Ebs’ NBA Playoffs Hot Takes: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers


WILKES-BARRE, PA – Game 1 of each of the eight opening round NBA playoff series are in the books.

And to be honest, I think a few things shocked most people.

Who would of thought the Milwaukee Bucks would take Game 1 in Toronto? Not me.

But with that being said, it’s time to do an NBA playoffs edition of Ebs’ Hot Takes.


The Boston Celtics are overrated. First off, I just want to send all my thoughts and prayers out to Isaiah Thomas and his family. I don’t know how he played Sunday. God forbid I lost my brother, I don’t think I would have been able to play in a game a day later.

However, with that being said, I’m not sure the Boston Celtics make it out of the first round. And if they do, they’re not a sure-fire bet into the Eastern Conference Finals.

As great as Thomas is as a scorer, he can’t play defense and that could prove costly down the stretch.

And aside from Thomas, who can they really go to offensively? Al Horford? Avery Bradley? Jae Crowder? Please, this is a one-man band. The Celtics, like they did Sunday, will struggle against the tougher and more-physical teams.

Chicago is going to be a tough out. And if the Atlanta Hawks can get out of the first round, they have the Celtics number.

Time to panic in LA. So, Chip City, Clip City, we good? (I didn’t come up with the name. Marcellus Wiley did.)

How demoralizing is it to watch one of Utah’s best players go down, in Rudy Gobert, like 20 seconds into the game and then you go on to lose on your own home court.

Don’t get me wrong, the Los Angeles Clippers are really good and have a lot of talent, but boy do they struggle to put it together in the playoffs.

While I believe the Clippers will get past the Jazz, they will struggle against the big boys of the West.

Keep the faith in Believeland. I am not panicking about the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not in the least.

Sure the Cavs struggled down the stretch, but are we sure they were taking it all that seriously? We know LeBron and Co. have a history of putting it into cruise control in the second half of the regular season only to turn on the jets in the playoffs.

This close Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers was cute and all, but I still see the Cavs winning in five. And going on to win the title.

This is LeBron’s world and we’re all just living in it.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.
  • AngryWard

    The Cavs have zero competition in the East, and that helps them… A LOT. They should be well rested going into the Finals. I still think their defense is suspect though. How about your boy Westbrook? He may be MVP, and have the record for most triple-doubles in the season, but none of that means anything when Houston is beating you down by more than 30.

    • It matters in that he instantly makes Oklahoma City far more attractive to potential free agents than New York City and the mess that the Knickerbockers have on their hands. A star can actually bring that team to the next level.

      • AngryWard

        But who wants to live in Oklahoma City? I mean, c’mon. I agree with Dude, that they never should have let that team leave Seattle. Much better place to call home. Not sure I’d choose winning titles in OKC to sucking in NYC.

        • Cam_James

          To put in perspective how crappy of a place OKC is….. Your’s truly was born there and live there 3 months. My parents realized it was a terrible place to raise a child so they moved to…. Jefferson City MO (lots of Meth), then they thought east coast and escaped infant cam to Philly (I think they realized this was a bad idea when i got a beer dumped on my head at my first Phillies game at the Vet. I personally loved the experience and consider it my baptism into baseball)? From there we escaped to a subburb of STL right next to Ferguson MO….. I mean I give my parents credit for trying but they weren’t very good at moving…..Point being all of those places are better than OKC.

    • DJ Eberle

      Hey, it’s a long series Ward. Also, the Cavs still have to win games to reach the Finals, right? NBA playoff basketball isn’t easy no matter the opponent.

  • Cheesybruin

    The NBA Playoffs started? Who knew?

  • Thank you, DJ, for not making us all relive a disasterous weekend for the #NYRangers and #Mets. Both teams tragically wasting exellence from their starters. Ugh. Go… #Hawks???

  • Pitt-Girl

    Who cares about basketball. Go Penguins ?!

  • benwhit

    I’m with Ward, Cavs would have no chance with that D but for the crappiness of the East.

    • Junoir Blaber


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