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Warriors Thrash Cavaliers In First Two Games Of 2017 NBA Finals

Cleveland had no answer for KD and Steph once again. What will happen in game 3?

The NBA Finals returned to the Bay area last Thursday night (June 1) for the much anticipated rematch between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately for LeBron and company, Steph Curry's squad took home their first win with a convincing 22-point victory, 113-91.

Golden State's newest weapon made his presence felt on both ends of the floor, as Kevin Durant lead the Dubs in scoring with 38 points in addition to grabbing 9 boards and handing out 8 assists. Curry also finished with a double-double --- draining 6 of his eleven 3 point shots leading to 28 points. He also dished out 10 of the 31 Warrior assists in game 1.

 

 

The Cavs really to need to get a grip on their careless turnovers if they want to stand a chance moving forward. They turned the ball over 20 times in game one, with James being at fault for 8 of the mishaps. Golden State matched an NBA Finals record with only four turnovers in the contest, leading to 20 more shot attempts than Cleveland and 56 points in the paint for the Warriors. "There's just no way you're going to win a game with that many turnovers," said King James postgame.

Cleveland's supporting cast will need to step up on the offensive end as well to help take some of the offensive load off of Kyrie Irving and LeBron. Role players J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, Kyle Korver and Deron Williams combined for just three points on 1-14 shooting in game one. The Cav's big three (LeBron, Love, Irving) scored 67 out of the team's 91 total points on Thursday night (June 1) --- impressive.

Cavs coach Ty Lue had high praise of this Warrior team after game one saying, ''They're the best I've ever seen. They're 13-0. They're constantly breaking records every year."

 

 

One special guest in attendance, an avid LeBron supporter and global icon, Rihanna made an appearance at Oracle Arena that night and made sure her voice was heard throughout the night. The pop icon and KD locked eyes after he drained a dagger three pointer to all but clinch the contest. On her way out of the Arena RiRi shouted, "the king is still the king," to a Warrior fan in the tunnel. JAY Z, Kevin Hart, Marshawn Lynch and other A-list celebrities were also on hand for the big game.

 

 

For game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals, Steve Kerr made his return to the sidelines Sunday night (June 4) to coach the Golden State Warriors for the first time since April 19. Coach Kerr was back in his usua court-side seat as acting head coach Mike Brown went back to his assistant role. Unfortunately for the Cavs, the result of the game was much of the same, as Golden State routed Cleveland 132-113. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry paced the Dubs, combining for 64 points for their 14th straight post-season win.

 

 

The Warriors put on a show in front of the sold-out Oracle Arena crowd, as Chef Curry cooked up a triple double, KD stuffed the stat sheet (33 points, 13 rebounds 6 assists, 5 blocks) and Klay Thompson even showed up to the party with 4 three pointers leading to 24 points including some lock down defense on Kyrie Irving, holding him to 19 points on 8-23 shooting.

Even though the Cavs rectified the turnover margin, forcing the Warriors into 20 turnovers to only their 9, it was not enough as the three point line proved to be a major difference with Golden State draining 18 three pointers on the night, as Cleveland shot an abominable 8-29 (27%) from downtown.

LeBron James gave forth a heroic effort to keep the contest close, which was a three point game at half time. King James notched his eighth playoff triple-double, tying Magic Johnson for the most in post-season history. James finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in 40 minutes, but seemed to run out of gas late in the third quarter, as the lead ballooned to 14.

Aside from Kevin Love (27 points, 7 rebounds), no other Cavalier player eclipsed the 20 point mark to help lessen the offensive workload of the three-time champion.

 

 

The 32-year-old raised some eyebrows post-game as he did not go to the podium for his traditional press conference, instead conducting the interview in front of his locker. When asked why James said he had a reason but failed to expand on the thought. Things got testy when a reporter asked LeBron if the Cavs need to defend their home-court in game three. Listen to the King check the journalist above.

The Warriors small-ball lineup featuring Kevin Durant as the center ran the Cavs out of the gym as they could not keep up with the frenetic pace of the game. Cleveland finds themselves in a similar predicament as the 2016 Final, losing games one and two in blowout fashion before heading home.

Will LeBron and Co. make the proper adjustments to make this a series or do the Warriors make it 15 consecutive post-season wins and push the Cavs to the brink of elimination? I think it's safe to say LeBron and KD won't be teaming up to record a hip-hop track like they did back in 2011, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Tune in to game three at 9 P.M. EST Wednesday night (June 7) live from "The Q" in Cleveland on ABC.

As the game concluded and players and team staff headed to the locker room, a fight broke out by the stadium tunnel, which was caught by the live broadcast. The Twitter account WarriorsWorld caught up with a couple of the fans involved to bring some clarity to the brawl.

 

 

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Little Brother Releases "May The Lord Watch," First Album In Nine Years

After years of fans restlessly begging for a reunion, North Carolina rap group Little Brother has released their first album in nearly a decade.

At midnight, Phonte and Big Pooh released the new Litle Brother album May the Lord Watch on digital service providers. The album clocks in at 15 tracks and 37 minutes, with the lion's share of production handled by fellow Justus League member and frequent collaborator Khrysis, Focus and Nottz, with more beats by Black Milk, Abjo, Devin Morrison, Blaaq Gold, and King Michael Coy. A glance at the tracklist appears to show that there are no guest appearances, but this story will be updated with further details. In an Instagram post, Rapper Big Pooh referred to the record as "the album of our careers."

 

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Listen, man. It took us a long time to get it right but we did. I love the fact we accomplished the goal but it’s the journey that I’ll always cherish the most. We wrote and recorded every song on this album together. We carried each other. We give y’all the album of our careers, “May The Lord Watch” . . Thank you to everyone that contributed to this album. It wouldn’t have turned out the same way without y’all. (I’ll drop the credits later. I got some champagne to drink) #LBbizness #MTLW #availablenow

A post shared by Rapper Pooh (@rapperbigpooh) on Aug 19, 2019 at 9:15pm PDT

Phonte and Big Pooh announced in May that they would be coming back together for a new record, albeit without the production of founding member 9th Wonder, who gave the group his blessing while he continued other projects. Since then, the duo has released a documentary about their surprise live reunion at the 2018 Art of Cool Festival in their home state, which was revealed to have been the spark for their idea to make a new album. Since then, they have stayed relatively mum on details until Aug 19, when they surprised fans with the title, the album cover, and the news that the album would be dropping at midnight.

Little Brother released their debut album The Listening in 2003, before landing a record deal with Atlantic Records and releasing their acclaimed sophomore album The Minstrel Show in 2005. They released two more albums, Getback (2007) and Leftback (2010), before parting ways for their own musical endeavors. Phonte has since made solo albums and group albums with producer Nicolay as the Grammy-winning duo Foreign Exchange, Rapper Big Pooh has released solo albums, and 9th Wonder founded what would become It's A Wonderful World Music Group, which features artists including Grammy-nominated MC Rapsody..

Stream May the Lord Watch on Apple Music, TIDAL, or below on Spotify.

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Al Sharpton Says Jay Z And Colin Kaepernick NFL Debate Is The Wrong Fight

Al Sharpton wants everyone to focus on the fight against racial inequality instead of pitting Jay Z and Colin Kaepernick against each other.

After Jay Z and Roc Nation's lucrative deal with the NFL was announced last week, many blasted the artist for his business decision despite its inclusion of a social justice plan. As rappers like Freddie Gibbs and scholars like Eric Michael Dyson lend support to Mr. Carter, others like athlete Eric Reid and cultural commentator/author Jemelle Hill have continued to push Kaepernick's mission to the forefront.

During Harlem Week, activist Rev. Al Sharpton provided his input into the matter by asking the public to focus on the bigger picture. “This ain’t about Colin Kaepernick’s knee,” Sharpton said at the National Action Network's rally on Saturday (Aug. 17) “It’s about choking Eric Garner to death, it's about the shooting of Tamir Rice, it's about Michael Brown."

He continued to share how TMZ approached him with cameras and baited questions about the ordeal which he refused to take part in.

"They asked [me] 'What do you think about Jay Z? They're calling him a sellout and all that.' I said, 'The issue is Jay Z has done documentaries around and about [Kalief] Browder and other things. I'm not attacking Jay Z and I won't participate until Kaepernick has a job. The issue is Eric Garner. This issue is Tamir Rice. Keep your eyes on the bigger picture."

Sharpton also asked the crowd to shift their focus to the issues of police brutality and racial inequality. According to reports, 480 people have been killed by police this year. The Washington Post notes at 998 people lost their lives at the hands of a police officer in 2018.

“This ain’t no battle for athletes and superstars, it’s about people being trampled on,” Sharpton continued. “Don’t let them distract you fighting the wrong fight.”

Watch the clip below.

Addressing the NFL, Jay Z, and Colin Kaepernick controversy during my #NANSaturdayActionRally keynote message. @ImpactTVNetwork @1190amWLIB @NationalAction pic.twitter.com/hCgp2gcshR

— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) August 17, 2019

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Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Is No Longer The Number One Song In America

Lil Nas X's bonafide smash "Old Town Road" has been dethroned from its unprecedented 19-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

According to the publication, rising alt-pop star Billie Eilish now has the No. 1 song in the country with her track "Bad Guy." The song has been sitting at No. 2 for nine weeks straight. Lil Nas X, who collaborated with the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug, Mason Ramsey and more superstars for various remixes of the song, congratulated the 17-year-old on her first No. 1 hit via Twitter.

"Old Town Road" now holds the No. 3 spot behind  Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's "Señorita."

The Atlanta musician catapulted to fame after "Old Town Road" made the rounds. Initially, it was removed from Billboard's Country chart for reportedly not implementing enough elements of the genre. Since then, it has shattered records and expectations.

Just a few weeks ago, it became the longest-running No. 1 in American music history, breaking a record held by Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber (for "One Sweet Day" and "Despacito," respectively).

Lil Nas X has a lot to be proud of. Congrats on a historic run.

congratulations to billie eilish!! u deserve this!!

— nope (@LilNasX) August 19, 2019

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