Tar Takes: 2018 NBA Finals Takeaways, LeBron’s hand injury/effort, pending free agency


Cleveland Cavaliers F LeBron James (Photo via Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were swept in the 2018 NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors. Ryan Lipton discusses his takeaway from the Finals including LeBron’s hand injury and effort, KD vs. James and a quick preview of the 2018 NBA Free Agency.

Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

2018 NBA Finals Takeaways, LeBron’s hand injury/effort, pending free agency

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Why the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate is too premature

Have the Golden State Warriors been lucky on their past 4 trips to the NBA Finals?

Is Chris Paul underappreciated/most unlucky player of all time?

Who is your NBA rookie of the year?

Who is your NBA coach of the year?

Is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan deserving of his new contract?


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes 5.30.18: Warriors luckier than Cavaliers, Chris Paul unluckiest player ever?


Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 NBA Finals – Photo via Getty Images

Watch the Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below! Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world with debate segments of the hottest NBA/NFL topics of the week as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Tar Takes 5.30.18 

  • Have the Golden State Warriors been lucky on their past 4 trips to the NBA Finals?
  • Is Chris Paul underappreciated/most unlucky player of all time?

Have the Golden State Warriors been lucky on their past 4 trips to the NBA Finals?

Is Chris Paul underappreciated/most unlucky player of all time?

For more Tar Takes click the links below!

Why the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate is too premature

Should Tiger Woods fans be excited or worried after Players Championship?

Who is your NBA rookie of the year?

Who is your NBA coach of the year?

Is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan deserving of his new contract?

Duke lands another 5-star recruit, should Tar Heel fans be worried?


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Why the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate is too premature

LeBron James + Michael Jordan (Photo via Getty Images and Sporting News)

With LeBron James heading to his 8th straight NBA Finals, some (AKA Nick Wright) have proclaimed LeBron James to be the greatest player of all time. However, we shall see why many of the arguments that are being made on national television are false.

Watch the Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below! Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world with debate segments of the hottest NBA/NFL topics of the week as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Also: Tar Takes Update, What are the summer plans moving forward.

For more Tar Takes click the links below!

Should Tiger Woods fans be excited or worried after Players Championship?

Who is your NBA rookie of the year?

Who is your NBA coach of the year?

Is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan deserving of his new contract?

Duke lands another 5-star recruit, should Tar Heel fans be worried?


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes 5.14.18: Celtics/Cavs, Warriors/Rockets, Tiger Woods, Sports Gambling

LeBron James vs. Boston Celtics – David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Watch the Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below! Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world with debate segments of the hottest NBA/NFL topics of the week as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Today, we take a debate the following topics! (Click on links for segments)

Are the Boston Celtics a legitimate threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Should the Boston Celtics move Kyrie Irving?

Who will win NBA Western Conference Finals: Rockets or Warriors?

Reactions from Tiger Woods’ T-11 finish at Players Championship

Should sports gambling be allowed in professional sports venues?

For more Tar Takes click the links below!

Should Tiger Woods fans be excited or worried after Players Championship?

Who is your NBA rookie of the year?

Who is your NBA coach of the year?

Is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan deserving of his new contract?

Duke lands another 5-star recruit, should Tar Heel fans be worried?

Tar Takes Photo Credit:

Chris Paul vs. Golden State Warriors – Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

LeBron James vs. Celtics – David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods at Players – Photo via Lynne Sladky, Associated Press 

Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier – Photo via Getty Images

Sports Gambling – Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes 5.6.18: NBA rookie/coach of the year, Matt Ryan contract, Duke lands another 5 star

Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell – Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports

Watch the fourth Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below! Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world with debate segments of the hottest NBA/NFL topics of the week as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Today, we take a debate the following topics! (Click on links for segments)

Who is your NBA rookie of the year?

Who is your NBA coach of the year?

Is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan deserving of his new contract?

Duke lands another 5-star recruit, should Tar Heel fans be worried?

For more Tar Takes click the links below!

Tar Takes 4.29.18: NBA Playoffs, Raiders/Falcons 2018 NFL draft recap

Is Patrick Reed’s brother-in-law commenting on Tar Takes?

Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes 4.29.18: NBA Playoffs, LeBron, Raiders, Falcons 2018 NFL draft recap

LeBron James, Lance Stephenson – Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Watch the third Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below! Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world with debate segments of the hottest NBA/NFL topics of the week as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Today, we take a debate the following topics! (Click on links for segments)

Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

JR Report Podcast: Should Raiders follow Warriors path, fire Jack Del Rio after season?

Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio (Photo via Getty Images)

The JR Report Podcast, hosted by Ryan Lipton, dives into the Oakland Raiders 2-3 start to the 2017 NFL regular season and why it might be smart for the Raiders to move on from coach Jack Del Rio after the 2017 season.

Now isn’t the time to move on. If Oakland misses the playoffs owner Mark Davis should look hard at moving on from Jack Del Rio.

Del Rio prides himself on defense and attitude, yet the defense has been horrible and the team can’t show up and be competitive in must-win games. (Last year’s losses to the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans and this year’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos).

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Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Oakland Raiders’ KJ Brent in awe of Golden State Warriors’ offseason

Photo via Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The article can also be found on the Raiders Wire!


The Golden State Warriors have had an amazing start to NBA free agency after winning the 2017 NBA Finals. The team just signed forward Omri Casspi to the veteran minimum and former Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young to a one-year, $5.2 million contract.

This comes after the Warriors were able to keep an integral piece of their team, forward Andre Iguodala.

The offseason has been so impressive, Oakland Raiders wide receiver K.J. Brent had to tweet to express his excitement.

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Like other NBA fans, Brent doesn’t see how any team will be able to compete with Golden State. Their greatest competitor, the Cleveland Cavaliers, haven’t made a move to get better and will be one year older with an already aging team.

On the other hand, the Warriors have kept the core intact and have already brought in two impact players for relatively cheap with Young and Casspi.

Hopefully, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has taken notes on how the Warriors are run, for Oakland has a similar situation with an incredible core of young talent that could be dominant for years to come.

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Stephen Curry Just Added Another Chapter to his Finals Legacy

The last time we saw Stephen Curry in the NBA Finals, he had a bad performance, to say the least. The unanimous MVP didn’t lead his team to the promise land.

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Photo via Erza Shaw/Getty Images

He did not by any means have a bad series, but he had a bad series based on the fact he was the first unanimous MVP in NBA history.

He averaged 22.6 points per game, along with 3.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. The assists were lower than Curry would have liked and he shot just 40.3 percent from the field.

After the Warriors lead was up to 3-1, Stephen Curry shot a combined 22-60 from the field (36.7 percent). In Game 7  of the 2016 NBA Finals, he shot just 4-14 from 3-point range, he had four turnovers and one crucial one, where he attempted a behind-the-back pass to Klay Thompson with the Warriors leading the Cavaliers 85-83 with 5:16 to play in the fourth quarter.

Stephen Curry wasn’t 100 percent healthy in the 2016 Finals, for he had injured his knee in the first round of the playoffs against the Houston Rockets that kept him out four games. He also had a large bruise on his shooting elbow that he suffered in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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I’m of the opinion, if you’re out there, you’re playing with whatever you have. There are no excuses to be made, and to his credit, Stephen Curry didn’t ever complain.

He had a tough 2016 NBA Finals against one of the greatest players of all-time in LeBron James. He didn’t perform the way he wanted to or the way he thought he should.

However, there is a pretty big misconception about Stephen Curry that he’s struggled in the Finals in both of the Warriors appearances in 2015 and 2016.

Prior to the 2017 Finals, there had been a lot of talk about if Curry would for the first time, not struggle in the NBA Finals.

Yes, he did struggle last year and that will always be true. But we must remember, in the 2015 NBA Finals, Curry averaged 26.0 points, 6.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game.

He averaged more points in the 2015 Finals (26 per game) than he did during the regular season, when he won MVP averaging 23.8 points per game. Yes, he wasn’t the Finals MVP but he played a crucial role in the Warriors capturing their first title in 40 years.

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Rachel Nichols was asked the other day by anchor Kerry Chow on SportsCenter if Stephen Curry was rewriting his Finals legacy and she reminded him that in 2015 the Warriors won the championship. Curry didn’t struggle at all and he had a great series.

She stressed the point that the Warriors won and Curry’s stats were exceptional.

This year, Stephen Curry did exactly what Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told him to do at halftime of Game 2, play with passion and joy.

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Curry had a superb 2017 NBA Finals to cap off an excellent postseason in which he averaged 28.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game.

Curry was a part of history as the Warriors became the first Bay Area team since the A’s in 1974 to win a championship at home.

In Game 5, Curry’s three point shot simply wasn’t on. He wasn’t making difficult looks that spectators usually see him knock down. Instead of kind of bowing down and just fading away in the game, Curry took to the rim which allowed him to get to the free throw line where he made 12 of 15 free throws.

Curry showed in the elimination game that he’s much more than a mere three-point shooter. Despite shooting 2-9 from deep, he finished with 34 points.

In addition, he had 10 assists and 6 rebounds. He also made an impact defensively with two steals in Game 4 and three in Game 5.

Critics of Curry will point to his lackluster three-point shooting in the final two games of the series with the Cavaliers. Curry shot just 4-18 in those two combined games. But with his shooting struggles, he contributed in other ways as he had 10 assists in each games and a combined 11 rebounds in the two.

Curry’s critics will always talk about his arrogance, the fact that some think he’s just a three-point shooter, the fact that he’s only great because he has great players around him, but Curry doesn’t mind.

He just had the best NBA Finals of his life. 26.8 points, 9.4 assists, 8.0 rebounds, 2.2 steals per game.

He helped Kevin Durant get the title that long alluded him and he did it with a smile on his face.

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After Durant won the Bill Russell Finals MVP award, he talked about Curry’s perception:

“The stuff you hear about Steph as far as sacrificing and being selfless and caring about his teammates, caring about other people is real,” Durant said after game five. “It’s not a facade. He doesn’t put on this mask or suit every single day. He really is like that. And it’s amazing to see a superstar who sacrifices, who doesn’t care about anything but the group.”

It’s amazing to hear from one of the game’s greatest superstars that he’s never seen a superstar like Curry. He said he’s never seen a superstar want to sacrifice for his teammates the way Curry does.

Yes, Curry didn’t win Finals MVP and he hasn’t in either of his two Finals victories, but that doesn’t mean what he did in these finals wasn’t amazing.

So Curry had a good but not great Finals in 2015. He had a bad one in 2016. In 2017, he had a spectacular Finals. Argue that all you want, but his numbers (26.8 points, 9.4 assists, 8.0 rebounds, 2.2 steals per game) are absolutely undeniable.

Raiders’ Jack Del Rio celebrates Warriors’ championship

Photo via Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The article can also be found on the Raiders Wire!


Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was in attendance during Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals and was able to see the Golden State Warriors dethrone Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James for the second time.

It was just a few days ago that Del Rio picked the Warriors to win Game 5 and he, like most of America, predicted correctly.

However, he had the incredible opportunity to be able to witness history live at Oracle Arena, via Del Rio’s Twitter account. 

It is no coincidence that so many people from the organization are hanging around the Golden State team as greatness attracts greatness.

Oakland should hope that they can learn from the Warriors on what it takes to become great, manage high expectations and win championships.

All in all, this could just be the start of a very special time in the Bay Area.