremburg.
  3. 1547: The great fire of Moscow occurs on this date.
  4. 1607:  Organizers establish the first Protestant Episcopal parish in the New World at Jamestown, Virginia.
  5. 1633: The Inquisition forces Galileo Galilei to ‘abjure, curse, and detest” his Copernican heliocentric views. 
  6. 1661: Through the Treaty of Kardis, Sweden and Russia, make peace.
  7. 1672: French troops under King Louis XIV occupy the city of Utrecht
  8. 1684: King Charles II revokes the Massachusetts Bay Colony charter.
  9. 1768: Dr. John Archer receives the first U.S. bachelor of medicine degree.
  10. 1788: The United States Constitution went into effect, as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.
  11. 1879: F. W. Woolworth opens his first store, which fails almost immediately.
  12. 1834: Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.
  13. 1877: The Molly Maguires, 10 Irish immigrants, meet their end at the gallows at two different prisons: Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania.
  14. 1887: Great Britain celebrates the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria.
  15. 1893: The first Ferris wheel premieres at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.
  16. 1898: Guam becomes a territory of the United States.    
  17. 1893: The first Ferris wheel premieres at Chicago’s Columbian Exposition.
  18. 1913: Georgia “Tiny” Broadwick became the first woman to parachute from an airplane as she jumped out over Los Angeles.
  19. 1915:  Following an anti-British revolt in South Africa, British authorities arrest General De Law and other officers.
  20. 1916: Mexican troops beat American General Black Jack Pershing’s troops in one of the initial battles of the Mexican Incursion.
  21. 1917: The Hawaiian Red Cross forms.
  22. 1932: Heavyweight Max Schmeling lost a title fight rematch in New York by decision to Jack Sharkey, prompting Schmeling’s manager, Joe Jacobs, to exclaim: “We were robbed!”
  23. 1939: The New York Yankees announce Lou Gehrig’s retirement after doctors reveal has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  24. 1943: Army nurse Lt. Edith Greenwood became the first woman to receive the Soldier’s Medal for showing heroism during a fire at a military hospital in Yuma, Arizona.  Meanwhile, Federal troops put down a race riot in Detroit resulting in 30 deaths. 
  25. 1944: Ray Davies of the Kinks was born on this date in England.
  26. 1945: U.S. forces defeat the Japanese on the island of Okinawa during World War II.
  27. 1948: Don Airey, the man who replaced Jon Lord in the British rock band, Deep Purple, in 2002, was born on this date in England.  He has also played with Ozzie Osbourne, Wishbone Ash, Jethro Tull, among other bands.
  28. 1950: Joey Kramer—future hard rock drummer with the band, Aerosmith—is born in New York City on this date.
  29. 1955: Johnny Cash debuts Top 10 country song, “Cry!  Cry!  Cry!” 
  30. 1956: East Germany frees 19,000 political prisoners.
  31. 1963: A conclave of his fellow cardinals chose Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini to succeed the late Pope John XXIII; the new pope took the name Paul VI.
  32. 1968: Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns his post.
  33. 1970: Brazil defeats Italy 4-1 to win soccer’s World Cup in Mexico City.
  34. 1973: The Supreme Court, in Miller v. California, ruled that states might ban materials found to be obscene according to local standards.
  35. 1977: Menachem Begin becomes Israel’s sixth prime minister.
  36. 1982: A jury found John Hinckley, Jr., not guilty of the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan because of insanity.
  37. 1988: The (Young) Rascals go on their first U.S. tour in two decades.  Meanwhile, in the 42nd National Basketball Association’s Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Detroit Pistons 4 games to 3.
  38. 1989: A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as the First Amendment protected a form of political protest.  
  39. 1990: Little Richard gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  40. 1997: The Women’s National Basketball Association begins as the New York Liberty beats the Los Angeles Sparks
  41. 2001: Mexican artist Frida Kahlo becomes the first Hispanic woman to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp.
  42. 2013: The U.S. Justice Department officially charges Edward Snowden with espionage.
  43. 2014: The U.S. presses Iraq to put a new government into place as soon as possible in order to keep the nation from being torn apart by sectarian violence; the U.S. plans to send military advisors but not direct military assistance at this time.
  44. 2015: 21-year-old professional golfer, Jordan Spieth, wins the U.S. Open becoming the youngest athlete since Bobby Jones—90 years earlier—to win the championship.




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