Posts tagged NBA Playoffs
Mets Mess. Who's To Blame? Jets Adam 'Gase Of Thrones', GSW On Cusp, Bruins Cup Bound, Koepka Hangs On & More

Get ready for some serious heat as Episode 70 is going to deliver a knockout punch. On tap:

The Mets are in crisis mode as we’re a week away from MEMORIAL DAY! Who’s to blame for this mess? Is Mickey Callaway dead man walking? Where’s Brodie Van Wagenen? I have lots to get off my chest about this.

Jets coach, Adam Gase, has the Throne as his power play over the departed GM Mike Maccagnan was successful. Hear why this has disaster written all over it? What will owner Chris Johnson do down the road if this experiment doesn’t work? And you won’t believe who’s rumored to become the possible GM!

Golden State on the verge on another Finals trip. Toronto going down in a fight with Milwaukee. Also, the Knicks lose out on the Zion Williamson Sweepstakes. Does that mean the #3 overall pick will be dangled as trade bait?

The Boston Bruins are back in the Stanley Cup Finals, but is Brad Marchand bringing the NHL back to the Dark Ages?

Plus, Brooks Koepka hangs on to win the PGA, War Of Will wins the Preakness, Deontay Wilder’s first round KO and much more!

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Kawhi, Steph and CJ's Playoff Heroics, Knicks Lottery Luck? Yanks Close In On AL East But Here Comes The Red Sox! PGA Preview, Hero/Zero of Week

A thrilling start to Episode 69 includes:

Kawhi Leonard’s historic buzzer beater eliminates Philadelphia. Joel Embiid’s emotional exit.

CJ McCollum upstages Damien Lillard in closing out Denver.

Stephen Curry turns back the clock to dispose of Houston, plus fallout from the Rockets latest playoff failure.

The Knicks are crossing their fingers in hopes of securing the #1 pick in the draft tomorrow night.

Coaching hires in LA (Lakers) and Cleveland. And LeBron James trade rumors???

Are the Boston Bruins Cup bound? Too much time off for Carolina? Is San Jose making their way back to the Cup?

The Yankees continue to win series, but a familiar foe is starting to creep back into the mix. Also, can the Mets take advantage of a weak schedule over the next two weeks?

Plus, a PGA preview, a Weak-Ness, I mean, Preakness update and the Hero & Zero of the Week.

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Celtics/Rockets Litmus Test, Nuggets Rebound, Sixers Enigma, Islanders RIP, What Are The Mets? Yanks Sailing, Derby Disaster, Canelo-Jacobs

I’m covering the whole sports gamut on Episode 68. On tap:

Season defining games for the Celtics and Rockets tonight. How both teams stave off 3-1 series deficits?

Nuggets resiliency. Sixers inefficiency/Earth to Ben Simmons & Joel Embiid. Kawhi uprising.

I’ll put an epitaph on the Islanders season. Who was the missing piece in their sweep to the Hurricanes?

The Mets are sliding and it could look like 2018 all over again. The Yankees keep rolling, their players are still flirting with the IL, but some are on the mend with a competitive week that lies ahead.

The controversy surrounding the Kentucky Derby.

Canelo Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs fight. Is boxing on the rise?

My Hero and Zero of the Week, with some post game thoughts on Bucks-Celtics GM 4.

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GS-HOU Round 2, Celtics Dominate, Isles Uphill Climb, Giants Draft Blunder, Yanks Rolling, Mets Pitching Woes. Plus, Hero & Zero of the Week

We’re on the verge of saying goodbye to an action packed sports month, but there’s still plenty to get into on this weeks edition of The JAYREELZ Podcast. Both the NBA & NHL have moved on to the Conference Semi-finals. We’ll start off with the NBA as the juicy second round match-ups (in particular, Houston-Golden State) is off to a wild start. I’ll get into the officiating in Game 1, what this could mean for the rest of series and who’ll come out on top and advance to the Conference Finals. I’ll get into the Celtics dominating GM 1 in Milwaukee, the Raptors win over the 76ers and the Nuggets prevailing over the Spurs as they prepare to face the Trail Blazers in Round 2. On the ice, the Islanders have dug themselves an 0-2 hole and now have to go on the road to play the Hurricanes and get back in this series. I’ll explain why this series is far from over, despite having the odds against them, as well as, surveying the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoff landscape with the other three series taking place.. The 2019 NFL Draft is officially in the books. I’ll discuss the Giants surprise first of three first round picks, all of the comings and goings of another wild weekend in Nashville and the latest surrounding Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill. The Yankees continue their hot streak out West as they’ve won six of seven in Anaheim and San Francisco. Should the Yankee fan expect this team to play stellar ball without their key guys in the lineup? I’ll have the answer to that, plus, what’s going on with Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard as the Mets pitching staff has underperformed here in the first month of the season. Lastly, I’m experimenting with a new close out segment at the very end of the pod called ‘The Hero and Zero of the Week’. It’s a jam packed sports podcast that you won’t want to miss as I’ll satiate your sports appetite and then some on the latest episode of The JAYREELZ Podcast. (Episode 67)

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Nets On The Brink, Embiid's Clown Act, Celtics Sweep, NBA First Round Snooze. Islanders Waiting, NFL Draft Week, Yankees Surviving, Mets Stumbling

The best sports month of the year never disappoints as I’ll zip through the sports landscape in fast and furious fashion on this edition of The JAYREELZ Podcast. The Brooklyn Nets have hung tough but have fallen short against the heavily favored Philadelphia 76ers. I’ll revisit their last three games, do they have a shot at bringing this series back to Brooklyn? And I must get into the antics of a one, Joel Embiid, whose postgame comments and in game behavior is starting to wear on me. This is one segment you won’t want to miss out on as I believe this will catch up to him in the long run. I’ll take a look back on how the Celtics had a rough go of it for a four game sweep vs. the Indiana Pacers and breeze through the rest of the NBA playoff brackets as there’s very little drama surrounding the first round of the tournament. The Islanders have secured their first four game sweep of a playoff series since they’ve won the Stanley Cup back in 1983. Up next, is either Washington or Carolina as they Capitals are currently up 3-2 in their series. Will the long layoff help or hurt the Islanders in the second round? I’ll have that, plus a more drama filled postseason on the ice than the hardwood as we have two, and a potential three, Game 7’s on the horizon. The NFL Draft is days away. Both the Jets and Giants have prominent roles as they respectively have the 3rd and 6th picks overall. What will they do? What should they do? I’ll deliver my take on who they should draft as we inch closer to the first round on Thursday. I’ll also share a bit on the upcoming NFL schedules of the locals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns and their FOUR primetime games and much more. The Yankees have suffered another key injury, this time to their best player, Aaron Judge, but the beat goes on as they win five of their last six at home as they embark on a West Coast trip. Will they continue to tread water? Fall deeper in the AL East standings? As for the Mets, they limp home losing four of five and six of ten on their ten game road trip. What are biggest problem for the Amazins’ early season failures? You’ll be surprised at who are some of the culprits as to the Mets stumbling over the past week. Are there reinforcements coming? You’ll definitely want to listen to what I have to say regarding these issues, and a whole lot more on this weeks episode of The JAYREELZ Podcast. (Episode 66)

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Tiger's Redemption, Isles/CBJ Domination, Nets/ORL Surprises, Yankees Panic Button? Mets Lose Series Win in ATL

April continues to sizzle as there is much to cover in the sports world on this edition of The JAYREELZ Podcast. The unthinkable has happened! Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods has made it back to golf’s mountaintop with a cool, calm and collected final round to win his fifth green jacket at The Masters and his 15th major tournament overall. I’ll detail Tiger’s historic Sunday, what this means moving forward and is there another major title on the horizon in 2019? The New York Islanders are one win away from sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the playoffs. I’ll recap how effective and dominant they’ve been against their division rivals and can they break out the brooms? Or will it go back to the Island for a Game 5? Speaking of sweeps, who would’ve thought the Tampa Bay Lightning would be one game away from being sent home after their 62 win/128 point regular season? I’ll discuss that and the rest of what’s going on in the NHL as we get deeper into round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. How about the Brooklyn Nets? They went into Philadelphia and stole Game 1, with Game 2 looming this evening. Do they have a shot to win this series? Or was that just a fluke? You’ll get my take on their chances, the Orlando Magic making a statement in Game 1 vs. Toronto,  the Celtics ugly but effective win and the rest of the opening playoff weekend in the NBA. Is it time to panic in the Bronx if you’re the Yankees? They’re sure underachieving, but the injuries continue to mount, especially with their top players. I’ll review the week that was and what lies ahead for the Bombers as the defending champion Red Sox come to town this week. Also, the Mets started off with a bang in Atlanta only to cool off by losing the back two games of their four game series to the Braves. Now it’s onto Philadelphia as they’ll face Bryce Harper & company for the first time this year. I’ll check in on the good (Pete Alonso), the bad (Jacob deGrom’s last two starts) and the ugly (the bullpen, minus Edwin Diaz)  on the Amazins’ as their ten game road trip continues. I’ll chirp in on all of the above and then some, on a jam packed mid-April show you won’t want to miss on this weeks installment of The JAYREELZ Podcast. (Episode 65)

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JAYREELZ NBA Playoff Preview, (Including the Brooklyn Nets)

It’s about that time for another two month sprint to the NBA Finals and covering it from soup to nuts is none other than yours truly on this special edition of The JAYREELZ Podcast. I’ll detail all of the main storylines coming into this tournament.  Can the Warriors three-peat?  Who can upset the two time defending champs in the West? Are the Bucks primed for a deep playoff run? Will the Celtics regroup and take the next step? Do the Nets have what it takes to upset the Sixers? I’ll deep dive into each conference and predict who’ll represent the East and West for this years NBA Championship. This pod will have you prepped and ready to digest all that’s to come over the next eight weeks as we’re ready to tip off another postseason on this latest edition of The JAYREELZ Podcast. (Episode 64)

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Auburn's Controversial Foul? NCAA Title Game Preview. Nets & Potential NBA Seedings, Islanders/NHL Playoff Overview, MLB's First Ten Days

I have a full smorgasbord of sports to whet your appetite on this weeks edition of The JAYREELZ Podcast. We’re now down to two. The Final Four was overcome with controversy as the Auburn Tigers was thisclose to making their first trip to the Championship Game. Was it a foul? Should have it been called? I’ll be sure to delve into those final 0.6 seconds vs. Virginia which changed the trajectory of the Final Four, Texas Tech’s mild upset over Michigan State and a preview of what lies ahead for tonights’ winner take all matchup. The NBA is about to embark on another postseason, but there are still a couple of games to be played. The Brooklyn Nets have punched their ticket to the playoffs, but their seed isn’t set in stone. I’ll get into both races in the East and West as the bottom of the playoff seedings in each conference have yet to be determined. On the other hand, the NHL playoffs are set. The Islanders will host the first round since 1984 against the battle tested Penguins. What are their chances to move onto the next round? Who is the biggest X-factor of this series? It may not be who you think, so you’ll have to listen to find out. I’ll also reveal the main headlines leading the chase for Lord Stanley’s Cup, with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the forefront of being one of the all time great teams with a potential championship in their sight. There’s some baseball to talk about. Not just the week that was for the Mets and Yankees, but the Orioles Chris Davis’s plight, the cold Cubs & Red Sox and the white hot Mariners, Dodgers and Mike Trout’s torrid HR streak. Plus, the Jets new uniform reveal, Antonio Brown is in the news again and the Masters are just days away. Chock full of sports talk to fill your headphones on this weeks episode of The JAYREELZ Podcast. (Episode 63)

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EMERGENCY PODCAST! Cleveland-Boston GM 7. Celtics aftermath. LeBron James/NBA Mt. Rushmore

Delivering my very first emergency podcast, moments after a crushing defeat in a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Listen to my recap of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics as I break down the heroes, the goats, the biggest shot of the game, the aftermath for the Celtics and why LeBron James should be on NBA's Mt. Rushmore. No music, no intro, just straight analysis and commentary from the heart on this emergency edition of The JAYREELZ Podcast. (Episode 14)

Bill Bradley, Managing Editor of Las Vegas Review-Journal on The Vegas Golden Knights Run to the Cup

The sports world continues to heat up as the unofficial beginning of summer is quickly upon us. Joining me on this weeks' podcast is the Assistant Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bill Bradley. We'll cover everything that's transpired in the inaugural season of the Vegas Golden Knights. From the early expectations of this newly minted franchise, their surprising successful regular season, leading up to their historic magic carpet ride through this postseason as they are four wins away from winning the Stanley Cup. We'll also discuss what's happening down on the farm with the New York Mets AAA affiliate, the Las Vegas 51's to get some insight on who could be next in line to be called up to play in Flushing. Later, you'll get my perspective on what's happening in the NBA Conference Finals, an early first take on a Stanley Cup Final preview. Plus, the latest on the Mets and Yankees and much more, on this edition of The JAYREELZ Podcast. (Episode 13)

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Michael Tillery of The Starting Five.net on the NBA Playoffs

Kicking off the 2018 NBA Playoffs in full effect! It's an in-depth discussion about the Association with media analyst, Michael Tillery. He is the co-founder of The Starting Five.net. He has also written for The New York Times, Bleacher Report, The Chronicle News, The Nation, ESPN's The Undefeated and SLAM Magazine, to name a few. This podcast isn't about match-ups or breaking down each series of the first round. It's a deep dive on the Association as a whole, as well as, the top story lines heading into this postseason. Will Chris Paul, James Harden & Coach Mike D'Antoni finally get over the hump and deliver a title to Houston? Can the Golden State Warriors win their third title in four years? Is this the last go-round for the San Antonio Spurs as we know them? Will LeBron James make it to his eighth straight NBA Finals? Are the Philadelphia 76ers for real? We also take a moment to discuss who's the real MVP of this past regular season. LeBron's greatness. The New York Knicks search for a head coach. And is Brooklyn a viable destination for players in the years to come? It's an NBA extravaganza on the latest episode of The JAYREELZ Podcast! (Episode 8)

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