SPORTS, Grades 7–9, 1st Place
Wow! What an NBA season! There were so many surprises: The Boston Celtics, not living up to standards. The Lebron Lakers just being terrible—and the Nuggets! I have a lot to say about the Denver Nuggets.
First of all, if the Nuggets want to succeed, they need to start playing Isaiah Thomas. Now some people might disagree because of how dominant the Nuggets have been without playing Thomas. Now the Nuggets will have to go through the Golden State Warriors, so I might suggest giving a former All-Star, who I might add, in his best season dropped 28 points a game, some playing time. Even if he got 16 minutes a game, he would drop at least 15 a game because of how he uses his speed to sneak around his defender and penetrate to the rim.
I know the Nuggets have a great point guard in Jamal Murray but they could get a great sixth man in Isaiah Thomas. They have a lot of young and veteran talent but they have to face the feared West so they are going to need all the help they can get.
Now I’m going to talk about the Los Angeles Clippers. If they work together and play smart basketball, surprisingly enough I could see them going to the Finals. First of all, Lou Williams, give this guy the ball. He also can penetrate to the rim and almost always draws a foul.
Now I’m going to talk about Montrez Harrell—right now Harrell is averaging 16.5 points a game and 6.5 rebounds a game. He will be a huge factor for the Clippers this post-season.
Finally, the Boston Celtics. At the beginning of the season, the Celtics were being praised because everyone thought, “This is the year.” “This is the year we win.” Well, this isn’t the year. I have mixed feelings on Kyrie Irving. He’s one of my favorite players to watch. I mean Christmas Day, two threes to win the game! That’s unbelievable! But he just doesn’t fit in with the team.
I don’t know what it is — he just doesn’t. Which is a shame because he’s so fun to watch; his crossovers, layups and shots, he’s just great. But I think in order to win, the Celtics need to start playing in unison. The majority of the team are ball-dominate players, they need to have the ball 24/7. But ball-dominate players don’t mix well with other ball-dominant players. We saw this with the Lakers in 2013. I think it was with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.
In conclusion, those are my playoff predictions for the NBA.