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Hearts & Minds

The Cavs had heart, but they didn't have Kevin Durant. To me, that's what it boiled down to watching
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Hearts & Minds
By M.G. Siegler • Issue #74 • View online
The Cavs had heart, but they didn’t have Kevin Durant. To me, that’s what it boiled down to watching these NBA Finals. Yes, the Cavs probably should have won Game 3 in Cleveland (I was there, and I’m still sort of dumbfounded that they didn’t win that game), but, if I’m being honest, I still think they lose the series 4-2 if that’s the case.
In fact, I think if they played this series 10 times, the Warriors would win all 10. The fact that the Cavs were able to keep a few of these games close simply shows that they’re the second best team in the NBA (as the Playoffs clearly showed). But they’re pretty far from the first. Without Durant, it’s a different story – as it was last year! – but a Warriors team which won an NBA-record 73 games last year, added a player who seems to be playing better basketball than anyone on the planet at the moment – including, perhaps, LeBron James. How do you beat that? You don’t.
Which leads to the obvious follow-up: how on Earth does anyone compete with the Warriors next season? It will be fun to watch the handful of teams that are close (and maybe the Lakers, who are not) try. Basically, it seems like everyone will try to raid the Clippers for parts – and the Clippers will try to leverage Steve Ballmer’s money to persuade other superstars that they’re more than happy to pay whatever luxury tax is necessary to win (though that didn’t ultimately work this year for the Cavs, of course).
LeBron is locked into the Cavs next season. But in two seasons, he’s a free agent once again. While he’s given no indication that he would leave Cleveland again, the expectation seems to be building that he will in order to try to have one last shot of building upon and extending his legacy – and such talk points to the now Magic Johnson-led Los Angeles Lakers, of course. So the Cavs may only have one more year to make a run… I like Kevin Love, but he looked awful last night. Just saying…
The Spurs are closer than their sweep by the Warriors would seem to indicate due to the Kawhi Leonard injury. But it still feels like they would need to add one more piece… The Celtics, who were the second-best team in the East, have the number one overall pick…
Still, Vegas is Vegas for a reason. The rest of the NBA may just have to hope Klay Thompson decided to take his talents elsewhere in a max deal in a couple years. Even then… What an insane team. I didn’t think it was likely, but when Durant was a reality, the result was as expected.
Thanks for indulging the sports talk. Now a bunch of Apple links.

5ish Links
iOS 11 Tidbits
Apple makes major podcast updates
Apple legalizes and taxes in-app tipping for content creators
Tim Cook: Technology Should Serve Humanity, Not the Other Way Around
Drag and drop on iOS is more powerful than it's ever been on the desktop
"Watching Apple's New Shark Tank-Inspired TV Series Is Like Slowly Dying"
Apple Needs to Reinvent Itself. It Just Might Be Doing So.
Quickish Hits
WWDC 2017 — Some Thoughts
Apple Silicon and Machine Learning
Apple CEO Tim Cook test-drove glucose monitor
What If the iPad Had a Trackpad?
500ish Words
“These Go To 11”
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