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Warriors-Rockets was 'actually the NBA Finals,' Skip Bayless declares

Warriors-Rockets was 'actually the NBA Finals,' Skip Bayless declares

Are you excited to watch Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night?

Don't be. According to one talking head, you already watched it.

Huh?

Fox Sports' Skip Bayless believes the Warriors-Rockets second-round NBA playoff series was the actual Finals.

Golden State defeated Houston in six games in that series to advance to the Western Conference finals, where it swept the Portland Trail Blazers.

But again, it was just the second round of the playoffs. It was an entertaining series, but it was not the Finals.

Why would Bayless declare something so crazy?

Hmm. Let's see. He's a San Antonio Spurs fan, and he's mad at Kawhi Leonard for "quitting" on the Spurs last season and "forcing" a trade out of San Antonio to the Toronto Raptors.

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There is one part of Skip's tweet we agree with, though: Steph Curry is the real MVP in the playoffs.

OK, now back to disagreeing with everything Bayless says.

Now, go ahead and enjoy the Warriors-Raptors NBA Finals. It's going to be fun, regardless of what Skip thinks.

Bettor to make $1M if Warriors turn season around, win 2020 NBA Finals

Bettor to make $1M if Warriors turn season around, win 2020 NBA Finals

The Warriors (2-10) own the worst record in the NBA.

Klay Thompson probably isn't going to suit up at all this season, and Steph Curry might not take the floor again until March.

But that didn't stop a certain someone from essentially lighting $1,000 on fire:

Why didn't this person wire the $1,000 to my bank account? Daycare for a 10-month old isn't cheap.

There literally are at least 1,000 ways that the $1,000 could have been better utilized.

Perhaps it was this guy who placed the bet:

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Or maybe the bettor thought the wager was on the Warriors landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Got to read the fine print on those betting slips!

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Blazers reportedly add Carmelo Anthony after Warriors, Kings losses

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Blazers reportedly add Carmelo Anthony after Warriors, Kings losses

The confetti rained down as the crowd roared.

Over the past five years, such jubilant celebration for the Warriors was often reserved for playoff series victories and NBA championships.

On this night back in early November, however, Golden State showered its customers with party streamers to celebrate the team’s first regular-season win at Chase Center.

The Warriors soundly defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 127-118, featuring a lineup devoid of stars D’Angelo Russell, Draymond Green, and Steph Curry, all of whom were sidelined with injuries.

Portland, at full-strength going into the game, became the laughingstock of NBA Twitter for the next 48 hours.

It hasn’t gotten better for Portland since, as the Blazers have lost four of their last five games, including another head-scratching loss to the Kings on Tuesday.

Abraham Lincoln once said “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

For Portland’s general manager Neil Olshey, that knot reportedly comes in the form of 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony hasn’t played in an NBA game since November of 2018, back when he had a 10-game run with the Houston Rockets to begin last season before the team parted ways with Melo on Nov. 15.

The Trail Blazers are in desperation mode, standing 4-8 in an unquestionably loaded Western Conference and now are dealing with the loss of up-and-coming power forward Zach Collins for multiple months with a shoulder injury.

All those empty gym Instagram workouts seem to have finally paid off for Anthony, whose role and impact remains to be seen with a team that was just four wins away from the NBA Finals in 2018.

While his scoring acumen is unquestioned, his defensive ability -- especially after a full year away from the NBA -- might hurt a team already featuring several liabilities on that end of the court more than it helps.

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However, this likely will be a short-term experiment if Melo doesn’t make a discernible impact immediately. Dec. 15 marks the first day teams can trade players signed during the summer free agency period, so Portland can pursue help on the wing through that avenue if Anthony, whose contract is non-guaranteed, doesn’t produce as advertised.