NBA Teams That Could Knock Off The Cavaliers

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These 3 NBA Teams Could Knock Off The Cavaliers 
It’s obvious that because of Lebron James having some serious leadership skills, nobody can question the fact that he is leading the Cavaiers towards another champiopnship title. It is known that every championship team has a player that outshines their team, but at times it can seem necessary to maintain their on-court superiority. Their record of 52-33 has proven that.

There is no doubt that the Cavaliers could head to the finals again. So, the question that everyone wants answered is this: Which team(s) have the potential to prevent the Cavaliers from making another repeat finals appearance? Well, i have three teams listed here that have the greatest chance, check ’em out.

The Celtics

The Celtics success rests heavily on the shoulders of Jae Crowder and his health. Never-the-less, the Celtics have a huge potential of preventing Lebron’s return to the finals. Although the Celtics would require many things to happen in their favor, they DO have the defense required to stop the Cavaliers in their tracks. This would be interesting to see.

With the Celtics defense ranked fourth in the league, they respectfully ranked number two for the season up to the point when the absence of Crowder began to affect the teams overall numbers. Regardless of that, having a healthy Crowder back now will be a huge threat to the Cavs.

Another potential threat is Isaiah Thomas. Although his performance against the Cavs has been less than par, i believe his potential will soon be great when he meets the Cavs again. Of course, i say this only if his points and assists are the only factor for success. Thomas’ average points per game are 17.6 and his assists per game are 5.3,

The Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have become a force to be wreckoned with since their roster is all healthy now. This is perfect timing with the Courtney Lee acquisition.

The Hornets NBA record of 20-6 has been third since February. This is not bad when you compare it to the Spurs and Warriors.

Although the Hornets are 1-2 against the cavs, they show more consistency as compared to the inconsistencies of the Caveliers. I would make sure to keep my eye on the Hornets as they are certainly underdogs who are fully capable of giving a surprise defeat to the Cavaliers.

The Raptors

This brings me to the Toronto Raptors. Their season record is 2-1 against the Cavs and they have also captured the season series against them. Toronto is also only 2.5 games behind Cleveland. Toronto does have odds against them if they plan to get into the number-one seed spot while having eight more scheduled games to play. I don’t think Canadians are too worried about their Cavs matchups.

As far as the Raptors defense goes, it could use a lot more work. But despite this, they do have a point differential which is currently number two and two of the league’s best guards who are fully capable of tearing apart the Cavs defense throughout the perimeter.

An example of this capability will most likely come from Kyle Lowry. His performance has been nothing short of great. Per game, Lowry has points averaging around 21.5. His assists average 6.5, his steals average 2.1 and rebounds average 4.9 per game. His performance against the Cavs has also been dominating, with points averaging around 31.0, assists averaging 8.3 and rebounds averaging 4.0.

It’s obvious that Kyrie Irving won’t be able to keep up with Lowry as i see Lowry working him from both sides of the court. Plus, DeMar DeRozan is very consistent with foul line attempts. Then there’s Jonas Valanciunas who can be viewed as the Raptors sleeping giant waiting to be awoken to help dominate the series.

NFL Draft Day- Who Could Win?

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With Super Bowl 51 (which was epic) out of the way, it’s time for the NFL offseason, which means months of mock drafts and people telling you who they think will end up playing for your favorite team. Well, I’m just going to preface this by saying, if these five teams take these players, they could very well end up winning the draft when all is said and done.

5. Dallas Cowboys
Last season, the Dallas Cowboys were one street-ball type play from possibly hosting the NFC Championship. They ended the regular season with an impressive 13-3 record. When I say impressive, I mean really impressive. They ran roughshod over the division (with the exception of the Giants), and they beat some pretty darn good teams.

The Cowboys have a pretty big need for an outside pass rusher, which is a position they have gambled on before, but I don’t think it would be a gamble to take another edge rusher here. They have the 28th overall pick, and I think they can probably get Taco Charlton, a very big, very speedy defensive end out of Michigan at the end of the first round. Couple that with some secondary help in the second round, and the Cowboys could end up with a very good first couple of rounds.

4. Philadelphia Eagles
2016 started out with so much promise for the Eagles before stumbling down the stretch. In the first round last year, the Eagles took Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State, and he started all 16 games for the Eagles last year. While they could use this pick to help Wentz out, the defensive needs more help in the secondary.

The Eagles will pick either 14th or 15th, depending on if they win a coin toss. Either way, Philadelphia can get a steal. I imagine Sidney Jones, a corner from Washington, will still be available at either pick. With great ball skills and recovery speed, Jones could very easily end up playing the nickel this season, before becoming a breakout player in the future.

3. Carolina Panthers
Two seasons ago, the Carolina Panthers went into Super Bowl 50 with a 17-1 record, the league MVP, and an impressive pass rush. Then they met the Broncos, and it seemed like they lost their mojo heading into this past season. A mere year later, the Panthers were watching the playoffs from home with a 6-10 record, and wondering where the season went wrong.

The only silver lining for the Panthers, is that they get a Top-10 pick this draft. For the past couple of seasons, the Panthers have needed to draft an offensive tackle, and they have neglected to do so. This year, they would have to reach to take one that early, but if they don’t reach, I can see them taking Leonard Fournette from LSU. The pre-season Heisman Trophy favorite the past couple of years, could find his way into the starting lineup, replacing Jonathon Stewart.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2016 was a resurgent season for the Bucs, as they finished 9-7. The offense was explosive at points last year, but the defense lacked any real firepower. The lack of pressure they put on quarterbacks makes it even more impressive that they ended with a winning record.

Fast forward to April, and I think the Bucs address the need for an edge rusher, and the draft Derek Barnett from Tennessee. He has size and speed, and also has the ability to move inside on passing downs. He is a pretty good pickup at the 19th overall pick.

1. Tennessee Titans
The Titans were the surprise of the AFC last year, finishing with a 9-7 record, and a shot at the playoffs going into Week 14. What makes it even better, is they traded away there first round pick last season for one this season, all while keeping there original pick.

Not only do the Titans pick 5th overall, but they also pick 18th. I think the Titans can continue to play the number-of-picks game, and trade away the 18th pick to a team that doesn’t have a first round pick this season. With the 5th overall pick, I think they take maybe the best athlete on the board, and draft Jabrill Peppers out of Michigan. A safety by trade, Peppers is also very reliable in the return game. The Titans could use a defensive playmaker to put them over the top.